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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:45 PM
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For the Native American, they have seen 500 years of "terrorism"
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 08:23 PM by shance
I wonder if the Iraqis would find this familiar......

Tim Giago: Indian people mark 500 years of terrorism

This morning as I drove through downtown Rapid City I realized that many of the signs that appeared all over this city several days after 9/11 and months thereafter, flags, banners and magnetic stickers on automobiles, SUVs and pickup trucks were nearly all gone.

I suppose it is because most Americans have a short memory. Most Indians do not. The terrorism that struck at the very heart of the Indian people for several centuries is still in their hearts and minds. I wrote about this three years after 9/ll and for those folks with short memories, I repeat those words on this 5th anniversary of that horrible day.

The Indian people never knew what act of violence or terror would befall them from the invaders. But death did come. It came in the form of biological warfare when small pox tainted blankets were distributed to the unsuspecting victims.

It came to them from the muzzles of guns that did not distinguish between warriors, women, elders or children. It came to them in the ruthless name of Manifest Destiny, the American edict that proclaimed God as the purveyor of expansion Westward.

Indian people were often slaughtered like animals often while waving the American flag in pitiful efforts to convince their killers that they were not bad people.

At Wounded Knee in 1890, a slaughter took place that the white man often called the last great battle between Indians and the United States Army. It was not a battle. It was one the last heinous acts of terror against innocent men, women and children.


The Indian people died not knowing why as did the people in the World Trade Center. The Lakota died in fear. They died in the frozen snow of that bitterly cold December day at Wounded Knee while fleeing to find safe harbor amongst the Oglala Lakota. These Lakota experienced terrorism by a government that did not consider them to be human beings. They died in the Twin Towers at the hands of a radical people seeking revenge for reasons the victims did not understand.

When human beings can be labeled as less than human their deaths become meaningless.

This is the apparent belief of the terrorists and the early settlers. By portraying all Indians as murdering savages, rapists, kidnappers and worse, the national media of the day laid the groundwork for Wounded Knee. In article after article urging the government to remove the Indian people by any means from their homelands, the media stood guilty of fomenting acts of terrorism. Similar articles in the media and speeches in the mosques in the Nations of Islam expressed similar views of Americans. This laid the groundwork for 9/11. A lie repeated often enough becomes a fact in the minds of impressionable people. Indians are savages, Americans are infidels and Arabs are heathens. Do you see how this logic works?

Just as the Crusaders believed it was their Christian duty to conquer and kill those Arabs they considered as sub-humans and heathens, so too did America duplicate their misguided logic against the First Americans. The people of the Islamic Nations never forgave nor forgot. The Indian people have largely forgiven, but they have not forgotten. The Christians of the Crusade de-humanized the Arabs, the early Americans de-humanized the Indians and the People of Islam now de-humanize Westerners. It is a vicious cycle that is centuries old.

(snip)

After 500 years the Indian still lives in fear of the terror that is still lurking just around the corner. The Indian people have lost so much in the past 500 years and they still live in terror of what will come next for them.

When the Indian people pray in song, they sing for the lives of all who have come before, for all who are here now, and for all that are to come. To the Lakota life is hocoka, a circle. They know that what goes around comes around.

It is a lesson that America should learn and live by. Great nations are judged by how they treat their indigenous people. If America had treated its indigenous people fairly and justly and had taken this lesson to heart in the way it treats the indigenous people of other worlds, would 9/11 have happened? It is something to ponder. The signs, posters and stickers may be gradually disappearing, but I hope the deep feelings that caused them to be exhibited are never lost.

http://indianz.com/News/2006/015820.asp

Posted by request of Tim Giago, Nanwica Kciji. 2006 Native American Journalists Foundation, Inc.


Tim Giago, an Oglala Lakota, is the former editor and publisher of Indian Country Today. He is the founder and first president of the Native American Journalists Association. McClatchy News Service of Washington, DC distributes his weekly column. He can be reached at najournalists@rushmore.com or by writing him at P.O. Box 9244, Rapid City, SD. His new book Children Left Behind is available at harmon@clearlightbooks.com .
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pk_du Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:08 PM
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1. Yup - Thats why this is one of my favorite tee-shirts...
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:21 PM
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2. Awesome****Give me Apache warriors any day!
Terrific tee! Where can I get?
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pk_du Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:00 PM
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3. CafePress is one place but there are many more
http://www.cafepress.com/buy/homeland+security/-/pv_des... /

Buddy of mine bought me one at an Indian Powwox event last year.

