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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council: Never Surrender

Summary and Update
Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council Meeting of the Great Sioux Nation held on January 28, 29, 30, 2011, Pine Ridge Territory of the Lakota Oyate
Photo Chief Oliver Red Cloud
From Kent Lebsock
The Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council (“BHSNTC”) is the traditional governing body of the Lakota Oyate (Lakota Nation) and has always been responsible for preserving the ancient ways of Lakota governance, culture and spirituality. The protocols surrounding governance of the Lakota Oyate have never been surrendered or sacrificed since our peoples first had contact despite the ongoing attempts to do so by the colonizers and invaders from the United States of America. Unlike other Indigenous nations of North America, our only foreign conflict in modern history has been the government, military, people and corporations of the U.S.A.
Sovereignty is an inherent right of the land and territories of the Lakota Oyate and we are responsible to future generations for the Nation of our ancestors. In acknowledging this truth, internationally recognized treaties were signed by our grandfathers in 1851 and 1868 with the invented nation of “Americans” whose ancestry heralds from other places. Despite the often bloody and always deceitful attempts by the invented nation to hide the truth of its past and to twist and distort both international and domestic laws to serve its needs for ever-more lands and resources, the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council has never surrendered its responsibility to our land and its many inhabitants.
The responsibilities have not changed and continue uninterrupted.
Keeper of the Sacred Pipe
Lakota Language Education Resolution
Release of Leonard Peliter
Owe Aku Water Resolution
Protection of Sacred Ceremonies
Sacred Eagle Resolution
Press statement Black Hills Sioux Treaty Council 2011
Ride Resolution
Rejection of the US statement on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Kent Lebsock, Coordinator
Owe Aku International Justice Project
for Lakota Treaty Justice & Advocacy
646-233-4406 on the web at

1 comment:

LanceThruster said...

I remember seeing the statement at the end of one of the "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" productions about the Lakota Sioux never accepting any treaty of European land theft.

It was a source of great pride to know that they chose not to recognize such thievery.