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Horseback Ride for Lights and Human Rights:The Dakota 38

Society & Culture  (tags: American Indians, Can-Do, Crow Creek, Dakota, Dakota 38 Ride, Human Rights, Human Rights Abuses, Mass Execution, Native Americans, Peter Lengkeek )

- 3478 days ago -
This is not a political stunt nor some radical move to defame anyone or organization. This is simply one way to raise awareness and expose a problem in our country that needs to be addressed in the hope that some people are listening and willing to take..


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Simone D (1462)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 5:44 am
Thank you Kat.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 5:52 am
As we all know, the past cannot change, but we can take steps together in the present to secure a better future for the peoples of Native America, and to end human rights abuses once and for all.

If we do not stand up for each other, no matter if we are Indian, Hispanic, Black, White, Asian, then we will all fall at the hands of the Corporate Theives that manipulate and the policies of our Government that destroy.


The Hydro Electric Dam was put up on the Crow land (that was stolen) and the Indians were promised "free" electric in turn for having this Dam there.

This Dam generates electric and they are making millions from this Dam, placed on the Crow land. YET, instead of "free" electric they are paying 1/3 higher in prices. Average income for the Crow is $5,000.

In any other place in the Country if someone is behind on their electric bills, has a disabled individual living in the home, the electric company can not shut of the power in the coldest months....however on the Rez, they pull the meter on people all the time.

My Heart broke, tears in my eyes, while I watched this film. Little children on nebulizers....meter pulled for appox. $100 back due. A women with children and she had pnumonia....metered pulled in the dead of winter. The one who pulled the meter of one home when no one was home couldn't even close the door behind them, just threw the notice on the floor left the door wide open, in dead of winter. What heat they might of had, now gone. This is disrespect greatly shown.

Readers these are Human Beings. WATCH THESE FILMS. You must let your voice be heard to your Government officials that this type of treatment to anyone is unacceptable. This is happening within the borders of the USA not some third world Country. If these Corporations are allowed to do it here, it is only a matter of time before it seeps out to everyone.

Arild Warud (174)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:15 am
TY Kat.

Ana Soares (63)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:29 am
This past weekend, a friend of mine who lives in a confortable middle-class house in Connecticut had his furnace broken down. How bad hours he had and his wife posted every step of their suffering at Facebook. It has brought commotion to her page, for many of her friends pitied her.
So why people don't get affected with such a case of corruption, disrespect and lack of humanity? Why people don't get affected with sick indian children?
No matter where it takes place - First world, third world... - the evolutionary state of those white people that appeared on the film and those who support this kind of act is low. They are the third-class humans; they are the underdeveloped ones; they are the savages.
We shall, at least, spread out this video and show that we are not like them.

Charlene S (126)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:29 am
People need to get this electric company in the news. Who is the governor and senator of this state? Or do they not have the power to make this correct on this reservation? I am furious at the disregard for human life.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:30 am

One word . . . WOW!

Very well done. I've bookmarked the site and joined their email list.

Thanks for keeping us updated, dear Kat! (And thank you, Sheryl aka Dandelion, for spreading the word.)

SuS NoMail Plez P (244)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:36 am
Dandelion, You said it all. Kat, thankX for all your hard work.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:46 am
I agree Ana this type of behaviour is unacceptable no matter where in the world it is happening. However so many assume that within the borders of the USA this does not occur...this is to open eyes that is does indeed happen here.
If the people on Facebook would only look outside of their own personal space and realize what blessings they do have, that although inconvenient for a few hours, they were going to get their heat back on. How can one complain so greatly when others suffer so much worse?

kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:52 am



"Be the first to join our national "RIDE FOR LIGHTS" Campaign. We need you to make this a success and to be completely honest, I am really nervous to ride 330 miles on horseback in the dead of winter....I NEED your support, it is the ONLY thing that will keep me on this horse for 13 days (besides a rope tied to my waist and attached to the saddle ;)

I know that with supporters like you, we can raise awareness and the funds needed to help keep the power on for the people of Crow Creek. We need your help to get pledges for every mile we ride to restore the rights of these people. Make a straight donation or make a pledge per mile. Pledge $1 per mile, $5 per mile...anything will help. I have to admit, being from Boston I do not have much riding experience and I really need your support to keep me on that horse and get me through the 330 miles of the ride so together, we can shine a brighter future on the Crow Creek Reservation. This historic event will be broadcast LIVE via An event like this has never been done before and during the ride I will celebrate my 40th birthday on December 19th and without your support, I may not make it to 40 ;).....

