Sunday, January 09, 2005

Indians Should Know Better

by Michael Gaddy

To be a good soldier/warrior, one must be properly indoctrinated to the support of the State. The State goes about this indoctrination by presenting films and telling stories of great sacrifices by military personnel who have gone before and "given their all, so that others may be free."

Movies and holidays are centered on this great sacrifice. Those who have served the State well are seen as heroes and have many awards and decorations. These decorations and medals have become easier and easier to achieve as the State needs more and more incentive to seduce recruits into slavery and blind obedience.

"Fighting for freedom" is the key Orwellian phrase of the State as it regards its conscripts. It would be extremely difficult to entice them to submit to the slavery of the State and die in some foreign country for corporate bottom lines, or the untold riches it brings to those who "had other priorities than military service in the '60s" orwere AWOL from the National Guard. Seen any Halliburton executives or politicians down at the recruitment office lately?

This subservience to the State by most people is somewhat understandable. Haven't millions of us fallen for this subterfuge throughout our nation's history? Yet, considering their treatment at the hands of the State, I continue to be amazed at the degree of patriotism shown by the indigenous peoples of this country. Having lived among/near the peoples of several tribes over the past 14 years, I can assure you there is a much higher level of patriotism in the American Indian than any other race in this country today.

This amazes me, even more now than in years past, for I see this war in Iraq to be hauntingly similar to the war perpetrated against the Indians in this country throughout the later half of the nineteenth century, and their continued treatment by government, even today.

If we believe the State, the Iraq war is being fought because of acts of violence perpetrated against this country by Muslim extremists, one among many of their other lies. The war against the Indian was fought because those "savages" were perpetrating acts of violence against the white man/settlers – on land that did not belong to the State or the settlers, but to tthe Indian himself.

In the world today, anyone who does not agree with the American State's ideas of global domination is a terrorist. George W. Bush has said as much.

In the last half of the 19th century, anyone who did not agree with the American State's domination of this country was either a rebel or a savage. The State went about eliminating both, the rebel and the savage, with wars of decimation.

To motivate soldiers to fight – and the citizens to support this fight with the blood and lives of their children – the "enemy" must be demonized as some sub-human species.

Consider if you will the words of Henry Clay, the great lover of American centralized government, "The Indians' disappearance from the human family will be no great loss to the world. I do not think them, as a race, worth preserving."

Then there were the words of the State servant, General John Pope "It is my purpose to utterly exterminate the Sioux. They are to be treated as maniacs or wild beasts, and by no means as people with whom treaties or compromise can be made."

General William T. Sherman would outline his purpose in the war against the South, "extermination, not of soldiers alone, that is the least of the trouble, but the people" of the South. Does any of this State-sponsored rhetoric sound familiar to what we are hearing from our "leaders" today as they reference our enemies in Iraq and other "Evil Empires?"

After all the lies of the State have been sorted through, it becomes plain to any who would use their intellect – as opposed to their emotion – that this war is being fought in Iraq to secure the resources of tthat country for the oil industry, and to extend the American empire, just as the war in Afghanistan is being conducted to insure the construction of a pipeline to handle oil out of that area for Unocal.

A cursory look at our own history will show that the war against the American Indian was fought for similar reasons – to secure their land and rresources for the railroad – the military industrial complex of that era. An in-depth analysis will also show the connections of all the railroad executives with the political element of that day, just as a similar examination today reveals the myriad connections of the oil industry with our present administration, and the huge monetary donations made by members of the oil cartel to members of Congress. Can anyone say Enron?

Author Dee Brown of Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee fame, chronicled the political corruption that was so widespread between the railroads and the politicians in his work, Hear that Lonesome Whistle Blow. An editorial there reads as follows,

"Woven into this dramatic narrative are the origins of present-day governmental corruption, the first ties between powerful corporations and politicians who 'enjoyed the frequent showers of money that fell upon them from railroad stock manipulators, and gave away America.' How the people of that time responded to a sense of disillusionment remarkably similar to our own adds a contemporary dimension to this story."

