Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


April 2, 1993

The State of Minnesota is trying to turn the 1837 Sandy Lake Treaty into the “1934 I.R.A. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians Treaty,” and at the same time the I.R.A. Tribal Council at Mille Lacs is trying to change from Chippewa Indian into Anishinabe Ojibway.  Researching the history and genealogy at Red Lake, we find that the Aboriginal Indigenous People here were neither Chippewa nor Sioux—they were Anishinabe Ojibway.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway, are not the same people as the “Indians.”  The people who signed the 1837 Treaty were Government Agents, Fur Traders, and Métis Indians.  We also have been noticing that a number of Métis have begun erroneously referring to themselves as “Anishinabe Ojibway.”  It takes more than stealing an identity to live the values of the Anishinabe Ojibway.  For most of these people, it’s too late by quite a few generations.

With regard to “Treaty Settlements” and “Agreements,” the question is, where did these Indians get land?  There were no Indians on this Continent before the Europeans got here.  Did the Indians get it the same way that Columbus did, by “discovery”?  The Euro-American history books are full of “Indian wars”—did they use the European tradition of stealing land by violence?  Or, were the “Indians” simply mythologized into having a claim to the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ land on this continent by European abstract thinking?  The Anishinabe Ojibway did not sign these Treaties.  One does not sell their religion, their birthright, their identity, the very foundation of their existence.  The Aboriginal Indigenous people are an inseparable part of the land through our Dodems and the rest of our spirituality—our relationship with the land is something which cannot be sold, unilaterally legislated away under foreign European law, nor otherwise alienated.  The “Indians” do not have the same values and deep connections to the land as the Aboriginal Indigenous people, and so they’ll sell anything that their White relatives tell them to.  That’s why the White man created “Indians” and used them to sign treaties selling land which does not belong to them.  The proof of this is clear at Red Lake—all you have to do is look at the ecosystem which has been plundered and polluted into wreckage with the help of these “Treaty Indians.”

The State of Minnesota is resting on a very fragile fiction of “land titles,” although this has nothing to do with the “fishing” that they’re promoting in public.  Read the Mille Lacs “Settlement Agreement,” word for word, in the foreign shyster European language that they use.  Then, read the “Treaty,” and the Committee Hearing Reports, and the Bureaucratic Regulations, and all of the other “fine print” that isn’t even distributed publicly.  [In our research, we found that the Treaties were so shamefully crooked that some Treaty documents relating to Red Lake were still “classified” or unavailable after 128 years, including land records of the Chipp-Away Indians who helped steal my peoples’ Anishinabe Ojibway land with Halfbreed Scrip.  The descendants of many of these same Halfbreed Chipp-Away Indians who got Scrip are now sitting on the I.R.A. Tribal Councils, still stealing from the Anishinabe Ojibway.]  The Treaties are not in the Anishinabe Ojibway language, nor even in “Chippewa,” they are in Crooked English.  At that time, the Anishinabe Ojibway called this European language “forked tongue speaking,” and understood that they were lying but didn’t understand all of the details.

A group of Euro-Americans, led by Bud Grant, are claiming that both the water and the fish belong to the “state,” and thus to them.  What did they ever contribute here?  All they have been doing is taking, “gimme, gimme, gimme ...”  Stumps and polluted water is all that immigrant Western European $ivilization has left here.  If the environment were intact, the way the Anishinabe Ojibway kept it for millennia, there would be enough fish for everybody.

INDIAN RELIGION:  The people promoting the amendments to the Indian Religious Freedom Act are Wanna-Be’s who are advancing the genocidal U.S. agenda by implying that the Lakota, Anishinabe Ojibway, and other Aboriginal Indigenous People are the same people as the “Indians.”  The Aboriginal Indigenous People do not need a United States law promising “Freedom of Religion”—under U.S. regulation.  What we need is a World Court which recognizes the legitimacy of Aboriginal Indigenous People all over the world, rather than an agency of the United Nations using European Law and composed of European subject people who form de facto colonial governments for their European grandfathers, just like the Indian Tribal Councils do.  We need a “Mind Your Own Business” law, directed at the wild-eyed fanatics trying to run other peoples’ lives, when they can’t even manage their own lives.  This M.Y.O.B. Law would, by its very nature, take precedence over the cults promoted by the “Indian Religious Freedom Act.”

When the Europeans and their Indians got here, they did not protect the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ sacred sites and burial grounds.  They plundered them and robbed the graves.  Under what the U.S. calls “sacred trusteeship,” they continued the plunder and desecration.  Why would yet another amendment change anything, with the imported European greedy mentality?  What the U.S. is trying to do, with the help of bleeding-heart liberals who don’t understand what they’re promoting, is unilaterally proclaim jurisdiction over the very foundation of Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ existence.  By passing this law, does that make the Secretary of the Interior an Archbishop?  Does that make Senator Inouye a Prophet?  Will this law make Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell a Federally Recognized Indian Medicine Man?  Will we have to genuflect at the B.I.A. Office, and be sprinkled with polluted Holy Water?

The whole “Indian Religion” thing is a fraud and a fake, from Sun Bear to Princes Moon Beam and Chief Red Fox.  “Indian” is a dishonest identity—it’s an ugly and racist stereotype created by the White man.  By denying who they are, the “Indians” are defeating whatever good intentions they may have.  Go get your real identity, and then you’ll be able to use the power of who you really are.  Is the White culture so racist that the White fathers of the Métis Indians won’t accept them—or is it so bad that the Métis Indians created by the White man don’t want any part of Western European Civilization?

INDIAN EDUCATION:  According to an March 27 AP article, a Cloquet Indian parents group wants to fire an “Indian culture” teacher because she’s White.  Since the racist “Indian” stereotype was invented and is defined by Whites, it seems as though this White teacher should be eminently qualified to teach children how to be “Indians.”  The AP quotes the chairperson of the Cloquet School Board, presumably a Federally Recognized Indian, as saying that she thought this White teacher was an “Indian” because she has “an Indian name, dark hair, and dark eyes.”  The B.I.A. could solve the problem by turning her into an “Indian” with a fancy fractional “blood quantum,” just like they did for the White “Chip-away Tribal Chairmen” Butch Brun and Sonny Peacock.  The people who are complaining about the White Indian teacher should research their own genealogies, and start facing reality.  If you have to look at your Federally Issued plastic laminated identity card to figure out who you are, you’re in deep doo-doo.

My telephone number is (218) 679-2382 and my mailing address is P.O. Box 484, Bemidji, MN 56601.

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