Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


September 21, 1992

International Court of Justice
Peace Palace
The Hague, The Netherlands

To: The International Court of Justice


We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People of the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation, are, by this letter, filing against the genocide, ecocide, human rights violations, and other acts of war committed against our People.

I am Wub-e-keniew, son of Wub-e-keniew, who was the son of Bah-wah-we-nind, who was the son of Bah-se-noss.  We are Anishinabe Ojibway People of the Bear Clan and Dodem.  Bah-se-noss was hereditary spokesperson and Midewiwin spiritual leader of the Anishinabe Ojibway People of the Bear Clan at Red Lake.  His title and responsibility has passed to my grandfather, Bah-wah-we-nind, and thus to myself, his only surviving grandson.

I speak for myself and also on behalf of my people, the Anishinabe Ojibway People.  We are a Sovereign people of the Sovereign Anishinabe Ojibway Nation.  We retain some of our Aboriginal Indigenous land, at Red Lake in the territory claimed by the United States, and the State of Minnesota.  Although the United States Government fraudulently claims “eminent domain” to this land, we have never ceded our land, our Sovereignty, our Midewiwin Religion, our culture, our values, our resources, nor our Eminent Domain to the United States, the State of Minnesota, the Christian churches, to any other European institution nor power, nor to anyone else.  The United States is presently claiming that it holds “trust title” for the part of our Anishinabe Ojibway land which they call the “Red Lake Indian Reservation.”  It needs to be made clear that the vast majority of people whom the United States Government identifies as “Red Lake Chippewa Indians” are not, in fact, Anishinabe Ojibway People—and that the “Sovereignty” to which the United States refers in regard to “Chippewa Indians” is in fact, an European Sovereignty delegated through the United States Secretary of the Interior—and has absolutely nothing to do with the intrinsic Sovereignty of the Anishinabe Ojibway People.  The United States Government has been using slippery English in order to deceive the world about what they are continuing to do to the Anishinabe Ojibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples here.  We have always known that they were lying, but we could not do anything about it until we spoke fluent English.

We are not “American Indians,” we are not “Chippewa Indians,” and we are not “Native Americans.”  The Europeans have used the Judeo-Christian religion, which is an immigrant religion here, to justify their heinous acts of genocide and other aggression against the Anishinabe Ojibway People; and they have used Christianity to falsely claim title to this land.  The Judeo-Christian Bible (King James Edition) reads,

“... and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” [Genesis 2:19]

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” [St. Luke 16:15]

“... subdue [the earth]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”  [Genesis 1:18]

The Judeo-Christians do not have the authority to re-name the Anishinabe Ojibway people, by calling us “Indians,” “Native Americans,” “Chippewas,” or anything else.  They have followed their alien Biblical prescription for “having dominion,” but they have no right to change our identity, nor to call us anything except by our proper name.  The Indo-European interpretation of “God” and what “God” tells them to do, is not the only one in the world.  They do not have a monopoly on “truth,” and from the Anishinabe Ojibway perspective, it seems like they’re pretty far from the truth.  To try to annihilate a people by destroying their identity or their religion is genocide in the name of an Indo-European “God.”  They have no right to claim religious “dominion” over any but their own Indigenous land where Eden once flourished.  They have no right to try to impose their foreign religion into anybody else’s land.  They have no right to try to “convert” Anishinabe Ojibway people to their alien religion.  This is our land, and our own Midewiwin religion is ancient and deep within this land.

According to the foreign Judeo-Christian Fundamentalists, Adam was evicted from Eden in 4004 B.C.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, have been living here, on this land given to us by the Great Creator, and have been living our Midewiwin Religion on this land for more than four ice ages.  Our Spiritual Tradition is older than Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam put together.  The Anishinabe Ojibway Midewiwin is a part of our land, inseparable from Grandmother Earth, and both we the Anishinabe Ojibway People and our Midewiwin religion belong here.  The alien religions which the Europeans have imported onto our land have no jurisdiction here.

The Judeo-Christians have no right to claim our land in the name of their very recent Deity.  They have no right to kill our people in the name of “religious salvation.”  They have no right to brainwash our children, particularly through compulsory “education.”  They have no right to build “churches” within our own, under the great sacred Cathedral dome of the Sky.  They have no right to destroy what they do not own nor understand, and no right to claim that which is not theirs.

The Europeans have gone into other peoples’ lands all over the world, justifying their theft in the name of Christianity.  They have stolen other Peoples’ land, property, and resources, because the Europeans did not take care of their own land, property, and resources; because Europe was plundered and European resources squandered in the endless wars of the European war culture.  Judeo-Christianity is used to condone the Christians’ thievery, plunder and killing.

The Europeans have brought more than ninety (90) diseases onto our land, some of them used specifically and intentionally in germ warfare.  We have documentation of medical experimentation by the United States Government on the Anishinabe Ojibway people at Red Lake.  The Euro-Americans have also fostered alcoholism among the Anishinabe Ojibway people, using their imported “sacred substance” as a tool of genocide.  How many categories of mental illness have they brought over here, also?  We have not been able to count them.  All of their diseases came from their war and from their main mental illness of greed.

How can you go into somebody else’s land and claim it, when there are already people living there—Sovereign people who have cherished that land for countless millennia.  How would you like it if I went into your house and claimed everything?  I don’t think you’d like it.  That’s what the Europeans have done and are doing.  Don’t they have any manners, any respect?  Do they think that they are the only people who count?  How can anybody respect them, when they don’t have any respect for anybody else?

