Reflections from the Ah­nish­i­nah­bæójib­way (We, the People)

October 14, 1994

According to the headline in the October 6 Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Show of force evicts farmer who didn’t pay tax.”  The problem is that the Gibbon, Minnesota farmer who lost his farm, Oliver Kramer, thought he owned “his” land—and he didn’t.  Under the British/Roman legal system exported from Europe, White property-holders have a feudal relationship with the State—the very terms for land “title,” like “fee simple,” are derived from the old European feudalism.  In this foreign way of thinking, “landowners” receive certain rights and privileges to a piece of land from the state—for which they must pay property taxes.  Although the entire structure on this Continent is based on stolen Aboriginal peoples’ land and resources; the White economic, legal and political system favors the upper artificial socio-economic class of Whites, the so-called “property-holders,” who then cry about the high taxes that they’re paying and point their fingers at the people who are disenfranchised and exploited by their White system.  The privileged self-righteously label these people “welfare queens,” “food stamp recipients” and “dead-beat dads”-—although the smug “taxpayers” fail to look at where they came from, and how they are also pigging out on “welfare” and profiting from property stolen from the Aboriginal people of this Continent.

When the United States Constitution was written, the only people who could vote were “property-owners,” and also written into the U.S. Constitution is the discriminating phrase, “Indians not taxed.”  “Indian land” is not property, in the legal real estate White man’s definition of the word.  The White “untaxed” Indians are created to be used as proxies, scapegoats and brokers.  They have never actually owned any land, and under the imported European property-structure, never will.  There are no “Indians,” and the mythological “Indian Title” is created by the White man for his own greedy purposes.     The Western European culture has always been parasitic, and there is someone always waiting in the wings or the smoky back-rooms to take advantage of another’s misfortunes which are created by the imported European system to keep the class system intact.  In the case of Kramer the farmer, Reuben Meyer (a County Commissioner) knew all about Kramer’s tax problems, and bought the land for a fraction of its market value.  Something’s fishy in Gibbon, Minnesota.
THE GANG OF TEN: Speaking of something fishy, there have always been private sales of fish by Red Lake fishermen, which are defined by the State of Minnesota as “bootlegging” under their White economic system and their White racist laws.  These fishermen are forced into “bootlegging” by economic exclusion—the White man wants them to use their money, but not to participate in the inner sanctum of the Whites’ economic and law-making system.  If these guys had been upper-class Whites, they could have bought a Congressman, a Senator and probably George Bush—then they would have been wheeling-and-dealing “entrepreneurs,” but instead they’re labelled as criminals and law-breakers.
Also on October 6, the Bemidji Pioneer reported the indictment of ten men for illegally buying and selling fish.  The charges resulted from using taxpayers’ money to create a phony corporation, Can-Am foods, which created employment for the in-group running a three-year sting operation.  The indictments mention only a few hundred fish at a time, because clear-cutting has destroyed the ecosystem and decimated the fish population.  The “good guys” and their families and friends ate so much “bootleg” Red Lake Walleye, I hope they get mercury poisoning from the pollutants they’ve been pumping into the Blackduck River, the air, and the rest of the environment.
WHITE-WATER CASE: In a related, crooked scheme, several Chippewa Indians were arrested recently for setting two and a half miles of gill-net in Upper Red Lake—on what the State of Minnesota claims as the “White-Water” side.  (That they were greedily setting too many nets was not the issue.)  The State of Minnesota just went to court about Indian hunting and fishing rights, and a decision was handed down that Indians could hunt and fish on ceded lands, even though the Treaties were not made in Chippewa or French, only in English, and neither the Europeans who call themselves “Indians” or the Europeans who call themselves “Americans” own the land, which belongs to the Aboriginal people.
In this local scam of White-Water fish, the land and water in question have never been ceded—maybe this is why the Indian fishermen were arrested for exercising “treaty-rights.”  On the one hand, the State of Minnesota is using their Indians to claim Red Lake Ah­nish­i­nah­bæót­jib­way land and water under the Northwest Ordinance, “because it was never ceded.”  On the other hand, the State of Minnesota is using their Indians to claim Red Lake Ah­nish­i­nah­bæót­jib­way land and water—including the Eastern half of Upper Red Lake under the provisions of legislation passed by the U.S. Congress on January 14 of 1889.  The Nelson Act reads:
“... and such cession and relinquishment shall be deemed sufficient as to each of the said several reservations, except as to the Red Lake Reservation, if made and assented to in writing by two-thirds of the male adults occupying and belonging to such reservation, and as to the Red Lake Reservation the cession and relinquishment shall be deemed sufficient if made and assented to in like manner by two-thirds of the male adults of “all” [sic] the Chippewa Indians in Minnesota.”
The 1889 Nelson Act was unilaterally passed by the U.S. Congress in January.  Six months later, in July, the Minnesota Chippewa Commission showed up at Lac Rouge (the foreign French Métis term which in foreign English means Red Lake) to “negotiate the Treaty,” meaning getting the consent of Indians to rip off more than three million acres of Red Lake Ah­nish­i­nah­bæót­jib­way land.  Both the oral history and U.S. Government documents state that the boundary line drawn by both the Indians and the Whites would be a mile East of Upper Red Lake.  (The Chippewa Commission covered their ass in Washington by amending the official transcript, referring to “mistakes” in the lines.)  The 1889 Nelson Act was unilaterally drawn up and enacted, and it would be mighty White of you if it was unilaterally repealed.
The “Red Lake Band” and the “Tribe,” who are claiming to be “Sovereign,” are the ones who should be standing up for their enrolled Chippewa fishermen.  But, neither the Bureau of Indian Affairs or the foreign 1934 I.R.A. Chairman, Bobby Whitefeather—who is paid more than $60,000-plus dollars a year to be a mythological full-blooded Indian are defending their Tribal Members.  Just like Whitefeather’s predecessors, “Butch Brun” and Chairman-for-Life Roger Jourdain celebrated the hundredth anniversary of 1889 Chippewa Commission rip-off with much fanfare, and a fake medicine man with a pipe.  These burnt-stump immigrant Frenchmen foolishly proclaimed the “founding of the Red Lake Nation in 1889,” hoping that all the Aboriginal people were dead.  These Chippewas need the Indian identity that’s given to them by the White Man, and the fraudulent 1889 “Agreement” is a crucial part of the Minnesota Chippewa Indians’ identity.  The January 14, 1889 legislation is also very important to the State of Minnesota, which is collecting illegal taxes derived from the more than three million acres of Aboriginal land stolen in 1889, and still selling resources from this stolen land.

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


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