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20 de Diciembre, 2007

Lakota Secede from United States of America

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I GUESS THIS MEANS the Presidential Candidates don't need to do quite as much campaigning in the Northern plains area of the US?

The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.

"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 news conference.

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.

They also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and will continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months, they told the news conference.

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, 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.

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 percent above the norm for the United States; infant mortality is five times higher than the US average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.

"Our people want to live, not just survive or crawl and be mascots," said Young.

Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US

It's a beautiful thing. Words should mean something. Treaties signed should mean something. Lies and abuse must have consequences. And we all must love ourselves and each other enough to reinforce and support a morality that embodies these ideas.

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Comentarios (46)

Man Eegee dijo:


WOW! I was just talking about this to friends of mine last night (the abuse of the Treaties). This is a huge development.

~kl~ dijo:


WOW!!!! This is possibly some of the best words I've heard in a long time. I just hope that this is allowed to stay strong.

Theriomorph dijo:


Holy sh*t. This is amazing.

LivvySidhe dijo:


Rock. And. Roll.

janna dijo:


"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."
They better secure their borders, here I come! jeje.

Chicano2nd dijo:


For those of you who don't know, you should see what the U.S. has done relative to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and through the occupation of the northern frontier of los Estados Unidos de Mexico. I will support our indigenous brothers in their endeavors.

tomas el anglo dijo:


Since our conservatroid associates claim to believe strongly in "state's rights" and "home rule," I am sure they will support our Native American friends in this endeavor. No doubt they will hold the strong central government at bay and allow this noble group of patriots, with their strong family values and their rich historical and cultural heritage, to move forward with this enterprise.

You know, just like AG Ashcroft didn't try to muck around with Oregon state law when a ballot initiative made physician-assisted suicide legal a few years ago.

dori dijo:


rock on, ancestors, rock the f*ck on. i'm with you all the way on this one.

rosaposa dijo:


I was also talking about the treaties last night to my roomate.
And thinking of doing it more because his viewpoint is interesting.

luisa dijo:


WTF?! This is the best news I have heard in a long time!!!!

cheesesauce dijo:


I wish them the best. I am anxious to see what happens next. Vive Atzlan!

kactus dijo:


I used to see Russell Means and Dennis Banks in my hometown across the Missouri River from S. Dakota all the time in the 70s; AIM actually owned a house next to my church, and I went to school with kids who were budding activists precisely because of AIM.

This does my heart good.

Pat Logan dijo:


This is seriously cool. I wish them the best.

Rafael dijo:


Good news. Que viva la nacion Lakota LIBRE!

peasant dijo:



A bit more info there.

Sorry I don't know how to spruce up the post with blocks/graphics for effect. I do know that my grandparents, on one side at least, would be smiling and that the monthly pow-wows would really be rockin' because of this movement and the discussion it would create.

XP dijo:


Although this is great news, I am also worried because neither Bush or the Interior Department have come out and say something about this. I fear is that their silence can only mean one thing, they will handle this their way, which means we can expect another Pine Ridge.

If we truly this cause then I feel we must be vigilant about this by monitoring the situation closely. If it does become like another Pine Ridge, we must act swiftly and post about it quickly. Our best bet is by forming alliances. It would be great if we could come into contact with somebody in the inner circle who is willing to trust us and not see us as opportunist or a tool for the Bush regime.

Viva la Revolucion!

No One of Consequence dijo:


Now now, let's not be hyperbolic. Words _always_ mean something. It's just that lies are a series of words that mean something different than what their standard meanings would convey. It is better to say that the words in the treaty are _worthless_ -- they have meaning, but said meaning amounts to shit.

Francisco dijo:


"For those of you who don't know, you should see what the U.S. has done relative to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and through the occupation of the northern frontier of los Estados Unidos de Mexico."

Damn right about that-- tanto que diga la verdad! There were actually multiple treaties signed after the Mexican War concluded in 1848, a variety of smaller accords, local statutes, a series of many other negotiations, all of which recognized a number of fundamental rights for the Latino people throughout the entire Southwestern region. (Analogous processes in Florida.) This was in part because the Chicano people refused to give up, there was guerrilla warfare and tough protests demanding que los Anglos reconozcan nuestros derechos.

These included basic rights to our properties and lands, which we'd inhabited or traversed for centuries before the Anglos came (violated countless times with numerous expulsions of our people), rights to our cultural celebrations and holidays (little observed until recently), rights to use español on an equal basis with English in public for ballots, government, libraries, hospitals, schools, parks and otherwise (violated in so many places it's hard to count, until recently), rights to share in the natural resource and mineral wealth of the region (violated dozens of times), rights also to *freely move across the "border" for agriculture and seasonal farming*, which we'd been doing for centuries and which the Anglos continue to try to stop us from doing, esp with this repulsive border wall that's thankfully falling apart.

