Grandma Regina Brave was arrested during the militarized police raid on Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock on Feb. 23, 2017. She was among the first of 45 arrested, and has been released. Listen to her words.
MNN. Feb. 24, 2017. The world watches in horror as the US military commit atrocities at Standing Rock to try to kill the water defenders for a private pipeline. Automatic weapons are pointed directly at us. The presence of the military force is to continue the genocide of our people.
The kohtihon’tia:kwenio, the women title holders of great turtle island, give notice. We are obliged to preserve and protect the land for the future generations.
We are mandated to inform the invading aliens and their agents to respect our freedom to live and travel throughout our lands without hindrance.
We come from creation. We survived mass murder in the biggest holocaust in all humanity, chemical and biological warfare, starvation, physical and mental torture, lies, ignorance and genocide by statute.
The US, Canada and Mexico are fabricated private colonial corporations that are squatting on our land. They are banking “franchises” of Europe, not governments, who have illegally divided up our lands and resources. They can never become sovereign on our land.
Only we have sovereign authority. We have ancient agreements and alliances among all our people.
The Charter of the United Nations requires respect for the principles of equal rights and self-determination. Differences are to be resolved peacefully.
The franchises are violating the internationally recognized standards for respecting political rights of the People as set out in the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide, UN Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other international legal instruments.
General Assembly Resolution 1541 [XV] requires the informed consent of the people before they are included in another state; and the International Court of Justice affirmed this principle in the Western Sahara case. We are not and will never become part of the colonial states that are squatting on our land.
OCETI CAMP AT STANDING ROCK.
According to Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Sections 1 and 2, every people have a right to a nationality. No nation can change another nation’s identity by imposing foreign legislation. Our travel, trade and commerce must be unhindered throughout the Americas known as the Western Hemisphere, which we call great turtle island.
Ignoring our perspectives on us, our land, resources, air, water and all life are universally recognized as illegal.
The squatters cannot arbitrarily turn anybody into subjects of their corporation without our knowledge or consent.
We shall freely traverse all our lands, pass and re-pass by land or inland navigation or by air onto all our territories. Taxes, duties and all fees are illegally extracted from us by these foreigners. We shall hunt and fish anywhere on our territory.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of their life or freedom. The US must immediately stop threatening, murdering and detaining us, contravening the internationally recognized principles of fundamental justice.
The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been adopted by a majority of states. We are equal to all others and have a right to full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
We demand the settler corporation immediately disarm and stop detaining, murdering, torturing, raping, robbing us, harassing and charging us in their illegally imposed Admiralty law of the seas judicial system. They must bring their concerns to the proper traditional onkwe’hon:weh governments.
WOMEN AND MEN EVERYWHERE CAN STOP THE BRUTALITY.
Torture is premeditated, systemic and scientific meant to break down our dignity, our social fabric and foment terror within the people.
Puppet tribal and band councils imposed by the corporation are treasonous.
Canada, US and Mexico and other colonial franchises must cease and desist violating the authority of the land owners of great turtle island.
Our duty is to protect our physical integrity and legal rights.
Threats, murder and torture have no place in the internal or international relations of any peoples. The principles of the great peace and teh’io:hateh [Two Row Wampum], are the true laws of onon’ware:keh;
We demand the corporation immediately vacate great turtle island.
Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Gall and the others jumped on their horses to meet the enemy head on without fear. They fought for the generations to come.
Jimi Hendrix sings about fighting for freedom: “You got my pride hanging out of my bed. You’re messing with my life, so I brought my lead. You’re even messing with my children, and you’re screaming at my wife. Get off of my back f you want to get out of here alive. Freedom, that’s what I want now. Freedom, that’s what I need now”. http://www.vevo.com/watch/jimi-hendrix/Freedom/USQX91502874