Current state of genocide on Indigenous People..
Question? What are the biggest issues in Indian country today? Who is to blame and where do we go from here?
The biggest issues are:
1) LACK OF SPIRITUALITY -This was the one main thing that kept our people together and focused on every part of our existence. Foreign religion and the mixing of other belief systems has
done the most damage here! We must reach out to our Chanupa (Pipe) and pray with it again! Learn our seven sacred rites! "Pick up your Chanupa and walk with it" I read a book one time, it was a
narrative by Pete Catches SR. It spoke of some of the mentalities of Lakota's as a people and spoke of some of the ways we have forgotten! Ways we should return to even in these modern
2) LACK OF CULTURAL IDENTITY- This is living everyday as Lakota’s, this is who we are! I always say “Being Indigenous is NOT a matter of blood, but a way of life! And we are not talking about Pow-wow’s here. It is sad that Pow-wows are the lead of our culture, sad thing is! it’s all about money! All about competition and more money! Now days when you ask a drum group to sing in a ceremony they want to be paid for it! That is not our way! Ceremonies should never be about profit!
3) LACK OF LEADERSHIP- Our leaders now days are about themselves! They are more like boss’s then leaders! A true leader will lead up front and lead by example putting the people first no matter what!
4) LACK OF COMMUNITY- In the old days the community (tiyospaye) took care of each other, everyone had a job/place, to help the tribe as a whole, no poverty, no rich, no crime, no drugs or alcohol..Everyone worked together. “Not for themselves but for the people”
5) LACK OF FAMILY- Parents have dropped the ball, Dads have abandon there children only to make more children, pursue drugs and alcohol, no responsibility for their kids, spouses and their children...In ability to set goals for themselves and step up to do the right thing!
6) LACK OF INDIVIDUAL-Each person must examine their own existence and should learn who they are and where they come from. NOT follow trends and fads of other cultures! Be indigenous! Love
your spouse’s, girlfriend, whatever! Love your children they are your responsibility! Set an example for them! Teach them what it means to be indigenous! Find your Wolakota! Learn your virtues!
Stay away from Drugs and Alcohol..These are the tools of genocide! Time to warrior up! Be a warrior for your people! That’s being Lakota!
Without these our people are lost and the hoop remains broken...."We need to renew our identity's starting with ourselves and stop trying to be "Brown white people" and return to be Indigenous people again! In the modern world of course!
Whose fault is it? This is a tough to part answer to this! First off The United States Government is at fault because of the genocide it committed against all indigenous nations! And it’s continued genocide against us! Leading to oppression at every level! Breaking our people down to submission and its continued efforts to bleed us out of existence! Trying to save the man and Kill the Indian! Wanting us to conform and assimilate into Good law abiding submissive “Brown White people”
Yet we now have to take some of the blame and responsibility for not breaking free from this! Not demanding that our elected leaders step up! And stop the government from doing this Via the BIA/IRA Government! At this point! Our own people are becoming our own worse enemies! And we as a people need to step up! And stop them! Before it is too late! If it is not too late already!
Where do we go from here? I have no answer for this I am just one person. The answer lies in the heart and mind of every individual! Every individual must seek to educate themselves on the bigger picture and stop thinking of themselves. Every individual must decide his own direction! Yet they need to keep in mind that they are part of a Family and the Family is part of the community, and the community makes up the Tribe and the Tribes make up our Nation.
Genocide 8-stage's (researched information) I would like to ad that this particular study doesn't include native Americans or any other indigenous peoples! Imagine that? But the info is right on in its description of the stages of genocide and the United States and Christianity are the main contributors and pusher of genocide on this planet ~ James Swan~
Is a process that develops in eight stages’ that are predictable but not inexorable. At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The process is not linear. Logically, later stages must be preceded by earlier stages. But all stages continue to operate throughout the process.
1. CLASSIFICATION: All cultures have categories to distinguish people into “us and them” by ethnicity, race, religion, or nationality: German and Jew, Hutu and Tutsi. Bipolar societies that lack mixed categories, such as Rwanda and Burundi, are the most likely to have genocide. The main preventive measure at this early stage is to develop unrealistic institutions that transcend ethnic or racial divisions, that actively promote tolerance and understanding, and that promote classifications that transcend the divisions. The Catholic church could have played this role in Rwanda, had it not been riven by the same ethnic cleavages as Rwandan society. Promotion of a common language in countries like Tanzania has also promoted transcendent national identity. This search for common ground is vital to early prevention of genocide.
2. SYMBOLIZATION: We give names or other symbols to the classifications. We name people “Jews” or “Gypsies”, or distinguish them by colors or dress; and apply the symbols to members of groups. Classification and symbolization are universally human and do not necessarily result in genocide unless they lead to the next stage, dehumanization. When combined with hatred, symbols may be forced upon unwilling members of pariah groups: the yellow star for Jews under Nazi rule, the blue scarf for people from the Eastern Zone in Khmer Rouge Cambodia. To combat symbolization, hate symbols can be legally forbidden (swastikas) as can hate speech. Group marking like gang clothing or tribal scarring can be outlawed, as well. The problem is that legal limitations will fail if unsupported by popular cultural enforcement. Though Hutu and Tutsi were forbidden words in Burundi until the 1980’s, code-words replaced them. If widely supported, however, denial of symbolization can be powerful, as it was in Bulgaria, where the government refused to supply enough yellow badges and at least eighty percent of Jews did not wear them, depriving the yellow star of its significance as a Nazi symbol for Jews.
