Left out is also is the disaster in our relations with the American Indians with who we broke treaties with, stole their land and subjected them to live in impoverished conditions within a concentration camp without locks.
~Russell Means, Chief Facilitator, Republic of Lakotah
19 March 2010
On March 13, China’s Information Office of the State Council published a report titled, “The Human Rights Record of the United States in 2009.”
This document was clearly intended as a rebuttal to the annual US State Department Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2009, released two days earlier.
The Chinese report quite legitimately notes that the US government “releases Country Reports on Human Rights Practices year after year to accuse other countries, and takes human rights as a political instrument to interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, defame other nations’ image and seek its own strategic interests. This fully exposes its double standards on the human rights issue…”
Delivering the US government a well-deserved dose of its own medicine does not, of course, absolve the Chinese regime of its own gross violations of human rights. It rules autocratically over 1.3 billion people, most of them desperately poor peasants and super-exploited workers.
That being said, the Chinese report is an eye-opening document—factual, sober, even understated, drawn entirely from public government and media sources in the United States, with each item carefully documented. It presents a picture of 21st century America as much of the world sees it, one which is in sharp contrast to the official mythology and American media propaganda.
Not surprisingly, the report went unmentioned in the US mass media.
The 14-page report is divided into six major sections: Life, Property and Personal Security; Civil and Political Rights; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Racial Discrimination; Rights of Women and Children; US Violations of Human Rights Against Other Nations. The cumulative picture is one of a society in deep and worsening social crisis.
A few of the facts and figures cited on violence and police repression in the United States:
• Each year, 30,000 people die in gun-related incidents.
• There were 14,180 murders last year.
• In the first ten months of 2009, 45 people were killed by police use of tasers, bringing the total for the decade to 389.
• Last year, 315 police officers in New York City were subject to internal supervision due to “unrestrained use of violence.”
• 7.3 million Americans were under the authority of the correctional system, more than in any other country.
• An estimated 60,000 prisoners were raped while in custody last year.
On democratic rights, the report notes the pervasive government spying on citizens, authorized under the 2001 Patriot Act, extensive surveillance of the Internet by the National Security Agency, and police harassment of anti-globalization demonstrators in Pittsburgh during last year’s G-20 summit. Pointing to the hypocrisy of US government “human rights” rhetoric, the authors observe, “the same conduct in other countries would be called human rights violations, whereas in the United States it was called necessary crime control.”
The report only skims the surface on the socioeconomic crisis in the United States, noting record levels of unemployment, poverty, hunger and homelessness, as well as 46.3 million people without health insurance. It does offer a few facts rarely discussed in the US media:
• 712 bodies were cremated at public expense in the city of Los Angeles last year, because the families were too poor to pay for a burial.
• There were 5,657 workplace deaths recorded in 2007, the last year for which a tally is available, a rate of 17 deaths per day (not a single employer was criminally charged for any of these deaths).
• Some 2,266 veterans died as a consequence of lack of health insurance in 2008, 14 times the military death toll in Afghanistan that year.
The report presents evidence of pervasive racial discrimination against blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, the most oppressed sections of the US working class, including a record number of racial discrimination claims over hiring practices, more than 32,000. It also notes the rising number of incidents of discrimination or violence against Muslims, and the detention of 300,000 “illegal” immigrants each year, with more than 30,000 immigrants in US detention facilities every day of the year.
It notes that the state of California imposed life sentences on 18 times more black defendants than white, and that in 2008, when New York City police fired their weapons, 75 percent of the targets were black, 22 percent Hispanic and only 3 percent white.
The report refers to the well-known reality of unequal pay for women, with median female income only 77 percent that of male income in 2008, down from 78 percent in 2007. According to the report, 70 percent of working-age women have no health insurance, or inadequate coverage, high medical bills or high health-related debt.
