Posted from Oceti Sakowin Camp.

Press release:

A Response to Alleged Concerns Raised in the Governor’s Eviction Notice


NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, N.D.—A response to the concerns listed in the eviction notice issued by Governor Jack Dalrymple Monday November 28th, 2016, to the people of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, the Camp of the Seven Council Fires.

 WHEREAS the Governor of North Dakota and Sheriff of Morton County are relative newcomers to Lakota land, it is understandable they would be concerned about severe winter weather.

 WHEREAS the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota people of The Great Sioux Nation have survived in this region for millennia without the concerns of state or county governments, and in fact have thrived here without wide ranging impact on the local flora, fauna, and without the devastating results of natural resource gouging for personal or corporate profits.

 WHEREAS the people gathered at the Oceti Sakowin Camp have adequate shelter for warmth and safety, sanitation, and supplies for a prolonged period of time.

 WHEREAS the people of the Oceti Sakowin Camp have chosen to stay on sovereign 1851 Treaty land to protect the water, a right granted by said treaty; refer to 1851 Treaty description of the borders of the Great Sioux Nation.

 WHEREAS the Great Sioux Nation is not subject to the imposition of any foreign codes, covenances, laws, precepts, rules, nor do we require any approvals, authorizations, consents, endorsements, or permissions from any foreign government upon sovereign land belonging to The Great Sioux Nation.  As a sovereign nation we reject the implication we need or request the imposition from another country any regulations regarding our dwellings, sanitation, health, safety, cultural, or religious needs of our people or visitors to our land.

 Now THEREFORE WE DEMAND the armed forces and the state government stop creating emergencies for the people of Oceti Sakowin Camp, on behalf of privately held business and investors bent on stripping and defiling these sacred lands. This is the home and legacy of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota people of The Great Sioux Nation; it shall not be squandered for the short-term provision of profits to the few, and temporary employment for a few more. We demand an immediate cessation of the assault against the present and future generations and the millions of people who rely on the life-sustaining waters of the treaty-protected waterways here.