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The REJECTION DOCUMENT is the result of research made by, concluded and composed by Chief Richard Grass LDN Chief.
These documents were thoroughly read, discussed and approved by the body of Traditional Spiritual Chiefs and Elders presiding over the Lakota Dakota Nakota Nation in 1989, who have all since passed over to the Spirit world and still await justice for their offspring and future generations of this nation and the peoples residing upon their sacred lands.
“Let this be our Preamble and Constitution: Have Respect For All.”
“Now let the remedies and rectification begin for land restoration and reparations.”
Chief Richard Grass
REJECTION OF DOCKETS 74 A – 74 B
We at the TRADITIONAL LAKOTA, DAKOTA, NAKOTA GOVERNMENT have rejected the Supreme Court Claims Award, re; 74 a – 74 b. These being all traditional Indian lands which as an illusion describes the total land base for the Sioux Nation – as a total of 48 million acres. Instead we will start negotiating for our original 7 treaties that our great grandfather have made with the United States Government, which consists of 191 million acres plus parts of Canada as part of the original land base which we have occupied since time immemorial which as the United States describes as consisting of all and or parts of 11 states, so let’s put illusions aside and clarify this as the “Louisiana Purchase” roper which we have occupied and retained aboriginal title to since time immemorial.
We cannot accept the Pirate acts and “Doctrine of Discovery” mandated by Papal order and adopted by the United States and Canadian Governments. This is Permanent Indian Country…
As history has shown, the “Sioux” as we were called, have defended our territory from whoever tried to invade it, whether it be the people from Spain, or France, etc., even against unfavorable odds as with the defeat of the U.S. 7th Cavalry at the battle of the Little Bighorn June 26, 1876. The same war machine the United States implemented against the entire red race in this Western hemisphere at that time, in violation of existing treaties which are effectually legal international agreements between countries.
Initially and notwithstanding for any reason our CHIEFS said “we cannot sell these lands” (land, naturally is an immoveable non-transportable commodity necessary for the survival of all the people and cannot be transferred by a piece of paper and enforced by threat of arms and punishment.)
Our Chiefs were not educated to speak, read or write English at the time of the treaty making era so they couldn’t express themselves in the foreign system of communication and had to rely on interpreters to translate for the so-called United States Government as they were initiating the treaty.
It is documented in Congressional records that the “Sioux” understood perfectly what the treaties meant and lived up to them to the letter and that understanding was that the land described in the very first treaty was designated to be “PERMANENT INDIAN COUNTRY” and was set aside by the International agreement (TREATY) for the exclusive and undisturbed use and occupation of the traditional government in power at that time, which has been replaced by foreign colonial U.S. emigrant government by fraudulent methods and improper legal procedure to procure land acquisitions.
Article 2 of Treaty (still in force by International Law)
To further explain the reason an meaning why this land cannot be sold for any reason and particularly for the simple fact that land is an indefinite and indefinable commodity that cannot be equated with the value of money as money is man made and fluctuates and can disappear as a valid useful mode of trade, and the same is true of governments.
This land was put here by the Supreme Being and he also put the Indigenous race here with it’s own form of government suited to it’s own religion, traditions, culture, and environment within which to base its’ social modes and jurisdiction of government on, since time immemorial. Just as money systems can be and are changed overnight also can this emigrant colonial foreign government called the United State government.
Governments all around the earth change overnight. When governments are not providing for the best interests of the people, people don’t want it and take the appropriate action to replace it with a more effective form. Democracy has endured a few years beyond its limits as proposed by scholars, but the time has been watched carefully and closely, as Russia has dissolved itself – this government is not different. This government has historically proved itself incompetent and ineffective particularly in regard to the indigenous people of the entire western hemisphere and “Sioux”above all others except those that have been exterminated.
The way the U.S. system of government is set up it is mainly a failure and is a wonder and a miracle that it has lasted this long as it only exists on stolen money, land, and loans.
Now the time has come to point to and put emphasis on the structure of government hypothetically called the United States of America. Of course the Lakota consider it a foreign government, imposed in direct opposition to our traditional values, morals and ethics distinct to our culture and society. The U.S. is a tax payer’s government based on a mixed variety of values and on a continuing experimental basis having never arrived at any stable condition.