....I understand that people must pay their bills. But, in this case and under the circumstances, how the hell can they? Bottom line, this is not going to stop unless we do something now. And we need you. Watch the video and judge for yourself.

Please, write to the Senators and government officials listed in the [Crow Creek Takes Their Voice D.C. video]. Get the word out via Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, emails and any press contacts you may have. We can make a difference and stop these violations. Help put an end to these abuses.

Make Human Rights a priority here at home and please don't forget to tune in to and "join" us LIVE throughout our 13 day journey from Lower Brule, SD to Mankato, MN. (follow us on twitter for live updates)

Enough is enough!

Thank you for your support...I cannot do this with out you!

Eric Klein"


Sue L (26)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:54 am
It's so hard to imagine what these people have to endure - and the little ones crying and suffering. It's heartbreaking and sickening. The greedy, heartless power company needs to be held accountable and honor their original agreement giving free power for taking Native American land to build the plant. Any advocacy groups helping to give these people a voice? This should not continue to happen...

. (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:55 am
utube has many video's about this I've seen with sadden with heart,Please go & see the disrespect of the crow & Many other tribes!!The Gov. is Evil & i am ashamed of the action they take against all Native Americans! A very wise & Nobel People!! It's so long over due for them to be know as Fleash & Blood Great Native Americans!!!! Thanks Kat & Dandelion!!

wooddragon xx (88)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:58 am
Thanks Kat, love your xmas lights!! Thanks Dandelion for the heads up. This is not good, completely outrageous and disgusting. I would rather be unemployed than to have a job doing that, I would not have the heart to take money off people in such a dilema. Wouldn't, couldn't, never!!

Peace too you..

Ana Soares (63)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:59 am
Most of Brazilians doesn't know what happens with our "Natives" also. I must confess It was a surprise - an unpleasant surprise - to know that Native Americans were suffering so much nowadays. I always thought they were in better situation for the American Indian Movement is 30-40 years ahead of Brazilian Indian Movement. You must have seen in my sharebook the situation of Ava-Guarani Indians and what happened to them after the construction of a power plant in their lands (
I have forwarded the video to all my friends at Care2 . I will also forward it to my friends in Brazil and specially to some members of the Native Brazilian Movement. I will translate the story but we don't need to speak other language to understand what is being shown on that indian women's faces.

BernadetteP P (72)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:11 am
this a good one hope they can do this and the WETHER IS COLD ALSO THANK KAT

Janice H. (1)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:19 am
the people of crow creek have endured alot from being prisoners in the 1880's to now with promise of free electricty to having to pay outrageous rates to keep lights on the riders will endure the cold this will be the 5th year now alot of the children who live on the reservation do not know the true meaning of christmas it'sjust another day to survive the church will provide a meal and a candy bag that's christmas to them which isn't much but thta's what they will get think about that it's like living in a third world country for real i know i live here and see it

Yanula P (50)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:21 am
Pathologically unemetional mercilless b......s.No compasion pure sheer cruelty.Just wondering are these people human?

Yanula P (50)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:24 am
Sorry I fogat.I joined their email list.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:35 am

H Nick H (1826)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 7:57 am
Disgusting, and yet this kind of thing is happening more and more. The big corporations have taken over our govenrments from the top on down. They have the big money to pay off the politicians to do their bidding. Look what they are doing now with health care reform, something that has been tried for over 50 years. Republians and big corps have been against it for decades and will not give up.

But, as long as it doesn't seem to happen to YOU... well, it doesn't matter much. Who Cares?

Well, if WE THE PEOPLE DON'T CARE then we ALL lose in the end. In truth, we are the majority than are being run by the miniority. How long is it going to take before we get off our butts and do something? When it happens down the street, or your next door neighbor, or just wait till it happens to you. We are all in this together, and it's important to do the right thing for the greatest number of people.


liz c (827)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 8:04 am
Noted. Thank you Kat.

