Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

July 8, 1994

The Indians clear across the country, including here at Red Lake, celebrated their “Independence” on the Fourth of July.  There were many dancing contests with big-bucks prizes, drumming and singing.  The Warrior Societies were celebrating their many wars, and honoring two hundred and eighteen years of “freedom” for the Indians, under their “unique” relationship with the United States of America, “the land of the Free and the home of the Brave.”

S. 1021:
If you don’t know what Senate Bill 1021, of the 103rd U.S. Congress, first session is, then you Indians had better find out quick.  The short title is: “Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act of 1993.”  In the United States Constitution, the First Amendment is often cited as guaranteeing “freedom of religion,” which isn’t exactly what it does—the text of this part of the First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  Because there was no explicit Constitutional guarantee, under the alien Roman and English Law of the United States, or under the Indian Law derived from it, the United States Department of War and Department of the Interior had no problem generating bureaucratic regulations and actions naming “Indians” but aimed at annihilating Ahnishinahbæótjibway and other Aboriginal Indigenous peoples’ religious philosophies and practices.

I spent nine years as a political prisoner of the United States Government, in the Roman Catholics’ boarding school—held there under the immigrant Europeans’ regulations which were enforced under imported Roman Law.  We were told that because of our ancient Midé tradition, we were “Pagans,” and that we “worshipped the Devil.”  Our own resources were used (disbursed by the United States), to pay intolerant people, including the Catholic Nuns who told us, “the only good Indian is a dead Indian,” and “you are the Vanishing Americans, and you will go.”  The formative documents of present United States “Indian Policy,” including both the transcripts of the Lake Mohonk Conferences and the Annual Reports of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, are filled with references to their long-term goals of abolishing the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ religion, language and culture, and then, forcible Christianization of the survivors of this Holocaust.  “Indians” have always been used by the Euro-Americans as an euphemism to obscure what is being done to the Aboriginal Indigenous People.

The policy-makers of the United States Government know that they are descendants of illegal immigrants to this Continent, and that they are a Judeo-Christian State, “one Nation under [their foreign] God;” which runs into conflict with the egalitarian, harmonious and non-violent Aboriginal Indigenous Traditional philosophies/religions.  It is clear from scrutinizing S. 1021 that long-term policy of the Euro-Americans hasn’t changed in the last century.  The snake-oil salesmen and the shyster lawyers who work in the back rooms for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs have masked the genocidal and historical revisionist intent of their proposed legislation behind flowery language and reeking red herrings.  The way that S. 1021 hedges its definitions, cites authorities for jurisdiction including the elastic clause of the U.S. Constitution, and uses a purportedly altruistic purpose to try to redefine Aboriginal Indigenous people as “Indians” under the jurisdiction of the Indian Tribal Councils and the related system of Indian Law which the U.S. created, makes it clear that the authors and sponsors of the Bill know exactly what they are doing.  One of the things which S. 1021 does, is establish an Indian cult—a cheap imitation of the Aboriginal Indigenous religions/philosophies.

No matter what they say or write, Euro-American law has no jurisdiction over the Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples of this Continent, nor over the land.  Judeo-Christianity is used as the reference point in this Bill because the Honorable Senators apparently understand enough of their own history to know that the U.S. claims to the eminent domain on this continent rest on imported Judeo-Christian dogma and brazen assertion backed by force.  There is no need for an “Indian Freedom of Religion Act” for Indians, who were born subjects of the Judeo-Christian empire, and in fact the requirement in S. 1021 for “aboriginal ancestry” excludes a great many of the U.S.’ Federally Recognized blood-quantum Indians from “protection” under the proposed legislation.  The United States Government is promoting “Indian law” to obscure both their bloody history and their present intent.  So-called “Indian law” has absolutely nothing to do with Aboriginal Indigenous Peoples’ philosophies, laws, religions, culture, traditions, and values.  Aboriginal Indigenous People are always invisible in United States laws, except for attempts to re-define us and our land as “Indian.”  The land of this Continent has never been “Indian land,” and we, the Ahnishinahbæótjibway have our own ancient identity, and do not need to have a racist parody of an identity imposed on us by illegal aliens.

Senator Wellstone and Senator Inouye: “have you no sense of decency?”

The Sunday Minneapolis Star Tribune featured an interview with the versatile lawyer, Jeff Chaffee, who is said to argue either side of a case “with enthusiasm.”  At the Mille Lacs Treaty Trial in Minneapolis, which side he is on doesn’t make much difference, because it’s all Roman Law, so the White man was already the “winner” before the Trial opened under his rules.  As an attorney for the State, Mr. Chaffee questioned Mille Lacs elder Herman Kegg, and according to the Star Tribune, thus “established ... that he accepted the authority of the state to regulate natural resources” because Mr. Kegg bought State hunting and fishing licenses.  Was Mr. Kegg accepting the invaders’ and immigrants repressive, racist Roman Law, and does he also accept the Indian law which is derived from Roman Law?  The author of the newspaper article, Pat Doyle, does not write whether Mr. Kegg is Ahnishinahbæótjibway with a Dodem, or if he has a White patriline—although some of the people involved in the Mille Lacs Trial know.  The issue is critical, because if he is an Indian with a White patriline, he is automatically under State jurisdiction and has to buy a license, whether it’s from the Federal Instrumentality of the 1934 I.R.A. Mille Lacs R.B.C., or from the State of Minnesota.  If he is Ahnishinahbæótjibway, with a Dodem, then the only reason he was buying a license was to avoid harassment—but if he has a Dodem, then his testimony at the Treaty Trial is irrelevant, because the Indian Treaties and United States Roman/English laws have no jurisdiction over him.

The Independent Republicans nominated the Reverend Allen Quist as their endorsed candidate for Governor of the State of Minnesota.  To get this endorsement, Quist vowed that he would stand by the planks in the I.R. Party Platform.  But now, he is standing by a huge bonfire he has made out of the Party planks that are not in accord with his fundamentalist Kristianity.  When questioned about the issue of abortion, Quist said that there should be a State-mandated waiting period.  His evangelical right-wing philosophy is about nine months.

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


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