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Old 12-20-2007, 02:13 PM
 
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It'll be interesting to see if any of the embassies they are visiting will officially acknowledge them.



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WASHINGTON The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States.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

more:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317548,00.html

 
Old 12-20-2007, 02:38 PM
 
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Default Lokata Indians Withdraw Treaty

This was a very interesting peice of news. Seems the Lakota tribe ar3e no longer citiznes of the US. They will issue their own driver's license and passports. Anyone regardless of race are welcome but; they have to denounce their US citizenship:

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.
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317548,00.html
 
Old 12-20-2007, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Near Manito
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Russell Means is a troubled man. I hope he finds peace in his life someday.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 02:50 PM
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Location: NEFL/Chi, IL
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Should be interesting...

I'm of the opinion that they should be allowed to do this. Of course, this means no benefit from the huge, vibrant "American" economy around them (including use of our infrastructure- telephone poles, internet lines, airwaves, etc) but hell yeah.

If they want to prove a point and return to the stone age but with Casinos for the occasional "tribal subsidy", I am 100% for this.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Boise
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Maybe I'll go join them.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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I guess the casinos will have to re-tool the slot machines to take Wampum instead of U.S. money.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Sounds like it's time to send in the Cavalry...
 
Old 12-20-2007, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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sounds like russel means is at it again.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 07:18 PM
 
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Russel Means once went to court to stop the Navajo Tribe from prosecuting him for domestic assault. He argued that, though the assault took place on the Navajo Reservation, since he was not a Navajo tribal member, that he was exempt from their courts. US federal courts had previously held that any member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe could be prosecuted by tribal authorities of other tribes for crimes committed on tribal lands. Means was ready to go to the US Supreme Court to get this line of legal reasoning overturned.

However, he was actually stopped by a technicality - some enterprising young lawyers determined that Means's relationship with the woman he assaulted actually qualified him for effective tribal membership under the law of the Navajo Reservation. Means was thus tried for assault AS a member of the Navajo Nation, sidestepping the basis of his original legal challenge.
 
Old 12-20-2007, 07:27 PM
 
Location: California
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I think I'll join them, I haven't scalped anyone in monthes.
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