‘Stead a Cryin’, Ya’ll Need to Be Paying Attention To This…

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WASHINGTON —  The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States.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

Black people and other non-white people, need to get with this!

12 Responses to “‘Stead a Cryin’, Ya’ll Need to Be Paying Attention To This…”

  1. Things are coming to a head. I was surprised to see that they were open to people joining them. I’m worried to see what will transpire what with all those detention centers the us govt has been building. I’m excited, incited and watching to see what happens next up here. You’re right when you say that Black peoples and other non-white peoples need to stand with them if we’re going to ever be able call ourselves politicized peoples of conscience. It’s well past time.

  2. DarkD: Have you found any Marimba Ani? We need to learn from this example for sure. The spiritual, moral, political, educational bankruptcy of this culture requires more than a four year term for someone to pilot the unsteady, ghastly ship. I don’t care what color they purport to be.

    The ship has to be destroyed, or abandoned.

  3. wow…. how beautiful! the truth is being of reveiled!! back to the land, back to the teachings of these spiritual teachers spreading love and truth!! thank you for taking your power back and setting an example for the rest of the people!! what an amazing teaching in and of it self!! thank you dear ones!! back to the love and real truth… love.pece.happiness.

  4. Oh snap! You posted?! I kid you not, it feels like forever …

  5. p.s. – Your posts have just reminded me that I needed to watch Zeitgeist. 2 hours later, goddaaaamnnn … I had a sneaking suspicion about a few of these, but all I can say is, fuck this. bullshit bullshit bullshit. “Get your hands out my pockets!!!” – Malcolm

  6. Jose: Funny that you mention Malcolm. I just finished reading a bio by Bruce Perry that was fascinating. People are complex, man, very complex.

  7. This is a second in a sense. The Washitaw Nation won back a small percentage of the land they owned, from the U.S. government in 1992, these were lands that were illegally taken during the Louisana purchase. Lands that were leagally held by the Washitaw Nation but sold illegally by Napoleon to Thomas Jefferson for the U.S. govermnent. Napoleon was trying to recoup much of the money he lost by taking that ass whoopin from the Haitians. I wonder if & how the Washitaw are lining up with the Lakota?

  8. Wow, this is a trip!!! I’m with Jose, where you been man? Its been a long time!!!

    Bygbaby

  9. Happy Holidays Ya’ll!!!

    Dark D: I have seen that before and would like to see more of it!!

    Byg: Just taken some vacation time, baby! Its hard out here for a blogger.

    Jose, Raw allayall, thanks for the encouragement.

  10. This reminds me of the many conversations I had in prison with Leonard Peltier, the Lakota AIM leader who was given a double life sentence for the shootout at Pine Ridge in 1975. From him, I learned more about Indian history than most people would ever know. For example, because of the broken treaties, the Lakota nation resumed their war against the US- at least until 1975. Although Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull surrendered, they were eventually murdered by the government. Crazy Horse was run through the back by a bayonet while held by the arm by two soldiers. In the Presidential election of 2000, Leonard Peltier collected 20,000 votes, although he still remains in prison some 32 years later. He is recognized by every international organization, except the US, as a political prisoner. Maybe this movement will bring his case back to life.

  11. Eddie G: How do we emulate the Lakota example?

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