By now, most freedom lovers have read, or been told about, the Republic of Lakotah They know about the group of activists withdrawing from treaties with the US.
What they read, however, might be misleading.
The popular opinion, among non-Lakotah, is the Republic has no chance at success. Many authors have written about the division in the Lakotah, and lack of tribal support. Some have even accused Russell Means of hijacking the movement.
While accurate in some of their broad assumptions, these writers are missing the big picture. The Republic of Lakotah is alive and well!
The first point of concern among Lakotah, and non-Lakotah, is where the Tribal Government stands on the issue.
“All tribal governments whether formal or de facto, are organized as an undefined corporation under the restrictions of the Indian Reorganization Act.” said Russell Means, Lakotah activist and member of the Lakotah Freedom Delegation. “They are also bound by all of the subsequent rulings of the Department of Interior, and it's Bureau of Indian Affairs”.
The tribal government of the Rosebud and Cheyenne River tribes released a joint statement condemning the Republic. .
“Our Grandfathers fought and died for these treaties; they are the backbone of Sioux Tribes' legal relationship with the United States,” Rosebud Tribe President Rodney Bordeaux said. “They protect our remaining lands, our water, our resources, our rights and our sovereignty.”
Let's look closer.
“Our Grandfathers fought and died for those treaties.” – True.
So did the grandfathers of the Lakotah Freedom movement. Regardless of these treaties, the US stole land granted to natives in said treaties.
“They are the backbone of Sioux Tribes' legal relationship with the United States.” -Questionable?
If the treaties, are the tribal leaders backbone, it would explain why they seem paralyzed. The backbone, has been broken!
“They protect our remaining lands, our water, our resources, our rights and our sovereignty.”-Not True!
The treaties have never done so in the past.
Are the tribal leaders, equivalent to our congressional leaders?
Neither congress, nor tribal leaders, act in the interest of the people who put them in power. The only fight they participate in, is the fight for a bigger paycheck!
The use of the term Sioux by the tribal leaders, shows how out of touch with the people they are. According to Wikipedia Sioux, is an offensive term coined by their traditional enemies, over two-hundred years ago.
Here is another part of that statement:
“The announcement had no practical effect — Means does not formally represent any tribal government.”-true
Kind of like, George Washington, did not formally, represent the Crown! One point for Means!
Rosebud, Tribe President, Rodney Bordeaux helped draft the joint statement.
“They protect our remaining lands, our water, our resources, our rights and our sovereignty.” Bordeaux wrote, “The United States' theft of Sioux lands and resources has placed the Sioux people in abject poverty on the reservations. I am in favor of asking countries around the world for foreign aid to rehabilitate our tribes and reservations.”
Bordeaux, is on the right track, but shouldn't he look to the US government instead of foreign.
Bordeaux also said, the treaties of 1851 and 1868 still protected tribes.
“Without these treaties, the United States Congress and the multinational corporations that control it will attempt to steal all the remaining treaty lands and sovereignty we have left through their legal institutions.” said Bordeaux
What faith! It's like someone who left their keys in the car, and had it stolen. They then buy a new car, and leave the keys in it. When asked why the keys are still in the car, they say, my neighbors will watch it!
Where were the neighbors the first time around!
In the case of the Lakotah, their car has been stolen more then once!
Many of the Sioux people, who Bordeaux claims are in opposition of the Republic, know nothing about it. They have no access to TV or the Internet and tribal leaders have made no attempt to find out what they think.
It's understandable for tribal leaders not to support the Republic, their jobs are on the line!
What about you? Why don't you support them? What do you have to loose?
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