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Are Treaties the Supreme Law of the Land? -Franklin Avalos

Are Treaties the Supreme Law of the Land? -Franklin Avalos

Why Won’t the US Honor the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868? ​ The United States and the indigenous tribes of America have a long history of broken treaties. I always heard about, as you probably have, that the Black Hills were taken from the Lakota by the US breaking the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. I found myself not being able to explain this to my fellow Americans during discussions when they pressed me for specifics. We usually ended our discussions with both sides being heated and neither side understanding more. These experiences pressed me to research for myself what exactly is our land claim to the Black Hills and why it wasn’t being honored. I began by reading the Constitution. The Constitution, written so plainly and simply to be understood by all, has gone to a place of manipulated interpretations and bending of words in order to justify actions. Like the Constitution, the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868 was written plainly and easy to understand. My research led...

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