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David L Yellowmoon

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David L Yellowmoon

The Grand Council Fire of American Indians  December 1, 1927  To the mayor of Chicago:  I SAY, MAKE AMERICA 'NATIVE AGAIN' !!!!     You tell all white men “America First.” We believe in that. We are the only ones, truly, that are one hundred percent. We therefore ask you, while you are teaching schoolchildren about America First, teach them truth about the First Americans.  We do not know if school histories are pro-British, but we do know that they are unjust to the life of our people—the American Indian. They call all white victories battles and all Indian victories massacres. The battle with Custer has been taught to schoolchildren as a fearful massacre on our part. We ask that this, as well as other incidents, be told fairly. If the Custer battle was a massacre, what was Wounded Knee? History books teach that Indians were murderers—is it murder to fight in self-defense? Indians killed white men because white men took their lands, ruined their hunting grounds, burned their forests, destroyed their buffalo. White men penned our people on reservations, then took away the reservations. White men who rise to protect their property are called patriots—Indians who do the same are called murderers.  White men call Indians treacherous—but no mention is made of broken treaties on the part of the white man. White men say that Indians were always fighting. It was only our lack of skill in white man’s warfare that led to our defeat. An Indian mother prayed that her boy be a great medicine man rather than a great warrior. It is true that we had our own small battles, but in the main we were peace loving and home loving.  White men called Indians thieves—and yet we lived in frail skin lodges and needed no locks or iron bars. White men call Indians savages. What is civilization? Its marks are a noble religion and philosophy, original arts, stirring music, rich story and legend. We had these. Then we were not savages, but a civilized race. We made blankets that were beautiful, that the white man with all his machinery has never been able to duplicate. We made baskets that were beautiful. We wove in beads and colored quills designs that were not just decorative motifs but were the outward expression of our very thoughts. We made pottery—pottery that was useful, and beautiful as well. Why not make schoolchildren acquainted with the beautiful handicrafts in which we were skilled? Put in every school Indian blankets, baskets, pottery.  We sang songs that carried in their melodies all the sounds of nature—the running of waters, the sighing of winds, and the calls of the animals. Teach these to your children that they may come to love nature as we love it.  We had our statesmen—and their oratory has never been equaled. Teach the children some of these speeches of our people, remarkable for their brilliant oratory.  We played games—games that brought good health and sound bodies. Why not put these in your schools? We told stories. Why not teach schoolchildren more of the wholesome proverbs and legends of our people? Tell them how we loved all that was beautiful. That we killed game only for food, not for fun. Indians think white men who kill for fun are murderers.   Tell your children of the friendly acts of Indians to the white people who first settled here. Tell them of our leaders and heroes and their deeds. Tell them of Indians such as Black Partridge, Shabbona, and others who many times saved the people of Chicago at great danger to themselves. Put in your history books the Indian’s part in the World War. Tell how the Indian fought for a country of which he was not a citizen, for a flag to which he had no claim, and for a people that have treated him unjustly.  The Indian has long been hurt by these unfair books. We ask only that our story be told in fairness. We do not ask you to overlook what we did, but we do ask you to understand it. A true program of America First will give a generous place to the culture and history of the American Indian.  We ask this, Chief, to keep sacred the memory of our people.