Children bear a disproportionate burden of economic hardship, with 16.7 million children not having enough food at some time during 2008, and 3.5 million children under five facing hunger or malnutrition, 17 percent of the total. Child hunger is combined with the malignant phenomenon of rampant child labor in agriculture: some 400,000 child farm workers pick America’s crops. The US also leads the world in imprisoning children and juveniles, and is the only country that does not offer parole to juvenile offenders.
US foreign policy comes in for justifiable criticism as well. A country with so many poor and hungry people accounts for 42 percent of the world’s total military spending, a colossal $607 billion, as well as the world’s largest foreign arms sales, $37.8 billion in 2008, up nearly 50 percent from the previous year.
The Chinese report notes the documented torture of prisoners in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, the worldwide US network of military bases, the US blockade of Cuba (opposed by the UN General Assembly by a vote of 187 to 3), and the systematic US spying around the world, utilizing the NSA’s “ECHELON” interception system, as well as the US monopoly control over Internet route servers.
The report also points out the deliberate US flouting of international human rights covenants. Washington has either signed but not ratified or refused to sign four major UN covenants: on economic, social and cultural rights; on the rights of women; on the rights of people with disabilities; and on the rights of indigenous peoples.
The report does not discuss the source of the malignant social conditions in the United States—nor should that be expected, since that would require an explanation of the causal connection between poverty, repression and discrimination and the operations of the capitalist profit system, something that Beijing is hardly likely to undertake.
The preceding was first published on Indybay
This week Russell talks to us about self-esteem and how important it is that we rebuild a strong sense of self-worth in the Children now growing up on the Reservations. We are given a first-hand glimpse of how the charitable act of one man really made the day for some kids here at the Porcupine School. He also illustrates the two-faced nature of our sicko, wacked-out USA Government by revealing how the fabulous “new school” is just a fascist coverup for what really goes on here on the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation.
The Beauty, Power & Brilliance of Matriarchy – A call for a paradigm shift!
As we all sit awestruck in front of the T.V., the computer or the newspaper, Russell offers us a solution to the current Global calamity. In this beautiful forty-five minute FREE video, Russell explains both how the World got into this mess and how we can move towards sanity and wholeness. We must, he says, return to Matriarchy, a balance, respectful way of life where we celebrate our difference More..s, rather than stifle, or even, destroy them. CLICK TO VIEW VIDEO
Walter Bockus, Pedophile Priest
Greenfield Park’s Child Rapist & Sodomizer
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What a Sickening Legacy for a Priest & His Church!!
This is the twisted pervert who “ministered” in eight Canadian parishes, using little children to satisfy his personal sexual desires, destroying many families in the process.
His latest handshake must have been with Saddam!
The Anglican Church of Canada has not only refused to defrock him …. but this child molester also retains the honorary title “Canon”, proving just how hypocritical the Anglican Church of Canada truly is!
Some of his Victims’ testimonials are linked in the right hand margin.
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Indian Lawsuits on School Abuse May Bankrupt Canada Churches
BYLINE: By JAMES BROOKE
DATELINE: REGINA, Saskatchewan
Lawsuits filed by thousands of former Indian boarding school students in Canada, claiming sexual, physical and “cultural” abuse, threaten to swamp the financial resources of four mainstream Christian churches that ran the schools until 1970.
“I simply see us going broke,” Duncan D. Wallace, the Anglican bishop of Qu’Appelle, which encompasses Regina, said of his diocese. With resignation, he added, “When you get down to it, all we need is a bottle of wine, a book and a table, and we are in business.”
Settlements could snowball into billions of dollars, devastating the financial resources of Canada’s four old-line Christian churches: Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian and United Church. By the end of next year, the Canadian government forecasts, 16,000 Indians will have entered some form of claim; that number is equal to 17 percent of the living alumni of the boarding schools.
Already there are four class-action suits against the churches and the government, which had the churches run schools in distant communities under contract.
Indian plaintiffs have won all five boarding school abuse trials held in the last two years — two in Saskatchewan and three in British Columbia. In the Saskatchewan cases, both involving sex abuse, and both filed against the government, one plaintiff won $54,000 and the other $114,000. In the British Columbia cases, lawyers for the government and the churches negotiated secrecy over damage awards.
