"An idea doesn't always start with a lot of support. Ideas are like seeds, somebody's got to plant them, nurture them and watch them grow. […] When the United States declared its independence from Great Britain, it was to create a new nation. The United States recognizes Indian tribes as nations with the sovereign powers of self governance, but Indian people, particularly our young people are asking, 'what is our future'? Declaring independence may be a way of saying its time to create something new because what exists now does not work," Marshall says.
"The assimilation of the Indians would have been easier if they had not been allowed to remain as 5th class citizens and reproduce. Means is like a Crazy Horse: allowed to stay as a true remnant of the Native American. I am a bit too radical," Tracy, a member of the Sault Ste Marie (Michigan) Ojibway Tribe says.