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Feb 10, 2014

by Thomas Dahlheimer

On the 4th of July, most of us, being in agreement with our nation's founding fathers’ 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence, celebrated Independence Day. The declaration addressed taxation without representation, tyranny, liberty, governance and the "unalienable rights" of all people - rights that were "endowed by the Creator". It was about colonist leaders’ struggle to define those ideas for themselves and multitudes of early immigrants living amongst the homelands of [existing] independent indigenous sovereign nations.

These indigenous nations possessed full independent sovereign nation status - which England, the Pope and the early immigrants [including our founding fathers] refused to recognize. This was an injustice that violated the-- "endowed by the Creator"--unalienable right of indigenous nations to be rightfully recognized and treaded as independent sovereign nations with absolute root ownership of their homelands.

A United Nations World Conference Against Racism document presents information about this topic:

"Historians and academics agree that the colonization of the New World saw extreme expressions of racism - massacres, forced-march relocations, the 'Indian wars', death by starvation and disease. Today, such practices would be called ethnic cleansing and genocide."

"In the fifteenth century, two Papal Bulls set the stage for European domination of the New World and Africa. Romanus Pontifex …declared war against all non-Christians throughout the world, and specifically sanctioned and promoted the conquest, colonization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories. Inter Caetera ….officially established Christian dominion over the New World. It called for the subjugation of the native inhabitants and their territories,…."

"The Papal Bulls have never been revoked, although indigenous representatives have asked the Vatican to consider doing so. These 'doctrines of discovery' provided the basis for both the 'law of nations' and subsequent international law. Thus, they allowed Christian nations to claim 'unoccupied lands' (terra nullius), or lands belonging to 'heathens' or 'pagans'. In many parts of the world, these concepts later gave rise to the situation of many Native peoples in the today - dependent nations or wards of the State,…"

Our nation stole Native lands and denied Native peoples (tribes) their right to independent sovereign nation status. Why and how did these atrocities occur? The British government had afforded Native lands a measure of protection by the Royal Proclamation of 1763 which had attempted to restrict colonial expansion beyond the Appalachian Mountains, and had alienated many American colonists. Likewise, many Native people knew that the American Revolutionary war against Britain was an unjust war, waged (in part) to gain the unrestricted ability to steal more of their peoples' homelands and subjugate more of their people.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence accused King George III of unleashing "merciless Indian Savages" against innocent American colonists. The image of the trespassing-thieving-subjugating-genocidal-religious sectarian and white supremacist American colonists being "innocent" as well as the image of the brave and righteous Native people who fought on the British side in the Revolution in order to protect their Native liberties and homelands as "merciless Indian Savages" fixed a delusional and self-serving memory and imagination of the Native people's role in the Revolution and wrongly justified their subsequent extreme mistreatment.

American colonists mistakenly believed that the Native people who were fighting on Britain's side were fighting for the continuation of British monarchy and tyranny. A nation conceived in liberty need feel no remorse about committing genocide against those who had fought against its birth.

The subjugation of this land's red indigenous nations and peoples by European colonization was a terrible injustice. And the establishment of a foreign--predominately white raced--independent sovereign nation throughout this land was even worse.

Most of the founding fathers were Masons. At that time, no nation believed in the "concept of freedom of religion", including this land's indigenous nations. In fact, at that time, the only place such an insane concept was to be found was in Masonry. From that perspective, America was actually founded on a Masonic principle, so that the basis and principle of national unity could no longer be officially based on the people's unified religious beliefs. This Masonic principle, which is a founding principle of America, is an unholy principle that--at the time of America's birth--the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, the Protestant King of England and the indigenous peoples of this land were opposed to.

During a recent Eternal Word Television Network program a Roman Catholic Lawyer who had once been a Mason, proclaimed that a founding principle of the United States is a Masonic principle, the one mentioned above. And that when this Masonic principle is adopted into law--as it was when the U.S. Constitution was written--it keeps Jesus out of civil government. And that the Catholic Church “wants Jesus to be able to inter into civil government”, in order to transform it for the better and ultimately bring it to perfection.

In the Declaration of Independence the founding fathers defined and declared their supposed “righteous justification” for committing treason - by renouncing their English King’s rule over them. And they also established an illegitimate sovereign nation on land they stole from independent indigenous sovereign nations. The founding fathers wrongly separated themselves from the Pope and their King and then established an unholy and illegitimate nation state, the United States of America.

Our founding fathers did not respect this land's indigenous nations and peoples' unalienable human rights. And did not respect them, because they were under the spell of Pope Alexander VI and the King of England's 15th century evil propaganda, as put forth in the “Doctrine of Discovery”. I define this doctrine as being an indigenous peoples' independent nations denying and land stealing doctrine. This doctrine was religious sectarian, Eurocentric, White racist and caused genocide and ethnocide to be perpetrated against this land's indigenous peoples.

In 1823, the Doctrine of Discovery was quietly adopted into U.S. law by the Supreme Court in the celebrated case, [Johnson v. M'Intosh]. In respect to this Supreme Court case, Steve Newcomb, an internationally renowned legal scholar, wrote: "Writing for the unanimous court, Chief Justice John Marshall observed that Christian European nations had assumed 'ultimate dominion' over the lands of America during the Age of Discovery, and that--upon 'discovery'--the Indians had lost 'their rights to complete sovereignty, as independent nations,' and only retained a right of 'occupancy' in their lands. In other words, Indian nations were subject to the ultimate authority of the first nation of Christendom to claim possession of a given region of Indian lands." (ref.)


"According to Marshall, the United States--upon winning its independence in 1776--became a successor nation to the right of 'discovery' and acquired the power of 'dominion' from Great Britain. Of course, when Marshall first defined the principle of 'discovery,' he used language phrased in such a way that it drew attention away from its religious bias, stating that 'discovery gave title to the government, by whose subject, or by whose authority, the discovery was made, against all other European governments.'"

"However, when discussing legal precedent to support the court's findings, Marshall specifically cited the English charter issued to the explorer John Cabot, in order to document England's 'complete recognition' of the Doctrine of Discovery. Then, paraphrasing the language of the charter, Marshall noted that Cabot was authorized to take possession of lands, 'notwithstanding the occupancy of the natives, who were heathens, and, at the same time, admitting the prior title of any Christian people who may have made a previous discovery.'"

Ironically, the same year that the Johnson v. McIntosh decision was handed down, founding father James Madison wrote: "Religion is not in the purview of human government. Religion is essentially distinct from civil government, and exempt from its cognizance; a connection between them is injurious to both.” (ref.)

Most of us were taught growing up that the United States Constitution is designed to keep church and state apart. However, contrary to what we were taught, with the Johnson decision, the Christian Doctrine of Discovery was not only written into U.S. law but also became the cornerstone of U.S. Indian policy. The U.S. government was bent on promoting the establishment of a particular religion [Christianity], to the extent that it denied the Native pagan peoples their fundamental human rights. And because of the present-day existence of Johnson v. M'Intosh (and subsequent laws based on it), the U.S. government still continues to show preference toward Christianity and disfavors as well as suppresses the full restoration of traditional Native religions. And does so, by not repealing Johnson v. M'Intosh and subsequently giving the Native peoples' sacred homelands back to them.

