[CrashList] Indian Affairs Head [Lackey] Makes [Obscene] "Apology"
jcraven at clark.edu
Tue Sep 12 11:50:46 MDT 2000
When I read this obscene cover-up masquerading as an "apology" (see below)
the first thing that flashed into my mind was Theresienstadt. That was the
showcase concentration camp in Czechoslovakia that the nazis used for Swiss
Red Cross Inspections. The would kill off half the inhabitants rushing them
out to Auschwitz on "blitz transfers", paint the place up, put on operas
sung by the remaining children (only 100 of some 10,000 survived) even issue
camp-specific "currency" in which the "workers" were being paid to give the
illusion of paid workers. Of course the usual "Arbeit Macht Frei" was
painted over the entrance; the Cremetorium was portrayed as a means to
insure hygience and sanitary disposal of any "unfortunate deaths."
This is truly sick. It reminds me of something my mother used to tell me as
a child: There are more white trash [and their apple minions] (wearing
three-piece suits) on Wall Street and in Washington DC than in the trailer
parks of America.
Nuremberg was the major force for the origination and adoption of the 1948
UN Convention on Genocide (this word is never mentioned in this bullshit
"apology") and of course the U.S. was the major force at Nuremberg (despite
allowing US companies-J.P. Morgan, Standard Oil, Texaco, GM, Brown Brothers
Harriman etc--and individuals like George Herbert Walker and Prescott
Bush--grandfathers of George W. Bush--to trade with the Japanese, German and
Italian fascists throughout World War II and putting wanted nazi war
criminals on the CIA/U.S. Government payrolls) yet the U.S. refused to sign
the UN Convention on Genocide until 1988 and even then claimed a
[Helms/Lugar/Hatch] "Sovereignty Exemption" that U.S. law would trump the UN
Convention in the event of any contradiction (in violation of Article VI
Section 2 of the US Consitution itself).
This is so typical. Those who plunder then consolidate their positions and
then want those who have been plundered to just "get over it." While they
keep their power, ill-gotten wealth and system for continuing to plunder.
Notice the reference below to the percentage of "Indians" at BIA. Yet Eugene
Johnson, (see comments below) A Siletz Indian who worked for a
subcontractor of the BIA was let go for "failure to pass a security check"
(required by all BIA employees so no "radicals" can get in.) After a FOIA
request, the agency supposedly giving the security check claimed to have
nothing on him. So much for what kind of "Indians" the BIA has working for
them. No mention of the fact that the BIA still clings to the 25%
blood-quantum rule and arrogates the "right" to define who and what an
Indian is the clear intention of which is revealed in the following quote
from a BIA Document:
"Set the blood-quantum at one-quanrter, hold to it as a rigid
definition of Indians, let intermarriage proceed...and eventually
Indians will be defined out of existence. When that happens,the
federal government will finally be freed from its persistent
Indian problem." (Patricia Nelson Limerick, "The Legacy of
Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West" p. 338)
No apology, a sinple "fuck you" is better than this kind of insulting
"apology/cover-up designed mainly to keep the BIA in existence. So below
Eugene's comments I have added some of what was not included in this
A final comment: Indian Nations are sovereign by any criteria and
international law that legitimates/protects the U.S. or Canada as Sovereign
Nations. Nations do not make treaties with their own "citizens" and in the
case of Canada, "subjects" do not make treaties with fellow "subjects" of
the Crown. We do not need permission or recognition of our sovereignty or
nation status; we need only continue to assert them and point out the
hypocrisy and intentions of those bent on our extinction (genocide).
Member, Blackfoot Nation
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but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth,
and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not
wish to think, or speak, or write with moderation. No! No!
Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm;
tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the
ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from
the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use
moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest--I
will not equivocate--I will not excuse. I will not retreat a single
inch--and I will be heard."
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From: Eugene Johnson [mailto:hewholaughsalot at yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 10, 2000 4:21 AM
To: Alaine Cossette; Jana Coyote; Karen Cravatt; Jim Craven,; Max
Cc: Ian Drake,; Mary Kay Eaglestaff; Susan Esparolini;
Fernando and Marlene Divina,; Delores Doyle,
Subject: Fwd: Fw: Indian Affairs Head Makes Apology
Three things bother me about this apology.