We [Lakota] have been denied by it and discriminated by it long enough from the Declaration of Independence through the whole system of charters – monetary lending institutions and especially the judicial system (a set of arbitrary laws and doctrines base on their values and corrupt morals and ethics they founded their so called country on).
Our people have been sent to prison without due process and consideration of their own cultures’ values and without being economically equipped to compete on an equal basis in the imposed pervading society of the U.S.A. The result has been ongoing suffering of Lakota peoples in a dual system of “justice” with no representation whatsoever.
We have been put on reservations against our will and without our consent just as our children are being taken away illegally with bad intentions. It all adds up to a BREECH OF CONTRACT, which is our treaties and implementation of genocide and denial of human rights and freedoms on us and making unilateral arbitrary international border lines, state lines, county lines, etc. within our own designated international border of our country and nation of LDN Nation property without the consent of the Lakota. These are gross violations of propriety as people, treaty, constitution, and international law.
Worst of all we have been denied the very use and oversight of our own lands, mainly the sacred Black Hills which is all total a multi-trillion dollar land base annually that is our from time immemorial.
The system designed by them and for them since it’s inception and is established to work in favor of them, they sit on both sides of the negotiating table simultaneously on our behalf for their own best interests.
Please understand that they have complete and absolute power and authority now and forever unless we do something about it. Concession, compliance and complacency with their recommendations from the Congress and Senate regardless of their newly elected “Indian” representatives is not an option as we are still a controlled and overpowered minority on the floors of government. [Theirs] is a religious government system protected by and protecting Papal doctrines that don’t allow for recourse of grievances to be addressed or reclamation of anything they have decided to claim as their own. [If a similar thing was done in a modern day elementary school classroom, they would rightly be referred to as “bullies”]
We are in SERVITUDE no different than BONDAGE and in complete subjection to their economic system. We have suffered embargoes and sanctions on us as Lakota people so that we can never get out of the tax-payers welfare and institutional systems. Thus, we are made to appear as if we are inept and always indebted to them. Yet they do not realize that in truth they are indebted to us and we have been here since time immemorial and independent until they came and subjected us as a Nation of People with a country and put us on reservations and now State welfare rolls as if they can now disregard their treaty obligations. This all makes it appear as if they are somehow doing us a favor when in actuality all we did was sign an agreement, which to us was a PEACE POLICY wherein we believed this policy would have them stay Away from our territory. The have defaulted by gross fraudulent means on all our treaties. Our treaties stated that they had to feed us, cloth us, give us shelter, medical care, education and police protection and farm implements and whatever was needed to make our livelihoods in order to replace the systematic extermination they wreaked on our buffalo [our source of life and sustenance until they arrived and exterminated our nature source of living].
And yet to this day they have not lived up to their part of the agreement. They have plundered our land, ignored our government [our sovereignty]. To steal is by definition to size wrongfully by fraud or force [and this they have done continually to us for long over a century now. They would point to other treaties in an attempt to debunk this reasoning, however those “treaties” are well documented to have been “made” by coercion and/or force, and thus are invalid under International law – therefore – THEY HAVE STOLEN OUR LAND.
They have promised protection of our territory by a treaty in 1874, yet in complete disregard for the law they signed to in that treaty they then invaded our territory when gold was discovered in our Black Hills. Allowed by their Presidential order, settlement and mining ensued employing what was defined as population transfer under the U.S. Constitution secured by the use of military force of arms, moving our peoples then to the reservation areas [prison camps].
This was done under the retroactive “validity” of the folly of all follies, “THE 1871 APPROPRIATIONS ACT” which as a method of deception blanketed all other Indian tribes (NATIONS – COUNTRIES) to affect a gross cover-up just to get our gold to repay the U.S. National debt of 2 billion dollars at the time.
In this unilateral action and violation they also gave themselves unilateral decision making power – again – without the consent of the indigenous countries and nations they had made treaties with.
We have to remember we are not only Nations of Indigenous people but also Nations within a Country (land base) within whom these pirates and throwbacks and dissidents who formed their hypothetical governments made their agreements on paper only since they have unilaterally altered and interpreted them to bend them any way they see fit to suit their best interests.
