Lakota Indians secede

The story comes to me indirectly from Agence France-Presse that the Lakota Indians have withdrawn from 150-year old treaties, no longer consider themselves citizens of the United States and have invited all residents of a five-state area, i.e. “parts of North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Montana,” to join them. A statement on the Dominion blog reads, “We are the freedom loving Lakota from the Sioux Indian reservations of Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana who have suffered from cultural and physical genocide in the colonial apartheid system we have been forced to live under. We are in 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.”

Common Dreams carries a press release. More information can be found on the Lakota Freedom web site.

The Lakotas may live in poverty, but I must say I’m now a little envious. I congratulate them on their courage and wish them the very best fortune.

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