I am so glad you are joining me in the effort to give voice to our Indian children! Today, we, as Tribal Nations and citizens are at the forefront of advocating for the rights, voices, life experiences and life stories of our own tribal children. We are opening the path ahead of them for their journey as citizen members of our Tribal Nations. What an exciting time in Indian Country!
History itself gives us lessons by which to learn and step forward to clear the path for our children.
It was Chief John Ross (Cherokee) who once wrote "We are overwhelmed! Our hearts are sickened, our utterance is paralyzed, when we reflect on the condition in which we are placed, by the audacious practices of unprincipled men, who have managed their stratagems with so much dexterity as to impose on the Government of the United States, in the face of our earnest, solem and reiterated protestations." ( Letter of Chief John Ross
Throughout the long history of government-to-government relationship, it was the voices of our youngest tribal members that were silenced under shifting foreign government policies regarding "relations" with Indian tribes. Yet, it is our children - across all generations- that have been the most vulnerable and exploited members of our Nations.
Black Elk (Ogalala Sioux) once said the hoop of the Tribal Nation(s) was broken, scattered and no longer had center; that the sacred tree was dead.
Our Indian children - then and now - are the center of our tribes. Our children are the very life of the sacred- tree- the life of our Tribal Nations.
History has taught us, the protection and well-being of our minor tribal citizens is the duty of our Tribal Nations as sovereign in self-determination. It is the duty of each elder tribal citizen. Likewise, today the duty and stated policy of our own United States of America is protection of Indian children, including recognition of the Indian child's right to connection with the child's tribe.
Giving voice to our minor tribal citizens is very much my personal life endeavor. I'm so very glad you are joining me on this path to give voice to our children
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