These are traits of a totalitarian government and a communistic mode of behavior and policy. From the beginning the Pirates employed their barbaric methods of slavery and inhumane acts of punishment and unilateral decision making power by threat and use of force of arms and violence so that they could move in to occupy the land that were supposedly “protected” by the treaties against this. They even stole the U.S. Constitution concept from the Iroquois Confederacy, twisted it, and incorporated it with their piracy tactics and doctrines, and a Bible that they stole as well and misinterpreted as they continued to break every “commandment” in that book before they were halfway across our nations’ lands.
If they have no respect for themselves and their word, how could we possibly expect them to respect us? They have no moral religion that governs their conduct yet we made treaties with them while they wielded their stolen Bible. We came in good faith in a truthful peaceful manner with our cannupa (sacred peace pipe) present, yet this so called emigrant United States Colonial Government went and implemented the separation of powers, church and state, and have worked continually to divide and conquer and separate us from each other in good relationship and from all we hold sacred in life.
Church is religion and State is the nation under which we are prisoners, the constitution, the structure and fundamental laws of the nation which is the United States Government. We can no longer tolerate this dishonesty and the bad precedence, as the underlying intent of thievery will always be there. These Pirates read the Bible with one hand and steal with the other, and they have worked hard to try to teach our young ones to live in that same dysfunctional manner, dividing our people and families against themselves, each other, and the traditional spiritual ways that we lived in harmony on the land with for many centuries before their arrival here.
And all the while as they continually are stealing our land, gold and other precious minerals, water, filling all it’s sacred places with overdevelopment and pollution, exploitation, they continue their bullying ways in assuming they have the right under their inferior ineffective jurisdictional system to steal our children under the name of some policy that doesn’t even work in the first place! Ludicrous!
All this and more is done under the U.S. Constitution which we are not part of now and never have been from the beginning since they have never allowed nor wanted us to have any representation in their system. Thus we were put into the constitution as “WARDS”, stating that we will not pay taxes, therefore there is not even any hope we would ever be equal participants in any of their political status. Framers of the Constitution knew they were about to steal us blind and this dominant culture put in place by them will not stop until they have succeeded in wiping us our and/or totally assimilation all our future generations into their form of “government” unless we wake up as a whole.
As you can see they have enriched themselves with their Constitution on our property and with our resources.
Although illegal by international laws on basic human rights, they have continued assimilation of our people through imposing their form of education upon our youth, under duress and coercion. Forcibly transferring our children to and through their government sponsored entities, we site not only the boarding schools, but state and county social services organizations, as part of the government conspiracy to destroy us at least, and similar to an international kidnapping ring at best. Forced removal of our children to boarding schools (which were foreign, hostile, and unsympathetic to their culture, needs, and dignity as human beings) caused an environment in which many of our youth never recovered. In these institutions the food was foreign and inadequate to their needs, and countless young ones died of disease, loneliness, starvation, abuse, exposure from trying to escape, and some by murder. By International law this may be called by no other name but Genocide. We know this; we have been watching this foreign colonial emigration education system for a long time and have seen how it is operating. We have been discriminated by it for too long. So, some of our little ones are still buried there, and it could have been any one of us.
When the Indians got through slapping the U.S. Calvary around (at the Battle of the Little Bighorn) then the Spanish-American War and World War I broke out and our Chiefs encouraged us to go help their people fight and even though we made a peace treaty wherein we were not to take up arms against anyone, they said go help them fight because if they lose this war or future wars we will have to fight and deal with the people they lost the war to.
So, our people, although they knew they had no business in the wars the U.S. declared war on, or fights in coalition with other countries, we went to fight alongside them in their battles. All those times past and until today we are still not citizens of this emigrant foreign Colonial United States. Our many young men and women keep joining their military service in a continuing effort to what they believe will “keep the peace” and provide domestic protection, which for us is mainly to continue to try to keep our treaty secure, because we still hold to the fact that this is our land and our country, although not our government.
Still, even in military service we are discriminated against through all these wars and even during peacetime our Lakota people get physically hurt while in the service, mainly on account of discrimination. We know of countess true experiences where our Lakota people have been shot in the back. Still the Lakota and others of indigenous nations joined the service, took active part in the battles and strategies, and along with the code talkers helped bring the U.S. war efforts to success they might not have known without our help. As Indians we have spilled a lot of blood and created critical pivotal turning points which changed the outcome of the U.S. wars in favor of the U.S., not only for our territory, but for the promised “freedom for all”, for their religion, and this U.S. Constitution which up to this day we are not part of as Indians.
