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Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way
(We, The People) - 1994

January 14, 1994: In the January 7, 1994 Ojibwe News, Charles Lone Eagle expressed his distress with the media circus which has hounded him.  He said that he was tired of being given the identity of a drunk who was a Trunk Indian .....

January 28, 1994:  Rumor has it that Al Gore is reinventing government by cutting back on bureaucracy .....

January 31, 1994: The Minneapolis Star Tribune has turned over a new page, and edited their stylebook .....

February 11, 1994: ... the Red Lake Chippewa Tribal Council passed a resolution to hire Claire Henderson as a Research Consultant under the Cross Cultural program, to “authenticate” the Red Lake Chippewa history.  I don’t know why the Tribal Council needs to spend an undisclosed amount of money to find out who they are .....

February 16, 1994: The October-November, 1993 issue of International Gaming & Wagering Business had a front-page article by Matt Connor, “Corruption on the reservation: Cause for concern?” .....

March 4, 1994: The rumor is that there are two farms which are going to be bought up by the Bureau of Indian Affairs .....

March 11, 1994: On Sunday and Monday, staff writer Pat Doyle published a two-part series on the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  In his article, he quotes B.I.A. Commissioner Ada Deer, “It’s always easy to talk about phasing out the bad old BIA” .....

March 18, 1994: After reading the 1991 and 1992 management agreements between Chip Wadena and Gaming World International, I was taken back in time to the Indian Treaty-making era.  I said to myself, “this agreement sounds familiar” .....

April 3,1994: Remember when a nickel was a nickel and when you made a purchase you got your money’s worth?  This was part of the Great Depression .....

April 8, 1994: According to Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune, “the Clinton administration has discovered India,” and “the [real] Indians are miffed” .....

April 15, 1993: Amendments to the Indian Freedom of Religion Act are currently under consideration by the United States Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, in the U.S. Legislative Branch .....

April 28, 1958: Vote plan for Red Lake Indians scored.  U.S. commissioner’s order could leave Chippewas worse off than before, “U” experts feel .....

April 29, 1994: On Friday, April 29, the Clinton Administration is hosting an Indian media circus, which the White House press relations office termed an “historic event” .....

May 6, 1994: There has been an uproar in the news media about the due process of law as it is being applied by the government .....

May 13, 1994: On Monday, May 9, the Minneapolis StarTribune ran a front-page article about the people they identify as the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Tribe “buying back the land” .....

May 20, 1994: The immigrants are arguing about “treaties” under their imported laws again .....

June 10, 1994: The Red Lake 1934 I.R.A. Tribal elections are over, and Bobby Whitefeather is the new shadow Chairman of the Red Lake Band of Chip-away Indians (representing the B.I.A.), just as I predicted .....

June 17, 1994: The Northern Minnesota town of Squaw Lake is in the news .....

June 24, 1994: Pat Doyle’s article in the Tuesday, June 14 issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted expert witnesses for the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians who claimed that Chief Hole-in-the-Day did not speak for the Mille Lacs Chippewa .....

July 1, 1994: While I was digging through my papers looking for another document, I came across some copies of B.I.A. records .....

July 8, 1994: The Indians clear across the country, including here at Red Lake, celebrated their “Independence” on the Fourth of July .....

July 15, 1994: On July 7, at about 6:30 in the evening, I received a call from a Federally Recognized blood-quantum Indian, who stated that my columns were “negative writing” about the Indians and the Whites .....

July 20, 1994: “Hey, Chief!”  “Hey ... Indian!”  “Can you make it rain?”  “Ugh!  Do you live in a tee-pee?”  “Can you make a fire by rubbing two sticks together ... do you use smoke-signals? .....

July 29, 1994: The Sunday, July 24, Bemidji Pioneer featured an article by Pioneer staffwriter Jodi Gregory, “‘Kids Count’ study paints bleak picture” .....

August 5, 1994: While looking through Indian Country Today, which lauds itself as “America’s Indian Newspaper,” I came across a racist ad for the Marty Indian School in Marty, South Dakota .....

August 26, 1994: Honest Injun!  Former Commissioner of Indian Affairs John Collier, who helped design the 1934 I.R.A. which is the foundation of the present Indian Tribal Governments, described the so-called “breeds” and the Wanna-be’s who call themselves Indians .....

September 2, 1994: According to the Bemidji Pioneer, the 1994-95 Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians’ Royalty were named earlier this month at what the Pioneer called the “Red Lake Nation Fair” .....

September 16, 1994: “Mille Lacs Chippewa snare a fish and game victory, but waters will remain muddy for a while in treaty dispute,” according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune headline on September 4—but the Indian treaties have always been a muddy issue .....

September 23, 1994: The September 18 Bemidji Pioneer published a letter to the editor with the headline, “Red Lake sovereign nation, yet county taxes pay costs” .....

September 30, 1994: Many of the blue-blood and the supposedly (self-proclaimed) upper-crust “old families” who immigrated to the land they call America, did not come here voluntarily .....

October 7, 1994: The Native American Press/Ojibwe News scooped all the White Man’s in-house (mainstream) newspapers, by reporting the Indian Reorganization Act election fraud at White Earth in meticulously documented detail .....

October 14, 1994: According to the headline in the October 6 Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Show of force evicts farmer who didn’t pay tax.”  The problem is that the Gibbon, Minnesota farmer who lost his farm, Oliver Kramer, thought he owned “his” land—and he didn’t .....

October 21, 1994: When I was growing up in the late 30’s and early 40’s, one of the luxuries we had on the Res was “going to the show” .....

October 28, 1994: The October 21 Native American Press published letters submitted by community members, including one from the Department of the Interior to the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, authorizing establishment of the “Minnesota Chippewa [Indian] Courts” .....

November 4, 1994: Staffwriter Gary Blair’s article in the October 28 Ojibwe News was headlined, “Indian Chamber of Commerce faces dilemma: Who is an Indian?” .....

November 11, 1994: The election is over, and you did it again!  You said you were going to “kick the rascals out,” and you voted the same old ones, and some new ones who are just as bad or worse, right in to office .....

November 18, 1994:What follows is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of my book, We Have The Right To Exist .....

November 25, 1994: Someone sent me a copy of the October 19 issue of Indian Country Today.  A front-page headline reads, “Mocking a culture,” with a photograph of a White high school student in turkey feathers acting the role of “Big Chief” of Bennett County  .....



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