Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Lakota have formally withdrawn their treaties and seceded from the United States

Evo Morales, Brazilian President, has taken a special interest in this case involving the nationhood of the Oglala Lakota Souix people. -Angela


The Lakota have formally withdrawn their treaties and seceded from the United States.
http://www.lakotafreedom.com/

See the coverage at Common Dreams.
http://www.commondreams.org/news2007/1220-02.htm

The Lakota have formally withdrawn their treaties and seceded from the United States.
DECEMBER 20, 2007
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 Nations.

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 our people."

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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Withdrawal from US treaties enjoys little support from tribal leaders
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Posted: January 04, 2008
by: Gale Courey Toensing / Indian Country Today

Legitimacy of 'Republic of Lakotah' questioned

ROSEBUD, S.D. - Tribal leaders in the northern Great Plains said that
actor and activist Russell Means has accurately portrayed the federal
government's broken promises to America's indigenous peoples. But when
Means and a group of fellow activists recently announced a Lakota
withdrawal from all treaties with the U.S. government, they were not
representing the Lakota and other Sioux tribes of the area, the
leaders said.

Means and a delegation calling themselves the Lakota Freedom
Delegation convened a press conference Dec. 19 at the Plymouth
Congregational Church in Washington, D.C., where the withdrawal was
declared. A seven-page document titled ''Lakotah Unilateral Withdrawal
from All Agreements and Treaties with the United States of America''
was presented to the U.S. State Department, according to the group's
Web site at www.republicoflakotah.com .

Rodney Bordeaux, president of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said Russell's
group was not authorized to speak on the tribe's behalf: ''They're
individuals acting on their own. They did not come to the Rosebud
Sioux tribal council or our government in any way to get our support
and we do not support what they've done.''

The Rosebud Sioux have around 25,000 enrolled members with between
15,000 and 20,000 people living on or near its 900,000 acres of trust
land, Bordeaux said. The tribe's reservation once comprised of 3.2
million acres, but the land was expropriated through the Homestead
Act, the Allotment Act and other ''legal'' mechanisms that
successfully robbed indigenous peoples of their lands. The Sioux
tribes are spread over South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and
parts of Nebraska and Wyoming.

''That's all our treaty lands,'' Bordeaux said. ''Russell made some
good points. All of the treaties have not been lived up to by the
federal government, but the treaties are the basis for our
relationship with the federal government and also the basis for the
trust relationship to our lands. We're trying to recover the lands
that were wrongfully taken from us, so we are going by the treaties.
We need to uphold them.

''We do not support what Means and his group are doing and they don't
have any support from any tribal government I know of. They don't
speak for us.''

In a phone interview with Indian Country Today, Means made clear his
thoughts on the tribal leaders of the Sioux nations.

''I maintained from the get-go I do not represent, nor do the
free-thinking, free-seeking Lakota want to have anything to do with,
the 'hang around the fort' Indians, those collaborators with the
government who perpetuate our poverty, misery and our sickness - in
other words, our genocide. They are part and parcel of that genocide.
I couldn't care less what the bought-and-paid-for, 'hang around the
fort' Indians represent or what they say. End of conversation,'' Means
said.

He further noted that his group has liberated the land and established
the ''Republic of Lakotah,'' which he said has been done legally
according to Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution, the Vienna Convention
on the Law of Treaties and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples. The republic is currently governed by a
''provisional government.''

The provisional government plan is negotiating with ''foreign
investors'' to develop the energy resources on the land.

''There's enough wind coming from North and South Dakota to power
electricity in every city in the U.S. forever; so, consequently, we
are now in negotiations with investors who are going to want to
immediately put up windmills and solar because the sun shines on the
Lakota in the northern Plains over 300 days of the year,'' Means said.

He declined to name the potential investors until the deal is
completed, but said the group has land that it will utilize.

He said the Republic of Lakotah would have a gold-based economy, that
it had already established a bank and would use the ''economic weapon
or tool'' of property liens to force the federal government to come to
the negotiating table.

But what does the republic want to negotiate?

''We want them to have hands off, to realize that our relationship is
diplomatic,'' Means said.

Means said the republic tried to files liens against property the
South Dakota state government had seized for nonpayment of taxes, but
the county in which the attempt was made refused to accept them
because it didn't know what a sovereign nation was.

Asked how the republic's government had formed, Means said,
''Actually, that's none of your business. I went around and we, the
people who are leading this, we got critical mass - enough
freedom-seeking Lakotas - to make it worthwhile for us to seek our
freedom.''

The group's attempt to withdraw from the treaties on behalf of the
Lakota people ''doesn't mean anything,'' said BIA spokesman Gary
Garrison.

''These are not legitimate tribal governments elected by the people.
These are just groups who don't have a government-to-government
relationship with the federal government,'' he said, adding that ''the
group's claim to be acting according to the law is their
interpretation.''

''It's not like we haven't had individual groups that have declared
independence from the federal government all the way from Montana to
Texas; and as long as they want to go out and sit on a hill and play
paramilitary and be independent, that's fine. That's every American's
right.

''But the bottom line is when they begin the process of violating
other people's rights, breaking the law, they're going to end up like
all the other groups that have declared themselves independent -
usually getting arrested and being put in jail,'' Garrison said.

Means and his group are not saying anything new, said Joseph Brings
Plenty, chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe.

''What has been said by these individuals has been talked about from
dinner table to dinner table since I was a young kid; but the thing
is, these individuals are not representative of the nation I
represent. I may agree, I may disagree, but they have not gone out and
received the blessing of the people they say they are speaking for,''
Brings Plenty said.

But, he added, the ''facts are the facts. Unless a person lived here,
you couldn't see the day-to-day, the way we live and how our lifestyle
has been lowered. ... The document they took [to Washington] referred
to what the U.S. government has failed to do in the treaties. Our
funds have been cut and it's been crisis management from year to year.
There's always a justification as to why the funds and obligations of
the treaties aren't being met. There's no justification from our
tribes' point of view. Maybe not enough people understand what
happened to our relatives,'' referring to David Stannard's 1992 book,
''American Holocaust.''

Perhaps the group's actions have value in raising awareness of the
real history?

''That's what it is. I think raising awareness is a big part of what's
happened with the tribes: past, present and what sort of future we're
looking at,'' Brings Plenty said.