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 8:07 am
All I can say right now (and still have wet eyes) is WOW!!!

Watching this video for the last 1/2 (I think) hour... just way to shocking!! Central Eletric Coorperative (WHAT A JOKE!) should be sued...the fact that they pull meters and still check them on these people living in trailers no less in the freeze zone, while they don't even read other people's meters during that time of the year started to make me shake with anger, then tears, listening to these children who can't breathe and getting their electricity shut off for an extra 29.00 for what it took that #!#! man to walk from his truck to the trailer...still they would not let this woman pay the $70+ dollars she had. Taking out meters that have sick children, just throwing the bill on the floor when no one is home! APPALLING, INJUSTRICE??? yep!!!

I was listening to President Obama's speech in the background saying they would be heard, but apparently not! Why NOT have they been helped before when he promised to help them? Since this is happening now, and watching the weather channel yesterday they are due for the blizzard of a lifetime.

Thought the video was over and brought my dog inside and came in the video was still on, more information about the truck bringing some Still these special people are hurting...What is wrong with some of these celebrities that go to other Countries that are not in the United States and give $$$ to them, donate their help, why don't they help our Native People that live in the United States of America??? This is happening to our NATIVE PEOPLE that should live in Mansions for FREE in my opinion -- way to much was taken from them.

A ton of information on the video, coming back to watch again, and if I am asked what I want for Christmas, it will be donations to help them. The fact they were promised FREE electricity was another thing after that DAM that is making a TON OF MONEY, yet they are still left out in the cold...That is so wrong I am just crying from the shame of what is taking place here!

The ride that they are planning to do above Sioux Falls, S.D. is SO COLD FREEEZING and they are doing this for HELP. THEY ARE CRYING FOR HELP for this children and grandchildren, they are doing this out of dispair...what is wrong with this picture???? While there are Millionares here in the United States the American Native people that the land was stolen from are living in secluded areas, and those Millionares are rich because now they own the land. They should be giving paying these bills for these people!!! OH SHOOT ME...the United States should be paying this, what is wrong with them???

Kat, thank you for this, and Dandelion, for all of the news on this. Can't send money, but will be praying hard for their journey and may GOD help them.

Btw..the music the middle of this video was set to the WHO and it was totally fitting.

OUTSTANDING NEWS KAT...I will forward this!

Barbara K (61)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 8:37 am
Thanks, Kat, for letting people know what is going on. Like Nick said, we need to get off our butts and DO SOMETHING TO HELP. Write to Congressmen, shame them, try to get Rachel Maddow to do a show on this: Contact any talk shows we can think of. I've already written to Rachel twice, if more get involved in writing to her with all this info, just maybe someone on msnbc will pick it up. It's been hushed up for far too long. Too many people do not know that our First Americans are suffering like this. Why? Why should they be suffering? Isn't this America? We've been so dumbed down during the last administration that it's like no one cares any more about anything. Well, we, our Care2 friends care and we need to show it. LOUD and CLEAR!

ivona P (145)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 9:11 am
Noted.Thank you Kat.

. (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 9:19 am
Thannxxx.. it is time the USA moved out of the jurrassic age.. and got on with reconcilation and land reform for its people... I cannot fathom out, or understand the mindset of this first world country that's thinking is much third world....that it has not moved on with land reform whereas, we have done so in South Africa... all people need to be treated equally, and with the same dignity, so that God can once again bless the land...

. (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 9:21 am

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 9:28 am
You cannot currently send a star to marilyn because you have done so within the last week.

Virginia Reddin (9)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 11:40 am
thanks for sharing this!

mary f (200)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 12:37 pm
thanks kat

Brad C (40)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 12:49 pm
Thank you Kat for finding this. And thank you Sheryl for the forward to me. This is another terrible tragedy against humans from humans.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 1:03 pm

thank you

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 2:11 pm
How about each one of us writing to the S. Dakota Governor and Legislature to let them know we are aware of the terrible plight of these people that is happening in THEIR State and obviously with their blessings as it has been going on year after year. Let them know the WORLD IS WATCHING.
Contact Governor Rounds
Office of the Governor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Contact the Legislative Research Council
Capitol Building, 3rd Floor
500 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Write to the President of the United States
This link will open a page to fill out your information

kat yazzie (400)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 2:13 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Dandelion because you have done so within the last week.

