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Lakota Indians Withdraw-They Are No Longer US Citizens
WASHINGTON â€” The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States.
"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 said.
A delegation of Lakota leaders has delivered a message to the State Department, and said they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the U.S., some of them more than 150 years old.
The group also visited the Bolivian, Chilean, South African and Venezuelan embassies, and would continue on their diplomatic mission and take it overseas in the coming weeks and months.
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 U.S. citizenship, Mr Means said.
The treaties signed with the U.S. were merely "worthless words on worthless paper," the Lakota freedom activists said.
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.
The Lakota relaunched their journey to freedom in 1974, when they drafted a declaration of continuing independence â€” an overt play on the title of the United States' Declaration of Independence from England.
Thirty-three years have elapsed since then because "it takes critical mass to combat colonialism and we wanted to make sure that all our ducks were in a row,'' Means said.
One duck moved into place in September, when the United Nations adopted a non-binding declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples â€” despite opposition from the United States, which said it clashed with its own laws.
"We have 33 treaties with the United States that they have not lived by. They continue to take our land, our water, our children,'' Phyllis Young, who helped organize the first international conference on indigenous rights in Geneva in 1977, told the news conference.
The U.S. "annexation'' of native American land has resulted in once proud tribes such as the Lakota becoming mere "facsimiles of white people,'' said Means.
Oppression at the hands of the U.S. government has taken its toll on the Lakota, whose men have one of the shortest life expectancies - less than 44 years - in the world.
Lakota teen suicides are 150 per cent above the norm for the U.S.; infant mortality is five times higher than the U.S. average; and unemployment is rife, according to the Lakota freedom movement's website.
Choctaw Chickasaw Freedmen Association Conference & Reunion
Conference & Reunion
August 14-15th 2009
Ardmore Oklahoma-Convention Center
This historic heritage conference and reunion will bring back families that were once Oklahoma based families, to celebrate a unique and richly dynamic legacy. Our goal is to establish our right to replant ourselves on the historical landscape of our ancestors, and to promote scholarly efforts of this incredible history and story of survival.
This conference and reunion will also be the launching of a resource institute and give birth to an initiative to preserve the history of the Freedmen of the Five Tribes and to affiliate our efforts with established historical preservation facilities.
We hope to launch an oral history project to preserve these African American families that were part of Indian Territory, and part of the Choctaw and Chickasaw communities of the 19th and 20th centuries. The African presence in Indian Territory has been largely erased through elimination, omission and neglect. But a group of dedicated researchers, have determined to preserve what was almost completely gone--and this is an effort to restore the legacy of a proud African-American and African-Native American history. We celebrate our survival in what was once a hostile land, and we re-implant our legacy upon the soil where our ancestors contributed to the survival of Choctaw, Chickasaw, and the people of the state of Oklahoma.
We are Oklahomans.
We are of documented Choctaw & Chickasaw descent.
We are proudly African descended people.
We are coming home!!
Conference Speakers:Confirmed Speakers:
Prof. Carla Pratt J.D. Professor of Law, Texas Wesleyan University (Choctaw Freedmen Descendant)
Prof. Cedric Sunray, Language Program Manager, Chickasaw Nation Language Program (MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians)
Prof. Robert K. Collins, Asst. Professor of Am. Indian Studies, San Francisco State Univ. (Choctaw)
Dr. Kristy Felenhouse-Giles, Scholar Oklahoma Freedman
Mr. Terry Ligon, Genealogist, Researcher, Publisher (Chickasaw and Chickasaw Freedmen Descendant)
Prof. Jesse Schreir, Asst. Editor, Freedmen and Southern Society Project. Univ. of Maryland. (Scholar on Choctaw Freedmen)
Prof. Art T. Burton, Asst. Prof. American History, Chicago, Illinois (Specialist in Black Cowboys of the Western Frontier)
Angela Y. Walton-Raji, Historian, Genealogist, Author (Choctaw Freedmen Descendant)
Khadijah Matin, National President, African American Historical & Genealogical Society Inc. (Cherokee Freedmen Descendant)
Kenneth J. Cooper Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. (Cherokee Freedman Descendant)
Tamela Tenpenny Lewis, Co-Founder, and President, Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Incorporated, & Past President, Arkansas Chapter African American Historical & Genealogical Society.
Domino Tournament - Bring it on--a traditional Oklahoma event!
Special Photo Exhibit - A Photo Exhibit of Faces of Dawes Freedmen Enrollees
Meet & Greet Sharing Dinner - An Opportunity to introduce ourselves, and renew our familial ties to other Choctaw-Chickasaw Freedmen.
Banquet & Dance
IndiVisible--America's Black Indians. A Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit (tentative)
American Legacy Magazine Mobile Museum (tentative)
Freedmen Faces--A Photo Exhibit
Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US
The Moorish-American Treaty of Peace Friendship of 1787
Peace be upon you