Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

May 20, 1994

The immigrants are arguing about “treaties” under their imported laws again.  The Sunday, May 15 Bemidji Pioneer reprinted an article from the Associated Press reporting that Chief U.S. District Judge Diana Murphy denied the State of Minnesota’s motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Government and their client organization, the 1934 I.R.A. Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians’ lawsuit over hunting and fishing rights presumed to have been “guaranteed” under the Indian treaty of July 29, 1837.

Western European culture is not based on hunting and fishing, and when the European immigrants saw the Aboriginal Indigenous people hunting and fishing as a part of our sustainable permaculture, they called us “primitive” and “savage.”  Since the early days of “discoverer” (guided) tourism and invading pioneers, the European immigrants have acculturated a little bit, and now some of them see hunting and fishing as important—after the ecosystem which the Ahnishinahbæótjibway maintained as an abundant paradise has been destroyed, and there is almost nothing left to hunt or fish.  Indian culture (which is patrilineally Indo-European) may have been based on poaching on the King’s Game Preserves in Europe, and the Métis ancestors of most of the Indians were commercial hunters for the fur companies, who decimated the Ahnishinahbæótjibway fish and game, hunting some species into extinction, for a few pieces of silver and a barrel of rotgut whiskey—and who did not have a license from the people who owned the resources.

The issue to be heard in court is described by the Attorney General’s Office as the “merits,” which do not have anything to do with whether there can be hunting and fishing on the so-called “ceded” lands.  Two of the three parties to the lawsuit—the 1934 I.R.A. Mille Lacs band of Chippewa Indians, and the State of Minnesota, did not exist when the 1837 Treaty was signed at St. Peters in Wisconsin Territory, and the people who actually signed the Treaty were Western European subject people under the jurisdiction of the United States.  For that matter, most of the non-White ancestors of the “Indians” who are now enrolled in the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians, as the Department of the Interior explains, “did not have rights as Indians [in 1837], for the reason that they were mixed bloods, and mixed bloods were not recognized as Indians until the treaty of 1847.”  Under Article 4 of treaty of August 2, 1847, these patrilineally White people were officially categorized as “Chippewas of the Mississippi and Lake Superior.”  In 1860, another branch of the United States Government was still counting these mixed-blood people as “mulattos.”  None of these official classifications have anything to do with the peoples’ real identity.  The people who signed the “Indian Treaties” as “Indians,” even before 1847, were patrilineally White; they were not Ahnishinahbæótjibway.

This so-called “Indian Treaty” is not a matter of international law; it is an internal affair of the United States, which has always owned both sides of this treaty.  (The reason that the United States broke their “Indian Treaties” regularly, is because the U.S. signed these treaties with themselves.)  The “Indians” have never owned anything on this Continent—they are patrilineally Indo-European people whose ancestors were conscripted on the other side of the Atlantic, and were brought here in chains to serve as involuntary labor.  The Federally Recognized Indians still do not own anything—they are Wards of the Government under Trusteeship.  That the United States Government continues to maintain Indo-European people as Federally Recognized Blood-Quantum Indians is an open admission of the ongoing genocide and grand land theft of the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples.  What are called “Chippewa-Indian Treaties” were not negotiated nor written in the Ahnishinahbæótjibway language.  They were negotiated in two hierarchical languages with Indo-European roots, English and Chippewa (and are recorded and archived only in the English language).  The new round of Indian Treaty-related negotiations will be conducted only in English (or, to be more precise, Philadelphia Lawyerese).  I guess that shyster lawyers will be the new Treaty Interpreters.

The United States Government is using their subject people, who they name “Federally Recognized Indians,” in an unique scam: the Federal Instrumentalities known as 1934 I.R.A. “Sovereign Indian Governments” are a front for the dummy corporations known as “Indian Tribal Councils,” which are controlled through the non-democratic bureaucracy under the United States Executive branch.  The furor and White Backlash over Indian hunting and fishing (particularly spearfishing) is drawing attention away from the “Indian Gaming” casinos operated under the jurisdiction of the United States Government.  The issue which will be determined in Federal Court is whether the State of Minnesota or the U.S. Government will be the party issuing hunting and fishing licenses to the “Indians” under separate and unequal apartheid, Jim Crow “Indian Government.”  The Indians have always been able to go hunting and fishing in the so-called “ceded” lands—all they had to do was buy a hunting or fishing license under English and Roman law, just like the other immigrant Citizens do.


On Friday, May 13, there was a special meeting of the Red Lake Chip-away Tribal Council called. According to rumor, the purpose of this meeting was to “investigate” the candidates in the upcoming 1934 I.R.A. elections, and to eliminate any who are classified by the United States Government as Federal Felons, from running for election in the Indians’ unique Sovereign, separatist Government.  I said to one of the Tribal Members who was at the meeting, “this is a strange way to hold a primary.”  He replied, “So, what else is new?  They just make laws whenever it’s convenient, to suit themselves.”  I went to the meeting as a photographer; waited for forty-five minutes and nothing happened in the public part of the building, and so I left.


In order to legitimize and authenticate the 1934 I.R.A. “Indian Democracy,” there have always been petitions after the elections—why break the traditions now?  You can make the process more efficient, and get your petitions ready.  Instead of rushing around after the elections, trying to get signatures before the five-day waiting period is up, start the petition process now.  For each of the special-interest groups, you will need a Chairman: a Chairman of the Dissidents, a Chairman of the Malcontents, a Chairman of the Sore Losers Committee, a Chairman of the Sour Grapes Committee, a Chairman of the Outsiders Committee, a Chairman of the Absentee Ballot and Mail Fraud Committee, a Chairman of the Supporters of the Chairman-For-Life Committee, a Chairman of the Outside Agitators Committee, a Chairman of the Snivelers’ and Whiners’ Committee, a Chairman of the Envious Rival Factions Committee, a Chairman of the Disappointed Committee, a Chairperson of the Comité Pour Le Culture Indién, two Chairmen and a Vice Chairman for the Greed Committee, a Lawyer for the Chairman of the Embezzlers’ Committee, and least and last, a Chairman of the Rabble-Rousers.

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


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