Another glaring similarity is the use of the word "sovereign," by the State in both examples. President Bush and many in his administration have emphasized repeatedly that we are in Iraq to institute a sovereign government. Any American Indian should flee in horror at the mention of this word. Does the State not call all reservations, "sovereign nations"? Just ask any Indian how sovereign his/her nation is.

In the sovereign nation of the American Indian, land cannot be owned - but taxes must be paid, not to the sovereign nation – but to thee American State. These sovereign nations may have their own police - to investigate misdemeanors – but the American State's police – the FBI, must investigate any felony. Obviously, the State ddoes not believe the Indian intelligent enough to investigate "serious" crime! Like Anglos, the Indian has seen the vindictiveness and corruption of this agency.

The State also does not see the Indian as intelligent enough to govern the education system involving his/her own children. As with similar activities on the reservation, the teaching of the children is under the direction of the BIA. One of my close Navajo friends has told me most Indians see this acronym as representing, not the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but "Bossing Indians Around."

The State at one time even declared the Indian incapable of rearing their own children and placed many in boarding schools where their hair was cut short and they could not speak their own language or discuss their own culture. This, my friends, is State-sponsored 'sovereignty'! Perhaps one can see why the people of Iraq and other countries fight to the death to prevent us imposing our government on them.

The Indian nations may have, with the permission of the omnipotent State, casinos on their land, but must pay taxes and most probably bribes to the granting authority. More serious is the travesty that is the willful theft of the resources and money from these noble people. The thefts of the Indian Trust Fund have been estimated by many to be in the billions.

Yes, indeed, if the people of Iraq are familiar with our nations history, they will continue the fight to make sure they are not designated a "sovereign nation" by the government of this country. With sovereignty like this, who needs slavery?

The humbling irony of the entire situation is this: these noble people keep sending their youth off to fight in the military of the State, irregardless of all that has been done to them by the lying, cheating leadership of this country. I wonder aloud: WHY? Do they not see the similarities in this war for oil and empire to the war that took away their land, their resources, and their freedom, and replaced it with a "sovereign" nation?

January 5, 2005
Michael Gaddy, an Army veteran of Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut, lives in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.


chitina athabascan said...

I think it is time for "Indians, indigenous people, native americajn etc" to grow up and make their own money. Do you honestly believe, that had Indians won, that they would have given the invaders any land? No, according to history and oral tradition, most northern American tribes; a) took the women and children as slaves and eventualy would incorperate them into the tribe. b) killed the men and the older people. c) used the French and the British to fight tribal wars.
My thought as an Alaska native woman, is get over it, move on and be proud of who we are. Become independent of government BIA welfare, and start growing and stop blaming the past.
More importantly, get over the Indian myth. I am so sick, of hearing Indians tout their love, of the earth, respect of the land, respect for the flora and fauna. Yet, go to any reservation, and find filth, garbage, scrawny animals sick and dying. Poverty does not create filth, slovenlyness does, Poverty does not mistreat animals, spiritless people do. Europeans do not create rape, insest or child abuse, sick individuals do that, reguardless of race or creed.
Lets be honest and call "A spade a spade" Native people are no more sacred or unique than any other race, humans all are capable of great good or great negativity.

2 Buckets said...

I had all but forgotten about this blog Chitina.
While I agree with most of what you say, I do not agree that we should "just get over it." Treaties were made and broken, period. There is legal recourse to be taken and I don't feel any Tribe or Nation should just forget that fact and walk away. Nor, apparently, do the Tribes.
Let's just forget being Native for a minute and think about being a person who had something stolen by another. Would you just "walk away" of try to regain what is rightfully yours? This poses an interesting question doesn't it?
There is good and bad in every race. No one can, in their right mind, deny this.
I live in Oklahoma and there are many Indians here of different Nations. Some are as you describe but many others are not. We do work for a living. We do pay state and federal taxes and support the US and our troops.
Tribes all over the country are doing the best they can to wean themselves from the BIA and government money. Trying to become self sufficient and create their own destiny.