The story you need to know.
It is often said among Native Peoples, that they are born to this world bearing the pains of their people from generations prior. These wounds they carry, are deep seated and very real. To walk in this world and not feel the impact of the devastation of their people is not possible even today. Quite the opposite, today is the end result of the awareness of a culture struggling to overcome the impossible.
It’s time to heal.
Traditions still intact, the time is now for First Nations to become the leaders they truly are. The suffering has taken them to the last stages of genocide. This time we are in now, is a time of reconciliation and change. The wounds are healing and through the strength of their people, First Nations are now leading the way for all cultures to care about and heal our relationships with each other and the planet.
For generations, these people have endured while hidden away on the reservations, hardships untold to the mainstream population of America. Their strength and courage to continue to rebuild and redefine the future of the people, is strong. Yet today, they face the truth of finding themselves in the last stage of a successful genocide. The stage where after all the external blows have taken their toll, they begin to implode from the inside. The culture has been assaulted to weakened state of sadness, poverty, alcohol, drugs and statistics that cannot be denied. Yet they continue to show the way with strength and courage to prevail in light of the hardships.
Where does the strength and courage come from that continues to guide it’s people slowly and systematically to a place of survival and healing. What does it take from the global community to support this process in a way that harbors dignity and respect with equality as one people? Is it even possible for America to understand the impact of addressing this piece of our history, making a choice to restore balance to these communities so that healing can begin in an earnest fair manner.
Do First Nations People need our help?
They need our respect. Through right action rather than good intentions, much can be supported within the Tribal Communities which can enable strength and empowerment amongst their people. There is no shortage of grit and determination among the Tribal cultures. A shift between the boundaries of North, South, East and West needs to happen, that takes that grit and determination and helps direct the focus into strengthening communities rather than surviving the daily life on the reservations. All countries, all nations, require the support of the people to thrive and go forward in positive growth. Respecting and honoring this truth can bring immeasureable change to all people regardless of culture.
Call to Action
It is true in all forms of healing, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, that one must first acknowledge and accept what the source of the wound is before change can happen. This need for healing is no different in the requirements necessary and our nation as a whole will not heal until it does happen. To live from a core value system which incorporates equal rights for all, human rights with dignity, the right to education, healthcare, community safety, food and shelter are often taken for granted. Not if you live on one of the many reservations in America. Sub standard conditions prevent many from staying warm, eating on a daily basis, receiving medical and dental care, not to mention the loss of any hope for continued education beyond high school, if in fact graduation is a reality. Help change this simply because you can! By supporting community projects you strengthen the entire community! Join us and help make a difference.
We need to see the real picture to address the real problems.
Please contact us to learn more about our projects in this area. We welcome your questions and participation. Follow our progress on community projects with the Rosebud Reservation and be part of our team for change. We see the real picture, we want to help you see the real picture and from that real change can happen.
A short history, one they didn’t teach you in school. Facts that can’t be changed.
There is a story to be told about the sacred lands of the Black Hills in South Dakota, where the Sioux Nation is fighting to save its most sacred site, the genesis of all of its creation stories, Pe’ Sla. The facts about the travesty of First Nations People, will never change, they are part of the history of this Nation and we all bear witness and are accountable to interrupt what is now the last stage of genocide for our indigenous peoples.
Gold was discovered in the Black Hills shortly after the signing of The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1851. The treaty was immediately broken when payment of reparations by Congress was reduced a year after the signing! Although a new treaty was offered in 1868, it was a treaty that took away the native hunting grounds. This was a bold and arrogant move on the part of government. Take away what was theirs to begin with, give it back minus the food supply. Even more disgraceful is the fact that in 1877, the United States took away all of the land originally granted by treaty, established reservations, and allowed the government to put roads through the reservations for settlers to use in the gold rush. This is a genocide in the making and we were the ones doing it.
As recent as 1980 we again attempted to gain control of the Black Hills by offering 100 million to them. Why might you ask did we offer that to them? Because we were found guilty in Supreme Court in our dealings with them. They refused, as the land was illegally taken from them in the first place. You can view the case by clicking on the link below. A travesty from beginning to end!
Actual U.S. Supreme Court Document UNITED STATES v. SIOUX NATION OF INDIANS, 448 U.S. 371 (1980)
To simplify it…
“U.S. Supreme Court
UNITED STATES v. SIOUX NATION OF INDIANS, 448 U.S. 371 (1980)
448 U.S. 371
UNITED STATES v. SIOUX NATION OF INDIANS ET AL.
CERTIORARI TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF CLAIMS.
Argued March 24, 1980.
Decided June 30, 1980.
“In sum, we conclude that the legal analysis and factual findings of the Court of Claims fully support its conclusion that the terms of the 1877 Act did not effect “a mere change in the form of investment of Indian tribal property.” Lone [448 U.S. 371, 424] Wolf v. Hitchcock, 187 U.S., at 568 . Rather, the 1877 Act effected a taking of tribal property, property which had been set aside for the exclusive occupation of the Sioux by the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. That taking implied an obligation on the part of the Government to make just compensation to the Sioux Nation, and that obligation, including an award of interest, must now, at last, be paid.
The judgment of the Court of Claims is affirmed.
- It is so ordered.”