Auditors for the Anglican Church of Canada predict that legal fees alone will push the church into bankruptcy next year.
“There is a lot of denial, people thinking this is a bad dream,” Bishop Wallace said of the responses of priests and parishioners to the claims. “I told a priest recently, ‘When your rectory gets sold out from underneath you and you are living in the street, maybe you will understand this is for real.’ ”
Parishioners have proposed selling the oldest church in Alberta to raise $2 million for legal costs and settlements faced by the United Church of Canada. In Manitoba, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Roman Catholic order, want to hand over to the federal government virtually all their property in the province in return for Ottawa’s assuming liability for about 2,000 claims against the order. The Oblates fear that legal bills will eat up their assets before any money can flow to legitimate claimants.
In British Columbia, some members of the now bankrupt Anglican diocese of Cariboo, embittered with the government, propose complying with a government order to inventory church art for auction by sending their Sunday school drawings to Ottawa.
Behind the suits is the real pain of many Canadian Indians who were rounded up and forced into the schools.
In the late 19th century, Canada’s government turned to established churches to carry out federal obligations to educate the new nation’s Indians. With few civil servants willing to work in remote areas, churches agreed to run a network of aboriginal boarding schools, which numbered about 100 at its peak.
In a forced assimilation popular in North America a century ago, children as young as 5 were taken from their families to faraway boarding schools where their hair was cropped short, they were often dressed in uniforms and they were forbidden to speak their native languages or learn their traditional arts, religion and dances.
“How do you get 6-year-olds who only speak Sioux, who only speak Lakota, who only speak Cree to speak English?” asked Anthony Merchant, head of a group here that represents about 4,000 claimants. “You use Gestapo-type tactics to punish this 6-year-old. Punishment becomes increasingly barbaric, sadistic.”
Mr. Merchant, who said there were no statutes of limitations for sex abuse cases, said that about one-third of his clients charged such abuse. With the pace of trials picking up, he estimated that his firm would handle half of the roughly 70 cases scheduled for trial next year.
“You couldn’t say one word or you would get slapped,” said Jerry Shepherd, a plaintiff from the White Bear Nation, recounting in an interview his days at Gordon School, about 65 miles north of here, in the mid-1960′s.
With parents often forbidden to visit, boarding schools sometimes became places where pedophiles freely preyed on defenseless, disoriented children, Indians say.
“The sexual perverts went all over the West,” Mr. Merchant said. “We have some that were in six or seven schools.”
School defenders say that for aboriginal Canadians to survive in the modern era, it was essential for them to learn English, to adopt Western-style dress and to learn vocational skills.
Anger over the schools surfaced in suspicious fires that decimated the buildings, most recently an arson attack last summer that destroyed a boarded-up building that once housed the Edmonton Indian Residential School in Alberta.
Some Indians remember that their abusers were fellow Indians. Edmund Gordon, 39, a former student at the Gordon School, recalls that the supervisor who gave him marijuana and then tried to rape him was “an aboriginal, he taught powwow.” Mr. Gordon, a claimant who now runs a residence for H.I.V.-positive Indians here, said that he blamed the supply of free drugs and alcohol for derailing his boyhood goals of becoming a policeman or professional hockey player.
According to “Sins of the Fathers,” a report on the schools published by The Anglican Journal, the church’s monthly newspaper, last May, eight Indian men committed suicide after they were subpoenaed to testify about their sexual abuse at the boarding school in the Cariboo diocese.