Johnson v. M'Intosh is based on a Christian religious doctrine that is inconsistent with the Constitution's--prohibiting Congress from preferring one religion over another--religious clause of the First Amendment. Johnson v. M'Intosh is therefore in violation of the U.S. Constitution. This U.S. law also violates three unalienable fundamental human rights of indigenous peoples living in this land. This is in violation of the Declaration of Independence as well as internationally recognized norms of human rights declarations.

According to the Declaration of Independence "all people are equal" and their--endowed by the Creator--"unalienable rights" are suppose to be respected. However, indigenous people living in this land are not considered equal. Because of their ancestors' religious status at the time of their "discovery" by European colonizers, today’s Native people are still being denied [by the United States] their unalienable equality rights to have absolute root ownership of their homelands, and be recognized and treated as independent sovereign nations.

When it was legal to own black African slaves in our nation’s southern states, many U.S. citizens living in the northern states, including the President of the United States [Abraham Lincoln], decided to wage war against the southern states in order to save the Union as well as set the enslaved Africans free. And by doing so, show due respect for their--“endowed by the Creator”--unalienable equality right to be free people. The enslaved Africans were being denied their fundamental human right to be free people, and our nation set them free.

However, the indigenous peoples living in this land our still being denied three of their--endowed by the Creator--unalienable equality rights, or fundamental human rights. The right to absolute root ownership of their scared traditional/ancestral homelands, the right to be recognized and treated as full independent sovereign nations and the--freedom of religion--right to fully re-establish their traditional religions within their sacred ancestral homelands.

If we were to consider the indigenous peoples living in this land as being equal we would have to give their homelands back to them as well as give them due respect by recognizing and treating their nations as independent sovereign nations. And by doing so, we would be acknowledging that our "nation" is an illegitimate nation state.

How can a foreign people of a different race, language, religion and culture invade another peoples' homelands and establish a legitimate independent sovereign nation on their land? It's impossible.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed what happened to the indigenous people living in this land? The decisions that the earliest European colonizers (15th century popes) and the founding fathers made are why, after 500-plus years, indigenous people are still standing here trying to influence us to recognize that their nations are independent sovereign nations and our nation is an illegitimate “nation” established on their land, their continent.

Kevin White, a writer for Indian Country Today, wrote, in his July 25, 2008 article, Toward Indigenous Independence: “In the 1898 Curtis Act and the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, the U.S. abolished tribal governments first and then required elected forms of governance with constitutions modeled on the U.S. to be recognized in the latter act - this despite many objections of indigenous nations and forms of governance that have existed since long before contact with the West.”

“Even treaty making came to an abrupt and permanent end by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1871 without any thought to existing sovereign indigenous nations' positions, questions or consultation. I wonder what would happen if England suddenly and arbitrarily decided the 1776 Declaration of Independence no longer applied the way the U.S. did in 1871 regarding treaty making?”

I call for England (queen) and the Vatican (pope) to disavow and rescind the claimed validity of the U.S. Declaration of Independence that was used by the United States' founding fathers--in defiance of England's governing authority over them--to establish an illegitimate nation. A "nation" that from its birth denied the New World's indigenous nations and peoples their-- "endowed by the Creator"--unalienable human rights to absolute root ownership of their homelands and independent sovereign nations status and rights.

Maine's Episcopal diocese is the first in the continental United States to protest against the Doctrine of Discovery. "The diocese passed a resolution at their annual convention calling for Queen Elizabeth and the Archbishop of Canterbury to disavow and rescind the claimed validity of the doctrine of discovery against all peoples, specifically as it is set forth in the 1496 Royal Charter granted to John Cabot and his sons by King Henry VII, and all other doctrines that have been relied thereon for the dispossession of lands and the subjugation of non-Christian peoples...."

Our nation's founding fathers declared to the King of England: ''In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A nation-state [Prince] whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of free people.''

In respect to the government of the United States, have not the indigenous nations and peoples of this land been doing the exact same thing and receiving similar, and even more harmful, repeated injury ever since the establishment of our nation to the present-day? Is not our nation like a tyrant, and unfit to rule over this land’s indigenous people? People who would like to be free from our nation’s tyranny?

If the U.S. Declaration of Independence and revolutionary war is what freed the colonists from the tyrannical rule of an English monarch, what would the different indigenous sovereign nations of this land have to declare and peacefully resist to be free of the tyranny of the United States?

Resistance precedent: Proposed Oglala Lakota Constitutional Declaration of Independence.....The title of Birgil Kills Straight and Steven Newcomb’s proposed constitution is, Toward an Oglala Lakota Constitution - Statement of Basic Principles. Birgil Kills Straight and Steven Newcomb are the co-founders and co-directors of Indigenous Law Institute. Here's the introduction statement of their proposed Oglala Lakota Constitution: We, the People of the Oceti Sakowin, have existed rightfully free and independent since the beginning of time. As a sovereign Nation, we are, and forever shall be, rightfully free and independent. Accordingly, we the People of the Oglala Lakota Nation have the inherent right to establish any government for ourselves. This is but an exercise of our inherent power and vested right of self-determination.

Another precedent: The Hawaiian Kingdom Government, a 70 member group of native Hawaiians, recently demand sovereignty for the Pacific island. They locked themselves in the Inlani Palace, one of Honolulu's most popular attractions, and demanded independence from the United States.

Another precedent: Echoing the methods of the 1776 American Declaration of Independence, a small Lakotah native delegation of outsiders arrived at the U.S. State Department and produced a list of grievances--including the disappearance of their culture and the theft of their natural resources--before announcing that the Lakotah formally and unilaterally withdraws from all agreements and treaties imposed by the United States. This was a group of Lakotah outsiders' "Lakotah" declaration of independence from the United States.

Another precedent: On September 2, 2008, members of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) of the Dakota Oyate reclaimed their people’s sacred Minnesota Coldwater Spring site, where there is [a] Dakota creation story. The Dakota (including the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota) are claiming their inherent right to their sacred sites. Because the U.S. did not keep the meager terms of a 1805 treaty, a treaty that provided the Dakota special rights to their Coldwater Springs site, as well as to 155,000 acres around the site, members of the Dakota Oyate have questioned the legitimacy of the United States government and the State of Minnesota to occupy this land base and are know occupying their sacred Coldwater Springs site as well as claiming their people’s inherent right to absolute root ownership of this sacred Dakota site.

Canadian precedent: The MNN Mohawk Nation News Staff state in an article titled, Why Canada is not legally a state, that: “Before European 'visitors' floated over the ocean and stumbled onto our shores, we formed a federation according to our constitution Kaianerehkowa. The Rotinoshonni:onwe Confederacy is made up of Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. The Rotinoshonni:onwe Confederacy never gave possession of any territory to any European people. So far Canadians do not understand or acknowledge that we never agreed to join their colonial regime or to give up our original law or nationality. The Rotinoshonini:onwe Confederacy has never been legally incorporated into Canada and remains independent." The Haudenosaunee Six Nations are independent indigenous sovereign nations.

