Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

June 24, 1994

Pat Doyle’s article in the Tuesday, June 14 issue of the Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted expert witnesses for the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians who claimed that Chief Hole-in-the-Day did not speak for the Mille Lacs Chippewas.  An anthropology professor who testified for the 1934 I.R.A. Mille Lacs Band of Indians said, “I don’t know who Hole in the Day represents.”

Hole-in-the-Day was no different from all of the other White Paper Indian Chiefs who were created by the White man and recognized by the United States during the Indian Treaty years under the provisions of imported Roman and British law.  Using these European laws, the immigrant Europeans’ governments have always owned both sides of the Indian Treaty process, as well as the subsequent court cases.  This was made very clear in 1805, when U.S. representative Zebulon Pike recorded in his diaries that he had appointed Indian Chiefs and issued them U.S. Government Chief Medallions at Leech Lake.  In Baraga’s nineteenth-century Chippewa Creole language, the word “ogima” refers both to Indian Chiefs and to U.S. Government agents.  There is no word for “chief” in the egalitarian Ahnishinahbæótjibway language.

The U.S. Government has always chosen Indian Chiefs who endorse United States interests.  These Federally Recognized Indian Chiefs have all been genetically and culturally European—U.S. Chippewa Indian Chiefs are by definition Squaw Men and/or descendants of Squaw Men.  The U.S. is an outside force which artificially created both Indians and a centralized Indian government designed to illegally sell what the U.S. Government called (using alien Roman legal terminology) the “usufruct” of [Ahnishinahbæótjibway] land.  The U.S. paid their professional Indian Treaty Chiefs handsomely for selling fictitious Indian “rights of occupancy.”  Their Feudal European system was unilaterally “modernized” by the U.S. Government under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, but remains structurally unchanged.

According to Treaty transcripts, Hole-in-the-Day was acting in an European capacity as a centralized agent, and he was quoted as saying, “The Indians don’t own anything.  I own this land,” which he did not.  Hole-in-the-day was part of the imported European government, which sold land in a “democratic way,” without referendum or consensus.  He sold “Indian right of occupancy” in the same way as the European Sovereign of France sold “eminent domain” on the same land as a part of the Louisiana Purchase.  This is how the land claimed by the United States was stolen.  The United States Government’s claim to the Aboriginal Indigenous peoples’ land they call the United States is based on racist immigrant Roman Law.

Part of the perennial waste of taxpayers dollars is promoting crime and compounding the fiction of the legitimacy of U.S. claims to Ahnishinahbæótjibway land.  The three-ring Barnum-and-Bailey Treaty Case presently being held at the Federal Court in Minneapolis, is a trilogy of artificial entities which have no claim to this land: the Indians, the State of Minnesota, and the United States.  They are using imported Western European Law on Ahnishinahbæótjibway land, and their alien and violent system has no jurisdiction on this Continent.  The Mille Lacs Indians are erroneously stipulating, along with the State of Minnesota and the United States, that the cessions made in the 1837 Indian Treaty by U.S. Medallion Indian Chiefs are binding on the Ahnishinahbæótjibway.  Their purported selling of our land is obscene.

In the foreign U.S. Indian Treaties, there is no provision for protection of the gravesites of the Aboriginal Indigenous people.  This was not important to the Indians, because these graves are not the graves of their ancestors.  All three parties in the three-ring trilogy have apparently agreed, under racist Roman Law, not to talk about the crucial issues.  The In-House Indians at Mille Lacs are not challenging the legitimacy of the Europeans’ claims to eminent domain by “right of discovery” under foreign European pre-Colombian Papal Bull, because the 1934 I.R.A. Indian Leaders at Mille Lacs are a part of the White man’s system under Roman Law; and as such they are in complicity with the genocide of the Ahnishinahbæótjibway.


