An NBC affiliate reports that a small number of people are calling themselves sovereign citizens and are refusing to pay taxes, and are claiming their homes are embassies, and some are using identity cards that show they are members of Indian tribes.
Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, says many people in this movement have declared their sovereignty by becoming members of a Indian tribe.
One such person showed the news his tribal ID card, saying it makes him a member of the Little Shell Pembina Band. The group, apparently based in North Dakota, is not recognized as a tribe by the federal government. The NBC investigators found anyone can join Little Shell by paying $150 over the internet.
Other persons have been prosecuted by the federal government in recent years for selling fraudent tribal enrollments and identifications.