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Michael
- 865 days ago - finalcall.com
The Lakota have withdrawn from every Treaty it ever signed with the US Govt. They have renounced US Citizenship. They say they will welcome anyone who does the same. We had been told in 72 by a local Rock Band that, ''We are the Indians today.''



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Calliope S. (47)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:26 am
The old does not serve us. We know better. If there is one oppressed person forced to reject his identity and play by the rules of the oppressor, it will eventually affects all of us.


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Martin Luther King Jr.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:30 am
AWESOME post, thanks so much Michael, awesome graphics as well. This move was a smart one I think, only this news is getting here a bit late ;-) (note the date on article) Wonder why and how you dug it out now..
 

Michael Carney (207)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:36 am
I'm with the Lakota's...
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:38 am
A great post Michael
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:49 am
Had first seen this a few years ago. Jackie Guthrie posted it today on Facebook, and just had to post it here, for its never too late for a good idea.
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:02 am
thanks!
 

Michela m. (3812)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:11 am
THANKS!!!!!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:11 am
awareness, designs aware thought and aware thought creates aware action and interaction and when we act and interact with awareness we empower others to to do the the same.. knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered.. set our fellow beings free, we as in all of us are change, we are what we think and with our thoughts we make the world. life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:32 am
thanks Michael, noted
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:41 am
Michael, wonderful article. What ever happened to Brotherhood?
 

Carmen S. (607)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:43 am
Thanks so much Michael for sharing this great article
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:45 am
The date on the article is an off set and late but think it brought up in the time of immigration boot that's going on. Why so long to try to post or do anything id if anything can be done, most have a 2 year statue limitation. But it's a great article.
 

Pamylle G. (461)
Friday March 9, 2012, 5:12 am
Do keep in mind this is from 2008. Although I agree with Russell Means on many points, we need to realize he does not speak for all the Lakota.

Currently, Means is dealing with a diagnosis of esophageal cancer with traditional medicine ways.

You can find updates both on the subject of this article & Russell's health here:

 

Pamylle G. (461)
Friday March 9, 2012, 5:13 am
http://www.republicoflakotah.com/
 

Many Feathers (130)
Friday March 9, 2012, 5:24 am
thanks
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Friday March 9, 2012, 5:49 am
Thanks for the post.
 

Victoria Pohrebna (269)
Friday March 9, 2012, 5:52 am
Noted. Thanks!
 

Jendrek Mazak (1)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:00 am
DOBRY ARTYKUŁ,POZBAWIENIE TOŻSAMOŚCI I CIEMIĘŻENIE CHOCIAŻ BY JEDNOSTKI MA ZGUBNY WPŁYW NA OGÓŁ,DZIĘKI!!
 

Raymond G. (12)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:04 am
Thank you for the post. Who could blame the Freedom Delegation from not wanting to honor these treaties, after all they where all written by the oppressor. Do you think the U.S Government would have signed a treaty written by these indigenous peoples?

However no elected Lakota tribal governments endorsed the declaration. Further in 2008 the Freedom delegation split into two groups.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:11 am
Michael: "Had first seen this a few years ago. Jackie Guthrie posted it today on Facebook, and just had to post it here, for its never too late for a good idea. "- how very true so thanks again Michael for your good idea and for this explanation answering my question.
And thank you Pamylle for the additional info and link!
 

Roxana Cortijo (175)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:16 am
Thanks for sharing. Posted it on FB.
 

Mary S. (1)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:19 am
This article was dated 2008, why not an update instead on how things are going.
 

Richard Zane Smith (86)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:35 am
As much as i identify with a warrior spirit in men,who have EVERY right to feel anger ,
Warrior societies need to be held in check by strong matrilineal clan systems in place.
I ask...Where are the women, the clan mothers? Unfortunately warriors tend to break things
and spend a lot of time on weapons and aggressive tactics.
Hitting a wasp nest with ones fist...might be considered brave...or......

There ARE solutions! But in order for the planet to heal,weapons must be thrown beneath
the Great Tree of Peace. Change can happen when it comes like relentless water...not fire.

Sohahiyoh
"cultural activist" and enrolled Wyandot tribal member
 

SANDRA R. (147)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:55 am
Noted. Thank you Michael.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Friday March 9, 2012, 7:17 am
Thank you Michael for the post.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Friday March 9, 2012, 7:29 am
the LAKOTA have a special sacred action for this.
It's called the take back ceremony.

