Support Traditional Elders at Pine Ridge

Strong Heart Mutual-Aid Project

Cante Tenza Okolakiciye is the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Lakota Nation, an ancient warrior society as well as a grassroots civil rights movement that works to protect, enforce and restore treaty rights, civil rights, and sovereignty of Native people and their communities across Turtle Island.

In addition to activist efforts such as the annual Blockade of White Clay Nebraska, each year Cante Tenza collects and freely distributes shoes, winter coats, school supplies, food, and other support to Oglala Lakota elders, children and families.

Cante Tenza is based on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and is led by traditional Headsman Canupa Gluha Mani aka Duane Martin Sr., a long time Lakota activist and participant in the 1973 Occupation of Wounded Knee.

Strong Heart is seeking good hearted people with integrity who would like to assist us in our critical work, both on Pine Ridge and throughout Indian Country. Mutual-aid support activities may include:

  • Strong Heart Elder Care - For 17 years, Strong Heart has committed to buying propane for traditional Elders and other families in need during the harsh Great Plains winters. Mutual-aid support can help raise donations for purchasing heating oil and electric heaters for those in need.
  • Strong Heart Winter Care, School Supplies & Food Support - Each year, Strong Heart provides numerous kinds of support to the Lakota people. Each fall, Strong Heart donates school supplies to Lakota children. Each winter, we arrange the donation, transport, and free distribution of winter coats, gloves, pants, boots and other clothing. Cante Tenza also maintains a location where people are able to get free food and other supplies. Mutual-aid support can assist in food/clothing/school supply drives, raising funds for truck and trailer transport, and other activities that assist in the support of the Lakota people.
  • Shut Down White Clay, Nebraska & Annual Blockade - For 11 years, Strong Heart has helped lead the efforts to shut down the continuing act of genocide known as White Clay, Nebraska. We need capable mutual-aid activists and organizers to help in this effort both from within Indian Country and world-wide.
  • Lakota Oyate: Free & Independent Lakota People - Over 350 Lakota people have joined the growing movement to re-establish a free and independent Lakota Nation that rejects U.S. government puppet status and relies on traditional governance and culture. Mutual-aid support is needed to assist with sovereign and sustainable systems development (housing, energy, food, healthcare, transportation, etc) as well as legal, administrative, and web page support.
  • Voices of the Strong Heart - We would benefit from mutual-aid support that helps to arrange talks, musical performances, road-shows, decolonization/anti-racism trainings and other education events that help people understand and plug into the unique work of Cante Tenza and our resistance to U.S. colonial enforcement and genocide.

For years, Strong Heart has functioned on the tightest of budgets and the smallest of donations to protect and provide to the Lakota people.

Unlike many others who raise money and support in the name of Lakota Elders and people but who keep for themselves, Cante Tenza has always been accountable to the traditional Grandmothers and oyate. Like true warriors, Strong Heart often goes without ourselves, so the people may be provided for.

In order to meet and expand our ability to protect the Lakota and other Native people, we need to grow our base of mutual-aid support. We seek people who can:

  • Work with integrity and respect.
  • Be trustworthy to do what they say they are going to do.
  • Perform mutual-aid activities without imposing their own political, religious, or cultural beliefs.
  • Work alcohol and drug free during support activities and who will not bring these substances into spaces where Native people are present.
  • Provide mutual-aid work without seeking to be taught Native "wisdom", cultural practices, or to "become" like the Lakota.

For more information contact:

Mutual-aid coordinator - Naomi Archer at 828-230-1404.
Cante Tenza Headsman - Duane Martin Sr., 605-454-0449 or 605-517-1547.
General questions can be sent to cantetenza13 at gmail.com.
On Facebook as "Lakota Oyate" and mutual-aid group is "Strong Heart Mutual Aid"
Free & Independent Lakota Oyate can be found at www.lakotaoyate.net
Youtube channel: Strongheart1972
Strongheart Preservation Movement (alabama) - http://www.strongheartpreservationmovement.com/