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Protect The Sacred

Defend Sovereignty, Spiritual & religious Freedoms,

Treaty Rights, Consultation Mandates & Sacred Sites

Protect The Sacred

“The Axis of Evil for us today is DAPL, KXL, and the Delisting of the Sacred Grizzly Bear.

The Missouri River is the lifeblood, the water, all stood to protect at Standing Rock. Now, with grizzly delisting, the very headwaters of the Missouri River are imperiled in Greater Yellowstone. The grizzly’s ESA status protected the headwaters, but with delisting, Trump is putting his fossil fuel backers over the health and well-being of our Mother, the Earth, and all she nourishes.”

Chief Stan Grier.

"Now the most-signed treaty in history, the document has become a symbol of inter-tribal unity in defense of sovereignty, spiritual and religious protections, treaty rights, sacred site preservation and holding the federal government accountable for its trust responsibility to tribes."                                                                                                                     Native News Online (12/28/16)    

Native Nations Rise:
The Treaty in Washington, DC
Bipartisan House & Senate Support

“Let’s work on a draft

of the key issues summarized in this treaty and let’s see if we can’t start advocating around that, and start educating by using social media and our friends in Congress.”


“Proceeding with this premature, piecemeal and politically driven approach would violate the ESA and grievously undermine

tribal rights.”


Chairman AJ Not Afraid of the Crow Nation introduces the treaty to the

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

Chief Stan Grier, 

Chief of the Piikani (Piegan) Nation of the

Blackfoot Confederacy.

Since September 23, 2016, some 170 Tribal Nations have signed this document of inter-tribal solidarity, only the third of its kind in 150-years. In terms of representation, with leaders from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), it translates to over 700 Tribal Nations.

“We now face unprecedented times, the likes of which we have not encountered in our lifetimes, but that our ancestors confronted and left us with the examples to follow. This treaty between our nations is not just about the preservation of this sacred being, the grizzly bear, or the protection of one river, this is a struggle for the very spirit of the land – a struggle for the soul of all we have ever been - or will ever become. Within this struggle to protect the grizzly, and thus the land the grizzly, in turn, protects with the water, we find many of our struggles: the struggle to defend our sovereignty; the struggle to defend our treaty rights; the struggle to preserve and enforce consultation mandates; the struggle to defend and strengthen our spiritual and religious freedoms. In summary, the ongoing struggle to make the government uphold its trust responsibility to Tribal Nations. Should we lose this collective fight, we may lose any part of those fundamental issues at any time, for if the government can ignore us all, then the precedent will be set - a precedent that will threaten all that our people have fought through and endured to retain since Contact.”


UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples 

“I sign this treaty as an indigenous person from the Philippines to show my support for this great effort and for all of the indigenous nations that have signed it. I urge the government to continue to honor its treaty and trust obligations. I recommend that for any extractive industry project affecting indigenous peoples, regardless of the status of the land, the United States should require a full environmental impact assessment of the project in consideration of the impact on indigenous peoples’ rights.”

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz. (Ms. Tauli-Corpuz is a member of the Kankana-ey, Igorot indigenous peoples in the Cordillera Region in the Philippines).

We thank the United Nations and UN Special Rapporteur Tauli-Corpuz for meeting with us and for the opportunity to discuss the crucial issues of sovereignty, treaty rights, religious and spiritual freedoms, government-to-government consultation, sacred site protection and the federal trust responsibility, all of which are threatened by the "Trojan Horse" of grizzly delisting. We are humbled to have the treaty described as "extraordinary work" by the UN (OHCHR).

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What are tribes asking for?

In testimony to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Chairman AJ Not Afraid summarized what Tribal Nations are asking for. Chairman Not Afraid’s testimony is in quotes: 

“This treaty speaks to the consequences of this action [grizzly delisting] if it proceeds as it has to date, and the issues that Tribal Nations stand upon, which remain at the heart of the federal-Indian trust responsibility: Tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, consultation mandates, spiritual and religious freedoms, and sacred site protections – each of which is on the verge of suffering irreparable harm if this process continues as it is presently constituted.”

Consultation. “Formal, government-to-government consultation must be undertaken with ALL impacted tribes, and that Acts, Executive Orders, and Secretarial Orders pertinent to this issue must be honored – which they have not been – a conclusion supported by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”


Science. “We have serious concerns about the science being presented, and worry that ultimately this process will result in ostensibly zoo populations in two national parks, Yellowstone and Glacier.” Tribal Nations must be furnished with the raw data the federal government is basing its conclusions upon, and claiming is “the best available science.” Secretarial Orders stipulate that tribes are entitled to receive this raw data – the US Fish & Wildlife Service must provide it, so tribes can engage independent experts for a truly objective scientific review. We have serious concerns about the science being presented, and worry that ultimately this process will result in ostensibly zoo populations in two national parks, Yellowstone and Glacier.


Institute a Moratorium. “Several nations, the Navajo, Osage, Oglala Sioux, and Piikani Blackfoot among them, have formally requested that a moratorium be instituted so that all of the impacted Tribal Nations can be consulted, and so that we can contribute our ideas, our plans, and our alternatives. Those alternatives will provide for cultural, economic and environmental revitalization to tribal communities, and enable economic diversification.”