PKDU
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:06 PM
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6. Thanks for the link PK.
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 09:06 PM by shance
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:02 PM
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4. You mean tourism don't you?
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:05 PM
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5. LOL! Too good! Ya'll are on a roll tonight.
Thanks for posting, as always JC.
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:20 PM
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7. Columbus and the Beginning of Genocide in the "New World"
History Not Taught is History Forgot:
Columbus' Legacy of Genocide

Excerpted from the book Indians are Us
(Common Courage Press, 1994)
by Ward Churchill

Columbus and the Beginning of Genocide in the "New World"

It has been contended by those who would celebrate Columbus that
accusations concerning his perpetration of genocide are distortive
"revisions" of history. Whatever the process unleashed by his
"discovery" of the "New World," it is said, the discoverer
himself cannot be blamed. Whatever his defects and offenses, they are
surpassed by the luster of his achievements; however "tragic" or
"unfortunate" certain dimensions of his legacy may be, they are
more than offset by the benefits even for the victims of the resulting
blossoming of a "superior civilization" in the
Americas. Essentially the same arguments might be advanced with regard
to Adolf Hitler: Hitler caused the Volkswagen to be created, after
all, and the autobahn. His leadership of Germany led to jet
propulsion, significant advances in rocket telemetry, laid the
foundation for genetic engineering. Why not celebrate his bona fide
accomplishments on behalf of humanity rather than "dwelling" so
persistently on the genocidal by-products of his policies?
To be fair, Columbus was never a head of state. Comparisons of
him to Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler, rather than Hitler, are
therefore more accurate and appropriate. It is time to delve into the
substance of the defendants' assertion that Columbus and Himmler, Nazi
Lebensraumpolitik (conquest of "living space" in eastern Europe) and
the "settlement of the New World" bear more than casual
resemblance to one another. This has nothing to do with the Columbian
"discovery," not that this in itself is completely
irrelevant. Columbus did not sally forth upon the Atlantic for reasons
of "neutral science" or altruism. He went, as his own diaries,
reports, and letters make clear, fully expecting to encounter wealth
belonging to others. It was his stated purpose to seize this wealth,
by whatever means necessary and available, in order to enrich both his
sponsors and himself. Plainly, he pre-figured, both in design and by
intent, what came next. To this extent, he not only symbolizes the
process of conquest and genocide which eventually consumed the
indigenous peoples of America, but bears the personal responsibility
of having participated in it. Still, if this were all there was to it,
the defendants would be inclined to dismiss him as a mere thug along
the lines of Al Capone rather than viewing him as a counterpart to
Himmler.
The 1492 "voyage of discovery" is, however, hardly all that is
at issue. In 1493 Columbus returned with an invasion force of
seventeen ships, appointed at his own request by the Spanish Crown to
install himself as "viceroy and governor of
and the mainland" of America, a position he held until
1500. Setting up shop on the large island he called Espaola (today
Haiti and the Dominican Republic), he promptly instituted policies of
slavery (encomiendo) and systematic extermination against the native
Taino population. Columbus's programs reduced Taino numbers from as
many as eight million at the outset of his regime to about three
million in 1496. Perhaps 100,000 were left by the time of the
governor's departure. His policies, however, remained, with the
result that by 1514 the Spanish census of the island showed barely
22,000 Indians remaining alive. In 1542, only two hundred were
recorded. Thereafter, they were considered extinct, as were Indians
throughout the Caribbean Basin, an aggregate population which totaled
more than fifteen million at the point of first contact with the
Admiral of the Ocean Sea, as Columbus was known.

http://web.mit.edu/thistle/www/v9/9.11/1columbus.html
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:22 PM
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8. And occupants of the current White House knew Abramoff was
conning Native American tribes- and did nothing.
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:50 PM
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9. Could there be any worse human than Jack Abramoff?
He swindled, threatened, lied to, and laughed at the Native Americans for what he did to them.

I don't know how else to say it but, how is someone like Abramoff made genetically to be so hateful and horrible?

It's like a defect of nature. All he did was destroy and lie to people and he has not one iota of remorse, other than of course being caught. That is about as sick as any killer can ever be.
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Olney Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:17 PM
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10. And so were his "Christian" enablers- Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist.
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:50 PM
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14. Good point Olney.
Birds of a feather.....
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:40 PM
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11. K&R on this National Weekend of Genocide Celebration.
Er... the Columbus Day weekend. x(
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:15 PM
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12. Ancient Wisdom
Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.

Ancient Indian Proverb

You have noticed that everything an Indian does in a circle,
and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles,
and everything and everything tries to be round.

In the old days all our power came to us from the sacred hoop
of the nation and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people
flourished. The flowering tree was the living center of the hoop,
and the circle of the four quarters nourished it. The east gave peace
and light, the south gave warmth, the west gave rain and the north
with its cold and mighty wind gave strength and endurance. This
knowledge came to us from the outer world with our religion.

Everything the power of the world does is done in a circle.
The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball
and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.
Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.
The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon
does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great
circle in their changing and always come back again to where they were.

The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is
in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the
nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop,
a nest of many nests, where the Great Spirit meant for us to hatch our children.

Black Elk, Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:49 PM
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13. The power and equality of the circle.
Wonderful piece JC.

Thanks for posting*
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:49 PM
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15. A Columbus day KICK
n/t
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sarahlee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 03:39 PM
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16. K&R
Thanks!
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 05:08 PM
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17. Wouldn't it be great if "Columbus Day" became a day of atonement?
Perhaps it would be a good start....
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shance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 07:00 PM
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18. kick
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