Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)


March 15, 1996

On February 16, 1996, Skip Finn appeared in court with a “Notice of Motion and Motion to Quash” all fishing expeditions by the U.S. Government on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation—or at least those regarding 1934 I.R.A. Leech Lake Band documents related to the Leech Lake Reservation Construction Company, the Shingobee Inn, and Band-reimbursed legal expenses of Alfred “Tig” Pemberton, Dan Brown and Harold “Skip” Finn.  These Indians’ legal costs are apparently being paid at taxpayer expense under the Leech Lake Reservation Litigation Expense Reimbursement Ordinance, Ordinance No. 96-02 of the Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, operating under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act (I.R.A.).

The 1934 I.R.A. Constitution of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe contains the boilerplate I.R.A. provision required by the U.S. Department of the Interior for “acceptance” of all the I.R.A. constitutions, mandating that almost every act of any Indian Tribal Council or Reservation Business Committee have the “approval of the Secretary of the Interior or his authorized representative.”  In accord with the centralized-power philosophy of the 1934 I.R.A. Constitutions, the establishment and operation of Skip Finn’s Reservation Risk Management, Inc., was presumably approved by the Secretary of the Interior or his duly authorized representative—and under the philosophy of Indian Trusteeship, the Secretary of the Interior is also in on the scam.

The March 16 Motion to Quash is based on Western European concepts of Sovereignty, describing what they call “Indian sovereignty” as “inherent” and derived from “retain[ed] ... natural rights.”  Either the authors of the Motion to Quash are trying to steal Ah­nish­i­nah­bæót­jib­way natural rights, or by their logic 99.9% of all U.S. Citizens have such “inherent ... natural rights” by virtue of their White patrilines and at least a few non-White (probably African) ancestors somewhere in the distant past of their mothers’ ancestry.

The authors of the Quashing Motion also base their definition of “Indian sovereignty” on the “domestic dependent nations” decision of Justice John Marshall, who wanted to put a “civilized” veneer on the brutality of the 19th-century U.S. genocide and land theft.  These shysters also cite “treaties,” without observing that the very first treaty  (The 1785 Wyandot Land Theft Treaty) in which the U.S. Government dealt with Chippewa Indians—who were patrilineally White real estate salesmen selling property stolen from the Aboriginal Indigenous people—provided in Article IX that “If any Indian or Indians shall commit a robbery or murder on any citizen of the United States, the tribe to which such offenders may belong, shall be bound to deliver them up at the nearest post, to be punished according to the ordinances of the United States.”  “Kitchi-ogima” and his band of renegades are accused of having stolen from U.S. citizens, so if they’re going to adhere to “treaty law,” they should have already made the trip to Fort Ripley, and be sitting in the stockade awaiting trial.  Skip, if you’re going to be the White man’s Indian, you might as well play it by the book—none of this half-ass stuff.

In Chippewa linguist Frederic Baraga’s dictionary of the French Creole Chippewa language, sovereign is translated as kitchi-ogima, which is a joke in any language, and has nothing to do with the egalitarian Aboriginal Indigenous people of this land.  The only word fifth columnist Baraga records relating to title is ondenindiwin, which he translates ambiguously as “title of condemnation” in the English side of the dictionary, and as “anger for such a reason, cause of anger,” or under another hierarchical conjugation as “I have had feelings, revengeful thoughts, against him...” in the Chippewa part.  None of this has anything to do with the deep and inalienable Ah­nish­i­nah­bæót­jib­way connection to the land.  The “Indian Sovereignty,” “domestic dependent nations,” ad nauseam that Harold “Skip” Finn, et al. claim in their Motion to Quash has absolutely nothing to do with the Aboriginal Indigenous people that “Skip” Finn and the other White Chippewas are pretending to be.  “Indian sovereignty” is something like affirmative action—in both of them the White man keeps control of his system, and uses token bucks to make big bucks.

Case No. 5-95-12 is a strange case: the victims from whom the defendants are accused of having stolen are banding together with the defendants to thwart prompt administration of White Collar “justice.”  “Indians” are a good racket for the entrenched D.F.L. establishment and their cronies and cohorts, and if the prosecution went forward to its logical conclusion and terminated the Minnesota Chippewas, the White man would get hurt worse than the “Indians” because it’s the Whites who get the good-paying political patronage jobs in Indian affairs (the “Indians” just get a fake identity and a Wanna-be lifestyle wearing feathers and beads).

The United States Government’s fishing expedition into “sovereign” Leech Lake waters wanted to look at documents “that relate to a purported study conducted by the Band concerning the disparity in treatment of Indians by Beltrami County Judges.”  What if the average Leech Lake enrollee were to claim “Indian sovereignty” as a defense for any petty violation of the White man’s law.  If the judge asked him, “how do you plead,” and the Indian said, “I am sovereign,” the Indian would also be up for manslaughter, because the judge would fall off his chair and die laughing.  So much for Indian Sovereignty.

LOOSE BU-KANNON:  Patrick Buchanan is becoming the leading candidate in the Republican party, and the spokesman for what the Republicans stand for.  He’s talking about the American Dream, abundance and the Good Life—but at the same time, he’s harking back to the good old days when the good ol’ boys had slaves and the ‘good woman’ knew her place.

Russian president-for-life candidate Vladimir Zhirinovsky has endorsed his philosophical clone and comrade-in-rhetoric Pat Buchanan.  Buchanan’s message is aimed toward Whites, and I have yet to see a Black contingent at a Buchanan rally or political caucus.  Maybe the Grand Old Party needs affirmative action to meet their quota of minority constituents.  Or, is the word “conservative” a euphemism for Jim Crow, and the word “liberal” a code-word for accepting minorities—and that’s why it’s become a dirty word.

FLAT [WALLET] TAX: Leona Helmsley did the unthinkable when she opened her big mouth and told the truth, “rich people don’t pay taxes.”  Multi-millionaire Steve Forbes has come up with a hare-brained scheme, the “flat tax,” a tired old re-run of the American Dream where the rich get richer and the poor take the blame.  If Congress passes Forbes’ flat tax reform, they need a rider and an amendment to re-design the American dollar: by replacing the picture of George Washington with American huckster P.T. Barnum of the famous Barnum-and-Bailey show, and also replacing the slogan “In God We Trust” with “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Intact old-growth forests are not a “renewable resource,” and replacing them with tree farms is ecologically unsound and looks ugly.

My telephone number is (218) 679-2382 and my mailing address is P.O. Box 484, Bemidji, MN 56619.

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