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Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way
(We, The People) - 1993

January 1, 1993: It must be a sporting event to make Indian Treaties .....

January 15, 1993: The Mille Lacs Lake Band of Chippewa Indians is once again in the news .....

January 21, 1993: When the Jourdainian council here at Red Lake talked about Aboriginal Rights as a Sovereign Nation—along with Butch Brun—the question which always comes up is “why do these people claim that they are a sovereign nation, or quasi sovereign nation, and at the same time the United States calls them ‘wards of the government’ under ‘trusteeship’?” .....

January 22, 1993: The controversy surrounding Leonard Peltier and the F.B.I. is front-page news again—along with Robert Redford’s Hollywood “documentary” .....

February 5, 1993: Attorney General nominee Zoe Baird withdrew from the Cabinet confirmation process last week .....

February 5, 1993: 1910 letter questions how W.E. Natives establish blood quantum .....

February 12, 1993: According to Star Tribune staff writer Pat Doyle, who wrote an in-depth article on the Mille Lacs Treaty re-negotiations in last Sunday’s paper .....

February 19, 1993: The Tuesday Minneapolis Star Tribune featured a commentary article by Ronald Steiner, stating “Treaties function to specify grants from Indians to non-Indians,” and adding that “a treaty does not go out of date until one of the parties ceases to exist, or both of the parties agree to change it.” .....

February 26, 1993: The details of the ground rules for “Indian Gambling” need to be made clear and public .....

March 5, 1993: Under the Divine Mandate policy of “Manifest Destiny,” the United States Government created the Boarding Schools  .....

March 12, 1993: Mark Neuzil … wrote, “according to legal precedent, the treaties can be overridden by acts of Congress.  The president even has the power to declare entire tribes extinct” .....

March 14, 1993: Thank you for your letter, although I can not be of much help to you in tracing your lineage .....

March 19, 1993: The Associated Press ran an article last week in which “tribal leaders hailed a new dawn in Indian history” after a meeting with Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt .....

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 .....

April 9, 1993: The 1837 Broken Treaty is still in the news.  The State of Minnesota, which did not exist in 1837 .....

April 16, 1993: A travelling “American History” exhibit, the Seeds of Change, opens .....

April 23, 1993:  “Being Indian is a very old tradition among the blacks in New Orleans .....

April 24, 1993: The “Assimilation” policies of the United States Government. .....

April 24, 1993: One of the reasons that the people in the higher levels of Western European hierarchy .....

April 25, 1993: Dear Grampa:  How many Branch Davidians can you fit into an F.B.I. patrol car? .....

April 30, 1993: Gassing and burning the Branch Davidians was the top story .....

May 7, 1993: The Minneapolis Star Tribune published an article about sexual abuse on Red Lake Reservation on the front page of the “State/Metro” Section .....

May 14, 1993: Bemidji Mayor Douglas Peterson proclaimed last Friday, May 7, to be Arbor Day in Bemidji .....

May 21, 1993: The front page of last Sunday’s Metro/State section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune blared the stereotype of the “Drunken Indian” across all six columns .....

May 25, 1993: The Relocation programs which the Bureau of Indian Affairs used during the 1950’s and 1960’s to remove Aboriginal Indigenous people from the Reservation communities—and their indigenous lands—were not the first .....

June 21,1993: Dear Professor Lanai Guinier— We are writing in the hopes that you or one of your colleagues may be able to put us into contact with a lawyer who is able to take on the establishment .....

June 25, 1993: Greetings.  Boo-zhoo.  Parlez-vous Française, eh?  That’s Real Indian talk! .....

July 9, 1993: Al Gore, the environmentalist Vice President, is so serious about the environment that when he takes a walk in the woods he’s thinking about the ecology and forgets to pay attention to where he’s going .....

July 16, 1993: The Aboriginal Indigenous people on this Continent have been mis-labelled “Indian” for the convenience of the Europeans .....

July 23, 1993: A Philadelphia Daily News editorial reprinted in the Bemidji Pioneer reported that “Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman somehow managed to .....

July 30, 1993: On Sunday, the Bemidji Pioneer headlined their in-house editorial, “New Credibility for BIA with Deer appointment.”  They wrote, “the B.I.A. has long been mistrusted by Indians and tribal governments alike.”  That’s putting it mildly .....

July 30, 1993: When I talk to well-intentioned White people, some of them admit that “what my grandfather did was unfair,” but then the they add “things are different now” .....

August 6, 1993: On September 21, 1863, Governor Alexander Ramsey came to the “Old Crossing” of the Red Lake River......... 206

August 27, 1993:  Parlez vous Français, and Bonjour!  That’s Indian talk .....

September 1, 1993: Indians have always accused the Whites of racism, using racism as a bludgeon of guilt to keep Whites from looking at who the Indians really are .....

September 10, 1993: Dr. Michael Trujillo was nominated by Clinton to head the Indian Health Service, “a troubled agency,” according to an Associated Press report .....

September 24, 1993: The Red Lake unsanitary landfill was mentioned recently in the Minneapolis StarTribune.  The article quoted Red Lake’s professional indian environmentalist .....

October 1, 1993: On March 7, 1902, the B.I.A. held meetings at Redlake, using their Indians to steal from the Aboriginal Indigenous People again .....

October 8, 1993: The regional leadership of the Bureau of Indian Affairs was featured on the front page of Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.  According to the copyright article, Indian Preference Earl Barlow accepted vouchers which could be turned into cash at an Indian casino .....

October 15, 1993: After five hundred of Western European occupation, genocide, and grand theft of the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ land and resources, the Europeans and their Indians, who have been on welfare for five hundred years, celebrated Columbus Day .....

October 22, 1993:  Indian identity is in the news … Dr. Gerald Hill of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, said that Indians do not want to become physicians because they are “afraid to lose their identity as an Indian” .....

November 5, 1993: The White Earth Land Settlement Act was an underhanded backroom deal from the first draft .....

November 19, 1993: Another hunting season has passed, so it’s fairly safe to go out in the woods again .....

November 26, 1993: Greetings, Pilgrims, and all you foreign-born Europeans who call yourselves Americans .....

December 3, 1993: The Cree Nation, and the Quebecois, who also call themselves a Nation, are presently at an impasse over the flooding of much of the Cree Nation .....

December 10, 1993: According to the news, the United States Government is colluding with the State of Minnesota to restructure, re-entrench and re-organize the apartheid structure of Indian Tribal Courts, after operating these kangaroo courts without any legal basis other than unilateral bureaucratic degree for more than a hundred years .....

December 17, 1993: The Western Europeans renamed this Continent, and called it “America.”  The Indians call it “Turtle Island.”  What it should really be called is “Fantasy Island” .....

December 24, 1993: One hundred and twenty two years after the United States Congress unilaterally decided that Indian Tribes no longer existed and abolished the Treaty-making process, the U.S. and the State of Minnesota are still living in a nostalgic dream of the mythological frontier .....

December 31, 1993: …When I was growing up at Red Lake, people referred to other people who were not from Red Lake, as “Outsiders,” and many people (mostly “Outsiders” themselves) still use this term.  But, Reservation English seems to be on shaky ground, and now some Wanna-Be’s are using the term “Non-Member” .....


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