Thanks to Jim & Jack for the awareness of this News, because I deleted the Common Dreams newsletter without even opening it.
Lakota group secedes from U.S.
By Bill Harlan, Journal staff Friday, December 21, 2007
Political activist Russell Means, a founder of the American Indian Movement, says he and other members of Lakota tribes have renounced treaties and are withdrawing from the United States.
"We are now a free country and independent of the United States of America," Means said in a telephone interview. "This is all completely legal."
Other countries will get copies of the same declaration, which Means said also would be delivered to the United Nations and to state and county governments covered by treaties, including treaties signed in 1851 and 1868. "We're willing to negotiate with any American political entity," Means said.
The United States could face international pressure if it doesn't agree to negotiate, Means said. "The United State of America is an outlaw nation, we now know. We've understood that as a people for 155 years."
Means also said his group would file liens on property in parts of South Dakota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming that were illegally homesteaded.
[Not quite a Warpath, but let's see what comes next.]
Wow! What, if anything, happens on this in the next 6 months could be monumental. The reparations voted on, haphazardly IMO, back in the 80s, were an excellent idea in so far as they acknowledged much wrong-doing on the part of the historical U.S. governments.
I don't think secession is really going to fly because of that, but I don't know enough about the details of the pertinent laws to even say whether or not it even should work out the way Russ Means and the Lakota nation seem to want it to. After all, they haven't been too successful against the overwhelming Eminent Domain defense of past U.S. governments, nor have they even got very fair shakes in some rather obvious crimianl cases.
What I'm perhaps most interested in seeing is what other nations have to say about the announcement.
We'll be to see...