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Oceti Sakowin Resolution

Whereas the Oceti Sakowin Oyate represents the grassroots Native Americans of the seven sub nations of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota speaking people; and

Whereas, we as the Oceti Sakowin Oyate have committed to protect the air, land, life and water of Mother Earth; and

Whereas, the entities who have been involved in polluting the land, air and water of our Mother Earth have and will continue to create health hazards to the health of our elders,adults and the youth and future generations unless they desist from further dstruction of Mother Earth; and

Whereas, the Oceti Sakowin include the Canadian Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota nations who support this resolution; and

Now, Therefore be it resolved that any oil corporations (Keystone Project), organizations, or entities which are involved in promoting and developing of oil pipelines, uranium mining which are hazardous to the environment of the land, air, and water, are urged to decease and desist all activities in furtherances of these projects.

Dated this April 12, 2008

Unanimously approved by the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council

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