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News about the increasing popularity of this Care2 article:

The Program Manager for the National Multicultural Institute [Amy Kasi] recently contacted me and asked if I would allow her to display, both, a link to this article of mine as well as a quote from the article, in the SPOTLIGHT section of her institute’s monthly newsletter. I said “YES”, and they were then displayed in the institutes October newsletter. This institute sends out monthly newsletters to a network of almost 3500 members.

This article is associated with my Rum River name-change movement, as well as other activist initiatives of mine within the Dakota’s Mille Lacs Lake traditional/ancestral homeland. It is especially associated with my initiative to regain the Dakota’s sacred Mille Lacs Lake ancestral homeland, an initiative of mine that is presented in my article Regaining The Dakota’s Mille Lacs Ancestral Homeland, an article that is posted on the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community’s website.

And after sending my article Independent Indigenous Sovereign Nations to Paul Gorski, a nationally and internationally renowned multicultural educator and social activist, he, with my permission, posted it on his MultiCultural Pavilion website’s digest forum. It was on his MCP digest forum that Amy Kasi first read the article.

When requesting permission to display my article in the NMCI newsletter, Amy Kasi wrote: "I think it would be a valuable resource for anyone interested in not only indigenous peoples but also the history of the US and human rights violations in the US.

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Posted: Feb 10, 2014 12:36pm
Feb 1, 2014

by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer

Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape) is an Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN) columnist and he is an international renowned activist. He is at the forefront of the international Indigenous decolonization movement and he works closely with the United Nations. We occasionally correspond and he has helped me with some of my activist initiatives. An article of his was recently published in ICTMN, the world’s largest Indian news source. Three comments are posted on the article. The comments are mine.

The ICTMN article that I am referring to is titled Domination and the Northern Gateway Pipeline.


In the article Newcomb analyzes and makes statements about an article that he recently read.

He wrote: The subject matter of Ms. Tremonti’s article demonstrates the DOMINATION and SUBORDINATION patterning which best defines what it means to be defined as “indigenous.” Domination is accurately defined as “one nation or people exercising arbitrary control over another nation or people, and thereby making them subject to the will of those dominating them.”

 Those being termed “First Nations” in Ms. Tremonti’s story are not the ones with the final decision-making with regard to their own lands and territories. Why? Because the final decision-making is characterized as being “up to” those who are termed “federal” decision makers in “Ottawa.”

“Ottawa,” is the name for the Canadian Capital—it is a name used for the Canadian system of government as a whole, which is considered to be the “ultimate” decision maker. The DOMINATION SYSTEM deems “First Nations” to be “subordinate to,” the decisions of those government officials in Ottawa, who are seated in the “dominating” position of power.

The First Nations are deeply concerned that the Northern Gateway pipeline will result in the poisoning and contamination of the waters and lives of the Original Nations of Great Turtle Island. But if the decision makers seated in Ottawa do not concur with the First Nations’ assessment, the DOMINATION SYSTEM deems the federal decision makers to possess the perfect right to ignore the Original Nations’ concerns by favoring corporate interests and the pipeline.

The system I am referring is designed so that the decisions and economic interests of those with the “superior decision making authority” always come out “on top.” That’s why they are called “dominant.” They consider themselves to be “the top dogs,” so to speak.

Answering the question about where the DOMINATION SYSTEM and its “rules” came from requires that we think back to the time when Christian Europeans first sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. They brought with them assumptions about their divine right to colonize (and dominate) any and all non-Christian lands and nations throughout “the Americas.” And we were all non-Christians back then.

If and when such a decision has been made, I can just hear some imperious ass saying: “Those are the rules. You might not like them, but there they are.” So, as an experiment, let’s say those are “the rules.” That being the case, a question arises: “How in the hell did those rules and their DOMINATION-SUBORDINATION assumptions get started to begin with?”

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ICTMN posted three comments to Newcomb’s article. The comments are my comments, they are presented below.

First comment:

Biblical scriptures describe the ancient Hebrew God, a God who would become the God of Christians, as a God of war, thievery, ethnic cleansing and slavery. The Bible says that “God” commanded his “chosen people” to invade and occupy the land of the First Nations of Palestine, and to also dominate/subjugate them. What the European Christians did to the First Nations of the Americas is similar to what the Hebrews did to the First Nations of Palestine. "This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites." (Joshua 3:10) …While Joshua defeated many of the kings of these peoples, they were not entirely destroyed, as this reference from Solomon's time, three hundred years later, indicates: "All the people left from the Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, that is, their descendants remaining in the land, whom the Israelites had not destroyed -- these Solomon conscripted for his slave labor force, as it is to this day." (2 Chronicles 8:7-8)

Second Comment:

The worldview that sanctioned people of a biblical-based religious persuasion [Christianity] to take the land, property, and very lives of other human beings because "it's God's will, and is therefore destined to occur" partially originated when "God told Abraham" that Palestine was to belong to him and his people and that they were to invade Palestine and use military force to take procession of the land that belonged to the area’s First Nations.

In the 1400s this ancient Hebrew biblical-based sanctioned, ethnic cleansing, belief was modified, and expanded to a worldview by the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. It became known as the Doctrine of Christian Discovery worldview and it was used to establish the colonizing, international laws of Western Christendom, which were then used to dispossess First Nations’ lands around the world, and also subjugate them. During the American colonizing of the "Wild West" the biblical-based ethnic cleansing belief was called "Manifest Destiny", which can be understood as an American application of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery.

This Christian doctrine provides the legal foundation for the most important US Supreme Court decision ever decided affecting the Indian tribes of this land, Johnson v M'Intosh. This legal decision says America’s First Nations people have no legal title to the land they lived upon for hundreds or sometimes thousands of years, only a mere right of occupancy, and that the tribes were no longer independent indigenous sovereign nations, or that their sovereign nation rights had been diminished.

To understand the ancient-Hebrew religious-influential connection to the origin of the Doctrine of Christian Discovery is an essential understanding if an informed person wants to act to contribute to the effort of dismantling this Christian Doctrine's heinous effects in the world. [by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer]

Third comment:

President George W. Bush told an audience of his: "When William Bradford stepped off the Mayflower in 1620, he quoted the words of [the Hebrew prophet] Jeremiah 51:10: 'Come let us declare in Zion the word of God.'" Bush also said: "The founders of my country saw a new promised land and bestowed upon their towns names like Bethlehem and New Canaan." …In a best-selling book about the history of the American West, Theodore Roosevelt wrote: "Many of the best of the backwoodsmen were Bible-readers. They looked at their foes as the Hebrew prophets looked at the enemies of Israel. What were the abominations because of which the Canaanites were destroyed before Joshua, when compared with the abominations of the red savages whose lands they, another chosen people, should in their turn inherit?" …Americans found the idea that they were God's new Israel so attractive because it helped justify their partial destruction and total subjugation of this land’s indigenous peoples.

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Dec 18, 2013


Introduction to my letter to the Oyate:
 
On September 17, 2008 - the editor of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation's on-line newspaper published the following "Letter to the Oyate" of mine. This Dakota nation is a 12,000 member nation. A link to my article "Dakota Creation Stories" was published with the letter.


