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ABOUT THE DLN HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCACY COALITION AND ADVOCACY
We have brought people together to begin discussions of traditional Lakota government. This is a nation. Clinton came to Oglala country. We were there. We held signs, banners --"Free Leonard Peltier", "Stop Ethnic Cleansing". During the time he was there he came over and endorsed the banner. What does this mean? Does it mean stop ethnic cleansing? Honor commitments to the treaty? Does it mean stopping Bill 739 forcing Black Hills money into commercial banks? It is time for people to establish a traditional form of government. It is time to begin the process and not sit back. Alfred Bone Shirt
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Please consider making a donation to the DLN. We need funds for upcoming meetings and gatherings, to cover expenses for materials, rent for room, food, etc.

Donations may be mailed to:

Alfred Bone Shirt
P.O. Box 586
St. Francis, South Dakota 57572

The following are highlighted issues or stories:

Alfred Bone Shirt speaks out against Tribal Corruption at the Tribal Council on Wednesday May 30th 2012.

May 27, 2009 Sicangu Lokata Grass Roots Oyate Meeting:

Video interview with Alfred Bone Shirt and Belva Black Lance filmed, edited and produced by Michael Fox and Silvia Liendecker. Estreito Meios Productions, 2009.

Alfred Bone Shirt's great-grandfather was Walter Bone Shirt, or "Never Misses". Walter Bone Shirt was a ledger artist. Two ledegers of his may be viewed at the Plains Indian Ledger Art website.


Sun Dance by Walter Bone Shirt or "Never Misses"

The article, The Sun Dance Ledger of "Never Misses," Called Walter Bone Shirt, provides important historical context for the art.

The circumstances of acquisition for three of the four Bone Shirt collections...suggest that these beautiful drawings may have played a role in mitigating the very desperate plight of the Brule people, immediately following the massacre at Wounded Knee.

Please read this educational article.

NEW!!!! DLN Advocacy Coalition Heating & Winter Survival Assistance Project!
DLN Advocacy Coalition is implementing a temporary emergency heating and winter survival assistance project to supplement what the tribes or state are not able to assist with. It is up to us to use our grass roots efforts to help our people with this type of emergency heating assistance with these much needed Winter survival supplies before another major blizzard devastates our areas.
UPDATE: With warmer weather, we have retired the heating assistance donation page. We'd like to thank everyone who donated for their support!

October 21 2006 meeting of Sicangu Lakota Grass Roots Oyate on exploitation of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and resulting petition. A meeting was convened by the Sicangu Lakota Grass Roots Oyate on October 21st, 2006, at the Rosebud Casino Conference Room located on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Central South Dakota. Approximately 100 people were in attendance from the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Oyate which included Naca Itahcan Ominiciye, Traditional Chiefs and Headsmen, Treaty councils, Tetuwan Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Spiritual leaders and other organizations and lineal descendants of our chiefs, elders and First Ladies of our Nation. The highlight of discussion included: Exploitation of Sacred Ceremonies with Wolakota Foundations’ overall coordinator and promoter, Paula Horn-Mullen and her questionable activities. Read more.

South Dakota Ordered to Comply with Voting Rights Act Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Protects Rights of Native American Voters, Says ACLU FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22, 2006

Contact: Erica Pelletreau, ACLU National, (212) 519-7829, 549-2666; media@aclu.org; ACLU Voting Rights Project, (404) 523-2721

ST. LOUIS, MO -- The American Civil Liberties Union today welcomed a final federal appeals court decision affirming the redrawing of legislative district lines in South Dakota to ensure there is no discrimination against Native American voters. The decision came in Bone Shirt v. Hazeltine, a case originally brought by the ACLU on behalf of four Native American voters in December 2001, after the South Dakota legislature redrew the boundaries of the state's 35 legislative districts.

"This is a victory for all South Dakotans because it reaffirms the importance of fairness at the ballot box, which benefits everyone, Indians and non-Indians alike," said Bryan Sells a staff attorney with the ACLU Voting Rights Project and lead counsel in the case.

A year ago, on August 19, 2005, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ordered South Dakota officials to implement a redistricting plan that was fair to Native American voters, but the state refused and appealed the decision. Schreier’s ruling was upheld today in a unanimous 3-0 ruling by the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis.

