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


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?

Originally posted on Warrior Publications:

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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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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Cliven Bundy; an indigenous perspective on the armed militia response

I am personally ambivalent regarding Mr. Bundy’s specific claims to grazing lands and cattle grazing in Nevada. I feel certain there are environmental issues with cattle grazing practices in an arid region. As an Alaska Native and American Indian (descended from two distinct tribes) I would also be very sympathetic to any current indigenous claims to the land in question; but I am not aware of any.

I have seen two different reactions to the situation through social media from fellow Natives. The first has been unabashed support for anyone fighting the Feds. We have our own history of armed standoffs with government forces. Consequently, our organizations have been the target of intense repression by COINTELPRO and law enforcement. Additionally, a number of incidents, from entrapment of indigenous trappers to raids on hemp farms in sovereign territory have put the native population at odds with the Feds; nevermind the centuries of conflict between the United States and Native tribes.
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Southeast Alaskan Tribes Come Together for Clean Water in Transboundary Rivers


Mike Fay | National Geographic Explorer in Residence – via Juneau Empire

Eleven of Southeast Alaska’s 19 federally recognized Tribes met in Craig, Prince of Wales at the Craig Tribal House in late March to join together in protecting their way of life from the impacts of transboundary mining projects underway in the Canadian headwaters of Alaska’s major rivers. The Tribal summit was sponsored by the Organized Village of Kasaan and resulted in a new Unified Tribal Transboundary Mining Workgroup.

More information at the Juneau Empire.

Our tribes, lands, and eco-systems straddle colonially imposed borders.

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Burn Baby Burn!

Forgive me if I fail to shed a tear.

The US flag burns at the Braves home opening game on April 9, 2014

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Slackwater Rising: An Open Letter to Rose City Antifa


My close friend and ally, Cathasaigh Ó Corcráin, responds to accusations made by Rose City Antifa that he and I are “Crypto Fascists.”

Originally posted on Míle Gaiscíoch:

“This is the most immediate fruit of exile, of uprooting: the prevalence of the unreal over the real. Everyone dreamed past and future dreams, of slavery and redemption, of improbable paradises, of equally mythical and improbable enemies; cosmic enemies, perverse and subtle, who pervade everything like the air.” 

-Primo Levi, Se questo è un uomo

I am very sorry that you have chosen to back out of the upcoming gathering, Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence.  I feel that the perspective you folks have to offer, in regards to the tumultuous arguments that are ongoing in our various communities revolving around oppression and identity politics is a vital one.  I hope that you will reconsider your move to silence dialogue within the bioregional movement and a creative attempt to decolonize a stolen land base.  Please feel free to let you voices be heard.

I have been informed that your decision…

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