Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


July 17, 1992

The July 10 issue of the Free Native American Press printed an Associated Press article from Seattle on the front page, stating that the George Herbert Walker “Bush administration has quietly asserted that it has the power to declare any Indian tribe in the nation extinct.”  From the time of the First Continental Congress, the agenda of the United States of America has always been the Divine Mandate of Manifest Destiny.  The Fundamentalist Christians at the Lake Mohonk Conferences, who were the policy-makers for Indian Country, openly supported genocide of this continent’s Aboriginal Indigenous People.  One of the ways of destroying Aboriginal Indigenous Nations, advocated by these Good Christians, was through genetic and social engineering, particularly using the polygamous, morally bankrupt “Squaw Men” on the frontier to bring in alcohol and rum, etc.

The policy of the United States has always been to Terminate the Indians.  One of the diabolical methods used in this Termination Agenda was the creation of the boarding schools.  The scheme was to brainwash the Aboriginal Indigenous children, such as the Anishinabe Ojibway children, and to change their identity and make them into Indians.  Catch-22 spin control.

Another part of the Euro-American Governments’ scheme to Terminate Indians was designing “blood quantum,” where the White owned Bureau of Indian Affairs could take full-blooded Europeans or full-blooded Indo-Europeans and turn them into full-blooded Indians.  The United States Statutes on Indian Enrollment, including Title 25, Section 479, also provide that for the purposes of stealing land, “Aboriginal peoples ... shall be considered Indians.”

The Commissioner of Indian Affairs, writing about the Court of Indian Offenses shortly after its establishment, described the White Indians packed on top of the Aboriginal Indigenous people, as “Indians ... who could be relied upon to aid the Government in its efforts to abolish rites and customs” of Aboriginal Indigenous People.  The Commissioner goes on to write, “The policy of the Government for many years past has been to destroy tribal relations as fast as possible. ... To do this the agents have been accustomed to punish for minor offenses, by imprisonment in the guard-house and by withholding rations.”  The missionaries used the same strategies to force Christianity onto Aboriginal Indigenous People.

Another method used by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, when their Indians got out of line and started talking politics, was to tell their Indians, “with one stroke of the pen, you will no longer exist.”  This is what the United States Government’s Indians have said to me.  But, I am not an Indian.  Indians were created by the United States Government, as a purely temporary expedient for annihilating the Aboriginal Indigenous People.  The Europeans created the identity of “Indian,” they own their Indians, and the Indians have to thank the White man for their existence.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, were here long before the United States Government came into existence.  We are a Sovereign People who own our identity, we are writing our history, and we have a right to exist.  It does not matter what the United States Government says about their Indians—it does not apply to us.  This land does not belong to either the Indians or to the Europeans, it is and always has been Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ land.  The Indians created by the White man do not own their own identity, and they do not have any roots, just like the Europeans who gave them the Indian identity do not have any roots on this Continent.  Their Great White Father has a serious identity problem, also.

The United States Government is trying to abrogate Indian Treaties, again.  For the last hundred and fifty years, they have kept predicting that the Aboriginal Indigenous People will be extinct in another generation—and try to forget that the Indian Treaties were signed by their subject people, the Indians.  The Anishinabe Ojibway People have never signed a Treaty.  We cannot sell our land, because we cannot sell our identity and we cannot sell our religion.  Maybe the Europeans can sell anything, but we don’t.  Abrogating the Chippewa Indian Treaties does not have any effect whatsoever on the Anishinabe Ojibway Peoples’ land, which does not and has never belonged to the United States nor to any other European power; not to the Euro-Americans’ subject people the Chippewa Indians, either.

Senator Paul Wellstone sits on the Senate Select Committee for Insular Affairs, which is guilty of complicity in genocide.  Senator Wellstone should be very familiar with Holocausts.  The United States is using mythological “Indians,” euphemisms, and Wanna-Be’s to get at the Aboriginal Indigenous People.  The ugly statistics of ongoing genocide are hidden in a mass of numbers about “Indians,” who are Western European subject peoples.  Every ten year enumeration of the U.S. Census, more Whites and other Indo-Europeans get turned into statistical “Indians.”  (The B.I.A.’s present death statistics are calculated using U.S. Census data about living “Indians.”)  The historical and genealogical research that we are doing, proves that these “Indians” are not Aboriginal Indigenous People.  Forcing the identity of “Indian” onto the Aboriginal Indigenous people is a human rights violation, and it is also a violation of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.

We encourage the Bush administration to recognize the truth, and come to terms with the massive genocide that the Euro-Americans have committed on both of these Continents.  It is true—and it urgently needs to be talked about—that most of the Aboriginal Indigenous Nations on this Continent are indeed extinct, including the Five Civilized Tribes.  If you have an European or Indo-European patrilineal ancestor, and you are an Indian, you are already “Terminated” through genetic engineering.  Anishinabe Ojibway Clans and Dodems are inherited through the father’s bloodline.  If you do not have an Aboriginal Indigenous Clan or Dodem, you are history.  The White man has taken your identity away from you, using a colonizing strategy that’s older than the Roman Empire, and tried to replace your real identity with the mythological identity of “Indian.”  So-called Chippewa Indians, like other conquered people, figure descent through the mother’s line—the Chippewa Indian patrilineal line of inheritance is Indo-European, and thus is no threat to the Whites.  The United States said that they were going to annihilate and terminate the Aboriginal Indigenous People of this Continent, and there are only a few of us who have survived the centuries of genocide.  It’s time that the Euro-Americans quit hiding behind their subject peoples the White and Mulatto Indians, and started facing the truth, and taking responsibility for what has been done.

Genocide is an inherent part of the history, values, and religion of Western European Civilization.  (The U.S.A. was a role model for Adolf Hitler.)  Until the people here deal honestly with their history, they are doomed to repeat it.

Another message to you Leech Lake Chippewa Indians who are posing as Ojibway people, and trying pretend that you are Aboriginal Indigenous people.  As far as I know, no Anishinabe Ojibway people have been in the inner circle of your Casino operations.  Wait until the Christian Fundamentalists start making money leading grassroots movements against gambling.  To add converts to their flock, they will scapegoat the Indian Casinos, and preach fire and brimstone sermons against gambling, so that they can terminate you and abrogate the fraudulent Treaties.  It’s also called fleecing the flock, and pulling the wool over your eyes.  It’s coming, it’s one of the same old schemes they use over and over again, generation after generation.  The handwriting is on the wall.

Instead of letting the White Euro-Americans control you through their identity of “Indian,” find out who you really are.  Nobody can “terminate” you, if you own your real identity.  I am not an Indian, I am Anishinabe Ojibway, and I have a Clan and a Dodem, and my religion is the Indigenous Anishinabe Ojibway religion, the Midewiwin.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, have an inalienable right to exist in our own Sovereign land.

Go ahead, George, Terminate your Indians.  Make my day.

Wub-e-keniew


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