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.
May 1, 2012
Welcome, Professor Anaya, to the last Territory of the Oceti Sakowin, the Great Sioux Nation. Thank you for accepting our invitation to visit our Territory.
My Tituwan name is Zumila Wobaga and my American name is Charmaine White Face. I am the Spokesperson for the Sioux Nation Treaty Council which was established in 1894 by He Dog, a Headman.