Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


May 18, 1992
[unpublished]

Our research in the National Archives has found part of the Red Lake Mill audits from the early 1940s. As we research into Anishinabe Ojibway history, we find there were an enormous number of carpet-bagging legislation and get-rich-quick schemes. For example, the Izaak Walton League of Thief River Falls was caught up in a con game of trying to turn Ponemah Point into a National Park. There have been all kinds of schemes to steal Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ land and resources. The 1916 carpet-bagging legislation to gain control over Chippeway forests was one of many greedy plans.

In the early 1940’s, a Red Lake Mill audit listed the following under “Accounts Receivable, Bad and Doubtful Accounts”:

 Local Indian Accounts

Date of Last Transaction

Remarks

Amount

 Bigbird, Amos

/18/34

 Deceased

 48.25

 Blake, Francis

4/6/35

 2.80

 Green, Rodger

7/10/42

 93.45

 Gurneau, Francis

7/10/42

 7.36

 Hardy, John

1/20/36

11.94

 Kah-zob-be-tung

9/14/32

 4.48

 Kay-bay-aus-ung

12/9/36

56.00

 Ke-we-toh-cumig-oke

11/16/36

10.17

 Mason, Joseph

7/11/36

22.40

 Needham, Joseph

8/19/36

 Committed to Minn. State Hosp. for Insane

15.64

 Nay-tah-wah-be-tung

3/19/30

Deceased

4.82

 Nodin Chief

5/24/33

10.35

 Nordwall, Anton & Rose

 

10/29/34

 Anton deceased - Rose (wife) remarried, whereabouts unknown

27.01

 Oom-bway-yam-ah-quod 2/14/34

Deceased


19.18

 Oh-ke-mah-benais

9/22/32

5.98

 Pay-way-way-benais

11/20/35

28.43

 Perkins, Dan

2/8/34

 2.25

 Pe-tan-e-ke-shig

2/14/34

10.09





White




 Brun, Frank

3/29/32

 Deceased - wife a Red Lake Indian still residing on Reservation

19.33









 Cross, Roy

1/7/37

 Rt #5, Bemidji, Minn.

31.30

 Haley, Hubert

10/6/33

 Gemmell, Minn.

36.20

 Lambert, Sam

5/12/33

 McIntosh, Minn.

58.44

 Olson, Henry

8/13/31

 Address unknown

 75.97


 


601.84

The real irony of listing some of these accounts in the permanent records of the United States, is that some of these people were Anishinabe Ojibway people, for example my dad (who was of the Bear Clan and Dodem)—and the United States had already stolen literally billions of dollars worth of timber resources from the Anishinabe Ojibway, at the same time using the “Chippeway Indians [Indian is just another word for Metis],” who never did own any land or resources. This is an European tactic of blaming the victim and discrediting the Aboriginal Indigenous People, all the while ripping off from them.

Another incredibly crooked tactic of stealing timber was issuing so-called Chippeway Half Breed Scrip [this is exactly what it was called and this is exactly how it was spelled]. This scrip was issued in the name of Meti people, some of whom got a hundred dollars for their scrip, and some of whom didn’t get anything. There was speculation on this Halfbreed Scrip in the Twin Cities—a lot of it ended up in the hands of the timber companies. The only thing that these companies “cleared” was the timber; they didn’t bother to clear the land titles. After the ecology was destroyed, the land “reverted” to the State (which still doesn’t own it—this land still belongs to the Anishinabe Ojibway People), either as “tax-forfeit” land, or else as land with cancelled, fraudulent scrip issued on several fraudulent Treaties.

This is Anishinabe Ojibway land. Aboriginal Indigenous Sovereignty takes precedence over European Sovereignty on this land, all of the time and any time.

Wub-e-keniew


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