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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.