Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Republic of Lakotah focuses on Black Hills

January 15, 2007

By Republic of Lakotah

A month after the Republic of Lakotah reasserted its sovereignty, the United States and its state and municipal governments are still present and operating in the Republic. These foreign governments are being invited to meet with the provisional government of the Republic of Lakotah.

In order to recognize Lakotah sovereignty, the United States might have to admit it breached its treaties with the Lakotah people. While the breaches are numerous and obvious, governments do not like to admit that they ever do anything wrong.

History has shown that colonizers withdraw from their colonized territories and return sovereignty to the indigenous people. Even the United States has done this. The Republic of the Philippines, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau were all colonized by United States but are now all sovereign nations.

The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau obtained their sovereignty through a Compact of Free Association, The Republic of Lakotah see this Compact as a legitimate model for dialog with the United States.

The Republic of Lakotah is now putting special focus on the Black Hills, The Black Hills are Holy lands of the Lakotah people. In 1980, the United States Supreme Court awarded money damages to the Sioux Nation for the unlawful taking of the Black Hills which now total over $1.2 billion. The Lakotah people refuse to take the money.

Russell Means, Chief Facilitator for the Provisional Government of the Republic of Lakotah said, “Would Catholic people take money and give up the Vatican? Would Muslim people take money and give up Mecca? Lakotah people want our sovereignty of the Black Hills restored and recognized by the world.”

Means made it clear that the focus on the Black Hills does not mean that the Republic is waiving its claims to other traditional Lakotah lands.

For more information about the Republic of Lakotah, visit http://republicoflakotah.com.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The defense of the Black Hills, and other land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868 was put in the hands of Lakota traditional bodies and the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council created in 1893.

In response to the Press Release released in December by Russell Means in Washington D.C., the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council issued the following declaration:

"There is a provision within the Treaty of 1868 that our ancestors had included. Article 12 says the Treaty of 1868 could not be changed except by three-fourths of the (Lakota) male vote. This was done expressly to protect the people, the land, and our way of life.
Russell Means is only one man and has not received the 3/4 adult male approval. His efforts, however, remind the world that we still have an international treaty with the USA. Sincerely, Charmaine White Face, Spokesperson, Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council."

cricketwolf said...

All contracts based on fraud
are null and void.The Us government clearly had no intention of honoring any treaty.
The treaty is nothing more than a trick and a artifice a sham,A show of being legal etc.. If the contract itself is void then all clauses in the contract are void.
And therefore the Lakota should not be bound to perform.

mohawk said...

the great law says"only the ones mho stayed with the law,have the say what happens to mother earth,not what the invaders says.but it also says that those who straid can always come HOME!does not hurt to be who you really are.

Anonymous said...

Before there was a Treaty formally recognizing the rights of a Lakota Nation, there was no "legal" instrument to enforce anything. A contract is a legal instrument. A Treaty is a legal instrument. By signing the Fort Laramie Treaty 1868, both parties engaged themselves to observe the clauses stipulated therein. Any infraction from either party is subject to legal review, and proceedings. The matter can only be resolved in court. Indian nations are aware of this, as they have successfully resolved a number of issues concerning treaties through the courts of the United States.

All citizens of the United States - and Indians became citizens of the U.S. in the 20th century - are entitled to a number of rights and privileges which are protected by law. When one becomes a citizen, one becomes well aware that citizenship is not guaranteed by birth or blood, or land but by adherence to a legal document: the constitution of the United States.