WE  STAND  BEHIND  THE  LAKOTA  GRANDMOTHERS!

  DECLARATION  OF  SOLIDARITY  &  SUPPORT  

 
WE,  THE  UNDERSIGNED,  demand  an  end  to  the  ongoing  genocide  of  the   Lakota  Oyate  (People),  a  sovereign  Indigenous  First  Nation  of  North  America   LakotaGrandmothers.org     (Turtle  Island)  who  have  existed  on  the  continent  since  time  immemorial.         Lakota  Wagunpi  Woashake     Ikicupi  is  Lakota  Elders  taking   WE  RECOGNIZE  the  Lakota  Oyate,  as  represented  by  their  customary   back  their  strength  to  end  the   genocide  of  the  Lakota  people   matriarchal  system,  have  the  unassailable  natural  right  to  their  sovereign   and  renew  matriarchal   territory,  to  political  self-­‐determination,  and  to  freely  pursue  their   Grandmother  leadership  on   economic,  social,  and  cultural  development  without  interference.   Pine  Ridge  and  across  the   Lakota  Nation.  Stand  Behind     the  Lakota  Grandmothers!   WE  RECOGNIZE  the  Lakota  are  still  in  active  resistance  to  the  colonial     invasion  of  their  sovereign  ancestral  territory  by  Euro-­‐American  settlers,  the   Lakota  Solidarity  Project   P.O.  Box  881   United  States  military,  and  corporations  given  standing  by  U.S.  law.   Asheville,  NC    28802     Phone:  828-­‐338-­‐9781   WE  RECOGNIZE  the  Lakota  Oyate  are  traditionally  a  matriarchal  people,  led   LakotaSolidarity@gmail.com     Cantetenza.wordpress.com   by  the  Elder  Grandmothers,  and  this  matriarchal  leadership  has  been  forced     underground  by  patriarchal  systems  of  the  United  States  Government.     Cante  Tenza  Okolakiciye     Lakota  Strong  Heart  Warriors   Independent  Lakota  Oyate   WE  RECOGNIZE  in  the  past,  and  continuing  into  the  present,  the  Lakota   P.O.  Box  512   Oyate  are  being  deliberately  inflicted  with  conditions  of  life  intended  to   Hill  City,  SD  57745   mentally  and  physically  destroy  their  people  and  prevent  them  from   Phone:  605-­‐517-­‐1547   Lakota  Oyate  on  Facebook   preserving  and  developing  their  sovereign  culture.         Projects   WE  RECOGNIZE  genocidal  conditions  of  life  have  created  a  minority  of   Stand  Behind  the  Lakota   traditional  and  grassroots  Lakota  Oyate  who  are  the  remaining  6000-­‐8000   Grandmothers   Lakota  language  speakers,  culture  holders,  and  freedom  fighters  within  a   Lakota  Elders  Truth  Tour   majority  of  Lakota  forcefully  assimilated  into  American  lifestyles.     Red  Cry  Documentary     LSP  Elder  Support  Solidarity   WE  RECOGNIZE  the  average  age  of  these  traditional  Lakota  language   Networks   speakers  and  culture  holders  is  65  years:  Elders.     Grandmothers  Create  the     Circle  Gathering   WE  RECOGNIZE  that  while  genocidal  conditions  of  life  exist  against  the   Decolonization  &  Solidarity   majority  of  Lakota  people,  the  traditional  and  grassroots  Elders  and  Oyate   Training   face  disproportionate  levels  of  violence,  abuse,  neglect,  enforced  poverty,   and  deprivation  of  basic  human  needs  as  retaliation  for  their  continued   resistance  to  forced  assimilation,  racism,  and  systemic  corruption.     WE  HOLD  ACCOUNTABLE  those  who  bring  about  these  genocidal  conditions   of  life  on  Lakota  Elders  and  Oyate  including:     • United  States  Government  policies  and  actions  originating  from  the  Office  of  the   President,  the  U.S.  Congress,  U.S.  Supreme  Court,  U.S.  State  Department,  
         

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  WE  HOLD  ACCOUNTABLE  the  United  Nations  and  International  Criminal  Court  for  failing   to  uphold  and  enforce  the  1948  Convention  on  the  Prevention  and  Punishment  of  the  Crime   of  Genocide,  the  1948  Universal  Declaration  of  Human  Rights,  the  1969  Vienna  Convention   on  Treaties,  and  the  2007  Declaration  on  the  Rights  of  Indigenous  Peoples.       WE  DEMAND  AN  END  to  all  policies  and  practices  bringing  about  genocidal  conditions  of   life  against  the  Lakota  Oyate,  and  by  consequence,  all  Indigenous  nations  on  Turtle  Island.     WE  WILL  PRESSURE  the  United  States  Government,  state  governments,  and  International   governing  bodies  to  meet  with  delegations  of  traditional  and  grassroots  Lakota  Elders,  to   end  genocidal  policies  and  practices,  and  return  stolen  Lakota  territory.       WE  WILL  SUPPORT  the  traditional  and  grassroots  Lakota  Oyate  in  the  renewal  of  their   customary  matriarchal  system  led  by  the  Grandmothers.     WE  WILL  SUPPORT  an  immediate  end  to  the  systems  that  abuse,  neglect  and  harm  Lakota   Elders,  so  they  may  be  free  to  share  Lakota  language,  culture,  and  knowledge  with  future   generations  of  their  people.             WE  WILL  STAND  BEHIND  THE  LAKOTA  GRANDMOTHERS  with  integrity  and  perserverance,   in  togetherness  with  those  creating  a  free  and  sovereign  future  for  the  Lakota  Oyate.         To  sign,  visit  www.LakotaGrandmothers.org/signon  or  email  lakotasolidarity@gmail.com  
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Department  of  Justice,  Department  of  the  Interior  and  the  Bureau  of  Indian  Affairs,   Department  of  Health  and  Human  Services,  Department  of  Defense,  and  others;       The  failed  and  corrupt  United  States  tribal  government  system,  represented  by  the   Oglala  Sioux  Tribe  and  Tribal  Council  (OST),  that  was  illegally  imposed  by  the  Indian   Reorganization  Act  of  1934  without  the  consent  of  the  Lakota  people;       Policies  of  the  U.S.  state  governments  of  South  Dakota,  North  Dakota,  Nebraska,   Wyoming,  and  Montana;       The  unregulated  actions  of  U.S.  and  foreign  Corporations  on  sovereign  Lakota   territory  unceeded  by  Treaty  agreements;       Missionary  Christian  churches,  religious  institutions,  and  non-­‐profit  groups  that   continue  to  spiritually  colonize  Lakota  lands  and  people;     All  other  persons,  institutions,  and  criminal  organizations  that  are  complicit  in  the   physical  destruction,  impoverishment,  exploitation,  or  assimilation  of  the  Lakota   Oyate  to  the  complete  termination  of  sovereign  Lakota  lands,  culture,  and  identity.