Saturday, December 22, 2007

Lakotah Sioux secede from U.S.

You probably heard that the Lakotah Nation is seceding from the U.S. They hold, very legally, that since all the treaties that were used to establish the "indian lands" have been broken on the U.S. government side, they are null and void. Makes legal sense -- anyone knows a contract no longer holds if one party boges out on it. In fact, and I'd love for someone to check me on this info, every single treaty that the U.S. has made with a first nation has been broken in some form or another.

I have no idea how this will play out, but it seems completely reasonable to me. What the Lakotah will do to recover from the cultural and literal genocide once they have their own nation will be quite a story as well. They are in a tough spot.

But here's a twist. Putin is reported to be ready to acknowledge them, in retribution for the White House stance on Kosovo. Genius. Talk about unexpected allies.

[Thanks to Piglipstick for finding that extra winger on the story.]

Enjoy your inter, intra-national news,

Bp

3 comments:

Katye said...

Totally Awesome! The American Government deserved that one, imho.

Tate said...

completely...

babs said...

I like that Putin is entering into the fray by hinting his support for the "breakaway" nation - a kind of tit-for-tat payback for Bush's poking his nose in the ongoing Kosovo drama.

some kids just never grow up...