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Bernstein writes: "To Morningstar and the people she stands for, Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan are not heroes. They have zero claim to the land and present 'a direct threat' to the local Native American community. She herself has often felt directly threatened while walking in isolated parts of the countryside."

Ammon Bundy, right, shakes hand with a federal agent guarding the gate at the Burns Municipal Airport in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (photo: Keith Ridler/AP)
Ammon Bundy, right, shakes hands with a federal agent guarding the gate at the Burns Municipal Airport in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (photo: Keith Ridler/AP)


Malheur Wildlife Refuge Takeover Is No Wounded Knee

By Dennis J. Bernstein, Reader Supported News

24 January 16

 

or forty years now, Leonard Peltier, leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM), has been imprisoned as a result of the armed raid by the federal government on Indian land at the historic Wounded Knee in 1973. Bill Means, veteran of the Vietnam War and the standoff at Wounded Knee, said, “The Feds didn’t serve us coffee and pizzas. They came heavily armed, ready to do battle, and opened fire before they asked the first question.” Means is a co-founder, along with Leonard Peltier, of AIM, and is now on the board of the International Indian Treaty Council.

“The laws are recast and enforced in order to suppress any type of minority movement,” said Means, “to shift all the power of recognition to the white community. So that when the posse comitatus or bunch of racist ranchers take over a piece of land, they do it in the name of their country, and they become immune to the criminal laws of the United States.”

Means reflected on how this scenario might have played out quite differently, if it had been AIM that decided to lead an armed takeover of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. “We know exactly what they’d do. We experienced that back in 1973,” Means told me in a January radio interview. “We were immediately surrounded by over 7 or 8 federal jurisdictions: FBI, U.S. marshals, U.S. Border Patrol, BIA police. I’m missing a few, but you can understand the type of response we get as Indian people.”


Ammon Bundy, right, shakes hands with a federal agent guarding the gate at the Burns Municipal Airport in Oregon on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (photo: Keith Ridler/AP)

Far from the history of his ancestors, who walked across the Bering Straits many thousands of years ago to discover North America, these descendants of white culture are “violent newcomers,” Means said. “These are modern-day colonizers. I mean, we already went through this era of homesteading which was, you know, back in the days of 1887 or so. So this is a scary type of uplift in the posse comitatus-type people. I experienced this, as well, back in Wisconsin.”

“It was 1987 when I moved here to the Twin Cities,” said the Native American leader. “There was a struggle for fishing rights going on. And that’s where we were surrounded, again, by law enforcement and vigilantes who were trying to stop our people from fishing, which is a tradition that goes back thousands of years. They actually made a social event out of it, where they would go every weekend, get drunk, and harass the Indian fishermen and women. That was just back in the 80s. And, of course, Wounded Knee in the 70s. Now what’s going on over there is being condoned and almost celebrated, and these people are being portrayed as heroes for standing up to the federal government. But, in fact, when we try to defend our land, and our fishing rights, hunting rights, what do we get? We get the opposite. We get the rednecks, we get the racists, we get the crooked politicians, who are all stepping forward to be a part of this action against Indian people. So we have a complete, shall we say, contradiction from the response of law enforcement. When they’re white, they are alright. If they’re Indian, if they’re Black Lives Matter, then it’s a whole other process.”

Confederate Flags Over Indian Land

Morningstar is a Native American activist and a member of the International Indian Treaty Council. She is also a member of the Pit River Tribe in Southern Oregon. Her tribe shares a boundary with the Paiute, whose land has been “occupied again by armed white people,” this time white ranchers and cattlemen, she says, claiming “sovereignty” over land that has been inhabited by these tribes for thousands of years.

“It’s really laughable that these armed militia have come in and are claiming that they’re the original caretakers of the land,” she said in an interview on January 20th. “We see it so much within these rural communities. They’ve really appropriated the language of sovereignty and caretaking. I live in a very rural community where there are a number of cattle ranchers. And they have stated, ‘We’re the caretakers here. It’s our sovereign right to be here. This is our land.’”

To Morningstar and the people she stands for, Ammon Bundy and his brother Ryan are not heroes. They have zero claim to the land and present “a direct threat” to the local Native American community. She herself has often felt directly threatened while walking in isolated parts of the countryside.

