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The Founding of Global Indigenous Council

GIC’s founding comes from a recognition that, in the current political climate, it is imperative that an indigenous advocacy organization exists that is free from federal political influence, and will instead hold federal government cabinet secretaries, agency secretaries, members of congress and corresponding parliamentary members accountable for their actions and policies - not honor them simply for attending tribal conferences.

 

The Great Sioux Nation and the tribes of the Great Plains region have been associated with defending indigenous lifeways and sovereignty since contact with Anglo-Europeans, a responsibility that continues today, and is seen in the defense of the sacred by confronting pipelines, extractive industry devastation, and the unceasing decimation of our two-legged, four-legged, winged, amphibious, and rooted relatives.

 

The prevailing bureaucratic paradigm is failing to address the critical issues facing tribal nations and their citizens. By contrast, a foundational tenet of GIC is to organize around the geopolitical structures and criteria formulated by our ancestors, before the imposition of foreign borders that severed our kinship, economic and cultural relationships with our sister indigenous nations in the four directions.