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.
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)