Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

October 5, 1992

Minneapolis Star Tribune
attention: Jim Dawson
              Staff Writer

Euro-American scientists claim that “Indians” came over the Bering Strait.  The European immigrants can say anything that they want to about “Indians,” because the Indians which have filled the media in preparation for Columbus Day are European mythology, an invented identity applied to European subject people.  “Indians” are not the Aboriginal Indigenous People of this Continent.  The people living out the “Indian” stereotype identity have European or Indo-European patrilineal ancestry.  It would be more accurate to say that the great-grandfathers of the “Indians” came across the Atlantic, many of them below-decks as indentured servants.  There were no “Indians” here until the Europeans came here, and through genetic engineering, factual revisionism and fantastic lies, created “Indians.”  There is no word for “Indian” or “Chippewa” in the Anishinabe Ojibway language.

The Aboriginal Indigenous People of this Continent did not come over the Bering Strait in 10,000 B.C., nor any other time.  The European science which is being used to try to claim fallacies about Aboriginal Indigenous People (which these Europeans can say with impunity about “Indians”) is based on a Judeo-Christian world-view, the false assumption that all human beings are descended from incestuous relationships between Adam and Eve’s children, whether 5,976 years ago just outside the Garden of Eden, or hundreds of thousands of years ago in Africa.  Judeo-Christian hierarchial thinking requires centralization; it models an unbalanced and violent social structure in order to create slaves, and this imbalance is reflected in their “Scientific theories.”  Euro-American scientists accumulate huge masses of details, but very rarely scrutinize the underlying cultural assumptions through which they select and interpret their “facts.”  The Bering Strait Theory was formulated by Ales Hrdlika, an European immigrant employed by the United States Government, Smithsonian Institution.

Much of Ales Hrdlika’s research was done in Minnesota, in the context of the White Earth Allotment scandal of the early 1900’s.  Virtually none of the people Dr. Hrdlika was studying were Anishinabe Ojibway people—they were Indo-European, mostly French and Moorish, descendants of voyageurs who ended up at the P.O.W. concentration camp called White Earth Reservation as “Indians,” refugees from the French-and-Indian wars.  Some of these “Hinton Full-Bloods” also had documentable African ancestry.  Dr. Hrdlika based his research on political expediency [by claiming “Indians” are immigrants, too, the Europeans can steal this land with impunity] as well as on the incredibly racist ideas about “Indians” then prevalent in Euro-American culture.  He believed that real “full-blooded Indians” could be determined by, for example, scratching a person across the chest with his fingernails; that the “Savage” is so tough he or she would not show the scratch.

Ales Hrdlika also figured out that the Inuit people on the Eastern side of the Bering Strait are related to the Aboriginal Siberian people on the Western side.  If he had spoken their language, he could have asked these people about it.  The Bering Strait is no great abyss requiring a “land bridge,” but rather an easy two-day walk any winter, and the people on both sides of the Strait have traded and inter-married since time immemorial.  The Bering Strait Theory is Judeo-Christianity masquerading as “Scientific Fact,” and like any political slogan is quoted so frequently that regimented people believe this nonsense without question.

The “Chippewa Indians” on which the media has recently been focussing almost all have European patrilineal ancestry.  Many of them are full-blooded Whites who the U.S. Government made into “Indians” to sign “Treaties,” to sell Anishinabe Ojibway land and resources, and to hide the genocide of the Anishinabe Ojibway people.  The “Tribes” and “Tribal Governments” which the Whites call “Indian” are statutory creations of the United States Congress, and have nothing to do with the Anishinabe Ojibway Traditional egalitarian theocracy, the Midewiwin.  “Indian Religion” is a cult created, in violation of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, by the U.S. Government.  Most of the publicly visible “Indian Medicine Men” are European people with European values and thinking.  “Indian Religion” is no different than Christianity; both of them embody self-destructive behavior and male domination.  The United States called itself the “Great White Father” because they thought they were God, and God was a White man.  In the Boarding Schools, they said their “God” was the “Great White Spirit,” and then their next sentence was, “you are the Vanishing American, and you will go.”  All of the Anishinabe Ojibway people kidnapped as children into the Boarding Schools bear psychological scars.  The U.S. Government’s imposition of their alien values and their foreign “Chippewa Indians” they created, onto Anishinabe Ojibway land is violence, a human rights violation, and a lie to the Euro-American, African-American and Asian-American public.

