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"Hello, my relatives! With a good heart, I greet all of you with a handshake!" – Dakota greeting

The Oceti Sakowin Omniciye (Seven Fires Summit) is a non-profit educational organization working on behalf of the Dakota people. Our mission is to reveal the true history of the Dakota and the State of Minnesota – a history marked by acts of genocide, theft, and broken treaties.

Our educational efforts focus on exposing the State-sponsored atrocities surrounding the U.S./Dakota War of 1862. Often overlooked, the State's genocidal efforts remain historical fact. Indeed, in September of 1862, Governor Alexander Ramsey (second governor of the State of Minnesota) openly declared, "The Sioux Indians of Minnesota must be exterminated or driven beyond the borders of the state."

We believe the State's legacy of injustice is perpetuated by their refusal to acknowledge and atone for atrocities committed against the Dakota Nation. Justice should be served through official State acknowledgement, land recovery, and the indictment of Governors Sibley and Ramsey for crimes against humanity. Until the Dakota receive just compensation for the slaughter of their ancestors and theft of their home, they cannot begin the long process of healing.

Our Chairperson, Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D

Hailing from a long lineage of community leaders, Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D, is the Voice (Chairperson) of the Oceti Sakowin Omniciye. Chris is a Dakota Elder and retired Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University. He is a member of the Wahpetunwan Dakota from Pezihuta Zizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Community) near Granite Falls, Minnesota.

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