Treaty Conference aiming to address various concerns

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Native American leaders are meeting through December 16 for the third annual Treaty Conference.

Agenda Booklets For The Treaty ConferenceOver the next two days in Rapid City, the leaders will focus on the Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868 along with the inherent rights of the people.

According to the treaties, the Black Hills National Forest is within the territory of the People of the Seven Council Fires. However, the U.S. passed management of the land to the Forest Service in 1905.

The main goal of this summit is to educate all on the treaties and how they can work to bring this to the attention of the federal government.

“Our inherent rights means that we’ve been here for thousands of years. The existence of the Oceti Sakowin predates that of the U.S. Constitution,” Executive Director of the Treaty Conference Phil Two Eagle explained. “The United States made treaties with us and we want them to be honored.”

Native leaders will also be meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland who will be in town for the Lakota Nation Invitational starting December 15 at The Monument.

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