Tóhaŋni wólakȟota kiŋ hé uŋglúžužupi šni. “We never cancelled that treaty.” -- New Lakota Dictionary (listed under wólakȟota)
"The aforesaid Indian nations do hereby recognize and acknowledge the following tracts of country, included within the metes and boundaries hereinafter designated, as their respective territories, viz: The territory of the Sioux or Dahcotah Nation, commencing the mouth of the White Earth River, on the Missouri River: thence in a southwesterly direction to the forks of the Platte River: thence up the north fork of the Platte River to a point known as the Red Bute, or where the road leaves the river; thence along the range of mountains known as the Black Hills, to the head-waters of Heart River; thence down Heart River to its mouth; and thence down the Missouri River to the place of beginning."
Tóhaŋni wólakȟota kiŋ hé uŋglúžužupi šni. “We never cancelled that treaty.
These words bring a smile to my heart. Very true. You should paint these words on a BIG SIGN, and put it somewhere - where it is very visible. Not just on reservation land. But maybe close to a major freeway, on the lands where these problems happened.
When I saw those words in the New Lakota Dictionary they were like a flash of light from heaven. And they are true as true can be. The treaty of 1851 continues to have the force of law, but, to their shame, the federal government refuses to acknowledge that truth. I am so glad I could bring a smile to your heart dT! I think maybe a T-shirt would be good. I'd buy one and wear it proudly.