Janine Boguslawski (95)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 2:19 pm
I appreciate all the hard work you do spreading awareness,more people should be more like you.

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 3:35 pm
Dandelion, thank you for this address...will print out to type a there anything else we can do, any type of petition out there to deliver, that would help if we could get enough signatures and deliver to this Electic Company "Central Electric Cooperative" who is NOT THE NAME the pocess at all. Can we do something there too?????

. (0)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 4:07 pm
It isn't enough for the "have nots" to protest unfair treatment. It is the responsibility of those who have been blessed with enough in life to fight for the rights of those who have not.

Cathi Hartline (248)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 5:13 pm
thank YOu Kat for all of Your hard work with such important news! and thank You Alice for passing the news to me!

Pat B (356)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 5:41 pm
TY, Kat, for this, and Carole for the FW....I've saved this one!!!

Alicia V (181)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 6:15 pm
Thanks Kat.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 8:48 pm
Thank you Kat, I loved watching them build the green house. I loved how even the kids got involved. I love the idea of the horseback ride to raise awareness. This is all great and did I say I loved it.

Agnes H (144)
Tuesday December 15, 2009, 10:06 pm
Thank you Dandelion for showing this to me. I read All and EVERYONE comment on this page and honestly don't know what to say. As an outsider i don't think they'll take much notice of me but I can but try. Otherwise I'll write a letter to the president as I've been assured that he reads all the letters personally. Although this was about something else.
However I'm not surprised that the American Indians are treated in this way. The same thing happens here with the Aboriginals. Some still live in huts and the mining industry want the land for mining, but so far the answer has been a negative and I hope it stays that way. I feel for the Indians in America and don't see why they are treated differently. Mind you we aren't getting much more than they do but we do get help from the government with the electric bills and gass bills during the winter and I think the same thing should happen in America with the Indians as they are I think getting money that is under the poverty line. We do and that's why we get the help. The only people who don't get help are those who refuse to work if they have to change say the colour of their hair or have to wear a uniform and refuse to. But as far as I know the American Indians are hard working people who do anything they'd have to do to make a few extra cents. I'd give you both a green star Kat and Dandelion, but don't know whether I can as yet. Please let me know what I can do from Oz as I'll do anything possible. I'll sign a petition to the Electric company I'm sure that'll help won't it? Dandelion please keep me informed how this goes.

Deborah O (98)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 12:32 am
The disinherited suffer out of the public eye, far from the photo ops prized by the television media, off the map as far as major print media outlets are concerned. Yet the disinherited ARE there and must not be forgotten, not for an hour, not for a day.

Susan A (14)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 2:45 am
Lovely thing to do - well done!

Susanne OFFLINE (23)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 3:38 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 4:13 am
Hasn't the Native American cultures been through enough since America was invaded those many many years ago? How much more will we as a society put upon them. And the children, apparently these corporations value money much more than the warmth they could provide to those children. And the ones who are sick and need medical equipment having to go without because of this heartless inhumane treatment. I am appalled and very angry that this is being allowed. I know there is someone somewhere who can do something about it.

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 5:20 am
Kat, you seem to dislike "political stunts" and "radical moves", Why?

Surely Abbie Hoffman, The Yes Men, the Vietnam War peace movement, etc., were accomplishing things when they did political stunts and radical moves, weren't they???

kat yazzie (400)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 6:31 am
Heya Simon!
That is not my quote. I was quoting from a sister article on the same event.

Abbie was/is one of my hero-role-models... YIPPIE!!!


. (1)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 6:43 am
As I have commented now for several weeks, there are awesome people in our nation and around the world that truly Make a Difference. These are the ones that do things without wanting praise, glory, or publicity. They are the ones not asking for money, but out of the goodness of their hearts, and what little they have, they take their hopes, dreams, and tenacity along with volunteers and make the changes they can. Bryan Williams has been showing "Making A Difference" now at the end of every broadcast for many weeks, on the "Nightly News". He has shown those that give out of the goodness of their hearts, not wanting praise or glory, but because they belief in reaching out to help others. With all of the horrible things going on in our world, it is an uplifting place in our hearts to see we do have those that will give all, and those that will give some... for the goodness of others...