We may have been equals in the fox holes in warfare while fighting for our lives, but when we returned to our lands after the wars, after our discharge, we were then discriminated against as civilians by the U.S. so called “veterans benefits.” We have been denied veterans medical care, loans, and equal participation in the dominating cultures’ social and economic system of free enterprise. We have spent countless hours laboring over legal forms in trying to claim and in many cases eventually succeeding in wining some of the “benefits” given to others freely but by general attitude, prejudice, and government policy usually denied us as “Indians.”
This democracy and their supporters are very queer over their foreign European voting system as they elect a President of the U.S. to office which gives him power to come to our territory and steal everything we as Indians have, including land, water, all our resources, even our children, all with their constitution. The President then appoints 9 justices to the Supreme Court, the unilateral decision making body and official interpreter of the Constitution. This then makes the Congressmen and Senators all accessories to the conspiracy. Further, to help them steal more, they elect a Governor to each State which gives him power to steal – exempt from any Federal prosecution – and he then appoints all the judges. So, even if we had 10,000 lawyers we would still be discriminated against as it is a duel system of “justice”…Laws of the Justice System of any country as a matter of course are historically based on traditions, customs, morals, values of the culture of the people. Under this present circumstance we find ourselves in, by entering into this treaty with the U.S., we don’t have either a fair or equal system of justice within our allowed territories or without, but rather an inferior foreign system of opposite standards.
(Example: Following is a 1932 letter wherein the U.S. states the Lakota owes the U.S. money for Costs of Treaty Making)
So, all these treaties belong with the law of nations. As we are nations of people (Indians) distinct as any other race with a country of defined boundaries (international border lines) this puts us within the rights and use of International Law.
Two things put us in the category of jurisdiction under international law. These are automatically established when it includes
(1) Human rights mistreatment, abuse, and Genocide not to mention
(2) Proper legal position – International Agreements (Treaty)…..
A few examples of human rights issues begins with the use of force and extermination policies of our livelihood, our means of support, the buffalo nation, and this led to the beginnings of our extermination while their continued termination policies proceed to new levels of suffering. Over this past century of time we have been the victims of numerous “educational” and medical experiments, suffered under the abuse and use of biological warfare; been denied access to our lands and left in reservations which have little or no potential of commercial self-sustaining economics into today’s world; been forced to look on as these foreigners have used “development” to move into the sacred lands we still hold in the Treaty, which has resulted in the destruction, desecration of our sacred lands causing pollution of all natural resources of air, water, land, and further destruction and/or commercial entities that destroy the life and balance and/or cause extinction of diverse and natural plant, insect and animal life (our relatives) on these sacred lands that we used to live in harmony with since time immemorial.
They have also used population removal by their imposed adoption policies (kidnapping), forced removal of our children to their government sponsored schools away from their families, communities, culture and languages; removed people from our original territories onto their imposed reservations. Then they used experiments to destroy us, beginning with purposely giving our people disease contaminated blankets, clothes, hats, etc., and through the food chain of their government issued commodities we have received contaminated and poor quality foods, canned food rations and provisions through which our people have suffered greater incidents of serious health problems than the outside U.S. populace, including food poisoning, mal nutrition, and higher incidence of diabetes.. The well documented list and details continue, and are too numerous and burdensome to include at this writing. One does not have to look far to discover well documented atrocities we have endured that fall well within International human rights issues.
The framers of the Constitution said that “this or no government is perfect but it will be forced on the Indians as they have no government.”
Well, no government is perfect when it is conceived of thievery, lying, cheating; it will eventually fall apart like its predecessors Rome and Greece. Greed, corruption and ineffectiveness of the theoretical assumed, hypothetical government that they have imposed on us has worn out its welcome in our territory; a government that we never welcomed nor consented to nor fully understood to begin with. We, as Lakotas, will not plea bargain or recognize any third or fourth party transaction like Spain or France or these so called attorneys at law (who often are just highly trained, paid liars). They became necessary to help people lie to get themselves out of trouble, so this tells us that the so called U.S. Government system is all made up of thieves and liars.
