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    (submitted to me for posting by blackbear~mato)


    US Elections: We Are the Wolf

    ┬ęby Doug George-Kanentiio

    I am a citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Haudenosaunee Confederacy. My
    national status prohibits me from casting a vote in the election of a foreign
    nation such as the United States. I adhere to the decision by the Haudenosaunee to
    reject the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act since it would not only qualify our
    standing as Iroquois but, if embraced, will inevitably lead to the termination
    of our treaty relationships with the US, Britain, France and many other Native
    nations.

    Our leaders have made it quite clear: a tribe is not a nation, therefore
    we are not tribes. While there are some Iroquois who do vote and give money
    to US politicians they do so against our own laws and customs. We were
    instructed at the time of first meeting with the Europeans not to become entangled in
    their affairs. We set in place for all time an agreement we call Kaswenta or
    the Two Row Wampum. This most sacred of covenants states that we shall glide
    along the river of life in our canoe while the European is in his ship. We may
    travel in the same direction but risk our lives if we attempt to cross from
    one vessel to the other. This treaty remains in effect after 380 years.

    We do, as thinking humans, have our opinions as to the political
    situation in Canada and the US since whomever assumes power in those two nations must
    be instructed as to their obligations under treaty. The recent US elections
    are causing great concern among the Haudenosaunee and its allies.
    Our sense of alarm was affirmed when the Republican Party used a family of
    wolves to cause fear in the hearts of the American people. The wolf is an
    honored being among us and is one of the three clans of the Mohawks and Oneidas as
    well as a clan for the other nations. Over the generations we have learned
    much from this wise being whose strength, loyalty and intelligence is righfully
    admired by all Native peoples.

    We have come to understand that the Europeans hate and fear the wolf
    since they cannot control him. They have often intertwined Native people and
    wolves and are obsessive about using our repsective images to do very bad
    things. We have been treated as has the wolf: despised, hunted down, murdered. Our
    environment destroyed, our families-packs rubbed out, the truth of our cultures
    lied about while we have been subjected to the most vile of stereotypes. Just
    look at the mascots of the University of Illinois, University of Florida,
    Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Washington Redskins, South Dakota's "Fighting
    Sioux".

    We are, just as the wolf, barometers of the health of Anowarakowa, the Great
    Turtle Island and its current condition is bordering on the critical When the
    Republicans abuse the wolf they attack us as well as we are committed to the
    survival of our four legged brother-sister. This is what the entire Bush
    campaign centered upon: fear. Not a call to honor, service, compassion, truth,
    integrity but fear so powerful as to cause the American voter to put aside their
    common sense and return to power a man who caused an unjust war in which tens
    of thousands of human beings have died. This is a man of minute compassion
    who is a destroyer of the earth, a killer of lifegivers, a deceiver and a
    coward. But those who managed his campaign knew that fear, with its instinctive
    complusion towards self preservation is more powerful than all the ideals
    appealed to by his opponent.

    Integrity counted for nothing during this mean election. If they could
    have gotten away with having Native men lurking in the woods, waiting to
    launch a sneak attack on the helpless settlers they would have done so. Fear the
    opponents to Manifest Destiny, depict them as cruel, inhuman, bloodthirsty,
    merciless. Once those images are fixed in the mind the rationale for
    exterminating them is a matter of course. Just like they are now doing to anyone who
    stands in their way. Listen carefully to how the US troops in Iraq describe their
    enemies or rationalize the killing of women, elders and children: the wild west
    is back and the insurgents are those pesky redskins. As for the non-combatant
    casualties? Don't forget, nits make lice.

    The cowardly French, sneaky Arabs, vodka sodden Russians, heartless
    Germans. Damn them all and throw in the finicky Canucks as well. They can all stew
    in the same pot along with the Indians and wolves.

    The process of selecting a US president has drifted so far away from the
    principles of Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin as to no longer resemble
    their intent. They rebelled against the excesses of a despot while establishing a
    government which is supposed to act as a harness on the more radical of human
    ambitions. What would they say about the demolition of our environment? An
    act blatantly uncaring and perversly suicidal. Yet virtually nothing was said
    about this issue, as if the rights of the unborn meant nothing to the
    devourers. Ecocide: The willfull and deliberate destruction of an ecological system or
    planet.

    That is why we, as Haudenosaunee, watched the Americans go crazy and
    give almost unlimited power to a man of blind conviction. Americans have to be
    more than a little mad: how else to explain this wickedness?

    The wolf ad worked very well. It will be cited throughout the years as
    the most effective commericial of the Bush campaign.

    And as for the get-out-the-Native vote: it was a huge gamble which
    flopped. All the Republican candidates in areas with significant Native voters won:
    Oklahoma, South Dakota, Alaska, New Mexico, Arizona despite the overwhelming
    support for the Democrats among Native people. Don't think for an instant the
    Republicans will forget this either. Just wait until the Indian Gaming Act is
    revised.

    Meanwhile, we'll join our wolf cousins and watch from the woods.
    "We see it as a desecration not only of a mountain but of our way of life. This is a genocidal issue to us. If they kill this mountain, they kill our way of life." ~Debra White Plume

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