David L Yellowmoon

Crazy White People Are the New Native Americans: Woody Guthrie, Ammon Bundy & Donald Trump Gyasi Ross 1/7/16 “We won't leave until these lands have been turned over to the their rightful owners, more than 100 ranchers and farmers used to work this land, which was taken illegally by the federal government.” - Ammon Bundy, Ironic Philosopher "Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn without a struggle, give up our homes, our country bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit, the graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know you will cry with me, 'Never! Never!'" - Tecumseh, Shawnee “These are people that shouldn’t be in our country. They flow in like water.” - Donald Trump "A long time ago this land belonged to our fathers, but when I go up to the river I see camps of soldiers on its banks. These soldiers cut down my timber, they kill my buffalo and when I see that, my heart feels like bursting." - Satanta, Kiowa Chief I think it started with that damned Woody Guthrie. See, before Woody Guthrie’s stupid song, most white folks knew that they were just fortunate visitors of this land of plenty. They came from Europe starving and knowing that they would never own their own house, so they came through.  Cool—I get it.  And yeah, most of you folks set up shop and did the whole “Manifest Destiny” thing.  Not cool. Still, in spite of that you all knew this was our land first. And you respect “firsts”—the Wright Brothers, Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, etc.  That’s why every third one of you say that your great-grandmother was a Cherokee princess—because you respect firsts and… We were here first. That’s obvious. We get the trophy! Oh sure, many white folks tried to convince themselves that Natives shared everything so that you could pass off that “Doctrine of Discovery” nonsense and take land and that was pretty dirty too. “Communal living,” painting with the colors of the wind, all that jazz. But still they knew. Somebody was here. It wasn’t them. Somebody fed those starving ivory tummies that first Thanksgiving. Racist white people killed all those tens of millions of buffalo for some reason—because they knew that those buffalo were Native people’s power pellets and eventually those Native Nations were gonna replenish their power and populations and… Someone was here. That was clear. This land wasn’t white people’s; it was somebody else’s. And those people didn’t look anything like you.  “This land is your land…this land is my land….from California, to the New York Island…” No it’s not, Woody Guthrie.  You’re lying to them. So now when I hear these crazy white people—Donald Trump, Ammon Bundy, Alex Jones, etc—you’d think you were listening to some Natives talk about their beautiful homelands where their ancestors have resided for thousands of years. When I hear these silly and hairy militia men in Oregon talk about the government taking “their land,” my first thought is “take a number.”  By the way, that number—if they were at the DMV trying to get their license renewed—would be like 327,000,000.  Similarly, when I hear Donald Trump talk about people who “shouldn’t be in our country” and how Mexico is sending criminals to this nation, my first thought is they’re immigrating to Germany? The second thought is why wouldn’t they? That’s the lesson they learned from Europe. Hence, we inherited such treasures as Donald Trump, Ammon Bundy, Alex Jones and other European-Americans. Thing is, the data shows that Mexico is not following Europe’s lead; statistically Mexico is sending quality folks simply looking for opportunity and not looking to kill the people who are already here, enslave the people who are already here, steal the people who are already here’s land or change the religion of the people who are already here. And in that way, Mexico’s immigrants are much different than the European immigrants who came to this Nation in the fifteenth, sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were.  Yeah, we had to go there. Because these fools keep bringing it up. And if they keep bringing it up, we have to tell the truth.  So no, Woody Guthrie and Donald Trump and Ammon Bundy and Alex Jones, this land is not your land.  This is Native land. Unquestionably, unequivocally, no doubt. Yes, we can play nice and we can all get along; we are all stuck here together, so we might as well all work together.  But since they brought it up, as a matter of fact most white people are the descendants of VERY recent immigrants to this country. A very small amount of white folks are the descendants of immigrants who have been here slightly longer—still, a teenie, tiny drop in the bucket to how long Native people have been here.  And that’s cool—absolutely, if you’ve ever been over to my auntie Wilma Faye’s house or my mom’s house or pretty much ANY Native auntie’s house, Native people are incredible house guests. Feed you, make you drink some coffee and eat bannock and talk your ear off.  Heck, they might even let you stay there for awhile. But no amount of visiting, coffee or hanging will ever make it your house. Just to be clear.   Gyasi Ross, Editor at Large Blackfeet Nation/Suquamish Territories AUTHOR: PROJECT "ISSKOOTSIK" (BEFORE HERE WAS HERE)

David L Yellowmoon

"From the point of view of the laws of the indigenous nations of North America, the Europeans are the original illegal immigrants in the area of North America. The United States... has, for more than 200 years, methodically and militarily violated indigenous law, and even solemn treaties, in order to take over and occupy the vast majority of the lands of Indigenous nations and peoples.... it is hypocritical in the extreme for the people of the United States to now pretend that it is paragon of virtue, and a country that has always conducted itself on the basis of the rule of law." - Indian Law Scholar, Steven Newcomb

David L Yellowmoon

I hate when people say: "Go home and come back legally", because what they're really saying to Latinos south of the border is "don't come at all". For gringos , to say "come legally", really means "don't come at all",, much akin to back in the 60's when mainstream establishments had signs on their entrance doorways, saying: "no blacks, mexicans, indians, portoricans or dogs allowed". It's true. It means "don't come at all" because they are poor and cannot afford to pay your US Sponsored Governmental Greencard Visa Citizenshp Game. Donald J. Trump's message is that "only the rich who can afford and education and the documents can come legally". This is fueling the demand of those people south of the border to come now bring whole families. It is what's causing this crisis on the border. If the poor Christians of Latin America could come legally, don't-cha-think they would have done so already without braving rattlers, the desert, thirst, gang, drug & cartel violence, rape, murder, drowning, arriving with toenails worn off, in the 1st .place?? Furthermore, they are Christians. They don't desire take our gold, steal our lands, murder our peoples, commit a great genocide here as did the european settlers in the beginning of our greatest problems here on turtle island. They don't mean to commit a great genocide here as do 25% of the total population of muslims you willingly admit here because they are rich and can afford the paper documents you deem necessary. To say "Go Home", really means: "You're not welcome here", and I might add is very Christianly of you all. I see you read your Bibles and go to church a lot, but in reality don't truly practice the faith, or do you?

JSmith

Hey Jose don't poke a bear it won't turn out for you. You want respect?-earn it by obeying America's laws. Go back home and immigrate legally.

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