Repatriation and Restitution
From the beginning to now as Lakotas we have our inalienable rights to our traditional leadership, our own form of government, our people, our territory, our sovereignty, our jurisdiction, our language, our culture, and traditions and values, all intact since time immemorial, which cannot be transferred or destroyed.
We are the Lakota Dakota Nakota Nation a sovereign nation international, which was officially re-convened, declared and recognized in a gathering and ceremony at Bear Butte by our traditional and spiritual Chiefs and Elders as our traditional spiritual government on July 14, 1991 and retro-active to 1868-1851. Invoking fairness and justice through International law we hereby request and demand our repatriation and restitution to the original boundaries of our 1868 Treaty, restoring it to its proper position as an International border line defining our country and we will call for eventual and gradual annexation of our extended total land which starts from Louisiana and upwards into parts of what now exists as Canada where people of our Lakota Nation were driven into exile and are non-treaty signers since some of them have existed there from time immemorial.
Just Compensation for Wounded Knee Massacre
We as the LDN Nation have reviewed very closely the killing of our unarmed children and adults who were shot like fish in a fish barrel at the “Wounded Knee Massacre.” We are all related one way or another and should be compensated as a Nation for this.
No Military Installations on our Lands!
Our Chiefs said “no military installations within the boundary” yet without the consent of the Sioux Nation this immigrant foreign colonial government came in and imposed without the consent or input from our nation, put military bases and worst of all these undesirable ballistic missiles capable of mass destruction and local radiation contamination on our territory. Whereas we have a very large land base we have counted all these in our territory. If we wish to talk about atomic power, we the Lakota in theory could be the 3rd largest atomic force in the world. All these atomic weapons are not only a threat to us but to the general U.S. population and the entire world community. The local contamination to our Mother Earth and to us who inhabit this area needs to be addressed with other nations. This is another gross violation of our peace treaty as our Lakota territory is now not private, but upon public and/or federally “owned” lands where military bases of this magnitude and importance to the health and well being of the people have been arbitrarily and unilaterally installed.
Fair Monetary Value for what has been stolen from us
If this foreign emigrant United States Government were to compute the fair monetary value of land, resources, and human life and to compensate us then for the past damages it has done to our people even though we signed a peace policy treaty and they still implemented propaganda and abuse to turn our very own children against our culture and traditional spiritual values, used Genocide by secretly using psychological warfare as well as biochemical warfare, irreparably polluting and contaminating the earth; and if they were to add to this all our gold, silver, precious gems, minerals stripped from our lands that now backs their monetary system that they have stolen since 1874 from our territory until now; if they honestly paid us for this in their currency, then we would have enough money to buy this entire so called United States 10 times over.
Original Terms of the Treaty of 1851-1868 (webmasters’ note: this document was written October 13, 1989)
Therefore be it resolved that in conjunction with the “Statement of Renewal” filed with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization and the “Position of Sovereignty and Jurisdiction” statement filed with the Oglala Tribal Court in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, we officially as the Traditional Spiritual National Government reject the Award associated with Dockets 74 A – 74 B, and further that we demand that the original terms and conditions of the 1851 – 1868 treaty with the U.S.A. between the Sioux Nation of Indians be litigated and negotiated in it’s rightful arena – The International Court of Justice – with the assistance of the U.N.P.O. with the Lakota Nation being Representative Member.
How Do Traditional Spiritual Ways fit into Today’s World?
It is true that many of our people do well in this dominant society. We understand how it operates and have learned how to function within it as well as anyone. However, many of us still do not have the opportunities to merge into it as some have, so there are those who still use these as “examples” to try to make a point that we are somehow not “competent”. We have all the competent, educated, experienced and traditional people we need to effectively run our own affairs. However, the United States Government has proven itself to be ineffective and incompetent in management of its own people and has never provided sufficiently for our people. Is that what we want? Tribal government though a necessary institution is only an extension of the same government that is suppressing our people now. The only logical conclusion that can be drawn once all the facts have been analyzed is that we have to control and manage our own affairs as we see fit for and in the best interest of the people of our nation as well as the foreign nationals now living within our boundaries.