“It’s not a very welcoming atmosphere,” said Morningstar, “as I do wear my sweatshirt that says ‘Got Land?’ on the front, and ‘I’m thinking Indian’ on the back. And I don’t get a very warm response. Confederate flags are very common, the state of Jefferson flags. But these are tribal lands. We’ve been here since time immemorial. And so when the lands were homesteaded, when they were opened up for cattle ranchers, and for farmers, that wasn’t the beginning of U.S. history. We’ve existed for many thousands of years and so it’s very much a concern with the Bundy group and their supporters as well.”

Morningstar is deeply troubled by the takeover of the Malheur Refuge area, which she said contains sacred burial grounds of their ancient ancestors, and extensive personal records about the community and its people. She bristles at the claim by the Bundy brothers that they are acting on behalf of everyone in the area, including the Native American tribes. “They are absolutely not acting on behalf of the local tribes within the area,” she said unequivocally. “The Paiute have 420 members enrolled, half of whom live on and near the reservation. And so they have essentially taken over the bird refuge. The main concern right now is that there are over 4,000 artifacts. There are maps within the BLM offices. These are maps that are not disclosed to the public, and so we’re hearing stories now of the militia members, Bundy’s faction, you know, going through personnel files of the staff members there, many of which include tribal members. They have access to this classified material, and to the 4,000 artifacts.”

Morningstar added that her concern is not only with the potential damage the armed ranchers might do inside the formal structures of the refuge, but with what they have already done as a result of their driving large herds of cattle over sacred Indian land. “When it comes to sacred place protection, it’s definitely an issue, because the cattle are consistently stepping over sacred sites and burials,” she said. “They are contaminating our springs, our waterways, our creeks. They’re inside the rivers and stream ways. We’re having to do a lot of restoration work along the creek ways because we have cattle that are just pushing the soil and dirt into the water.”

The affected tribes have reached out directly to law enforcement and to the Feds, but unlike Wounded Knee in 1973, said Morningstar, when the government responded with massive firepower on the same day as the takeover, here the Feds have been slow to act. “The tribe is working directly with BLM and with law enforcement on it,” she said, “but they are very slow to respond, and there’s irony, of course. When the Wounded Knee takeover took place in 1973, the very same day there was response. There was paramilitary response from the U.S. government. We all know that there were tankers that were brought in. There were air bombings that occurred. And the fact that this takeover has been going on for over three weeks now, and the Feds are taking this ‘let’s sit back and wait’ approach, is very concerning.”

The Danns and the Bundys: The Racist Double Standard at Ruby Valley

In the mid-nineties, there was a similar standoff between Native Americans and federal authorities over grazing rights in Nevada. But as Bill Means is quick to point out, in rural Nevada where this played out, the Native Americans were on solid legal grounds and took the Feds to court. “They stood behind the rule of law, as Indian people, when they took action,” said Means. “Indian people stood behind the rule of law, and they were violently attacked.”

“What we’re talking about in Nevada came under what they call the Western Shoshone Tribe, and it involved a treaty called the Treaty of Ruby Valley,” said Means, an expert on broken treaties between the US and Indian nations. “And the local people said ‘Look, we have a right to our land, rather than to be mined, rather than to be exploited and appropriated by the federal government through their various federal agencies, like the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other bureaus. The Danns were acting legally under a treaty, but they were harassed, beaten, fined, and arrested for protesting the illegal government policies,” he said. “All of a sudden now [in Oregon] we have sort of the same thing going on, only the Bundy clan is being made out to be heroes.”

Morningstar also raised the issue of the double standard in the case of the Danns. “Carrie and Mary Dann were fighting for their grazing rights under the Treaty of Ruby Valley,” she explained, “and the Treaty of Ruby Valley was a peace treaty that provided passage [for grazing], and they asserted their rights, and very much said that, you know, ‘We’re here, we’ve been here. We’re not paying additional fees.’ But the U.S. government came in during the middle of winter and started running [the Danns’] cattle and horses, by helicopter, and they were corralling them. Many of their livestock died. And these are not millionaire ranchers, these are two elderly Shoshone women. And so it’s, again, very concerning and just outright horrendous, in terms of the way that the native people who are the true caretakers of the land are treated, compared to these millionaire ranchers who are provided with tax subsidies,” said Morningstar.

