Terrorism To Me

Native American children taken from their homes and placed in boarding schools, from ages 5 to 18, away from their families.

Native American children taken from their homes and placed in boarding schools, from ages 5 to 18, away from their families.

The general public don’t like to see pictures from the past. Pictures of the American holocaust, the massacres, the mass graves, the slavery and the lynch mobs. But the pictures exist and the fact that they do shows us part of the true history. This happened to many many American citizens ancestors. This country was built on terrorism that they never will own up to and/or make reparations for. And then they have the audacity to think one has to leave here and go to another country to become “radicalized.”

That was my post from Facebook yesterday.  I went on my friend Rippa’s blogtalk radio show to talk about what terrorism means to me.  The show started out but had to be postponed.  So eventually we will do it again.  Needless to say, as a Lakota woman, I kind of bogarted my time on there.

However, what I do have to say is terrorism is not cool in my eyes.  I don’t believe anyone has the right to take another persons life, period.  From the Oklahoma City bombing to 9/11 to the Boston Marathon.  Every time something like this happens, it is all you hear about on the news.  America is in shock, even if they didn’t know anyone personally involved in the attacks.  Memorials are built, days are set aside, and moments of silence are honored for years.

Now imagine if I had the nerve to tell people to “get over it.”

Because that is what has been happening to Indigenous people not only in America but all over the world.  We have no memorials built, no days set aside, no moments of silence as a nation prays for what happened to our people.  People we may be direct descendants of.

Terrorism is not brand new to us.  To us, the first act of terrorism was in 1492 when Columbus landed and wreaked havoc on the Arawak and Taino people.  Acts of terrorism continued on this land among over 500 nations, some were completely wiped out from existence by the government.  Whether it was cold-blooded murder or disease or even small pox infested blankets.  There are too many acts of terrorism to name and too many we don’t even know about.   Imagine if all the heinous acts were recorded, we know they aren’t.  Because the written history taught in schools are lies.  Because these acts of terrorism were given names such as Manifest Destiny and The Doctrine of Discovery.

Even in the Declaration of Independence there are straight out racist remarks about the Indigenous people of the land.

“He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

The Declaration of Independence states that we are merciless savages who have an undistiguished destruction of all ages, sexes, and conditions.  After looking at the land stolen from us, the generations of people who suffer from ptsd or all kinds of disorders brought on by historical trauma, it makes me angry that this country our own people defend has the nerve to keep those words in their Declaration when clearly these are actions they have done to us.

See, terrorism is not a brand new thing.  Terrorism is as old as when the Europeans settled here.  Terrorism did not end at the Wounded Knee massacre, when the 7th Cavalry killed over 300 unarmed Lakota, mostly women and children as most people think that it was the “End of the Indian Wars.”

Terrorism went on in the many forms of genocide such as taking our children from our homes for generations and putting them in boarding schools only to abuse them.  Terrorism is the government regulating everything on our supposed sovereign nations to keep us in poverty.  Terrorism is stealing our sacred land given to us in a treaty once gold was found there.  Terrorism is not letting us practice our own spirituality when clearly in the land of the free, freedom of religion was given to everyone.  Terrorism is trying to poison our drinking water.

Terrorism to me is not brand new.  I don’t write these things because I want white or non-Native people to feel guilty.  I don’t write these things so white or non-Native people will cry for us.  I only write these things for my children to know these things.  Even if they don’t read them now. We have no tears.  We get up everyday and decide how we can be better people for our children, how we make life here on Earth better for our children.  Thinking what right we have to fight for, today.   And we get up everyday thankful we were born to whatever tribe we belong to, because we know we survived over 500 years of terrorism as a strong people.

Don’t cry for us, we’re gonna be alright.  The Creator only picks the strongest of souls to survive what they have to get through, and that is why I am Lakota.

In fact, I may cry for someone who has an easy life.  How do you get up everyday with nothing to fight for?  That must suck.


5 thoughts on “Terrorism To Me

  1. It’s been said closer to 4000 cultures existed over here in the western hemisphere, the day Columbus landed. That’s 4000 cultures, 4000 languages, 4000 spiritual belief systems, 4000 ways of life… don’t believe we have any place in the US military, my grandfather showed me why as a child. This country will never accept us. I strongly believe we need to separate from the US. How we do this, is the difficult question. Until we separate, we will always be terrorism victims.

  2. I totally agree that we are not and will never be accepted here. and yet here we are. if you go inside state and federal institutions around the country you will find that American Indians and whites from all racist backgrounds side together and live as same race people. meaning that American Indians would die with the whites rather than stand with others of different beliefs or races. I was taken aback by this discovery. I am of black and American Indian decent. after being exposed to this sick disposition of obvious identifying with the inflicting offenders of atrocious crimes, I more or less gave up on ever having a place of belonging. it seems to me that all the cultures destroyed so that a new American could rise from the flame and ash is the relevant factors that bind us together in a new plight of recognition of past wrongs and recognition of new concepts. to do this we must muster the strength of acceptance and weld that into a concept of acceptance. then we must decide to use this concept to do good the world over. teaching and imparting clarity of peace of mind and the stamina to sustain and heal.

  3. “Don’t cry for us, we’re gonna be alright. The Creator only picks the strongest of souls to survive what they have to get through, and that is why I am Lakota.”

    You make me want to be Lakota.

    I still want to cry. Mostly because I don’t like to see suffering, even if it is past suffering, no matter who the victims. But I agree that staying in a victim mentality is no good for anyone.

    I hope that you can teach and educate people more so that we won’t repeat what has happened in the past. I hope that the Lakota and other indigenous people will continue to gain the pride and respect and wisdom that you have, and that they will not only survive, but thrive and be a positive example to all of us.

    Thank you for being proud, for speaking your heart and mind, and for being my friend. I am proud to know you. (Or kinda “know.” You know what I mean, lol.)

  4. The blood of Cherokee and Yoruba flow through my veins. I am a child of two continents where the horrors of colonialism wreaked havoc. The biggest mistake any of us make is to give legitimacy to any single element of this cancerous beast that continues to destroy nations, cultures, people. Not economic system, not legal system {how can a court system be legitimate when it is founded in robbery, rape, deception and genocide?], definitely not the spiritual system since they live diametrically opposite their own tenets and not social system which produces images like the one above and that is the mildest of the mild. To all of you who suffer and our ancestors who died in suffering and misery, take heart. Their time has come. I have seen it in vision and it’s not pretty.

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