Ke Ao Maoli
LA VOZ DE AZTLAN
Los Angeles, Alta California
December 20, 2007
Lakota Nation secedes from the USA
Tohono O’Odham Nation and 19 others may follow
The Lakota Nation has withdrawn from all treaties with the United States, national leaders said Wednesday. “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,” Indian leader Russell Means told reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy at a Washington news conference.
A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the US State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States.
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.
The Lakota Nation includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
The new country would issue its own passports and driver's licenses. Also, living in the new independent and sovereign nation will be tax-free, provided residents renounce their US citizenship, Russell Means said.
In addition, the Tohono O’Odham Nation and 19 other Indigenous nations declared similar proclamations at the Indigenous Peoples' Border Summit of the Americas that took place last month at the San Xavier District of Arizona. One of the principal resolutions declared at the summit was, "To create and use Indian Nations/tribal passports, identifications, and immigration documents for travel across imposed borders, specifically tribes along settler borders along Mexico and the U.S. and the U.S. and Canada, and to fully reinstate their traditional border crossing rights and abilities."
Lakota-Sioux National Leader
Approximate borders of the Lakota Nation
Russell Means Speaks