from the Ahnishinahbæótjibway (We, the People)
September 20, 1992
[uncompleted and unpublished]
Norman Draper, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Sunday, September 20 that, “Ancient Indian burial mounds pose problems for homebuilders. “Indian” is a weasel-word invented by Europeans. The word “Indian” refers to a stereotype and a stigma. “Indian” is a Catch-22 category used by the Euro-Americans to steal the land, resources, Sovereignty and Eminent Domain of the Anishinabe Ojibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples of this Continent. The word “Indian” is an inaccurate and racist term: there were no “Indians” here before the European invaders invented them. The people whose graves pose such a “problem” to the descendents of Europeans who are trying to claim our land are Aboriginal Indigenous People, not “Indians.”
Euro-Americans have a powerful vested interest in maintaining the ugly identity that they invented, “Indians.” The Euro-Americans who are heir to England’s colonial occupation of our land, including the “United States,” are making up titles to land which does not belong to them. Their strategies of theft have always depended on “Indians.”
The United States claims to this land are based, according to the history books, on “Conquest and Treaty.” Most history books do not admit to the details. The Republican Party’s intolerantly arrogant claims that “this is a Christian Nation” have to do with the United States’ fraudulent title to this land. As one real estate book puts it,1 “as to the title of the ... property prior to 1803. Please be advised that in the year 1803 the United States of America acquired the Territory of Louisiana from the Republic of France by purchase. The Republic of France acquired title from the Spanish Crown by Conquest. The Spanish Crown had originally acquired title by virtue of the discoveries of one Christopher Columbus, sailor, who had been duly authorized by embark upon the voyage of discovery by Isabella, Queen of Spain. Isabella, before granting such authority, had obtained the sanction of His Holiness, the Pope; the Pope is the Vicar on Earth of Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ is the Son and Heir apparent of God. God made Louisiana [Territory].”
U.S. coins are all stamped with the disclaimer, “In God We Trust,” because the U.S. monetary system is based on Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ land and resources stolen in the name of the Judeo-Christian patriarchal father-figure, “God,” who was an arrogant and genocidal Johnny-Come-Lately. The Fundamentalist Christians, who say they have a “hotline to God,” claim that God created the world less than seven thousand years ago. This is probably historically accurate in the sense that the ancestors of the Judo-Christians destroyed the environment of Eden about five thousand B.C.—but they are not the only people in the world. The Anishinabe Ojibway religion, the Midewiwin, goes back in the history of the Anishinabe Ojibway People on this Continent for more than four ice ages. The Midewiwin has been the theocratic foundation of the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation for a very long time—longer than Judaism, Christianity, and Islam put together.
Christianity, particularly Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 2:20 (in which Adam tried to claim “dominion” by naming everything), is being used to justify the violent theft of land and resources belonging to the Anishinabe Ojibway people, and is also being used to justify genocide.
1Alfred Ring, Real Estate Principles and Practices, 1972