Sakowin Gathering: ‘Sovereignty is Real

FT. LARAMIE, Wyoming – The 2020 Oceti Sakowin Gathering of treaty nations and councils here September 4-6 is entitled “Sovereignty is Real.” It avails itself of the historic landmark where the United States and adherents of the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation signed the treaties of 1851 and 1868, supposedly to guarantee the Northern Great Plains tribes continued dominion over ancestral lands.“Our people need us to be united and prepared to be strong advocates for the Oyate,” the organizers said in announcing the event. “We do not have time on our side. A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision holds important implications for our treaties, the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, and the Great Sioux Nation as a whole.”