Letter to the Army Corp of Engineers Commander

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Carrie Chesnik

10 hrs ·

“Saw this letter to the Army Corp of Engineers Commander on a reply to one of Steven Jeffrey Chrisjohn posts! Thought it was brilliant:


Dear Col. Henderson,

Thank you for your letter dated 25 November. Pursuant to the Constitution of the United States of America, Article IV second paragraph, “all treaties made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in EVERY STATE (emphasis mine) shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.”
Your request to move everyone from the North Camp is invalid due to that land belonging to the Great Sioux Nation per the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie.

Since the recent decision by Judge Boesberg failed to address the treaty violations, he has not upheld the treaty.

The US Government failure to honor the treaty does not give you any legal precedent for your request. Further, you are forbidden from forming “free speech zones” on tribal land, and we’re pretty sure that your US Constitution, once again, makes it legally and morally impossible for you to do that on US public lands.

Therefore, pursuant to the Constitution of the United States, Article IV (see above) and the Ft. Laramie treaty of 1851, you don’t have the authority to close the camp. Further, we notify you that you have until December 5th to move your blockade located just north of Backwater Bridge to an area of your choosing north of the treaty boundary. This is, of course, for the safety of both the water protectors and the militarized and barely controlled police mob with no oversight. We are genuinely concerned for the safety and well being of both the members of your local police, and the out-of-state law enforcement that has come to swell their numbers and firepower.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding this information.








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