Robert Horse Stands Waiting
Founder and Advocate
Robert Horse Stands Waiting, Oglala Lakota, is the founder and advocate of Maza Tipi Oyate and advocate for indigenous communities.
He can be reached at:
Lakotacircle7 @ gmail.com
Personal ThanksRobert would like to thank all those that took time out of their lives to help his efforts in creating this website and other social media outlets and the countless books that helped fill his mind of knowledge and heart of compassion. He thanks all those people that he reached out to for their support and gave it for conferences and other events he organized inside the prison walls.
He also thanks his family for keeping his spirit strong for all the years he has been incarcerated. He dreams of the day that he will be amongst you all, and for an opportunity to start a family and do his part in creating the better world we all yearn for. He remembers all of you when he enters the sacred Inipi (Sweat Lodge) every week.
Biography of the Founder, Robert Horse.
Robert believes with people power that anything is possible, and if we only put our differences, judgments, and personal problems aside we can create so much change! He looks to all the great accomplishments of the world, and how far civilization came with compassion and regular people desiring something different for each other. He hopes you can help by supporting his efforts, and helping find new ways to reach this change.
Ancestry and Childhood
Robert was raised in both the city and reservation. Part of his life was spent in Sacramento, California where he describes his childhood as really diverse: where bright city lights are met with harsh realities of the inner city that can be seen in many daytime crime dramas. He remembers that many people in the city are fascinated by Native American culture and heritage because many had only seen Native Americans in old western movies and movies like Dances with Wolves and The Last of the Mohicans.
When growing up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation he describes his experience as a battle between traditions and addictions. Nevertheless, he loves his people and rich culture and traditions that have helped his people survive for millennia. He realizes that the reservation is considered “third world” to most of America, but he also understands that it was the Mecca for the Sacred Pipe, Sundances, and other sacred ceremonies that have provided the people with a connection to God/Creator.
Human Rights Advocate
Robert has to his credit of writing over 1,200 letters to different human rights organizations, tribal governments, religious organizations, and U.S. Governments Officials to seek assistance and relief from state oppression. Although, the majority of the letters written never received an answer, he still believes that there are organizations out there that actually do what they advertise to the public. He has published some of his writings in Native American newspapers to bring awareness to the incarceration issues facing Indian Country. Throughout the years he has read books that will open his mind, and allow him to better understand government, economics, history, treaty rights, U.S. Courts, spirituality, influential leaders throughout history, and about nonprofit organizations.
He has lead non-profit organizations from inside the prisons in Sioux Falls, SD that strive to teach Native American prisoners culture, heritage, spirituality, and to return them to their homelands and communities as rehabilitated men. Through this experience he has learned how to apply for grants to keep the organizations functional and to bring speakers in to the conferences to motivate and inspire those that are incarcerated. Through this organization he has met people of compassion, and because he was incarcerated so young he used these experiences to connect with the world beyond the walls that confine him.
Robert is currently studying to become a paralegal to help his people understand the law because many are ignorant of the legal jargon in the courtrooms. In addition, he is motivated by a study that was conducted by the South Dakota Equal Justice Commission which found that Native Americans in South Dakota are being racially profiled by police and being unjustly incarcerated at unprecedented rates.
Moreover, he hopes to also tackle the extraordinary racial disparities wherever people of poverty are being prosecuted. He believes the mass incarceration of the poor is a ploy to try to control and manage our social-ills that will continue to plague our communities until we, the people, find real solutions. In addition, he has recently voiced support through his writings and is going to bring more awareness to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) violations occurring in Indian Country, especially the current legal battle taking place in Rapid City, SD. Several Lakota Tribes and families have filed a lawsuit for the illegal taking of Native American children. He has become so compassionate about the (ICWA) violations from hearing personal stories of fellow prisoners that were physically and sexually abused in foster homes, or placed in group homes and foster homes where they witnessed other children being abused. He argues that this is another form of genocide, and the new age Indian Boarding School.