Owe Aku International

Owe Aku IJP takes its direction from Lakota leaders to preserve traditional protocol & stewardship on behalf of Mother Earth utilizing th... Read more

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Owe Aku IJP takes its direction from Lakota leaders to preserve traditional protocol & stewardship on behalf of Mother Earth utilizing the legal basis established in our treaties.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

* In all of our efforts Owe Aku International Justice Project (Owe Aku IJP) recognizes that reliance upon Indigenous wisdom has resulted in the survival of Indigenous peoples against overwhelming odds while still managing to preserve and protect the last pristine environments on Earth. In the 21st century, we must be equally resilient and irrepressible.
* Owe Aku IJP relies upon:
- our ancestors and elders for they have preserved generations of Indigenous knowledge,
- the strength and courage of our leaders to give us guidance and direction, and
- the ongoing resistance and endurance of the communities to whom we are accountable.
* Owe Aku IJP develops strategies for projects harnessing international human rights standards that compliment the efforts and address the concerns expressed from within Indigenous communities and nations. This is maintained by allegiance to identifiable Indigenous leaders and communities, in particular, we look to Owe Aku, a traditional cultural, social, environmental and educational organization of the Lakota Oyate (Sioux Nation).
* Owe Aku IJP's mission, goal and principles are clearly defined, However, we will not and do not set the agenda. Although we are active in all processes involving our efforts, and appreciate the confidence of our elders, we rely upon Indigenous leaders and communities to provide the framework for Owe Aku IJP's activities and programs.

1. Only through returning to a balance with Nature can humanity survive on Earth.

2. In order to accomplish this, platforms and rights for Indigenous communities must be established.

3. The most obvious established authority preserving Indigneous rights is to honor treaties with Indigneous nations.

4. The UN's World Court is the proper forum to adjudicate Indigenous peoples' rights to land and conservation under treaties. g

5. This is a Cause by and for Indigneous peoples.