In an act of desperation, and in the face of extreme brutality, the older brother of the Dann sisters actually set himself ablaze in front of a police roadblock, as captured in the documentary film “American Outrage.” The website for the film describes Carrie and Mary Dann as two “feisty Western Shoshone sisters who have endured five terrifying livestock roundups by armed federal marshals in which more than a thousand of their horses and cattle were confiscated – for grazing their livestock on the open range outside their private ranch.”

The elder Dann’s action, according to Morningstar, was indeed an act of extreme frustration, stemming from the fear of the loss of his very way of life. “There was at one point excessive force used by the BLM federal officers, and so they had ... they were twisting the arms, they were forcefully grabbing these elders, and it turned into a standoff at one point, where the elder [Dann] did say, ‘This is my livelihood. This is all that I have.’ And he ended up essentially lighting himself on fire at the time,” said Morningstar. “The fire was put out, he was hospitalized, and then he was charged a fine on top of it, by the BLM, for emergency response to come out.”

Leonard Peltier and the Bundys

“This February it will be 40 years of Leonard Peltier’s imprisonment,” lamented Morningstar. “He has ongoing serious health issues taking place right now. And we see just the gross mistreatment and dual standard when Indians stand up for their rights, and then to see the fact now that the Bundy occupiers are being called activists. They’re being called protestors. They’ve even used the hashtag occupymalheurofthebirdrefuge. And so they’re considering themselves to be now part of the Occupy movement,” she said. “And they’re able to come and go freely. They’re seen in town and they’re staying in motels. They are shopping at the local stores and eating at the local restaurants. They’re very much able to come and go as they please. And yet we know that there’s sensitive, classified material within the BLM office.”

The local tribes have expressed their deep concerns to law enforcement, and repeatedly asked the Feds to take action, Morningstar said, but their requests have fallen on deaf ears. “The tribe has asked outright to cut off their power, cut off their electricity, so that they’re not allowed to continue with this indiscretion. But the FBI’s stance has very much been that they’ve been on standby.”

“It’s more than a little disturbing,” said Bill Means, “this kind of condoning of the vigilantes. They actually believe that this is divine intervention, or manifest destiny. They actually believe it is their God-given right to take Indian land. And that’s really what’s going on. It’s not about the Feds versus the state, states rights. It’s about stealing Indian land.”



Dennis J. Bernstein is the executive producer of Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica Radio, and is the recipient of a 2015 Pillar Award for his work as a journalist whistleblower. He is most recently the author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom.

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+95 # Billy Bob 2016-01-24 13:04
Anyone who suggests law enforcement should just wait them out, because we don't want anyone to get hurt, is on weak ground if they also want to state that the Bundy Gang are basically non-violent and doing no harm.

You can't have it both ways.

If they're non-violent and "the feds" should treat them peacefully, then I'm sure you'd see no problem with unarmed law-enforcement walking right in and making arrests, right?

If it would be stupid for law enforcement to try to arrest them now, while they're all together, that implies there WOULD be violence if they tried.

I don't know about any of you, but I wouldn't try to shoot cops who were merely trying to do their jobs, even if that meant arresting me. Shooting cops in the head to protect your own right to break the law is not "non-violent civil disobedience". It's terrorism.

If the cops can't just start arresting them now, for fear of having their heads blown off, guess what? The Bundy Gang ARE terrorists.
 
 
+42 # indian weaver 2016-01-24 13:06
The government - FBI / Homeland Security have proved to the world they are racist White Supremacist Terrorists, the worst. Those two-bit lying cowards are who we pay to enforce the law and protect We The People. No more. We cannot rely on any government goon squad to be on the side of We The People ever again. They made it "every man for himself", created by the FBI / HS. These White Supremacists - the FBI / HS - hide behind their badges, do not enforce the laws, and break the laws under cover of law (i.e.: the many FBI false flag "terrorists" they create to scare you). Anyone trusts or respects the FBI and HS needs their heads examined for sanity and personal safety awareness.
 
 
-94 # wantrealdemocracy 2016-01-24 18:16
What gives the federal government the right to control the public lands in the sovereign states? Public lands should be under the control of the state government in which they are located. The people of that state have the right to decide what should be done on that land.

The Feds started to take over unused land to preserve some wilderness areas---but now they let the national forests to be logged and mined for the profit of large corporations. The original inhabitants are driven off the land.

