Just a small report and a copy of a Press Release and Declaration that were recently sent out. As I said before, if you want to be included on Zoom meetings, that is an easy way through a computer or smart phone, then send me your email address. I barely learned about Zoom meetings last summer, and they are really easy. If you don’t have a computer, let me know. We’ll try to figure something out. Otherwise, I’ll try to keep you updated through these newsletters. Please share these as you wish.
Western Hemisphere Alliance of Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples Issues Declaration
Date: March 18, 2022
Middle of North America – On March 20, 2022, a joint Declaration by a Western Hemisphere Alliance of Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples that includes the 1894 Sioux Nation Treaty Council, the Western Shoshone Defense Project, the Consejo de Todas las Tierras Mapuche, and Tonatierra will be submitted to the United Nations (UN). On that sacred day, also known as the Spring Equinox, prayers and ceremonies will be conducted in North, Central, and South America by surviving Indigenous Nations and Peoples.
The Joint Declaration is being issued as the UN Human Rights Council passed Resolution 48/7 on Oct. 8, 2021, which, after seventy-seven (77) years of exclusion, provides an official opening to the UN Decolonization Committee for Indigenous Nations and Peoples for the first time. Significantly, the UN Human Rights Council invites all bodies and organizations of the UN to “actively support and participate” in the work of eradicating colonialism. Indigenous Nations and Peoples have been the most impacted by the negative effects of colonialism.
The Joint Declaration also calls for the 1999 UN Treaty Study by Dr. Miguel Alfonso Martinez to be reaffirmed and the recommendations made therein used as an initial blueprint in their efforts at the UN on Decolonization.
Treaty with the Sioux - Brulé, Oglala, Miniconjou, Yanktonai, Hunkpapa, Blackfeet, Cuthead, Two Kettle, Sans Arcs, and Santee-and Arapaho, 1868.
PDF Document and Territory map.
When I was a little girl, my grandmother told me that we only talk to the President or the Secretary of State of the United States as we are a separate nation. That is why, now, as I am the Spokesperson for my nation, I am sending this to you and the Secretary of State.
In many of your speeches, you keep talking about the need “to heal the soul of the nation.” It is because of this phrase only that has compelled me to write to you.
Yesterday, when you said, “I will defend the Constitution...” then I hoped you were the right President we should approach. We are an Indigenous Nation in the middle of North America that has one of the last Treaties that were made with the United States in 1868. In Article VI of the U.S. Constitution it states: “...treaties are the supreme law of the land..” but it is like that Article has been completely forgotten in our case. So we are hoping you mean it when you said, “I will defend the Constitution...”.
It has been a while since my last newsletter to you. I was in a bad car accident last year, shortly after I sent my last report to you. It took months before I was back to normal. Now I am able to do things again, and need to report on where we are in the International arena.
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.