A Native American White Nationalist?

Anti-Fascist News has been engaging in some lazy investigative journalism about me; either that or they’re running a deliberate disinformation campaign. Given Antifa’s track record of cultish, conspiracy-theory behavior either or both could be true.

For the uniformed, Antifa is a network of Communists and anarcho-communists who are self proclaimed anti-racists and antifascists. While they hope to prevent the second coming of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, they tend to have a hard time finding actual fascists and spend a great deal of time policing leftwing political groups and movements where they attempt to expel anyone and everyone who doesn’t adopt their particular brand of anarcho-communism. The predictable results of their demands for ideological purity on the left are fractured political movements full of suspicion and paranoia. A very brief overview of the authoritarian left and it’s history will show you little but petty infighting, expulsions, fracturing and splintering which will leave you wondering to what degree their movements are run by Cointelpro. They are the McCarthyists of the left, checking under the bed for fascists and monitoring their supposed friends and allies for any signs that they don’t toe the line and agree with their narrow set of views.

Some things they had to say about me:

Among the various invitees for the (Cascadian Bioregional) conference was also Vince Rinehart, a tribal member of the Tlingit people and an editor with the National Anarchist website Attack the System. AtS is well known for allying with white nationalists and racialists, developing their own “pan-secessionist” ideology that calls for anarchists uniting with fascists to attack “the empire.” Keith Preston Keith Preston, the founder of the website, often speaks at neo-fascist conferences like the National Policy Institute. Rinehart himself supports a strong tribal nationalism, one where racial groups could get their own exclusive tribal communities.

And this:

Rinehart went on Jack Donovan’s podcast as well to defend himself, as well as to re-commit himself to solidarity with ethnic separatism.

This is a very typical Antifa characterization of Attack The Sytem’s views. Curious readers should read ATS’ Statement of Purpose and the core documents referenced therein if they would like to draw their own conclusions about what Attack the System is about. I’ll only say that we welcome a wide range of anti-system radicals and oppressed racial, ethnic, cultural and religious groups. We do not discriminate against any race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. For a more thorough debate between Keith Preston and Anti-Fascist News see here.

As to my own political views, I am an anarchist first and foremost, and if pressed to specify what sort of anarchist I would call myself a tribal anarchist (or perhaps “indigenous anarchist”). Much of what “tribal anarchism” means to me is laid out in my interpretation of what my tribe is: a decentralized network of autonomous kinship groups (clans) with a common language, culture, and ancestry. Essentially my tribe is a stateless nation; as are most indigenous tribes of North America. Within this stateless, decentralized network exists a legal and economic system that has served the interests of my tribe, the Tlingit, for hundreds if not thousands of years; as a friend from my tribe has said, a tribe or clan is a system of governance in and of itself. Antifa seems to object to this and to my connections with other tribal anarchists and attempts to caste me as an ethno-separatist or racial separatist. I do not espouse racial separatism; I imagine such an accusation would be laughable to those who know me. On that topic I have remained fairly consistent: if race does exist then it is a tribe that makes a race and not a race that makes a tribe. If Antifa and the radical left they claim to represent has an issue with indigenous tribalism then so be it. That just means they’re the next wave of cultural imperialism to come out of Europe.

I’m not the only Native American who doesn’t look to the European left for a moral and political compass. Russell Means was a Libertarian who rejected both Marxism and capitalism and endorsed US presidential candidates from Ralph Nader on the left to Ron Paul on the right. If I were the sort of person who voted I’d most certainly agree with his endorsements. Chase Iron Eyes had many interesting things to say about putting opposition to the military industrial complex and police state ahead of petty left/right squabbling when he explored the question of whether or not Natives should support the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Like myself at the time, he likely was unaware of the problematic history of white occupation of Paiute lands in the area. It even appears that he has taken down his article on the subject, but the spirit of what he said rings true to me at least. Additionally, members of my tribe include Clinton supporters, Trump supporters, religious conservatives, radical land defenders, indigenous radicals who defy categorization, gay rights supporters and detractors, corporate bureaucrats, government bureaucrats, conspiracy theorists; the full range of the political spectrum. For the most part we all get along and even come together to reaffirm our commitment to one another in tribal and clan unity. If we behaved like Antifa then we’d all be left standing alone.

All of this criticism I can take in the spirit of open debate. Except that in this case it’s coming from an organization with a history of physically assaulting men, women, feminists, other anti-racists and antifascists, and people within their own movement over small differences in ideology; differences that would be virtually unrecognizable to anyone outside of Antifa’s narrow political circle. Additionally, Antifa is down right wrong and/or lying when they have the following to say about me:

He later began going by Rinehart Wolf and openly calls himself Alt Right, is clear about his racialist politics, and is a virulent anti-Semite. He now does work with the white nationalist website Red Ice Radio where he talks about the “question of Jewish power” and interviews people like Alt Right troll Ricky Vaughn.

