Lakotas leaving?

Thomas Lifson
A group claiming to represent the Lakota (aka Teton, Tetonwan) people, part of the Sioux, announces via press release  their independence from the United States. Details of any official standing of the press release and group are less than skimpy.

The news was picked up eagerly overseas (e.g., Radio Netherlands, U.K. Telegraph, AFP and Malaysia Sun ) faster than at home, although USA Today and local/regional media like the Rapid City Journal had coverage that went beyond PR transcription. That last paper quotes Russell Means:

"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."

Means said a Lakota delegation on Monday delivered a statement of "unilateral withdrawal" from the United States to the U.S. State Department in Washington.

The State Department did not respond. "That'll take some time," Means said. [snip]

Means said anyone could live in the Lakota Nation, tax free, as long as they renounced their U.S. citizenship. The nation would issue drivers licenses and passports, but each community would be independent. "It will be the epitome of individual liberty, with community control," Means said.

To make his case, Means cited several articles of the U.S. Constitution, the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and a recent nonbinding U.N. resolution on the rights of indigenous people.

He thinks there will be international pressure. "If the U.S. violates the law, the whole world will know it," Means said.
The United States fought its bloodiest war to defend its territorial integrity. Means is a career left wing activist (and Hollywood actor), in other words a publicity business veteran. Means is playing to anti-American leftists in world media and politics, advocates of "soft power" with their own agenda.  The initial reaction suggests that he will have a willing and credulous audience, eager for pictures of poverty-stricken Native American, victims of a racist "occupation" of land that is rightfully theirs.

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see harmonic convergence looming in the fantasies of the international left. Their publicity campaign is coming. It deserves to be laughed away.

Blogger Steveforprez  for example, offers his sympathetic but firm voice:


My Indian friends, come into the 21st century, where life is good. Many, many of your brothers and sisters have and will tell you the same thing. There's plenty for everybody. Just be willing to work, obey the laws, raise your kids right, take your pleasures in moderation and leave your space better than you found it. You can worship God or the Great Spirit as you understand Him and in whatever manner you wish. I know, I know, it wasn't fair that some people came over here a long time ago and they and your ancestors couldn't get along. But, whether you accept it or not, there was plenty blame to go around on all sides. Whether you accept that or not, the clock's not turning back. Citing some United Nations declaration doesn't mean squat, its not the law of this land. Mexicans aren't getting back Texas or Southern California and you're not getting absolute independence. It just isn't going to happen! Not. Going. To. Happen.

There is a vast industry of activist groups, NGOs, financial interests (what do you suppose Geogre Soros thinks of this publicity campaign?), and governments which will love this "cause."  Imagine the potential for "solidarity"! The nation state is the primary rival of the forces of supranational organizations like the EU, and those of world governance. Plenty of people want to see national solidarity dissolve, and with it the nation state.

Just a little context.
A group claiming to represent the Lakota (aka Teton, Tetonwan) people, part of the Sioux, announces via press release  their independence from the United States. Details of any official standing of the press release and group are less than skimpy.

The news was picked up eagerly overseas (e.g., Radio Netherlands, U.K. Telegraph, AFP and Malaysia Sun ) faster than at home, although USA Today and local/regional media like the Rapid City Journal had coverage that went beyond PR transcription. That last paper quotes Russell Means:

"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."

Means said a Lakota delegation on Monday delivered a statement of "unilateral withdrawal" from the United States to the U.S. State Department in Washington.

The State Department did not respond. "That'll take some time," Means said. [snip]

Means said anyone could live in the Lakota Nation, tax free, as long as they renounced their U.S. citizenship. The nation would issue drivers licenses and passports, but each community would be independent. "It will be the epitome of individual liberty, with community control," Means said.

To make his case, Means cited several articles of the U.S. Constitution, the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties and a recent nonbinding U.N. resolution on the rights of indigenous people.

He thinks there will be international pressure. "If the U.S. violates the law, the whole world will know it," Means said.
The United States fought its bloodiest war to defend its territorial integrity. Means is a career left wing activist (and Hollywood actor), in other words a publicity business veteran. Means is playing to anti-American leftists in world media and politics, advocates of "soft power" with their own agenda.  The initial reaction suggests that he will have a willing and credulous audience, eager for pictures of poverty-stricken Native American, victims of a racist "occupation" of land that is rightfully theirs.

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see harmonic convergence looming in the fantasies of the international left. Their publicity campaign is coming. It deserves to be laughed away.

Blogger Steveforprez  for example, offers his sympathetic but firm voice:


My Indian friends, come into the 21st century, where life is good. Many, many of your brothers and sisters have and will tell you the same thing. There's plenty for everybody. Just be willing to work, obey the laws, raise your kids right, take your pleasures in moderation and leave your space better than you found it. You can worship God or the Great Spirit as you understand Him and in whatever manner you wish. I know, I know, it wasn't fair that some people came over here a long time ago and they and your ancestors couldn't get along. But, whether you accept it or not, there was plenty blame to go around on all sides. Whether you accept that or not, the clock's not turning back. Citing some United Nations declaration doesn't mean squat, its not the law of this land. Mexicans aren't getting back Texas or Southern California and you're not getting absolute independence. It just isn't going to happen! Not. Going. To. Happen.

There is a vast industry of activist groups, NGOs, financial interests (what do you suppose Geogre Soros thinks of this publicity campaign?), and governments which will love this "cause."  Imagine the potential for "solidarity"! The nation state is the primary rival of the forces of supranational organizations like the EU, and those of world governance. Plenty of people want to see national solidarity dissolve, and with it the nation state.

Just a little context.