Tatanka Itancan Lone Eagle and others mark the anniversary of the Fort Laramie treaty between the Lakota of the Great Sioux Nation and the US government [FILE: Stephanie Keith/Reuters]

For my people, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation), honour is a key component of who we are. It is so important to us that it is one of our core values.

One would think that this is an ideal we share with the settler government of the United States based on how they speak of it. Throughout its comparatively short history as a nation, American leaders have extolled honour often; honour to duty, honour to country, honour to God.

Yet time and again, the US has shown that its claim to honour, more

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