NOTE:  Griff Wigley, Project Leader, Minnesota Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee for Native American Partnering (SACNAP), did not like this letter and wrote on his SACNAP blog  " As I said to you that day at Coldwater, it doesn't matter to me right now whether there are one, two, or many Dakota creation stories. Everyone agrees about the importance/sacredness of the B'dote and Coldwater areas. That's all that matters, so leave it at that." 


The truth is, it is NOT "all that matters", it is very important that the importance that the Dakota place on their Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) traditional/ancestral homeland is not being demeaned, AT ANY TIME, and that the Dakotas Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) creation story is not being denied, AT ANY TIME, by Dakota activists or any one else for political gain. 


Deceptive Dakota activists are claiming that the Dakota creation stories say that the Dakotas origin site is at the B'dote and Coldwater areas.They took the Dakotas Mille Lacs Lake creation story that says that the place of the Dakotas origin is at Mille Lacs Lake and moved it to the B'dote/M'dote and Coldwater areas. When I wrote this letter to the Oyate I was protesting that these deceptive Dakota activists were denying that there is a Mille Lacs creation story that says the Dakotas origin is at Mille Lacs Lake. 


A few of years after I wrote this letter to the Oyate I discovered that there are no authentic Dakota creation storied or origin sites in the B'dote/M'dote and Coldwater areas. Check out my article The Coldwater Spring Deception for more information on this topic.


 After reading Wigley's blog post titled My Problem with Thomas Dahlheimer's letter to the Oyate.
You may want to read my blog post titled Comments of mine that Griff Wigley will not post. This blog post can be found by clicking here


Letter to the Oyate


Greetings from the small town of Wahkon, Minnesota. I initiated and am spearheading the movement to change the name of Minnesota’s Rum River back to its sacred Dakota name, Wakan. On September 5th, I participated in a Dakota gathering at the sacred Coldwater Springs site. Where a small group of Dakota activists launched the reclamation of this sacred site. Jim Anderson, an organizer of the event, and I met at the gathering and had a good conversation. But unfortunately, during Chris Mato Nunpa’s press conference presentation, Mato Nunpa made a bold faced lie. He said the "Sesquicentennial Commission will not admit genocide." (ref.)


During the gathering, I asked Griff Wigley, Project Leader for the Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee for Native American Partnering, if he heard what Mato Nunpa said about the Sesquicentennial Commission. Wigley said that he did and that it was Mato Nunpa's "speed" and that it made his presentation "sound good". I then told Wigley that Mato Nunpa has also been lying to hurt me and my work. A few months ago, the Sesquicentennial Commission admitted that Minnesota committed a genocide against the Dakota people during its early history.
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I believe that Mato Nunpa lies and distorts the Dakota people’s history in Minnesota in order to gain leverage to accomplish his and Jim Anderson’s activist goals in the Mendota area. Anderson is the historian for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. A few months ago, after showing Mato Nunpa evidence of what I believe he is doing, he became very angry with me and insulted me as well as told Jim Anderson to quit working with me, and do so, because I believe and publicly teach (in contradiction to what he teaches) that there are not only two Mendota area Dakota creation stories, but also a Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) Dakota creation story.


Leonard Wabasha, a Mdewakanton Dakota hereditary chief, has publicly acknowledged that there is a Mille Lacs Lake Dakota creation story.
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A prominent anthropologists who works with the Dakota, wrote: “The sacred lake (Mille Lacs) figures prominently in Lakota/Dakota creation stories. The lake is considered sacred because the Dakota people emerged from it as human beings into this world. You may want to look up the story itself in some of the Dakota mythology collections." 



By denying that there is a Mille Lacs Lake Dakota creation story, I believe that Mato Nunpa is demeaning the importance that the Dakota people attribute to their Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) ancestral homeland.


Not long ago, Anderson told the mayor of Anoka that the Mille Lacs Lake Dakota creation story is “one” of the Dakota’s creation stories. However, because of Mato Nunpa, Anderson no longer works with me, nor does he publicly tell people that there is a Mille Lacs Lake Dakota creation story.


Mato Nunpa’s lies are hindering me from accomplishing the goals that the Great Spirit has given me to accomplish in the Dakota’s sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) ancestral/traditional homeland.


More about this topic can be found at:
http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/875739


Thomas Dahlheimer Director of Rum River Name Change Organization
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Posted: Dec 18, 2013 5:56am
Jun 10, 2013

By Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer

On May 29, 2013 the Mille Lacs Messenger, a Minnesota county newspaper, published the following letter of mine.


An official United Nations document describes the Doctrine of Discovery as a principle of international law that developed in a series of 15th century papal bulls and 16th century charters by European monarchs. The UN document also states that the doctrine was - and is - a racist philosophy that gave white Christian Europeans the green light to go forth and claim the lands and resources of non-Christian peoples and kill or enslave them. And that it sanctioned the genocide of indigenous peoples in the New World and elsewhere.

Another UN document states that the Doctrine of Discovery has been institutionalized in law and policy, on national and international levels, and lies at the root of the violations of indigenous peoples' human rights, both individual and collective. This has resulted in State claims to and the mass appropriation of the lands, territories and resources of indigenous peoples.


In conclusion I would like to say that European countries, and our country (the United States of America) is owned and operated by and for the benefit of the multinational neo-conservative conglomerates who make their profits off stolen resources and lands, at the expense of oppressed and subjugated Indigenous people worldwide.

Their policy is called Colonialism and it is nothing but theft and murder. Our country spends trillions of dollars internationally and domestically carrying out those policies of invading other countries or manipulating assassinations and coups to destabilize governments in order to set up and prop up despot two bit dictator regimes who are bribed to subjugate their people with intimidation, kidnappings, rape and murder, to enable the foreign multinational conglomerates to steal their resources and lands.

We have 750-900 bases in 125-235 countries, depending on if Ron Paul or Jesse Ventura is talking, manned by the neocon-owned CIA, military intelligence or mercenaries. We spend trillions to enable million and billion dollar profits for a select few like Halliburton, KBR, Shell, BP or Exxon and their bribed political prostitutes like Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, Feinstein and Cantor, as well as Scalia and Thomas.

In return we get the trillion dollar bill and the resulting terrorist attacks by people incensed at seeing their people murdered in order for foreigners to steal their resources. It's called Colonialism and most descendants of the illegal European immigrants refuse to admit that the policies of colonialism are nothing but theft and murder and results in terrorism. To do so they'll be forced to admit to the world that our government is guilty of theft and murder and together with their neo con masters, are guilty of theft and murder and are ultimately responsible for the murder of 3,000 Americans on 9/11.


Article:The United Nations human rights chief slammed the United States and its European allies on Monday for trying to implement their so-called anti-terror policies with disregard to international human rights law.


Article: US Government Under Fire at Permanent Forum Ahead of World Conference: See Newcome's statement about Doctrine of Discovery.

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Jan 27, 2013

by Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer
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On the 26th of December, 2012, the Mille Lacs Messenger, a Minnesota county newspaper, published the following letter of mine.

In response to Brett Larson's recent column about the United Nations Agenda 21 programme I would like to say: This agenda for the 21st Century was signed by 179 nations at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Among other things, it called for a Global Biodiversity Assessment of the state of the planet. Prepared by the UN Environmental Programme, this GBA gave UN leaders the information and science they needed to further develop their global management system.