“When they got handed a piece of paper, they knew their secret was out,” Fred Sampson, a former student of St. George’s Indian Residential School, said about friends called to testify in an abuse suit that went to trial last year. “They thought, ‘Everybody’s going to know that I let this guy do it to me for candy.’ ”
Robert Desjarlais, 53, a Saskatchewan Indian, walked 1,500 miles from here to Ottawa last summer, demanding educational programs to restore lost languages. Walking the last 100 miles barefoot, Mr. Desjarlais said that in the mid-1950′s he was regularly abused by a Catholic priest at a church school.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which once was charged with enforcing mandatory school laws for Indians, started a task force in 1995 to investigate allegations of boarding school abuse. Since then, the Mounties have received 3,400 complaints against 170 suspects. So far, only five people have been charged, with crimes like sexual abuse, a low tally that the police attribute to faulty memories and deaths of teachers.
Seeking redress through civil suits, lawyers believe that the British Columbia judge in the Cariboo case set a national precedent when she assigned a 60 percent share of liability to the Anglican Church and 40 percent to the federal government.
The churches protest that they ended their involvement in the schools around 1970, though the government took them over and did not close the last one for two more decades. Anglicans say their primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, made a full apology to Indians for abuses at the schools in 1993, five years before Canada’s government made a similar apology.
Faced with selling churches, rectories, women’s shelters and soup kitchens, churches say that settlements should be mediated outside the courts, that the federal government should pay the greatest part of the claims, and that a fact-finding panel similar to South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be set up.
Blurring battle lines, Canada’s Anglican Church today has four aboriginal bishops and 130 aboriginal priests. Some tribal leaders have banned from their reserves lawyers working on contingency fees seeking claimants.
Rejecting charges of “cultural genocide,” John Clarke, the Anglican bishop of Athabasca in northern Alberta, told The Anglican Journal, “There’s a whole pile of upper-middle-class guilt here that’s running the show, not much common sense.”
Arguing that the most effective therapy is counseling, apologies and moderate settlements, church leaders say that additional steps like teaching lost languages could be paid out of a $240 million “healing fund” the federal government set up in 1998.
Most suits did not originally name the churches. Instead, Ottawa drew the churches into the legal wrangles by naming them as third-party defendants. The Anglican Church is urging parishioners to write Prime Minister Jean Chretien using lines like, “Your Department of Justice is literally driving my church into bankruptcy.”
Compounding bureaucratic caution, clouds were recently cast over one of Canada’s largest school abuse settlements, in Nova Scotia. A provincial justice department report in September on the $25 million that the province paid in the late 1990′s to 1,237 reported victims at a boys’ reform school concluded that, in retrospect, “most of the allegations are either unsustainable or implausible.”
With a national election scheduled for Nov. 27, some Christian commentators are urging people to vote against Mr. Chretien’s Liberal Party and for the Canadian Alliance, a conservative party led by Stockwell Day.
“Jean Chretien and the Liberals have basically announced it’s open season on our nation’s mainstream churches,” Paul Jackson, a columnist, wrote in The Calgary Sun.
Mr. Chretien recently asked Herb Gray, Canada’s deputy prime minister, to find a negotiated solution. Without setting a timetable, Mr. Gray said he sought a solution “that is fair to all, that primarily does not involve litigation.”
But with no solution near, church leaders nervously await a court test here in December of a new legal concept: “cultural abuse,” or loss of language, oral traditions and spiritual beliefs.CA
Radio Interview with Russell Means and Kevin Annett
Russell Means and Kevin Annett spoke on the systematic genocide of Indian people in the United States and Canada, pointing out the murder of children in boarding schools and the generations of trauma and early death resulting from the long standing abuse which has been deliberately hidden in history.
Speaking on Red Town Radio, Annett, a minister exposing the crimes of the churches and government of Canada, said Indian residential schools in Canada were more murderous than Auschwitz.
Annett said the death rate at Auschwitz was 15 to 30 percent. One third of the people were killed. In Canada, the death rate of Indian children in residential schools was at least twice that of Auschwitz.
“The residential schools were more intentionally murderous.”
Annett and Means spoke on Red Town Radio, hosted by Brenda Golden, Muscogee from Oklahoma, on Sunday, Feb. 15. Means, revealing the thread of colonization and genocide, said Americans are proving Einstein’s definition of insanity. Einstein said insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Means described how Indian people have been co-opted to believe the lies of the US and Canadian governments through the system of colonization and the thorough re-righting of history.
