Lakota Indian Tribes Secede from Union
December 21, 2007 6 Comments
I don’t feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. —John Wayne
Yesterday, December 20, 2007 the Lakota Indian tribes from 5 states filed papers with the Federal Government to unilaterally withdraw from the American Union and all treaties that were signed in the 1800’s. States affected are North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.
Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva, Switzerland in 1977 told a news conference. “We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, and our children.”
The treaties signed with the United States are merely”worthless words on worthless paper,” the Lakota freedom activists say on their website.
The treaties have been “repeatedly violated in order to steal our culture, our land, and our ability to maintain our way of life,” the freedom movement says.
Long time Indian Rights activist Russell Means speaking to reporters in Washington says: “We are no longer citizens of the United States of America, and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us.”
“It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put in effect by the US and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent,” says Means
Oppression at the hands of the US government has taken it’s toll on on the Lakota, whose men have one of the shortest life expectancies–less than 44 years–in the world.
I’m glad that some of the tribes have finally taken this step…it is long overdue. The US has a long history of nothing but mistreatment and mismanagement of the Tribes. Over the years the government “LOST” a Trillion dollars of moneys that was legally due the Tribes.
The US down through the years has perpertrated a long list of terrorist treatment of all of our indigenous people. from the outright theft of land, water rights, to murder most foul, and separation of families. You really would not want to be an Indian in our culture yesterday or even today.
Looking in to the future, I wonder how this movement will fare. There is much evidence that the Feds will try a little diplomacy first, but if that doesn’t work quickly, they will start shooting. Our lawmaking process has a history of making up new laws quickly to cover what to them are unexpected events and making them apply retro-actively.
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