THE GREAT PLAINS TRIBAL CHAIRMAN’S ASSOCIATION EXPRESSES DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THE LOSS OF THE HONORABLE JOHNSON HOLY ROCK RESPECTED OGLALA LAKOTA ELDER, WORLD WAR II VETERAN, FORMER TRIBAL PRESIDENT, COUNCILMAN, DEFENDER OF OUR TREATIES AND TRIBAL COURT JUDGE FOR HIS DISTINGUISHED SERVICE TO THE OGLALA SIOUX TRIBE AND THE TRIBES OF THE GREAT PLAINS.
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) is composed of the 16 elected Chairs and Presidents or their duly appointed representatives of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations recognized by Treaties entered into with the United States that are within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association was formed to promote the common interests of the Great Plains sovereign Indian Tribes and their members in the states of ND, SD and NE; and
WHEREAS, the United States has obligated itself both through Treaties entered into with the Sovereign Tribes and Nations of the Great Plains Region and through its own federal Statutes, the Snyder Act of 1921 as amended, the Indian Self-determination Act of 1976 as amended and numerous statutes, and
WHEREAS, The Tribal Leaders of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association wishes to express their deepest sympathy at the loss of the honorable Johnson Holy Rock, and
WHEREAS, Johnson Holy Rock is a direct descendant of Jonas Holy Rock (aka Big Gall), and Grandfather Holy Bull, co-Chief of the Oglala Band with his twin brother, Holy Bald Eagle who provided leadership and protection for the People during the Battle of The Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, and
WHEREAS, Johnson Holy Rock, lived 93 years, served honorably with distinction in the United States Army during World War II, and
WHEREAS, Johnson Holy Rock assisted in the founding of the Lakota language Consortium, serving on the Board of Directors to preserve the teaching and continuation of our Lakota Language and culture and exemplified the Lakota Values of generosity, compassion, perseverance, vision, and
WHEREAS, Johnson Holy Rock has also served with distinction and honor as an Oglala Sioux Tribal President, Tribal Fifth Member, Tribal Council Member and Tribal Appeals Court Judge, and
WHEREAS, Johnson Holy Rock accomplished many good things in his service to the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the Tribes of the Great Plains, among the achievements was the establishment of the Oglala Sioux Housing Authority, the first tribal housing authority in the United States, and
WHEREAS, Johnson Holy Rock has worked regionally and nationally for the betterment of our Lakota, Nakota and Dakota, including defending and educating untold numbers of People about the Sovereignty and Treaties of the Sioux and Tribes of the Great Plains, even meeting personally with President Kennedy, and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Tribal Leaders of the GPTCA express their deepest appreciation and respect for this great and humble Man and Lakota Elder, and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, THE GPTCA, acknowledges and honors Johnson Holy Rock for his service to the People, the valor of this WW II Soldier and for his life-long accomplishments, his humility, dedication, wisdom and good works.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the GPTCA requests all Peoples take notice of the examples and teachings of this honorable Lakota, Johnson Holy Rock for he lives on through the legacy he has left us.
Dated this 26th day of January, 2012.
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