|Lakota Grandmother Charmaine Whiteface saying prayer|
UNITED NATIONS MEETING UPDATE:
Following yesterday’s amazing march and action with Occupy Wall Street and other powerful community members, the Lakota Delegation is currently in negotiations with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office …in regards to a meeting. Here’s a sneak peek at the complaint…
“OFFICIAL LAKOTA OYATE COMPLAINT OF GENOCIDE BASED ON 1948 CONVENTION ON THE PREVENTION AND PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIME OF GENOCIDE
To the Honorable Ban Ki-moon:
This letter serves notice as complaint, that the crime of genocide is being committed, in an ongoing manner, against the matriarchal Tetuwan Lakota Oyate of the Oceti Sakowin….Genocide is the worst crime possible, and the most serious of crimes under international law as evidenced by its status within the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court…”
April 9, 2013
Media contact: Naomi Archer: 828-230-1404, email: LakotaSolidarity@gmail.com
United Nations, New York City
A delegation of Lakota elders has traveled to the United Nations in New York City to
deliver an official complaint of ongoing genocide against the United States government.
The delegation is currently being rebuffed by The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and
high officials within the United Nations. The delegation and a group of supporters are
currently waiting at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza directly across from the UN.
"When the UN was created, their mission was to stop the genocide of nations," said a
solemn Lakota grandmother, Charmaine Whiteface. "Why won't they help us?" The
delegation will be in New York City for the next day and a half, asking the Secretary General's office to officially receive the genocide complaint.
"The UN always says that it sanctions people when genocide is committed. So when
genocide is committed in America, why can't the UN sanction America for genocide?"
said Canupa Gluha Mani, Lakota Warrior Head Member.
Currently only 6000-8000 Lakota language speakers remain as a consequence of
ongoing genocidal policies and practices. Experts give the Lakota people 20 to 30 years
before they will cease to exist as a distinct and sovereign political, cultural and social
Lakota delegation is currently on a twelve plus city tour to raise awareness and build
international support to end the genocide of their people.