Native Tribes Secede from US
- Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from 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 told
a handful of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy,
gathered in a church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a
The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences,
and living there would be tax-free -- provided residents renounce
their US citizenship, Means said.
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
reborn freedom movement says.
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.
Freedom! Lakota Sioux Indians Declare Sovereign Nation Status
Threaten Land Liens, Contested Real Estate Over Five State Area in U.S.
West Dakota Territory Reverts back to Lakota Control According to
U.S., International Law
WASHINGTON, DC - December 20 - Lakota Sioux Indian representatives
declared sovereign nation status today in Washington D.C. following
Monday's withdrawal from all previously signed treaties with the
United States Government. The withdrawal, hand delivered to Daniel
Turner, Deputy Director of Public Liaison at the State Department,
immediately and irrevocably ends all agreements between the Lakota
Sioux Nation of Indians and the United States Government outlined in
the 1851 and 1868 Treaties at Fort Laramie Wyoming.
"This is an historic day for our Lakota people," declared Russell
Means, Itacan of Lakota. "United States colonial rule is at its end!"
"Today is a historic day and our forefathers speak through us. Our
Forefathers made the treaties in good faith with the sacred Canupa and
with the knowledge of the Great Spirit," shared Garry Rowland from
Wounded Knee. "They never honored the treaties, that's the reason we
are here today."
The four member Lakota delegation traveled to Washington D.C.
culminating years of internal discussion among treaty representatives
of the various Lakota communities. Delegation members included well
known activist and actor Russell Means, Women of All Red Nations
(WARN) founder Phyllis Young, Oglala Lakota Strong Heart Society
leader Duane Martin Sr., and Garry Rowland, Leader Chief Big Foot
Riders. Means, Rowland, Martin Sr. were all members of the 1973
Wounded Knee takeover.
"In order to stop the continuous taking of our resources people,
land, water and children- we have no choice but to claim our own
destiny," said Phyllis Young, a former Indigenous representative to
the United Nations and representative from Standing Rock.
Property ownership in the five state area of Lakota now takes center
stage. Parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana
have been illegally homesteaded for years despite knowledge of Lakota
as predecessor sovereign [historic owner]. Lakota representatives say
if the United States does not enter into immediate diplomatic
negotiations, liens will be filed on real estate transactions in the
five state region, clouding title over literally thousands of square
miles of land and property.
Young added, "The actions of Lakota are not intended to embarrass the
United States but to simply save the lives of our people".
Following Monday's withdrawal at the State Department, the four Lakota
Itacan representatives have been meeting with foreign embassy
officials in order to hasten their official return to the Family of
Lakota's efforts are gaining traction as Bolivia, home to Indigenous
President Evo Morales, shared they are "very, very interested in the
Lakota case" while Venezuela received the Lakota delegation with
"respect and solidarity."
"Our meetings have been fruitful and we hope to work with these
countries for better relations," explained Garry Rowland. "As a
nation, we have equal status within the national community."
Education, energy and justice now take top priority in emerging
Lakota. "Cultural immersion education is crucial as a next step to
protect our language, culture and sovereignty," said Means. "Energy
independence using solar, wind, geothermal, and sugar beets enables
Lakota to protect our freedom and provide electricity and heating to
The Lakota reservations are among the most impoverished areas in North
America, a shameful legacy of broken treaties and apartheid policies.
Lakota has the highest death rate in the United States and Lakota men
have the lowest life expectancy of any nation on earth, excluding
AIDS, at approximately 44 years. Lakota infant mortality rate is five
times the United States average and teen suicide rates 150% more than
national average. 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line and
unemployment hovers near 85%.
"After 150 years of colonial enforcement, when you back people into a
corner there is only one alternative," emphasized Duane Martin Sr.
"The only alternative is to bring freedom into its existence by taking
it back to the love of freedom, to our lifeway."
We are the freedom loving Lakota from the Sioux Indian reservations of
Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana who have traveled to
Washington DC to withdraw from the constitutionally mandated treaties
to become a free and independent country. We are alerting the Family
of Nations we have now reassumed our freedom and independence with the
backing of Natural, International, and United States law. For more
information, please visit our new website at www.lakotafreedom.com.
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