The Lakota Indians, whose antecedents include the legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday. (They have also had their name used for the new Homeland overheating Eurocopter from EDS) See Postman Patel Monday, November 19, 2007 Lakota UH-72A 'copters - too hot to handle
From American CoprophagiaThe Lakota started to call for their freedom 33 years ago when they drafted a declaration of continuing independence -- an overt play on the title of the United States' Declaration of Independence from England (and imitating the nation's Founders). the Lakota Indians are governed by their own set of laws. Hence, the tribal group has a separate political system, police department, education system, etc.
A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, DEcember 24th announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old. "This is all completely legal." See Declaration of Independence
The State Department has not responded, reports the Rapid City (South Dakota) Journal.
They also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and will continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months, they told the news conference.
Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. There are said to be 70,000, of whom about 20,500 speak the Lakota language. The name Lakota comes from the Lakota autonym, lakhóta "feeling affection, friendly, united, allied".
The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free -- provided residents renounce their US citizenship, long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means 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 (passed 1969) 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.
On 13th September 2007 , 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.
Vote: 143 – 4 ( Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States dissenting - Surprise, surprise !! for the Aborigine, Maori and the Inuit as well as the earliest settlers in the US - follow link for explanation by colonialists Gubments decision to deny rights to indiginous people - eg Canada's representative said that, unfortunately, the provisions in the Declaration on lands, territories and resources were overly broad, unclear, and capable of a wide variety of interpretations)
"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.
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 world.
Lakota teen suicides are 150 percent above the norm for the United States; infant mortality is five times higher than the US average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.
AFP story See UPI story See Fox story and Lakota nation Freedom website Wikipedia entry
*** United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which sets out the individual and collective rights of the world’s 370 million native peoples, calls for the maintenance and strengthening of their cultural identities, and emphasizes their right to pursue development in keeping with their own needs and aspirations.
A non-binding text, the Declaration states that native peoples have the right “to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties” concluded with States or their successors. It also prohibits discrimination against indigenous peoples and promotes their full and effective participation in all matters that concern them.
Here is a historic photograph with a wonderful caption ..
"Here for your perusal is a highly creative photograph of Villa of Brule the great hostile Indian camp on River Brule near Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Image Illustrates Hostile Lakota Sioux Indians. It was created in 1891 by , John C. H. Grabill, photographer.
The photo illustrates A Lakota tipi camp in background; horses at a White Clay Creek watering hole in foreground. Grabill's photographer's legend and caption appear in image."
From "Old Pictures "
John C. H. Grabill sent one hundred and eighty eight photographs to the Library of Congress between the years 1887 and 1892. This collection is considered the premier collection of western frontier photography in the United States today.
SEE also Postman Patel Saturday, March 10, 2007 Criticise this and I will call you an Anti-semite
One of the most striking similarities between the colonizers of the Americas and Palestine is their plan to cage the indigenous populations of the colonized lands, with the aim of exterminating them or at least uprooting them from their land. Black Elk of Lakota wrote: “My people looked pitiful. There was a big drought, and the rivers and creeks seemed to be dying. Nothing would grow that the people had planted, and the Wasichus had been sending less cattle and other food than ever before. The Wasichus had slaughtered all the bison and shut us up in pens. It looked as if we might all starve to death. We could not eat lies, and there was nothing we could do.." L. Frank Baum - Editor and Publisher, “The Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer” December 1890
One difference between the two acts of colonization in Palestine and the Americas - nobody volunteered to coin a term for those who defend the “Red Indians”. As Zionists, and unfortunately, many Americans and Europeans do when somebody defends the Palestinian cause, and condemns Zionist crimes, those people are called “anti-Semites”, and if they happen to be of the Jewish faith, they are called “self hating Jews”.