“What these boarding schools did was to create this insanity. They have convinced the prisoners of these two governments, of Canada and the United States, to accept things the way they are and hope things will change.”
Annett, returning from a protest at a church in Vancouver, BC, said it is time for all the children to have a proper burial. This has been the message of the protest posters outside churches in Canada: “All the children need a proper burial.” During this weekend’s protest in Vancouver, Annett said the response was a smug attitude from white church goes and the minister. “These people acted like they have no heart.”
Annett said it is a battle to convince people of the truth. He said the so-called truth and reconciliation commissions are more about relieving the guilt of white society than real healing for Indian people. He said non-Indians are living on stolen land and multi-national corporations know what the truth will mean for their profits.
“Reconciliation is the oppressor’s policy,” Means said. At the root of the cause, he said, is the system of patriarchy, which is the fear-based society of the white man. “The first thing feared by white men is the woman beside them,” Means said. Patriarchs fear and terrorize women, he said. Quoting his ancestor, Luther Standing Bear, Means pointed out that the white man attempts to destroy what he can not control.
Standing Bear wrote about 1900, “when white man fears the forest, he will want to control the forest, and what he can’t control, he will want to destroy.”
Control was the platform of the death camps known as boarding schools.
Means quoted Capt. Richard H. Pratt at Carlisle Indian School, whose motto became the codewords of genocide. Pratt said, “Kill the Indian, and save the man.”
“Save the man for what?” Means asked. “To rob a person of their breath, their breath of life? That is what boarding schools are all about.”
Means said the genocide of “killing the Indian” continues today, as evidenced by the four countries which refused to vote to adopt the non-binding UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“What they said is: We do not exist. Kill the Indian. That is what they said by their vote.”
Still, Means observed, people are not rising up in indignation. “They killed the Indian, so we don’t have a backbone anymore. They took the breath out of our Spirit.”
Means said there was not an outrage over the genocidal boarding schools in the United States until the American Indian Movement began protests. Sexual abuse, incest, physical abuse and abandonment issues are now epidemic for Indian people because of the boarding school legacy of tyranny, abuse and out-right murder.
During the radio show, Means thanked Annett for being an ally to Indian people in Canada and leading this movement for truth. Means said there has been no equal ally in the United States to expose the truth of Indian boarding schools. But the proof is pervasive: American Indians have the shortest life expectancy of any group in the World. Means said government apologies for the abuse are another insult.
“Those apologies are insulting. To offer us money is to heap insult upon insult. It is unconscionable.”
Means maintains that although the United States claims that the is based on the laws within the Iroquois Confederacy, the US did not acquire all of the laws. The US did not include the foundation of the clan mother and the matriarchal society. “This is the only way to ensure individual liberty,” he said.
Today, the media ignores the sexual abuse and physical abuse in Indian boarding schools. “American people refuse to believe they are the worst.” Means said that even the American Indian news media is ignoring the truth. “Our own media is not paying attention, not exposing anything.”
Annett reported that even though the churches were responsible for the murder and deaths of more than 50,000 Indian children in Canada, if the victims accept money from the government, the perpetrators will not be held responsible.
Means pointed out how victims often become perpetrators and today’s Christians are proving this to be true. “Their forbearers were fed to the lions and they don’t mind feeding us to the lions.”
“It is really sick, it is the sickest thing.” Means stated emphatically, “If patriarchy continues, this sickness will continue. The proof is in Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan. Everywhere they go they massacre,” Means said Christians, through militarism and colonialism, continue the killing.
In colonialism, as with the Nazi collaborators, Means said, “You get the victims to become the perpetrators.” Now victims of boarding school abuse are planning to continue the death camps of boarding schools.
Means exposes the current epidemic of sexual abuse, physical and domestic abuse of women. Here, in this epidemic of violence and abuse, the BIA plans to build a BIA dormitory in the spring. “The Indian people are going for it.”
