Re: Fw: Putin Threatens Recognition of Breakaway US Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe
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December 20, 2007
Putin Threatens Recognition of Breakaway US Lakota Sioux Indian Tribe
By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers
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, and as we can
read as reported by the AFP News Service:
"The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting
Bull[pictured left] and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with
the United States, 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," long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means told a handful
of reporters and a delegation from the Bolivian embassy, gathered in a
church in a run-down neighborhood of Washington for a news conference.
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.
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.
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 licences, and
living there would be tax-free -- provided residents renounce their US
citizenship, Means said.
The treaties signed with the United States are merely "worthless words
on worthless paper," the Lakota freedom activists say on their website.
The treaties have been "repeatedly violated in order to steal our
culture, our land and our ability to maintain our way of life," the
reborn freedom movement says.
Withdrawing from the treaties was entirely legal, Means said.
"This is according to the laws of the United States, specifically
article six of the constitution," which states that treaties are the
supreme law of the land, he said.
"It is also within the laws on treaties passed at the Vienna Convention
and put into effect by the US and the rest of the international
community in 1980. We are legally within our rights to be free and
independent," said Means."
Putin's anger, according to these reports, is based upon the United
States engineering of the failure of United Nations talks on the Serbian
breakaway province of Kosovo which is seeking independence, and which,
according to Russian experts, will lead to an 'uncontrollable crisis'
throughout the Balkans.
Putin was reported to have told one of his top aides that 'two can play
at this game', in an obvious reference to the American President whom
President Putin blames as being behind the machinations to increase
instability along Russia's borders with Eastern Europe.
Russian legal experts further state that of all of the United States
Indian Tribes, the Lakota Sioux are the best positioned to have their
declaration of independence from the American government recognized by
the United Nations as they remain the only indigenous peoples in the US
to have refused to accept payment for their lands, estimated to be
nearly $1 billion, which they consider their 'sacred grounds' and have
stated they would never relinquish.
It is, also, interesting to note that the Lakota Sioux are credited with
one of the American Indians greatest defeat of US Military Forces in the
Indian Wars by defeating the US Civil War Hero George Armstrong Custer
and his Seventh Calvary in June, 1876 at the battle of Little Big Horn.
With these latest events, and with Russia as a potential new ally, one
can only wonder if these long suffering and resilient Indians can once
again defeat their age old enemies residing in the corridors of power in
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