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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Secession

A contingent from the Lakota Nation is attempting to secede from the U.S., citing violation of treaty agreements.

I found this story on Metafilter. Someone in the comments section said, referring to the non-Lakota people living in the disputed region:

"It also includes countless private residences and property. Imagine waking up and learning that your house is now in land claimed as part of someone else's country."

Imagine that, indeed! Waking up one morning, and finding that someone has claimed your land as their own! Without even asking! And now they want you to submit to the rule of a foreign government! Run by people who aren't even the same race or culture that you are!



(I LOLed. The sad, ironic sort of LOL.)

9 comments:

John J. said...

Forget moving to Canada, lets just move to Lakota.

Raquita said...

I'm down for hte move - irony indeed...

Jaelithe said...

Husband, I will TOTALLY move to Lakota. As soon as the housing market improves such that we won't take a bath when we sell.

(And, ah, as long as we can still get internet there. Solar-powered laptop?)

Rebecca said...

Wow. I felt bad enough about my insignificant post today, and then I had to come read this. And realize, yes, my post really is unworthy.

Gruppie Girl said...

Something similar happened in Rhode Island where I used to live. The Naragansett Native American Tribe wanted their land back.

Basically their plan was to take back their land where tens of thousands of people lived, worked and went to school. No money would be exchanged and the most of the property would be buldozed.

I can see both sides of the story, but as a homeowner I was very afraid of losing everything.

Dana said...

Its a group of indigenous activists ran by a guy not officially affiliated with the nation - all the Lakota themselves are NOT seceding. Just another hatchet job by our shitty media.

Jaelithe said...

I knew it wasn't all of them seceding-- that's why I said a contingent from. I am curious as to how many people are actually involved with this, though. The article did not make that clear at all. Is this five people? Fifty? Five hundred?

KBO said...

We just watched "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" which was an HBO movie made not too long ago. It's about Red Cloud and Sitting Bull and the Lakotas. Gives insight into the Lakota situation and does justice to the countless injustices the American Indians faced during westward expansion. Great flick.

Jaelithe said...

P.S. Gruppie Girl, I would be afraid in that situation, too. On the upside, the Lakota people proposing secession are saying they won't charge any of their citizens any taxes. I imagine some people would volunteer.