Re-Declaration of Independence by the Lakota Nation and a Red Pill interview with Duane Martin Sr. (Canupa Gluha Mani)
Many people are familiar with the indigenous struggles of The Six Nations in Canada and the Zapatistas of Chiapas, but now that indigenous people’s struggle for the freedom of self-determination has fired a shot into the capital of imperialism, Washington D.C. On December 19th, a delegation from the Lakota Nation went to the State Department and formally withdrew from all the treaties that had been signed with the U.S. Government over the last 150 years, essentially seceding from the Union. The Red Pill was honored to speak with Duane Martin Sr. (or known by his true name Canupa Gluha Mani), one of the history making delegates of the Lakota Nation.
“I don’t know if I will be alive tomorrow, they might kill me,” Duane Martin Sr. said “but we have to do this thing for the children and for the survival of the Lakota. They (the U.S. Government) have to start realizing that we are a people too, right now they don’t seem to understand that.”
A veteran freedom fighter and activist, Duane Martin Sr. was one of several protesters who has witnessed firsthand the brutality that the Federal government can unleash upon minorities who stand up for their legal rights. From the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, to the Transform Columbus day protest in Denver (2006), he has repeatedly gone to jail in the battle to improve the standard of living for his people.
In his everyday life, the ravages of colonial rule by the U.S. Government has only led to an ever declining standard of living for the Lakota Nation. To put it simply, Lakota men have a life expectancy of less than 44 years, the median income for Lakota households is around 2,600 to 3,500 dollars a year, and 1/3 of all homes lack clean water and sewage. In addition, 40 percent of households do not have electricity.
Martin Sr. regaled the Red Pill with horror stories of Lakota girls between the ages of 13-23 selling their sex appeal for alcohol and drugs; tales that would leave America weeping in shame if the corporate news networks didn’t try their hardest to ignore the plight of America’s indigenous peoples. The re-declaration of independence for the Lakota Nation is,“an opportunity for us to be left alone and free to do as according to our laws, and be free to make our own choices instead of having corrupt Washington appointed tribal governments dictate what we can and can’t do,” said Martin Sr.
Legally the secession from the U.S. is going to be difficult for the State Department to worm it’s way around. According to Article 6 of the U.S. constitution, the 1969 Vienna Convention on Treaties, the U.N. Declaration on Indigenous Rights and all of the treaties that were signed by the Lakota with the United States government going back to the Fort Laramie treaty of 1851, what the Lakota have done is far more legal and ethical than any of the policies that have come out of Washington concerning the Lakota and all the indigenous people of the Americas.
Several phone calls made by the Red Pill to the State Department were not returned and we can only assume that they have no idea in hell what they are going to do. We can only hope that the State Department won’t decide upon the use of violence to enforce their horrendous policies and the will of a cold, uncaring colonial government. As Duane Martin Sr. said during our brief interview, “It’s time to reinstitute what freedom is, not the freedom to buy whatever you want, but the freedom to live however you want.”