When discussing the treatment of Indigenous People in the “Americas”, it is glaringly obvious that the U.S. government along with a large percentage of the population have a collective amnesia when it comes to the REAL history. We see political candidates speaking about race and only discussing black, white or Hispanic issues as if the Indigenous don’t exist. We see discussions of “reparations” for blacks due to slavery but any suggestion that the Indigenous are entitled to the same is met with silence.
The fact of the matter is that going all the way back to 1493 the illegal “Doctrine of Discovery” was used to commit mass genocide not only in the Americas but elsewhere in the world as well. In this post I am going to share information that shows the U.S. government still has a program in place to not only deny Natives basic human rights but it is also involved in an ongoing program to destroy the people and their culture.
Here’s an excerpt from a previous post of mine to show how the elected leaders of the U.S. have felt about the Indigenous:
As one of Native American descent on both, my mother and father’s sides, I am a bit perplexed that none of the mainstream talking heads NOR the government are addressing the atrocities that the U.S. committed against the Indigenous from the very beginning of this country beginning with how we were thought of by the “framers” of the Constitution.
In this last line of grievances stated against England and King George, it is stated as follows, “He has excited domestic Insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the Inhabitants of our Frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.” Not a very nonjudgmental attitude towards the people whose country you stole. “Indians are not even considered human and therefore not entitled to the same rights as others…
Let’s look at some more quotes from U.S. Presidents concerning Native Americans then we will look at some of the atrocities:
Indians and wolves are both beasts of prey, tho’ they differ in shape.”
“If ever we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe, we will never lay it down till that tribe is exterminated, or driven beyond the Mississippi… in war, they will kill some of us; we shall destroy them all.”
“My original convictions upon this subject have been confirmed by the course of events for several years, and experience is every day adding to their strength. That those tribes cannot exist surrounded by our settlements and in continual contact with our citizens is certain. They have neither the intelligence, the industry, the moral habits, nor the desire of improvement which are essential to any favorable change in their condition. Established in the midst of another and a superior race, and without appreciating the causes of their inferiority or seeking to control them, they must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.”
“Ordered that of the Indians and Half-breeds sentenced to be hanged by the military commission, composed of Colonel Crooks, Lt. Colonel Marshall, Captain Grant, Captain Bailey, and Lieutenant Olin, and lately sitting in Minnesota, you cause to be executed on Friday the nineteenth day of December, instant, the following names, to wit… “Text from President Lincoln to General Sibley ordering the execution of American Indians in Minnesota.
“I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth.”
And last, but not least, here’s one from the current president –
“We also recommit to supporting tribal self-determination, security, and prosperity for all Native Americans. While we cannot erase the scourges or broken promises of our past, we will move ahead together in writing a new, brighter chapter in our joint history.”
Why the difference? They take down confederate flags and statues because they deem them offensive to blacks but the Indigenous aren’t given the same respect. Recently a town in New York voted to keep its racist seal as shown below. It was reported this morning that due to national exposure and pressure from multiple organizations including “The Daily Show” that they are now going to change it. A cursory glance is all that is needed to see it as racist.
On a similar note the ongoing issue of the Washington Redskins mascot has still not been resolved. For most Indigenous the term is akin to the “N” word to African Americans. You can bet that would never be allowed as a mascot, yet again the Indigenous are not respected.
Recently Congress passed a defense bill that had a hidden provision in it to sell off Apache Holy Land to foreign mining interests. How is this not seen by the global community as a violation of human rights?
There is a long history of the government kidnapping children and putting them in “boarding schools”, cutting off their hair, making them learn European-Anglo culture and destroying their own. This hasn’t stopped either. In some states such as South Dakota the government is still forcibly removing children from their families. This environment is also exacerbating the prejudice against Native youth by the law enforcement and juvenile justice communities.
If there is to be any kind of healing between races in this country the government’s atrocities against Indigenous People must be acknowledged and recognized. Lands that have been stolen and placed into Federal ownership should be returned to the Indigenous before Congress gives away the mineral rights to more Native Lands.
The UN has recently called for an inquiry into the “Doctrine of Discovery” which I feel could lead to a repudiation of the illegal document which will indict many “Colonizing” nations such as the U.S., Spain, France, and England along with The Vatican to make amends to those that they committed mass genocide against and robbed.
This video clip below is a good representation of how the Indigenous were forced off of their lands by unscrupulous capitalists and land barons with the full support of the U.S. government.
The federal land grabs, selling Native lands to foreign interests, allowing white supremacists to occupy federal land that was stolen from Paiutes as is happening in Oregon presently – all of this and more show that the U.S. government still considers Indigenous People to be second class citizens.
If we think of ourselves as a global community there is no way that the treatment of the Indigenous can remain swept under the rug. To refuse to acknowledge the wrongs is to say, “We know, we just don’t care…”
In Lak’ech Ala K’in – I AM Another Your Self