Role of Dakota Oyate Members
All Dakota Oyate members are invited to take part in the development of a new and different arrangement for Dakota Oyate Government and current governmental bodies. To help achieve full involvement of the Dakota Oyate members, materials are developed in Dakota, a newsletter is put out monthly and meetings and workshops are held regularly in the community.

Update on the Dakota Oyate Government Initiative

The period of March to June has been set aside as an internal refocusing period for each of the parties of Sioux Valley, Canada and Manitoba. The next Main Table session will be held in July and will tie into festivities of our annual pow-wow.

The month of April was spent on work plans for our staff and committees. We have 5 committees in the areas of: Constitution Development, Elders Advisory, Youth Advisory, Citizenship Code Development and Justice. Each committee works hand in hand to ensure that their own work is in parallel with the overall goals and vision of the Dakota Oyate Government Initiative.

The months of May and June will be spent on home visits with community members, one on one time is essential to the education of community members. The same packages will be going out via mail to our off reserve members. Weekly call in radio shows happen every Wednesday morning at our local radio station KODA – 93.5 FM, Canada’s only Dakota radio station. Work is underway for an upcoming community meeting planned for Tuesday, June 29th, 2004.

Milestone Reached:

On March 2nd, 2001 the Sioux Valley Veteran's Hall was the scene for a memorial occasion. The signing of the Comprehensive Agreement in Principle (CAIP) between Chief Ken Whitecloud, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and Robert Nault, Minister of Indian And Northern Affairs Canada. The Tripartite Agreement in Principle was also signed by Minister Eric Robinson, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, which provides for Manitoba's concurrence with the provisions of the CAIP.

"The people of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation are happy to be on the path to restoring Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government, and to reflecting and providing for government to government relationships among Sioux Valley, Canada and Manitoba," said Chief Whitecloud. "With this agreement, we embark on a final set of negotiations that will begin the process of bringing our people out from under the Indian Act, and give us the tools we need to once again take control of our future."

"I congratulate all the negotiators on the signing of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Self-government Comprehensive Agreement in Principle," said Minister Robert Nault. "The parties will now work towards a Final Agreement which will move Sioux Valley Dakota Nation out from under many of the restrictive provisions of the Indian Act. Consistent with Canada's policy Gathering Strength, the Final Agreement will provide a framework for good governance, one that is strong, workable and accountable, both to it's members and other residents on the reserve."

"On behalf of the Government of Manitoba, I am pleased to endorse this historic Agreement in Principle to work with the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to Dakota Oyate Self-government," said Minister Eric Robinson.

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is the first nation in Manitoba to reach this level of negotiations and agreement with the governments. It is certainly one to be celebrated and watched in the future.

Introduction
The purpose of the Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government initiative is to achieve recognition of our own Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government. It is a response to develop a government that is reflective of the needs of the Dakota Oyate Nation. Continuing with a government-to-government relationship with the federal government.

Background
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation has been negotiating with the federal government since 1988. After extensive discussions between Chief and Council and the community membership, the framework agreement was formally signed on September 9, 1991 between Sioux Valley and the Minister of Indian Affairs, Thomas Siddon. The Provincial government was integrated into the discussions in November of 1992. A total of 4 sub-agreements in Principle were signed by Sioux Valley and the Federal Government. Today Sioux Valley is preparing to initial the Comprehensive Agreement in Principle (CAIP) this November 1999, which states that both negotiating governments agree that the CAIP and its contents are ready for a final round of negotiations. After the initialing the agreement comes back to the community for extensive community awareness. The development of the Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Constitution is currently underway to provide a new and enhanced working relationship in all levels of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.

Goals and Objectives

  • The long-term goal of the CAIP is to develop and implement suitable institutions and procedures of government for Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government.
  • To achieve recognition of our ability to control our own future as an order of Government in Canada.
  • To establish a new relationship with the governments of Canada and Manitoba which affirms the inherent right to Self-Government.
  • To plan and establish institutions of government necessary to carry out the work of the Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate.
  • To work together positively in establishing the Dakota Oyate Government.
  • To regain control over our own social, economic and political development.

Research and Communications
Research and communications of all aspects of the agreement are coordinated by the self-government staff and undertaken by the Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government Steering Committee and the Constitution Committee. It is the role and responsibility of these groups to gather, bring together, and give out all information dealing with the Sioux Valley Dakota Oyate Government initiative.

 
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