Opinion: The Black Hills and our treaty lands are not for sale

"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."

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Clifford White Eyes, Garvar Good Plume, Charlie Waters & Janice Bad Horse Larson: The Black Hills Are Not for Sale (Indian Country Today 12/13)

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