We're once again regaining our control and our self-respect in much of this region-- in California obviously, Nuevo Mexico, Tejas, Florida y en Arizona. Arizona really is ground zero for our battle for survival-- it's the place where the most racist Anglos are making their last stand, like the bigoted sheriff in Maricopa, and it's the state where we have to focus most of our energies in winning the fight. Demographics and the future are on our side-- Latinos will be the majority in Arizona in 10-15 years, and we're already starting to flex our political muscle, as we did in California after the bigots attacked us most ferociously in 1994. The process is being helped by the steady stream of millions of Latinos from other states outside of nuestras tierras principales-- Latinos pouring into Arizona from states such as Iowa, Minnesota, Georgia, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Montana, Ohio, Alabama, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Delaware, Massachusetts and other places far away where we have little numerical or political power-- not only getting set up in Arizona, but flourishing here.

We already have a lot of sway in the statehouse and administration, which is helping to protect us in Arizona, and in 2008 we may be able to gain control of the Arizona legislature and many other state as well as local offices. When we do this, we'll be able to protect nuestra gente better and, of course, to fire-- with gusto and glee-- the racist jerks who are persecuting our people.

As always, the most critical factor is to support Latino businesses in Arizona, just as we've been doing in California, Tejas, Nuevo Mexico, Florida, Colorado y otros lugares. I know some people have been raising other issues as well, advocating for home-schooling partially en español, pushing for local ordinances to celebrate local holidays, getting tough and demanding Anglo recognition of our basic derechos-- all also quite important. But the key for us in Arizona is to stand up for each other and patronize each other's businesses. We'll soon be the majority there and we need only bide our time, in the meantime support each economically and attract Latinos from the Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, and places like Georgia and Alabama to Arizona. That way, we'll not only come out on top in Arizona and thwart those who hate us, we'll thrive!

Como han dicho muchos-- la situación demográfica favorece a nosotros, tanto como la situación politica. Es solo un asunto asegurar que maximizamos nuestras fuerzas, y el sendero a la victoria pertenece a nuestra gente! Y finalmente vamos a ganar el reconocimiento atrasado de nuestros derechos!

RC dijo:


Please keep your positive messages coming to this site Francisco because with the political atmosphere of Arizona that exists right now, the Dark Ages seem about to close in any moment now for you folks living there, no matter where your grandparents came from. The Stupids have taken over the politics in that state.
As to the Lakota: I have a question that others may find self-serving, but I'll ask it anyway. Why not offer dual citizenship and for a fee like the Dominican Republic does? And you do not have to live in Lakota Territory to qualify. Directly related to this proposition: Will the Lakota recognize and have trade with Cuba? Will they allow Cubans to travel to Lakota and Lakota Passport holders to travel to Cuba?
This is a potential income generator for other projects the Lakota may wish to pursue. With the Lakota Passport, from the Lakota Airport, you can legally fly directly to Cuba.
Now, one step further. With enough recognition in the Caribbean and other vacation spots {and why would these places not recognize the Lakota?} travelers from Lakota can go wherever they want in the Americas without ANY passport.
US Citizens can no longer do that.
I will follow this development very closely, but I note that press coverage of the Lakota Declaration is very limited. Hmmm.

Atticus dijo:


This is great news. For inspiration lately, I've been reading Leonard Peltier's excellent "Prison writings - My Life Is My Sun Dance." All future negotiations between the Lakota and the USA should be contingent upon Leonard's release from prison, or at least a hearing in the Supreme Court.

Love the idea of dual citizenship. I've lived up there, and it's way too cold!

XP dijo:


Here is an interesting take on this. It is from The Left Coast

As former American Indian Movement activist Meteor Blades explained:
It's mostly about Russell Means ...

...doing something without tribal authority or more than minuscule support from the Lakota people. Not that the complaints aren't real enough. But this kind of action, by tradition, can only be taken with consent of the tribe. That has been the underlying foundation of legal action by the Lakotas since the first lawsuit was filed in 1921. Without consent, Means is no different that the "chiefs" who signed treaties in the 1850s and '60s without the OK of their people.

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:


maybe a tiny bit different, as one feels a correction of a mistake made earlier. but the point about speaking without the people's support (your main point) is a good one. i hope they can organize enough to agree on what is best for them, whatever they feel it to be. but hell, they ought to secede. all the indians have a perfect right to do so. every treaty offered them has been broken, they were used, they are still being abused and neglected, what is there to honor in those "treaties"? its like honoring the whip that chases you without respite. thanks for the info, xp.

