About the Global Indigenous Council
For many years there has been discussion among our First Nations that we, as stewards of the land and the First People of the Earth, need to unite in common cause, heart and spirit, and create an advocacy organization that brings us together from the Four Directions. For too long, associations originally formed to represent us have sacrificed that responsibility for political favor.
Due to the critical nature of these perilous times, by a resolution passed in January 2018, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association (GPTCA) supported the founding of the Global Indigenous Council (GIC).
GIC is to be an international body for all First Nations. This can be the spark to light the fire to rekindle the universal knowledge shared by so many tribal nations around the world. It could also be the last best hope for the planet, given the environmental catastrophes the changing climate portends, and the rapacious greed for dollars and authority that motivates some in high office. Here, what there was of “a shining city on a hill” is being dismantled.
We must become not only the change but also the leaders we seek.
GIC will be headquartered at Wakpa Sica, a historic location near Fort Pierre, in the heart of the Great Sioux Nation. It was in this area that our ancestors engaged in geopolitical economics, diplomacy and leadership, and provided the blueprint for us to follow today.
We invite you to join with us as we write our own story, reclaim our history, and realize a future that we make.
“GIC’s mission includes membership, representation and participation for all tribal nations in the four hemispheres.
The challenges, crises, and legacy of colonial conquest are not unique
to the Americas.
Throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Oceania, the experience of indigenous peoples replicates ours.
A purpose of GIC is to bring unity, reestablish ancient relationships, develop new alliances, exchange knowledge, and find commonality in our shared purpose of vision and strength for our future generations.”
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association Resolution