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      --- Sasala Fouche <sasala@...> wrote:
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      > From: "Sasala Fouche" <sasala@...>
      > Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 10:22:22 -0600
      > Reply-to: ndn-aim@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [ndn-aim] Tony Blackfeather's Comments at
      > the Working Group on Indigenous People
      >
      > Below are comments made by Tony Blackfeather at the
      > Working Group.
      >
      > Sasala
      >
      >
      > Black Hills
      > Teton Sioux Nation
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      >
      > Item 7
      > World Conference against Racism including the
      > Participation of Indigenous Peoples
      > Intervention of the Tetuwan Oyate, Teton Sioux
      > Nation
      > Treaty Council
      > Delivered by Tony Black Feather
      > Spokesman, Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council.
      >
      > Commission on Human Rights-Subcommission on the
      > Promotion and
      > Protection of Human Rights
      > XIVth Session of the Working Group On Indigenous
      > Populations
      > United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland July 23-27, 2001
      >
      >
      > Greetings Madam Chairperson from the traditional
      > leadership of the Tetuwan
      > Oyate Lakota Nation. My name is Tony Black Feather,
      > and I am the Spokesman
      > for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council.
      >
      > Today our topic is racism and the Conference on this
      > subject to be held in
      > South Africa. I want to say a few words on this,
      > brief and to the point.
      > Racism takes many forms. One form that has a
      > particular impact upon the work
      > that we do is creation of illegal law and
      > jurisdiction within certain
      > countries that have ignored our sacred treaties. The
      > ability to make
      > internationally binding treaties into something less
      > is a violation of the
      > Natural Law, because our treaties were sealed with a
      > prayer. It is a form of
      > racism, against nations of people based upon
      > centuries of institutionalized
      > racism, originating with the Catholic Church, the
      > Papal Bulls and the Law of
      > Nations and continuing today with the Indian
      >
      >
      > Reorganization Act, violation of sacred sites an
      > illegal occupancy of treaty
      > territory. It is political indoctrination using
      > assimilation to destroy a
      > race of people. It is time to end this violation of
      > Natural Law and human
      > rights standards. This type of system is designed to
      > divide our peoples,
      > hurt our elders and children and further violations
      > must be justified in the
      > eyes of the world. They want to destroy my Lakota
      > people with their
      > anti-Christ system, a system contrary to our Natural
      > Law.
      >
      > Treaties and the history of domination based on
      > racism by Western nations
      > must be a part of the Conference on Racism. The
      > conference must address, in
      > particular, United States human rights violations
      > against the Indigenous
      > peoples of America. The American government condemns
      > other nations while
      > hiding its own tragic history of domination,
      > annihilation and warfare
      > against a race of people. The United States seems to
      > think that separate
      > rules apply to it as evidenced in their rejection of
      > global warming and
      > biological warfare agreements. They are only one
      > nation among many and we
      > cannot stand for it. International bodies must
      > support the efforts of
      > Indigenous Peoples to change international law so it
      > is based on our own
      > Natural Law, which reflects the human rights
      > standards of the United
      > Nations. This should be included in the Agenda for
      > the Conference and made a
      > part of all the recommendations issue from it.
      > Ignoring international
      > treaties is a form of racism based on denial of the
      > collective rights of
      > Indigenous peoples and the Lakota Nation. We live in
      > a sick and dying world
      > and if the Conference on Racism only concerns itself
      > with racism against
      > individuals, it will fail to address the concerns of
      > Indigenous peoples. I
      > had hoped to carry this message to South Africa
      > myself, but it is hard for
      > our traditional people to attend so many
      > international conferences when
      > resources are unavailable to us. I would therefore
      > ask that the Working
      > Group send a strong message to the Conference that
      > collective rights of
      > Indigenous peoples be a part of the Conference.
      >
      > Wopila. Mitaku Oyasin
      >
      > Be the change you want to see in the world."
      > --Gandhi
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