But their Colonization efforts have hurt our DNA so much that it stops us from things like being able to speak our own language, or being so docile that we want to be just like them, just like the Tribal chairmen are doing even though some of their own tribal governments are illegal, like the Oglala Sioux Tribal government. But that’s another story. The effects on our DNA come from the natural process of survival and have been passed down through the generations on our DNA. It’s called “trauma imprint.” But I’m sidetracking from the ‘state’ and the Governor, the tribes and the 1868 Treaty. We need to constantly remember that we are a nation, not a tribe. Creating “tribes” and reservations was a U.S. Government war tactic to divide and conquer, and it worked. Don’t forget that.
In D.C. today, I sat down with senior leadership at @IHSgov to talk through a number of issues troubling our tribes. Thank you to the IHS team for helping prioritize our concerns. @IHSDirector, Paul Mango, Charles Keckler, Darcie Johnston, and Benjamin Smith. pic.twitter.com/rTZZXnus16— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) January 17, 2020
We are not “tribes” but are people of one nation, the Sioux Nation, and we have an International Treaty with the United States. That means the 1868 Treaty is between two (2) separate and distinct nations. Furthermore, the 1868 Treaty is still recognized by the U.S. government and has been upheld in American courts in different court cases. (See Richard v. United States, or Elk v. United States) Hopefully it will also be upheld in Gilbert v. Weahkee, the current case against the IHS.