Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


August 18, 1995

“Park status assailed,” according to the headline in Sunday’s Duluth News-Tribune.  The headline should have read, “Voyageur National Park status assaulted.”  On Friday, August 18, the Congressional Natural Resources committees will hold a hearing in International Falls, taking testimony from the immigrant population “to gauge regional public sentiment on federal control of land, especially Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness,” according to the Duluth newspaper.

Former U.S. Congressman John Blatnik is described in the same newspaper as writing some of the original Voyageurs Park legislation with the intent that “people be able to experience the same solitude and wilderness that voyageurs experienced 200 years before.”  Progress is a crooked English word meaning “to destroy the old,” and in the name of progress, vested interests in the north-brush are pushing to change the wilderness designations at Voyageurs and in the B.W.C.A.  Their opening spearhead is being supported by people in the tourist industry and by fishermen, who want motor-boat and snowmobile access to the entire area.  But, history repeats itself, and the longer-range agenda of the backroom good ol’ boys, including the pulp and lumber industries, to gain access to the 70-year-old pines in the area, is written clearly in the Duluth News-Tribune: “you can’t cut down trees” with a wilderness designation.

When the natural resource industries get done with the B.W.C.A. and Voyageur’s National Park, it will be a barren rock like Europe, where the ancestors of the transient (nomadic wanderers) and highly mobile immigrants came from, and there will not be a trace of what was originally here—as planned.

In 1913, botanists Nathaniel Lord Britton and Addison Brown of the New York Botanical Garden described the tattered remnants of the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæót­jib­way’s original forest in An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada.  These are a few of the vanishing species that were plundered from the now-extinct ecosystem:

White Pine (Pinus Strobus): height over 225 feet, trunk diameter 10½ feet—White Pines taller than a 22-story building.

Red Spruce (Picea rubens): height of 100 feet, trunk diameter 4 feet.

Red Cedar (Juniperius virginiana): height about 100 feet, trunk diameter 5 feet.

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra): height about 150 feet, trunk diame­ter 8 feet.

Yellow Birch (Betula leutea): height about 100 feet, trunk diame­ter 4 feet.

Red Oak (Quercus rubra): height about 140 feet, trunk diameter 7 feet.

White Oak (Quercus alba): height about 150 feet, trunk diameter 8 feet.

Why not clear-cut the B.W.C.A.—the wood-butchers are expected to win over the “tree-huggers,” and some of the “peoples’ representatives” in Washington are getting big bucks to help speed the ecocide.  The slogan “jobs, jobs, jobs” will last about ten years, then there will be unemployment lines, soup lines, and not even any fish because the fish need the forest to live in balance and harmony.  There is no place on earth left to “discover” (which is an English-language euphemism for “invade”), so this time some of the people pressing for “economic development” will be forced to live with the ruined consequences of their actions.

The vast majority of the immigrants who call themselves Americans don’t have any sense of their own history, their own identity, nor of their connection to the land.  They don’t have any roots, and so they do not realize what they will be doing to themselves if they trash one of the very few remaining almost-wilderness areas.  The buffalo are a vanishing species, and your buffalo nickels are gone.

MORE THIEVERY: Who took those “No Wake, No Wash” signs down along the Mississippi River?  The wake from motorboats washes away the shoreline, and the signs were posted to preserve what little shore was left after the now-worthless Power Dam was constructed.  The sportsmen pushing for “motorized access” to the B.W.C.A. say they are just as “respectful” as people in canoes, but actions speak louder than words.

TRUNK-AND-INDIANS: According to the Associated Press, the Hennepin County Medical Center is billing the two Trunk Indians, who won their case in court, for more than $24,000 in old medical bills.  It would be interesting to see the itemized bill that they’re sending them.  Instead of calling an ambulance, they used the trunk of squad car to transport them—I wonder what they’ll be billed for cleaning the trunk of that squad car.

Is this the way that the White establishment works under Roman Law—billing victims for the crimes committed against them?  Getting these people defined as “lower class,” “unwashed masses” and “outcaste;” hooked on alcohol, drugs and crime; destroying them and their families is a reflection on the grim reality of the alien Americans’ imported “democracy.”  I suppose that other County and City agencies will be getting onto the gravy train, and instead of getting a settlement from the City of Minneapolis, the Trunk Indians will be going to court for owing the city money.  Concerned Indians should call the Bureau of Indian Affairs and their 1934 I.R.A. Tribal Councils, and ask them if this is how a “sovereign” people should be treated?  Is paying the damages after you’ve won in court another form of the B.I.A.’s “diplomatic immunity,” or is it only another segregation policy under colonial sovereignty?  When A.I.M. leaders recommend a lawyer, you’d better get a second opinion, or better yet, run like hell.

“I’D RATHER SWITCH THAN FIGHT”: Ross “The Boss” Perot is in the news again.  He’s talking about a third party, but not with great enthusiasm.  The way that Congressmen and Senators are switching party affiliation in mid-term, does “America” really need a third party to compound the confusion?  One hand already doesn’t know what the other hand is doing, but you’d better watch your back (pocket).

What Ross and other would-be political reformers should be doing is talking about a law requiring those elected to keep their campaign platforms and promises—and party affiliation would seem to be fundamental, unless there isn’t any difference between the political parties anyway.  If Ross Perot gets elected, could he then switch to the Republican party, and leave his Third Party holding the bag without any representation?  What if Clinton switched to became a Republican?  Would the country fall apart, or would he just be another mug-wumper sitting on the fence like the rest of them?

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

Wub-e-ke-niew


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