A brief history of government abuse of native peoples and traditional ways
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Nazis systematically appropriated all the properties and resources of the Jewish people, herded them into ghettos, and then proceeded to exterminate them by the millions. Occasionally, there were mock trials to make it appear that everything was legitimate, and the government had cause.
All of this was ignored by those who chose “not to get involved”. The victims were invisible people until the world opened their eyes in horror. We call it “The Holocaust”.
the governments of North America systematically appropriated
the richest lands and resources of all the First Nations Peoples,
herded them into Reservations, starved, humiliated, and exterminated
them by massacres, neglect, and disease, and broke every treaty
ever signed, we call it “Progress”.
People, in the hundreds of millions, have died because
of this. But they remain, “invisible” to
the citizens of North America, as a whole. We
know more about Star Wars, Video Games, and the personal sex lives
of presidents than we do of the social dynamics of the people who
cared for and respected this land long before contact with the European
When people came to the Americas seeking a new way
of life, many of them appreciated the beauty, clean water, abundant
resources and respected the Native Way of life… Others became fearful,
greedy, and the conflicts that may have started out as misunderstandings
became justification for abusive government, military inflicted genocide.
The only people who benefited from this were the big
money plantation owners, railroad fat cats and government interests. Everyone
else lost. Both the
White Man and the Red Man lost. We
lost the way of living that could have kept this land clean, bountiful
and healing. We have
lost the knowledge and the understanding that could have made us
both wise and strong. We
have become enslaved to the corporate greed which raids all resources
of minerals, timber, land, and water. An abundant land
has become grayed and hardened, people who could have been the best
of allies, racially divided, suspicious of everyone and everything.
This state of affairs serves well the government and
their corporate handlers who exploit all of us for their own profit
Who among us would agree to have a special branch
of government, say the Department of the Interior which is headed
by an appointee and
oversees the land, resources and animals. Who among us would
have that department control our lives, issue enforcement agencies
to make certain we cannot grieve the wrongs? The
BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) is under the control of the Department
of the interior. Indians
are considered property, like grazing land, animals, mines and oil
fields. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has never provided an audit
for the monies it takes in nor how they are dispersed.
Native Peoples are supposed to have billions of dollars
in oil royalties dispersed to them every month. But
there is never any itemization nor accounting for this oil that is
being taken from the land, and checks are never issued with any kind
of a report. They can
range from nothing, to a few cents, to several thousand dollars. The
larger checks always seem to go to people in places of influence,
power and control within the social structures of the reserves.
The social structure of most reserves revolves around
getting around local thugs who often have the support of the FBI,
even the military, should anyone raise the issue of fair treatment,
or seek disclosure of any event.
The living conditions on every reservation are appalling. The
level of poverty, addiction, abuse, infant and child mortality, elder
abuse and neglect are shocking. For
7 generations, the government “legally” kidnapped children as young
as 4 yrs old from their parents and sent them to boarding schools
where they were stripped of their identities, not allowed to speak
their own language, beaten, molested and abused along with being
taught how to serve their future “employers” of the white race. Many
were not allowed to return to their homes until they were adults.
never survived the “generosity” of the government and religious institutions,
which by any measure, were
concentration camps with a “noble mandate”.
It is no wonder that it is easy to find corrupt, dishonest
and abusive members of what’s left of Native societies who will,
with the help, encouragement and support of the US government, the
US Justice Department and the blind eye of the citizens of the US
and Canada, take the positions of power and abuse within their own
Few judges will even look at the dynamics of a case
involving Indians. Indians
have no credibility in courts that are located hundreds of miles
from their home, and fair trials are impossible when there are no
peers on the jury or even in the jury pool, and a blatantly racist,
biased Judge allows and encourages abuses from the prosecution and
denies all avenues of defense in their courtrooms.
Judge Benson in one such judge. US
Attorney Lynn Crooks is one such Prosecutor. So
was Dennis Fisher until three episodes of shoplifting lost him his
job with the US Attorney’s Office.
The tactics are simple: Beat, abuse, threaten and harass individuals until they become
compliant witnesses. Destroy,
hide, or deny evidence or witnesses that would clear the defendants,
or point to someone in power who is truly guilty of the deed or deeds. Definitely
conceal, or threaten into silence, any witnesses that can point the
finger to a government agent or agency thug. If
someone comes forward, silence him or her at all costs. Kill
them, their family, whatever it takes.
