'Those who control the energy control the economics'
At a meeting in Rapid City on Saturday, Means said he has been talking with representatives of a California company about plans to put windmills on land owned by both Native Americans and non-Natives willing to become citizens of the new Republic of Lakotah. He declined to name the company.
Means, a longtime activist, said he and other organizers have met with tribal members of the Standing Rock, Rosebud and Yankton Sioux tribes. Windmills could be sprouting on the Standing Rock, Rosebud and possibly Pine Ridge reservations this spring, he said.
"We are legal and, most important, we are lawful," he said. "There aren't going to be any Wounded Knees," he said, referring to AIM's 71-day standoff with federal and tribal authorities on the Pine Ridge reservation village in 1973.
Means predicted that existing city, county and state governments, as well as tribal governments, would continue but eventually wither away as the new country flourishes.
That's smart but also somewhat cowardly. If he truly believes the US treaties with the Lakota are void and his people still own the land, why not take possession of it? I mean all of it, not the small fractions that someone who actually owns the land is willing to give him. Why not set up his government somewhere, evict the state and federal authorities, and see what happens?
That this newspaper would even use the phrase "new republic" in its headline is a joke. "Alleged republic" is closer to the truth. Or if you want to be nasty about it, "make-believe republic."