INDEX


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

1986

March 3, 1986: To the Editor— ... Aaron Beauchamp writes, “Why should special attention be paid to a minor language? [meaning Ojibway]”  His (perhaps unconscious) arrogance and bigotry stand out loud and clear .....

September 4, 1986: Europeans brought Bemidji’s crime problem with them.  Mr. Ryan discretely labels Indian people as “sociological factors” in his August 26 letter to the editor but then proceeds to make it quite clear that he is blaming Indians for Bemidji’s crime .....

November 3, 1986: Lorraine Kingsley on “Discipline”

November 12, 1986: Dear Professor Chomsky— I am enclosing a photocopy of an English 121 paper on the assigned topic of “Discipline” .....


1987

Wub-e-ke-niew on the south shore of lower Red Lake (photo)

February 12, 1987: To the Editor— In today’s Bemidji Pioneer, Brad Swenson wrote an opinion about making English the “official language” of the State of Minnesota .....

Photos from 1997 .....


1988

May 24, 1988: Dear Mr. Giago— In a page-one article of your February 11, 1987 issue [of the Lakota Times], Mr. Frank Whitaker reported on the Alliance for American Indian Leaders (AAIL) .....

May 24, 1988: First issue of the Ojibwe News

June 1, 1988: Elections. The tribal elections in Red Lake this year were very quiet .....

June 8, 1988: Red Lake sawmill court case.  United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Dockets Number 85-5272 and 97-5188 ...Filed on May 2, 1988, the United States Court of Appeals ruled on the Red Lake Tribal Council’s complaint of August 3, 1983 to transfer $800,000 from the “Sawmill Account” .....

June 8, 1988: Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.  The United States Government has at least eighteen (18) bureaucrats governing every Indian .....

June 8, 1988: Political Dictionary.    Barnes and Nobles Dictionary of American Politics defines the Bureau of Indian Affairs as “A unit of the Department of the Interior, responsible for the exercise of special guardianship over the economic, educational, and moral welfare of Indians and other American aborigines .....

June 8, 1998:  Naanaboozho for Tribal Office.  I am running for any Chippewa Tribal Office!  Vote for me, Naanaboozho .....

June 8, 1988: A Right to Know.  Brad Swenson, in his Sunday June 12 Bemidji Pioneer article, labeled the Ojibway People for Justice, “protestors” .....

June 8, 1988: WANTED: There is an urgent need for volunteers and donated equipment for the Anishinabe Maanashigan Project .....

June 22, 1988: History.  The farewell address of President Andrew Jackson, Marcy 4, 1837.   ... Inaugurated in 1829, Andrew Jackson attempted to root out corruption in the bureaucracy .....

June 29, 1988: Analysis.  There is a tradition in Feudal Europe about the “King’s Preserves” .....

June 29, 1998: Allotment of Indian lands.  Senator Pendleton of Ohio had very dramatically stated the position of the Indian during the debate on allotment of Indian lands as early as 1881 .....

Summer, 1988 ... photos

July 6, 1988: Welfare Concerns.  The politicians are warming up for November’s elections, and already letters to the editor are starting to wave the WELFARE! flag .....

July 6, 1988: Interview with New Fond du Lac Chairman.  Duluth, MN—Bob Peacock replaces Bill Houle as Fond du Lac Tribal Chairman.  We spoke with Chairman-elect Peacock .....

July 15, 1988:  Ross Swimmer interviewed.  Transcript of Press Conference with Commissioner of Indian Affairs Ross Swimmer, July 12, 1988, Minneapolis, MN .....

July 20, 1988:  Swimmer meets with Red Lake Peoples Council.    Meeting with [Ross] Swimmer and [Earl] Barlow, July 12, 1988—1:00 p.m., Minneapolis, Minnesota—  [Earl] Barlow: Mr. Swimmer again, will take this spot and answer .....

July 27, 1988: Swimmer meets with Red Lake Peoples Council.  Transcript of meeting with Swimmer and Barlow continued from last week .....

