The Lakota Sioux, whose tribe is ingrained within American history due to Chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have announced formal independence from the United States and declared themselves a sovereign nation.
Native American rights activist Russell Means made the announcement at a Washington, D.C. church.
"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,"
Those 5 states are Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
A delegation of Lakota leaders have been visiting the embassies of Bolivia, South Africa, Venezuela, and Chile. Who wants to bet $10 that Hugo Chavez recognizes their sovereignty immediately?
Anyway, the Lakota have withdrawn from their various treaties with the United States, some of which are over 150 years old. This is apparently legal, per article six of the Constitution.
Phyllis Young, another long-time Lakota activist, tried to soothe relations by saying "We are not trying to embarrass the United States. We are here to continue the struggle for our children and grandchildren,"
Why am I skeptical of that statement?