Social Security Inequities and Discrimination in a Dual System of imposed Governance
We as the Lakota and Indians in general have been discriminated against even through the U.S. Social Security System as some of our Elders went off of these reservations and worked for farmers and ranchers and odd jobs for their livelihood. However their Social Security earnings numbers were ignored for future recorded earnings so they now have nothing to show for old age pension requirements. Instead imposed supplemental Social Security or Disability is imposed on them rather than giving them the benefit and pride of obtaining what they justly earned within the system in which they were employed. This can only tell us that the Social Security cards that we carry are not what they are supposed to be to white society, which is another blunder by the U.S. government as we have been watching and have identified this as a dual system employment standard reflected in Social Security. Surely it can be seen that the 85 to 90% unemployment on all the reservations in our area is evidence that the whole system does not include and was never meant for us.
As the foreign government probably already knows, 90% of the time a nation that fights for their property and wins the battle has a right to their property, and we as a Lakota Nation that is recognized through natural laws and the law of international nations have never been conquered by any nation even this foreign experimental, theoretical, assumption government called the United States. This territory is inherently ours since time immemorial with or without a treaty as these foreigners didn’t even have a shirt on their back when they landed on our soil and started making Treaties with Nations of Indians who had a God given land base to call their own, and we as Lakota still have our land base, a very wide territory that is ours.
An infringement has occurred, that is a violation of International Law and can constitute abrogation of a treaty by the side being infringed upon. The sooner we recognize that we have legal rights for redress of grievances on an international nature the sooner we can collectively begin to assert ourselves in addressing them.
If the U.S. Government did this to their own citizenry in a large city this is what would happen….[1992 prophecy for 2012 realities]
As soon as the unemployment level of the United States or any other country reaches 7 to 11% the people become outraged and begin to protest and demand change in policy and government, they rise up in civil disorder, and demand change in policy and government. Sometimes they riot, loot, kill, and initiate the early stages of anarchy. If the conditions that exist as they have since the takeover of the U.S. Government in the treaty border would be located in any major city in the United States there would have been complete anarchy and breakdown of government structure and civil disorder many years ago.
We certainly couldn’t do much worse for ourselves than that which has already been done to us
However, we still remain complacent with 90% unemployment with its horrific repercussions, the 85% alcoholism and the terrible social conditions it produces, and the deplorable conditions that the tribal government is forced to operate on. It is time that we provide our own solutions unhindered to the problems created by the unsympathetic and unresponsive government imposed over us [At this point, we certainly couldn’t much worse for ourselves than what has already been done to us]. The money “awarded” us for the purchase of the Black Hills at this point will not even cover debts the U.S. claims is owed by tribal government and we cannot give up our rightful land base under any circumstances in consideration of the welfare of our future generations and the instability of the United Sates credibility and economic standing domestically and with other countries [webmasters note: recall that this was written in 1992!]. We must now find workable ways to protect our national interests.
As the living conditions on these reservations are equal to the third world countries, especially the housing when you have 15 to 20 people living under or sharing one roof then there’s 90% unemployment and this so called federal and state and county welfare system calling for child support for these tax-exempt Indian fathers then you wonder where the treaty obligations of this so called United States Government is at. Then that’s where population removal begins and throwing our Indian men in jail for no reason at all. The entire system is a self perpetuating vicious cycle from which there is not escape and a wall at every turn to catch our people up in your net.
Money Management in our Territories
If we started to collect monthly rent on all these people that the so called United States foreign government put on our territory and taxed them for taking away our livelihood by their creating jobs for their people on our soil and excluding our people as everyone knows this 1876 Homestead Act was just another “folly” to illegally brings it’s population on our soil, then it’s doubtful that they could afford to stay on our territory. So, we foresee that they could automatically become a citizen of the LDN Nation as we Havre discussed this with many people already.
As with the controlling or regulating this man made money, the U.S. Government can deflate or inflate at will so as to bring corruption to what it needs to promote. If it wanted to it could have promoted better living conditions on these reservations for our people but even there we have been discriminated against with their monetary system.
