Chief Two Eagles was asked by a government official, “You have observed the white man for many years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress and the damage he’s done.” The Chief nodded in agreement. The official continued, “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”
The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and calmly replied, “When white man find land, Indians running it. No taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water; women did all the work, medicine man free. Indian men spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex.”
Then the Chief leaned back and smiled. “Only white men dumb enough to think he can improve system like that.”
AFP reports that the Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States.
“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,” said long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means….
The treaties have been “repeatedly violated in order to steal our culture, our land and our ability to maintain our way of life.”
A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old. The new country would issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free — provided residents renounce their US citizenship.
Lakota country includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.