03. Indigenous Sovereign’s of North America | Indigenous Sovereignty | Sovereign’s Handbook

By Johnny Liberty

There is a growing impatience on the part of the North American indigenous nations and peoples to have their sovereignty, land and treaties honored. The U.S. Supreme Court should revisit the legal precedents set two centuries ago and restore sovereignty for all indigenous nations and peoples. In 2020, the current total population of Native Americans in the U.S. is 6.79 million, or about 2.09% of the total population.

Furthermore, it is essential that the sovereign “state” Citizen recognize and support the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and their inherent right to self-determination and self-government. 

In restoring a “de jure” government, the American National, or sovereign “state” Citizen, must consider the land claims and reparations due the indigenous sovereigns whose lands, rights and cultures had been decimated over the last five hundred years. May we honor and respect these indigenous sovereigns and develop diplomatic relations with them during a long deserved period of reconstruction and restitution. This is the true meaning of restorative justice at its finest. 

New nations of indigenous sovereigns are being restored not only in North America, Canada and Mexico but around the world. The time has come when either we are all going to become sovereign human beings and respect each other, or we’re all going to be slaves under the New World Order/Deep State.

DIPLOMACY • NOT PERPETUAL WAR

Indigenous Nations Never Lost Inherent Sovereignty

As with the indigenous “kanaka maoli” Hawai’i(an) people, and many others around the world, the North American indigenous nations and people never lost their inherent sovereignty. Their sovereignty was not lost, but suppressed and hidden in plain sight (e.g., Kingdom of Hawai’i).

The 1st Constitution for the united states of America refers to “Indians not taxed” which means the same as “Sovereigns not taxed”. Economic activities taking place on Indian reservations are not subject to taxation, although a desperate and bankrupt U.S. government and its political subdivisions (i.e., States) have found clever ways to “incorporate” the indigenous nation’s casino gambling operations within the States. This clever legal ploy of incorporation took their sovereignty away and subjected their economic activities to local, state and federal taxation. Those indigenous nations who do not pay these corporate taxes have had National Guard troops sent in to forcibly collect taxes (e.g., Mohawks).

INDIANS NOT TAXED = SOVEREIGNS NOT TAXED

If challenged with standing in the federal courts, these tax collecting activities are clearly unconstitutional as well as unconscionable. There is substantial case law supporting the idea that the sovereignty of indigenous nations and people were not annihilated or taken from them. Treaties alone on their face is evidence of that. Even though, from the European and United States system of titles and laws, there was no recognized government in place in the indigenous nations, each had in fact their only system of governance – chiefs, councils, kivas, and other forms of self-government, many of which had been functioning continuously for thousands of years. 

These defects from a Western legal perspective can be remedied under the “Law of Nations” by recognizing that the U.S. government was in part modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy and traditional councils of elders – an indigenous government in place long before the U.S. constitution was written. The principles of inherent sovereignty are universal and arise from natural and organic laws. 

“It will not suffice for the Kingdom of Hawai’i to become a nation within a nation, and to remain dependent upon the economic and money system  that has been installed ultimately to control and bankrupt not only the Hawai’i(an)s but all the peoples of the world.” ~ John David Van Hove,Former Ambassador from the Kingdom of Hawai’i to the united states of America 

International Recognition of Sovereign Nations

Just laws must be written and instituted to meet the challenges of a modern world still colliding with traditional cultures. The era of colonialism and manifest destiny is over. The Indian Appropriation Act (1987) should be repealed and the U.S. government should once again recognize indigenous nations as independent nations.

Indigenous peoples are beginning to effectively organize and push back against this centuries long encroachment of their sovereign rights as nations. One day, in the very near future, indigenous people may have the upper hand as the U.S. government has systematically bankrupted the country –  politically, economically and morally and may surrender its sovereignty to the New World Order/Deep State.

Sovereign indigenous nations must not make the same mistake. Accepting the dependency status of a “nation within a nation” is inappropriate for a sovereign people. Less understood is that it is also inappropriate for a sovereign people to request recognition by the United Nations (UN) which is essentially a consortium of 193 bankrupt nations.

Sovereign indigenous nations must get up off their knees and accept nothing less than true independent status – culturally, economically, legally and politically.

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) facilitates the voices of unrepresented and marginalized nations and peoples worldwide.

The League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations or the United League of Indigenous Nations intends to unite all indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere into a single confederation to empower and present its members to the international community.

  • Assembly of First Nations (Canada)
  • Mataatua Assembly of Maori Tribes of Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • Ngarrindjeri Nations of South Australia
  • Lummi Indian Nation (Washington)

References:

  1. World Population Review | Total Population of Native Americans in the U.S.
  2. Wikipedia | List of Indian Reservations in the U.S., Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas, Hawaiian Homelands | Native News Online | Lessons from More Than a Hundred Years of Affirmative Action in Hawai’i; Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Areas & State Designated Tribal Statistical Areas; Wikipedia | List of Indian Reserves in Canada; Wikipedia | List of First Nations Peoples; Wikipedia | List of First Nations Band Governments.
  3. Wikipedia | Kingdom of Hawai’i, List of Monarchs and Overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani (1893; Hawaiian Kingdom Government www.hawaiiankingdom.org; Reinstated Hawaiian Government; Wikipedia | List of Hawaiian Monarchs; Wikipedia | Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.
  4. Wikipedia | U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 states that Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States…excluding Indians not taxed.
  5. Wikipedia | Mohawk Nation www.mohawknation.org
  6. Quote from John David Van Hove, Former Ambassador from the Kingdom of Hawai’i to the united states of America.
  7. Wikipedia | Indian Appropriations Act of March 3, 1871.
  8. Wikipedia | Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) www.unpo.org 
  9. Wikipedia | List of historical unrecognized states and dependencies; Cultural Survival | League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations (1998); United League of Indigenous Nations (2007); Treaty of Indigenous Nations (August 1, 2007); Travels to Countries That Do Not Exist; Amazon

Source: Sovereign’s Handbook by Johnny Liberty (30th Anniversary Edition), p.87-90

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