Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


October 9, 1992

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution begins, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...”  In 1977, the United States Congress violated their own Constitution by passing the “Indian Freedom of Religion Act,” to establish “Indian Religion.”  Anishinabe Ojibway People are Sovereign, and neither the United States Congress, nor any other European Nation, have any jurisdiction over Anishinabe Ojibway People, land, or the Midewiwin Religion.  The Euro-Americans know that they have no jurisdiction over Anishinabe Ojibway People—that’s why they created Chippewa Indians, who are European subject people because they lost their Anishinabe Ojibway identity when their European patrilineal ancestor created them.  Chippewa Indians do not have an Anishinabe Ojibway patrilineal Clan and Dodem.

When Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ religion started coming out from underground, after a century of oppression, during the Civil Rights Movement, the United States Government was stuck with a bunch of Christian “Indians.”  The United States Congress passed the “Indian Freedom of Religion Act” in order to give their Indians a “Real Indian Religion,” and make these people stuck in a mythological identity seem more like the Aboriginal Indigenous People the United States is trying to hide.  This was so critical to the United States that they violated their own Constitution to create “Indian Religion.”

After this illegal act of United States Congress, establishing “Indian Religion,” lo and behold!  Hundreds of White fake “Indian Medicine Men” started coming out of the woodwork.  All of a sudden, among certain groups of wanna-be Indians, the way to be a real Indian was to be a “Medicine Man,” and wear beads and turquoise and carry a medicine bag and a plastic laminated card to show that they are a Real Indian, complete with a license for eagle feathers issued by the White man.  These Wanna-be Instant Medicine Men look foolish and stupid.  Some of them have apparently read all of the Anthropological literature about “Indian Medicine Men,” and watched every movie, and their trying to live out the caricatures of racist nineteenth-century anthropologists, Hollywood screenwriters, and New Age Chanters and Fakirs all at the same time is really hilarious.

The “Indian Medicine Man” who was in the news lately is not the only “Indian Religion” cult leader who has hurt people.  How many other people have been hurt, and not said anything about it?  There are a lot of desperate people looking for help in solving their problems coming to “Medicine Men.”  How many have been mis-guided, or abused?  The United States Congress is liable for the people who have gotten hurt under the “Indian Religion” they established.

Congress, who created this mess, needs to turn around and start a Congressional investigation because of all the people who are getting hurt by these fake and wanna-be Indian Medicine Men.  If people want to look for something deeper than Christianity, more power to them.  The problem is that the “Indian Religion” which has been created by the U.S. Congress is a cult.  What I say to you “Indians” and your sideshow Indian Medicine Men, is “go on back to Christianity, where you belong because of your European patriline.”  There are too many people who have been hurt by irresponsible abuse of power by “Indian Medicine Men.”  “Indian Religion” is patterned after Christianity, and like Christianity is has centralized power held by a few men, and like Christianity, “Indian Religion” has a lot of potential for many kinds of abuse.  The safeguards in the Midewiwin have been taken out of “Indian Religion”—and Christianity.  “Indian Religion” has nothing to do with the Anishinabe Ojibway Midewiwin.  “Indian Religion” is an European foreign religion, based on European concepts.  “Tribes” are also a foreign Indo-European crooked ideology.

“Indians” and “Indian Religion” were created because of the genocide of the Aboriginal Indigenous People.  They were also created to protect the hierarchial, centralized, materialistic European way of thinking from the egalitarian Anishinabe Ojibway and our religion, the Midewiwin.  The Euro-Americans are using their “Indians” as a broker, as a smokescreen, and as a buffer and a scapegoat.  Why did the Europeans dress up as “Indians” at the Boston Tea Party?  The impostors are still here, posing as “Indians” and trying to say that they are the same as Aboriginal Indigenous People, when they are not.  They are a cheap imitation when they get caught in this fake “Indian” identity.

When Roger Jourdain was Chairman, he sounded like a broken record.  He was always saying, “look what I done for all you Indians.  I gave you housing.  I gave you an old folks center.  I got all these Government programs for you.”  But, what Roger Jourdain neglected to tell you Indians, is that he was a vital part of the resources being stolen from the Anishinabe Ojibway People.  Just go out and look for the forests.  Where are they?  (There is lots of room for politicians making stump speeches.)  The money from stealing our resources was paid to the “Indians.”  The Indian Reorganization Act “Tribal Council” brought in by Roger Jourdain does not belong here—and Roger Jourdain does not belong here, either.  He is a European, and does not have any Anishinabe Ojibway ancestry.  He might have some Mohican ancestry on the matriline, but he does not have an Anishinabe Ojibway Clan or Dodem, and that means that he has no claim to Anishinabe Ojibway land or resources; he has no right nor authority to bring in alien governments; and he cannot sell our land or forests.  Being “Federally Recognized” or “Unique” does not give you the right to steal.  This is not Chippewa Indian land, and these are not Chippewa Indian resources.  The translation of the Crooked English term, “Federally Recognized,” is “being told by a bunch of crooks that you’re one of their good ol’ crooked henches,” and that’s really very unique.  It’s only happened in every colonially occupied Aboriginal Indigenous Nation on this Continent for the past five hundred years.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People have a right to exist as a Sovereign People on our own land.

NEWS FROM THE CAMPAIGN:

As soon as the media starts putting heat on Ross Perot, he withdraws from the race.  When they start ignoring him, he jumps back into the race.  I don’t suppose I can vote, because Anishinabe Ojibway people aren’t citizens of the United States—I am not an Indian.  “Indians” are citizens, they were already citizens when they were made citizens again.  They were citizens when they were born, because of their White father.  Congress passed another law, in 1924, making “Indians” into citizens, but they were trying to incorporate the Aboriginal Indigenous people, by calling us “Indians.”  “Indians” are second-class citizens because they got made into citizens twice, but I am not a citizen, because I took my identity back—I am Anishinabe Ojibway, and no matter how many laws the United States passes, they can’t turn me into an “Indian” nor a “citizen.”  If I could vote, I would vote for Ross Perot, but only if he wasn’t on the ballot.  Vote anyway, for any one of the Hobson’s Choices on the ballot, but hang onto your hat, and especially hang onto your pocketbook.

I am solely responsible for this column.  My phone number is (218) 679-2382.

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