Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


April 1, 1992

No community input on proposed amendments

To the Editor:

According to  yesterday’s Bemidji Pioneer, the I.R.A. Tribal Council passed a resolution, 8 “for” and 0 “against,” calling for a referendum on amendments to the Red Lake Constitution.  There was no open discussion of the implications of the present Constitution in 1958, when it was brought in here.  There were no meetings on the Red Lake Reservation, with the Anishinabe Ojibway community, about this Constitution, which the pathological liars at the Bureau (the old people call this “forked-tongue speaking”) said was a “revision” of the 1918 Constitution.  However, there were innumerable meetings over the years within the context of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, with the shyster lawyers and with the Department of the Interior—the people who stood to gain from the resources which have been plundered since the Constitution was enacted.  In the Bureau’s documents from that time, the word was “dare not mention” to the Anishinabe Ojibway people that this was an I.R.A. document, a blank check for the United States Government to steal.  The Bureau spent 24 years manipulating factions in the Red Lake Community, trying to get this crooked I.R.A. constitution in here in the first place.

There have been no community meetings on the proposed amendments to the Constitution.  There should have been community meetings “town hall” meetings, and democracy on Red Lake about the proposed amendments, instead of presenting the amendments, already written, in the Bemidji paper about a month before the election.  It’s a new era: Anishinabe Ojibway people have learned how to interpret Crooked English and crooked laws, and the old era is gone.  The old way of interpreting White European laws will no longer work.  No matter what the results of the proposed referendum turn out to be, no matter what changes are made in the 1958 Constitution, it is still an Indian Reorganization Act Constitution, and whether it states so openly in the Constitution or not, it’s still subject to the review and over-ride of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Secretary of the Interior, which holds Indian Sovereignty.  (The Catch-22 is that they are trying to include the Sovereign Anishinabe Ojibway people, with the Clans and the Dodems, in the same category of “conquered people” as their Indians.)  We need to throw the whole Indian Reorganization Act out of the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation, and go back to Traditional Anishinabe Ojibway Sovereignty.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway, also need to file human rights violations—and genocide charges—in World Court, about this 1934 Indian Reorganization Act Constitution and its implications.  We are not Chippewa Indians.  We are Anishinabe Ojibway People on our own unceded Nation; we have a right to exist and neither the Chippewa Indians nor the United States Government has a right to impose an external form of government on us.  Whether they call it “Democracy,” “Socialism,” “Civilization,” or “Communism,” it’s all European idiot-ology.

Wub-e-keniw,
aka Francis Blake, Jr.
Red  Lake

community meeting at Red Lake

Community meeting at Red Lake to address problems of "Indian government"
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