"All voters want the integrity of their community preserved, not fractured, by redistricting. This decision will ensure that legislative districts in South Dakota keep communities together and will give Indian voters the opportunity to elect representatives of their choice. When citizens have confidence that their vote counts and that their voices will be heard, then democracy works better for everyone," said Sells.

The Eighth Circuit ruling in the Bone Shirt case is the second decision issued by the federal appeals court this year upholding the rights of Native American voters. In an earlier case, Cottier v. City of Martin, the court ruled in favor of Native Americans who claimed that the City of Martin had violated the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments by drawing city council districts that dilute Indian voting strength.

"This decision will give our Lakota people an opportunity to elect our candidate of choice to the state legislature," said Alfred Bone Shirt, a named plaintiff in the case. "Discrimination against Indians has been part of South Dakota politics for so long that it is only through cases like this that we have been able see any positive change."

South Dakota is one of 16 states covered in whole or in part by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires specific jurisdictions to get federal approval before making changes to their election laws and procedures.

In 2002, a three-judge court held that the state had failed to submit its 2001 redistricting plan to federal officials for pre-approval. The state then submitted the plan to the U.S. Department of Justice, which cleared it for implementation, but the ACLU said it was discriminatory nonetheless because it created a 90 percent supermajority of Indian voters by "packing" them into one district. Judge Schreier later agreed with this claim and in a lengthy 144-page opinion issued September 15, 2004, she gave the state an opportunity to fashion a new plan that did not discriminate against Indian voters. After the state refused to do so, the judge issued her August 19, 2005 remedial order that new lines be drawn to comply with the Voting Rights Act. It is this decision that was affirmed today.

"This decision clearly shows that Congress did the right thing last month when it voted to reauthorize the temporary provisions of the Voting Rights Act," said Sells.

Patrick Duffy of the Rapid City, South Dakota, law firm of Duffy and Duffy also served as counsel on the case.

Read the 8th Circuit Opinion of Alfred Bone Shir; Belva Black Lance; Bonni High Bull; Germaine Moses Camp v. Joyce Hazeltine in her official capacity as Secretary of State of the State of South Dakota; Scott Eccarius, in his official capacity as Speaker of the South Dakota House of Representatives; South Dakota House of Representatives; Arnold Brown, in his official capacity as President of the South Dakota Senate; South Dakota Senate

Federal Court Rules South Dakota Violated Voting Rights of Native Americans

September 15, 2004

PIERRE, SD—In an historic victory for voting rights, a federal court today ruled that South Dakota violated the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act when it approved a statewide redistricting plan that dilutes the voting power of Native Americans.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - ACLU Secures Major Victory in Landmark Redistricting Case

PIERRE, SD—In an historic victory for voting rights, a federal court today ruled that South Dakota violated the 1965 federal Voting Rights Act when it approved a statewide redistricting plan that dilutes the voting power of Native Americans.

"This is a landmark victory for the voting rights of Native Americans," said Bryan Sells, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Voting Rights Project,which had challenged the plan. "Redistricting has historically been used to disenfranchise minority voters. Today’s decision will help rectify this longstanding problem."

The ACLU filed the case on behalf of four Native American voters in December 2001 after the state legislature drew a new legislative district map that packed Native Americans into a single district. As a result, District 27, which encompasses the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations, has an almost 90 percent "supermajority" of Native Americans. The ACLU argued that packing the two reservations into one district disenfranchises Indian voters under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits abridging the right to vote on account of race or ethnicity.

"If the state had drawn districts more fairly, Native Americans would have been a majority in two districts instead of a 90 percent supermajority in only one," Sells said. "The people on those reservations deserve to have at least one more person fighting for them in the legislature."

The ruling in favor of Native American voters in South Dakota comes at a time when the country is closely monitoring the state’s current high-profile race between Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle and his Republican challenger, John Thune. According to political observers, Native American voters have been aggressively courted by both political parties and, in part as a result of successful court battles led by the ACLU, they are increasingly regarded as a growing and important electoral constituency.

In today’s ruling, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier wrote that the "current legislative plan impermissibly dilutes the Indian vote" and denies Indians in Districts 26 and 27 "an equal opportunity to access the political process." The court gave the state legislature 45 days to submit proposals to rectify the disenfranchisement of Native American voters in South Dakota.

