Urge President Obama and the US Government to Return the Black Hills Back to the Sioux Indian Nations and Offer a Formal Apology to all Indians
  • Petitioned President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

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The United States Government - Department of the Interior
President Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

Urge President Obama and the US Government to Return the Black Hills Back to the Sioux Indian Nations and Offer a Formal Apology to all Indians

    1. Petition by

      Committee for the Return of the Sacred Black Hills to the Lakota Sioux Native Americans

THE PAST 

     The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 between the Sioux Indians and the United States  government restored the full legal ownership of the Sacred Black Hills to the Sioux Indians. It banned forever any white setllements on these lands.  In 1874, General George Custer found gold in the Black Hills and white gold diggers from all over the country arrived seaking wealth. They ravaged and desecrated these lands that the Native Americans considered sacred. The US government did notthing to stop this illegal takeover of the Black Hills.

  

THE PRESENT 

     On July 23, 1980, in United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Black Hills were illegally taken and that remuneration of the initial offering price plus interest — nearly $106 million — be paid. The Lakota refused the settlement as they wanted the Black Hills returned to them. The money remains in an interest-bearing account, which now amounts to over $757 million, but the Lakota still refuse to take the money. They believe that accepting the settlement would validate the US theft of their most sacred land.  

      ALTHOUGH THE MOTHER EARTH BELONGS TO GOD AND IS MEANT TO BE SHARED AND ENJOYED BY EVERYONE, THE BLACK HILLS LEGALLY BELONG TO THE LAKOTA INDIANS. PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR KEN SALAZAR, AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MUST RETURN THESE SACRED HILLS BACK TO THE LAKOTA SIOUX. IT IS AN INJUSTICE AND AN OUTRAGE THAT IN THE YEAR 2012 THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DOMINATE AND RULE OVER SACRED LANDS THAT BELONG TO NATIVE AMERICANS.

    LET US DEMAND THAT ONCE AND FOR ALL  PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECREATARY OF THE INTERIOR SALAZAR, AND THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT RETURN THESE SACRED HILLS TO THE FIRST CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.

    LET US ALL SPEAK OUT AGAINST THIS BLATANT ILLEGAL TAKEOVER OF SACRED LANDS  AND RESTORE JUSTICE TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS. THIS NOT ONLY WILL HELP IN THE HEALING OF THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES.  IT WILL ALSO CONTRIBUTE IN THE HEALING OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.

     JULY 4TH, 2012 IS OUR GOAL TO HAVE 500,000 CONCERNED CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY AND FROM OTHER AREAS OF THE WORLD TO SIGN THIS IMPORTANT PETITION. THIS IS THE DAY OF INDEPENDENCE THAT WILL TRULY BECOME A DAY OF FREEDOM FOR THE FIRST CITIZENS OF THE THIS COUNTRY AND FOR ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS THE DAY THAT WE WILL PRESENT THESE PETITIONS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY SALAZAR, AND UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO FINALLY RESTORE DIGNITY TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS.

    LET US ALSO URGE THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO PRESENT, IN FRONT OF ALL AMERICAN PEOPLE,  A FORMAL APOLOGY TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS FOR ALL ITS PAST INJUSTICES, BROKEN TREATIES, AND NUMEROUS VIOLATIONS COMMITTED AGAINST  HUMANITY.  THE RETURN OF THE BLACK HILLS AND  A FORMAL APOLOGY BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT WILL  RESTORE DIGNITY AND FAITH TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS. THIS WILL OPEN THE PATH TO A MORE PEACEFUL AND TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP AND UNIFIED RESPECT BETWEEN THE NATIVE AMERICIANS AND THE POLITICAL LEADERS  OF THIS COUNTRY.

     WE MUST  REMOVE THE HIDDEN GUILT AND ALL KARMAS OF THE PAST SO THAT ALL AMERICANS CAN BE TRULY FREE! THE YEAR 2012 IS THE YEAR OF GREAT TRANSFORMATION. LET US BEGIN THIS TRANSFORMATION BY RETURNING THE BLACK HILLS TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS AND OFFER A SINCERE AND HEARTFELT OFFICIAL APOLOGY  ON THE BEHALF OF THE UNITED GOVERNMENT AND ALL AMERICANS, FOR  THE NUMEROUS INJUSTICES  COMMITTED AGAINST THE FIRST CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY!

