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Tituwan Oyate - Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council


July 16, 2009

"North American Indigenous Nations to Meet"
"International Work to be Topics of Discussion"

Rapid City, SD--Representatives from a Canadian Indigenous nation, the Kakisiwew-Ochapowace Cree, will be meeting at the Mother Butler Center with the Tetuwan Oyate, Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council. The two-day event is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, July 27 & 28, 2009, beginning at 9:00 AM.

Wes George, Kakisiwew-Ochapowace Cree Nation, Treaty 4 Territory in Canada, who has been attending sessions of the United Nations in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland, for many years will lead the discussion on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Another speaker is Sharon Venne, Ph.D., an attorney for the Dine in the Northwest Territories, Canada. Ms. Venne was the Chairperson-Rapporteur for the Second United Nations Expert Seminar on Treaties and has been attending meetings at the United Nations for more than thirty years. Charmaine White Face, Spokesperson for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council which was established in 1893, will give a presentation on the Eighth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues held this past May among other reports.

The agenda is as follows:

Day One
1. Opening Prayer
2. Opening Remarks
3. Introductions
4. Selection of Special Rapporteur
5. Treaty Discussions:
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Wesley George, Kakisiwew-Ochapowace Cree
International Treaty Study: Status of Expert Seminars
Sharon Venne, Ph. D. (Cree) Northwest Territory, Canada
Special Rapporteur - 2nd Expert Seminar
Discussions and Development

Day Two

6. United Nations Developments and Future Activities - Reports and Discussion
Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 8th Session
World Health Organization
7. North American Issues and Developments
Inter-American Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Discussions and Development
8. Closing Prayer

The meeting is open to the public. For further information call (xxx) 399-1868.

Noon meal to be provided. Donations welcome.
Sponsored by Defenders of the Black Hills, PO Box 2003, Rapid City, SD 57709,
on behalf of the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council established in 1893 by Chief He Dog
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Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests