Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

November 13, 1992

According to the papers, there was a parade in Fargo recently.  On one of the floats in this parade, immigrant Europeans featured the “tomahawk chop.”  Some more immigrants, calling themselves “Indians,” dressed up in feathers and other stereotypical regalia of the Euro-Americans’ “Indians.”

The United States Cabinet agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, creates “Indians” and micro-manages their Indians’ lives.  Some of my best friends are Whites, and also some of my best friends think they are Indians—in other words, some of these people are descendants of immigrant Europeans, and some of immigrant Indo-Europeans.  It bothers me to see racism against anybody, because racism promotes and entrenches parasitic relationships.  Anishinabe Ojibway values include egalitarian society, and the inferior-superior relationships created by racism are out of harmony, archaic, and out-dated.

So, I called the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Minneapolis.  The White Europeans who administer this United States Government Agency calculate “blood quantums,” and use their own obscure (Agency Regulation) formulas to decide who they recognize as “Indian,” who they want on in their scheme.  I asked the Bureau the question, “since you administer the so-called Sacred Trust, and every minute detail of your Indians’ daily lives, why aren’t you standing up front with your Indians, and protesting along with them about the Tomahawk Chop, the racist mascots, and ugly stereotypes like the Washington Redskins?”  Although these caricatures of “Indians” have nothing to do with the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation, it still bothers me to see this thing go on.  Such racism has no place on this Continent.

The B.I.A. gave me a classical bureaucratic shuffle.  They told me, “that’s a very good question, but we have all this paperwork to do.”  I suppose that the B.I.A. in Minneapolis has lots of important papers from their acting as a broker for corporate America, stealing.  By remaining silent on the issue of the Tomahawk Chop and the Indian Mascots, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is condoning and tacitly advocating the foreign European immigrants’ institutionalized racism.  It’s not really surprising, because the Christianity which holds these European immigrants’ Sovereignty is racist, and uses racism to justify their theft and genocide.

After the Bureau of Indian Affairs shuffled me through seven bureaucrats and then back to the receptionist, I called the Indian Affairs Specialist David Barris at Senator Wellstone’s office (at the Senate Switchboard number, (202) 224-5641).  Barris also said, “that’s a good question,” but one to which he would not give me an answer.  What kind of World Leader is the United States of America, if their government is actively promoting apartheid and racism on the land these foreigners claim as “Home”?

In 1889, the United States created the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe by Act of the 50th Congress, Second Session (Chapter 24, codified as 25 Stat. 652).  I don’t mind if the U.S. Congress creates “Indians,” but trying to claim that their “Indians” are Aboriginal Indigenous People is crazy.  The “Minnesota Chippewa Indians” were created by the U.S. Congress as a smokescreen for the massive genocide of the Anishinabe Ojibway People which they had already committed.  They assumed that their Indians could successfully appropriate Anishinabe Ojibway culture and values, and “replace” us just as plantations of Scotch Pine and other imported and genetically engineered species (like so-called “wild rice”) are used to “replace” the Anishinabe Ojibway Peoples’ permacultural forest ecosystem.  (From the way their records are put together, it also looks like what they assumed is that there would be no Anishinabe Ojibway People who would survive to question their ongoing genocide and human rights violations; nor to provide a reality check for their Hollywood Indians and other Wanna-be’s trying to be something that they cannot possibly be.)  Anishinabe Ojibway Clans and Dodems are patrilineal.  This means that Anishinabe Ojibway Clans and Dodems are passed from father to son, on the male line.  The Europeans’ Chippewa Indians are claiming the matrilineal “clans” of a conquered people, because on their fathers’ side, most of them are Frenchmen who lost the war with England.  There is no such concept, no such word, as “War” and “Peace” in the Anishinabe Ojibway culture and language.  The Europeans and their Indians conjured up the “Peace Pipe,” [Anishinabe Ojibway Midewiwin Pipes have nothing to do with war-and-peace] “Tribes” and “Bands,” and “Indian Chiefs,” which are all alien European concepts.  They are projecting their caricatures onto Indo-European subject people, making them into “Indians.”  It’s just like White people putting on “Blackface” for Vaudeville, like Al Jolson singing “Mamie” in black grease-paint, or “Amos and Andy.”  The “Indians” all have Indo-European patrilines, and what the “Indian leaders” are getting paid to do is Vaudeville all over again, trying to caricature the Aboriginal Indigenous People, still trying to re-define us into someone under European hierarchial control.

