Dec 4, ’07 6:30 AM
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It was just a field trip to the Thunder Bay Police Service Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, and Aboriginal school from Thunder Bay, was conducting.

The November 7th field trip was a part of their transitional training into mainstream Canadian society. The purpose was to teach them where to go if they needed assistance and help once they were away from tribal life.

The lesson students learned was way more then they bargained for since one of their own was pulled from the ranks forced to disrobe and was interrogated.

Abraham Miles 17, was from the Fort Severn First Nation Reserve located along the shores of Hudson Bay. He was wearing a shirt manufactured by Warchief Native Apparel depicting a Native chief in full headdress.

The shirt like other Native designed cloths were designed to instill Native pride, unity and positivity. In short, it was simply a shirt with a Native theme imprinted on the front.

The clothing manufacturer was based in Abe’s home town and the pride of that Aboriginal community, such irony.

While the students were touring the Police Service headquarters and observant officer yanked the surprised student from the ranks of his peers and forced him to remove the shirt.

Then without the presents of an adult he was removed to a room where he was interrogated about gang activity. Then the police took mug shots of this innocent student whose crime was wearing a shirt a cop did not like.

This was a classic example of Canada’s policy of racial profiling to say the least.

According to Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawabe Aski Nation, “The truth is, he was out here by himself, 500 miles from home. English is his second language. If that young man, 17 years old, tried to make reason with a six-foot policeman that weighs 300 pounds, what are his chances of being heard?” Further, Chief Beardy said, “We try to portray ourselves in a positive manner with our own art and our own artists. But instead, they just took him aside and said, You know, you’re a Native person, the T-shirt says war chief, so it has to be gang-related.”

The very notion a student would be subjugated for identifying with his Native Roots is simply appalling to say the very least.

This is a classic example of this cancer that has spread across the United States and Canada in the form of racial profiling. Fact is, it tosses Canada back into the Dark Ages as it revels the second agenda of hate that still exists.

The students learned a valuable lesson though. Sadly they learned that racial hatred is alive and well and they can’t trust the authorities or society whence they leave the sanctuary of their reserve. And people wonder why kids self medicate with booze and drugs.

They learned more then school officials bargained for. They learned the reason why sorrow and futility are the norm in Native society. Society tells Natives that it is time to forgive the wrongs of the past. And I contend “How can we forgive when we are still under siege?”

Your Devil’s Advocate


Nov 30, ’07 4:19 PM
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As we enter this holiday season it is hard to find joy when people are in the midst of struggle. The fact an Arizona auction house, (Allard Auctions, Mesa AZ.), could consider auctioning off Sioux Scalps on ebay has spoken volumes about our reality. It is absolutely appalling that we (Native Americans) are still more a curio and a novelty item rather than human beings. Our women are still considered sexual items rather then givers of life by non Native men. With statistics where 7 out of 10 assaults on Native women are perpetrated by non Native men, it is hard to ignore. This statistic is shared in Canada as well. How could anyone be so callous and have total disregard for the remains of human beings? How could you place a price tag on the dismembered remnants of a person who was butchered in cold blood?

Then there is the on going struggle of the Western Shoshone Nation with the Treaty of Ruby Valley of 1865 which includes Mount Tenabo. They have been under assault over tribal land for many years as it is. Now a most sacred site, Mt. Tenabo, is under assault as gold fever enters the mix. I still think it’s ironic the company who wants to mine tribal land is named Cortez Mining Company though. As if the Shoshone Nation does not exist, this company is trying to influence the US Government into simply tossing out the Treaty of 1865. It’s only a bunch of Natives so why should we honor this silly obsolete document anyway? There is gold in them there hills and no sacred ground or ancient traditions should stand in the way.

