Oh California, how the mighty are falling. The Golden State is being torn into pieces by its very own citizens. On one hand, there’s the Cal-3 Proposal, which calls for splitting the state into three, and on the other hand, there’s Calexit’s proposal to secede from the Union. If that’s not enough to confuse voters, now Calexit has changed its proposal to include giving half of the state to the Native Americans.
Yes, you read that correctly.
And how do they propose to pull off this monumental task? With a treaty, of course. Yeah, because that worked great in the past:
All people living within the lands of this Native American nation-state will be required to adhere to Native laws, not Californian, or American laws. But we will sign a treaty establishing this nation-state that guarantees continued access to water, and protects our ownership of existing infrastructure California taxpayers built on those lands over the years. And yes, there will be a free passage agreement to allow for free and unfettered travel for Californian citizens to the U.S. through this Native American nation-state.
The plan proposes to divide the state so that “New California” will consist of the coastal areas and the Native American state will encompass the rural areas — you know, the forests, mountains, and deserts. In fact, the proposal aims to give most of the federally owned land to the Native Americans.
According to Calexit’s information, this includes forests from Sequoia, Inyo, and Sierra, to Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity. Most of California’s Sierra Nevadas, as well as the Cascade Range in Northern California, will belong to the new state. “These mountains will be retroceded.” As far as the deserts are concerned, the High Desert region, such as Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, will be assigned to the new territory.
The border lines act as a “buffer,” Calexit explained. “This by default, not by design, establishes a “buffer zone” between the United States and California.”
“Virtually all of the territory we will return to Native Americans is currently managed by the National Park Service (NPS), the United States Forest Service (USFS), or the Bureau of Land Management (BLM),” the organization said.
In our new #Calexit plan, we retrocede federal land back to Native Americans. Here's a map of federal lands in California. We return virtually all of it Native Americans to establish the first ever Native American nation in North America. pic.twitter.com/CI2wdNoh7i
— #Calexit Campaign (@YesCalifornia) July 31, 2018
Marcus Ruiz Evans, president of Yes California, said the decision to “return” the lands to the Native Americans came about after the group was criticized for not doing enough for the People. “Why not do something to right some of the wrongs of the past to the Native American people, and give them back their land?” Evans said.
Evans said he understood that Californians are confused by the different options trying to tear the state either away from the United States or by splitting it up into separate states. But he thinks the measure will grow in popularity if the Democrats do not win control of the House of Representatives, or if Trump is reelected.
“Calexit is left — we are progressive, and that’s why we don’t like Trump,” Evans said. With regards to the state’s voters, he had this pearl of wisdom: “I’ve seen Americans double down on stupid in my lifetime and they are fully capable of doing it again. We think ‘Calexit’ is going to be bigger than ever.”
A bigger what is the question.
The state is being torn apart by so many different proposals – what’s next?