The Federal Government is over stepping their powers as stated in our Constitution. Our democracy has been killed by the increasing power over all phases of our life by the Federal government. We, the people, have our rights taken away by the Feds. We need to curb the powers of the Federal government.
 
 
+40 # Jim Rocket 2016-01-24 18:36
Maybe worry about internet surveillance and electronic voting machines first.
 
 
+39 # reiverpacific 2016-01-24 19:47
Quoting wantrealdemocracy:
What gives the federal government the right to control the public lands in the sovereign states? Public lands should be under the control of the state government in which they are located. The people of that state have the right to decide what should be done on that land.

The Feds started to take over unused land to preserve some wilderness areas---but now they let the national forests to be logged and mined for the profit of large corporations. The original inhabitants are driven off the land.

The Federal Government is over stepping their powers as stated in our Constitution. Our democracy has been killed by the increasing power over all phases of our life by the Federal government. We, the people, have our rights taken away by the Feds. We need to curb the powers of the Federal government.


So; you want to have what happened in Iraq -a nation run by a bunch of warlords?
The REAL problem is that the Feds are VERY selective about who they come down on and how hard.
 
 
+3 # ChickenBoo 2016-01-25 12:40
Wantrealdemocra cy is getting a lot of negative, but he does have a point. Our "law-system" is very tweaked. The State of Oregon HAS asked these thugs to leave...even offered to give them safe escort out of town. But the Bundy's refused. We all want "the Feds" to step in and handle this, but at the same time, we want "The Feds" to keep their hands off our sacred lands. Hard to have it both ways.
 
 
+9 # Farafalla 2016-01-25 13:00
Wantrealdemocra cy doesn't know what "public" means.
 
 
+26 # economagic 2016-01-24 20:57
Uh, so how would turning over the "common lands" to the states improve that situation? In my state (North Carolina), and in quite a few others (Kansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Maine at the moment, Ohio increasingly, and several others) the vandals and thieves in government are even more excited about replacing democracy with corporatism (by any other name). ALEC in particular has always operated primarily at the state level.
 
 
+26 # lfeuille 2016-01-24 22:33
The feds bought the land from the former owner. They didn't confiscate it. Of course, it was confiscated for the real owners, the local Indians, not the Bundys or any other rancher. The Indians have made it clear that they much prefer a bird sanctuary to the gang of thugs now occupying the land.
 
 
-38 # lewagner 2016-01-24 22:55
Quoting wantrealdemocracy:
What gives the federal government the right to control the public lands in the sovereign states? Public lands should be under the control of the state government in which they are located. The people of that state have the right to decide what should be done on that land.

The Feds started to take over unused land to preserve some wilderness areas---but now they let the national forests to be logged and mined for the profit of large corporations. The original inhabitants are driven off the land.

The Federal Government is over stepping their powers as stated in our Constitution. Our democracy has been killed by the increasing power over all phases of our life by the Federal government. We, the people, have our rights taken away by the Feds. We need to curb the powers of the Federal government.

All the red-thumbs-down want what? More federal control. Gun control. Martial law. Ranchers joining Indians and other impoverished people sleeping on city sidewalks, instead of having a right to eke out a living on the once-public land.
Damned funny kind of "liberals/progr essives", seems to me, but whatever, I guess.
But why can't RSN show both numbers of thumbs-up and thumbs-down, and of WHO voted up and down?
Then no one could possibly think the numbers are manipulated in favor of this Federal takeover-martia l law agenda.
 
 
+20 # RLF 2016-01-25 07:56
So we are supposed to allow the ranchers to continue to use (and abuse...I grew up watching it) public lands to keep them in a style of production that is incredibly inefficient and dated when the land is more profitably and ecologically used for tourism purposes.Ranche r are demanding to be allowed to stay in the 19th century at the public expense...they are welfare people...they just don't recognize it.
 
 
+9 # SusanT136 2016-01-25 09:49
Quoting wantrealdemocracy:
Public lands should be under the control of the state government in which they are located. The people of that state have the right to decide what should be done on that land.......The Feds started to take over unused land to preserve some wilderness areas---but now they let the national forests to be logged and mined for the profit of large corporations. The original inhabitants are driven off the land.


As I understand it, as far as white people go, the Federal government FIRST had "ownership" of land in the West. Of course before that the Native Americans were there.