Joey dijo:


This is an international embarrassment. It spits in the face of our culture and international unity. Why can't we stop pointing out how much everybody is different and focus on how we are all human beings?

If their social problems are so bad, why do they want to secede and develop them more? And with what tax money will they support programs to lower suicide rates and unemployment? What jobs will the great economic markets of the Mid-west create?

These people have misunderstood the constitution, the meaning of freedom, and most of history.

The only reason they can secede from our nation is because they were born into such a great one. What other land would allow that(Has anyone heard of Chechnya, Taiwan, or southern Sudan?)?

I say give them their country, so when they come crawling back, they will appreciate what they already have.

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:


not bad for satire, joey. but needs a little polishing, if you dont mind my saying so. however, the line about american indians not understanding US history was brilliant!

thanks for that laugh, amigo.

Tomas el Yanqui dijo:


"These people have misunderstood the constitution"

Perhaps you need to familiarize yourself with the rather unique position that some Native American nations are in. Some of them are, by law, *sovereign nations.*

"The only reason they can secede from our nation is because they were born into such a great one."

Ah. Do you speak, then, of the great Native American nations into which they were born?

"I say give them their country"

You can't give something that you don't possess.

Rafael dijo:

"I say give them their country"

Your standing on it.

James dijo:


Giving everything an initial read, it's not clear to me, as Meteor Blades suggests, that this is merely some unilateral action taken by Means. Could be wrong of course. I'll obviously be following this story with great interest.

Chicano2nd dijo:


"It spits in the face of our culture and international unity. Why can't we stop pointing out how much everybody is different and focus on how we are all human beings?"

What culture and international unity are you talking about vato. If you are talking about the WASP/ culture let me have some of what you are smoking because it must have taken you to a different planet. They cabrones are acultural. That is their problem. Hell, they even try to argue that diversity is dangerous for their continuation (¡qué suave! ¿que no gente? See Bill O'Riley, etc.) And please tell me, who are the ones that focus on some of usw being less human or superior than others. Who created the word "gook" to take away the pain and guilt of killing in Viet Nam? You are the internaltional embarrassment!

B dijo:


Que padre! pero chin! No vi que la delegacion Lakota fuera a la embajada mexicana a invitarnos a irnos a vivir a su pais.
Sin impuestos? Wow. Bueno a lo mejor seria bueno un impuesto chiquito, por comprar productos, nomas para tener calles empedradas (mas ecologicas), escuelas y hospitales. Fuera de eso, la riqueza se puede crear con lo que la misma poblacion produzca. :)
Ah, estupenda idea esa de la doble nacionalidad!
Que buena nota...en serio, que buena nota.

Iantha dijo:


¡Por fín!

How sad, although not surprising, that on my local TV news station there have been NO reports and NO coverage of the withdrawal. Hoy es el 23 de diciembre y todavía no lo an publicado en los noticieros por aquí en Michigan.

True American dijo:


United States of Mexico? Listen! There were never any Mexicos or United States or Chile or Brazils before Columbus! Mexico's claims to the southwestern North America is as baseless as Spain's to the the lands of the Incas or any other Southern American Nations. Mexico belongs to the Aztecs and their aboriginal neighbors.

The Aztecs did not speak Mexican and they were not Mexican. They were and will always be Americans just like the Lakotas and the Seminoles and the Apaches, etc. You are claims to any lands in the Americas are erroneous. All Spanish-speaking peoples of the Americas have origins in Spain - not the Americas!

I am done.

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:


sorry, did you mean "I am dumb"? because i'm guessing that's what you meant. it makes more sense than "done"—unless you mean in the sense of "washed up intellectually" or "mind fried like a pork rind on a V8 doin' 90."

i gotta say. i'm continually impressed by how unashamed people like you are to trumpet their ignorance in various areas. i mean at least hide a slide rule up your sleeve, bro. what you've done here is essentially run into the grad student wing of the math building with your fly open yelling "hey everyone!!! 2 + 12 = 1! hahahahahah!!!! hahahaHA!"

There were never any Mexicos or United States or Chile or Brazils before Columbus!

well. this is so surreally stupid i don't even know what to say except WAKE UP HONEY!!!!! ITS TIME FOR SCHOOOOOOOOOL!


yes the "countries" of the USA and "Mexico" didn't exist as such until european invaders stumbled greedily and cruelly upon the lands and peoples who lived there and slaughtered them with deceit, disease, and weapons. so what is your point? i mean really? wtf is your point?

Mexico's claims to the southwestern North America is as baseless as Spain's to the the lands of the Incas or any other Southern American Nations.

2. now, did mexico officially make a "claim to southwestern North America" or is this just something you heard on HateMaker Radio? because i scan the mexican news on a pretty regular basis and i didn't hear anything about this recently. you'd think such a claim would make the NYTimes or something, yanno?