You keep saying to yourself at this point: “Not here! Not in My Country! Not in this day and age!” And a few of you who rely on the reflex of ridicule to diminish any unpleasant possibilities will deny that any such ongoing “conspiracy” is "not possible!"
Keep thinking that way. You
are enabling it to continue. Just
like the Germans ignored the Jewish ghettos, and the smoke
and stench that rose up from the ovens at the concentration camps. Denial
is a formidable obstacle. It
makes us a nation of cowards.
Eddie Peltier was murdered just a few years after
Leonard Peltier was hijacked and framed for the murder of two FBI
agents. Several of the
tactics that were used to
coerce witnesses in the Leonard Peltier case were again used in the
Eddie Peltier case. Even Judge Benson and US Attorneys Lynn Crooks and Dennis
Fisher were put in place to keep the formula perfect.
One of the women who refused to perjure herself and
testify against Leonard Peltier, was murdered. The
FBI further made an example of her by cutting off both her hands
saying that they needed to do that to get fingerprints! They
defiled her to make an example to the others. And
One of the coerced witnesses in the Eddie Peltier
Case was threatened specifically with “We can kill you and cut off
your hands, just like we did her…” And
it was a fact because it had been done and nothing was done about
it. That along with
threatening to take away children, or jailing elderly parents, or
my favorite: Two oversize FBI agents kicking in the door of a house
where two young girls were home alone one afternoon, and dragging
one 12 yr. Old out of the shower, naked and shivering, and threatening
them for over an hour… those kinds of tactics do work.
Statements were made, or signed, and testimony, albeit
confused and contradictory, was held in the highest courts as true. Anyone
who refused to testify, or complained of threats, beatings, torture
and the suborning of perjury, were silenced immediately, arrested
This is how it was, and this is how it is. Courts refuse to hear evidence against law enforcement agencies that control Native Peoples. They refuse to acknowledge abuses and the suborning of perjury by esteemed prosecutors.
They are most cowardly when it comes to dealing
with one of their own. A judge so corrupt and out of control
that trials he presides over are considered “abhorrent” and abominations. Perhaps
Judge Benson belongs to all the right clubs, and maybe he knows more
about his fellow Justices laundry than they are comfortable with. Whatever prevents these judges and the 8th Circuit
Court of Appeals from righting the most blatant wrongs of the 20th century,
it is a holocaust ongoing under the blind eye of good citizens like
That thousands of Indians are murdered on the Reservations
and these murders go unsolved, is not surprising. Most
are never investigated. Generally
that is because the person who committed the murder is wearing
the color of authority. If
a stink does arise and an investigation has to proceed, everything
is in place to make sure that the guilty go free.
Bullies are necessary to this whole structure. They keep their own people down; harassing, threatening, even killing them or other members of their family or community, to terrify the rest of them into silence.
The oil companies keep pumping out the oil reserves,
the mining companies keep raiding the mineral deposits, uranium is
mined, and all without any consideration for environmental hazards
that destroy the air, the land, the water. Along
with all that, generations of innocents are decimated.
There is good incentive to be corrupt. The social structure is crippled from generations of serial abductions and ethnic cleansing of history, language, values, identity. The product of this is the same as in any case with such a legacy of abuses. Bullies, thugs, angry dysfunctional types who know that he who has the power is the one the others fear. Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, child molest, assaults, all forms of violence permeating the culture.
Feeding into that are millions of dollars of money
that is never audited, never tracked, never accounted for.
Such money can easily find its way into the pockets
of dishonest or corrupt Justice Dept. Agents. Payoffs
create the darkest of alliances. If Native People wish to dispute their situation, they must
first take it up with… the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which as we
know, is under the auspices of the Bureau of the Interior.
Like cattle, they are herded, controlled and denied
recourse at every turn. There
are more parallels to the way Native Peoples have been thwarted and
killed off and the Holocaust of the 1940’s. One
need only to open their eyes and look. It is all there to see. Nothing
is hidden. It is openly what it is.
The Leonard Peltier case is again raising the public
awareness to the story of “Justice Denied” and the corrupt mechanisms
which control the social structures and raid the resources of the
land with neither consent nor control by the people who, by law,
and by treaty which was
supposed to recognize the Native People’s right to these lands and
Bring up the subject of any Native grievance or issue
in your circle of friends. See
how quickly the subject is changed. Listen
for the biting ridicule
nipping at your credibility to chase you away from talking about
people who don’t really matter anyway.
