When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which natural law entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created with their place in history, that they are endowed with freewill, curtailed only by ultimate destiny, that any governing body instituted among men derives its just powers from the consent of the governed - whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundations on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while wrongs are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object envinces a design to reduce them under a campaign of engineered and targeted genocide, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security - such has been the patient sufferance of these northwest territories; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government.
The history of the present multi-racial american empire is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object, the establishment of an absolute tyranny over the people.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms. Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. An empire, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be ruler of a free people.
We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our migration and settlement here. We have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war - in peace friends.
We, therefore, the racial migrants to; and the white native born of; the Pacific Northwest declare, that we ought to be Free and Independent and, that as Free and Independent People, have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which Independent People may of right do.