Sunday, December 23, 2007

To the Narragansett Indians: A Modest Proposal

From Raw Story comes the following report:

A delegation of Lakota leaders delivered a message to the State Department on Monday, announcing they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the United States, some of them more than 150 years old.

The report goes on to note that the newly-independent Lakota state would "issue its own passports and driving licences, and living there would be tax-free -- provided residents renounce their US citizenship".

This could be the answer to the Narragansetts' little smoke shop problem. All they have to do is announce that they are withdrawing from the treaty they signed with Roger Williams back in 1638 and resuming their status as an independent nation, and they can sell all the tax-free smokes they want -- and also do pretty much anything else they feel like doing.

I should point out that since Aquidneck Island and the rest of the East Bay were acquired from the Wampanoags rather than the Narragansetts, our area may be the only part of Rhode Island to remain in the United States if the Narragansetts set up on their own.
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