SOVEREIGN AMONSOQUATH NATION
WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE SOVEREIGN
AMONSOQUATH NATION or Representative Council, in order to preserve and _______
our ancient tribal culture and maintain a desirable measure of prosperity,
insure peace and tranquility among our brothers and sisters, and to secure to
ourselves and our posterity the blessings of freedom and liberty, achnowledging,
with humility and gratitude the goodnes of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe
on permitting us to partake of his bounty as set before us, and imploring His
(help?) and guidance in it's accomplishment, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the government of this Sovereign Free Independent Indian Nation
as the supreme law of the land to which all citizens are bound by honor and with
a pledge of allegience to preserve, protect and defend this Nation with all
their being so long as the grass grows, the water flows and the wind blows.
We, The People of the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation, determined to
reafirm fain in fundamental human rights and freedom of all indigenous people,
in the dignity and worth of the_______ person, in equal rights of all men and
women and of all nations large and small, and to establish conditions under
which justice and respect for obligations arising from treaties and other
sources of international law can be maintained, andto promote social progress
and better standards of life in greater freedom, AND FOR THESE ENDS to practice
tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to
unite our strength to maintain international peace, and security and to ensure,
by the acceptance of principals and the institution of methods, that armed force
shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international
machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all
peoples, and to preserve the dignity and human rights of the North American
Indian of which they have been historically deprived, and to promote the
political, social and economic well-being of all indigenous North American
Indians, and to create and establish an economically vialble homeland for all
indigenous Indians of the North, Central and South American Continents, distinct
and separate from and independent of the dominion and control of all
reservations and other governments save and except (accept?) free sovereign
Indian self rule.
We, The People Of The Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation,
recognizing that the individal is the foundation of culture, society and of the
nation, and whereas it is a fundamental right of all individuals to practice and
perpetuate the indigenous culture, society and nation unto which he is born, do
hereby resolve that Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation, shall make no laws or have no
laws that prohibit or abridge a citizen's right: *** to be gaurenteed the
greated degree of personal freedom through a Republican form of limited
government with free elections *** to have the provisions for initiative,
referendum, and ________ to this Constitution *** to freely exercise one's
religion in public or private *** to have free and unabridged speech and press
*** to keep and bear large and small Arms and to protect one's self and
property *** to be secure in one's person, dwellings, papers and effects against
unreasonable search and seizure, and that no warrents shall issue, except upon
probable cause, supported by Oath or Affirmation, and describing the place to be
searched, and the persons or things to be seized *** to refuse to provide
testimony against one's self or being compelled to be a witness against one's
self in any civil or criminal case *** to be deprived of life, liberty or
property, without due process of law *** to refuse to yield one's own personal
property for the public good and use, without the owners just consent and being
justly compensated therefore *** to have a speedy trial by a jury of one's
fellow men or to be guaranteed that one will not be placed twice in jeopardy of
life or limb for the same offense *** to be free from laws impairing contracts
or that are retroactive, unequally applied, or non uniform laws *** to be free
from all forms of direct taxation to include personal income, business income
and inheritance *** to have any thing except gold and silver coin tender in
payment of debts public and private ... to have any information pertaining to
one's private business or personal affairs disclosed by any person within the
government or it's agencies without one's consent *** to be guaranteed that all
power which iw not specifically delegated to the government or prohibited
thereto shall invioable rest with the people.ARTICLE III The power of this
government is adminsitered by a tripartite Governing Council which shall be
composed of the Principal Chief, the Elders, and the General Council.ARTICLE IV.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Article III., The Governing Council of the
Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation reserve to themselves the power to propose laws or
amendments to this Constitution as so brought before them or the Senate of Law
by the Citizens of this Nation through petition, initiative or referendum.
The Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation, Governing Council affirmed and aided
by the Senate insure that all such persons within the government are duly and
truly prepared, worthy and well qualified and acknowledge the existence of the
Great Spirit and the future state of reward or punishment subject to His divine
providence, and swearing to protect and defend this constitution while in office
and as a citizen, shall have the complete and unencumbered authority to make for
it's citizens, except where so prohibited, all laws necessary and proper to
promote, establish, regulate, insure, administer and provide for the following,
but not limited thereto: the common defense, the general welfare, the economic
well- being, the domestic tranquility, to uphold justice, and secure the
blessings of fundamental freedom and sovereign equality for all people of the
Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation.ARTICLE VI.The powers of the Chief: (a) shall be
as the president of the Nation and shall be perpetual (b) shall have the
power to name his successor (c) shall have the power to break all tie votes of
the Elders at his discretion or demand a unamimous voteARTICLE VII.The
powers of the Elders: (a) shall be a minimum age of 45 years old (b) shall be
perpetual in term (c) shall be elected by the General Council MembersARTICLE
VIII.The council well act as the Senate: (a) shall be of perpetual duration (b)
shall be of the minimum age of 35 years old (c) all recommendations of the
Council shall be made to the Elders by majority vote (d) shall be elected
by a vote of the general population of this NationARTICLE IX. The Nation's
Justice Systems shall be made up of three judges. The judges will be elected by
the people. Term of office will be for four (4) years. The judges shall have
the power to appoint marshalls to enforce the laws of the Nation. The judges
shall have the power to levy fines in accordence with the laws of the Nation.
