Grass Roots Oyate
January 16, 2000
Until we Win
RESOLUTION OF THE GRASS ROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE OF THE OGLALA LAKOTA NATION
RESOLUTION OF THE GRASS ROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE OF THE OGLALA LAKOTA NATION TO PROHIBIT RUDY AL JAMES AND OTHER REPRESENTATIVES FROM UNITED NATIVE NATIONS FROM CONDUCTING REFERENDUM ELECTIONS THAT WILL EFFECTIVELY ABOLISH OUR SOVEREIGN TREATY RIGHTS.
WHEREAS, the GRASSROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE does hereby defend its authority under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty to prohibit Rudy Al James, a non-member, and other representatives from United Native Nations from conducting referendum elections on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that will effectively abolish our sovereign treaty rights, and
WHEREAS, Rudy Al James, Secretary-General, United Native Nations was initially invited to come to the Red Cloud Building, along with several other constitutional attorneys, reform consultants, etc. to provide technical assistance to the GRASSROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE in their separation from IRA government and the initiation of a more culturally-based form of governance to better serve the entire membership of the Oglala Lakota Nation, and
WHEREAS, treaty elders at the Red Cloud Building had advised Mr. James, a non-member, that he could make a presentation and that the General Council would discuss his comments/suggestions in their regular evening meeting, and
WHEREAS, Mr. James, a non-member, has informed the Lakota oyate that "self-governance" through the U.S. Indian Self-Determination Act is the only solution to our current crisis and through the promise of immediate access to millions of dollars in federal funds, has created false hope and illusion in the minds of many impoverished Lakota oyate, and
WHEREAS, the Grass Roots Oyate have researched Mr. James claim of readily accessible funds and found that such funds are only available through the relinquishment of our water and/or mineral rights; the acceptance of funds accruing through the Black Hills Claim Settlement Docket 74A & B (Great Sioux Nation v. U.S.), and
WHEREAS, treaty elders from throughout the Great Sioux Nation have spoken on the subject of the Self-Determination Act and "self-governance" and have concluded that this method applies to tribes without treaties in place and would not be the most effective for the Oglala Lakota Nation because it would effectively abrogate our active 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty with the United States, and
WHEREAS, Mr. James, a non-member has publicly denounced the Oglala Lakota Traditional General Council, of which he knows little about and has ridiculed the Grass Roots Oyates efforts to return to a traditional form of governance under the specific guidelines of societal and spiritual laws, and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the GRASSROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE of the Oglala Lakota Nation does hereby defend its authority, under the guidelines of Article I of the 1868 Treaty at Fort Laramie, to prohibit Mr. Rudy Al James, and all United Native Nations representatives from conducting referendum elections that will effectively abrogate our sovereign treaty rights, and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the GRASSROOTS OGLALA LAKOTA OYATE have advised the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council of Mr. James plans and they have in turn advised the United States Government that Mr. James and the United Native Nations do not represent the Oglala Lakota oyate.
Done this _____ day of April, 2000.
Oliver Red Cloud, Chief
General Council Grass Roots Oglala Lakota Oyate
A T T E S T
Commission expires: ___________