You take back Anything that you have willfully or unwillfully have ever given to anything.
 

Mike S. (85)
Friday March 9, 2012, 8:01 am
Great post Michael! Noted, shared and thank you.
 

Agnes N. (717)
Friday March 9, 2012, 8:18 am
Thanks Michael
 

Gary A L. (132)
Friday March 9, 2012, 8:25 am
thanks
 

Brian M. (145)
Friday March 9, 2012, 8:58 am
I don't know if anyone else listens to it, but there is a show called "Native America Calling" on the internet and the radio during the week.

http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/
 

Brian M. (145)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:02 am
I also get a lot of native news from:

http://indiancountrynews.net/index.php
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (260)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:08 am
how about an update?
 

Danny AWAY M. (77)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:14 am
Noted, thanks Michael!
 

Suzy F. (94)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:17 am
Michael, thank you for bringing this to us. I don't care how old it is; it is nonetheless valid. Some awesome posts on this subject. I will have to take some time to check out all of the links.
 

. (1)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:17 am
noted. Thank you Michael..
 

Abdessalam Diab (153)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:19 am
Are we going to see a new State in north America ?
 

Jim Phillips (3215)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:23 am
I would love to see an independent Lakota Nation...


Ty, Michael.
.
 

Henriette Matthijssen (147)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:32 am
Might be old news from 2008, however the move should probably of been better made then, but it is never too late, as oppression is never a good thing. One must support those on who's support one depends on & this is a one ways street for the greedy, while the poor does the contributing. Time has come for more to follow this same path! Thanks Michael.
 

Lydia S. (172)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:48 am
Regardless of when , I wish them well .
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:25 am
Food for thought. What if Communities withdrew from what they no longer supported that the Govt was doing? Guess it wouldn't be a 1 shoe fits all kind of thing. Marty Stuart calls it right when he calls it a broken promised land. Hey personally, as a New Englander, have want N.E. to say, ''We will still pay into S.S. and Medicare, but our National Guard will defend us. And we will follow the Bill of Rights.''
 

Dandelion G. (381)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:38 am
Thank you for your wise words Richard Zane Smith. This is what happens when the culture and society was broken by the Invaders. Too many have gone through Boarding Schools, too many are indoctrinated into a non native culture and ways, and become like those who invaded.

This is the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century. How do we re-orientate the dominant industrialized societies so that they pursue human well-being in a manner that contributes to the health of our Mother Earth instead of undermining it? In other words – how do we live in harmony with Nature?

Mother Earth Accord
September 2011

Tribal Government Chairs and Presidents, Traditional Treaty Councils, and US property owners, with First Nation Chiefs of Canada, impacted by TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and tar sands development present at the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Emergency Summit, September 15-16, 2011, on the protection of Mother Earth and Treaty Territories:

Recognizing that TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline would stretch 1,980 miles, from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada to Nederland, Texas, carrying up to 900,000 barrels per day of tar sands crude oil, which would drive additional tar sands production;

Recognizing the existing resolutions and letters in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline;

Guided by the principles of traditional indigenous knowledge, spiritual values, and respectful use of the land;

Affirming our responsibility to protect and preserve for our descendants, the inherent sovereign rights of our Indigenous Nations, the rights of property owners, and all inherent human rights;

Affirming our Indigenous view that the Earth is our true mother, our grandmother who gives birth to us and maintains all life;

Recognizing that the tar sands in northern Alberta, Canada is one of the largest remaining deposits of unconventional oil in the world, containing approximately 2 trillion barrels, and there are plans for a massive expansion of development that would ultimately destroy an area larger than the state of Florida;

Recognizing that tar sand development has devastating impacts to Mother Earth and her inhabitants and perpetuates the crippling addiction to oil of the United States and Canada;

Recalling in September 2010, the Assembly of First Nations of Canada called on the United States government to take into account the environmental impacts of tar sands production on First Nations in its energy policy, citing the high rates of cancer in the downstream Fort Chipewyan community, which prominent scientists say are potentially linked to petroleum products;

