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Lakota File Federal Injunction To Remove Rainbow Gathering

LAKOTA WARRIORS FILE EMERGENCY INJUNCTION SEEKING RAINBOW REMOVAL;  PRESS CONFERENCE THURSDAY

MEDIA ADVISORY: July 1, 2015 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Canupa Gluha Mani at 605-517-1547 or Email: cantetenza13@gmail.com

 WHAT: Press Conference

 WHO: International Treaty Defenders – a collaboration of the Lakota Strong Heart Warrior Society and the Lakota Rainbow Affinity group of supportive Rainbow Family members.

 WHERE: International Treaty Defenders Camp. From Hill City, SD take Deerfield Road until you see the camp.

 WHEN: Thursday July 2, 2015 at 11:00am

 Rapid City, SD – Wednesday afternoon the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Independent Lakota Nation filed an Emergency Injunction in Federal Court to force action in removing the Rainbow Gathering from Lakota Territory in the Black Hills.

The nine page motion enjoins defendants, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Park Service, South Dakota Division of Agriculture Conservation and Forestry, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, and Pennington County Sheriff, to take immediate action to remove the 1000 person Rainbow Gathering from a site near Deerfield Lake in the Lakota’s sacred mountains.

The motion for Emergency Injunction states that: “The Defendant’s failure to act will also result in the imminent threat of injury to the political, social, and cultural institutions and resources of Lakota Nation members including injury to Lakota tribal treaty rights, lands, assets, and resources; and, additional damage to Lakota historical and cultural sites which have not been fully identified and inspected on the site prior to the Rainbow encampment.”

The Lakota have never relinquished nation status or given up aboriginal title to He Sapa or the sacred Black Hills.  The warrior society has been working with the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council and other traditional and grassroots Lakota people to remove the gathering.  The injunction is filed by the Independent Lakota Nation to more fully assert sovereign nation status.

Organizers for the Rainbow encampment failed to get permission following the customary law of the traditional Lakota Nation. Despite the rosy reports on social media, many grassroots and traditional Lakota are upset about the Rainbow incursion on sacred ground.

Holding the gathering in the Black Hills without an invitation from traditional Lakota people has also divided the Rainbow Family reducing attendance and causing the event to be labled an “unsanctioned” Rainbow gathering.

https://cantetenza.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/lakota-file-federal-injunction-to-remove-rainbow-gathering/

Forest Service: Counterculture Gathering Draws 750 So Far

The Black Hills National Forest Mystic Ranger District remains the gathering place of the Rainbow Family of Living Light.

The Black Hills National Forest Mystic Ranger District remains the gathering place of the Rainbow Family of Living Light.

HILL CITY, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service estimates about 750 people so far have arrived for a counterculture gathering in the Black Hills.

Members of the Rainbow Family of Living Light have been trickling into western South Dakota for the summer gathering they hold in a national forest every year. The gathering begins Wednesday and continues through July 7.

The celebrations annually draw thousands from across the country and often the ire of local law enforcement.

The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1JnYopO ) the forest service has an operating plan in place with some members of the gathering.

Members of a Forest Service Incident Management Team are also conducting regular checks on the attendees to limit damage to the national forest and protect public safety.

Information from: http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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

Rapid City Journal

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.

http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/five-people-here-for-rainbow-event-arrested-on-felony-drug/article_2682502b-198e-5fa4-9761-eeefcbdc13e7.html

Rainbow Family Of Light Member Threatens To Kill Native Americans (VIDEO)

Video: Warning Offensive Language

By Red Power Media, Staff

In a strange YouTube video, a member of the Rainbow Family of Living Light, who claims to be named Tommy-Jane and also speaking on behalf of the Crow Dog family, rambles in frustration at James Swan, Lance Browneyes and a group of women warriors, then suddenly threatens to kill Native Americans.

The Rainbow Family of Light, are pondering having their annual Rainbow Gathering in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest from July 1 -7.

The Rainbow Family gathering in the Black Hills has local Native Americans along with state and federal law enforcement officers concerned.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.