The Republic of Lakotah is forming an all-Lakota grand jury to investigate government corruption on South Dakota reservations, according to organizer Russell Means.
Means said a press conference at 11 a.m. today in Memorial Park near the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center will outline the direction the grand jury’s investigation will take.
“The situation is once again like it was in 1972 where some of the police are the terrorists,” Means said.
Everything on the reservation is handled politically from law enforcement to tribal courts to the tribal council and administration, Means said.
The grand jury’s investigation will start with the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and eventually address situations on seven Sioux reservations in the Republic of Lakotah, Means said.
Housing, health and education issues on the reservations are at the forefront of the republic’s concerns, Means said.
A group of activists including Means announced in December the formation of the Republic of Lakotah, which they say is an independent nation, seceding from the United States and rejecting treaties with the U.S. government.
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