The Europeans wrote, and still write, incredible nonsense about the “Indians,” who falsely claim to be the Aboriginal Indigenous People who have been here since there were human beings anywhere.  “Cannibals,” the European invaders wrote, as a part of a sixteenth and seventeenth-century public-relations effort to dehumanize the people this land belongs to, to justify their genocide, slave-trading, and resource-theft.  Read the Judeo-Christian Bible, or walk into any Christian Church at Communion, and one could say “Cannibals” and “Human Sacrifice” with much more basis in reality than the Europeans had about even their own Indians they invented.  The Europeans invented an “Indian mythology,” they peopled their invented “Indian” identity with their own illegitimate children and escaped servants, and then they try to apply their racist “Indian” stereotype to Anishinabe Ojibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous People, and claim this is “Scientific History.”

What the Europeans call “Science,” looks different from another culture. “Science” becomes a weasel-word.  It’s very easy to intimidate and abuse Euro-Americans with “Science,” because they have all been regimented and brainwashed.  To an Anishinabe Ojibway person, standing outside of the European context, “science” is a slick disguise for diabolical schemes of disharmony and destruction.  Darwin’s theory of “survival of the fittest” is just one example of “Science” being used to justify inexcusable violence, with the implied claim that human beings are more knowledgeable than Grandmother Earth.  All living beings are connected, and as each species disappears, how much longer until your number comes up, and you stand to face the consequences of your “scientific thinking” as you follow those you have sent before yourself into extinction?  “Science” is rigid and controlling, and limited in scope by the Judeo-Christian materialistic and hierarchial world-view.  The Anishinabe Ojibway People maintained beautiful forests and an abundant and harmonious permaculture on this Continent.  This unlocked wealth is an example of our non-violence.  The Euro-Indians have helped their White relations cut down our forests and plunder our ecosystem.  This wanton destruction is just one aspect of their culture’s violence.

The Euro-Americans need to scrutinize their own violent values, religion, and roots, instead of trying to force their self-justifying lies and “science” onto the few Aboriginal Indigenous People who have survived five centuries of Holocaust.  Rather than inventing pre-Colombian wars on a non-violent Continent (the Anishinabe Ojibway language does not even have a word for “war and peace”), the Euro-Americans need to scrutinize their own violence, greed, and disharmony.  Judeo-Christianity is a violent religion, bending a weak-willed “God” to justify world conquest, ecological mayhem, slavery and genocide.  If their “God” can be manipulated so easily, why not have Him advocate harmony, non-violence, and generosity instead?

The more than 90 physical diseases which the Europeans brought here (including Tuberculosis and Syphilis) are a legacy of hundreds of years of European war, imbalance, disharmony and greed.  How many mental diseases have they also brought?  Greed and violence are among them.  The rape, plunder, and killing that the Europeans brought to this Continent have gone on long enough.  These imported European values have turned back against their own people, and the streets of the cities of their Great Civilization are unsafe.  Instead of trying to re-mythologize history, pretending that the Aboriginal Indigenous People are “Indians” projected from the fears and lusts of the Europeans, why not look at the truth?  The Euro-Americans are quickly reaching a point in their “progress” where their old cultural paradigms and values will no longer lead to anything but misery.  It’s possible that we can all live here in harmony, that we can work together to create a better place for the generations yet to come.  We need to get rid of violence, and start dealing with reality truthfully.  The way that Euro-Americans presently deal with violence is adding more police and jails, spending more money, entrenching the very system that creates the violence.  It’s like starting a gasoline fire, and then adding water to “put it out.”  The violence just spreads—because as the Euro-American system is structured now, violence is a necessary part of it.  The immigrant peoples need to address the root causes of the violence which is entrenched in their culture, and one of them is their violent Judeo-Christian religion.

I spent nine years as a political prisoner in the Boarding Schools that the White man created.  One of the first things that they showed me, and it very traumatic and profound, was a picture of a man nailed to a cross, bleeding all over.  They said, “this is your savior.”  You don’t need violence to save anybody.  Violence just promotes more violence.  Non-violence and harmony must be created non-violently.  Violence does not belong on this Continent.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, had a non-violent, harmonious, egalitarian society on this Continent for hundreds of millennia.  Our religion, the Midewiwin, is non-violent.  The Euro-Americans have to come to terms with the truth about themselves, including their violence.


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