Recognizing the findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that tar sands production releases 13 elements considered priority pollutants under the U.S. Clean Water Act, including lead, mercury, and arsenic into the Athabasca River in northern Alberta, which flows 3,000 miles downstream to the Arctic Ocean;Recognizing that tar sands production produces three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventional oil and NASA climate scientist James Hansen has said that if the tar sands are fully developed, it will be “essentially game over” for the climate;

Recognizing that Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions from tar sands development have more than doubled since 1990, which is the main reason Canada is failing to meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol;

Concerned that Indigenous people are most vulnerable to the social, cultural, spiritual, and environmental impacts of climate change;

Recognizing that Exxon-Imperial and ConocoPhillips Heavy Haul shipments are attempting to haul more than 200 oversized loads of heavy oil machinery from the Port of Lewiston, Idaho along Highway 12 into Montana, then north to the tar sands project in Alberta, Canada;

Concerned that tar sands crude oil is more toxic, corrosive, and abrasive than conventional crude oil and poses additional pipeline safety risks that have not been fully assessed by the U.S. Department of State in its final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline, issued August 26, 2011;

Recalling that TransCanada’s year-old Keystone pipeline, from Manitoba, Canada to Patoka, Illinois and Cushing Oklahoma, has had 14 spills in the U.S. portion since it started operation in June 2010, and was temporarily shut down by regulators in late May, 2011;

Recognizing TransCanada’s extremely poor safety record for the Keystone pipeline, it is probable that the Keystone XL pipeline will have frequent spills because it will have similar design specifications;

Concerned that oil spills from the Keystone XL pipeline would destroy live-sustaining water resources, including the Ogallala Aquifer, which provides drinking water for millions of people and farmland irrigation throughout the Midwestern United States;

Concerned that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will impact sacred sites and ancestral burial grounds, and treaty rights throughout traditional territories, without adequate consultation on these impacts;

Concerned that the Keystone XL pipeline would increase air pollution in the communities surrounding the refineries that the pipeline would service where people of color, Indigenous peoples, and poor people are already experiencing high rates of cancer and respiratory illness;

Recalling that TransCanada’s permit application to the Canadian government for the Keystone XL pipeline said it will increase oil prices in the United States by $4 billion per year;

Acknowledging that the Keystone XL pipeline is not designed to provide the United States with energy security and that industry documents indicate Gulf Coast refineries operate in a free trade zone and plan to refine tar sands oil into petroleum products that are intended for export overseas;

Therefore, we are united on this Mother Earth Accord, which is effective immediately, that it be resolved as follows:
We support and encourage a moratorium on tar sands development;

We insist on full consultation under the principles of “free, prior and informed consent,” from the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples both in the United States and Canada;

We urge regional authorities to halt the Exxon-Imperial and ConocoPhillips Heavy Haul shipments of tar sands equipment through the United States and Canada;

We urge the United States and Canada to reduce their reliance on oil, including tar sands, and invest in the research and development of cleaner, safer forms of sustainable energy and transportation solutions, including smart growth, fuel efficiency, next-generation biofuels and electric vehicles powered by solar and wind energy.

We strongly believe that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest of the United States or Canada; and

We urge President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to reject the Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Jane H. (127)
Friday March 9, 2012, 11:46 am
tURN ABOUT IS FAIR PLAY.....good for them!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday March 9, 2012, 11:55 am
Ha Ho for this! Wow. I may renounce my US citizenship and join the Lakota. I am Wicocomico, descended from Chiefs, w Kiowa Great Grandmother on my other side of the lineages. I have seen Russell Means and his son around Santa Fe on occasion, going far back into the days of very active AIM....as well as at benefits for Indian ed and in the film industry here. My first "boyfriend" was Lakota, and together we experienced many mystical events. My own ancestors were "saved" from slaughter & given material opportunity to prosper in the ways of the British by Captain John Smith. They were the last chiefs of my tribe. The only option was extinction.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Friday March 9, 2012, 12:31 pm
Thanks for the post, Michael. Very interesting! I have deep respect for the Lakotas.
 

Dave C. (212)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:00 pm
good for the Lakota....many times I wish I could secede from the US...especially when my tax dollars are being wasted on military and environmental destruction.....
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:11 pm
This is beautiful, thanks so Michael! I have so much respect for the Lakota's ..how awesome!
 