3. DEHUMANIZATION: One group denies the humanity of the other group. Members of it are equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases. Dehumanization overcomes the normal human revulsion against murder. At this stage, hate propaganda in print and on hate radios is used to vilify the victim group. In combating this dehumanization, incitement to genocide should not be confused with protected speech. Genocidal societies lack constitutional protection for countervailing speech, and should be treated differently than democracies. Local and international leaders should condemn the use of hate speech and make it culturally unacceptable. Leaders who incite genocide should be banned from international travel and have their foreign finances frozen. Hate radio stations should be shut down, and hate propaganda banned. Hate crimes and atrocities should be promptly punished.
4. ORGANIZATION: Genocide is always organized, usually by the state, often using militias to provide deniability of state responsibility (the Janjaweed in Darfur.) Sometimes organization is informal (Hindu mobs led by local RSS militants) or decentralized (terrorist groups.) Special army units or militias are often trained and armed. Plans are made for genocidal killings. To combat this stage, membership in these militias should be outlawed. Their leaders should be denied visas for foreign travel. The U.N. should impose arms embargoes on governments and citizens of countries involved in genocidal massacres, and create commissions to investigate violations, as was done in post-genocide Rwanda.
5. POLARIZATION: Extremists drive the groups apart. Hate groups broadcast polarizing propaganda. Laws may forbid intermarriage or social interaction. Extremist terrorism targets moderates,
intimidating and silencing the center. Moderates from the perpetrators’ own group are most able to stop genocide, so are the first to be arrested and killed. Prevention may mean security
protection for moderate leaders or assistance to human rights groups. Assets of extremists may be seized, and visas for international travel denied to them. Coups d’état by extremists should be
opposed by international sanctions.
6. PREPARATION: Victims are identified and separated out because of their ethnic or religious identity. Death lists are drawn up. Members of victim groups are forced to wear identifying symbols. Their property is expropriated. They are often segregated into ghetto's, deported into concentration camps, or confined to a famine-struck region and starved. At this stage, a Genocide Emergency must be declared. If the political will of the great powers, regional alliances, or the U.N. Security Council can be mobilized, armed international intervention should be prepared, or heavy assistance provided to the victim group to prepare for its self-defense. Otherwise, at least humanitarian assistance should be organized by the U.N. and private relief groups for the inevitable tide of refugees to come.
7. EXTERMINATION: begins, and quickly becomes the mass killing legally called “genocide.” It is “extermination” to the killers because they do not believe their victims to be fully human. When it is sponsored by the state, the armed forces often work with militias to do the killing. Sometimes the genocide results in revenge killings by groups against each other, creating the downward whirlpool-like cycle of bilateral genocide (as in Burundi). At this stage, only rapid and overwhelming armed intervention can stop genocide. Real safe areas or refugee escape corridors should be established with heavily armed international protection. (An unsafe “safe” area is worse than none at all.) The U.N. Standing High Readiness Brigade, EU Rapid Response Force, or regional forces -- should be authorized to act by the U.N. Security Council if the genocide is small. For larger interventions, a multilateral force authorized by the U.N. should intervene. If the U.N. is paralyzed, regional alliances must act. It is time to recognize that the international responsibility to protect transcends the narrow interests of individual nation states. If strong nations will not provide troops to intervene directly, they should provide the airlift, equipment, and financial means necessary for regional states to intervene.
The Stockholm syndrome, embracing your conqueror and religion.
A relative of mine, a couple years ago brought up a word that I was UN familiar with, "Stockholm Syndrome" Thanks James Starkey "Wanbli Wiwohpe". In the past 3-years since I have started "United Urban Warrior Society" and got more involved into our political system, the more value this word becomes in relation to all indigenous peoples (world wide) Looking at our history, current events, internal bickering and the division amongst our peoples and Native groups and organizations including "idle No More". This "SYNDROME" is the foundation of all our ills!..We have Loaf around the forts, sell outs, fake medicine men and woman, Corrupt tribal leaders, nepotism, Drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, Even the false "American Dream" bull shit! and the list just go's on. Its all about Money and power...These are not our ways! we have learned these ways from our oppressor and turned them on our own people, for what?....Think about it! let it sink into your head....What do we need to do to be free ourselves? We cannot heal and move on until we realize what the problem is...We need to start being who we are and stop acting like who we are not! simple as that's..We need to return to a community value! leaders who love their people and lead by example! Warriors who are real warriors, that don't abuse drugs and alcohol, ones that love their children and are good fathers and good husbands, never abusing woman. Woman are sacred! "life Givers" our Children are sacred and "our future"..Honoring and respecting our elders "they are our history" Think about this! The people! our people! is the key word! Are you part of the solution or part of the problem? Peace Mitakuya Oyasin James Swan.