In the Letters to the Editor section of the Sunday, June 19 Minneapolis Star Tribune, Phil Bemis’ letter from a Western European perspective was printed.  Mr. Bemis “hopes” that Judge Diana Murphy will hold the [devastating] change in the ecosystem over the past 157 years, “foremost in her mind.”  He writes that in 1837, “there was no corner grocery store to pick up bread and milk,” although for the Ahnishinahbæótjibway our intact ecosystem was a supermarket providing everything that we needed, and we did not need food stamps or Kommod’s.  That was then, and the immigrant Europeans have been on welfare for the past 500 years, devouring the ecological infrastructure of our Continent.  That was then, and it continues now.

Judge Murphy should understand that the destruction of the environment which came about as a result of the Chippewa Indians’ agreement to sell our Ahnishinahbæótjibway land resulted in genocide of the Ahnishinahbæótjibway, who never agreed to the sale of land.

Phil Bemis writes that when the Treaty was signed, “that was then—and this is now.  In the late 1800’s, the Native Americans were still taking the white settlers’ scalps, but that was then—this is now.”  He writes his own racist and Eurocentric version of history, claiming that White immigrants were being scalped.  If he were to research what he writes, he would find that it was the Whites who were doing the scalping, and getting paid big bucks by the State of Minnesota to do it—as much as $500. per scalp.  The vast majority of the scalps taken, were not White peoples’ scalps taken by Indians, but the scalps of Aboriginal Indigenous people murdered by Whites and their Indians.  That was then, when $500. was more than a year’s wages.  This is now; they don’t take scalps anymore.  But, the bounty is still being paid out, in the prison economic system, where under Roman Law, bounty-hunters get more than $40,000. per year for their role in taking the whole body: hapless people who have accepted the stereotypical labels and definition of “criminal,” and become entrapped as Europeans’ slaves.

In the non-violent Ahnishinahbæótjibway language, there is no word for “War” or “peace” or “warrior.”  In the hierarchical Indo-European Chippewa language by Baraga, and in the Indian culture which was created by the immigrant Europeans for the subject people descended from their Squaw Men, there is a word for “warrior,” and there are words for warfare and peace.

Phil Bemis goes on to write that “All men are created equal,” and that “this great country” was built on principle.  The underlying principle that he refers to is violence, including the violent theft and rape of the land.  That was then.  Maybe that’s why there is violence clear around the world dominated by the European superpower, the United States, because of this “principle.”  This is now, and it needs to change.  Violence is perverted and unnecessary, and only creates more violence.  The policy-makers of Western European $ivilization know this, and profit from it.

Mr. Bemis also writes, “It’s time all Americans lived by the same rules”—this is now.  What rules does he refer to?  The racist Roman and British Law which the White immigrants brought with them from the bankrupt European countries they fled?  This is now.  From an Ahnishinahbæótjibway perspective, it looks like what he really means is, “Now that we Whites have the land, the law and the guns, everybody plays by [the White man’s Imperial Roman] rules.”  The Roman legal system, and gambling, have the same structure.  That was then, and that is still now.  It’s always been designed so that the House wins.  It’s long overdue that these laws be integrated and desegregated, and there urgently needs to be reform to make this a better world for everyone.

They say the United States is a “culturally diverse” country, but it is founded on Western European laws derived from the Romans and Hammurabi, and the allowable “diversity” is all Western European.  Under this $ivilized system, the upper-class Whites are bamboozling everybody else on this Continent, holding five aces of clubs up their sleeve, and go unchallenged when they say, “heads I win, tails you lose.”  Their European laws are the Europeans’ own business in Europe, but they should have never been exported.  The Euro-Americans’ so-called “Indian” laws are apartheid codified under their imported Roman and British legal system, and are stacked in the White man’s favor.  Every time the Good Ol’ Boys of Western Civilization use their Law on another race of people, the Whites inevitably end up committing genocide and human rights violations.  That was “then,” and now, their violent laws and languages need to be changed, so that they are in harmony with the Aboriginal Indigenous peoples’ ancient Laws of this Continent.

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


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