Its environmental crisis predictions justified their mission to [bring about] a major reduction of the earth's human population, major lifestyle regulations for industrial civilization's middle class people, and the establishment of a new world religion, an eco-religion - a religion that will be an earth-centered syncretistic blend of the world's religions.

Archbishop Javier Lozano Barragan, a world renowned theologian, called the UN lead global ethic movement, a movement that is a part of Agenda 21, an "eco-religion". He said it manifests itself "as a new spirituality that supplants all religions, because the latter have been unable to preserve the ecosystem."

The GBA concluded on page 763 that "the root causes of the loss of biodiversity are embedded in the way societies use resources." The main culprit being the world view of societies based on Biblical scriptures. "This world view is characteristic of large scale societies, heavily dependent on resources brought from considerable distances. It is a world view that is characterized by the denial of sacred attributes in nature, a characteristic that became firmly established about 2000 years ago with the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religious traditions." The document also states that the "Eastern cultures with religious traditions such as Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism did not depart as drastically" from healthy environmental values, including a self-sustaining respect and reverence for nature.

The earth centered religions include the aboriginal religions of the Western hemisphere and African, reconstructed versions of pre-Christian European pagan religions, and the beliefs of an occasional world renowned so-called "Catholic heretic" like the theologian Rev. Matthew Fox, a person who has given his support for some of my global initiatives.

The earth centered religions are the spiritual wing of the UN lead New Age environmental movement. They worship the Great Spirit and look on the Earth and its biosphere as a living being to be celebrated and almost worshipped. They believe that mankind's proper mission is to learn to live in harmony with the Earth and its life forms, rather than to dominate them.

Putting an end to the current international system that subjugates and dehumanizes aboriginal peoples, which includes a central foundation part of our USA system, is a big part of the UN leaders' global management agenda for the 21 Century.

Thomas Ivan Dahlheimer
Wahkon

Note: This letter can be viewed and read on the Mille Lacs Messenger's web site


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I initiated and am spearheading the local, national and international movement to change the faulty-translation and profane name of Minnesota’s Rum River back to its sacred Dakota name, Wakan.

I recently participated in a Dakota gathering at the sacred Coldwater Springs site. Where a small group of Dakota activists launched the reclamation of this sacred site with four days of ceremonies to celebrate the seasonal transition from summer to fall.

During the gathering, Jim Anderson, the historian for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, and I met and had a good conversation. But unfortunately, during Chris Mato Nunpa’s press conference presentation, Mato Nunpa, a Dakota activist as well as an organizer of this event, made a bold faced lie. He said: "the Sesquicentennial Commission will not admit genocide".

Griff Wigley, Project Leader for the Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee for Native American Partnering, was at the gathering. We met and had a conversation. I asked him if he heard what Mato Nunpa said about the Sesquicentennial Commission. He said that he did and that it was Mato Nunpa's "speed" and that it made his presentation "sound good". (It "sounded good" but was not the truth) I then told Griff that Mato Nunpa has also been lying to hurt me and my work. A few months ago,
the Sesquicentennial Commission admitted that Minnesota committed a genocide against the Dakota people during its early history.

Check out my article TheColdwater Spring Deception  for more information about this topic.

I believe that Mato Nunpa lies and distorts the Dakota people’s history in Minnesota in order to make his work in the Mendota area seem more important than it is. A few months ago, after showing Mato Nunpa evidence of what I believe he is doing, he became very angry with me and insulted me as well as told Jim Anderson to quit working with me. And Jim did what Mato Nunpa asked him to do, he quit working with me.

On a regular basis, Jim and I had been meeting with the mayor of Anoka. And I had set things up for Jim and other members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community to meet with the Anoka Human Rights Commission. And I had spoken with the mayor of Cambridge, Minnesota and she had scheduled Jim and I to address the Cambridge City Council. And I had set things up for Jim to address the Anoka-Hennepin School District Indian Education Parent Committee and staff, etc. And this all came to an erupt and rude end because of Mato Nunpa’s influence over the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community historian, Jim Anderson. Mato Nunpa draws in internationally renowned Native activists to give support for his and Jim Anderson’s activist initiative in the Mendoa area.

It seems to me that Mato Nunpa has a serious problem and that he is hurting the Dakota people. I recently sent a letter to the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community wherein I wrote that it was my wish that all of the members of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community would become aware of this problem and do something to solve it.

The information presented throughout the rest of this blog is about Mato Nunpa’s lies that distort the true history of the Dakota people. Mato Nunpa ignores and demeans the importance that the Dakota attribute to their sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) ancestral/traditional homeland, and he also over emphasizes the importance of the Mendota area to the Dakota people. And by doing so, he makes his work in the Mendota area look more important than it is.

On a Mille Lacs Kathio State Park interpretive sign, Leonard E. Wabasha is quoted as saying: "My people are the Mdewakanton Oyate. Mdewakanton means the People of Spirit Lake. Today that lake is known as Mille Lacs. This landscape is sacred to the Mdewakanton Oyate because one Otokaheys Woyakapi (creation story) says we were created here. It is especially pleasing for me to come here and walk these trails, because about 1718 the first Chief Wapahasa was born here, at the headwaters of the Spirit River. I am the eighth in this line of hereditary chiefs." (ref.)


During a three-day Dakota conference at Marshall, Minnesota’s Southwest Minnesota State University, a conference that addressed the history of the European colonists and Euro-American’s extreme mistreatment of the Dakota people, Angela Wilson and her father, Chris Mato Nunpa, told the conference participates that according to the (singular) Dakota creation story, the place referred to as Bdote (called Mendota in English), is the site where the Dakota people were created.

I knew that Wilson had read my article Regaining The Dakota’s Mille Lacs Ancestral Homeland and therefore knew that there is another Dakota creation story that says Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) is the site where the Dakota people were created. And when I asked Mato Nunpa why he and his daughter, Angela Wilson, were teaching that there is only one site where the Dakota people believe they were created, and that that site is Mendota, Mato Nunpa wrote: “People like you quote Leonard Wabasha”. By denying that there is a Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) Dakota creation story, Mato Nunpa and Wilson demean the importance that the Dakota people attribute to their Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) ancestral/traditional homeland.

When I was corresponding with Mato Nunpa, he sent me a message wherein he wrote that he was going to tell Jim Anderson to quit working with me. And do so, because I believe and publicly teach (in contradiction to what he and his daughter teach) that there is a Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) Dakota creation story. After Jim was told by Mato Nunpa to quit working with me, Jim quit working with me.

During a Coldwater Springs site interview of Jim Anderson, Jim said: “Where we are is the center of the world. If you look from the stars, at the United States, we call this Turtle Island. We are at the exact center of Turtle Island where the Minnesota and Mississippi river come together. Our creation stories tell us that we were put right on that Island. This is our Garden of Eden. We are about a half-mile from that area.

The Dakota creation stories do not tell the Dakota people that they were put on that island. [One] Dakota creation story tells the Dakota people that they were put on the island where the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers come together. Another Dakota creation story tells the Dakota people that they were created at the sacred Coldwater Springs site. And still another Dakota creation story tells the Dakota people that they emerged from Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) as human beings into this world.

