WWW, December 20 2007 - Last night,
news reached the Dubroom Message Boards that
the Lakota, a nation of original inhabitants
of North America, have declared independance
from the USA.
According to our source, the news did
not (yet???) reach the mainstream news media
in the USA.
According to an article on an Australian
news site (see below), quoted on the Dubroom
Message Boards, one spokesman was recorded
saying: "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
Bull's people break away from US
correspondents in Washington December 20,
THE Lakota Indians, who gave the world
legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy
Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the
"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 US, 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 US citizenship, Mr Means
The treaties signed with the US were
merely "worthless words on worthless
paper," the Lakota freedom activists
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
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,''
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
Lakota teen suicides are 150 per cent
above the norm for the US; infant mortality
is five times higher than the US average;
and unemployment is rife, according to the
Lakota freedom movement's website.