For thousands of years we existed as originally free and independent nations and peoples, by which I mean free and independent of Christian European claims of domination. That original free existence provides a permanent basis for taking the position that we shall forever be rightfully free of a domination / subordination idea and language system that the Christo-Europeans invasively brought here. Don't buy it? Then please tell me: On what basis is domination valid or legitimate. It is imperative that we develop a view from the shore historically looking out at the invading ships coming into our lands and territories, with their false claims of dominium, etc. Typically, even our own people tend to have, without realizing it, a view from the ship coming into shore. This is because of the programming that pretty much everyone received in the 'schools' of the colonizers. This means that the view from the shore perspective is something we have to work at developing. To critique Mr. Keel's speech from the viewpoint of an originally free and independent existence, as distince nations and peoples, while refusing to accept domination, is not an effort to attack him personally. Something I have no interest in doing. It is to examine the content of the ideas that he has put forward as the President of a very influential Indian organization. When a major speech is given by the head of that or any other Indian organization, and that speech contains ideas that make it seem as if our the distinctive identity as rightfully free nations has been ended, then it is our responsibility to speak up. It is imperative that Indian leadership not think, speak, and write as if our own nations have been somehow 'melded' or 'absorbed' into the United States. The legal scholar Milner Ball made the important point that Indian nation "incorporation" with the U.S. never happened," (despite what the Supreme Court said in Oliphant). And when Indian leadership and some scholars say "incorporation" did happen, they are mistaken. When they say such things, we need to have the courage to not agree. And we need to do so publicly when they give their speeches publicly. Living up to the responsibility of delivering such a critique has nothing to do with attacking Mr. Keel personally. The point of my column was to analyze and critique the ideas that he has put out for N.C.A.I. That is what I addressed in my column. As for Mr. Trimble's question about some utopian vision for Indian nations and peoples, how about the right to live free of an imposed U.S. federal system of domination and subordination, which begins with the so-called 'right of christian discovery', and the stupid and little known premise that our free ancestors were not baptized, which supposedly made them nullus (not existing as full human beings) ? A life free of domination and abuse should not be too much to ask for those of us who are still able to remember and express the fundamental point about our originally free way of life. And if you don't believe that the domination is real, take a look at the figures on murdered and missing Indigenous woman in Canada, as just one example, and try telling me that is not a manifestation of the domination of our women. To take the opposite view is to either claim that there is no such thing as a domination / subordination system, or else to say that we are perfectly willing to accept and not challenge the domination system despite its crushing effects on our nations and peoples. Here's a puzzler: Given how much domination, subordination, and dehumanization there is in the world at this time, how is it that not one college or university that I know of has a Department of Domination Studies?
Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 19:17