September 30, 2012 - President Barack Obama has an unexpected foreign policy problem â€“ in the Western United States. The Lakota Sioux nation has seceded from the United States, according to a story on the anti-American website La Voz de Aztlan.
â€śWe 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,â€ť long-time Native American radical leader Russell Means said. The move potentially impacts the states
of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.
Means has been a well-known Native American radical and actor since 1973 when he and others were involved in a siege in Wounded
Knew, S.D. and Means proclaimed: â€śsometimes there has to be violence.â€ť â€śIn 1973, Mr. Means led a siege of Wounded Knee by Indians who alleged that the tribal leadership was corrupt. Two Indians were killed and one Federal marshal seriously wounded by resulting gunfire, and the episode divided many residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation,â€ť The New York Times reported Dec. 30, 1990.
That siege took place only three years after the publication of the book, â€śBury My Heart at Wounded Knee,â€ť a saga about supposed injustices against the American Indians in the old West. Wounded Knee itself was the site of the last fight between Indians and the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars. Means described the 1973 takeover as having â€ścaptured national attention when he led the 71-day armed takeover on the sacred grounds of Wounded Knee.â€ť
He has continued his push for Sioux independence in the decades since. The Lakota declared independence in 2007, as well, with Means proclaiming: â€śUnited States colonial rule is at its end!â€ť