     AS A NATION, WE ALL NEED TO LOOK INTO OUR HEARTS, ACCEPT EACH OTHER,  AND LOVE EACH OTHER AS TRUE BROTHERS AND SISTERS. ALTHOUGH WE MAY BE OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS, DIFFERENT COLOR, AND DIFFERENT CULTURES, LET US BECOME THE TRUE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF ONE CREATOR AND LET OUR COUNTRY ONCE AGAIN RING OF TRUE FREEDOM, JUSTICE FOR ALL , AND LIVE IN TRUE UNITED BROTHERHOOD.

     WE MUST BE COURAGEOUS AND  FACE THE TRUTH. WE MUST ADMIT  WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST IN AMERICA,  THE REALITY IS THAT A GENOCIDE  HAS OCCURRED AGAINST THE FIRST CIITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. THE GUILT STEMMING FROM THESE PAST ATROCITIES AND CRIMES ARE BURIED DEEP IN THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY AND THIS HAS STOPPED THE FLOW OF INNER PEACE AND THE GROWTH OF TRUE DEEP SPIRITUALITY. THIS GUILT IS STILL  EMBEDDED  IN THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THIS COUNTRY AND IT HAS STOPPED THIS COUNTRY FROM FLOURISHING AS A TRUE DEMOCRACY AND AS ONE FAMILY.  A PAST DRENCHED IN MURDERS, HUNGER FOR POWER, FOR WEALTH, A GREED FOR LANDS BELONGING TO OTHERS MUST BE FACED COURAGEOUSLY WITH OPEN EYES  AND OPENLY ADMITTED.  OTHERWISE WE AS A SOCIETY, WILL NEVER HEAL FROM ITS PAST AND MIGHT JUST NOT POSSIBLY SURVIVE AS A NATION.

    IN THE PAST, THIS COUNTRY EXTERMINATED ALMOST AN ENTIRE POPULATION BECAUSE OF GREED AND HUNGER FOR POWER AND DOMINION OVER OTHERS.  LET US ADMIT THIS PAST AND LET US FOCUS WITHIN  OURSELVES TO ACHIEVE A TRUE HEALING AS A SOCIETY. BY  RECOGNIZING THIS  AND OPENLY FACE THIS  GUILT WE CAN FREE OURSELVES FROM THE PAST. THE RETURN OF THE BLACK HILLS TO THE NATIVE AMERICANS AND A FORMAL APOLOGY FOR ALL WRONGFUL ACTIONS AND PAST INJUSTICES  WILL SIGNIFY A TRUE REBIRTH AND WILL STOP THIS COUNTRY FROM DESTROYING ITSELF FROM WITHIN. BY CLEANSING AND PURIFYING THE GUILT STILL PRESENT WITHIN  OUR CONSCIOUSNESS, WE CAN RENEW AMERICAN SOCIETY AND BECOME A NEW LAND OF TRUE PEACE, TRUE FREEDOM AND LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER.

LET 2012 BE THE YEAR OF  THIS  REBIRTH FOR ALL AMERICANS!

   GERMANY, AUSTRALIA, AND CANADA HAVE ALL MADE ATTEMPTS TO RECTIFY THEIR PAST INJUSTICES AGAINST THE INNOCENT CITIZENS OF THEIR COUNTRIES. THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS NOT YET OFFICIALLY  ADMITTED TO THE HOLOCAUST THAT HAS OCCURRED IN AMERICA. IT HAS YET TO ASK FOR OFFICIAL FORGIVENESS FROM THE NATIVE AMERICANS FOR A  HOLOCAUST THAT  HAS COST  MILLIONS OF INNOCENT LIVES. THE HISTORY BOOKS DON'T TELL US THE COMPLETE TRUTH.  MANY, MANY MORE MILLIONS OF LIVES (10-15 MILLION)  WERE DESTROYED THAN WHAT HISTORIANS HAVE RECORDED.(2-3 MILLION)  

    BY THE US GOVERNMENT ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS AND BY OUR NATIVE AMERICANS BROTHERS AND SISTERS FORGIVING THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR ITS PAST ATROCITIES, WE WILL OPEN A NEW ROAD OF TRUE UNITY AND BROTHERLY LOVE.  

     DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA, SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR KEN SALAZAR AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT- IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP TO THE FACT THAT IF AMERICA STANDS FOR TRUTH, FREEDOM,  AND JUSTICE, AND IF WE ARE TO FULLY HEAL AND SURVIVE  AS A NATION, THEN THE RETURN OF THE SACRED BLACK HILLS BACK TO THE SIOUX INDIAN NATION IS OF SUPREME IMPORTANCE.  YOU MUST ALSO FACE OUR NATIVE AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND IN FRONT OF ALL  AMERICANS,  HUMBLY OFFER A FORMAL APOLOGY FOR THESE PAST VIOLATIONS AGAINST HUMAN RIGHTS. RETURN THE BLACK HILLS TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS!

    LET US PREPARE NOW, THE YEAR OF 2012, FOR A NEW SOCIETY FOR EVERY AMERICAN OF EVERY RACE, CREED, AND COLOR. WE CAN START TO BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND THE FUTURE OF ALL AMERICANS  SO WE CAN ALL TRULY BE FREE! 

THE FUTURE

     LET THE IDEALS OF OUR  FOREFATHERS BECOME A REALITY FOR ALL AMERICANS SO A NEW MORAL SOCIETY OF TRUE BROTHERHOOD AND TRUE JUSTICE IS FULLY ESTABLISHED IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY!

 

 THE EARTH AND MAN 
  
   by Stopford Brook
 

A little sun, a little rain,

A soft wind blowing from the west,

And woods and fields are sweet again,
And warmth within the mountain's breast

So simple is the earth we tread,

So quick with love and life her frame,

Ten thousand years have dawned and fled,
And still her magic is the same.

A little love,
a little trust,

A soft impulse, a sudden dream,

And life as dry as desert dust

Is fresher than a mountain stream.

So simple is the heart of man,
So ready for new hope and joy !


Ten thousand years since it began

Have left it younger than a boy. *    

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Dear All, thank you so much for your support for this important movement!

      Although the progress is slow, we will reach our goal of 500,000 signatures that will help us to go to Washington, D.C. One of our supporters, a Lakota Sioux, has informed us that this is the proper time for this petition to have the Sacred Black Hills returned to the Sioux Nation. Tribal leaders are studying land rights and land sovereignty. Native Americans are experiencing a new rebirth. Slowly but surely the past is being dealt with and not only the Native Americans, but also this country will slowly heal. The leaders in Washington, D.C need to understand that in the year 2012 they cannot hold on to lands that they have held on to illegally since 1874. So we continue our battle. Please contnue to share this petition and send it out to all your friends, families, and acquaintenances. HELP US GET TO WASHINGTON! COMMITTEE FOR THE RETURN OF THE BLACK HILLS TO THE SIOUX NATION. J. MAYFIELD, M. MOWEKE, L. RAO NICOLA, M. MERGA, J. PRANEVICIOUS, L. ORBIDAN, C. & F.. FAFFINI, A. MANCINI

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Hubert Stahl TRAISMAUER, AUSTRIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because if in the bible it is writen that all men are brother, why we the white people don´t respect this law

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    • Carolyn Makovi SILVER SPRING, MD
      • about 2 years ago

      Righting a wrong is always the right thing to do. The US stole and murdered and lied for land.

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    • Frank Archambault RAPID CITY, SD
      • about 2 years ago

      because it was stolen from my people and we want it back

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    • Zackary Barnett HILLSDALE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      bc its wrong, to take things from them and then expecting them to jsut make due with it. rights just not right. and it would make us better people just by doing the right thing.

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    • robin myers HILLSDALE, MI
      • about 2 years ago

      bc i am a lakota sioux indian and i believe that the black hills belongs to the sioux indians and not the goverment!

      it was ours first, and it is sacred to us.

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