And the island near the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi river is not located at the “exact” center of Turtle Island. The island creation story site, the Coldwater Springs creation story site and the Mde Wakan (Mille Lake Lake) creation story site are all located in the general area of the center of Turtle Island. And the island creation story site is only a part of the Dakota's “Garden of Eden”. The Coldwater Springs creation story site and the Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) creation story site constitute the other parts of the Dakota’s Garden of Eden.

Recently, when referring to the Dakota creation stories associated with the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers and the Coldwater Springs site, Jim was quoted in a Star Tribune article: “We have a right to be here because our creation stories are here.” During a meeting with the mayor of Anoka, I told the mayor that there is [a] Dakota creation story that says Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) is the site where the Dakota people were created. And during this same meeting, Jim told the mayor that the Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) Dakota creation story is “one” of the Dakota people’s creation stories. In that private conversation, Jim acknowledged that the Dakota creation stories are at three sites, the two Mendota area sites and the Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) site. In public, Jim proclaims that the Dakota creation stories are at two sites, the Mendota area sites. And he fails to mention that there is also another sacred site where there is a Dakota creation story, the Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) site.

If Jim Anderson, Chris Mato Nunpa and Angela Wilson were to publicly tell the truth about where all of the Dakota’s creation story sites are located, a lot of people would probably come to believe that because the Mendota area is not the only place where there is a Dakota creation story (or creation stories) that therefore the Mendota area IS NOT AS IMPORTANT to the Dakota people as it would be if it were the ONLY PLACE where there was a Dakota creation story, or creation stories.

Jim, Chris and Angela are often quoted in articles, and in the articles, they are often quoted as saying that the (singular) Dakota creation story says the Dakota people were created in Mendota, or that the Dakota creation stories say the Dakota people were created in the Mendota area. And by doing so, they make their activist work in the Mendota area seem more important than it is.

They lie and distort the Dakota people’s history in Minnesota to gain leverage to accomplish their goals in the Mendota area. And their lies are hindering me from accomplishing the goals that the Great Spirit has given me to accomplish in the Dakota people’s sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) ancestral/traditional homeland. I believe that the Great Spirit and the Dakota people are being hurt by their lies.

I sent Angela Wilson a number of quotes, including Leonard Wabasha’s Mille Lacs Kathio State Park interpretive sign quote, a quote by Wilhem K. Meya, a nationally renowned anthropologists who works with the Lakota people and a quote from the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Community website. These quotes proclaim that there is a Dakota creation story that says Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) is where the Dakota were created. Unfortunately, Angela Wilson is still telling people that the Dakota people have only one creation story (or two creation stories in one area) and that it says (or they say) the Dakota people were created in the Mendota area.

The three-day Dakota conference in Marshall had an agenda that totally left out [ignored] the history of the present-day Dakota people’s ancestors in their sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) homeland. The conference started with some Dakota people living in Mendota.

The nearly millennium long history of the present-day Dakota people’s ancestors living in their sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) homeland...the Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) Dakota creation story...the history of the “doctrine of discovery” associated with DuLuth planting France’s Coat of Arms in the sacred ground of the ancient Dakota people’s main Mille Lacs Lake area village and then claiming all of the Dakota people’s Minnesota homeland for France...the history of how the European colonists tricked and used a band of Ojibwe to violently force the ancient Dakota from their sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) homeland and spiritual center...the history of how the European colonists used the Mille Lacs Dakota people’s weakness to abuse alcohol to lure many of them from their sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) homeland to far away trading posts...the establishment and history of the Rum River name-change movement...the work to regain the Dakota people’s sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) ancestral/traditional homeland...Jim Anderson’s Rum River name-change movement activist activities...and Jim’s work to regain his Dakota people’s Wakpa Wakan (Rum River) watershed ancestral/traditional homeland were not mentioned by any of the conference’s organizers, nor quest speakers.
(ref.)

When addressing the subject of Lakota/Dakota creation stories, Wilhelm K. Meya, one of the most active anthropologists working with the Lakota today, wrote: "The Mdewakanton are considered in the oral tradition, one of the most ancient divisions of the Sioux Nation or Ocetisakowin 'Seven Council Fires'. The sacred lake (Mille Lacs) figures prominently in Lakota/Dakota creation stories. The lake is considered sacred because the Dakota people emerged from it as human beings into this world. You may want to look up the story itself in some of the Dakota mythology collections." (ref.)

The following interpretation of the name Mdewakanton, an interpretation that incorporates the Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) Dakota creation story, is displayed on the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Community website. "The Mdewakanton, 'those who were born of the waters,'..."

Jim Anderson, Chris Mato Nunpa and Angela Wilson know that their Dakota ancestors lived in their sacred Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) homeland for nearly a thousand years and that Mille Lacs Lake was their spiritual center, and that there is a Dakota creation story that says the Dakota people emerged from Mille Lacs Lake as human beings into this world. However, they do not publicly proclaim this to be true.

When referring to where Jim, Chris and Angela believe the Dakota’s primary traditional spiritual center is located, they say it is in the Mendota area. Hence, they teach that the Mendota area is the Dakota people’s “center”, or center of the world.

I believe that evidence indicates that Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) is--within the mentioned above context--the Dakota people’s “center” as well as the primary sacred site associated with the Dakota people’s creation stories. And I believe that the Mendota area is a very sacred Dakota site, although less important than the Dakota people’s Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) site. Even the Dakota name, Mdewakanton, meaning people of Spirit Lake, indicates that Mde Wakan (Mille Lacs Lake) is the Dakota people’s primary traditional spiritual center.

In an Isanti County News article about a 2008 Wakan Wakpa (Rum River) Canoe Expedition that provided a group of inner-city Dakota boys from Minneapolis and St. Paul an opportunity to paddle the natural artery of their ancestors, LeMoine LaPointe, director of the Healthy Nations Program at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, is quoted: (1.) "Their 165-mile paddle from Mille Lacs Lake to Minneapolis commemorated many important aspects of Dakota history and culture..." (2.)"The Rum, known for centuries as Wakan Wakpa (Holy River), is an important spiritual and cultural artery to the Dakota who, until 1745, lived at Mille Lacs (Mde Wakan) and considered it the center of their world."

"Father Louis Hennepin visited the Sioux at Mille Lacs Lake in 1680 and reported that it was the sacred lake of these Indians and the focal point of the whole nation, from which the tribes and bands spread out over a wide area. (Wilford 1944:329)."

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Comments by Dakota Indians:

Jeff wrote:

I grew up by the Rum River and never knew it's significance as a kid. I have since become re-connected with my deceased Dakota fathers' side of the family. I have learned a lot about what was important to our ancestors. The Mille Lacs area creation story is paramount to our ancestral identity as is the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers story. They are all wakan. The name "Rum" should definitely be dropped and changed to something more appropriate. Wakan or Spirit River, for instance.

Seems to me that claiming any ancestral rights to land in the vicinity of the Twin Cities metropolitan area spells M-O-N-E-Y. This may be why the individuals you mention seem to be disregarding the Dakota creation story of Mille Lacs Lake. Or it may be to avoid confusing wasicu who do not understand these things but with the intent of gaining rights to lands near the Twin Cities in lieu of rights to the Wakan River.