We Have No Need of an Army
As the foreign government knows we don’t need a vast army to start controlling our territory of our boundary lines within our territory, and no army in the world is going to stop us from becoming independent again. Like we stated, there is not more U.S. Government when you can bribe these so called elected officials. We know there are Senators and Congressmen in there that can’t even read or write, yet they are in there because they are racist and they discriminate against anyone with a different colored skin. It is the same ways with these Supreme Court Judges and on down the line. We will be calling for our displaced children to be returned back to LDN territory and we will also be calling for our Lakota men and women prisoners across this so called United States to be returned back to our Lakota territory as these arms of the foreign so called United States Government have no business on our territory like the F.B.I., C.I.A., U.S. Marshals, County Sheriffs, and on down the line, as we will be forming our own judicial systems and treatment facilities and programs more appropriate to the interests of the people and their needs.
We signed a PEACE Treaty not a Cession – it is time for us to know and operate our own nation in PEACE
Finally this treaty with this foreign U.S. Government was as stated before a “PEACE POLICY TREATY” NOT a treaty of CESSION AND IT IS NOT FOR SALE – NOT FOR MAN MADE MONEY- not for man made money as it has been ours since time immemorial inherently “God Given”.
We will by all means necessary revert back to the ideal form of government that we experienced and served us well in full effect with complete freedom and independence before the imposed foreign government was implemented fraudulently upon us. We will have our traditional spiritual, effective and responsive form of totally independent government based on our own cultural values and moral standards that made us a great nation once [and will again].
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness …
As some of us couldn’t cope with oppression, little work, little food and nowhere to sleep on these reservation, even as veterans, we came looking for a little better relief off of these imposed reservations into towns and urban areas of cities and there [most of us] also wound up living like refugees in our own territory. It is a sham – “Democracy [as it is practiced today] is a total SHAM [especially so] if you are an Indian. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – where is it??????.
Suffering under a dysfunctional imposed Judicial system
Forced into a foreign society and subjected to economic deprivation our people were systematically stereotyped from the beginning by the justice system. So we must now also address Police brutality, for as Indians we have been hung, shot, beat up and our women raped. Drugs were tested on us without our consent. Our children have been sent to these juvenile detention camps, foreign institutions where they have been treated the same way with no recourse since the system is set up for those who can afford a liar (lawyer) or should we say thieves also. They also sent the kids hundreds of miles away so that the parents can’t even visit. Some are still under legal age yet the system doesn’t take that into consideration and they often get sentenced just the same as an adult and usually get sentenced as adults, and imprisoned in an adult facility instead of a state boy training school so there is not chance for rehabilitation. So, as you can see we have been discriminated against in all aspect of this so called judicial system.
As you may have seen in the outcome of the Rodney King trial in L.A., well that beating is nothing compared to what we as Indians have been physically experiencing for more than a century and we have suffered long enough with this barbaric dual sentencing, dual system of justice. There has been NO JUSTICE for Indians as there is no representation of any kind for the Indians. The National Bar Association itself has denounced the American justice system as ineffective, outdated, and inefficient and they are also calling for total reform.
We have to also remember that the government officials from the President on down are hiding behind the immunity from prosecution which they invented and use to their advantage wherever it suits their own needs, even it if is used against their very own tax paying people.
Therefore, we conclude with the following:
Reference: United States Department of Interior
Office of the Secretary
October 13, 1989
To: Aberdeen Area Director
Billings Area Director
From: Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs
Subject: Results of Research Report of Judgment Funds to the Sioux Tribes of Indians in Docket 74 before the United States Claims Court.
The results of our research is hereby submitted in compliance with the Indian Judgment Funds Act of October 19, 1973, 87 stat.. 466 as amended and implemented by CFR 87.
These treaties between the U.S. and the “Sioux” Nation are laying in “dormancy” and yet are still in active status as they have never been resolved nor relinquished as [the U.S. has] claimed for with the [their own determined] monetary value attached to them.
The 1868 Treaty does not include an agreement that the U.S. Government has the authority or consent to implement legislation regarding the territory or people within the republic of the treaty boundaries.
There were, in fact, no agreements of any kind arrived at between the U.S. by the “Sioux” Nation between 1868 and the implementation of the 1871 Appropriations Act.
Also, in regards to the Indian Judgment Funds Act, this is a breech of contract and the arbitrary, unilateral decision proclaiming the taking date for the so called “cession” of the 1868 treaty is a violation of an International Agreement and subject to International Law.
Please click here to go to – LDN Nation Sovereignty Statement
Click Here to go to Legal Paper: “Reclaiming the Black Hills”