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The following resolution from Porcupine District Council calls for the removal of the occupiers at the elderly center on Friday, April 1, 2011
RESOLUTION NO. ________
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RESOLUTION OF THE PORCUPINE DISTRICT COUNCIL
RESOLUTION OF THE PORCUPINE DISTRICT COUNCIL DEMANDING
IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF ALL OCCUPANTS FROM THE PORCUPINE
DISTRICT ELDERLY MEALS BUILDING PREMISES BY APRIL 1ST, 2011.
WHEREAS, the Porcupine District (Hereinafter the “District”) lies within the
legal boundaries of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as one of nine districts which serve
as local governing bodies for each district, and
WHEREAS, the district membership is authorized by the Oglala Sioux Tribal
Constitution and Bylaws in accordance with Article 6, to pursue self determination within
its own boundaries, and
WHEREAS, on Friday March 4, 2011 a small group of elders and non residents
illegally occupied the Porcupine Elderly meals center building, and in the process,
disrupted much needed services to the majority of elders in the district, and
WHEREAS, the occupiers handed a list of demands to the elected leadership of
the district, including the OST President Steele, representative Tuttle, representative
Weston and chairman Bush, and
WHEREAS, all demands were identified and settled by the parties involved, and
was done in a respectful and efficient manner, and
WHEREAS, the district representatives observed that immediately following the
illegal occupation activities, circumstances resulted in unsanitary conditions and over
crowded population inside the building, and
WHEREAS, the district leadership recognizes that there are unsupervised
juveniles currently located at the elderly meals center occupation site, and
WHEREAS, on the evening of Sunday March 27, 2011, Rifles were removed by
tribal Police officers at the occupation site, and
WHEREAS, on the same evening, (March 27) a young boy was beaten in front of
the occupation site and was seen by an eyewitness, stating the unknown boy was dragged
into the elderly building, and
WHEREAS, on March 10, another eyewitness account stated that as she was
taking her son to school, she saw two individuals behind the elderly building holding and
aiming a gun, and
WHEREAS, the district acknowledges that there are continued threats toward
members of the district made by the occupiers and non residents of the district, and
RESOLUTION NO. ________
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THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the district is asking all occupants to
vacate themselves from the elderly building premises by Friday April 1st, 2011, or be
removed in accordance with the laws of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the district accepts and certifies the attached
petition to this resolution confirming that occupiers do not represent the majority of
voting members of this district, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, all federally funded items in the possession of
occupiers are to be returned to the meals center or face penalties including prosecution.
I, as undersigned Secretary of the Porcupine District Council do hereby certify that this
resolution was adopted by the vote of: _____ for; _____ against; _____ not voting;
during a ____________ session, held on the ________ day of March 2011.
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