Was talking with a friend, a woman, who brought up John Graham, in doing so she referenced an earlier blog and an exchange that took place between Antoinette Nora Claypoole and myself.
Claypoole mentioned Graham’s age at the time he murdered Annie Mae Pictou Aquash and the fact that he had been in one of the boarding schools.
My friend asked if this was meant to somehow mitigate Graham’s guilt?
My response was that I didn’t know, but all one need do is follow the news to know that individuals younger than Graham kill.
As I say I don’t know if this was an attempt to lessen Grahams’ guilt or not, but what I do know is I know elders who were in the boarding schools who would never have so much as considered killing a woman as she knelt praying for her children…..any woman, much less one of the nations.
Nor would they have stuck a gun in a woman’s mouth while interrogating her with the option to kill as Peltier did of Annie Mae.
One in particular, Grandfather, who carries both the physical and emotional scars of his time in the “schools”.
A man so honorable I doubt I will ever meet another his equal.
To tell the truth it kind of aggravates me the more I think about it following this conversation if the intent was to somehow minimize Graham’s guilt when I look at a man like grandfather.
The boarding schools left an indelible mark upon those consigned to them, and upon the nations as well.
Lives were ruined, children ripped from their parents, shorn like sheep, beaten for speaking their own language, sexually and physically abused, some unto death.
Yet inspite of all this the great majority went on to lead a good life as decent human beings – inspite of all they had endured they prevailed, they remained true to who they were, true to the ancestors and traditions.
They raised children, sought to do their best by them and instill a sense of values and pride.
Sometimes I think I wish I could have been a man on the day when they came to came to take grandfather away, someone would have had to kill me as I would not have allowed it to happen.
Grandfather is not the kind of man who seeks attention, if he does a good turn for another he doesn’t want it known, the doing is enough. A man singularly without pretense or guile.
Grandfather would sooner be struck mute than to tell a lie, to fabricate a story as Graham did about DNA being gathered from a park bench, or that he dropped Annie off at a “safe house”.
Graham and his AIM cohorts aren’t fit to stand in grandfather’s shadow.
There are men of honor and dishonorable men – Graham is among the latter.
John Kay of Steppenwolf recorded a song by the name of God Damn The Pusher Man – I say God Damn John Graham, Leonard Peltier, and the AIM leadership.
I never thought I would be posting something like this as a blog but this is priceless.
A friend sent me the below link and said to prepare myself, when I saw the link I thought oh no now she’s going to claim to be a “cherokee princess” or a descendent of Geronimo.
Pondering the potential implications I hesitated a few moments prior to opening the link-once I did though I was rolling on the floor laughing.
The hosts comments are hilarious and I can’t help but share the link- but it’s a lesson for all those who cast aspersions upon other races, they could unwittingly be talking about themselves or begin sensing aliens and ghosts.
A comment just received in the blog Assimilation of October ’12 and my reply. This sense of being incomplete Lialynn spoke of is well founded, something others should think about.
Maybe…you don’t have enough faith in the power of love and family. It is bred into the Indian. I know this for a fact because I was adopted when I was 15 months old-from the Rosebud Reservation. My adopted family was loving and I should have felt complete, however-I have always searched for something… I never knew what-until I found it. It wasn’t just my family-blood relations-it was for my heritage. I cannot tell you how much I love the Indian people and their ways (of old). It feels like something I used to know and forgot and am remembering. Like a beloved doll from when I was young. I don’t use drugs or alcohol-I don’t have a criminal history and I have always felt pride in what I am. Maybe the problem is the reservation itself. I have no doubt that any Native can choose to live the life that they want. We are a strong people and an adaptable people. And I feel that you can love and respect the old ways and still be articulate in the white world. Love and peace ￼ By the way, my Great Uncle (or my great-grandfather in the Lakota way), Chauncey Yellow Robe-was a great example of what you can be. You can’t become non-native by the way you dress or talk or cut your hair. It is always an important part of who you are.
I’ve spoken numerous times in the blog about what I refer to as a genetic memory that predisposes people to gravitate in a certain direction, to learn language and resonate on some level when exposed to their heritage. If you were adopted out of RB then you not only have the memory but the blood as well. Things which I believe can become lost over generations as the blood quantum becomes further reduced. and eventually becomes non existent.