Brad Johnson (1)
Friday March 9, 2012, 1:47 pm
We all need to understand that the natives are truely AMERICANS, the rest of us are the "illegals" and foriegners. God Bless the natives forever. (BTW I am not native just so you know)
 

HELEN V. (51)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:22 pm
noted and thanks for sharing
 

Mariette G. (145)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:34 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing this very interesting article Michael!
 

Ros G. (88)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:42 pm
The Red Indian like the Australian Aborigines are the first peoples of these lands, they are the true custodians. Their Conquerors are the real destroyers - you just have to see what our governments done to oppress these peoples. It makes you wonder why? Are their ancient practices so dangerous that it's a threat to white man? Here in Australia there is a debate going on about whether the Aborigines should be included and recognized in the Constitution - in this day and age you would think it would be automatic. Yes, if these once powerful nations could rise again - we could learn a lot. Maybe that's the real threat.
 

Robert S. (115)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:48 pm
Good for Means and the Lakota. They are standing up in a number of ways.

Standing Up

 

Lauren Kozen (153)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:59 pm
Noted & Shared. Thank you for posting Michael.
 

Marian G. (58)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:20 pm
thanks for sharing Michael
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:34 pm
Thanks.
 

H Nick H. (1826)
Friday March 9, 2012, 3:42 pm
Interesting, thanks for sharing
 

Joe R. (189)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:14 pm
Good for the Lakota! I hope much of the history of the relations between the US government and the tribes is included in today's history books. It needs to be taught to all - and remembered by all. Thanks for the article Michael.
 

jayasri amma (10)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:24 pm
A great post Michael
 

jayasri amma (10)
Friday March 9, 2012, 4:25 pm
Thanks
 

Bob P. (425)
Friday March 9, 2012, 5:22 pm
thanks
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday March 9, 2012, 6:26 pm
The US government and the state of South Dakota continue to ignore both the sovereign rights and the deplorable conditions on the reservations.
And as far as the history books go, don't hold your breath on that one Joe!

@ Pamyille, i thought that Russel Means received radiation therapy along with the traditional, and that he is currently in remission.

And lest we forget...Today is day 13,180 of Leonard Peltiers illegal incarceration. Please say a prayer to your spirit of choice that he be allowed to come home soon.
Thanks for this story Michael
 

Lyn Z. (298)
Friday March 9, 2012, 7:56 pm
Thanks
 

Constance F. (436)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:11 pm
Great kudos ! Thank you for the post, and great comments above me. Very appreciated.
 

Patricia E. G. (78)
Friday March 9, 2012, 9:56 pm
What was true then...Is true now.

Tough times and Mean Streets
Lakota Free Yourselves!

Thank you Michael for Freedom !
 

Carol Dreeszen (366)
Friday March 9, 2012, 10:09 pm
I just have one question..............How many centuries will the "White" man have to pay for their transgressions!?!? I mean yes..I am white...but I wasn't there when it happened and I only suggest if they want to get one last swipe in before it's too late because the "White" man is becoming in the minority now they better hurry!! Because once the "White" man is not the dominant race then who will be blamed!? Don't get me wrong....what happened to the "Red" man was outrageous and we've paid and paid and paid and paid and we are still paying!!! Is there ever and end to a debt that has been already paid over and over and over!?!? Just wondering!
 

Arild Warud (159)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 12:50 am
Great post,thanks Michael.
 

Vicki P. (132)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 1:52 am
Noted with thanks..it's news to me ♥
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 6:44 am
I stand with the Lakotas. The American Government is oppressing all of the people in this country. I wish I was Indian! I feel that we are headed toward a revolution within this country, because the government doesn't keep it's promises to anyone and we are all being stripped of our rights one by one. I wouldn't be at all surprised if it came to Civil War, but I hope and pray that it takes place within the courts rather than the streets. The Lakotas have had enough and there is no reason for them to endure such oppression and not even have control over their own land. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people not of Native American descent joined them.
 

Richard Zane Smith (86)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 7:28 am
The USA is a pyramid society ( a patriarchal warrior society)...not a sustainable long term circle society.
Pyramid societies eventually split into two warring factions.pulling a nation apart from left to right.
Our USA pyramid (from the two pulling factions) is already cracking up the middle.

