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Yoke of Oppression: Native Sovereignty Reclaimed

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Today Native federations are being formed to reclaim their full rights and power, including the issuance of their own currency. The United Nations of Turtle Island was formed in 2004 and has been growing and evolving towards a means for Indigenous Nations to rebuild their communities, regain independence and true sovereignty. Our guests Grand Hereditary Chief Kitchi-Ostew-Kaneekanagoshick-Okimow-Wacon-Kaneekaneet of the Soto Nation in Canada and Lyle Christensen of the Lakota Nation will talk about important documents, doctrine and proclamations that are the foundation of the Soto Nation. For over 500 years, Indigenous Peoples of the Western Hemisphere have continually been under the heal of oppressive governing and laws. After being invaded by Spain, Portugal, France, and England, land was lost and traditional ways of conducting life became difficult. For many Nations, living conditions were deplorable. Wars with the invaders, diseases and genocide altered the course of history for all Indigenous People. Policies and laws that hindered the growth and progress of Indigenous Nations caused a separation of families through the use of religious conversion, the creation of reservations/ reserves, and residential schools. There has always been creative Indigenous resistance and a will to regain true sovereignty. The Royal Proclamation of 1763 was issued October 7, 1763, by King George III following Great Britain's acquisition of French territory in North America after the end of the French and Indian War/Seven Years' War. The proclamation was intended to organize Great Britain's new North American empire and to stabilize relations with Native North Americans through regulation of trade, settlement, and land purchases on the western frontier. Chief Kaneekaneet will explain how The Royal Proclamation continues to be of legal importance to First Nations in Canada.

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