At the Boston Tea Party, foreigners dressed up as caricatures of Aboriginal Indigenous people and called themselves “Indians,” and Euro-american immigrant wanna-be’s have been at it ever since.  But, they’re getting their caricatures mixed up.  At the Mission School the foreign German nuns were trying to teach Anishinabe Ojibway children how to sing plantation slave’s “minstrel” songs like “Old Black Joe” and “Massa’s in the Cold, Cold Ground” in their projection of plantation dialect.  (Maybe these German immigrant nuns were mocking the Indo-European children at the Mission School, who had been made into “Indians.”)  The European élite remains in charge of “Indians,” using blood quantums which are irrelevant to Anishinabe Ojibway people, to make and un-make their “Indians.”


The newspapers are winding down the United States ceremonial rituals of “Democratic Elections” and using polls for spin control.  Soon, we can go back to four more years of apathy.  When you voted George Bush in, you jumped from the frying pan into the fire.  With Clinton, you’re jumping from the fire back into the frying pan.  (Either way, the melting-pot keeps calling the kettle “black.”)  Euro-american political “progress” moves like the swing of a pendulum: nothing of substance changes, and it seems like that massive theft of Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ land and resources is going to go on until there is absolutely nothing left to steal.  You are in the midst of a new era of history.  You have arrived.  There is virtually nothing left to steal—it has all been converted into a foreign European currency system, Dollars, an illusion of an economic system which is “sound as a dollar.” (What sound does a dollar make when the inflationary bubble bursts?)  Euro-American culture has never been in touch with reality, and the rape, plunder, and theft on these two Continents goes on.  That’s what the trillions of dollar of deficit are about.  What kind of man would steal from his own grand-child? and leave piles of poisonous filth where the water once ran pristine and pure through magnificent forests?  To me, it seems like only A*holes blinded by the mental illness of greed, would do what is being done.  When what the Aboriginal Indigenous People have maintained for a hundred millennia on these two Continents is gone, there won’t be any more—anywhere.  “You are here,” and what are your grandchildren going to do, move to the moon and breathe vacuum?

Some of the Métis and Wanna-be’s have been calling me up, asking to see their genealogy, but they don’t show up because they already know that they are not Anishinabe Ojibway people.  Instead of engaging in dialogue, some of these Indian back-stabbers are calling me “crazy” behind my back, but they won’t talk to me to my face.  They live in a make-believe world of delusions.   A “Chippewa Indian” identity is a lie.  It’s a fake identity, and it is dishonest.  Everybody has a real identity—and anybody who would get stuck in a shabby imitation identity must be into S & M, a wanna-be conned into complicity in genocide by that old carrot-on-a-stick, “you’re gonna be to be rich someday.”  You’ve lost more than you’ll ever gain, by giving up your real identity.  As long as you “Indians” are living a lie, there is not one issue about which the so-called “Indian” people will be able to act in consensus.  Instead of solidarity, their communities are divided by people telling each other, “you don’t belong here.”  If I was to say I was “Indian,” I wouldn’t belong here, either—but the Clans and Dodems of the Anishinabe Ojibway Nation jointly own this land that both the immigrant “Indians” and the foreign Euro-Americans are trying to claim.

I am Anishinabe Ojibway with a patrilineal Clan and Dodem.  If I say I am a “Chippewa Indian,” I am lying to you and I am lying to myself.  If I gave up my ancient and beautiful identity to be a “Chippewa Indian,” then I really would be “crazy.”  Chippewa Indians do not have Anishinabe Ojibway Clans and Dodems—they were created by the United States Government to steal from the Anishinabe Ojibway People.  We, the Anishinabe Ojibway People, have a right to exist as a Sovereign Nation on our own land, without any interference from any foreigner, including “Indians.”

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


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