If we are to save freedom and our land we need to circle it with "feminine energies"...(caring people)...not divide it into good guys and bad guys. "us and them" start making boundaries and put up more fences.

The idea of a Lakota "country" might sound cool to some...but knowing how difficult it is to work with warriors , a warrior society, another pyramid replacing another. we could have another Africa torn by bloody coups and dictatorships. Feminine energies MUST be restored. Sorry guys , but its the only way.
Talk with Lakota elders and women, and see why such ideas not accepted or heavily supported.
Castro proved it....what an opportunity they had in Cuba to right so many wrongs! , but liberation failed because warriors could not release control. You can't kill pyramids by building another pyramid.
 

Ms Noting Commentator (20)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 7:30 am
I realize that President Obama said “NO” to the Keystone XL pipeline. Then, I read that TransCanada independently decided to work on sections of the pipeline where international issues would not come into play. Unfortunately, one of the areas they intended to do some pipeline construction happens to be on Lakota Land or property. I also read that many Lakotas stood up against TransCanada and tried to stop them from doing anymore construction on the pipeline. Instead of TransCanada being arrested or slapped with fines, I read how the Lakota people were arrested for protecting their lands.

Whatever is going on in our government just does not make any sense anymore. While some American people are opposing the Keystone XL pipeline, other American citizens are opposing the immigration issues. Right now, the federal government is suing Arizona for being unconstitutional with the state’s new immigration laws. Alabama is sitting back at present and watching and waiting to see what the end results will be! I bet, before the year is out, the federal government will also decide to sue the Lakota people for being unconstitutional for preventing further construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on THEIR LAND!!!

Our nation has less unity than it did four decades ago. It is obvious that the American people—the “We the People” American people—no longer have a respected or feared voice anymore! With so many divisions occurring within our nation at present, it will not be too long before there is violence.
 

Dotti Lydon (116)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 9:15 am
Noted with thanks for this good article.
 

jayasri amma (10)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 3:01 pm
thanks
 

jayasri amma (10)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 3:01 pm
A great post Michael
 

jayasri amma (10)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 3:02 pm
This is beautiful, thanks so Michael! I have so much respect for the Lakota's ..how awesome
 

jayasri amma (10)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 3:02 pm
This is beautiful, thanks so Michael! I have so much respect for the Lakota's ..how awesome
 

Gary C. (5)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 5:14 pm
Noted , Thankyou....
 

Rita De Vos (87)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 5:35 pm
Thanks a lot for posting this Michael! I'm happy to hear that the Lakota's made this statement and stood up against the hypocrite US government! I have nothing but great respect for them, they are very wise people!
 

Sue Matheson (69)
Saturday March 10, 2012, 9:12 pm
thanks
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 1:31 am
Carol, if the conditions that The Lakota are living in right now, is how white man pays back over and over again, we better find a better way to repay for our mistakes.
 

Kristina C. (73)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 10:23 am
These news arefrom 2008 - is this still active?
 

Richard J. (17)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 10:50 am
It worries me when I hear the devicive words 'white man', 'red man' etc etc. We are all brothers and while I know the white race has been the biggest carrier of the disease of greed and arrogance, I also know that those white men infected with that disease have also lied, cheated and murdered their own kind as well, in order to achieve their own greedy ends.
I wholeheartedly support the Lakota Freedom Delegation in their bid to have returned to them that which was taken away, and would be honoured to be counted as a brother amongst them. We fight not colour, race or creed, but that which Great Spirit warned us of, that abides in all men.
May we all be blessed with love an compassion for one another - Mitakuya Oyasin.
 

Michael Dewey (1039)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 11:15 am
Yes Richard, its not about color or creed, or even whether this article ever took root. Its about mankind living as one, which is an issue which is not going away until we are one race.
 

. (0)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 3:48 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Elizabeth P. (102)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 4:17 pm
Good read, learn some thing new. Shared. Thank you.
 

Eternal Gardener (702)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 5:31 pm
Ha, a very sane and wise move... we could all learn a thing or two from this!
Thanks Michael for yet another great post!
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Monday March 12, 2012, 7:45 am
Noted. Even though this is from 2008, their struggles are probebly just as great, if not greater. They have been lied to and ripped off far to long, and it should have stopped long, long, long ago. My heart goes out to all of them. I pray they will have the strength and courage to get what they so rightfully deserve.
 

