Lakota has been reborn as a free and sovereign nation!
This rebirth is the realization of an ongoing process lasting no less than 33 years and guided by the Great Mystery, the Ancestors, and traditional Elders.
1974: The first International Indian Treaty Council brings together more than 5000 delegates representing 98 Indian tribes and Nations from North and South America. The Declaration of Continuing Independence
, a manifesto representing the wisdom of thousands of people, their Ancestors, and the Great Mystery supports the rights of Indigenous Nations to live free and to take whatever actions necessary for sovereignty.
2004: Lakota representatives renew communication with the traditional chiefs and treaty councils in the following communities: Pine Ridge, Porcupine, Kyle, Rosebud, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River, Standing Rock, and Flandreau. Additional consultation with the Treaty Council occurred during a Defenders of Black Hills meeting in Rapid City.
December 17, 2007: Lakota Freedom Delegation delivers letter to U.S. State Department in Washington D.C. withdrawing from all treaties with the United States government. Delegation consists of Mni yuha Najin Win (Phyllis Young), Teghiya Kte (Gary Rowland), Oyate Wacinyapin (Russell Means), Canupa Gluha Mani (Duane Martin Sr.), Delegation Liaison Naomi Archer (Iladurarrak Nation), and several other members.
December 17, 2007: Freedom Delegation holds international press conference at Plymouth congregational church in Washington D.c. News becomes world-wide sensation. Website receives over half-a-million hits from more than 100 different nations in one week!
December 30, 2007: Lakota Freedom Delegation website and contact info taken by one delegation member without consent of all other delegates. So-called “Republic of Lakotah” and “provisional government” is announced despite the fact “republic” is not a Lakota word and Lakota already has a traditional form of government still in existence.
January 1, 2008: Lakota Oyate emerges from the Lakota Freedom Delegation to ensure the voice of the people – Elders and children – is respected and heard. Contact information continues from Freedom Delegation with email to lakotafree [at] gmail.com and liaison/media phone to (828) 230-1404.
January 1, 2008: Lakota Oyate launches website at http://www.lakotaoyate.net to provide an online forum for the Lakota oyate who use the computer to voice their feelings and ideas about their lives. [website under development]
January 5, 2008: Meeting and honor ceremony for the Lakota Freedom Delegation held in St. Francis on Rosebud.
January 7, 2008: Lakota Oyate and the Lakota Freedom movement comes under attack from (Lakota) individuals who send out false and slanderous emails, as well as threats from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Gary Garrison of the BIA stated the group’s withdrawal “doesn’t mean anything” and threatened, “when they begin the process of violating other people’s rights, breaking the law, they’re going to end up like all the other groups that have declared themselves independent – usually getting arrested and being put in jail.”
January 18, 2008: Lakota Oyate calls for ending of COINTELPRO type personal attacks and false statements, and for the voices of the Elders and children to be heard in the emergence of a free and independent Lakota Nation.
Lakota Oyate represents the traditional voice of the free Lakota oyate (people)
from what was known as the Sioux Indian reservations of Nebraska, North Dakota,South Dakota and Montana.
In our freedom, we reject the colonial apartheid system that has caused genocide to our people, and to all Indigenous peoples.
Lakota Oyate emerges from the work of the Lakota Freedom Delegation. Now that we have returned from Washington D.C., we work to ensure the voice of the oyate – the Elders, children and all people – are respected and heard in the rebirth of a Lakota Nation rooted in the power of wowasakeikcupi, or taking back the way.
We do not represent those BIA or IRA governments beholden to the colonial system, but we encourage all people to reclaim their freedom.
We do not support the continuing imposition of the “Republic of Lakotah” or its so-called “provisional government” which does not represent the will of the people, the traditional matrilineal Lakota society structure, nor the spirit of the Animal Nations which survive within the Elders and children.
We do call for communication and healing so that all aspects of the Lakota Freedom movement can work together under the guidance of the Elders and children.