One of the facts hidden from history was the forced sterilization of Indian women. Means said it is documented that between 1972 and 1976, the United States forcibly sterilized 42 percent of Indian women. In Puerto Rico, the US forcibly sterilized 35 percent of the women.
There was also horrendous physical abuse. In Chilocco Indian School in Oklahoma, Means described one teenager with a disabled arm. “In Chilocco, children were handcuffed over pipes in the basement and left to hang there. Chilocco and Intermountain Indian School in Utah were among the worst boarding schools and AIM led protest to close those in the 1970s.”
“There’s still a killing field at Haskell,” Means said: “At Haskell boarding school, now Haskell Indian Nations University, there is a mass grave of Indian children beneath a building. A building was built over the mass grave to hide the evidence and the college denied the existence of the grave,” he said.
In southeastern BC, Annett said a golf course was built over the site of a mass grave of Indian children. The government of Canada convinced the band council to go along with this.
Means said, “It is a vicious cycle of oppression,” ant that “Few Americans realize that the majority of slaves in the western hemisphere were American Indians until 1715. The reason blacks were brought here was because Indian people were so susceptible to the white man’s diseases.”
Annett said an Indigenous war crimes tribunal is necessary for justice in Canada. The survivors of these death camp “residential schools” are being subjected to a “complete white wash” by the government of Canada. Already, Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala have agreed to serve on the Indigenous war crimes tribunal. Annett said some of the perpetrators are still alive and must be brought to justice.
Means said it is also possible to gain the assistance of an international rapporteur from the United Nations.
Means pointed out that there were 12 to 14 million people in 1492 in what is now the contiguous United States. In 1900, only 250,000 remained. In 300 years, 99.6 percent of Indian people had been annihilated. “That is a holocaust beyond comprehension.
There has been less than one percent population growth in the last 100 years.”
The US and Canadian government and Christian boarding schools are further proof of this genocide. Means spoke of his own parents abuse in boarding schools, both of the sexual abuse and the beatings for speaking their language.
“My father was physically abused for speaking our language, to the point where he could not speak it anymore.” Later, when his father tried to speak it, he could not speak words and made a moaning sound when he tried to speak Lakotah.
Means said in boarding schools, the younger boys always wanted to be the older boys, because the older boys punished the younger boys. That became their reason for growing up, to punish the younger boys: “We’ve been trained like Pavlov’s dogs. Now, education is still focused on killing the Indian and saving the child.”
Means observed a subtle detail in Obama’s inauguration address which points to assimilation into the melting pot. “President Obama’s inauguration address was the most important speech he will make and the words were chosen carefully.”
Obama said, “The lines of tribes will be dissolved.” Means said those words were deliberate and are blatant and inexcusable.
“What he meant by that is WE are going to be dissolved.”
Means continued; “Almost all our languages are gone. Once the language is gone, we’re gone.” Means quoted a black woman about what the white man did to the black people: “He took the taste out of our mouths.”
As for Indians, Means said, “They choked us to death.”
Means said when the last speakers of the Indian languages are gone, the people will be gone. He said one only needs to take a look at both US coasts, where Indian people had the most contact with Europeans. There, he said, Indian people have lost everything.
Describing the gifts that Native people possess, Means said the language is tied to the natural world and Indian people understand the interpretations of natural law. It is not possible to translate Native languages into English, he said. “We have no word for ‘war’ or ‘warriors.’”
Annett said the churches and Canada continue to act with impunity, while there are more than 50,000 missing Indian children.
“The churches could do anything even when children disappeared, they did not report it.” In the United States and Canada, Indian children were turned into slaves in boarding school. It is a miracle, Annett said, that any children survived these death camps. In Canada, residential schools were operated by the churches.
Annett said one of the men at a church protest spoke of how he survived on garbage detail. “He was really glad when he was on the garbage detail, he would be cramming this garbage of the white staff members into his mouth.”
“Only the Irish have been colonized more than the American Indian,” Means said.
