Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


October 23, 1992

There is a new sign posted at the “Reservation line” on Highway 89, a notice that “Alcohol is prohibited,” under the delegated European foreign Sovereignty of the Secretary of the Interior.  The problems created by alcohol and alcoholism on the Reservation need to be addressed, but simply “prohibiting” alcohol entrenches the bootleggers and drug dealers.  Since the sovereignty of this sign is an artificial alien European concoction of “Indian Sovereignty,” the sign should read “No Drink-um Firewater,” in accordance with the European stereotype of “Indians.”

The labels and the stereotypes of the Europeans projected toward all of their subject people are embedded in the Indian identity.  Since the European Chippewa Indians are trying to steal the Anishinabe Ojibway land, language, religion, identity and culture, I have every right to poke fun at how silly and foolish you look and act—you Europeans apparently have no idea how hilarious you are, in your lies and pretensions about your real identity.  The Anishinabe Ojibway identity does not belong to the Indians, and no matter what the “Indians” do, they cannot steal the Anishinabe Ojibway Peoples’ identity, because our identity cannot be separated from the Anishinabe Ojibway People and our land.  It is an identity which is much deeper and more ancient than the Europeans’ understanding of “identity.”  The Anishinabe Ojibway people have learned to understand and use the Crooked English language.  A hundred years ago, the Chippewa Indians could get away with calling themselves the same as the Anishinabe Ojibway people, and we did not have the language, the documents and the genealogy records to say anything about it.  Things change, and there are increasing numbers of Aboriginal Indigenous People who understand English and how the Europeans think.  Now—although they are getting enormous amounts of support (including yet another con job, the proposed new Institute of Indian Studies) from the Euro-Americans, who need Indians, the European Chippewa Indians who are paid by the Englishmen to be “Indians” are on increasingly shaky ground.  The United States of America’s alleged “land title” rests on the fake tribes of Indians that they created, who are all Indo-European.

I do not need to attach myself to, nor wrap myself in some “Indian” woman’s skirts for my identity, like some of these white Indian leaders have to do in order to claim their fake Indian identity.  It’s the same old worn out parrot-talk, “my great-grandmother was a Cherokee Princess (or a Chippewa Queen).”  None of these Indians will publicly speak the truth that their “grandfather was a White man,” although their identity, like the Anishinabe Ojibway identity, is passed from father to son, through the patriline.  (Conquered people often claim matrilineal descent to obscure the humiliation of their conquest; and also because the males of conquered peoples are of the same blood as the conqueror and thus no threat to the European élite.  Over the course of their colonizing expansion, the Indo-Europeans have developed very clever, diabolical, schemes—but these dishonest strategies are coming to an end on this Continent.  Your “divinely mandated” paradigm of “world conquest” is exhausted; the Circle has come around and the time has come when you will have to face yourselves.)  Anishinabe Ojibway people have a Midewiwin Clan and Dodem.  The Chippewa Queen from whom so many of the Indians claim to be descended probably did not have a Clan or Dodem herself, and even if she had, it wouldn’t make a difference.  She married a White man, and her offspring became European subject people, because the White man’s Sovereignty is held by Europe.  Because of European patrilineal heritage, the Sovereignty of the descendants of “Chippewa Indian Queens” (and Indo-European “squaw-men”) is also held through the European political institutions of Judeo-Christianity.

The very name, “Indian,” is an European name applied by the Europeans to people whose land and resources they wanted to steal, on both sides of the world.  The Europeans called both the Aboriginal Indigenous People here, and the Hindu people on the other side of the world, “Indians” in order to claim European dominion.  “Indian” is a foreign word which is not in the Anishinabe Ojibway language, just like “American” is a foreign word which does not belong here.  When people identify themselves using these alien European words, then they are admitting that they have an European identity and that their Sovereignty is held by the Europeans.

We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, know who we are, and we don’t need foreigners to give us one of their mythological identities, nor to give us an European name.  Social and genetic engineering, re-defining who people are and then brainwashing them into an artificial identity, are strategies of imperial exploitation as old as the earliest Indo-European empires.  Almost all of the people walking around being “Chippewa Indians” are French Moors or other Indo-Europeans, who were made into “Indians” by the British after the conquest in the French and Indian Wars.  Because of their White patriline, they have taken on the greedy hierarchial values of the Europeans.  There is no such thing as a “Queen” or a “Princess” in the egalitarian Anishinabe Ojibway language, just as there were no “Indian Chiefs.”  These hierarchial social identities were created by the Europeans for their fake “Indians” as a part of bringing this continent under English-American control in their own terms; as a part of maintaining the illusion that the fake treaties are “legitimate.”  (If these were real Treaties, they would not be negotiated in State or Federal Court, but rather in International Court.)

Just recently, I filed charges of genocide and human rights violations against both the United States Government and their fake White Indians who call themselves the “Federally Recognized Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians” in the International Court of Justice.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, have a right to exist as a Sovereign People on our own land.

I am solely responsible for this column.  My telephone number is (218) 679-2382, and my mailing address is P.O. Box 484, Bemidji, Minnesota 56601.

 Wub-e-keniew


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