It’s a hot story, and even Drudge posted it at the top of his page over the weekend. But it’s all a PR stunt. The Lakota Sioux have not seceded from the United States. It’s just a wishful theory of Russell Means. Now consider the sources of the new version of the story.
Drudge used a CNSNews article by Dan Gainer, “Secession! Lakota Sioux Nation Leaves The Union! (Again),” September 29, 2012. Gainer’s source was an article from La Voz de Atzlan, the anti-American, anti-Semitic Latino racist web site. Of course, today, a day later, the CNSNews.com has pulled the Gainer article, and it is found only in cache form. The article is not found on La Voz de Atzlan site, at all.
Russell Means, suffering from throat cancer, 2011.
The fact is, the story is old news in Indian Country. Russell Means suggested this idea of secession in 2007, if not before. It is only a historical theory. News reporters are so ignorant of Indian law and Indian leadership, and so careless about Indian news, that everyone, liberal and conservative, have overlooked the facts. Russell Means is not a tribal leader, has no authority, and never has had. He is simply a man with ideas and some influence. Interesting ideas, indeed, but he has no authority to make any of them come to pass. He is merely a tribal member, nothing more, when it comes to Indian authority.
Russell Means, in a recent video of anti-white, anti-European rhetoric, as if Indian society had no structure, no hierarchy! As if the white race never existed in tribal form!
(Also, Russell Means is suffering from esophagus cancer, and is in advanced stages. The video of Means being posted with these new reports is an old video, from 2008. A more recent video, April, 2012, shows a suffering man, although with some improvement.)
We don’t know why the media (conservative and liberal) would choose to attempt to make a new story out of a hackneyed, tired one, but, it has happened. No one has researched the truth of the matter at all, but everyone has just jumped on board with the story. Obviously, the lesser lights continue to flicker with the story, but the source everyone quotes, the Gainer article for CNSNews.com, has been removed, the article Gainer referenced from La Voz de Atzlan is not to be found.
This is an an embarrassment to media, specifically conservative media, and shows how manipulative, careless, unreliable, and unworthy media has become.
Liberals have always loved to use (and pay) Indians (or wannabees) to decry and condemn America. But, in this particular case, some conservatives are trying to use the old Means theoretical secession of the Lakota as a sign of how bad things are under Obama! (See, InAGist.com).
I’ve always admired the creative thinking of Russell Means, though I find myself in utter disagreement with his history, logic, and conclusions. Many Indians have the same goal in mind for Indian people, but have very different ideas about how to reach that goal.
When I ran for Chairman of the Comanche Nation (2012), one of my platform points was “Sell the Tribe.” I meant that we would be more independent, more sovereign, if we were under private ownership, or corporate management. We would not surrender our relationship with the United States government, but we would receive no money from the federal government. We would be economically independent. We would have our land, our people, but we would not have to abide by government programs.
It was only theory, just like Means’ theory of secession.
I do have to wonder, still, why the old Means story would be revived in the way it has. If it is conservatives, trying to use Means to decry the Obama regime, saying that things are so bad that the Lakota have seceded from the Union, I’d say conservatives are deeply faulty on this one. As I said, such a secession has never happened, and Means has absolutely no authority whatsoever to make it happen. This is ludicrous and wildly ignorant on the part of conservatives.
Conservatives need to advocate secession of the states–for the sake of states rights. Now, that would make sense. But the abuse of the anti-American theories of Russell Means is really a bad move. Conservatives should have been listening to me, and reading BadEagle.com, long before this. But, as I have concluded before, the American Indian has no real function in the American conservative conversation.
And they should have talked with me about Elizabeth Warren, too. But, no, conservatives think they know everything about Indians. They’re in complete control over all things Indian. They don’t need a conservative Comanche from Oklahoma to tell them anything.
I hope conservatives win, but, they are certainly aberrant in Indian affairs. This revival of the old Means secession theory proves me right on all points. Sorry.