The ACLU said that although today’s decision may not directly impact the November election, it could help strengthen voter confidence among South Dakota’s Indian population and drive increased turnout at the polls.

In an earlier decision in May 2002, Judge Schreier ruled in favor of the ACLU and its Native American plaintiffs when she found that the South Dakota Legislature violated Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires jurisdictions to get federal approval before making changes to any election laws or procedures to ensure that states do not disenfranchise voting populations that have experienced a history of discrimination.

"The Voting Rights Act was created to ensure that state governments do not discriminate against traditionally marginalized and oppressed populations," said Jennifer Ring, Executive Director of the ACLU of the Dakotas. "Unfortunately, South Dakota has repeatedly flouted this important law at the expense of its Native American citizens. We applaud today’s decision and we will continue to monitor any election laws that may impact this population."

Alfred Bone Shirt, a Sicangu Lakota activist and lead plaintiff in the case, also applauded Judge Schreier’s decision. "This is a milestone in correcting a system that has alienated my people from the political process for decades. We have the right to have a say in the direction of our future."

Bone Shirt v. Nelson is one of six lawsuits brought against state and local officials inSouth Dakotain federal court by the Atlanta-based ACLU Voting Rights Project since 1999. To date, five of these cases have been resolved in favor of the ACLU and its Native American plaintiffs and one remains pending.That suit challenges a redistricting plan which the ACLU argues dilutes Native American voting strength in the city of Martin, South Dakota (Cottier v.City of Martin,SD).

Rapid City attorney Patrick Duffy served as co-counsel with the ACLU.

To read a copy of this ruling, go to click her.
For more information on the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, go to http://www.aclu.org/VotingRights/VotingRightsMain.cfm.

About This Website

This website belongs to the DLN Human Rights Advocacy Coalition in Support of the DLN Nation Grass Roots Oyates and Indigenous Peoples and Supporters.

A web site such as this is, by nature, always in a state of development. There are however areas which do not have content yet. The site index below notes those pages.

Mission Statement

The Dakota/Lakota/Nakota Human Rights Advocacy Coalition (DLN) is a traditional grassroots Oyate movement for the protection of our Red Nations' treaties and human rights. We stand with the Traditional Treaty Councils and Elders on our inherent rights as indigenous peoples.

The Dakota/Lakota/Nakota Human Rights Advocacy Coalition is chartered on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota. Our members are volunteer American Indian activists and activists for American Indian issues involved in advocating for integrated human, civil, legal, and indigenous rights, and social justice for traditional Dakota/Lakota/Nakota People. In addition to advocating in these matters, DLN is dedicated to providing solutions to Indian families who face hardship within reservation and border communities.

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This website is dedicated to (a) DLN Human Rights Advocacy (b) the dissemination of DLN news to DLN peoples and others, and (c) to educating and informing non-indigenous individuals on the facts concerning indigenous peoples in general, and the DLN in specific, as regards a genocidal agenda which has exterminated millions and continues to threaten extermination both culturally and physically. The content of the website and its links are intended to familiarize with a variety of relevant issues.

Fortunately, these threats are not without graspable resolutions for which many have fought, for which many are fighting, and are absolutely obtainable today.

The Dakota-Lakota-Nakota Human Rights Advocacy Coalition invites you to become an advocate striving towards these resolutions by participating in or supporting the DLN Human Rights Advocacy Coaliton and its Working Groups.



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Photograph--Alfred Bone Shirt Sr. wearing a peace medal.

They made us many promises, more than I can remember. But they kept but one - They promised to take our land...and they took it. -- Chief Red Cloud

Tunkashila, Let us stand Coalition strong in protection of our lands, our beliefs, our Sacred Spirituality, and our traditional Indigenous ways of life. We stand in strong support of Indigenous Rights and the Inherent Allodial title of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota Lands. Let us reclaim what is ours and work diligently to preserve what we now have.

End Dakota/Lakota/Nakota Ethnic Cleansing!

This website was created to Honor of our Ancestors, our Traditions, Elders and Children, and to provide a future for our generations to come.

That piece of red, white and blue cloth stands for a system and a country that does not honor it's own word...If it stood for honor and truth, it would remember our treaties and give them the appropriate place under international law. But it doesn't. It dishonors its own word and violates its treaties...
In Honor of Tony Black Feather (Died August 11 2004)


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