Describing the T.R.E.A.T.Y Total Immersion School on Pine Ridge, S.D., Means said it is an immersion school, but not in the same manner as the US schools. Means said the US government’s idea of immersion is to become illiterate in two languages.
The T.R.E.A.T.Y School is patterned after the Maori of New Zealand and throws out the European modality of education. At the Treaty School, most of the education takes place outdoors, even in winter in South Dakota, he said. “Our Treaty School is going to be the saving grace of our nation. If just one clan survives, at least we have survived.”
In closing, Means, chief facilitator for the Republic of Lakotah, described the Republic of Lakotah. He said it is non-threatening, non-militant and peace loving, while reestablishing representative government. “Non-Indians can be taught to live in an Indian manner and the woman’s place in the natural order must be honored.”
Annett urged people to arise with courage and demand the truth, while holding the perpetrators accountable for their actions. From the mass graves, he said, children can be identified by DNA, especially by the teeth, and the cause of death can be determined. He said this can be done according to the traditions of Indian Nations.
With more exposure of the truth, the Canadian government and police are now trying to hide the evidence, digging up graves in the night. At the same time, Canadian government funded Indian agencies are being threatened with the loss of funding if they attempt to discover the truth about the missing children.
Accepting government money has not resulted in justice. “You can have money, but you have to promise never to sue,” Annett said. Now, hereditary chiefs and clan mothers say that traditional courts must carry out the justice.
“The survivors are dying at the rate of five to ten a day,” Annett said, pointing out the need to record their testimony.
In boarding schools and residential schools, parents were terrorized about passing down the language to future generations. Annett said, “Now, when young Indians realize why they were not taught their language, because of this systematic genocide, they are empowered to learn their language.”
During one of the protests at a church in Vancouver, a homeless man, “Bingo,” manifested this empowerment when he lectured the police about protecting the churches. Meanwhile, the protests continue, calling for proper burials for the missing children, and to bring them home. Speaking of the protests at churches in Canada, Annett said, “We do this respectfully. We try to reach the minds and hearts of the people.”
Pointing out that the death rate was twice that of Auschwitz, Annett said one of the main causes of death was deliberate germ warfare. Healthy children were placed with children with tuberculosis. There was no health care when they became sick.
But the Indian genocide was not limited to the time of childhood. Under the United Nations Convention on Genocide, genocide is defined as anything which will kill off a people in the long run. Annett points out when Indian people’s traditional food systems and lifeways were destroyed, the result was that they died young, often in their forties, from diabetes, suicide and self destruction.
Today, Annett said the death rate of Indian people in Canada is 20 times the national average. Today in Canada, under the cover of darkness, the graves of Indian children are being dug up and the evidence destroyed, all the while white washing the truth of these death camps with fraudulent “truth and reconciliation commissions.”
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2000 – Head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs admits to crimes, “Remarks of Kevin Gover, Assistant Secretary–Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, at the Ceremony Acknowledging the 175th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.” CLICK HERE for Full Text.
“Immediately upon its establishment in 1824, the Office of Indian Affairs was an instrument by which the United States enforced its ambition against the Indian nations. As the nation expanded West, the agency participated in the ethnic cleansing that befell the western tribes. War begets tragedy, but the deliberate spread of disease, the decimation of the bison herds, the use of alcohol to destroy mind and body, and the cowardly killing of women and children made for tragedy on a scale so ghastly that it cannot be dismissed as merely the inevitable consequence of the clash of competing ways of life. After the devastation of tribal economies, the BIA set out to destroy all things Indian by forbidding the speaking of Indian languages, prohibiting traditional religious activities, outlawing traditional government, and making Indians ashamed of who they were. Worst of all, the BIA committed these acts against the children entrusted to its boarding schools. The trauma of shame, fear, and anger has passed from one generation to the next, and manifests itself in the rampant alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic violence that plague Indian country. The BIA expresses its profound sorrow for these wrongs, extends this formal apology to Indian people for its historical conduct, and makes promises for its future conduct. “