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United Confederated Native States

The Call For First Native American Continental Convention

The United Confederated Native States of America

The Call For First Native American Continental Convention

The United Confederated Native States of America

The First Native American Continental Congress will issue “A Resolve to the National Native Tribes and Reservations (here known as United Confederated Native States of America); Adopt a policy of succession from the United Sates government, further the Native American Continental Congress; Adopt such a Unity government of sovereign tribal nations as shall, in the opinion of the representatives of the Native American people, best conduce to the safety and happiness of their constituents (people) in particular and American in general. The National Native Tribes adopt a Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union between National Native Tribes and Reservations. What will result will be the most extensive documentation of the powers of Native American governments and the rights of the Native people that the United States government has ever witnessed.

These Confederated Native States constitutions will display a remarkable uniformity. Proposals will consist of a prefatory Declaration of Rights, and all containing the same civil and criminal rights, based upon the very same natural and traditional rights found in Indian Country.

The primary purpose of these declarations and bills will be to outline the objectives of our Confederated Native States government: to secure the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness for Native American people. The government to be chosen to secure these rights will declare universally to be "a representative confederacy of independent Native American governments."
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Article I. The Stile of this Confederacy shall be "The United Confederated Native States of America."

Article II. Each Native State retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this Confederation expressly delegated to the United Confederated Native States, in Congress assembled.

Article III. The said Native States hereby severally enter into a firm league of friendship with each other, for their common defense, the security of their liberties, and their mutual and general welfare, binding themselves to assist each other, against all force offered to, or attacks made upon them, or any of them, on account of religion, sovereignty, trade, or any other pretense whatever.

Article IV. The better to secure and perpetuate mutual friendship and intercourse among the people of the different Native States in this Union, the free inhabitants of each of these Native States, paupers, vagabonds, and fugitives from justice excepted, shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of free citizens in the Native States; and the people of each Native State shall free ingress and regress to and from any other Native State, and shall enjoy therein all the privileges of trade and commerce, subject to the same duties, impositions, and restrictions as the inhabitants thereof respectively, provided that such restrictions shall not extend so far as to prevent the removal of property imported into any Native State, to any other Native State, of which the owner is an inhabitant; provided also that no imposition, duties or restriction shall be laid by any Native State, on the property of The United Confederated Native States of America, or either of them.
If any person guilty of, or charged with, treason, felony, or other high misdemeanor in any Native State, shall flee from justice, and be found in any of the United Confederated Native States of America , he shall, upon demand of the Councils or executive power of the Native State from which he fled, be delivered up and removed to the State having jurisdiction of his offense.
Full faith and credit shall be given in each of these Native States to the records, acts, and judicial proceedings of the courts and magistrates of every other Native State.

Article V. For the most convenient management of the general interests of the United Confederated Native States of America, delegates shall be annually appointed in such manner as the legislatures of each Native State shall direct, to meet in Congress on the first Monday in November, in every year, with a power reserved to each Native State to recall its delegates, or any of them, at any time within the year, and to send others in their stead for the remainder of the year.

No Native State shall be represented in Native Congress by less than two, nor more than seven members; and no person shall be capable of being a delegate for more than three years in any term of six years; nor shall any person, being a delegate, be capable of holding any office under the United Confederated Native States of America, for which he/she, or another for their benefit, receives any salary, fees or emolument of any kind.

Each Native State shall maintain its own delegates in a meeting of the Native States, and while they act as members of the committee of the Native States.

In determining questions in the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, each Native State shall have one vote.

Freedom of speech and debate in Congress shall not be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Congress, and the members of Congress shall be protected in their persons from arrests or imprisonments, during the time of their going to and from, and attendance on Congress, except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace.

Article VI. No Native State, without the consent of the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, shall send any embassy to, or receive any embassy from, or enter into any conference, agreement, alliance or treaty with any State; nor shall any person holding any office of profit or trust under the United Confederated Native States of America, or any of them, accept any present, emolument, office or title of any kind whatever from any foreign State; nor shall the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, or any of them, grant any title of nobility.

No two or more Native States shall enter into any treaty, confederation or alliance whatever between them, without the consent of the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, specifying accurately the purposes for which the same is to be entered into, and how long it shall continue.

No Native State shall lay any imposts or duties, which may interfere with any stipulations in treaties, entered into by the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, with any State, in pursuance of any treaties already proposed by Congress.

Vessel of war shall be kept up in time of peace by any Native State, except such number only, as shall be deemed necessary by the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, for the defense of such all Native States, or its trade. Each Native State shall garrison their Warriors as necessary for the defense of such Native State; but every Native State shall always keep up a well-regulated and disciplined Warrior militia.

No Native State shall engage in any war without the consent of the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, unless such Native State be actually invaded by enemies, or shall have received certain advice of a resolution being formed by some nation of enemies to invade such Native State, and the danger is so imminent as not to admit of a delay till the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled can be consulted; nor shall any Native State grant commissions to any ships or vessels of war, nor letters of reprisal, except it be after a declaration of war by the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, and then only against the Native State and the people thereof, against which war has been so declared, and under such regulations as shall be established by the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, unless such Native State be infested by anarchy, in which case vessels of war may be fitted out for that occasion, and kept so long as the danger shall continue, or until the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled shall determine otherwise.