The Europeans have created another “race” of people, the “Indians.”  There were no “Indians” on either one of these Continents before the Europeans got here.  The “Indians” are used as brokers and middle-men to steal Anishinabe Ojibway Peoples land, Sovereignty, and resources; and the “Indians” are used by the United States to obscure their ongoing genocide of the Anishinabe Ojibway people.  The United States claims to have millions of “Indians.”  In Anishinabe Ojibway country, less than five percent of the people counted as “Indians” [which we are not], are in fact Aboriginal Indigenous People.

After the “French-and-Indian Wars,” how many French people were made into “Indians” by the conquering British?  We can document thousands of French people turned into “Chippewa Indians.”  These French “Indians” are not my people.  They are not Anishinabe Ojibway people, although the United States falsely claims that they and we are the same invented category, “Chippewa Indians.”

The Europeans have tried to forcibly impose alien European political structures, like “Democracy” onto the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation.  The United States Congress’ colonial puppet government, the Indian Reorganization Act “Tribal Councils,” were manipulated onto Red Lake Anishinabe Ojibway land deceitfully, and against the desires of the Red Lake Anishinabe Ojibway people.  We can document this.  “Democracy,” “Communism,” and “Capitalism” are all European concepts, all alien to this land.  They do not belong here, and they have no place in the non-violent, egalitarian Theocratic society of the Anishinabe Ojibway people.  Their forcible imposition of these alien political structures is a human rights violation, and has included genocide.

The European Nations of France, England, and the United States have made “Treaties” with “Indians.”  The land covered by these “Treaties” did not belong to the “Indians” [all people with an Indo-European patriline].  The land here belongs to the Anishinabe Ojibway People with a patrilineal Clan and Dodem of the Midewiwin.  It is held jointly by us through the Midewiwin.  The land is a part of our identity and our religion, and cannot be sold.

Another diabolical scheme which has been done by the European immigrants is taking Anishinabe Ojibway resources, and turning it into the alien Dollar economic system.  They have destroyed our resources and our food supply with genocidal intent.  They have polluted our waters where our fish live; they have destroyed the habitat for our game animals; they have sent some of our game animals into extinction; they have cut down our permacultural Sugar-Maple trees and destroyed our permacultural Mahnomen [“wild rice”] lakes.  They have clearcut our forests, and they tell us that this is “Civilization.”  I do not call this “civilization,” I call it acts of criminal insanity.

The United States Government created the boarding schools.  They kidnapped and brainwashed all of the Anishinabe Ojibway children.  The purpose of the Boarding Schools was to take away the self-esteem, identity, language, religion, and culture of the Anishinabe Ojibway People.  I speak from experience: I was held nine years as a political prisoner of these foreign European-Americans in a Boarding School.  These alien European-Americans do not have any identity, they do not have any culture, and they do not have any roots here.  They have no right to come in here; they have no right to torture Anishinabe Ojibway children nor anybody else.

We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People have a right to exist.  We have a right to retain our own Sovereign Nation on our own Sovereign land, without any interference from anybody.  The United States Government has no right to plant their European subject people, the “Chippewa Indians” on our land, and to “negotiate” with them to steal Anishinabe Ojibway land, resources and Sovereignty.

The United States Government, whose Sovereignty is held by England, is currently violating the International Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, against the Anishinabe Ojibway People.  They are currently committing Acts of War against we, the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation.  They are currently violating our Sovereign territory, and refuse to recognize the Eminent Domain and Sovereignty of the Anishinabe Ojibway People in our own land.

We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, are a non-violent people.  There are no words for “War” and “Peace” in our language.  Our Sovereign Nation is a theocracy, but it is not a diabolical scheme to seek converts to rule the world.  We do not seek converts.  We wish to live in peace in our own land, without interference from anybody.

There are a lot of good White, Black, and other people here who love and respect the land, and who are decent people.  We have no quarrel with these people.  However, the people near the top of the hierarchy are the ones who stand to benefit from the holocaust of our people and the decimation of our environment.  Both this W.A.S.P. élite, and most of the Indo-European “Indians,” who owe their existence, their identity, and their loyalty to the Euro-American élite are in complicity with the ongoing genocide, human rights violations, and other travesties against our Anishinabe Ojibway land, Sovereignty, and people.

We have the documentation to back up what we write.  We have been doing research for the past eight years into the genealogy and history of Red Lake, and have thousands of pages of documentation.  We would like to have our case tried in the International Court of Justice.  Could you please send us any forms necessary for us to fill out to file against the genocide, acts of War, and human rights violations committed by the United States and England.  [We include England because the Sovereignty of the Euro-American W.A.S.P. élite is held, through the Anglican Church, by England.]  If you do not have a procedure for redressing the grievances of the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples of the world, we ask you why not?  Genocide has been a constant thread in European history; it is a part of their very cultural structure.  Anybody who would commit genocide in the name of their religion is spiritually bankrupt.

Do the Nuremberg Principles apply in this case?  It seems that the United States has been formulating their “Indian” policy in accordance with the European rules of war; however the European concepts of war and peace have no place on this Continent, and we, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, are not a part of the United States Government’s “Indians.”  According to the United States Senate policy reports on “Indian Affairs” written in 1977, the United States expects that “Indians” will have disappeared by about the year 2027.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, see the long-term Euro-American agenda as being that of obliterating the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples, both from the history which they control, and as a People.  The abuse of the word European “Indian” to refer to both French people and Anishinabe Ojibway people is a part of this strategy.  If we had not learned English, they probably would have gotten away with it.

We request that the proceedings of this case be published, and sent not only to the European-oriented élite “leaders” of the Nations of the world, but also to the genuine Indigenous leaders of the surviving Aboriginal Indigenous Nations.

Sincerely,
Wub-e-keniew
a.k.a. Francis Blake, Jr. 


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