Oglala Lakota President to Mr. Trump, 'The people are angry, it is in our DNA to fight for these lands'
"It is not just a threat to my people, but a threat to the land and it is a threat to mankind in general and to human life." -- Oglala Lakota President Julian Bear Runner
Article by Brenda Norrell
News coverage by MSNBC
Oglala Lakota President Julian Bear Runner sent a letter to Mr. Trump and advised him that he is not permitted to enter the Treaty Territory at this time because of the lack of consultation with the Great Sioux Nation and the lack of correspondence with the Great Sioux Leaders.
Speaking on MSNBC television news, Bear Runner said that Trump made no effort to sit down with the Great Sioux Leaders to seek a plan to go about celebrating his Independence Day at Mount Rushmore.
"It is very hard to remain diplomatic due to the lack of consultation," Bear Runner said of Trump's plans at Mount Rushmore today, July 3.
"For my people, it is in our DNA to fight for these lands, to defend these lands, and to protect what is sacred. Mount Rushmore is carved on one of our most sacred mountains within the Black Hills."
"The people are angry," Bear Runner said, adding that he will stand with them and help them in every way that he can to do what is right.
Bear Runner said the mountain represents six of his people's grandfathers, six of their ancestors, and had a sacred and significant meaning prior to the carving of these presidents.
As for the gathering today, July 3, Bear Runner said his people and people from across America are reaching out to him who want to come and stand with the Great Sioux Nation, and exercise their Amendment Rights to protest and to demonstrate.
With the worldwide pandemic, he said they are encouraging members to exercise safety and wear protective gear.
Bear Runner said he frowns on Trump coming here because the governor of South Dakota has said there will be no social distancing, and masks will not be required.
Bear Runner said across America and the world these precautions are advised for protection during this pandemic.
"It is not just a threat to my people, but a threat to the land and it is a threat to mankind in general and to human life."