Honoring Treaties & Tribal (Full-Bloods) Rights, not the Pretendians!

Green Party: In Honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day


Indigenous Peoples’ Day arrives at a crucial moment this electoral season, as the inspiring indigenous-led movement at Standing Rock continues to draw attention to how the U.S. government systematically violates the rights of Native Americans. Unlike the Clinton and Trump campaigns, we are committed to respecting treaties with Native peoples and transforming the nature of this colonial relationship.

That includes officially converting Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the federal level, as two states (Alaska and Vermont) and more than 20 municipalities throughout the United States have already done. We should not honor Columbus, a man implicated in the genocide of indigenous peoples. Instead, the U.S. government needs to attend to the egregious conditions in many Native American communities caused by centuries of aggressive policies of dispossession and displacement.

Last month, we traveled to Standing Rock and witnessed the devastating impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). We also met with delegates from indigenous peoples throughout the continent, who arrived in solidarity with the movement in the largest gathering of indigenous peoples in 180 years. The struggle against the DAPL resonates for many indigenous and non-indigenous peoples throughout the world where pipelines, dams, mines, and other extractive industries suck the lifeblood out of communities.

Despite the unprecedented show of solidarity, attacks on the protectors at Standing Rock have continued and intensified in the weeks following the Obama administration’s decision to temporarily stall construction of the pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s territory. This morning — on Indigenous Peoples’ Day — riot police arrived during a peaceful protest and sacred ceremony and arrested 28 people, which was captured on live video by actress Shailene Woodley. These disrespectful acts against water protectors are reflective of a legacy of colonial mistreatment of indigenous peoples that violate their dignity and human rights.

Our misdemeanors for “trespassing” and “vandalism” will go away–the destruction caused by the pipeline won’t. The real “trespassers” and “vandals” are the Dakota Access Pipeline companies who have desecrated sacred sites, and the pipeline itself, whose very existence is not only a threat to the Sioux, but to 17 million people who depend on the Missouri River system for drinking water. We reaffirm our solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe along with other indigenous peoples defending themselves from degradation, poison and pillage, such as the Apache in Oak Flat, AZ; the Diné in Black Mesa; and countless others.

In order to change the course of U.S. government relations with indigenous peoples, we will adhere to treaties with Native American peoples and ratify international human rights frameworks that protect indigenous rights. That includes implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, International Labor Organization Convention 169, and the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Human Rights System of the Organization of American States. While words like “consent” may make the colonial establishment uncomfortable, we will make sure that indigenous peoples’ right to free, prior, and informed consent is respected for any project or policy that will affect their territories or well-being.

Indigenous rights are crucial to building a better world. The menacing presence of extractive industries throughout indigenous territories threatens everyone’s survival. We cannot afford to continue putting corporate profits over people and the planet. Our campaign is committed to establishing meaningful dialogue with indigenous peoples and ensuring that U.S. policies do not interfere with their rights to life, dignity, and autonomy.

Jill Stein / Ajamu Baraka

One thought on “Green Party: In Honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day”

  1. EmersonOctober 11, 2016 at 18:38
    Hoka hey,It’s about time the US citizens wake up and take back their original government,as national citizens this government belongs to them and this is were the treaties are, not with the federal government.federal government is illegal and unlawful in the organic US constitution,therefore,any judge,bureaucrats or government agents who take an oath to uphold and defend the US constitution,who violates that oath is guilty of treason,penalty is still death by hanging.the Ft. Laramie treaties of 1837,1851 and1868 are legal but this belongs to the Full blood Lakota, Dakota, Nakota and Wajaje only!! The modern era federal tribal Indians are not original Lakota,Dakota, Nakota and Wajaje.they have been created as an artificial product of the empire and the Vatican.to exist until such a time they are educated,assimilated and terminated. CIVILIZED Citizen, no longer a savage.subject to UCC,Taxation and eminent domain. What’s happening is a blatant treaty violation and these tribes have to step aside and give this government back to the original first Nation,The Original Seven Council Fires aka Great Sioux Nation.These are the Full Blood only. This is Sovereignty.WE are still here despite all the Genocide, We have a legal binding document between two sovereign nations and these federal tribal governments and their tribal citizens have no business in a treaty. They are not entitled to any Land,Air,Water and Bio-Atmosphere.That’s why the Cobell Lawsuit settlement purchased all Indian preference for $1000.00, and turned them in to non Indians. Non Indian can not own Indian land. This is how eminent domain is being created and end enforced, only the full blood can say no.even the UN DRIP does not apply to the full blood Lakota of the original Oceti Sakowin aka Great Sioux Nation.Hoka Hey, do the right and acknowledge the original Lakota chiefs and headmen to defend all silent and reserved treaty rights.USA?? America never had a right to the soil.Fraudulent conversion and conveyance,Fraud vitiates any thing it touches.ho hecetu yelo, Naca Sa I Mato mi ye yelo