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Accounts of Sioux breakaway declared inaccurate

In civil rights, Native Americans, Sioux Indians on December 24, 2007 by Editor Z

The famous Indian chief “Sitting Bull” was one of the best known members of the Lakota Sioux.

An article written and posted here and a great many other places is said not to be true and misunderstood,according to Dailykos.com

It was said that Thursday the Lakota Sioux were breaking off treaties with United States, and thus forming their own independent Lakota nation in the territory designated to them in the Midwest. some of those treaties are as much as over a century old, and declaring Independent status.

However the organization that disclosed the press release was not associated with any elected tribal governing body. They were merely representatives of a group known as the Lakota Freedom Delegation, with no ties to a tribal Sioux government or tribal government policy. The Lakota Freedom Delegation consisted of several members including Russell Means, the well-known Native -American activist and American Indian Movement (AIM) leader, best known for his prominent role in the 1973 seizure of Wounded Knee by AIM, who is said to have led the Delegation.

The Delegation did go to Washington DC to communicate thier goals to the U.S State Department, and they have put forth the suggestion to seek Independent status with a handful of countries, mainly in South America who have expressed interest in perhaps supporting the cause. However no tribal government has re-enforced these suggestions with an endorsement of any kind.

The Argus Leader:

Rodney Bordeaux, Chairman of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, said his community has no desire to join the breakaway nation.(Russell) Means and his group, which call themselves the Lakota Freedom Delegation, have never officially pitched their views to the Rosebud community, Bordeaux said.

“Our position on that is we need to uphold the treaties and we are constantly reminding Congress of that message,” Bordeaux said.

“We’re pushing to maintain and keep the treaties there because they’re the basis of our relationship with the Federal government.”

Again the Lakota Sioux are not officially seeking independent status, the press release and efforts have been engineered by the Lakota Freedom Delegation.


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