1) Kevin Gover is Indian. It's like having a black
official in the U.S. government apologize to the black
populace for slavery, Rosewood, the KKK, etc. It's
like having a Jew apologize to the Jewish populace for
Nazi attrocities enacted during WWII. His apology is
more offensive to me than anything else. It reminds me
of when the Methodists apologized for Chivington's
massacre of the Cheyennes at Sand Creek. Then I found
out that it was Indian Methodists who were
2) Who are these Indian leaders? Were they the leaders
of the Indian Reorganization Act tribal council
governments who are mostly corrupt and people who
would gladly sell their people off to the highest
bidders, or were they traditionalists? Most likely
they were IRA leaders. The U.S. government does it's
best to avoid the traditional leaders because they
can't get them in their pocket.
3) Nothing will come from this apology. It means
nothing and business will continue as usual. The
Indian people will get screwed as the U.S. and IRA
governments get fatter off the money exchanges.
Business as usual.
This apology is offensive to me.
(He Who Laughs A Lot)
ANOTHER VICTORY : )))))
Indian Affairs Head Makes Apology
By MATT KELLEY
.c The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the federal Bureau of
Indian Affairs apologized Friday for the agency's ``legacy of
racism and inhumanity'' that included massacres,
forced relocations of tribes and attempts to wipe out Indian
languages and cultures. [use of Indians for medical experiments, forced
sterilizations, objects of chemical/biological warfare etc]
By accepting this legacy, we accept also the moral responsibility
of putting things right,'' Kevin Gover, a Pawnee Indian, said in an
emotional speech marking the agency's 175th anniversary.
Gover said he was apologizing on behalf of the BIA,
not the federal government as a whole. Still, he is the
highest-ranking U.S. official ever to make such a statement
regarding the treatment of American Indians.
The audience of about 300 tribal leaders, BIA employees and
federal officials stood and cheered as a teary-eyed Gover finished
``I thought it was a very heroic and historic
moment,'' said Susan Masten, chairwoman of California's Yurok
tribe and president of the National Congress of American Indians.
``For us, there was a lot of emotion in that apology.
It's important for us to begin to heal from what has
been done since non-Indian contact.'' [Reparations? Redressing broken
Lloyd Tortalita, the governor of New Mexico's Acoma
Pueblo tribe, welcomed the apology but said, ``If we could get
an apology from the whole government, that would be better.''
[but still far from enough]
Although Gover's statement did not come from the White House,
President Clinton's chief adviser on Indian issues, Lynn Cutler,
said Gover sent her a copy of his speech late Thursday and the
White House did not object to it.
Canada's government has formally apologized for
abuses in government-run boarding schools for Indians but has
rejected calls for a broader apology. [and like the U.S. Government
and the apoplogizing "churches" refused to use the term/concept "genocide"]
Australian Prime Minister John Howard also has rebuffed repeated
calls for an apology to that country's Aboriginal population for
similar abuses there.
Gover recited a litany of wrongs the BIA inflicted
on Indians since its creation as the Indian Office of the War Department.
Estimates vary widely, but the agency is believed responsible for the
deaths of hundreds of thousands of Indians.
``This agency participated in the ethnic cleansing
that befell the Western tribes,'' Gover said. ``It must be acknowledged
that the deliberate spread of disease, the decimation of the mighty bison
herds, the use of the poison 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.''
The misery continued [accelerated] after the BIA became part of the
Interior Department in 1849, Gover said. Children were [are still today]
BIA-run boarding schools, Indian languages and religious practices were
and traditional tribal governments were eliminated, he said. The high rates
of alcoholism, suicide and violence in Indian communities today are the
result, he said. ``Poverty, ignorance and disease have been the
product of this agency's work,'' Gover said.
Now, 90 percent of the BIA's 10,000 employees are ["security-check-cleared"
Indian and the agency has changed into an advocate [?] for tribal
``Never again will we attack your religions, your languages, your rituals,
or any of your tribal ways,'' Gover promised. ``Never again will we seize
your children, nor teach them to be ashamed of who they are. Never again.''
[using the old crude methods, future methods will be a lot slicker]
[ Estimated $3 billion "missing" in BIA accounts plus interest, where is it?
Estimated $6 billion in royalties owned to Indian Nations plus interest,
where is it? Lost monies mean lost lives. Reparations?]
On the Net:
Bureau of Indian Affairs:
National Congress of American Indians:
Copyright 2000 The Associated Press.
Holding the vision of all misqualified and
miscreated energy being transformed right here and
Phyllis ~ White Wolf Woman ~ Shunk Manitu Ska ~
(He Who Laughs A Lot)
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