Jeff's Uncle wrote:

In all my travels amongst the people I personally have never heard it said that Mendota was credited with being the 'Center' of Dakota origins. Mendota was given this particular spelling and pronunciation by the American Fur Company who established a fur trading post there and the word itself comes from the Dakota word 'mdote' meaning where 'one river joins another or meets another' (the St Peters River now called the Minnesota R., and the Miss. R.) Ft. Snelling was established by the American gov't near that location to claim, protect, and establish their influence in the region. The natives of Mendota are called Mdewakantons for a reason. When working amongst my Lakotah brothers even they referred to their place of origins as 'Spirit Lake'. More can be said of the above issue but will let this suffice for now.

More information about this topic can be viewed and read by clicking http://www.towahkon.org/Dakotahistory.html and/or
http://newsfornatives.com/blog/2008/02/16/mdewakanton-rights-activist-initiatives/

On September 17, 2008 - the editor of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Nation's on-line newspaper published a "Letter to the Oyate" of mine about this topix. This Dakota nation is a 12,000 member nation. 

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Posted: Sep 11, 2008 11:38am
Aug 30, 2008

By Thomas Dahlheimer

In response to a message about my movement to change the name of Minnesota's Rum River, a message that was sent to Gene Amondson, the 2008 Presidential nominee for the National Prohibition Party, I received a supportive call from him. We talked about the work we are doing to bring back Prohibition as well as establish dry states, counties and cities, etc. In respect to keeping him updated on the progress of my Rum River name-change movement and associated movement to bring back Prohibition, Amondson told me to call him whenever I would like to. Amondson is an international speaker and he has been on the John Stewart Daily Show once and on the Oprah show twice.

LeMoine LaPointe, director of the Healthy Nations Program at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, is quoted in an Isanti County newspaper as saying, “It's important to the health of Native American people that the river be called by its original name. Rum is a pollutant, a destructive chemical. It's not a poison river, it's a holy river." The current name for the Rum River is a faulty-translation and profane name that perverts the ancient and sacred Dakota Indian name for the river, Wakan. Hence, I am trying to change the name of this river back to its sacred Dakota name.

Rita Kaye Wert, the National President of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, recently contacted me and gave her support for the “good work” that I am doing to change the name of the Rum River and bring back Prohibition. Wert’s stated that she would, like Gene Amondson, "also be interested in hearing of the progress of my efforts."

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) is the oldest continuing non-sectarian woman's organization in the world. The WCTU was a major force in Prohibition. The purpose of the WCTU is to combat the influence of alcohol on family and society.

In my initial message to Wert, I wrote: “During Prohibition there was a national movement to change the name by those who saw the addictive and harmful nature of rum upon society. The addictive and harmful nature of rum upon society is another reason why I initiated and am spearheading the Rum River name-change movement.”

In Wert’s supportive response, she wrote: “While many news articles would declare that Prohibition was a failure, we in the WCTU know differently. There were many positive results. Unfortunately, our government folded when put under extreme pressure to do so. Alcohol remains the #1 threat to the family and society in general. God bless you in your quest to change the name of your river.”

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation is located at the headwaters the badly named Rum River. In a Minnesota county newspaper article, subtitled: "300 gather to note the toll by alcohol abuse", Melvin Eagle, the hereditary Chief of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is quoted as saying: "Alcoholism is not our traditional way. We need to try to pull together and away from alcohol because it is destroying our people."

After Albert Bates read a recent message of mine about the correspondence between the President of the National Prohibition Party and myself he also sent me a supportive message wherein he wrote “good work”.

Mr. Bates is an internationally renowned environmentalists, author, indigenous peoples rights activist and inventor. In respect to an article of mine that I once sent him, an article about my effort to bring back Prohibition, he wrote: “good article”.

In the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community’s letter of support, Jim Anderson, the co-cultural chair and historian for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community, wrote:

“I believe that renaming the river "Wakpa Wakan" or "Spirit River" is a great stride in mending the circle that we share with all four colors of man. We, as Dakotas, are very happy that there are people out there that are trying to understand that by using names like 'rum' and 'devil' to label sacred sites and places is degrading to our children, our elders and also to our ancestors. These places were already named in our language by our people because of their special meaning. When we have to tell our children why these places have been named after a poison or the worst words in their language. It is demoralizing to us to have to explain why a place is named after the same things that helped to steal our land and language. To have to be reminded of the cultural genocide that has been perpetrated on all Indian people. So, in changing the name back to the Dakota language, it will help in the healing process that our people continue to deal with.”

Also, Greg Peterson, an author for the world’s leading American Indian news source [Indian Country Today] and media advisor for the Turtle Island Project, recently contacted me to inform me that he supports my movement to bring back Prohibition. Peterson wrote: “There is no doubt that alcohol has caused much misery for Native Americans and all people. You are making progress, my friend, and I wish you continued success and good luck.”

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Jul 29, 2008

The following letter was published in the Mille Lacs Messenger.

 by Thomas Dahlheimer

In an Isanti County News article about a 2008 Wakan Wakpa (Rum River) Canoe Expedition that provided a group of inner-city Dakota boys from Minneapolis and St. Paul an opportunity to paddle the natural artery of their ancestors there are the following statements:

“Their 165-mile paddle—from Mille Lacs Lake to Minneapolis—commemorated many important aspects of Dakota history and culture. The expedition departed from the Mille Lacs headwaters the morning of Tuesday, June 24, with the group getting 32 miles behind them that day. Unfortunately, the low water forced the canoeists to walk over several stretches.”

“The Rum, known for centuries as Wakan Wakpa (Holy River), is an important spiritual and cultural artery to the Dakota who, until 1745, lived at Mille Lacs (Mde Wakan) and considered it the center of their world.”

Healthy Nations, an Eliminating Health Disparities grantee agency of the Minnesota Department of Health, sponsored the expedition.

“These young people are taking the initiative to scout the length of the river in order for their tribe to become familiar with it, and in so doing, reclaim their tribal legacy,” says LeMoine LaPointe, director of the Healthy Nations Program at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.

LaPointe says reclaiming the Rum River is important to the health of the Dakota community.

“Over thousands of years of repeated use of that river Indian people saw something there that was good for them, and infused that into their physical and spiritual health. Knowing and interacting with that river had an enormous positive impact on them.”

LaPointe says it’s also important to the health of Native American people that the river be called by its original name.

“Rum is a pollutant, a destructive chemical. It’s not a poison river, it’s a holy river,” he said. “That river has contributed to the development of successful tribal communities for thousands of years. Recognizing it as Wakan Wakpa, Holy River, reattaches a positive connotation that will be felt in mind, body and spirit in many different ways.”

I am thinking that my movement to change the name of the Rum River back to its sacred Dakota name as well as my online articles about my many Dakota rights activists initiative in the Mille Lacs area, including my article Regaining the Dakota’s Mille Lacs ancestral homeland, were influential in respect to the initiation of the Dakota’s original idea and planning behind the reclaiming the Rum River sacred Dakota expedition on the Wakpa Wakan.