Reintroduction Not Trophy Killing. “There are Tribal Nations with biologically suitable habitat in the grizzly’s historic range who propose having this sacred being reintroduced to their sovereign lands. Instead of trophy hunting them, transplant the hunting quota from Greater Yellowstone and from the Crown of the Continent, to these tribal lands. This reintroduction can provide for economic and vocational opportunity where it is most desperately needed – on our reservations - where unemployment can run from 70 to 90%. This alternative provides for educational, training, and vocational opportunities in preparing tribal members in the fields of science and biology to undertake our own management programs. Crucially, this initiative will also provide for eco-tourism opportunities; from training and employing guides, to reservation infrastructure potential through the hospitality industry, which will allow for outside, business investment to be attracted. Each aspect will foster cultural revitalization and immersion, as all of these initiatives can be undertaken in a cultural context, which aids in the perpetuation of culture.”

From the Oceti Sakowin...

Great Sioux Nation leaders, including (L-R) Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault, Oglala President Scott Weston, Crow Creek Chairman Brandon Sazue and Cheyenne River Sioux Chairman Harold Frazier holding the treaty, and Santee Sioux Chairman Roger Trudell. the Navajo Nation


Navajo Nation

Ute Tribe

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Crow Tribe

Pueblo of Zuni

Pueblo of Taos

Isleta Pueblo

Zia Pueblo

Pueblo of Pojoaque

Santo Domingo Pueblo

Picuris Pueblo

Nambe Pueblo

Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo

Tohono O’odham Nation

San Carlos Apache Tribe

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Tonto Apache Tribe

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Kaibab-Paiute Tribe

Havasupai Tribe

Hualupai Nation

Pascua-Yaqui Tribe

Blackfoot Confederacy

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Fort Belknap Tribes

Rocky Boy Chippewa-Cree

Little Shell Band of Chippewa

Northern Arapaho Tribe

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Eastern Shoshone

Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation

Oglala Sioux Tribe

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Yankton Sioux Tribe

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Tribe

Santee Sioux Nation

Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Seminole Nation

Hopi Tribe

Hopi Bear Clan

Tewa Bear Clan

Tulalip Tribes

Nisqually Indian Tribe

Puyallup Tribe

Chief Joseph Band of Nez Perce

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Spokane Tribe

Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Tribe


Pawnee Nation

Osage Nation

Kaw Tribe

Tonkawa Tribe

Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma

Sac & Fox Nation

Kickapoo Tribe

Citizen Potawatomi Nation

Quechan (Yuma) Nation

Fort Mojave Tribe

Chemehuevi Tribe

Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians (Serrano)

Hoopa Valley Tribe

Karuk Tribe Yurok Tribe

Bear River Band Rancheria

Wiyot Tribe

Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation

Trinidad Rancheria

Big Lagoon Rancheria

Walker River Paiute Tribe

Yerington Paiute Tribe

Goshute Tribe (Skull Valley)

Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone

Battle Mountain Band of Shoshone

Elko Band of Shoshone

Absentee Shawnee Tribe

Assembly of First Nations

Songhees First Nation

St’at’imc First Nation

Skidegate First Nation

Neskonlith First Nation

Shushwap First Nation

Coldwater First Nation

Malahat First Nation

Cowichan First Nation

Sumas First Nation

Upper Nicola First Nation Lillooet Tribal Council

Lower Nicola First Nation

Tseshant First Nation

Ktunaxa First Nation

Nuuchahnulth First Nation

Nisga’a First Nation

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

Sec e  emc First Nation

Chawathil First Nation

Katzie First Nation

Skawahlook First Nation

Snuneymuxw First Nation

Huu-ay-aht First Nation

Snaw-Naw-As (Nanoose) First Nation

Nuchatlaht First Nation

Okanagan Indian Band

Namgis First Nation

Aitchelitz First Nation

Tseshaht First Nation

Metis (Treaty 8)

Tsawwassen First Nation

K ik asut’inux  Hax a’mis First Nation

Sto:lo First Nation

Tlowitsis First Nation

Simpcw First Nation

Kwakiutl First Nation

Shackan First Nation

Lake Babine First Nation

Tk’emlú s First Nation

Shíshálh First Nation

Omaha Tribe

Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation

M'Chigeeng First Nation

Mississauga First Nation

Mattagami First Nation

Kawacatoose First Nation

Saddle Lake Cree Nation

Ochapowace Nation

Shuswap Band First Nation

Beaver Lake Cree Nation

Slate Falls First Nation

Temagami First Nation

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation

Cayoose Creek (Sekw'el'was) First Nation

Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation

Splatsin Secwepemc First Nation

North Caribou (Weagamow Lake) First Nation

Mathias Colomb Cree Nation

Gwawaenuk First Nation

Gitanyow First Nation

James Smith/Peter Chapman Cree Nation

Heiltsuk Nation

Pictou Landing First Nation

Lac Simon First Nation

Wapekeka First Nation

Mohawk Council of Kanesatake First Nation

O'Chiese First Nation

Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation

Northwest Angle 33 First Nation

Xaxli'p First Nation

Liidlii Kue (Dene) First Nation

Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota

Navajo Vice President Jonathon Nez and President Russell Begaye holding the treaty.

“The Piikani Nation’s relationship with the United States is enshrined by treaty.

The Piikani Nation, the Blood Tribe, and the Blackfeet Nation have held a government-to-government relationship with the United States since entering into the 1855 Lame Bull Treaty, of which all are signatories. The DOI, DOJ and DOA concluded their Dakota Access statement by saying, ‘It is now incumbent on all of us to develop a path forward that serves the broadest public interest.’ We believe that same sentiment must now be applied to the delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear. We remain the stewards of the land, and our ancestors and spiritual practices will forever be the conscience of the land. Water is the lifeblood of our Mother Earth,

and the grizzly bear is the guardian of both.”


From - Piikani Nation Chief and Council Declaration, September 12, 2016

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