The judges shall have subject matter as well as personal jurisdiction in all
matters brought before the courts.ARTICLE X.THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN
RIGHTS as Adopted l0 December l948 by the United Nations, General Assembly shall
be adopted in it's entirety. THE DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR THE DEFENSE OF
THE INDIGENOUS NATIONS AND PEOPLES OF THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE shall be adopted in
it's entirety. ALL PERSONS OF THIS NATION WHO HAVE REACHED THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN
(18) SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE IN ALL ELECTIONS WITHIN THIS NATION. ALL
PERSONS SHALL HAVE PROTECTION OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, AND CULTURAL RESOURCES. BE
IT RESOLVED, that, being at one with the universe,...this Governemting Council
meeting, of the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation, held this day of 18 November 1993,
unanimously agree to accept and ratify this constitution as the Supreme Law of
the Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation.
APPENDIX A UNIVERSAL
DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS (Adopted 10 December 1948, United Nations,
General Assembly)Preamble: Whereas, recognition of the inherent dignity and of
the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the
foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas, disregard and
contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged
the conscience of mankind, and advent of a world in which human beings shall
enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedome from fear and want has been
proclaimed as the ___________ aspiration of the common people, Where it is
essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to
rebellion against tyranny and oppression, the human rights should be protected
by rule of law. Whereas, it is essential to promote the development of friendly
relations between nations, Whereas, the peoples of the United Nations have in
the Charter reaffirmed that with ____ ____________ human rights in the dignity
and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have
determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in [larger
(???)] freedom, Whereas, Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in
co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and
observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Whereas, a common
understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the
full realization of this pledge. Now, therfore, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims
this UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTSas a common standard of
achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual
and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall
strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and
freedoms and by progressive measures, national __________ to secure their
universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of
the Member States themselves and among the peoples of territory under their
jurisdiction. Article l All human beings are born free and equal in dignity
and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards
one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to
all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction
of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other
opinioon, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political
____________ or international status of the country or territory to which a
person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non self governing, or under
any other limitation of sovereignty.
Article 3 Everyone has the right to
life, liberty and the security of person.
No one shall be held in
slavery or servitude, slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel,
inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment.
Everyone has the
right to [recognition / negotiation (?)] before the law.
equal before the law and are entitled without any (?) discrimination to equal
protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any
discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy
by the competent national tribunals for acts ____________ the fundamental right
granted by the constitution or by law.
No one shall be subjected
to arbitrary arrest, detention, or exile.
Everyone is entitled to
full equality in a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial
tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal
charge against him.
(l) Everyone charged with a penal offense has
the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a
public trial which he has all the _________ necessary for his defense. (2) No
one shall be held guilty of any penal offense on account of any act or omission
which did not constitute a penal offense, under national or international law
at time which it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than
the one that was appreciable at the time of the penal offense was committed.
No one shall be subject to arbitraty interference with his
privacy, family, home or correspondence nor of attacks on his honor or
reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such
interference or attacks.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedome
and movement and residence within the borders of each state. (2) Everyone has
the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his
(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other
countries asylum from persecution. (2) This right may not be invoked in the
case of prosecutions __________ _______ from nonpolitical crimes or from acts
contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality. (2) No one shall be arbitrarily
deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
(1) Men and women of full age, without any insinuations due to
race nationality, or religion have the right to marry and to found a family.
They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage and to its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the
intended spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of
society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association
with others. (2) No one shall be arbitarily deprived of his property.
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and
religion. This right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and
freedom, either alone or in community with others, and in public or private, to
manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression,
this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek,
receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful
assembly and association (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the
government of his country, directly or though freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone hase the right to equal access to public services in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government,
this will shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret
vote or by equivelent free voting procedures.
Everyone, as a
member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to
realization through national effort and international co-operation and in
accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic,
social and cultural rights indispensible for his dignity and free development of
(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free
choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to
protection against unemployment. (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has
the right to equal pay for equal work. (3) Everyone who works has the right to
just and favorable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an
existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary by other
means of social protection. (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade
unions for the protection of his interest.
(1) Everyone has the
right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself
and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and
necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of
unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of
livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. (2) Motherhood and childhood
are entitled to special care and assistance. All children are entitled to
special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock,
shall enjoy the same social protection
NOTE: THERE IS NO ARTICLE NUMBERED 25
Article 26 (1) Everyone
has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the
elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory.
Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and
higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human
personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and
fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship
among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the
acitivities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the
community, to enjoy the arts and to shar in scientific advancement and it's
benefits. (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and
material interest resulting from any scientific, literacy or artistic
production of which he is the author.
Everyone is entitled to a
social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in
this Declaration can be fully realized.
(1) Everyone has duties
to the community in which ______ the free and full development of his
personality is possible. (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms,
everyone shall be subject only to such limitaions as are determined by law,
soley for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirement
of morality, public order and the general welfare of a democratic society.
(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the
purposes and principals of the United Nations.
Nothing in this
Declaration may be interpreted as implying forany State, group or person any
right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction
of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.
**** As adopted on l0
December 1948 by the United Nations, General Assembly and proclaimed the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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