Mexico belongs to the Aztecs and their aboriginal neighbors.

3. they are fun neighbors, too, aren't they? man, that aboriginal welcome pie was delish. don't even get me started on the neighborhood toy drive! whoa. "aboriginal neighbors?" HONEY! ARE YOU LIFTING PHRASES OFF THE INTERNETS AGAIN?? you clever lad!

anyway, i think "mexico" is a land that belongs to all of us and none of us, and to the earth pero ahora to la gente who nourish her and care for her. just like toda tierra.

The Aztecs did not speak Mexican and they were not Mexican. They were and will always be Americans just like the Lakotas and the Seminoles and the Apaches, etc.

4. remember, this is free, this work i'm doing for ya ignant ass. listen up.

5. MEXICANS DONT SPEAK 'MEXICAN' EITHER!!! nope. wild shit eh? hablan español. there is no "mexican" language. there is spanish, there is nahautl, there are many indian dialects. but no "Mexican."

6. the "aztecs" were known as the "mexica." you can pronounce that "maysheeka." they were not "americans." after all, weren't you the one implying in your first statement that until the invaders' eurogovts were set up, there was no "mexico" or "america"?

All Spanish-speaking peoples of the Americas have origins in Spain - not the Americas! I am done.

7. BZZzzZzzZzzT! wrongo! i know some gente who speak spanish and they have origins only in europe! it doesn't really take anything but hunger for knowledge to learn and speak a language. and that's maybe the most important lesson for ya today, hon. because you could use some hunger for knowledge.

NOW. you're done. run along.

Rafael dijo:


True American, who by his/hers own statement can not be what he/she claims to be. As for his/hers statement, I read it as follows:" Blah, blah, blah, ladida, ladida, worpa, nana, ayeeiii, oooh!"

Or some such....it makes no sense either way.

Rafael dijo:


I also sense much fear in them (the words), much fear indeed.

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:


you are right, rafa. its a bunch of mush. but i was sort of bored.

Rafael dijo:


I noticed...


Its sad when people don't use their minds as they were meant to used, you know, to think!

tomas el yanqui dijo:


"I am done."

No doubt. Stick a fork in him, Nezua! Nicely done!

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:


eh it was too easy, in truth. i even feel a little guilty. i should have just rolled down the window and wiped him off.

RC dijo:


Just a very slight correction about True American: Lots of the Spanish speakers in the new world were NOT from Spain, Spanish was imposed upon them. And {as a Portuguese} what about the Portuguese? Africans and Arawaks and almost all the pre-1492 cultures were forced to speak either Spanish or Portuguese, and later, further North {except for Guiana and Belize}were forced to speak French and English and Dutch in order to interact with the power structure.
Just pointing out the facts. I believe at no time were the Spanish or the Portuguese actually dominant in numbers of persons in the population, nor were the French. Northern Europeans and Italians, speakers of many languages, did eventually dominate the new world in numbers of persons by the mid 19th Century in some locations.
South America, with some exceptions {Argentina}, is a very mixed culture milieu and so is Mexico. The US is making the change now.
Hey, my two cents!

latinitasoyme dijo:


I was amazed when I heard about it. I wish them all the best, it'll be a rough start but nowhere near as rough as centuries past.

Midgetqueen dijo:


Rock the hell on!!

bint alshamsa dijo:


First of all,

Ohiyo to all my relations, the mixed-heritage descendants of this lands' original inhabitants. RC said:

"South America, with some exceptions {Argentina}, is a very mixed culture milieu and so is Mexico. The US is making the change now."

Yep! I'm looking forward to the day when none of my descendants speak English as their "first" language. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, "True America".

Lisa Harney dijo:


I picked a bad couple of weeks to stop reading blogs regularly. This is just amazing news.

I do worry about the US government's reaction, though.

nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:


well, the US's first reaction, performed through its well-entrenched bullhorns, will be to pretend it has not happened. by giving a HUGE thing like this no airplay. can you imagine. some of the indigenous of the United States of America withdraw and reclaim their soveriegnty? this deserves no honest discussion?


thanks for the pipe, bint.

Jojoma dijo:


I’m part Lakota myself but mostly French with some Swedish and Danish blood in me. I think this is actually a ripe time for the Lakotas to take action toward independence, considering that the Washingtonian Empire is ready to collapse. The United States of America now has its imperial forces stretched thin in Iraq and is foolishly grinding an axe against Iran. Meanwhile, America’s national debt is well past the stratosphere now. This is what the Soviet Union experienced before its own collapse, only it was bogged down in Afghanistan, and it was powerless to stop three nations -- Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- from leaving its own imperial fold.