. (0)
Monday March 12, 2012, 9:48 am
good for the Lakota freedom delegation. They have every reason to withdraw from any treaties signed with the US government. In the end..these treaties did not serve them well. What a surprise. Yes, we are the Indians......:) Thanks for the post Michael.
 

Thomas H. (36)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 8:51 am
Nice move by Lakota Nation. Their reasons from disavowing the worthless treaties is commendable. If only all First Peoples in North (and South) Americas would band together as one and simultaneously withdraw/secede and claim their lands again, then the dunderheads that surround me in the Southern US would suddenly get the realization that they truly need. The Indians were here first. Their continent was invaded and occupied by genocidal illegal European immigrants that have consistently lied, cheated and stolen from the First Peoples, most of which welcomed the White Man.

I understand the troubling dichotomy of skin color herein. Keep in mind though that until whitebread Europeans started roaming the planet in search of more and more land and brown-skinned people to exploit, there really was no 'racism'. Racism began with Europeans invading non-European lands. Thus, if culture-destroying Europeans and their descendants insist on using that language, then so be it.

I stand (symbolically at least) with the Lakota Nation. My ancestors from the Muscogee and Cherokee Nations should be proud. And I would stand firmly with them should they consider similar moves against the "broken promised land."

Thanks for all the links, everyone. And thanks for an inspiring heads up, Michael.
 

Pamylle G. (461)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:19 am
"Is there ever and end to a debt that has been already paid over and over and over!?!?"

The debt of genocide, land theft, cultural destruction can't be "paid" ! And to ask a question cloaking the assumption that it has been, or could ever be, reveals how far we have NOT come in terms of understanding the scope of the atrocities.

The way to "move on" is to STOP the prejudice, discrimination & injustice against Indigenous Nations - all of which is going on TODAY. Now !
 

Thomas H. (36)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 10:50 am
I have to agree with Pamylle G. The atrocities cannot be tabulated as "payment", whatever that means. Some of the genocidal atrocities have been documented and are readily available as at no other time in human history, if only we would look (rather than sit on our duffs having Fox news feed us what the Corporate Masters would have us believe). Of course, we will never know of some---if not most---of the crimes against the First Peoples on the continent. Many times the genocidal military and gubmint were successful.

Mis-education over the past 2 centuries regarding Native Americans are largely to blame. I'm pushing 50, and while in school in Mississippi, the mention of Indians was minimal. Minimal and flat out lies. This, in a state that has so many Indian monikers for towns, streets, streams, forests; you-name-it, it has an Indian name. That irony is completely lost on the majority of people in the South, no matter what the skin color. Folks down here love to claim that they're descended from Cherokee princesses, but they aid and abet complete lunatics such as Moonraker Gingrich and Man-On-Dog Santorum, as if these lily-whites will save them from the mean old Muslim non-American (who just happens to have skin color that clashes with Republicans' own lily-white fur).

So, Carol, your question on reparations is a valid one. I suggest you go to the public library, or if you're not into that, go to Corporate Amazon.com and search for books on the history of Native Americans since the Europeans immigrated (illegally) to the First Peoples' continent. In my own opinion, meanwhile, karma sometimes works very slowly. It's almost 500 years since the invasion, occupation and proliferation (and on-going destruction) of North America by Europeans, and the skin color pendulum of the "white" majority on the continent is swinging back to where it was before the genocide started. This is Justice, poetic and otherwise.
 

Emma S. (221)
Wednesday March 14, 2012, 1:23 am
Thank you for this, Michael - and to Suzy for forwarding.
 

Bianca D. (85)
Friday March 23, 2012, 9:02 pm
Talk about a declaration of sovereignty! Amazing. Thanks Michael.
 

Paula L. (17)
Saturday March 24, 2012, 8:10 pm
I saw this article earlier also, but glad you posted it. I am behind the Lakota's all the way. The government has oppressed them enough. They do the same to many of the Native Tribes. The Navajo's are another that they seem to just keep taking their land and pushing them back and moving to polluted cancer riden land to live on. It is wrong and it is time it stopped. I will stand with the Lakota's all the way.
 

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