Lakota form their own "country"

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Lakota form their own "country"

Unread post by perongregory » December 21st, 2007, 10:15 am

Lakota Indians Withdraw Treaties Signed With U.S. 150 Years Ago
Thursday, December 20, 2007


WASHINGTON — The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States.

"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 U.S., 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 U.S. citizenship, Mr Means said.

The treaties signed with the U.S. 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 U.S. "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 U.S. 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 U.S.; infant mortality is five times higher than the U.S. average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.


http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317548,00.html


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Unread post by pistolslanga » December 21st, 2007, 6:29 pm

watch coincidencdes where mass deaths of lakotans occur.

the U.S. has actually been oppressing these guys for a LONG time.

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Unread post by perongregory » December 21st, 2007, 6:41 pm

pistolslanga wrote:watch coincidencdes where mass deaths of lakotans occur.

the U.S. has actually been oppressing these guys for a LONG time.
you know it, but it seems like the warrior spirit is returning to some of the natives in N. America. They want they shit back with vengance. I wonder when the niggas gon realize its time to break outta the black reservations: the ghetto.

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Unread post by 100 » January 19th, 2008, 9:57 pm

pistolslanga wrote:watch coincidencdes where mass deaths of lakotans occur.

the U.S. has actually been oppressing these guys for a LONG time.
SO HAS NATIVES IN LATIN AMERICA

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Unread post by MiChuhSuh » January 29th, 2008, 1:05 am

perongregory wrote:you know it, but it seems like the warrior spirit is returning to some of the natives in N. America. They want they shit back with vengance. I wonder when the niggas gon realize its time to break outta the black reservations: the ghetto.
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