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.
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!
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. *
The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 between the Sioux Indians and the US government banned forever any white settlements on these lands. Yet the United States government blatantly broke this treaty. It never adhered to its promises and broke every type of treaty ever made with the Native Americans as their lands were stolen and they were sent to reservations where land was not fertile, could not be cultivated, and many died of starvation and diseases. After the government introduced cheap flour and unscrupulous traders introduced alcohol on the reservations, many more innocent lives were lost. The reservations were actually prison camps and the Native Americans became prisoners in their own country. If they tried to run away or fight for their rights, they were killed. The buffalos, the main food for the Indians, became extinct after white settlers killed millions of them for their furs and for destructive hunting games.
After all these past injustices, it is an outrage that even today the United States government continues to still dominate and rule over lands that belong to the Native Americans. The Black Hills don't have a price for the Indians because they are sacred. The American government''s greed and injustice towards the first citizens of the country they rule are no longer tolerated by anyone who is truly concerned about humanity.
Let us all come together to help our Native brothers and sisters! Let us all sign this petition so that justice is may finally prevail!
THE YEAR 2012 IS SUPPOSED TO BE A YEAR OF GREAT TRANSFORMATION. LET THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT BEGIN BY RETURNING THE BLACK HILLS TO ITS RIGHTFUL OWNERS AND OFFER AN APOLOGY FOR ALL THE INJUSTICES AND VIOLATIONS COMMITTED AGAINST THE FIRST CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY! --
I SIGNED THE PETITION. I ALSO HOPE THAT EVERY AMERICAN AND EVERY CITIZEN OF ALL OTHER COUNTRIES WHO LOVE FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND TRUTH WILL DO THE SAME.