from the Ahnishinahbæótjibway (We, the People)
October 5, 1992
Minneapolis Star Tribune
attention: Jim Dawson
I enjoyed talking with you today. Enclosed is an commentary article for the Star Tribune, as we discussed. I have submitted a number of letters to the editor and commentary articles to the Star Tribune in the past, in response to various articles in your newspaper. Euro-American newspapers, including the Star Tribune, have consistently refused to print not only my writing, but that of other members of the Anishinabe Ojibway community, generally on the grounds that our Aboriginal Indigenous perspective is “inflammatory.” How do the editors think that their articles are to us? The articles which the Euro-American media has written about “Indians” almost invariably include inaccuracies and mis-statements which denigrate the Anishinabe Ojibway people. We read the Euro-Americans’ writing, and say, “here they go again with their lies. Can’t they tell the truth, or are they pathological liars?” Some of the Euro-Americans’ misconceptions are hilarious, but some of them are seriously damaging. In the past, particularly when we did not speak English fluently, we could not defend ourselves.
The relationship which the Euro-Americans have tried to promote with Anishinabe Ojibway people since Hitler has been a paternalistic one, “father knows best” patronizing, as well as covertly genocidal. (Prior to the Third Reich’s efficient application of an old European colonial strategy, their relationship toward us was an openly genocidal one.) Such paternalism reinforces the Euro-Americans’ “superior” hierarchial position in their own eyes, inflating their egos at the expense of other people. Paternalism blames the victims of Euro-American violence, by drawing the victims into the structure of their schemes of stealing and re-defining them. A person has to be either brainwashed or into S & M to be suckered into this vicious mind game and crooked con. Euro-American paternalism also follows the Machiavellian prescription of keeping occupied people powerless and isolated. The Euro-Americans have tried to constrain descriptions of “reality” and history to their own limited versions, and have tried to re-define and re-name the Anishinabe Ojibway (“Chippewa Indians”) and other Aboriginal Indigenous people (“Indians” and “Native Americans”) to fit their own agenda of entrenching their hold on our Continent.
The élite of the Euro-American hierarchy centers its priorities on the G.N.P., on “making money.” The Great White Father is only concerned with his own people, and lets the rest of the human beings on this continent go without—he is greedy and he does not belong here. He uses an European Sovereignty to steal from the Aboriginal Indigenous people, who have our own Sovereignty very deeply rooted in this land. He promotes violence rather than promoting harmony. All you have to do is look at the destruction of the land all across this continent, and at the violence in the cities. The environment has been ruined for the benefit of a few who the Great White Father calls his “chosen people.” This has to stop. These issues really have to be addressed; it can’t go on like this.
The Great White Father is a terrible role model, with his greed and his violence and self-destructive behavior. The “Indian” stereotype created by the White man is not any better: drunken, lazy, dirty, savage, primitive, etc., etc., etc., “Indian.” Just recently, the newspaper printed the news that the Churches apologized to the “Indians.” Their apology is meaningless; they are lying again. The Churches are apologizing to the wrong people. They are apologizing to the people that they created, who have White patrilineal ancestry. These people are not the people against whom the Churches focussed their genocidal activities. There are no “Indians” here, just European subject people filling an invented European stereotype. The Churches have yet to even admit that there are Anishinabe Ojibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous People here. The Churches need to deal honestly with the genocide that they have committed, and also with their violently destructive world-view.
The United States’ Constitution is one in a long series of European government documents which denies the legitimacy of Anishinabe Ojibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous Nations’ right to exist as Sovereign peoples on our own land. We have (using the “Indians” as a front) been defined, under European law, as “uncivilized,” and therefor without claim—under racist Euro-American statutes and U.S. Supreme Court decisions—to what has been our land, as Nations, since time immemorial. If you study the history of United States “claim” to eminent domain on this Continent, you will find that it rests firmly on the genocidal Judeo-Christian hocus-pocus of claiming somebody else’s land “in the name of God;” in the Genesis prescription of giving everything a different name in order to claim it. The Anishinabe Ojibway religion, the Midewiwin, is much older than Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism all put together. Our tradition goes back for more than four ice ages, to the beginning of human time.
We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, have a right to exist as a Sovereign Nation on our own land. We are a non-violent people, and we have an ancient, non-violent religion, the Midewiwin, which we call “Grandfather,” and which is inseparable from Grandmother Earth.
can back up what we say, including that the majority of
“Indians” are in fact White people. You
are welcome to come visit, and look at our research.
a.k.a. Francis Blake, Jr.