Seems the policy of lying and reneging on treaties has been the norm since the time our people made first contact with these immigrants from across the Great Pond. Unfortunately for us, we actually took them for their word and thought they would honor this funny piece of paper called a treaty. Black Kettle, with the US Flag and the Flag of truce waving in the air, held up a treaty with “The Great White Fathers” signature on this paper. But Chivington and his band of drunken soldiers killed and butchered my people in a little place called Sand Creek, CO. Later our people were almost exterminated along the Washita River OK., by George Armstrong Custer. The atrocities told from our oral tradition is far more perverse and bloody then you will ever read in history books. Cutting the bellies open of expectant mom’s and carving out the still born infant then cutting them to shreds to the joy of his soldiers while saying, “Knits make lice” was bad enough. But for soldiers to take infants who still could not speak, have sex with them then cut them to pieces was yet another part of our oral history not in all the history books. And it gets much worse indeed.

And here we are in the 21st Century and the Shoshone people are fighting to make the US Government honor their treaty. It is absolutely appalling they should be struggling with this issue in the first place. How can this be happening when civilization is supposed to be so advanced and educated? How can this nation call themselves leaders of the free world when Native people are being subjugated, lied to and left to live in third world conditions? How can they save the world from tyranny when their actions mirror that of Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein in the treatment of Indigenous people within the confines of these boarders?

How could we possibly forgive and forget when we are still under assault from Corporate America and the public at large? Some people tell us to get over it and quite being such a baby. How can we forget the many treaties that never were honored or simply cancelled? How can we forget the billions owed our nations that simply have disappeared? Our children are dying of despair and found Meth and Alcohol to self medicate the PTSD’s that haunt every Indigenous person with the America’s and possibly the world.

Oh Canada and their judicial folly of dropping charges on 18 RCMP Constables for raping Native childrensimply because of the statute of limitations last year. I remember the case very well since there were protests in Vancouver over that issue. But to the chagrin of tribal leaders the Crown dropped all charges. Ask Salish tribal member and activist Kate Norris who rallied for justice there. The list of atrocities in Canada alone are outrageous to say the very least fore these are contemporary times we are speaking about. The redistribution of Natives kids to foster homes was a crime unto itself.

Then there are the Me’tis of Black Tickle Labrador, they have no running water or sanitation. Their entire economy thrust into limbo and all they wanted was access to the Trans Labrador Highway so they could spur tourism. Their location would have made a perfect tourist and sports destination if they were provided a link to this highway. They wanted to have a piece of the budding tourism industry Labrador and New Foundland are currently promoting. I find this quite odd since it would appear the government are purposely trying to squeeze these people out because they live on prime land for development. To think Canada is catering to the big bucks tourist industry at the expense of this humble community is simply obscene. Why does progress have to be at the expense of Indigenous people world wide?

Take a long hard look at that diamond ring on your finger. Now take a long hard look at the workers in South Africa who’ve slaved in grueling inhuman conditions. The reward for their efforts may be a meal or two for their families. The real bounty is sold for nothing less than a king’s ransom. The World Bank had gleaned a handsome profit as rain forests disappeared in South America destroying traditional tribal land for Natives in that region. When they protested, they simply were machine gunned down and buried in mass graves. Their struggle never made public or in the mainstream media. Dare I mention the struggle of the good people of Ireland?

So it is not so easy to be joyous let alone forgive and forget when we are still under assault. We are the Indigenous people of the world and we come in all races and nations. We are dying from the ill effects of greed, cultural and religious differences as an ambivalent world looks on. And I am the voice of the voiceless.

Your Devil’s Advocate


Buffalohair NativeVue Selling Native American Scalps On ebay

Nov 30, ’07 12:24 AM
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Just so everyone knows. The auction house listed below was in the process of auctioning off Sioux Scalps on ebay today. Granted they are off the market now with this shameless attempt to sell human body parts. But the fact remains they may still be in possession of these items. And you have the right to know who these creatures are. Wonder if they have and human skin lamp shades from Hitler’s era of madness?

Allard Auctions Inc.
1600 S. Country Club Dr.
Mesa AZ, 85201

At the very least we should let our opinion be known to these people. So the Feds are aware of this loathsome act we should remind them that we also know. Just in case they forgot to enforce the law.

Title 18, United States Code, Section 1170 – Illegal Trafficking in Native American Human Remains and Cultural Items: Prohibits the sale of the human remains or cultural artifacts of Native Americans without the right of possession of those items in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

We have the power to make a difference.

Your Devil’s Advocate