TO REQUEST THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND THE UNITED NATIONS TO RECOGNIZE THE 1890 WOUNDED KNEE MASSACRE WAS NOT A BATTLE
WHEREAS, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (hereafter “GPTCA”) is composed of the 16 elected Chairs and Presidents of the federally recognized sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations within the Great Plains Region of the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
WHEREAS, the GPTCA was established to promote the common interests of the sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations who are members of the GPTCA; 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; and
WHEREAS, the GPTCA joins with the National Congress of American Indians enacted Resolution #SPO-01-163 to “Support the Action to Revoke the Congressional Medals of Honor to the Soldiers of the 7th Calvary at Wounded Knee,” which was based upon testimony and documentation from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe whose relatives were massacred; and
WHEREAS, on December 29, 1890, Chief Big Foot and his Band were intercepted on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Porcupine Butte by Major Whitside, surrendered unconditionally under a white flag of truce and were escorted to Wounded Knee Creek, where Colonel James W. Forsyth assumed command; and
WHEREAS, Colonel James W. Forsyth ordered his troops to surround these Lakota and to surrender their weapons; and the Seventh Cavalry searched and disarmed said Lakotas, and removed all items to the center of the camp, including small awls that were used for sewing and leatherwork, and
WHEREAS, after disarming the Lakotas and searching all of their belongings for weapons of any sort, a shot rang out and the Seventh Cavalry opened fire indiscriminately and fired Hotchkiss cannons, killing and wounding over 300 unarmed men, women, children, , and elderly Lakotas; and
WHEREAS, recent international conversations recognized similar actions taken by the country of Turkey as genocide and these atrocities are much like the horrible acts committed upon unarmed men, women, children and elderly of the Great Sioux Nation, and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association joins with the National Congress of American Indians to hereby request the United States Congress and the United Nations recognize the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre was a massacre, not a battle.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the NCAI and the GPTCA will follow up on its resolution to revoke the Congressional Medals of Honor issued to the Soldiers of the 7th Calvary for their participation in the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution shall be forwarded to appropriate contacts for the United States Congress, the United Nations, and the Member Tribes of the GPTCA and the NCAI.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this resolution shall be the policy of the GPTCA until it is withdrawn or modified by subsequent resolution.
This resolution was enacted at a duly called meeting of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association held at Rapid City, South Dakota on November 14, 2008 at which a quorum was present, with 9 members voting in favor, 0 members opposed, 0 member abstaining, and 7 members not present.
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