This is important from a legal, moral, spiritual and ethical view. The foundations upon which an American can build his reputation stem from among other things, “keeping your word.” There is a long string of broken treaties spread across this land which justify further conversation for another time.
For now, what must be known is that the Treaty Tribes of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) and specifically the Rosebud Sioux Tribe are all standing up and asking for the Treaty once again to be honored so that the United States can “keep its word” to the People today. The People today include all the descendants: of treaty signers, of treaty makers. The Indian Tribes of the Oceti Sakowin are not standing before you today asking to violate any treaty. The Oceti Sakowin are, despite all the broken treaties, standing in unison asking you to honor the treaty rights which were reserved to the tribes and attached to the land.