IamA Chase Iron Eyes here! Proud member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Activist and Attorney for Lakota People's Law Project, let's talk Truth and Reconciliation! AMA!
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My name is Chase Iron Eyes, I'm a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, an activist, and an attorney for the Lakota People's Law Project. I also am the Vice President of NABS (Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition), I co-founded LastRealIndians.com (a media movement for the new indigenous millennium) and I'm the appointed Eyapaha (messenger) of the Black Hills Sioux Nation Treaty Council. I'm also a board member of Honorthetreaties.org, and a member of the Bush Foundation's Native Nation Rebuilders Program (a leadership development program promoting development of tribal governance).
The Lakota People's Law Project came out with a report in December highlighting the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States to acknowledge the brutal crimes the government has perpetrated against Indians during the Boarding School Era.
The Boarding School Era refers to the period between the early 19th century and mid 20th century when the federal government undertook a program of forced assimilation, working actively to erase the culture, language and heritage of the American Indian. Children were removed from their families and placed in boarding schools that practiced overly harsh discipline and corporal punishment. They were brutalized emotionally, psychologically, physically and spiritually, in some cases to the point of death. To this day, the boarding school era continues to cause intergenerational trauma within Indian communities.
Those federal policies persist today. While these policies are less blatant they are equally as harmful.
Past and present U.S. policies towards Indian peoples and Tribes are directly causative of the social ills and economic troubles facing Indian peoples. The U.S. federal government must establish a TRC for the purpose of researching and formally acknowledging the crimes perpetrated by the U.S. against Indians during the boarding school era. Acknowledging the painful truth will prepare the way for a new era of forgiveness and reconciliation.
We are in the early stages of reaching out to organizations and Tribes to sign-on to our resolution letter calling for a TRC. If you are a member of an organization or Tribe that would be interested in signing-on, email [email protected].
Today, Lakota People’s Law Project launched a petition calling for the need for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If you support this effort, please sign-on and share. http://lakotalaw.org/action
"As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist." -Chief Sitting Bull
Link to our Truth and Reconciliation Report: http://lakotalaw.org/special-reports/truth-and-reconciliation