In this so called great nation of America, not a day goes by where you don’t hear people talking about the rights they think they have or do not have, that are being taken away from them by the minute. The talk on the issue of rights comes from all the different ethnicities in America today, from those with different religious beliefs, cultural backgrounds and so on. But we all must learn that simply ‘talking’ about our rights will not keep those in power from taking away the rest of what we have.
One group of people who’s rights and lives were taken, homes burnt, families, millions of adults and children slaughtered. A group of people who’s world was destroyed. The few that remain their voices are not heard, they have long been silenced. These people do not matter to anyone in today’s America, for if they did, things would be different, better for them and for all the rest of us. These people were the victims of genocide, the victims of the Original Holocaust, the Native American Holocaust, where over one hundred million were killed in America and Canada alone.
The truth about the Natives of this land has been fabricated by those in power since they first arrived to the “New World” from Europe. A couple points of that fabricated truth are; the Natives being primitive, a savage, warlike people. They were not. They were very aware, peaceful, spiritually connected with each other and mother Earth. I am sure you have heard of the ‘red man’s greed’ stereotype, claiming that the Natives were a greedy people, lust for possessions. Another big lie, a stereotype planted. A quote from Christopher Columbus citing how generous these people were; “They are artless and generous with what they have, to such a degree as no one would believe but him who had seen it. Of anything they have, if it be asked for, they never say no, but do rather invite the person to accept it, and show as much love as though they would give their hearts.”
There are many more untruths that were spread by those in power about the Natives. Why you may ask? Simple. To deprive the Natives of all their values and their homeland. To convince the white man that the Natives do not belong here. Just so the modern American today does not feel guilty or any response-ability for what their ancestors have done to these people; What your government continues to do, or NOT do in this case by choosing not to take action, to at least improve the Natives situation today. To “assist” the modern day American with that no guilt, irresponsible feeling and attitude, the not holy day of Thanksgiving was created.
“A war of extermination will continue to be waged between the two races until the Indian race becomes extinct.” –California Governor Peter H. Burnett, 1851.
The extermination of the Natives began in 1492 and it continues to this very day.
The reason I say it is still happening today is because in the so called ‘indian reservations’, which are really just prisons or concentration camps to the residents themselves; the people living within the boundaries of these camps are being plagued with undiagnosed diseases and are never offered any type of help or treatment for anything. Many of these reservations have been targeted as places to dump industrial waste, to mine both uranium and coal, leading to polluted rivers, lakes and tribal lands across the country. This is the main cause of their diseases. Since the 1950s, their water has been poisoned by uranium mining to fuel the nuclear industry and the making of atomic bombs for the U.S. military. And through all of this, everyone is silent. The Natives that do stand up for their rights receive zero attention from the media or anyone else.
The atrocities committed against the Natives since the arrival of the colonists and their leaders, and in the last few decades by large corporations who’ve received permission from city, state and federal governments, are too large to be covered in one simple article.
Mass-execution, Biological warfare, Forced Removal from homelands, Incarceration, Indoctrination of non-indigenous values, Forced surgical sterilization of native women, Prevention of religious practices, and much more.
Forced Removal From Homelands
The “Indian Removal Act” of 1830 attempted to move roughly 50,000 Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and others from their home to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma). The U.S. government did not provide any means of transportation, forcing them to walk the 2,200 miles. One can reasonably argue that the U.S. government did fully expect many of them to die on the way – especially children and the elderly. Many that did not ‘stay in line’ were killed. The U.S. government recorded over 4,000 deaths on just one of many re-location marches among the Cherokee alone; estimates of the total death toll range from as low as 5,000 to as high as 30,000. This is just ONE of the many re-location marches.
Amherst, commander of British forces in North America, wrote July 7, 1763: “Could it not be contrived to send the small pox among those disaffected tribes of Indians? We must, on this occasion, use every stratagem in our power to reduce them.” He ordered the extirpation of the Natives and said no prisoners should be taken. About a week later, he wrote to Bouquet: “You will do well to try to inoculate the Indians by means of blankets as well as to try every other method that can serve to extirpate this execrable race.” Again, this is just one instance where biological weapons were used to ‘lower’ the numbers of the Natives.
Forced Surgical Sterilization of Native Women
Article II of United Nations General Assembly resolution, 1946: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group, as such: Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group. In the mid-1970s a Choctaw-Tsalagi Indian Health Services doctor was approached by a 26-year-old American Indian woman who desired a “womb transplant.” She had been sterilized when she was 20 at the Indian Health Service hospital in Claremont, Oklahoma. It was discovered that 75 percent of the Claremont sterilizations were non-therapeutic, that Native American women were being prompted to sign sterilization forms they didn’t understand, that they were being told the operations were reversible, and that some women were even being asked to sign sterilization papers while they had yet to come out of birthing sedation.
Common Sense magazine reported that the Indian Health Service “was sterilizing 3,000 Indian women per year, 4 to 6 percent of the child bearing population. Dr. R. T. Ravenholt, [then] director of the federal government’s Office of Population, later confirmed that ‘surgical sterilization has become increasingly important in recent years as one of the advanced methods of fertility management’.”
Indoctrination of Non-Indigenous Values
The U.S. government for many years followed a policy of assimilation, attempting to wipe out the Natives as an ethnic group and integrate them into European-American culture. Practice of tribal religion was outlawed, and children were required to attend boarding schools, modeled on the “industrial schools” of Europe, in which they were forced to give up their old languages and customs. In many Latin American countries, Natives have been virtually wiped out as a separate group through a process of assimilation known as mestizaje.
In 1924, the U.S. Congress passed the Indian Citizenship Act, giving Native Americans a ‘dual citizenship’; they were citizens of their ‘sovereign native land’ as well as the United States. Native Americans gained uniform voting rights in the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But it wasn’t until 1968, when the Indian Civil Rights Act was passed, that Natives gained the right to free speech, the right to a jury and protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
No one in the US wants to admit this deep dark secret, which has been mostly covered up and denied since the ‘founding’ of this Republic. But the truth cannot be kept hidden forever.
The nation of America, that was born in genocide, bathed in murder, racism, blood, slavery and violence, has become known as “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.
One question remains; When, if the U.S government will ever decide to recognize the annihilation of the Native people for what it is, GENOCIDE.
Written by KejRaj.