Posts Tagged ‘Lakota’

Lakota sovereignty

December 21, 2007

Kerim quotes from the official web page of the sovereign nation of Lakota:

.. The Lakota reservations are among the most impoverished areas in North America, a shameful legacy of broken treaties and apartheid policies. Lakota has the highest death rate in the United States and Lakota men have the lowest life expectancy of any nation on earth, excluding AIDS, at approximately 44 years. Lakota infant mortality rate is five times the United States average and teen suicide rates 150% more than national average . 97% of Lakota people live below the poverty line and unemployment hovers near 85%.

All this sounds very similar to the descriptions of Ram Guha, in his India after Gandhi, of the difficulties faced by tribal people in getting integrated into the Indian nation, and their struggles for a separate state (and, in some parts, their continuing struggle for not just a separate state but nationhood). However, this is the first time I am hearing of similar complaints in the US. Take a look!