Lakota Indians announce secession from US

Washington (20 December) – A delegation representing the Lakota Indians, who live in five Midwestern US states, has declared independence. The delegation delivered a message to the US State Department earlier this week, announcing that they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties signed with the US government.

The Native Americans say the treaties have been repeatedly violated by the US government “in order to steal our culture, our land and our ability to maintain our way of life”. The delegation also visited the embassies of Bolivia, Chile, South Africa and Venezuela and will travel overseas in the months to come.

Roughly half the territory claimed by the Lakota is in the state of South Dakota. Representatives of the self-proclaimed new country say they plan to issue their own passports and driving licenses.

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