The Lakota Indian tribe, whose ancestors include Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from their treaties with the US, some of which are 150 years old, and declared themselves to be a separate country, with their own passports and drivers licenses. And Vermont may do the same thing!

Fox News quotes Lakota leader Russell Means as saying, “We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us.” This area includes parts of the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

Lakota men have one of the shortest life expectancies in the world, living an average of 44 years and teen suicides are 150% above those in the rest of the US. Infant mortality is five times higher.

Another group wants Vermont to become a separate country. According to CBS News, they’ve published a “Green Mountain Manifesto” explaining “Why and How Tiny Vermont Might Help Save America From Itself by Seceding from the Union.” They plan to hold a Town Meeting about it in March.

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