Even in this day and age, people who consider themselves as good people will make statements like: “We wouldn’t have these problems if we had just killed them all off in the first place.”
Indians have been referred to as “The Indian Problem”, a
euphemistic dismissal of the systematic genocide that began with
the US Army, which took control over all Indian Affairs, and later
handed over the reigns of control to the Department of the Interior
and they created the BIA.
There are people in chat rooms who are still amazed
that “any real Indians” still exist! The
dime novel rendition of Indian Wars, fictional and inaccurate as
they were, left an indelible format by which we view the First Nations
People of today.
Individual First Nations people have overcome major
hurdles and can actually participate in the “white world under white
rules” Native People
can now portray Native People in movies and Television. Achievements
in the fields of law, medicine, and other careers have also been
But what is missing is Justice. To
achieve that, we must take a look at Leonard Peltier, clearly a political
prisoner, a testimony to the methods of corruption, displacement,
and racism. But he is
only one example of many.
Until there is a thorough, unbiased and open to the
public view of the events that took place leading up to and since
the death of the two FBI agents, their killer remains at large, and
an innocent man, every bit the political hostage as was Nelson Mandela,
remains behind bars.
The corrupt and abusive methods that worked to remove
Leonard from his freedom, such as it was, remain in place and reinforce the practices of corruption
and abuses, murder and neglect and the wholesale misappropriation
of billions of dollars of resources and lands, continues.
That the Eddie Peltier case brings to light the same
players and agencies employing the same tactics, means that it is
still ongoing today.
Eventually this will all come to light. We
will judged on how long we allowed it to go on. We
will also be judged by what we did to rectify it. Or
more harshly by how long we ignored it.
The power of denial sickens us all. How
can we allow this to happen and continue to happen to anyone in this
country and still call ourselves righteous? Perhaps
we already have been beaten down enough ourselves that we don’t think
we are able to make a difference.
Maybe this is too big. Maybe it should just all go away…. I’m sure that is what the
good people of Germany thought. They
have lost their historical anonymity in the worst possible way. Their
descendants are paying the price ever since. Judged as a cruel, hypocritical,
selfish people, forever tied to the smoking ovens and concentration
camps of their fathers and grandfathers time.
We can continue to ignore this, but at what cost?
The result of racist
corporate greed and government corruption are clear: The
water, air so toxic and unsafe as to cause birth defects for generations. The
land so wrongly used and abused, that it too has become toxic. All
the while, we continue the silent genocide on the people who shared
a perfect land with us. All
they asked for was that we respect their ways, respect the land,
respect what the Creator has given.
Disrespect has become the hallmark of success in a
materialistic world. Anyone
who threatens to open the minds and bring light or awakening into
the stale format of popular thought, is considered an enemy of the “people.”
People are held accountable to the government, but
the government is accountable to no one. What
has been done to First Nations People has set legal precedence for
what can be done to the rest of us.
When the prosecution can admit that they tampered with evidence, beat, terrified, and abducted witnesses until they told the story the way the Justice Department wanted to hear it... and an appeals judge says it was "abhorrent", but necessary to get to the truth and allows it to stand, one wonders at the loss of definition "truth" has suffered. "Getting at the truth" with third world torture tactics becomes acceptable. Worse yet, it becomes "LAW".
We become a nation no longer governed by laws, but "ruled over" by them without regard for truth, justice, and human rights.
We have got to see that we, as citizens, are allies
to one another, and that government is accountable to us! It’s
all doable. We have the best framework in the free world. In
fact, the Constitution of the United States was predicated on the
teachings of Degananweda, a Native Holy Man.
Democracy did not arrive in with the Pilgrims, for they had no model to base it on. It was conceived on the very land where they arrived weary, hungry, ignorant, looking for a better life.
Teachings of the First Nations People held such promise,
like a beacon, for an enlightened civilization to exist here.
People come together through migration, driven by
one force or another. We
are capable of sharing and learning without overtaking and subduing
those whom we do not understand.
We are capable of uniting, rectifying wrongs, and
living in harmony. It
will take work, dedication, commitment on every level. But
it will be worth it.
How long can we pretend not to see, know or care? How long before we realize that we are becoming Invisible People, without voice or recourse, surrounded by the apathy that enables all things dark and evil to prevail? Too late then.
The time has come to make it work the way it was intended
from the beginning.
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