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Lakota Indians Withdraw Treaties With US
Now they are a Free Nation

Sitting Bull Memorial, Mobridge, SDOn this page I will be putting some that news I find about the Lakota Indians treaty withdrawals from the United States. This is big news for us since we live in Southern South Dakota.

Russell Means says, "Members of the new nation would not pay any taxes, and leaders would be informally chosen by community elders.

Non-Indians could continue to live in the new nation's territory, which would consist of the western parts of North and South Dakota and Nebraska and eastern parts of Wyoming and Montana. The new government would issue its own passports and drivers licenses.


March 11, 2008 ALERT!!! Contrary to reports on the Internet that spread misinformation, the LAKOTA NATION has NOT seceded from the US, and does not intend to secede from the US. Charmaine White Face, speaking for the Teton Sioux Nation Treaty Council, an organization created in 1893 to conduct all diplomacy concerning the treaties with the US, stated that Russell Means is but one man, and that he has not secured the required three-fourth approval of the Lakota male vote necessary to change the terms of the Treaty

Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US

Dec 20 - A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, 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.

Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. The new country would issue its own passports and driving licenses, and living there would be tax-free -- provided residents renounce their US citizenship.

Putin Recognizes US Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe

DEC 20 - Reports circulating in the Kremlin today state that an enraged President Putin has ordered Russian Foreign Ministry Officials to begin the processes needed for Russia to recognize the Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe as an independent Nation, and who have now broken away from the United States by renouncing their treaties with their occupiers, reported by the AFP News Service

Lakota Secede From U.S. And All Treaties

Fox News - Other reasons given are the theft of the Black Hills, a conclusion that was arrived by the US Supreme Court. Included in this is a call to return over a billion dollars in gold taken from the Black Hills, which was determined to be owned by the Lakota. Read More

Lakota Group Pushes for New Nation

Argus Leader Newspaper - "I want to emphasize, we do not represent the collaborators, the Vichy Indians and those tribal governments set up by the United States of America to ensure our poverty, to ensure the theft of our land and resources." In 1980(?) the US Supreme Court ruled the US Government violated this treaty and determined monies to be paid back. The Indian tribes maintained at the time of the treaty and today that the Black Hills aren't for sale.

Argus Leader Newspaper - "Indians may get apology Senate-backed resolution admits to massacres, mistreatment." WASHINGTON - More than 100 years after the 7th Cavalry killed 300 Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek, Congress is considering legislation officially apologizing for it and other mistreatment the U.S. government carried out against Native Americans over the years.

South Dakota's congressional delegation supports the Resolution of Apology to Native Peoples of the United States, which the Senate unanimously agreed to add to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which is now pending in the House. Congress has apologized for mistreating other minority groups. In 1993, it apologized to Native Hawaiians for helping overthrow the Hawaiian kingdom in the late 1800's. In 1988, Congress apologized to Japanese Americans for forcibly removing them to internment camps during World War II.

"It's important for those that feel that they and their family members in the past have been treated unfairly, for the federal government to formally recognize the injustices that have been committed," Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., said Thursday. An apology for historical wrongs is a necessary step in the healing process, said Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

"However, an apology alone won't improve Indian health care, secure educational opportunities for the future of Indian children or bring economic development to Indian Country," Johnson said. "The best way for the United States to apologize to Indian Country is to live up to the treaty and trust responsibilities," he said.

Government is Killing Buffalo

One thing mentioned in the Lakota document is the buffalo, the Lakota want to move them so they will stop being killed.
- Native American tribes calling for an immediate halt on the killing of Yellowstone Park buffalo by the National Park Service. Last week, 231 of these iconic buffalo were rounded up by Park Service personnel, confined in a holding pen, and shipped to slaughter. Read more... See documentation

More Research

-See the map of the Lakota area - Map of the Great Sioux Reservation and Unceded Indian Territory.
- The Treaty of Fort Laramie - Articles of a treaty made and concluded at Fort Laramie, in the Indian Territory, between D. D. Mitchell, superintendent of Indian affairs, and Thomas Fitzpatrick, Indian agent.
- The Lakota, Nakota and Sioux Nation - In 1868, the US government signed a treaty with them exempting the Black Hills from all white settlement forever. Four years later, gold was discovered there, and an influx of prospectors descended upon the area, abetted by army commanders like General George Armstrong Custer.
- Lakota Mall - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, S D
-Custer SD - Check out some pictures of Custer SD and the Black Hills
-Crazy Horse Mountain - Read about the monument
-The Sitting Bull Monument is located in Mobridge SD... see a picture... read the history
-Also read about the Muwekma Tribe in San Fransisco. Despite its steadfast efforts, the Muwekma Tribe has been unable to obtain federal recognition, a status vital to the Tribe and its members."

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