Monday, 25 September 2017



“It is so important to expose Indian youth to other cultures and territories outside their own.  Most of our youth are stuck on their own reservations; to travel from our territory to the Pacific and the Sierra Mountains was a huge growing experience for our youth.”

- O. Lyons, Onondaga Nation

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Councils of the Traditional Circle
of Indian Elders and Youth

The annual International Elders & Youth Councils provide a forum for consideration of issues involving and affecting indigenous peoples.  The issues are clarified and discussed, and the combined wisdom and experience of the group is utilized in seeking responses and solutions.  Responses may involve direct or indirect action by the group or by individual members.  A response may be simply the articulation of a moral position which then becomes an important tool in the hands of individual members.

The American Indian Institute is the sole source of financial and administrative support for the Traditional Circle of Elders and Youth.  The top priority of the Institute is to help facilitate the annual councils and other gatherings of the Elders Circle by disseminating information, assisting the host community with food and lodging arrangements, arranging travel for key Elders and youth, and finding funding for the events each year.

The support of the Traditioanl Circle is given freely with no strings or limitations.  It is understood that the goal is the welfare of traditional Indian people first, and the welfare of all people through the joint effort of the two partners second.  Neither side dishonors that goal.

Following many of the past annual Councils since the first in 1977, the Elders have issued a written communique on topics of concern that were discussed at the gathering.  The Communiques are listed below.  To see the German language version of the Communiques, click here.
 

Gathering

Host Nation

Location

Communiques

August 1977

Apsáalooke (Crow)

Missouri Headwaters
(Three Forks), Montana

 

June 1978

Hopi

Kykotsmovi, Arizona

 

October 1978

Creek

Phillip Deere Roundhouse
Okemah, Oklahoma

 

August 1979

Cree

Assumption
Alberta, Canada

 

October 1980

Northern Cheyenne

Austin Two Moons Ranch
Busby, Montana

Communique 1 -
Warning Against Preforming
Spiritual Ceremonies for Profit

Communique 2 -
In Support of the Diné Nation to
Retain its Original Territories

August 1981

Onondaga

Onondaga Nation Territory
New York

Communique 3 -
Abuses And Exploitations of
the Sacred Ceremonies

Communique 4 -
Encouragement to Maya of Guatemala

August 1982

Diné (Navaho)

Dan R. Yazzie Ranch
Dove Waterflow, Arizona

Communique 5 -
Joint-Use Lands, Letter to Sidney

Communique 6 -
Joint-Use Lands, Letter to MacDonald

Communique 7 -
The Natural Law

June 1983

Santa Clara Pueblo

New Mexico

Communique 8 -
Heed The Warning

August 1983

Puyallup/Tulalip

Sapa Dawn Center
Yelm, Washington

 

June 1985

Northern Cheyenne

Austin Two Moons Ranch
Busby, Montana

 

June 1986

Oglala Sioux

Oglala
South Dakota

Communique 9 -
Exploitation of Sacred Ceremonies

Communique 10 -
Apartheid in South Africa

June 1987

D-Q University

Davis, California


Communique 11 -
Elder's Statement to World Wilderness Congress

September 1988

Tongva/Chumash

Leg Lake Park
Los Angeles, California

 

September 1989

Haida

Haida Gwaii
British Columbia, Canada

Communique 12 -
Traditional Native Values

August 1990

Onondaga

Onondaga Nation Territory
New York

Communique 13 -
Statement from Global Forum, Moscow

October 1991

Santa Clara Pueblo

New Mexico

 

August 1992

Puyallup/Tulalip

Sapa Dawn Center
Yelm, Washington

Communique 14 -
A Warning To Our People

Communique 15 -
Papul Bulls of 1452 and 1493

August 1993

Anishnaabe

Turtle Mountain
North Dakota

Communique 16 -
Letter to President Clinton Re Treaties

August 1994

Apsáalooke (Crow)

(Council cancelled
due to extreme fire danger)

 

July 1995

Apsáalooke (Crow)

Lodge Grass, Montana

 

July 1996

Oneida

Southwold, Ontario, Canada

 

May 1997

Miwok

Ahwahnee, California

Communique 17 -
Concerns of the Indians of California

August 1998

Penobscot

Indian Island, Maine

Communique 18 -
Threats and the Need for Balance and Inclusion

Communique 19 -
Desecration of Village, Ceremonial
and Sacred Burial Sites

June 1999

Sac and Fox

Prague, Oklahoma

 

August 2000

Saginaw/Chippewa

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Communique 20 -
The Ice Is Melting in the North!

February 2001

Pima/Maricopa

Gila River, Arizona

 

August 2002

All Nations in Montana

The 25th Anniversary Celebration
Flying D Bison Ranch, Montana

 

August 2003

Haida

Haida Gwaii
British Columbia, Canada

 

August 2004

Anishnaabe

Turtle Mountain
North Dakota

 

July 2005

Tulalip

Tulalip
Washington

Communique 21-
Let’s Make the Set!

Feburuary 2006

Independent Traditional Seminole Nation

Red Bay Stronghold Grounds
Florida

 

July 2007

Assiniboine/Sioux

Fort Peck, Montana

 

July 2008

Lake Superior Band of Chippewa

Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin

 

June 2009

Diné (Navajo)

Hopi/Diné Joint-Use Lands
Big Mountain, Arizona

 

 July 2010

 Apsáalooke (Crow) Hits-With-The-Arrow
(Pryor Gap), Montana

 

 July 2011

 Onondaga Onondaga Nation Territory
New York

 

 August 2012

 Salish, Kootenai, Pend  d'Oreilles Flathead Indian Nation
Montana

 

 July 2013

 Yokut, Western Mono,  Tubatulabal Tule River Reservation
California

 

August 2014

Kaniekehaka Mohawk

Akwesasne Mohawk Nation
New York

 

August 2015

Ho-Chunk

Ho-Chunk Territory
Wisconsin

 

August 2016

Nooksack Nation

Nooksack Nation Territory,
Washington