Rainbow Gathering Incites Argument As Native American Groups Call For Eviction

Helen Red Feather argues against the United Urban Warriors decision to evict the Rainbow Family on Thursday, June 26th.

In a statement on Thursday, a delegation that includes several Native American groups, including the Lakota Grandmothers Khahtela Society, called for the eviction of Rainbow Family gatherers who may arrive in the Black Hills, beginning July 1st. The event is expected to draw thousands of people to a remote site near Deerfield Lake in the Black Hills National Forest.

The coalition said the U.S. Forest Service has failed to honor treaties that prevent destruction of the Black Hills. Concerns have also been raised that the Rainbow party will desecrate sacred Native American sites.

Both Native Americans and some Rainbow Family gatherers remain opposed to holding the event in the Black Hills.

The confrontation with Native Americans started about two weeks ago when James Swan, Founder of the United Urban Warrior Society, drove his pickup with a loudspeaker to a meeting with some Rainbow Family gatherers in the parking lot of the Hill City Chamber of Commerce visitor center. Swan told the Rainbow Family in no uncertain terms that they were not welcome to camp in the Black Hills.

James Swan gets in an argument with a member of the Rainbow Family Monday morning at the Hill City Visitor Information Center. Swan is concerned the group may desecrate sacred Lakota sites.

James Swan gets in an argument with a member of the Rainbow Family at the Hill City Visitor Information Center. Swan is concerned the group may desecrate sacred Lakota sites.

The United Urban Warrior Society is protesting the gathering taking place on treaty land.

The arrival of the Rainbow Family to the Black Hills has caused some controversy.

On Thursday, conflict erupted near the gathering campsite in the Central Black Hills. A thunderstorm blew in as members of the Rainbow Family and Native Americans in support of their presence met up with members of the United Urban Warrior Society on the highway, near their campsite. The groups collided and an argument soon broke out.

Some Lakota people support the Rainbow Family. 

“You don’t speak for us Oglala’s in Pine Ridge,” says Hellen Red Feather is a Lakota woman from the Wounded Knee standing alongside the Rainbow Family

She says the Rainbows and the Lakota people both want to protect the land. She argued with the Urban Warriors who are attempting to evict the campers.

A woman going by the name “Feather” argues that the Rainbow Family has a right to be on the land.

Canupa Glaha Mani a member of the United Urban Warrior Society argues the Rainbow Family is invading on Lakota land without permission.

Canupa Glaha Mani with the Urban Warrior Society argues that the Rainbow Family is trespassing.

Canupa Glaha Mani with the Urban Warrior Society argues that the Rainbow Family is trespassing.

The Urban Warriors promise to evict the Rainbow Family. But, at this time the campers remain at a site near Deerfield Lake.

Forest Service officials have said “We hope the encampment is a peaceful one and that there are no violent incidents such as a fatal shooting that occurred earlier this year in Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest.”

The Forest Service held a town hall meeting Friday evening in Hill City to provide information and answer questions regarding the Rainbow Gathering.

5 People In Rapid City SD For The Rainbow Event, Arrested On Felony Drug Charges

Smoking the giant pipe at a Rainbow Gathering  in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington State

Smoking the giant pipe at a Rainbow Gathering in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington State

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Rapid City and its police department may have gotten a taste of what the proposed Rainbow Family gathering may bring to the Black Hills region next month after an incident with multiple arrests Wednesday night.

Police were called about 6:40 p.m. to the 600 block of North Lacrosse Street on a report of aggressive panhandling, according to a press release. Aggressive panhandling, by city ordinance, means “continuing to solicit from a person after the person has given a negative response,” according to the release.

Before police arrived, the suspected panhandler had gotten into a vehicle and left the scene, though officers later spotted and pulled over the car after it ran a red light near Catron Boulevard and Cambell Street, the report said.

