Native Village 
Youth and Education News
May, 2013
UN Fails to Accommodate Lakota Genocide Complaint
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New York City: A delegation of Lakota Elders recently traveled to United Nations Headquarters to deliver a Complaint of Genocide against the United States. Over 100 supporters joined their march to U.N. Headquarters where they hoped to meet U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, his staff, or high ranking UN officials.

Instead, the delegation was met by a security chief, and the delegates were barricaded in a park outside.

“Its not surprising because we have been going there for thirty years, and they have yet to stop the genocide, contrary to their own mission statement to protect nations large and small,” explained Lakota Grandmother Charmaine White Face.

The Preamble of the United Nations states:

…reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained…”

The Lakota Truth Tour Delegation had been promised that they would be received inside the U.N. to deliver their complaint and discuss conditions that are destroying Lakota Elders and people. But at the last moment, these promises evaporated.

 

Entitled Official Lakota Oyate Complaint of Genocide Based on the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, the eight page notice begins:

This letter serves notice as complaint, that the crime of genocide is being committed, in an ongoing manner, against the matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate of the Oceti Sakowin, an Indigenous First Nation people whose ancestral lands comprise a large area of the Northern Great Plains of Turtle Island, the continent known as North America.

The complaint names the United States Government, U.S. state governments, and others as  perpetrators of historic and ongoing genocide against the Lakoya Oyate. The full complaint is being prepared for delivery following  review by international attorneys.

The Lakota Truth Tour is traveling cross North America to raise awareness and support for ending genocide against the Lakota. The tour also debuts the incendiary documentary “Red Cry” that outlines the genocide of the Lakota people.

“We are going to challenge all of the world nations to look at the unhealthy way the United Nations responds to First Nations people, “ said Lakota delegate and warrior leader,  Canupa Gluha Mani. “Any other ethnic group out there can take their case and plead it to the U.N. because they coat the truth in sophisticated language. We are looking for other nations that will support the Indigenous people who still speak their language within their own country.”

 

 


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