Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


September 18, 1992

One of the themes of the G.O.P. Convention was “family values.”  As the speakers came on and described their home lives and their childhood stories, and nostalgic experiences, this almost brought me to sentimental tears.  But then, suddenly, I came to my senses, and knew that this was not reality, but pure election-year hocus-pocus and bullshit.  The only “family values” these guys have, are destroying other peoples’ families, and stealing their land, resources and Sovereignty.  I started to realize what they have done—and are still doing—to the Anishinabe Ojibway families: the genocide and the intentional destruction of the family values that we have, as well as of our religion and the rest of our culture.  One of the strategies that the good ol’ self-proclaimed “Real American” W.A.S.P.’s have used to obliterate Anishinabe Ojibway people, has been through their “Indians” that they invented and packed on top the Aboriginal Indigenous People.  These Euro-Indians are used by their puppet-masters the Euro-Americans to hide the genocide and ongoing genocidal policies of the English-American “multinational” Corporate State.  These “Indians” are being used by the Euro-Americans to obliterate every trace that the Aboriginal Indigenous People were ever here.

At the Outlet to Lower Red Lake, there are what the State of Minnesota and the Bureau of Indian Affairs call “Indian Mounds.”  These are not “Indian Mounds.”  These are the burial places of Anishinabe Ojibway People.  The Red Lake “Federally recognized (fake) Indian rolls” are filled with White and Mulatto French and other Indo-European people, who the Englishmen made into “Indians” to steal our Anishinabe Ojibway land.  The White Government Indian Chiefs signed a “Treaty” in 1863, at the Old Crossing on the Red Lake River.  England and the United States Government signed “Treaties” with themselves, and called them “Indian” treaties.  The Euro-Americans have tried to hide their crookedness from generation to generation, but each generation they add another layer of deception.  In 1948, in order to try to resolve the problem of the “Treaties” that they knew were crooked, the United States Government sued themselves in the Indian Claims Commission.

Rather than call my and other Anishinabe Ojibway Peoples’ ancestor’s graves Anishinabe Ojibway mounds, they call them “Indian mounds.”  Building highways and bridges over our ancestors graves is part of the Euro-Americans’ agenda of obliterating the Anishinabe Ojibway People from the face of this continent, and trying to say that we “were never here.”  The State of Minnesota did not negotiate with the Anishinabe Ojibway People about our ancestors.  They called this burial site “Indian mounds,” and then “negotiated” with themselves yet again: striking a deal with their Euro-Bureau-Indians to seal under concrete the graves that they had already looted and plundered.  I called the State of Minnesota to ask for the archeological reports, and was told that it was “a felony” to make results of this publicly-funded research public, even to people whose ancestors are being directly affected.  The bridge that they want to replace would still be in very good shape, if it wasn’t for the steady stream of overloaded logging trucks stealing the Anishinabe Ojibway People’s timber, with the help of their Euro-Indians.

On the Reservation Line, the United States Forest Service has a sign with Smoky the Bear pleading with people not to start fires, to save Smoky’s home.  I don’t hear Smoky the Bear saying anything to the woods-butchers, clear-cutting his home—or for that matter, anything to the Euro-Indians who shoot anything they see and leave it lay.  Smoky the Bear should have been around in 1889, when the White people who call themselves the “United States Government” were burning our property.  That’s what you call “family values,” looting and burning—at least if you’re upper-class W.A.S.P.

The old, virgin forests have all been cut down and destroyed.  They have planted a small number of trees along the road.  What the Euro-Americans want to be able to say, in another generation, is that “there were no virgin forests here, the only forests here are the ones that we planted.”  To me, these scrubby little straight lines of imported species look ugly.  They remind me of Hitler’s Black Forest, regimented rows of trees and nothing else.  These forests look ugly, just like the ugly American who planted them.  They invent “scientific theories” about things that they don’t know anything about, to justify completely demolishing our beautiful and harmonious permacultural ecosystem.

In the 1940’s, we could drink the water in the lakes and streams at Red Lake.  But now, it’s all like Europe, all polluted.  It figures.  European culture was imported, European values were imported, and European immigrants were imported to this Continent (and some of them were turned into “Indians”).  Where our Anishinabe Ojibway people kept the environment intact—while supporting a much larger population than the Euro-American “historians” admit to—where our water was pristine and clean, and our forests were beautiful, the Europeans have managed to wreck just about everything here in just a little more than a hundred years.  Think about it.  The Euro-Americans are sick with the mental illness of Greed; maybe most of them don’t understand what they are doing; they don’t understand the terrible liability that they are creating for everybody, and for all the people who have to live on this land.  There are some Euro-Americans who understand what is happening—but have been conned into believing that they are “powerless” to do anything about it.  And then, there are the greedy politicians, who spout rhetoric about “family values” at the same time as they are destroying the homes and futures of the very people they claim to “represent” in their foreign “democracy.”

Don’t forget to go to the Primaries and vote next week.  Let’s throw the old scoundrels and rascals out, and put new and better rascals in!  Have a good day.

Wub-e-keniew

The opinions in this column are mine, and I take responsibility for what I write.  If you have complaints, write to me c/o this paper, or phone me at (218) 679-2382.


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