 

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Jul 13, 2008

by Thomas Dahlheimer

On May 9, 2007 Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Brazil for his first visit as pope to Latin America, where more than half of all Catholics live. During his visit he made perverse and morally obscene remarks which described the genocidal destruction of the Western Hemisphere’s pre-Columbus cultures as a "purifying" act which gave the indigenous peoples just what they were “longing” for. His historical revisionism whitewashes genocide, ethnocide, slavery, land theft, and the continuing subjugation of Indigenous Peoples.

The Pope declared that "the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean" were "silently longing" to receive Christ as their savior. Colonization by Spain and Portugal was not a conquest, but rather an "adoption" of the Indians through baptism, making their cultures "fruitful" and "purifying" them. Accordingly, "the proclamation of Jesus and of his Gospel did not at any point involve an alienation of the pre-Columbian cultures, nor was it the imposition of a foreign culture."

In a United Nations World Conference against Racism document there are statements that radically contradict the Pope’s remarks. “Historians and academics agree that the colonization of the New World saw extreme expressions of racism - massacres, forced-march relocations, the ‘Indian wars’, death by starvation and disease. Today, such practices would be called ethnic cleansing and genocide.”

“In the fifteenth century, two Papal Bulls set the stage for European domination of the New World and Africa. Romanus Pontifex …declared war against all non-Christians throughout the world, and specifically sanctioned and promoted the conquest, colonization, and exploitation of non-Christian nations and their territories. Inter Caetera ….officially established Christian dominion over the New World. It called for the subjugation of the native inhabitants and their territories,….”

“The Papal Bulls have never been revoked, although indigenous representatives have asked the Vatican to consider doing so. These ‘doctrines of discovery’ provided the basis for both the ‘law of nations’ and subsequent international law. Thus, they allowed Christian nations to claim ‘unoccupied lands’ (terra nullius), or lands belonging to "heathens" or "pagans". In many parts of the world, these concepts later gave rise to the situation of many Native peoples in the today - dependent nations or wards of the State,…”

According to Pope Benedict the invasion and conquest of the Americas, which caused the deaths of upwards of 90 percent of the indigenous population of around 100 million, was something the natives had been pining for all along. They weren't just "asking for it," as some male rapists depict the women they raped. They were actually "longing" for it, since salvation and "purification" came with it. The Pope’s logic is similar to the following statement. If a man brutally rapes a woman and she gives birth to his child she should be grateful and thank the rapist for raping her since their child came with it.

In the wake of (1.)…the United Nations statements about the Roman Catholic Church being primarily responsible for the genocide committed against Indigenous Peoples, and (2.)…nation states such as Australia and Canada recently apologizing for the atrocities committed against Indigenous Peoples in their nations, and (3.)…U.S. Senator Sam Brownback’s sponsored May resolution which acknowledges a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offers an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States, a resolution that is making its way through Congress, and (4.)…the U.S. Colorado state government passing a resolution in April which compared the deaths of millions of American Indians to the Holocaust and other acts of genocide around the world, and (5.)…the recent Minnesota Sesquicentennial Commission’s admittance that Minnesota committed ethnocide and genocide against Natives during its early history…the Pope and other high ranking Catholic officials are, unquestionably, looking at dealing with another upcoming big scandal, a scandal that will make the pedophile priests’ sex scandal cover up look like a drop in the bucket.

Hopefully, Pope Benedict XVI will soon formally revoke the 15th century papal bulls which were primarily responsible for the horrible atrocities committed against Indigenous Peoples and then lead the Catholic Church and Western “Civilization” through a process of radical transformation, and by doing so, lead humanity into a new age, wherein Indigenous Peoples will be given their due respect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jul 2, 2008

On June 17, Indigenous Peoples Literature (IPL) posted an (online) article of mine titled "Proposals to heal the genocidal wounds of indigenous peoples." In the article, I quoted a statement made by Louis Stanley Schoen in the Star Tribune, Minnesota's best-selling state-wide daily newspaper.

"What if a public commission were to begin to examine the American (and European) history of white supremacy - and, here, how that doctrine shaped the formation of Minnesota and its public and private institutions?

"What if such a commission learned how to offer leadership and resources to dismantle this evil doctrine?"

After this quote, I wrote that the "evil doctrine" that needs to be dismantled is the 15th century Papal Bull Inter Caetera. After reading my IPL article, Steve Newcomb, a writer for Indian Country Today and an internationally renowned leader of the movement to dismantle the Inter Caetera Bull, contacted me and said, "Thanks Thomas, Good Work!"

In my IPL article I also wrote: "I recently sent a proposal to Griff Wigley, the project leader of the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Advisory Committee for Native American Partnering (SACNAP) and blogger for the SACNAP's blog, wherein I asked him to post Louis Stanley Schoen's article on the blog. And do so, because it is a good article and also because I could then, in response to Schoen's posted article, post a comment with a link to a petition of mine where tribal leaders and prominent non-Indian Minnesotans could add their names and comments to this petition, a petition that asks our Governor [Tim Pawlenty] to establish a public commission to accomplish the goals that Schoen proposed in his Star Tribune article."

Mr. Wigley not only posted a link to Louis Stanley Schoen's article, he also presented a new addition to the SACNAP blog, titled: Does Minnesota need its own Truth and Reconciliation Commission? This new addition to the blog includes a number of links to associated articles and quotes from these articles. A link to my article that was published in Winona, Minnesota's daily newspaper [Winona Daily News] was one of the links included in the blog's new addition. Its title is "State looks to settle up with the past."

Also, after contacting Indian Country Today, the world's leading American Indian news source, I was interviewed for an article about our state's Sesquicentennial Commission's acknowledgement that our state committed ethnocide and genocide against American Indians during its early history. The article was published and also displayed on the SACNAP blog. A paragraph in the article was about my movement to change the name of the Rum River back to its sacred Dakota name, Wakan.

Nick Coleman, a writer for the Star Tribune, recently called me. He is going to write an article about my Rum River name-change movement.

Note: This article was recently published in the Mille Lacs Messenger, a Minnesota county newspaper.


 

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Pantene Pro V Beautiful Lengths DonationWhat does the loss of hair mean to a womanbattling cancer?Today, far too many women we know face that frighteningquestion. Nearly 700,000 adult American women will bediagnosed with cancer in 2007, and one in thr...
Aug
18
by John P.
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News Intelligence Analysis       Living Under Fascism   A sermon on Fascism, by minister Davidson Loehr, November 7, 2004 First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin 4700 Grover Ave., Aust...
May
3
by John P.
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As a Diabled guy I have WAY too much time on my hands. People like to have me listen to them and give them advice...which is a good thing...it\\\'s probably how I met you through the varied interests. So as a former crisis counselor, I help out the p...
Apr
22
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I\\\'ve set up a new place, please visit!http://www.myspace. com/johnpieper
Mar
30
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http://www.fatherjohndear .org/September 11, 2002, Wednesday Remember 9/11 By Speaking Out Against War BY JOHN DEAR One year ago, I started volunteering like thousands of other New Yorkers, to assist the grieving and help those in n...
Jan
5
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Hello!Are you drinking bottled water?