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The Black Hills Are Not for Sale

Clifford White Eyes, Garvar Good Plume, Charlie Waters & Janice Bad Horse Larson
12/13/12

The Black Hills Teton (Tituwan) Sioux Nation Treaty Council for the Teton Sioux Nation and The Great Sioux Nation has experienced a traumatic tragic history of relentless oppression since 1851. Our people live in abject horror, realizing that this continued oppression can only lead to the total depopulation and eradication of the Great Sioux Nation. The conditions still exist today, which perpetuate the injustices being heaped upon our people.

We want to express our concerns in the laws, treaties, amendments, settlements made by the United States concerning the Sioux Nations such as; United States vs. Sioux Nation (Supreme Court), 448.U.S. 371 (1980), 1851 & the 1868 Treaties with the Great Sioux Nation. Based on these treaties and laws already historically made with the Sioux Nations and the United States, we object accordingly with the current legislation of the United States in regards to the case involving 101 million trust law suit in involving Sioux nation tribes which is a separate case from the Cobell 3.4 billion class action settlement involving individual trust funds. We have as a responsibility as a Lakota Nation and people to protect our way of life which includes our language, lands, culture and spirituality, which denotes a tribe as specified by the United States and as natural law of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate.

The four tribes (Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, and Crow Creek Sioux Tribe) are part of the settlement from the total 101.4 million payout. This money goes to the tribes and not to individual members and information specifically about this case from individual tribal members , are requested to ask their tribal officials.

According to the 1868 treaty that was abrogated in 1877, 1851 treaty and case law to present, it behooves tribes to go against their forefathers' wishes in rejecting any settlement, altering of any treaties, making or approving any trust claims in regard to lands and minerals that belong collectively to the Oceti Sakowin as the Great Sioux Nation.  In addition, the lands originally known today as Pe’sla in the Black Hills, should be returned to the Great Sioux Nation, according to Lakota natural law and the Treaties already made with the United States.

We as The Black Hills Teton (Tituwan) Sioux Nation Treaty Council for the Teton Sioux Nation and The Great Sioux Nation request recognition of the rights of the original treaty descendants who are now alive and the protection of all the rights under these treaties. We request that the wrongs committed by the United States government, its representatives, and the citizens of the United States against the full-blooded treaty participants and their descendants be corrected, including  all lands wrongfully taken and  should be returned. We request that all of our rights under various treaties should be fully honored. In particular, we request that all of our rights be fully protected pertaining to the Treaty territories which exists from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and from the west bank of the Missouri river to the line of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Montana.

According to historical oral tradition by our forefathers, and as specified in prior Treaties with our forefathers (the bands of the Great Sioux Nation), no settlement monies should be accepted for land claims. We still honor our Great chiefs and warriors who set the path before us, so that the future generations will be protected. We still firmly hold our ground in stating “The Black Hills and all our Treaty lands are not for sale!”

We respectfully ask that you respond to our letter and the requests we are making.

Clifford White Eyes, headsman; Garvar Good Plume, coordinator; Charlie Waters, headsman; Janice Bad Horse Larson, secretary (descendants). For further information or comments please respond to 605-747-4489

 

 

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Anonymous's picture
I need more information about the Trust Law Suit Settlement payments. These are the Salazar payments? Isn't the money being distributed a payment for mismanagement of Indian trust lands by the USA? It isn't a land sale, it is compensation to us Indians for the poor job the USA did in managing our lands. What I really want to know is what rights we are allowing to be extinguished if we accept the payments. Thanks
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