Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sitting Bull's people break away from US

THE Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the US.

"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,'' long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means said.

A delegation of Lakota leaders has delivered a message to the State Department, and said they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the US, some of them more than 150 years old.

The group also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and would continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months.

Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free - provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Mr Means said.

The treaties signed with the US were merely "worthless words on worthless paper," the Lakota freedom activists said.

Withdrawing from the treaties was entirely legal, Means said.
"This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically article six of the constitution,'' which states that treaties are the supreme law of the land, he said.

``It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention and put into effect by the US and the rest of the international community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and independent,'' said Means.

The Lakota relaunched their journey to freedom in 1974, when they drafted a declaration of continuing independence -- an overt play on the title of the United States' Declaration of Independence from England.

Thirty-three years have elapsed since then because ``it takes critical mass to combat colonialism and we wanted to make sure that all our ducks were in a row,'' Means said.

One duck moved into place in September, when the United Nations adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples -- despite opposition from the United States, which said it clashed with its own laws.

``We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children,'' Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977, told the news conference.

The US ``annexation'' of native American land has resulted in once proud tribes such as the Lakota becoming mere ``facsimiles of white people,'' said Means.

Oppression at the hands of the US government has taken its toll on the Lakota, whose men have one of the shortest life expectancies - less than 44 years - in the world.

Lakota teen suicides are 150 per cent above the norm for the US; infant mortality is five times higher than the US average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.


Gerald said...

Will more people consider seceding from Nazi America besides the Lakota Indians? Let us hope and pray this is an active and serious movement!!! Nazi America is no longer for poor and middle class Americans. Plus, many people were denied their right to vote in many elections from 2000 to the present and we must remember that our elections are rigged to elect Nazis.

Gerald said...

A New Song for America

Gerald said...

Why, the Government is merely...a temporary servant...Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.
– Mark Twain

Gerald said...'s Man of the Year

Missing in this article is the Nazi Party's thorn in the side award to Gerald.

Gerald said...

I heard a quote today that "Empires invade Afghanistan to die." Yes, the death of Nazi America is rapidly nearing.

Gerald said...

Nazi America will invade Iran in order to eliminate the Christians. Nazi America invaded Iraq to eliminate the Christians. Nazi America's goal is to spread Islamic teachings to the world.

A Christian Christmas in Snowy Iran

Gerald said...

Nazi America's goal is to eliminate all the Christians of the world and follow up with the elimination of all religions because Nazi America is an atheist country.

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Gerald said...

Impeachment Evidence Abounds

Gerald said...

This Is a "Proud" Moment