WASHINGTON (AFP) — The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States, leaders said Wednesday.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.
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I wish them well. If the U.S. people are willing to go to war in Iraq (and 'we' are, since the U.S. people haven't put their feet down with the U.S. Governenet , 'we' are willing to go to war in Lakotah.
But by every legal point they make, this secession from all treaties is valid, even according to U.S. law *and* international law.
It will be an interesting ride, so I am holding on tight.