That to me places a very distinct onus on parents and the community to instill the values and traditions the nations have always held-the stronger these values are the more resistant we become to assimilation-in a way it might be said they are a vaccine.
Genetic coding can be dismantled or altered-that’s the affect assimilation produces- we need to be who were are, not a hybrid mutation that will in time become sterile like a GMO and incapable of reproducing the very things that have made us a distinct people.
A migration away from the rez is taking place for a variety of reasons, among
them not just the poverty and lack of opportunity, but a break down of traditions,
rampant crime and substance abuse-tradition has always been the cohesive agent
that bound us together, dilute that and what we see now is the result.
I believe in paying it forward-those who have either left the rez or stayed and gained a measure of success or financial stability need to give something back, to do their part to insure a better future for our children…. to pay it forward.
Archeologists and anthropologists long held that what is referred to Clovis were the first people to inhabit this land, beginning abut 13,000 years ago.
Yet recent discoveries are pushing the date back-sites like McMinnville in Oregon dated at 46,000 years-Old Crow in the Yukon at 25,000 to 40,000 years, and Bluefish Caves in the Yukon at 12,000 to 28,000 years.
I don’t recall where but I either saw a video or read an article by an indigenous person claiming that the nations had been here for at least six million years.
That’s longer than the existence of humankind,and something I personally don’t accept.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter to me what the time frame is as the reality is we are the first people to inhabit this continent, this hemisphere.
I tend to look at numbers like six million as being influenced by external beliefs-shades of Atlantis and Mu, flying saucers and the introduction of “alien” DNA.
We are who we are , whether we came across the Bering Land Bridge or were created in this hemisphere, in the end that is all that matters.
We are a distinct people with distinct cultures, tradition, and language.
We believe as we do because of what we have been taught, lived, and experienced. There is a recognizable familiarity in these things-and for however long our history is they have sustained us.
To abandon them now or dilute them is to abandon who we are, to silence the inner voice that speaks to us is to silence our history and the very essence of who we have been.
I believe there exists a genetic memory that predisposes our inclinations and abilities,facilitates the acquisition of language and skills germane to us,and produces a sympathetic resonance when we hear the first drum beat, when we mount the first horse, knap the first stone, when our mother sings the first song to us in our language.
Such things are irreplaceable, they define us .They are our DNA.
This age of “discovery” has only just begun , as climate change increases and glaciers melt and recede I believe more sites will be discovered pushing the date further back-and when this occurs I won’t argue or calculate in the millions of years, I will only nod my head, say yes, and that there remain older sites waiting to be found.
It doesn’t seem to be enough that the H1N1 virus is bad enough as it is and responsible for hundreds, possibly thousands of deaths world wide.
As a part of the scientific communities ongoing efforts to provide a better world and a brighter future for humankind they have now created a mutated strain of H1N1 characterized as far more deadly and capable of killing millions-for which there is no vaccine.
Whatever the “scientific” argument is for this it is baseless, and goes once again to the precept as told to me by one scientist that science has no moral obligations.
International accords dealing with bio or nuclear weapons are farcical-the only viable accord is to completely destroy all that fall into either category- but it is an industry fueled by profit, power, and fear.
It is the military-industrial complex spoken of by outgoing President Eisenhower in 1961. Better I think if he would have spoken these words and addressed it when he first took office.
“Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry” as stated by Eisenhower can address this-but that was in ’61-fast forward fifty years and people have less influence following the systematic erosion of their basic rights and their increased dependency.
More than that it seems as though as long as there are events like Black Friday and an ever streaming array of new toys such as iphones etc to distract and assure one and all that yes, they are too sexy for their shirt,blouse the disconnect increases, and the line between what
is important, what has a real value, and what is not and does not blurs all the more.
You may be willing to sacrifice the future for a handful of trinkets and grand words but we tried that, and take my word for it doesn’t work.
For some reason none of the links work with the exception of the yt one unless you copy/paste them into the Google search window-apologies for that-it is a mystery to me, but worth the effort.