Nov. 12, 2015
Baskut Tuncak, UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of hazardous substances and wastes
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations,
CH - 1211 Geneva 10
It was an honor to meet you at the side event during the 30th Human Rights Council meeting in September. Your report to the HRC was very good. All people have the right to know if they are living near a dangerous situation.
The Great Sioux Nation, whose real name is the Oceti Sakowin, is comprised of seven sub-nations who spoke the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota language. The Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) occupied a vast land area that covered 24 American states and parts of 4 Canadian Provinces. Other smaller nations also lived within the area as the Indigenous concept of territory followed natural law and was much different than the European concept of territory. The people of the Great Sioux Nation originated from the mouth of Wind Cave in the sacred Black Hills.
United Nations live coverage of the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council can be seen at http://webtv.un.org/ On Friday, June 26th, under Agenda item 5, Zumila Wobaga (Charmaine White Face) was the 18th speaker for 2 minutes. She spoke about the need for a Special Procedure for Self Determination of Nations (Select chapter 18 from the list of available chapters, approx 37mins 9 seconds into the video)
To: Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Re: Promotion and protection of the rights of indigenous people with respect to their cultural heritage
Submitted by the Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1894, Zumila Wobaga (Charmaine White Face), Spokesperson
The following information is being submitted according to operative paragraph 5 of Human Rights Council Resolution 27/13 for a study on the promotion and protection of the rights of Indigenous Peoples with respect to their cultural heritage, including through their participation in political and public life.
The Sioux Nation Treaty Council
Edited by Zumila Wobaga, Spokesperson
[Charmaine White Face]
Many of the elders of the Sioux Nation Treaty Council requested that the Ancient Laws needed to be written and made available for the young people. As the colonization by the United States and Canada continues with television, movies, and computers, too many of the young people don’t know who they are, and are behaving in ways that are not the cherished ways of the Oceti Sakowin. Over several months in 2011 and 2012, the following information was collected. It is still not complete, but gives a basis from which to begin decolonizing the people of the Oceti Sakowin.
By Charmaine White Face
Colonization has been the actions that have been used to change Native Americans, or American Indians, into Caucasian or Euro Americans. This has been a very painful process for Native Americans. But in order to heal the wounds, the act of Decolonization might begin the healing. This is a spoof not meant to be disrespectful to all the pain that is here, but to allow humor to begin the healing. Colonization has hurt all in the process, both Euro-Americans and Native Americans.
Saturday 20 June 2009
by: Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Read piece with photo here
The Fort Laramie Treaty once guaranteed the Sioux Nation the right to a large area of their original land, which spanned several states and included their sacred Black Hills, where they were to have "the absolute and undisturbed use and occupation" of the land.
However, when gold was discovered in the Black Hills, President Ulysses S. Grant told the army to look the other way in order to allow gold miners to enter the territory. After repeated violations of the exclusive rights to the land by gold prospectors and by migrant workers crossing the reservation borders, the US government seized the Black Hills land in 1877.