This has been passed around of several bulletins from Native Americans on MySpace for the past week or so. Now Fox News is reporting on it. I'm not sure what this means or what the consequences or benefits will be but the Lakota Sioux have withdrawn from all U.S. treaties and declared themselves a sovereign nation which will be issuing their own passports and driver's license. Residents will be able to live there tax-free if they renounce their U.S. citizenship.
I'm not sure how that will change or what it will change, if anything. It seems to me these treaties were only kept in the ways which befitted the U.S. And I was always under the impression that the reservations were already sovereign nations, hence the name "The Great Sioux Nation". They already have their own government, police, etc. And no state police are allowed on the reservation without permission. The FBI are allowed onto the reservation but we all know how that went back in the 70's.
I've asked around to see what benefits and/or consequences this will have for the Lakota people and no one seems to really know. I hope it helps in some way and doens't hurt. I think it may have the potential to do both.