Republic of Lakotah focuses on Black Hills

 
The Republic of Lakotah is now putting special focus on the Black Hills, The Black Hills are Holy lands of the Lakotah people. In 1980, the United States Supreme Court awarded money damages to the Sioux Nation for the unlawful taking of the Black Hills which now total over $1.2 billion. The Lakotah people refuse to take the money.

Republic of Lakotah focuses on Black Hills
January 15, 2007

By Republic of Lakotah

A month after the Republic of Lakotah reasserted its sovereignty, the United States and its state and municipal governments are still present and operating in the Republic. These foreign governments are being invited to meet with the provisional government of the Republic of Lakotah.

In order to recognize Lakotah sovereignty, the United States might have to admit it breached its treaties with the Lakotah people. While the breaches are numerous and obvious, governments do not like to admit that they ever do anything wrong.

History has shown that colonizers withdraw from their colonized territories and return sovereignty to the indigenous people. Even the United States has done this. The Republic of the Philippines, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau were all colonized by United States but are now all sovereign nations.

The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau obtained their sovereignty through a Compact of Free Association, The Republic of Lakotah see this Compact as a legitimate model for dialog with the United States.

The Republic of Lakotah is now putting special focus on the Black Hills, The Black Hills are Holy lands of the Lakotah people. In 1980, the United States Supreme Court awarded money damages to the Sioux Nation for the unlawful taking of the Black Hills which now total over $1.2 billion. The Lakotah people refuse to take the money.

Russell Means, Chief Facilitator for the Provisional Government of the Republic of Lakotah said, “Would Catholic people take money and give up the Vatican? Would Muslim people take money and give up Mecca? Lakotah people want our sovereignty of the Black Hills restored and recognized by the world.”

Means made it clear that the focus on the Black Hills does not mean that the Republic is waiving its claims to other traditional Lakotah lands.

For more information about the Republic of Lakotah, visit  http://republicoflakotah.com.


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THE REPUBLIC OF LAKOTAH IS A FICTION

LADONNASUTRO 04.Feb.2008 00:16

On January 29-30, 2008, traditional elders of all eight Lakota reservations met on Pine Ridge Reservation to confirm their intention to uphold all treaties with the US, to discuss numerous social, economic and environmental important issues to the nation, and to designate a special delegation that will carry to Washington D.C. the re-affirmation of their adherence to the terms of the treaties. This story is carried by the Lakota Country Times. For further information, contact Treaty council Public Relations Natalie hand, or OST Executive Secretary Donna Salomon.

Meanwhile, the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council spokesperson Charmaine White Face issued the following declaration in response to the December press Release of Russell Means:

"There is a provision within the Treaty of 1868 that our ancestors had included. Article 12 says that the Treaty of 1868 could not be changed except by 3/4 of the (Lakota) adult male vote. This was done expressly to protect the people, the land, and our way of life... Russell Means is only one man, and he has not received the 3/4 adult male approval. His efforts, however, remind the world that we still have an international treaty with the USA. "