. (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 9:28 am
Noted and copied links above to contact. Thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 10:14 am
It seems that some companies, governments and people think that as they have once cheated the Native People they can do it over and over again. How many treaties have been broken, how many lies told since 1492?
I feel ashamed sitting here in my wealthy house. Knowing that people here complain if they can't buy a new kitchen and taking everything they have for granted. I wish I had the money to get a Native family to my country so they can stay and rest for a few months. People are celebrating christmas, eat and drink too much and these poor Native people have nothing. Writing letters is not enough. Help must come immediately with such freezing temperatures. Maybe that fortunate people in the neighbourhood are willing to give a temporary home to a Native family until at least the cold is gone. I wish I could do something, knowing this story makes me feel frustrated and wanting to choke the uncompassionate, selfish and greedy owner of the electricity company who's rich and sitting on his wealthy ass during christmas.Sorry for my bad words but knowing that rich people profit from those who have been suffering since the colonists set foot on their land really makes me angry.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 4:02 pm
Very moving! I only wish I could ride with them!!!!!!

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 5:02 pm
Noted and I have bookmarked the site as well.
I am write emails and writing the govenor's & presidents email as well.

Why isn't enough ever enough for the rich corporate barons?
When, if ever will humanity step up to the plate and scream "ENOUGH!!!"


. (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 6:27 pm
Arafel: don't feel ashamed, just do something. There are lots of groups you can donate to, rather than feeling bad that you're sitting in a "wealthy house." Share the wealth.

Chris K (1231)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 6:59 pm
noted - thanks!

Aimee Osmulski (13)
Wednesday December 16, 2009, 9:23 pm
Wow, its amazing how people like that can sleep @ night. How can I help?

Anita Z (2)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 12:25 am

Brigid C (118)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 7:11 am
Thanks Kay! I wll forward this. What a great way of spreading awareness.I haven't ridden in 30 plus years, but I sure do love horses...

Brigid C (118)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 7:12 am
Sorry about the above, I typed Kay and not Kat! argh!!!

Natasha Gordon (71)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 7:44 am
This was a real eye opener, WOW!

Teresa W (782)
Thursday December 17, 2009, 9:54 am
Well done!

Gloria L (58)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 11:23 am
Thanks Kat. I hate injustice and I will call Obama about this : 202-456-1111
Got to raise consciousness!!!

Janice H. (1)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 7:28 pm
it really feels good to come here and read all the comments that are so positve how many people have visited south dakota it's like we're in the 1800's yet the natives are attacked on level especially the judicial aspect of their lives come and visit the crow creek sioux tribe and see for yourselves how bad it is here i've lived off the reservation coming back has been hard but my family lives here and i know things can change for the better with this ride and the Chairman of the Crow Creek protesting the selling of our land people have to know by now that we have people who want change for the better of our tribe especially our chairman all that he is giving up for the land so a big thank you to all read the story on the IRS selling the Crow Creek Sioux tribe land thanks alot for all the positve words it means alot to come here a read them when we on thisreservation are facing so much negative with christmas around the corner keep all the children in your prayers we are hosting a christmas dinner for all the children and elders on dec. 22 2009 well our family is always wanting to empower the children that live here and thanks again for all the good words

Winefred M (88)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 12:22 pm
Will do thank you Kat.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 6:52 pm
as the video noted - natives just need a hand up - not a hand out.

will continue to follow this.

contacted anderson cooper (cnn), shepard smith (fox), dateline nbc. we'll see if any of them care..

L X (529)
Monday January 11, 2010, 9:10 pm
It's a terrible thing that all those people were executed without due process, and now, people in the same place are having their land rights stolen from under them. I hope radio and television stations--and civil rights lawyers--in the region sat up and took notice so that some form of justice might be rendered.

Isis MorningStar (39)
Friday January 29, 2010, 2:10 pm
Thank you Kat and thank you Dandelion for sending me the story.
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