I found this story, I didn't write the words below, but this "Syndrome" is the cancer, destroying our culture, our spirituality and our people!.
"There is a strange behavior pattern called the Stockholm Syndrome. It refers to a situation in which a person is a captive or oppressed. The person, rather than maintaining at least mental independence or following the maxim that the prisoner’s only duty is to escape, surrenders to their captor and embraces their culture and ideology.
Thus we see raptures of surrender to Catholicism among oppressed, colonized peoples in Latin America and Africa, as well as the Pacific Islands. I am all too familiar with this after living for more than thirty years in the Territory of Guam. The few Chamorros (the indigenous islanders) who reject Catholicism are considered far out of the mainstream of saints-day fiestas and processions of carrying saints’ statues through the streets. Rejecting Christianity seems to be inconceivable.
We see this pattern, which is also known as embracing your conqueror, repeated all over Asia as well. The case of Patricia Hearst, the kidnapped heiress who became a domestic terrorist, ended up with her using the Stockholm-Syndrome defense at trial. It was a memorable case of the Sixties and all its political upheaval.
One of the characteristics of embracing your conqueror is making a point of letting it be known how well you conform. Thus I received a Comment about my article that described the poll results indicating that Catholics are more liberal than they are given credit for (at least, if they are liberal, I give them credit for standing up to the dictator in Rome).
But that was not the tenure of the Comment that was sent in. I should have no doubt about what Catholics “really” believe, according to the writer. She was only too eager to let me know that she was well within the fold, slavishly adhering to whatever the Magisterium dictates.
She will be fine as long as some things don’t happen. First, she must never change her mind. If she really believes what she is told to believe about LGBT people, women in ministry and women in relation to men, she had better hold to that belief as long as she lives.
Or, if her point of view loosens up a little someday, she need only keep quiet about it. Like the millions of Catholics who practice birth control out of pure common sense, she need not worry as long as she doesn’t mention that she is taking The Pill or has changed her opinion on some other issue.
That is the exact situation that all the gay Catholic priests are in. Ordination of gay men is fine, as long as they are firmly in the closet. Imagine the conflict if the friendly parish priest that the congregation loves dearly turns out to be gay. I don’t know what the congregation would do, but he would find himself in the position of considering the standing offer of the Episcopal Church to take him in and allow him to retain all his priestly functions.
She must also hold tight to her marriage. People who have never had a marriage or longstanding partnership break up do not know what it is really like. It is not like going steady with someone for a year and then breaking up just before the Prom, and being unable to find a date. It is a soul-wrenching sense of personal failure that can make you doubt everything you have believed and stood for.
When a thing like this happens—and it does—you need to get through it somehow. Supportive friends and family are a great help; an understanding clergyperson can be counted upon to provide counseling and insight. But when you find yourself ostracized and castigated for the failure, with the very persons you have lived with and counted upon casting you out, you can find yourself at the end of the proverbial rope. I have a friend in Tucson who is experiencing personal difficulties—I don’t know how severe they are—as a result of leaving the Catholic Church. She used to speak often of her experiences as a Sunday school teacher in Catholic religious education. But she has been crashing out in the past couple of years, and it seems to be related to her self-esteem. Perhaps she thinks of herself as a “failed Catholic.” Isn’t it always women who get pressured into blaming themselves when they don’t just love being a Catholic forever? It’s a nice religion for men, isn’t it?
The divorced, the gay, those who enter into “mixed marriages,” and those whose outlawed behavior brings them into open confrontation with Catholicism have been driven to breakdown and suicide over this. The Catholic Church makes its demands clear: live up to your vows or else. Be heterosexual or else. If you are a woman with a vocation to ministry, become a nun or forget it.
And this is not only true of Catholicism. Right now the evangelical un-Christians are sending missionaries all over the world to corrupt and destroy native cultures. A culture that has an open attitude towards gay members finds the missionaries contradicting them and waving Bibles about, telling them that they may not continue to allow these persons to coexist peacefully in the tribe.
I tell you to mark my words: the huge conversion push that is being mounted by evangelicals will fragment and destroy fragile subcultures in Latin America, Asia and Africa that are not prepared to deal with their black-and-white morality. I read recently that a huge percentage of Latin Americans are now evangelicals.
I have seen families fragmented right here in Tucson, whether they are within the white mainstream culture, the Latino culture or in Arizona’s case, the Native American culture. Evangelicals have no problems with dictating morality and sweeping aside the cultural norms of centuries. Those who convert seem to think that being confrontational with family members is now a badge of honor. Breaking off relations with one’s own family is something they report to their new congregation with pride and self-congratulation. (Who was it who said that Pride goeth before a fall?)
Either you are heterosexual or you are outcast. Abomination—the wages of sin is death—murder of a teenager in Four Corners.
Ironically it is the un-Christians who think that they are bringing true religion to a primitive culture. But the religions of “primitive” cultures have stood the test of centuries. Their rough edges were softened by common sense and experience all along the way. It is primitive Catholicism and Evangelicalism that are running roughshod over human beings, replacing spirituality with dogma and leaving a string of dead bodies behind as a testament to bigotry and inability to understand".
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