With this link is a three minute video which I highly recommend:http://www.lakotagrandmothers.org/inter ... april-9th/
Sign the Declaration of Solidarity!
Wagunpi Woashake Wikicupi On March - 21 - 2013
Support the Lakota Elders by signing the Declaration of Solidarity. Through the support of other Indigenous nations and societies, human rights groups, community organizations, student groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and individuals we can build pressure to end genocide and show the Elders they are no longer alone!
Download the Declaration of Solidarity. Until we have an online form created, to sign the Declaration, please provide your organization or individual name by email to lakotasolidarity [at] gmail.com THANK YOU!
DECLARATION OF SOLIDARITY & SUPPORT
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, demand an end to the ongoing genocide of the Lakota Oyate (People), a sovereign Indigenous First Nation of North America (Turtle Island) who have existed on the continent since time immemorial.
WE RECOGNIZE the Lakota Oyate, as represented by their customary matriarchal system, have the unassailable natural right to their sovereign territory, to political self-determination, and to freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development without interference.
WE RECOGNIZE the Lakota are still in active resistance to the colonial invasion of their sovereign ancestral territory by Euro-American settlers, the United States military, and corporations given standing by U.S. law.
WE RECOGNIZE the Lakota Oyate are traditionally a matriarchal people, led by the Elder Grandmothers, and this matriarchal leadership has been forced underground by patriarchal systems of the United States Government.
WE RECOGNIZE in the past, and continuing into the present, the Lakota Oyate are being deliberately inflicted with conditions of life intended to mentally and physically destroy their people and prevent them from preserving and developing their sovereign culture.
WE RECOGNIZE genocidal conditions of life have created a minority of traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate who are the remaining 6000-8000 Lakota language speakers, culture holders, and freedom fighters within a majority of Lakota forcefully assimilated into American lifestyles.
WE RECOGNIZE the average age of these traditional Lakota language speakers and culture holders is 65 years: Elders.
WE RECOGNIZE that while genocidal conditions of life exist against the majority of Lakota people, the traditional and grassroots Elders and Oyate face disproportionate levels of violence, abuse, neglect, enforced poverty, and deprivation of basic human needs as retaliation for their continued resistance to forced assimilation, racism, and systemic corruption.
WE HOLD ACCOUNTABLE those who bring about these genocidal conditions of life on Lakota Elders and Oyate including:
United States Government policies and actions originating from the Office of the President, the U.S. Congress, U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. State Department, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and others;
The failed and corrupt United States tribal government system, represented by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Tribal Council (OST), that was illegally imposed by the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 without the consent of the Lakota people;
Policies of the U.S. state governments of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana;
The unregulated actions of U.S. and foreign Corporations on sovereign Lakota territory unceeded by Treaty agreements;
Missionary Christian churches, religious institutions, and non-profit groups that continue to spiritually colonize Lakota lands and people;
All other persons, institutions, and criminal organizations that are complicit in the physical destruction, impoverishment, exploitation, or assimilation of the Lakota Oyate to the complete termination of sovereign Lakota lands, culture, and identity.
WE HOLD ACCOUNTABLE the United Nations and International Criminal Court for failing to uphold and enforce the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, and the 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
WE DEMAND AN END to all policies and practices bringing about genocidal conditions of life against the Lakota Oyate, and by consequence, all Indigenous nations on Turtle Island.
WE WILL PRESSURE the United States Government, state governments, and International governing bodies to meet with delegations of traditional and grassroots Lakota Elders, to end genocidal policies and practices, and return stolen Lakota territory.
WE WILL SUPPORT the traditional and grassroots Lakota Oyate in the renewal of their customary matriarchal system led by the Grandmothers.
WE WILL SUPPORT an immediate end to the systems that abuse, neglect and harm Lakota Elders, so they may be free to share Lakota language, culture, and knowledge with future generations of their people.
WE WILL STAND BEHIND THE LAKOTA GRANDMOTHERS with integrity and perserverance, in togetherness with those creating a free and sovereign future for the Lakota Oyate.
To sign the Declaration, please provide your organization or individual name by email lakotasolidarity [at] gmail.comhttp://www.lakotagrandmothers.org/sign- ... olidarity/