A few minutes of googling “Rinehart Wolf”, a person I’ve never heard of, and “Red Ice Radio”, a website and podcast I’ve only just now learned of from antifa, will lead you to Reinhard Wolff. Reinhard Wolff appears to be white. You can compare his profile picture to my picture on the front page of Attack the System or any of the photos that I’ve posted of myself over the years here at my site and see that he and I are clearly different people. Additionally, if I were to put an animal at the end of my last name it most certainly wouldn’t be “Wolf.” After all, yéil naxh xhat sitee. So either Antifa is:

  • too lazy to spend 3 minutes researching “Reinhard Wolff”,
  • too dumb to see that he and I are different people, or are
  • just reposting whatever their handlers are sending them in some sort of disinformation campaign.

So which is it, Antifa? I’m not really interested in your answer. Whatever the answer, you are fairly well discredited in my eyes. Your amateur attempts at discrediting me and my friends as well as your use of physical violence against your own people prove that your are small, hate-filled people. You are like a tribe of angry little dogs; loud and vaguely dangerous (if you’re the sort of person who is afraid of a weak bite when you’re back is turned). But mostly you’re just a nuisance, worthy of little more than a swat and a few harsh words. No doubt you’ll respond with more yapping lies and accusations; but I’ll shut you out just like I do the other minor inconveniences in my life.

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Tlingit & Haida Canoe at Sacred Stone Camp

The Tlingits have arrived! Doug Chilton and Deandre King brought the One Peoples Canoe Society canoe all the way to Standing Rock Reservation to support the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Pacific Northwest and Alaskan tribes have a long history of resisting resource extraction industries which have threatened and in some cases wiped out entire salmon runs.

Video of the canoe arriving.

More great pictures of the canoes on the Missouri River here and here.

The Pacific Northwest came to the Northern Plains today, when canoes from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Minnesota, and Alaska landed at the Camp of the Sacred Stones. They had come for two days down the Missouri River from Bismarck, and arrived at the Cannonball River on the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Reservation.
It was a powerful show of solidarity from tribes that have also been opposing Bakken oil trains, and highlighted that “Water is Life” from the Pacific Ocean to the Missouri River. 18 canoes participated, including Nisqually, Puyallup, Quinault, Chehalis/Colville, Kalispel, Warm Springs, Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, and Tlingit-Haida.

ICTMN article on Doug Chilton and Deandre King’s trip down from Alaska with the canoe.

On September 8th in Portland, Oregon the Cowlitz Tribe and the NAYA Canoe Family took to the heavily polluted Willamette River in a show of solidarity for the water protectors at Standing Rock. Pictures below:

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Erased By False Victory: Obama Hasn’t Stopped DAPL

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14067704_1246845795349461_128050987172044891_n #NoDAPL protesters gather for a boat action in Standing Rock on August 20. (Photo: Kelly Hayes)

All Native struggles in the United States are a struggle against erasure. The poisoning of our land, the theft of our children, the state violence committed against us — we are forced to not only live in opposition to these ills, but also to live in opposition to the fact that they are often erased from public view and public discourse, outside of Indian Country. The truth of our history and our struggle does not match the myth of American exceptionalism, and thus, we are frequently boxed out of the narrative.

The struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota, has been no exception, with Water Protectors fighting tooth and nail for visibility, ever since the Sacred Stone prayer encampment began on April 1.

For months, major news outlets have ignored what’s become the largest convergence of Native…

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‘Don’t Let the Corporation Steal Our Land!’ Tlingit Elder Opposes Alaska Native Landless Bill

Frank Hopper’s article on opposition to the Alaska Native Lands Bill is a must read. Cited is public testimony given by Keiheenouk’, John Martin, Sr. of Hoonah, AK. The article is an excellent entry into the story of Alaska Natives’ long struggle with the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and its far reaching consequences. Below is an excerpt.


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by Frank Hopper

For much of the year the jet stream brings one rain system after another to Southeast Alaska, feeding the largest temperate rainforest in the world, the Tongass, ancestral home of the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian Nations. Sitka Spruce trees shoot up 300 feet like skyscrapers above a diverse ecosystem of plant and animal life. For thousands of years the Native people lived in harmony with the forest, honoring and respecting it.

Then one day the Natives began mowing it down. During the 1980s the Natives clear-cut thousands of acres of old-growth rainforest in the Tongass, leaving behind only a hideous desert of stumps.

This was the result of an experiment in social engineering called the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act or ANCSA. Now Alaska Natives in five communities who were left out of the original 1971 settlement are petitioning Congress to include them. And at least one Tlingit elder is speaking out against it.

“I oppose S.872 as it is written. Our true Łingit people want culture and language. We oppose corporations. They are profit-making corporations and have nothing to do with traditional cultural values.”

