Dear President Obama:  


Do not endorse further transgressions against treaties and the rights of Native peoples.  I implore you to read the 1851 and 1868 Treaties of Fort Laramie.  As President, Commander in Chief, and primary leader of these United States, you have an absolute duty to familiarize yourself with legally binding agreements entered into by your predecessors before you consider actions which may (and in this case, will) violate them.

 

If you perform even minimal due diligence on this issue by reading the Fort Laramie Treaties, you will instantly recognize the injustices of current law and feel appalled at the modern state of affairs relating to the Great Sioux Nation and its lands.  Legal fictions fabricated by the Supreme Court of the United States, including the “plenary power” of Congress over Indian nations, have been around since the inception of this country; the miscarriage of justice-turned-legal dogma is no more evident than in the so-called "Doctrine of Discovery" formally christened by the Marshall Court in Johnson v. M'Intosh.


While I recognize the unfortunate truth that your office has no authority to overturn Supreme Court precedent, nothing under the law prevents you from making the right decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  Take a stand against the nearly 200 years of judicial injustice inflicted upon Indian tribes and embrace the principles of truth, liberty, and justice on which this very nation was founded.  Laws which shock the conscience today have not always done so in the eyes of the courts, but that fact does not make those laws right or just.  Inadequately funded services and contracts can never restore what has been taken from a people whose only crime was subsistence (a crime which the United States has taken significant strides towards eradicating, through smallpox blankets, starvation, sterilization, cold blooded murder, and countless other forms of genocidal conduct).  


Take your first step towards truly restoring justice and harmony to a people who have not seen such fundamental and inherent human rights for centuries.  Recognize the Fort Laramie Treaties.  Unless and until such time as the Great Sioux Nation consents to a pipeline through lands secured to it by treaty, you must prohibit any such trespass.  


Open Letter to the President

#OpenLetter
GREAT SIOUX NATION
Article 1:  If bad men subject to the authority of the United States commit any wrong upon the person or property of the Indians, the United States will cause the offender to be arrested and punished.
Article 2:  The United States agrees that the 1868 Treaty Territory (outlined in yellow below) shall be set apart for the “absolute and undisturbed use and occupation of the Indians herein named.”
Article 12:  No treaty for the cessation of any portion or part of the 1868 Treaty Territory shall be valid unless executed and signed by at least three-fourths (3/4) of all adult male Indians occupying or interested in the same.

United States Constitution:
Article VI:  “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.” (Bold emphasis added)
The Constitution does not contain any provision authorizing the President, Congress, or the Supreme Court to abrogate a treaty, so long as the treaty does not violate the Constitution.
“Great nations, like great men,
should keep their word.”
-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Black, Fed. Power Comm’n. v. Tuscarora Indian Nation, 362 U.S. 99 (1960) (dissenting)

Mother Earth Accord

"This war was brought upon us by the children of the Great Father who came to take our land from us without price."
--Spotted Tail
1851 Fort Laramie Treaty 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty

Oglala Lakota Resolution Opposing the KXL Pipeline

Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota Resolution Opposing the KXL Pipeline

United Tribes of North Dakota Resolution Opposing the KXL Pipeline

Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Route
Exclusive Sioux Territory- 1868 Ft Laramie Treaty
Exclusive Sioux Territory- 1851 Ft Laramie Treaty
Present Day South Dakota