Several of the five people in the car, all from out of state, told officers they were in the area for the Rainbow gathering. The gathering is a planned event in which an estimated 5,000 “hippies” may spend time in the Black Hills National Forest in July.

A consensual search of the car turned up more than two ounces of marijuana, multiple paraphernalia, marijuana wax and open liquor containers, the report said.

All five occupants were given urine tests, which were positive for THC, and all five were arrested on charges that included felony marijuana possession, open container in a vehicle, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Arrested on drug and open container laws were: Breanne Jallo, 23, of Fields Landing, Calif.; Kristopher Cromwell, 25, of Sandpoint, Idaho; Steven Conklin, 22, of Altamont Springs, Fla.; Katrina Gonzales, 20, of Mather, Calif.; and Jason Pearson, 36, of Chico, Calif. Cromwell also faces a panhandling charge, and Jallo faces a no-license and red light charge.

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Lakota Issue Notice of Complaint to Rainbow Family; Deny Black Hills Entry

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Hill City – The Lakota Tetuwan Judiciary Council and the Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation have issued a Notice of Complaint to the Rainbow Family and the Rainbow Gathering denying them entry into the Sacred Black Hills.

Using Article I of the 1868 Treaty of Ft. Laramie known as the “Bad Man Clause”, Lakota warriors will exercise sovereign jurisdiction over their traditional territory to remove any encampments and hold the Rainbow Family in custody until they can be handed over to United States officials for treatment.   Monetary damages will be sought.

The Cante Tenza Strong Heart Warriors and the Tetuwan Judicial Council are also pointing a finger at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Oglala Sioux Tribe Government who once again illegally refused to consult traditional elders before entering into negotiations with the Rainbow Family group.

This action highlights the complete breakdown of government with…

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Native Americans Concerned With ‘Rainbow Warriors’ Gathering In The Black Hills

Rainbow Family members arrive in the Routt National Forest north of Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 2006, when the event drew about 20,000 people. Officials say the group may come to the Black Hills this summer.

Rainbow Family members arrive in the Routt National Forest north of Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 2006, when the event drew about 20,000 people.

A group called the Rainbow Family of Light, are pondering having their annual gathering in South Dakota’s Black Hills from July 1 -7.

An estimated 8,000 to 20,000 participants who refer to themselves as a “Rainbow Family” would be camping in the Black Hills National Forest.

The Rainbow Family’s “peace and love” gatherings are strongly associated with the hippie subculture. The group was founded in 1970s and professes to have no leaders or hierarchy, and appears to draw its name from a fake Native American prophecy claiming that a band of ‘Rainbow Warriors’ will ‘make the earth green again’.

While there are variations on the theme, especially as it has become popularized by environmentalists, hippies and in Internet memes, the common thread in all versions of the story is that a time of crisis will come to the Earth, and people of many races will come together to save the planet.

Usually, the myth of the Rainbow Warriors is falsely credited as being a Cree or Hopi prophecy. However, the origin is not First Nations or Native American at all, but rather from a book titled Warriors of the Rainbow by William Willoya and Vinson Brown.

It was basically an evangelical Christian tract which was published in 1962. If anything, it was an attack on Native culture and an attempt to evangelize within the Native American community.

The truth is several thousand hippies gathering in the Black Hills has local Native Americans along with state and federal law enforcement officers concerned.

Black Hills National Forest spokesman Scott Jacobsen said they believe there’s a 95–percent chance they’re coming to the Black Hills this year.

Jacobsen says a National Incident Management Team arrived from Washington with forest officials, law enforcement and others to get ready.

The Forest Service’s main concerns are that the gathering is peaceful and organized and that there is resource protection and fire prevention.

James “Magaska” Swan and the United Urban Warrior Society (U.U.W.S.) megaload blockade.

James “Magaska” Swan (centre) and the United Urban Warrior Society. On March 26th 2014, members of U.U.W.S. stopped and turned around 4-fracking trucks and ran them off the Cheyenne River Reservation.

