I hope this message finds you in good health.
I am writing to tell you of an exciting upcoming event that I welcome you to take part in.
Many of you had the opportunity to meet Charmaine White Face, an Oglala Lakota representative from Pine Ridge Reservation when she joined our latest Walk for a New Spring. The walk was a 50 day pilgrimage to D.C. calling for peace and nuclear disarmament. On the walk she shared with us a presentation entitled “America’s Chernobyl”; the untold story of uranium mining on the Great Sioux Nation.
She came representing the Lakota Nation and the Defenders of the Black Hills, an organization she co-founded to protect the sacred Black Hills.
After the Walk finished Charmaine went on tour again with the Lakota Grandmothers and the Strong Heart Lakota Solidarity Project. I had an opportunity to join this Truth Tour while they were in NYC. The tour was promoting the new documentary Red Cry which details the ways in which the United States Government initiated and is still employing genocidal tactics against the Indigenous People of this country.
This extremely pertinent documentary tells the unheard stories of Pine Ridge, and what we as a community can do to stop this cultural and physical genocide.
I am extremely excited to tell you that Charmaine, Canupa Gluha Mani and several elders and organizers will be coming back to the East Coast early next month.
Continuing the Truth Tour the elders and supporters will again go to the United Nations to deliver an official complaint of genocide from the Lakota Oyate and ask to be represented fairly as a nation.
According to the 1851 and 1868 Fort Laramie Treaties signed by the Sioux Nation and the United States Government the areas of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming are set aside for the “Absolute and undisturbed use and occupation [of the great Sioux nation]”. By neglect and feigned ignorance, the United States continues to allow the devastation of indigenous land, including the Black Hills which are considered a sacred area to many Native tribes. The uranium mining of the traditional indigenous land in the Midwest, central US and Western US is a direct violation of treaties signed by the US government.
We have a chance to change that.
On Wednesday June 5th and Thursday June 6th the Truth Tour will come to Amherst.
There will be a screening of the new documentary Red Cry and a chance for discussion with the elders and organizers. We will also be hosting a solidarity & decolonization training.
I am writing to invite you to these events and ask for your help.
We are looking for a space for the approximately 10 people who will be making the trip up from South Dakota to stay.
We are also looking for some light refreshments and/or donations for food and travel expenses for the group.
If you are interested in any of these things, please contact me by phone or email.
I thank you all for your work and interest, and I hope I will see you at one or both of these events.
More information to come.
Peace & Solidarity
Lakota Elders Denied Entry into the United Nations — Video
Defenders of the Black Hills Website
Red Cry Trailer
Uranium Exploration and Mining Accountability Act
[to download this document visit newenglandpeacepagoda.org and select the document on the right hand side]
Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868