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The IHANKTONWAN DAKOTA OYATE (yankton sioux Nation) is recognized by the United States as a sovereign
DAKOTA (indian) Government. It is governed pursuant to a Constitution and By Laws
adopted by the members of the Nation in 1932 and subsequently amended in
1962 and including any future amendments and/or revisiions of said
Constitution. Accordingly, the Constitution and By Laws, as recognized
by the Federal Government, provide the IHANKTONWAN DAKOTA OYATE'S (yankton sioux Nations's) General
Council the authority and power to govern the IHANKTONWAN DAKOTA OYATE (yankton sioux Nation), it's
members and lands of the IHANKTONWAN DAKOTA OYATE (yankton sioux Nation).
The design was adopted by the IHANKTONWAN DAKOTA OYATE (yankton sioux) people as the
official national insignia, on September 24, 1975. The slogan on the
deisgn is "Land of the Friendly People of the Seven Council Fires."
The artist, Gladys L. Moore, born IHANKTONWAN DAKOTA OYATE (yankton sioux) of Union Lake, Michigan,
wanted to show the hospitality of the Dakota people. They were known
to the other nations as "The Friendly People", therefore, the tipi (home)
is central to the design. The "Y" is also a "pipe," the strength and life
of Dakota People. It is used before, "straight talk," a means of
traditional communications. The zigzag line means "prayer," to bind
the home in love and safety. The color red was chosen for several reasons:
red is the color of life; also a red border was sometimes painted around
the lower part of the tipi to indicate that those that visited there would
be fed; or that the tipi was one of a group in which a feast was to be held.
Red is a friendly welcome and indicates life. Pale blue or white (sky colors)
could have been used in print as background, but the artist preferred the
shunshine color of yellow. Here used on the tipi, yellow signifies happiness
in the home. She wanted the impression of a happy friendly tipi in the sun.