Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 16, 2012

Owe Aku, Treaty Nations and the 3rd UN Seminar on Treaties

June 16, 2012
Chief Oliver Red Cloud
By Kent Lebsock, Owe Aku International Justice Project
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Owe Aku International Justice Project is sending a delegation to the 3rd UN Seminar on Treaties Agreements and Other Constructive Arrangements at United Nations Headquarters in Geneva from July 16-17, 2012.  The delegation will be led by the Eyapaha of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council, Alex White Plume.  The Itancan of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council is Chief Oliver Red Cloud. 
We would like to reach out to other treaty nations about your plans for the Treaty Seminar.  We also thought it might be valuable if we had an opportunity to discuss alliances and present a common front on recommendations that include mechanisms within the UN system, as well as the use of an advisory opinion on the International Court of Justice, for treaty resolution.  If this would be of interest, please let us know and we can try and create a space for us to talk. 
For your review and comment we are attaching a background paper on the historical recommendations of the Treaty Seminars as well as other comments concerning treaty resolution issues.
Prior to July 6th, we will distribute a draft of our Treaty Seminar paper in the hopes of positive support from the brothers and sisters of nations that stand upon their treaties.  In addition to treaty nations, it is crucial that non-treaty nations recognize that ignoring treaties with self-determined Indigenous nations is the same as ignoring all of the rights set out in the declaration.  When they attempt to dismiss our treaties, they will also attempt to dismiss any of the other rights contained in the Declaration.
Thank you.
Kent Lebsock
Owe Aku International Justice Project
    for Lakota Treaty Justice & Advocacy
646-395-1617 (fax)

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"Either stand with the people or with the colonists. It's not really that complicated."
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