Revolution and American Indians: “Marxism is as Alien to My Culture as Capitalism”

Originally posted on Attack the System:

The End of Capitalism

This is one of the most striking and intelligent articles I’ve ever read, encouraging a total reconfiguring of how to view capitalism and revolution.  Russell Means was a leader in the American Indian Movement (AIM) of the 1960s and 70s, and remains one of the most outspoken Native Americans in the U.S.

I came across this essay while researching for my upcoming critique of Marxism, and was blown away by its clarity. This is Means’ most famous essay. It was published in Ward Churchill’s book “Marxism and Native Americans”, under the title “The Same Old Song”, and has appeared elsewhere under the names “Marxism is a European Tradition,” and “For America to Live, Europe Must Die.” Yet, it is actually not very available on the internet.  I hope by republishing it I will raise some much-needed debate on the nature of the revolutionary project today.

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Organized Resistance, Not Suicide by Cop

Originally posted on Attack the System:

Good words from former Black Panther Lorenzo Kom’boa Ervin. There’s a great deal of very interesting information on this fellow’s Facebook page. This guy is a genuine veteran of the struggle against the system.

“Though many want to follow in the example of the original Black Panther Party and pick up the gun, do not forget that the BPP were a group of revolutionary community organizers, and even they expanded their politics after the first year to go beyond just being a mere self-defense organization, to becoming a revolutionary political front with a popular program. Especially understand that it is not the gun that is our most important and deadly weapon, it is the people, because it is the people who make the revolution, not small sects of armed individuals or gun clubs alone, important as they are to inspire the people and show our resolve.”

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Alaska Native Brotherhood Columbia River Camp 49 – Annual Picnic 2014

ANB Columbia River Camp 49 is having it’s annual picnic in Portland!

Where: Creston Park in Portland, Oregon
Time: 12PM
Date: Saturday, August 30th

Haat yi.á! See you there!

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Predictable responses to resistance against the system

Originally posted on Attack the System:

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club protested against police shootings with an armed march in Dallas on Wednesday. Dallas-Fortworth Fox News reports:

Earlier Wednesday, other demonstrators held an open carry gun march through South Dallas to protest against police shootings.

Organizers there said the show of force served as a reminder of the right to bear arms to protect themselves from criminals and from police.

About 30 men and women with the Huey P. Newton Gun Club rallied through the streets, focusing on deadly police shootings from the Ferguson, MO shooting death of teen Michael Brown to shootings by local police.

Some carried long guns, rifles, shotguns and AR-15s, while others carried signs others and wore messages.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Reginald Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence.

“They are trying to protect the community,” said Jacey Cofer with Mothers Against Teen Violence. “At the city hall…

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Kanaka Maoli to Feds: ‘Get Out of Our House! Go Home!’

Decolonial monarchism! This jives well with Bioregionalism and indigenous clan/band/village level sovereignty. A fellow Tlingit commented that “sovereignty should not be defined at the whim of U.S. congressional mood swings.” I agree entirely but would add that the US would never allow for any genuine, self defined sovereignty for indigenous nations within it’s borders. I theorize that the only conditions under which that might happen are when the US is weak and badly in need of winning the support of indigenous peoples, Native Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations to maintain its legitimacy. But at that point why would we need such a weak ally? Until then, the only acceptable level of “sovereignty” will be that of a client state at best, but more likely we’ll remain just be another colonial administrative unit of the bureaucratic empire.


Kanaka Maoli to Feds: ‘Get Out of Our House! Go Home!’

Civil Beat
by Chad Blair

Leona Kalima shares her manao with the Department of Interior about a government-to-government relationship with Hawaiians, Hawaii State Capitol, June 23, 2014. PF Bentley/Civil Beat

To help the U.S. Department of the Interior understand how some Native Hawaiians view federal recognition, DeMont R. D. Conner offered this analogy:

Your car is stolen. The person who stole the car later apologizes and offers you a bicycle.

The only proper response to such an offer, said Connor, is to insist that the stolen property be returned to its rightful owner.

“Go back and tell your boss, ‘Give ’em back da car!’” he told a panel of Interior officials as the audience that packed the Hawaii State Capitol Monday morning erupted into laughter and hearty applause.

Connor’s point was that the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893 was a theft.

For federal officials to offer recognition, a 121 years later, to Kanaka Maoli as an indigenous people entitled to government-to-government status with the United States is like giving them a bike. Not just any bike, either, said Conner: a Schwinn.

He was one of 143 people who testified — and shouted, cried, pleaded, prayed, chanted and sang — for more than three hours Monday before Interior officials. It was the first of 15 public meetings in the islands scheduled over the next two weeks.

The hearings are part of a “listening tour” being conducted by Interior to solicit comments and feedback on “whether and how” the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship should proceed.

The answer from nearly everyone who testified Monday was that it should not. In their view, Hawaii is still a nation and the Americans are occupiers — like the U.S. military — who should leave.

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Indigenous Protesters Clash with Brazil Police

Vince:

Over 200 years ago Kiks.ádi warriors lamented the withdrawal of their clan in the aftermath of the battle of Sitka between the Russians and Lingít. They lamented that they would not have another chance to engage their hated enemies in hand to hand combat ever again. Could they have imagined that 200 years later indigenous people would still be throwing down with their enemies?

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Brazil Natives world cup protest 1Hundreds protest outside World Cup stadium in capital over plans to shrink size of some reserves for indigenous groups.

from Al Jazeera via Earth First! Newswire, May 28, 2014

Indigenous protesters in traditional dress squared against Brazilian police mounted on horses in the country’s capital, just outside a new football stadium that will host World Cup matches this year.

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KLAMATH TRIBAL MEMBERS PROTEST “CELEBRATORY” SIGNING OF UPPER KLAMATH BASIN COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT

A Klamath Tribes descendant burns a copy of the UKBCA to symbolize disdain for the agreement.

A Klamath Tribes descendant burns a copy of
the UKBCA to symbolize disdain for the agreement.

(CHILOQUIN, OREGON) – U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Sally
Jewell, State of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, State of California
Governor Jerry Brown, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, Oregon Senator Jeff
Merkley, Klamath Tribes elected officials and Klamath Basin irrigators
held a “celebratory” signing of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive
Agreement last Friday at Collier Park, 4 miles north of Chiloquin. With
strong support from Senator Wyden, he stated *“I am going to introduce in
the first few days of May, legislation in partnership with Senator Merkley
to make this agreement law.”*

But the “celebration” was not held without opposition. Members and
descendants of the Klamath, Modoc and Yahooskin tribes came together to
object to the UKBCA stating that tribal membership had less than a month
to review the 93 page document. Tribal Council only allowed 19 days from the
mailing of the ballots by the election company to the deadline for return.

Although their addresses are current and updated, a large portion of
membership either did not receive a ballot or did not did receive a ballot
in time to cast a vote before the deadline. Therefore, membership feels
proper voting procedure was not implemented and they did not have adequate
time to make an informed decision in the referendum vote, which had a
deadline of April 9th 2014 postmarked by 9 am.

“To me this is a violation of the code of ethics that the Tribal Council
signed at the beginning of their term. They showed no moral principal with
this act. I hope they can live with themselves after they have ignored
their membership,” said a Klamath Tribal member who wished to remain anonymous.
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