“LAKOTA NATION” CONFIRMED - THEY ARE NOT PART OF THE U.S. – PRECEDENT FOR OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES? CAN RETHINKING OF “U.S.” & “CANADA” BE
FAR BEHIND? [Story of the year]
By Kahentinetha Horn
Mohawk Nation News
Dec. 25, 2007. The times, they are a changin’. Go to the http://www.lakotafreedom.com/ website. There you’ll see Canupa Gluha Mani of the Strong Heart Warrior Society of the Lakota Nation cutting up his colonial driver’s license. He’s doing this because on December 17th 2007 the Lakota delivered their “Declaration of Continuing Independence," just in time for the Winter Solstice ...
Should all Indigenous nations of Onowaregeh, Turtle Island, assert our freedom and independence, what would happen? The action of the“Lakota” is going to have repercussions far and wide.The colonists would go out of business, especially the oligarchs. They would have to work out agreements with all the Indigenous people on whose land they are squatting. Indigenous “liens” on buildings,development, resource extraction and all activities on our land will have to be governed and executed by us. Each Indigenous nation will assert our power over our lands, assets and resources. The colonies of U.S.and Canada will just have to become law abiding. They will have to learn to respect indigenous and international law.
Listen online to Canupa Gluha Mani describe the three and one-half year process leading up to the Lakota Freedom Delegation's withdrawl from treaties:
"I encourage other nations to rise and up and do the same."
"Rise up and take back what is yours, that is what is called freedom."
Canupa Gluha Mani interview - 5.6M Canupa Gluha Mani answers questions about the delegation, timing of the event, present hopes and fears of the Lakota people, encouragements to other nations to rise up. Some parts spoken in Lakota language.
Recorded 12-25-07 in Asheville, North Carolina
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Reader comment from Nakima:
We have been a sovereign nation since 1868. I am Lakota. I am also the head editor of Medicine Winds News, a Native American newspaper. My people did not go quietly into the night, as the U.S. government wishes we would. We did not assimilate like the borgs of Star Trek. We have stood firmly and resolutely. For 33 years we have waited patiently. Thirty-three, the number given to us at the International Indian Treaty Council drew together more than 5000 delegates representing 98 Indian tribes and Nations from North and South America. This manifesto, representing the wisdom of thousands of people, their Ancestors, and the Great Mystery explicitly supports the rights of Indigenous Nations to live free and to take whatever actions necessary for sovereignty. In thirty-three years not one step was taken to enforce the treaties signed back in 1851 and 1868, let's put this into perspective.
If some nation, say imagineland signed a treaty with us for peace, then failed to live up to that agreement what do you think the United States would do? What did we do when China failed after Tiananmen Square? They placed sanctions on the trade of China. Well, members of the United Nations are supporting our efforts to force the U.S. into fulfilling its agreements with us. We are SOVEREIGN NATIONS. In other words we are only under U.S. rule by us voluntarily fulfilling our agreements ie. treaties. Like The Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Marianas are all sovereign nations under U.S. rule, in the same way as 539 Native American nations. Do you think any of these would remain territories of the U.S. if the U.S. failed to fulfill those treaties? Of course not! As separate entities bound by treaty we are not committing treason, we are demanding a fulfillment of a contract that is 150 years old and still not completed.
Photo: Lakota Freedom Delegation.