What does Oyate mean in Lakota

About Us

This website is not that of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate itself because no one person, group of persons, or organization can call itself the Oyate - it requires the participation and general consensus of the people of all Seven Council Fires.

This website was created after many consultations of the Treaty Council's since 2016 with the consensus of the treaty council's or traditional leadership during the Lakota Omniciye protocols of consensus building following Oceti Sakowin Woope (Traditional Laws). We feel that this website represents the inherent rights of the traditional leaders from the times before European arrival to Oceti Sakowin Territory to the Fort Laramie Treaties of 1851 and 1868 and inclusive of all treaties made with the members of the Oceti Sakowin Oyate.

This website is initially being developed from the Sicangu Council Fire to begin the steps of unification of the Oceti Sakowin. We must move forward with broad support and recognition within the Oyate. In organizing, it needs to follow traditional Lakota law. Rather this effort should be described as a formal step towards the restoration of, to provide a foundation and structure for the restoration of the Oyate.

We encourage you to assist in reorganizing the Oceti Sakowin through your traditional leadership and through your treaty council's. Our goal is to create a treaty office in each of the Oceti Sakowin locations.

A calendar of events will be created and key events will be posted to continue this vital work. We also want to remember all of our forefathers we so often remember as Treaty men that have committed their entire lives to working on inherent rights and treaty rights maintaining the Lakota language, history and culture. It is they who have taught us that the Lakota language is our power source for inherent rights.

We are working towards a free and independent nation as you navigate through our website you will see our the original bison migration range and the ancestral homelands of the Oceti Sakowin coincide with each other.

Mitakuye Oyasin

Philimon D. Two Eagle

Executive Director

Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council