The embattled Black Hills are sacred ground

The Black Hills area is considered sacred by the Lakota and nearly two dozen other tribes that claim the area as ancestral.

The Lakota made their home in the majestic Black Hills in the eighteenth century, drawing on the hills endless bounty for physical and spiritual sustenance. 

The Black Hills are the Lakota’s place of creation.

After a treaty was signed in 1868, the Lakota was promised the Black Hills forever. But after gold was discovered, the treaty was broken by the US Government.

To this day, ownership of the Black Hills remains the subject of a legal dispute between the U.S. government and the Lakota.

Native American James “Magaska” Swan, a Lakota member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in Dakota territory and Founder of the United Urban Warrior Society (U.U.W.S.) started a online petition that has 1,416 supporters in favor of the “Rainbow Warriors” staying away from the Black Hills.

In an interview with Red Power Media, Swan said our ceremonies belong to us! Not to the Rainbow Family of Light. “Our ancestors died fighting for our rights and our very existence!”

“We do not change or manipulate our spirituality to fit our needs; our spirits do not speak their language!” “We are asking the Rainbow Family of Light to take their event somewhere else” says Swan.

“If the Rainbow Family of Light chooses to use the Black Hills, they will forever ruin any future relationships with Indigenous peoples especially the Lakota with the exception of a few sell outs.”

They will be on National Park land (not private property) it’s occupied Lakota land. “We will rally and confront them,” said Swan.

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No Rainbow Gathering In the Black Hills. / Facebook.

American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) chapters have also shown their support for the U.U.W.S. and Swan says “AIM has announced that they will stand with us against the Rainbow Gathering.”

The American Indian Movement in Rapid City SD, Native Lives Matter Protest

American Indian Movement members attend a Native Lives Matter Protest in Rapid City SD.

According to a Facebook event hosted by Swan, there will be a meeting with Tribal representatives in regards to the ‘Rainbow Warriors’ at the Hill City Information Center in South Dakota on Monday, June 15 @ 10:00 a.m.

Some members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light’s Facebook page,  question why a meeting with the Native Americans of the Black Hills is needed at all?

Rainbow Family of Living Light / Facebook.

Rainbow Family of Living Light / Facebook.

Lets do what we do every FN year?

Earlier this year in March, at the annual woodland meeting in Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest, a member of The Rainbow Family of Living Light was killed and two injured in a gun rampage around a campfire.

In 2014, at Uinta National Park in Utah, an estimated 8,000 people showed up at the Rainbow Gathering. A National Forest spokeswoman said there were 587 total incidents, including 31 arrests and 136 citations for violations. Two people died in their sleep during the event. The arrests included drug possession, drunken driving and public urination.

In July 2011, a woman named Marie Hanson, from South Lake Tahoe California, went missing in Skookum Meadow Washington State while attending the Rainbow Gathering at Gifford Pinchot National Forest. In October 2011, human remains and jewelry were found near the woman’s campsite. It was later confirmed that the remains were those of Hanson. Police said it was a suspicious death.

Smoking the giant pipe at a Rainbow Gathering in Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington State

Smoking the giant pipe at a 2011, Rainbow Gathering in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington State.

The Gatherings also double as an excuse to throw a party in the woods

The Rainbow Gathering prides itself on being unorganized and these recent gatherings have also had a more sinister side, attracting a seedier crowd that uses all the anachronistic peace-loving as cover for drug abuse, theft, and violent crime.

Pot smoke, public nudity, and drum circles abound.

Environmental impact and crimes such as drug use, assaults, fugitives and serious traffic charges like drunken driving are often difficulties associated with Rainbow Gatherings, and have resulted in strained relations between the gathering’s participants and local communities.

So it would seem the Native Americans and their supporters, along with the state and federal law enforcement agencies — who are all opposed to the next Rainbow Family of Light gathering in the sacred Black Hills — have very legitimate reasons to be concerned.

By Black Powder