Article VII. When land forces are raised by any Native State for the common defense, all leaders shall be appointed by the government of each Native State respectively, by whom such forces shall be raised, or in such manner as such Native State shall direct, and all vacancies shall be filled up by the Native State which first made the appointment.

Article VIII. All charges of war, and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury.

The taxes for paying that proportion shall be laid and levied by the authority and direction of the Councils of the many Native States within the time agreed upon by the United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled.

Article IX. The United Confederated Native States of America in Congress assembled, shall have the sole and exclusive right and power of determining on peace and war, except in the cases mentioned in the sixth article — of sending and receiving ambassadors — entering into treaties and alliances, provided that no treaty of commerce shall be made whereby the leadership power of the respective Native States shall be restrained from imposing such imposts and duties on foreigners, as their own people are subjected to, or from prohibiting the exportation or importation of any species of goods or commodities whatsoever — of appointing courts for the trial of felonies committed outside the United Confederated Native States of America territory, provided that no member of Congress shall be appointed a judge of any of the said courts.

The United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled shall also be the last resort on appeal in all disputes and differences now subsisting or that hereafter may arise between two or more Native States concerning boundary, jurisdiction or any other causes whatever; which authority shall always be exercised in the manner following. Whenever the Council or executive authority or lawful agent of any Native State in controversy with another shall present a petition to Congress stating the matter in question and praying for a hearing, notice thereof shall be given by order of Congress to the Council or executive authority of the other Native State in controversy.

All controversies concerning the private right of land claimed under different grants of two or more Native States, whose jurisdictions as they may respect such lands, and the Native States which passed such grants are adjusted.

The United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled shall also have the sole and exclusive right and power of regulating the alloy and value of coin struck by their own authority, or by that of the respective Native States — fixing the standards of weights and measures throughout the United Confederated Native States — regulating the trade and managing all affairs with the United States government, not members of any of the Native States, provided that the Council right of any Native State within its own limits be not infringed or violated — establishing or regulating post offices from one Native State to another, throughout all the continental United States, and exacting such postage on the papers passing through the same as may be requisite to defray the expenses of the said

The United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled shall have authority to appoint a committee, to sit in the recess of Congress, to be denominated 'A Committee of the Native States', and to consist of one delegate from each Native State; and to appoint such other committees and civil officers as may be necessary for managing the general affairs of the United Confederated Native States under their

The United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled shall never engage in a war, nor grant letters reprisal in time of peace, nor enter into any treaties or alliances, nor coin money, nor regulate the value thereof, nor ascertain the sums and expenses necessary for the defense and welfare of the United Confederated Native States, or any of them, nor emit bills, nor borrow money on the credit of the United Confederated Native States, nor appropriate money, nor agree upon the number of vessels of war, to be built or purchased, or the number of land or sea forces to be raised, nor appoint a commander in chief of the army or navy, unless three quarters of the Native States assent to the same: nor shall a question on any other point, except for adjourning from day to day be determined, unless by the votes of the majority of the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled.

The Congress of the United Confederated Native shall have power to adjourn to any time within the year, and to any place within the United Confederated Native States, so that no period of adjournment be for a longer duration than the space of six months, and shall publish the journal of their proceedings monthly, except such parts thereof relating to treaties, alliances or military operations, as in their judgment require secrecy; and the votes of the delegates of each Native State on any question shall be entered on the journal, when it is desired by any delegates of a Native State, or any of them, at their request shall be furnished with a transcript of the said journal, except such parts as are above excepted, to lay before the Councils of the Native States.

Article X. The Committee of the Native States, or three quarters of them, shall be authorized to execute, in the recess of Congress, such of the powers of Congress as the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, by the consent of the three quarters of the Native States, shall from time to time think expedient to vest them with; provided that no power be delegated to the said Committee, for the exercise of which, by the Articles of Confederation, the voice of three quarters of the Native States in the Congress of the United Confederated Native States assembled be requisite.

Article XI. Canadian Native First Nations acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United Confederated Native States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other Native States shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by three quarters of the Native States.

Article XII. All bills of credit emitted, monies borrowed, and debts contracted by, or under the authority of Congress, before the assembling of the United Confederated Native States, in pursuance of the present confederation, shall be deemed and considered as a charge against the United Confederated Native States, for payment and satisfaction whereof the said United Confederated Native , and the public faith are hereby solemnly pledged.

Article XIII. Every Native State shall abide by the determination of the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every Native State, and the Union shall be perpetual; nor shall any alteration at any time hereafter be made in any of them; unless such alteration be agreed to in a Congress of the United Confederated Native States, and be afterwards confirmed by the Councils of every State.
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And Whereas it hath pleased the Creator of the World to incline the hearts of the Councils we respectively represent in Congress, to approve of, and to authorize us to ratify the said Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union. Know Ye that we the undersigned delegates, by virtue of the power and authority to us given for that purpose, do by these presents, in the name and in behalf of our respective constituents, fully and entirely ratify and confirm each and every of the said Articles of Confederation and perpetual Union, and all and singular the matters and things therein contained: And we do further solemnly plight and engage the faith of our respective constituents, that they shall abide by the determinations of the United Confederated Native States in Congress assembled, on all questions, which by the said Confederation are submitted to them. And that the Articles thereof shall be inviolably observed by the Native States we respectively represent, and that the Union shall be perpetual.

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands in Congress. Done at the First Native American Continental in the Native State of ______________, and in the first year of independence from the United States of America.

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