Read the rest at ICTMN.

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LaVoy Finicum’s message to Native Americans

In a video released the evening of his death, LaVoy Finicum, the man who was shot and killed on Tuesday in Harney County, addresses some concerns voiced by Natives regarding the occupation. In the video he voices his support for the establishment of independent, sovereign tribal nations. Finicum was a part of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

“It is time to throw off the BIA, and become a completely sovereign independent nation without the overseer-ship of the BIA,” Finicum says. “It is time for them to stand up and throw off the federal government out of their nations.”

The occupation has been met with little local support, though a number of Harney County residents have voiced their own frustration with the federal government’s handling of land use in area. The Paiute Tribe has deeply criticized the occupation for claiming federal land that once belonged to the tribe. Quotes from Ammon Bundy are particularly ignorant. With regards to a Bundy family 2014 protest in Utah on federal land which included Native American sites he said “Native Americans had the claim to the land, but they lost that claim. There are things to learn from cultures of the past, but the current culture is the most important.” Additionally there’s this choice quote regarding the Malhuer Wildlife Refuge occupation:

“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.”

How do we reconcile Finicum’s message with the actions and words of the Bundy’s? Finicum’s outreach to the Paiute people is clumsy at best. Haven’t we all met non-Natives claiming Native ancestry? And Bundy’s dismissal of Native claims to the land cut deep. However, I’m hesitant to take the side of Federal government. I might even consider them potential allies. After all, calling for the establishment of “independent, sovereign nations” is my personal goal. How do we achieve that goal without breaking the federal government’s hold on this land?

Chase Iron Eyes said as much in a piece he wrote early into the standoff, Should Indians Support Armed Anti-Government Standoff in Oregon?

On the other hand, it is refreshing to see people committed to protecting the Constitution of the United States and expressing willingness to protect the rights of citizens of this country against the repressive state that imposes its will on Tribal Nations and citizens with its control of the departments used to expropriate & imprison the aforementioned. These people are willing to take up arms as many in the Tribal Nation community say they are willing to do.

If Native Americans and Tribal Nations look past the blatant racist double standard being applied to the armed militia and the racism of at least the Bundys of the Military (Cliven is a known racist) these are potential allies against the oppressive neo-liberal colonization machine. These armed militia-men are those who are protecting your rights as Americans, not necessarily those over-seas in U.S. Military uniform at the behest of the financial-military-industrial-complex and big oil.

Generally speaking, if we oppose rightwing protests to the oppressive system we live under, then we are allying ourselves with the left wing of the financial-military-industrial-complex known as the US government. Bundy’s occupation was a threat to the legitimacy of this system’s hold over American lands and people. His occupation came from a white, rightwing perspective, but are such people prohibited from criticizing and protesting the government in the same way that we Natives sometimes do?

While Finicum’s attempts to reach out to Native Americans were clunky and awkward, I can’t help but agree with him:

“It is time to throw off the BIA, and become a completely sovereign independent nation without the overseer-ship of the BIA. It is time for them to stand up and throw off the federal government out of their nations.”

Do we need a white guy to tell us that? No. But we do need allies where we can find them. There is a severe disconnect between the interests of the American people and the interests of the corporations, dynastic billionaires, and bureaucracies that control and use the US government to maintain their power. Should the federal government, the same that took our lands by force, count on Native support when it’s legitimacy is threatened? I hope not.

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The TPPA is a death sentence for Indigenous Rights

Originally posted on Te Wharepora Hou:Tangata whenua are strongly opposed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which will be held in Auckland in February. The TPPA represents a significant and disruptive challenge to Maori. The New Zealand government has by-passed indigenous involvement at every level. This complete lack of consultation also…

http://shadesofsilence.org/2016/01/08/the-tppa-is-a-death-sentence-for-indigenous-rights/

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Burns Paiute Tribe Says Militia Must Leave Native Land

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 Burns Paiute Tribal Chairperson Charlotte Rodrique talks to reporters about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday. Manuel Valdes/AP Burns Paiute Tribal Chairperson Charlotte Rodrique talks to reporters about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday.
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By Red Power Media, Staff

Tribal council’s Sergeant-at-Arms says Bundy’s Militia not wanted 

The leader of an Native American tribe whose ancestral land is being occupied by a small, group of self-styled militiamen, opposed to federal land policy said the occupiers aren’t welcome and must leave.

The Burns Paiute tribe was the latest group to speak outagainst the armed men, who have taken several buildings at a wildlife refuge in Oregon, to protest policies governing the use of federal land in the West.

“The protesters have no right to this land. It belongs to the native people who live here,” tribal leader Charlotte Rodrique said.

Video: The leader of an Oregon Paiute Indian tribe joined the chorus of local residents calling for the armed militia camped out at a…

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