Resolution 2019-08: Calling on the United States Government to Renounce the Doctrine of Discovery

WHEREAS, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) is an Alaska Native tribal health and social services consortium established by the Interior Alaska tribes and tribal communities, to provide a unified voice in advancing sovereign tribal governments through the promotion of physical and mental wellness, education, socioeconomic development and culture of the Interior Alaska Native; and

WHEREAS, the First People have inhabited this great land from time immemorial, taking their health sustenance from the waters and lands; and

WHEREAS,  when the new comers cam to our great country, they immediately began claiming everything that was not tied down, the Natives resources, minerals, land and then the wild game and fish, and now water; and

WHEREAS,  the United States Supreme Court adopted the Doctrine of Discovery, the Christian belief that the civilized Christian colonial people held dominion over all non Christian Natives, and their lands and resources; and

WHEREAS,  the Doctrine of Discovery was used as a means to rid the First people off their lands by any means possible, including murder, genocide and enslavement; and

WHEREAS, the Natives were killed off by introduced diseases, and murder and genocide, and survivors sent to imprisonment in concentration camps called reservations; and

WHEREAS,  it is a fact Adolph Hitler studied the American reservation system, as a means to imprison the Jewish people and others deemed inferior to the Nazi race, until they could be dealt with in the gas ovens or lined up at the trenches for execution; and

WHEREAS,  today the First People are beset by obscene rates of physical, mental, sexual abuse, leading to the highest rates of substance abuse and suicides in the nation; and

WHEREAS, these obscene rates of violence, substance abuse and suicides are not our Traditional values, but are introduced by the new comers to our lands; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Government is tasked with providing for the wellbeing of the First People of our lands; and

WHEREAS, the Doctrine of Discovery goes opposite of caring for the wellbeing of the First People, but endorses the genocide of the First People and theft of their resources and lands; and

WHEREAS, the Doctrine of Discovery is the root reason behind 9/11 and most of the terrorist attacks against America, for being used today, and is the cause behind the refugees immigrants coming to America.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Tribes have the Tanana Chiefs Conference contact other Native organizations, including NARF and advocate that the United States government renounce the Doctrine of Discovery; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the United States government make reparations at today’s values for the many trillions of dollars, worth of minerals, resources and lands taken by force and stolen by deceit from the First People of America.

Submitted by: Tanana Tribal Council


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