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2007-12-20

Lakotas Secede from the Union...Maybe


So, representatives of the Lakota Sioux have declared sovereign nation status. From the press release:

"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."

Now, I am in favor of this, theoretically. Even if their proposed government is more statist than the US (and if it is, it is by a rapidly reducing margin.)
My one concern is that this movement is headed by Russell Means, who is a somewhat controversial figure (but what person proposing secession would not be?) Russell and the rest of the secessionists are not part of the official Lakota Sioux government (but could a secessionist really be part of the official party structure?) And the buzz upon the blogosphere is that he has little credibility among the Native American (or American Indian, Mean's chosen term). Of course, I don't know that for a fact if that is true, and wouldn't the first step in smearing a secessionist movement be to imply that it has little credibility? I shall be following developments with interest.

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