Continental Indigenous Solidarity Action with the Oceti Sakuwin of Standing Rock North Dakota in the fight against 524 years of Colonization, Genocide, and
CONSULTATION IS NOT CONSENT
On Tuesday October 11th during the convening of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Phoenix, Arizona agencies of the US government will be conducting a "listening session" with federally recognized tribes on improving tribal input on federal development of infrastructure projects, such as the Dakota Access Pipeline. The session is scheduled for Tuesday October 11th from 6:00-8:00 PM.
The opposition by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has caught national and international media attention, resulted in this listening session and other field hearings.
The three federal agencies stated in a news release last week that on Sept. 9, they announced their intention to hold these consultation sessions after important issues were raised by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and other tribal nations and their members regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline specifically, and infrastructure-related decision-making more generally.
CONSULTATION IS NOT CONSENT
The standard and criteria in the decision making process for these discussions that are contextualized by the extra-constitutional rights of Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples is the legal principle of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in Good Faith as articulated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007).
Furthermore, being that the issues in dispute involving the Dakota Access Pipeline are being contested within the ancestral homelands of the Oceti Sakuwin, referenced in the Treaty Stipulations of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty with the US Government, should justice be the goal it becomes paramount and inescapable that these Treaty Issues must be first addressed in a competent legal venue of International Law.
Any domestic court of the US legal system, or any subdivision of the US government for that matter such as the EPA would simply not have purview over these international issues, as they lie completely within the realm of International Law, and therefore until the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty is integrated into the global framework of International Law of Treaties and Agreements on a par as a legitimate International Instrument within the United Nations system, there will never be a chance for the just resolution of disputes among the parties to the Treaty as is now being made visible to the world in the standoff at Standing Rock.
Before the Wounded Knee chiefs went to the UN in ’73, representatives of the Traditional Hopi Nation had also attempted to communicate a message of warning to the world community via the UN on behalf of the Future Generations. That warning is now a present reality. The horizon of Climate Chaos exacerbated by carbon emissions of industrialized society is upon us with every season, where there is no normal in the weather patterns any longer, and the arctic ice sheets accelerate their demise in the north.
In this fight to revere, uphold, and defend the ability of Earth to be the Mother to the Future Generations, the Right of Mother Earth to continue being our mother, we stand in solidarity and commitment with the Oceti Sakuwin and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, demanding an immediate halt to all construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).
Further we assert that these clarifications command rectification of the crime of colonialism and a moratorium on all North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA economic development projects [Canada-USA-Mexico] impacting the territories of the Nations and Pueblos of Indigenous Peoples until the right of Free, Prior and Informed Consent of the Indigenous Peoples is fully recognized, respected, and protected in the spirit of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as follows:
“Affirming that Indigenous Peoples are equal to all other peoples...”