July 27, 1988:  An open letter to Ross Swimmer.  Dear Mr. Swimmer—  We thank you for taking the time to talk with the press, and to meet with us while you were in Minneapolis .....

August 31, 1988: Animals in their proper place,” the August 23 Bemidji Pioneer captions a picture of a Japanese sika deer at the zoo.  The picture shows a prisoner in an alien land .....

September 7, 1988: More than two years ago, in May of 1986, the Red Lake Independent published an article about the epidemic of diabetes on the Red Lake Reservation.  The response of the Indian Health Service was to start a public-relations newsletter in Red Lake, and to launch a seat belt campaign .....

September 14, 1988: “Colonialism” is a dirty word in the lexicon of our democracy.  It has always been so, as would be expected in a country that began as a former colony in revolution against colonialism .....

October 12, 1988:  Who says Indians don’t pay property tax?  “Indians don’t pay taxes.”  That’s what Congressmen, county commissioners, certain political reporters and non-Indians living near reservations like to tell Indians .....

November 30, 1988:  Housing vote typical of system.  The racist class system strikes again in Bemidji.  The City Council has made decisions “for” the poor people .....

December 14, 1988: A traditional perspective - Democratic government on Indian land.  “Assimilated” is defined by the New Century Dictionary as: to make like, accordant, or conformable; liken or compare; convert into a substance suitable for absorption into the system; appropriate and absorb or incorporate, as the body does food .....

December 21, 1988:  Political pollution contaminating process of siting toxic waste dump ...  We need to clean up the political pollution contaminating the process of siting both toxic and atomic waste dumps in the Northwoods .....


1989

April 16, 1989:  To the Editor— Rabbi Meir Kahane writes in the Friday, April 14 newspaper about the Jewish claim to Israel, that the Jewish God gave them Israel 3,000 years ago and therefor the Palestinian State has no right to exist .....

May 30, 1989:  Recommend Europeans return to Europe. ... P.C. Frederick writes that, “if the Indians insist on this treaty, they should be required to fish with methods used when the treaty was agreed on” .....

May 30, 1989:  Is the Star Tribune into propaganda?  In the last month, the Star and Tribune has referred to tribal people as “vindictive,” published a large picture of a cigar-store Indian [would they have done that with a statue caricaturing a Black man?], and erroneously reported that Sanguinaria canadensis was used by Indians for “war paint” among other things .....

November 8, 1989:  Dear Michael Q. Patton— You requested information regarding our application to the Northwest Minnesota Initiative Fund .....


1990

January 3, 1990: Indian’s rights supported.  The Thursday, December 21 edition of the Bemidji Pioneer ran only a part of an Associated Press story about Ester Nahgahnub .....

February 5, 1990:  Dear Javier Perez de Cuillar— There is unrest around the world .....

February 11, 1990:  Dear Noam Chomsky— Thank you for your book, which we enjoyed reading .....

April 4, 1990: I say what I can to make this a better world.  Charles Murphey of Fort Yates wrote an open letter against H.R. 4033, which would establish a Federal “Office of Indian Treaty Conflict Resolution” .....

May 16, 1990: Treaty rights are a news issue again.  The European-Americans who want to abrogate the treaties .....

September 12, 1990: The real issue in the standoff between the Mohawk Nation and Canada/England is Sovereignty .....

October 3, 1990: Stealing personal Sovereignty and abolishing personal identity of Indigenous people is a necessary part of Indo-European colonization and Indo-European democracy .....

October 17, 1990: The original game plan of the government, as outlined in the Lake Mohonk Conference of “Friends of the Indians” and other places, was to use the Mixed-bloods to destroy Sovereign Indigenous people, and then assimilate them into the melting pot of the Indo-European population—although near the bottom of the hierarchy (because of racism) .....

October 31, 1990: In the last column, I wrote about identities.  Wherever the Indo-European people have gone and stolen other peoples’ land, their elite has been giving people identities which are created by Indo-Europeans .....

December 1990: To the Department of the Interior, United States Government— This is to inform you that I want my name removed from the basic membership, identification, and enrollment lists of your “Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians.”  I will no longer be identified by your racist term of “Indian” .....



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