Forced from their ancestral homelands by President Andrew Jackson's removal policy, rag tag groups of Choctaw Indians, cold, sick and hungry, began arriving in Indian Territory. Less than half of 20,000 Choctaw survived the forced 550 mile mid-winter march.
Other tribes had come before. More would follow. All suffered the same fate during their own "Trail of Tears."
The survivors hoped to make a new life in the land that the U. S. government promised would be theirs for "as long as the grass grows."
It never happened!!
Indian Country is facing yet another of many dilemas that impact the very fabric of our continued existence. We have, since the founding of the United States, been faced with the problem of maintaining our sovereignty in the face of the Federal Government's ongoing efforts to eliminate it.
Now, an organization called "One Nation United", and others like them, want to repeat history and to undermine sovereign authority once more.
Tribal governments contribute over $7.8 billion annually to Oklahoma's economy in the areas of business, employment, education, health care, social services, housing, and others. Sixty-two of Oklahoma's seventy-seven counties are directly impacted by tribal economies.
Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution vests the federal government with the authority to engage in relations with the tribes, and thereby, firmly places tribes in the Constitutional family of our nation.
When the governmental authority of tribes was first challenged in the 1830's, Chief Justice John Marshall articulated the fundamental principle that guides the evolution of federal Indian law to the present -- tribes possess a nationhood status and retain inherent powers of self-government.
From 1777 to 1871, United States relations with individual Indian nations were conducted through treaty negotiations. These contracts among nations created unique sets of rights for the benefit of each of the treaty-making tribes. Those rights, like any other treaty obligations of the United States, represent the supreme law of the land. As such, the protection of treaty rights is a critical part of the federal Indian trust relationship.
It is our hope that this website will serve to dispel the mis-information that is being spread by One Nation about American Indian Tribes and businesses in Oklahoma and other states.
This is a call for all American Indian Nations and Tribal citizens to rise up against One Nation and their cause. Become informed and inform others!
Call your Tribal leaders, Senators and Congressmen.
Contact everyone you know and tell them of the agenda that One Nation has for the Indian people.
We can all help in one way or another. Let's work together for American Indian Sovereignty!
We must speak with one voice... A strong one!