“With social ills and new age addictions plaguing Indigenous homelands and communities, and incarceration numbers reaching alarming rates; Iron House Nation was created to shed light and to bring a voice to the table of humanity.”Maza Tipi Oyate
Our goalThe direction of Maza Tipi Oyate is to create prevention initiatives for youth: our children are sacred. We have forgotten the teachings of our ancestors and this is not only the teachings of Native American ancestors but of all people.
Together we want to motivate the youth, use our experiences to prevent them from being incarcerated and connect them with the positive influence of community leaders, educators, musicians, artists, lawyers and speakers to empower the future generations.
With incarceration numbers reaching alarming rates, we know the Iron House will be the end result of many of our Indigenous youth. Those of us at Maza Tipi Oyate, hope by walking in the footsteps of our ancestors and reaching out to the world for help and unifying with the spirit of compassion, we can begin to mend our sacred hoop of life. The futures of Indigenous peoples and youth should not be as prisoners, and our homes should not be Prison Cells!
- Total Native American Population in South Dakota 7%
- Native Americans Incarcerated in South Dakota 21%
We need your helpTo further this journey I am seeking people of true compassion and interest to help me advance my efforts.
I need people to be a part of this voice, to educate the public, use social media to start a discussion, develop an organizing strategy, fund raise for outreach projects, and pressure politicians and decision makers to create change.
Regardless of who you are, or where you come from, you can make a huge difference for the Indigenous Peoples that have been forgotten.
Get in touch with us if you’re willing to help change the present into a better future.
Write to us
Robert A. Horse #13466
Mike Durfee State Prison
1412 Wood Street
Springfield, SD 57062-2238
The South Dakota State Penitentiary is denying Native American inmates religious accommodations for their quarterly pow wow ceremonies. That after a U.S. District Court ruled that the state Department of Corrections had violated those inmates’ religious freedoms by banning their use of tobacco in prayer.read more