Let me be up front about one thing: I am a 37 yr old white man from PA who has never stepped foot on the reservation and only started researching the Lakota, Pine Ridge, the RoL, etc. in the past few weeks. That being said, what I have read here and other places in that short time has impressed me beyond words and I want to join in your quest for freedom, but it will probably take me a year to save up the money. I will need to buy tools for building home, building materials, finish paying for my college loans, and buy land near (but not on) the reservation. (if that is ok with the Lakota for all of it is indeed Lakota land whether the U.S. will acknowledge it or not)
I cannot possibly understand the situation there as well as those who live it, but I think I have read enough to get a basic idea of what is going on and form a plan to end U.S. control of at least Pine Ridge, although this plan might work elsewhere too. After reading my plan, please comment and make suggestions so it can be improved because from what I have seen here the Lakota are far wiser than I am. Here's the plan:
To defeat the Wasicu, you must learn how they think and use their weaknesses to defeat them. Remember, the forces that drive them are greed and power. They value money above all else. How do they get their money? The Wasicu politicians get money by passing legislation (read: make laws to favor the business Wasicu) and making "new projects to benefit the people of our state". (read: waste taxpayer money by buying stuff from the business Wasicu for three times what the stuff is worth) In return, they receive "campaign contributions" (read: bribes) and other favors from the business Wasicu. All of this means that the more tax dollars the Wasicu politicians can control and distribute to the business Wasicu, the more bribes the Wasicu politicians can get in return.
The business Wasicu are also greed driven, but unless they only sell things to the government, they cannot survive on ill-gotten gains from Wasicu politicians alone. The Wasicu certainly can't depend on each other; their sense of community is weak and they would gleefully stab each other in the back to make a dollar without a second thought if necessary. The Wasicu really need customers to buy their goods so they can make money. Many people don't realize this, but without us to pay taxes and buy things, the Wasicu would have no sustenance and ultimately die like a starving beast.
Right now, the Wasicu are starting to go hungry. People are losing jobs and have little money to spend at Wasicu businesses. The Wasicu are salivating, desperate to devour more money. They need more customers, but South Dakota is sparsely populated. Now we that know their weaknesses and how they think we can make a plan for action.
First, you need to talk to any businesses that sell to the general public. Explain to them that you have a plan that can bring them more customers and more money for their business. Huh? What plan? This plan: if the businesses use their influence to convince the government of South Dakota to grant complete independence from state and local laws to Pine Ridge AND allow anyone living on lands around Pine Ridge to join and also become independent, the Lakota can use that independence to get many freedom-minded people (though I suggest using the term "paying customers") to come live there. Explain to them how these people will need to buy tools, building materials, food, etc. (whatever the business you are talking to sells) It will help convince them if you can provide an estimate of the expected number of immigrants that will come if the rez becomes truly independent. If the businesses try to say that "they don't have much money to spend" then remind them that when thousands of new residents each spend a little, it quickly adds up to a lot. Tell business owners that placing signs out in front of their shop showing support for the RoL might make them look a bit better in the eyes of the RoL and help generate business. Tell them to use any political ties they have to convince the South Dakota gov. to grant independence to Pine Ridge and allow other land owners in the area to join. I know swaying the minds of business people may be difficult, but remember that in the Wasicu system, the politicians depend on businesses for support, so you need the business on your side.
Now you are ready for bigger game. Since the Wasicu insisted that the Lakota be classified as American Citizens, use it to your advantage. Get everyone age 18+yrs. old to register to vote. Now go before the Governor and as many other state officials as possible and remind them that their fellow Wasicu in the business world support Lakota freedom. If you got the businesses to do their part by calling the politicians and hanging out signs in front of their shops then the politicians will already know that what you are saying is true. The politicians will complain about lost income and property tax revenues if Pine Ridge goes independent. Counter this arguement by explaining that Pine Ridge is poor and doesn't generate much revenue anyways (I am guessing this is the case) plus they will more than make up for it with more business and sales tax revenues because of all the new customers who will be attracted to the state by the chance for freedom. Remind the politicians that allowing property owners around Pine Ridge to join won't hurt because much of the land is vacant anyways (or at least I read that someplace) and it's MORE PROFITABLE for them to have independent plots of land with paying customers on them than to own land with nothing and nobody on it.
If that isn't enough to convince some of the politicians, you have one more secret weapon: the strength of the Lakota community. Tell the politicians that ALL of the Lakota in South Dakota are ready and willing to VOTE OUT every politician currently in office until Pine Ridge and the surrounding area are officially independent. If they check the voter registration records, and I wager they will, they will notice many Lakota have recently signed up to vote and they will take you seriously. In a state of under 1 million people, 40,000 people (I've read many population estimates can someone tell me the real number?) is enough to swing elections and the politicians know it. I know that there are no guarantees, but if the Lakota want to try to use official channels to get the government to recognize their independence, there's a chance this will work.
There is one small problem with the plan: the state of South Dakota can't free you from the federal government. BUT, without the state to support them, the federal government has little hope of doing ANYTHING about the RoL. The U.S. is already fighting two large wars (Iraq and Afghanistan), has serious issues at the Mexican border and has racked up recording breaking debts. If Pine Ridge suddenly decided to stop paying all taxes to the U.S. gov. and refused to follow their laws there wouldn't be much they could do to stop you. Also, I am guessing Pine Ridge doesn't provide much tax revenue anyways so it's not worth wasting the precious few resources the U.S. has on such a venture that won't provide much money at a time when it is desperately needed.
I know that's a lot to take in but I think with some refinement this plan can work. Then again, I am not from the area so there may be some things I haven't taken into account. Please feel free to correct me, add to the plan, propose other plans, etc. I know the Lakota people have a fire for freedom burning within them like no other people I've seen in this country. May that fire burn the hands of the Wasicu that hold Pine Ridge in their grip until they let go and then may it light the way to a new age of peace and prosperity for the Lakota.
The Wasicu may kill my body, but they cannot destroy me, for I am far more than mere flesh and blood. I am the fire of freedom that burns in the hearts of all good men. I am that which will ultimately triumph over tyranny. I am...Revolution Spirit.