There is no indiction that State governments are any less corrupt than the Federal government when it comes to corporate money.

You want to let the people of that state decide what to do with the land? What if they decide that all the "late comer" ranchers should get all the land and the Native Americans should go someplace else or be contained in a tiny box?

The situation in Oregon is unbelievable and shameful. This is an armed insurrection, and these a--holes are just coming and going as they please? If the Feds don't want to go in there guns blazing, then barricade the roads, secure the bushwhacking routes in and out and starve them out. Arrest every last one of them. It's outrageous that they've been allowed to get away with this, essentially just because they're white.
 
 
+65 # reiverpacific 2016-01-24 18:26
Anybody who is familiar with the RIGHTEOUS stand at "Wounded Knee 11" -and the total atrocity of "Wounded Knee 1", where Chief Bigfoot and 300+ disarmed men women and children perished in the freezing Dakota snow, will know that this is an inverse comparison and really an act of armed cowardice and intimidation, as if these thugs KNEW that the feds wouldn't do anything directly to them.
They are in fact, the equivalent of Dick Wilson's FBI-armed "Goons" (allegedly "Guardians of the Oglala Nation") who were encouraged to roam Pine Ridge murdering at will, anybody who resisted them by siding with the Traditionals 60+ unaccounted and uninvestigated murders, not ONE of the "breeds" -all Traditionals or AIM sympathizers, including Anna Mae Aquash. The feds threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Wounded Knee 11 warriors including Armed personnel Carriers.
D'you think for one minute that if the Paiutes had taken such a RIGHTEOUS stand for the return of their lands, that it wouldn't have been turned into "Wounded Knee 111"?!
These disrespectful nutters are even rifling through sacred Paiute artifacts and desecrating burial grounds.
Where's Obama's drones when they could be deployed here -and why doesn't he get hip and intervene?
Another case where the First Nations are pretty much deemed invisible and of no consequence.
And I for one, still have no clear or justifiable idea what these Bundyites are trying to prove!
 
 
+18 # economagic 2016-01-24 21:10
Rhetorical question, I presume (which you use to great effect!), but of course they are not trying to prove anything. They are out to further erode and destroy the very concept of the commons, and the "common good" or "commonwealth," by seizing it for their some and private use. I doubt the Bundys and their supporters are sophisticated enough to articulate such a purpose if they even understand it. And I'm afraid the federal government is too corrupt even to realize there is a distinction.

Funny (NOT), in centuries past it was actual aristocracies that enclosed the common lands, not some two-bit pipsqueaks with guns and big hats.
 
 
+4 # RLF 2016-01-25 07:59
They are fighting for private use of government lands when THEY would not be the people given that use! They are chumps for mining and forestry enterprises!
 
 
+11 # Stilldreamin1 2016-01-24 19:06
Obama to the rescue! Only if you're a bankster. Plus, it would be uncomfortable for Hillary and maybe even Bernie to go after a bunch of good ol' rednecks.
 
 
+29 # sharag 2016-01-24 20:54
I certainly stand with native Americans on this. Why is it these Bundy thugs are allowed to illegally takeover a recognized wildlife refuge, Native American land, damage property, steal and use federally owned vehicles and machinery, mock local law enforcement and residents, and still move about the local town and area freely? Even traveling to other states to recruit more terrorists.

The IN YOUR FACE double standards of this are astounding.
 
 
-26 # lewagner 2016-01-24 23:01
Quoting sharag:
I certainly stand with native Americans on this. Why is it these Bundy thugs are allowed to illegally takeover a recognized wildlife refuge, Native American land, damage property, steal and use federally owned vehicles and machinery, mock local law enforcement and residents, and still move about the local town and area freely? Even traveling to other states to recruit more terrorists.

The IN YOUR FACE double standards of this are astounding.

You stand with WHICH native Americans? They are NOT all of the same opinion in this matter, just because Mr. Bernstein pretends that they are.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2016-01-25 12:01
Quoting lewagner:
Quoting sharag:
I certainly stand with native Americans on this. Why is it these Bundy thugs are allowed to illegally takeover a recognized wildlife refuge, Native American land, damage property, steal and use federally owned vehicles and machinery, mock local law enforcement and residents, and still move about the local town and area freely? Even traveling to other states to recruit more terrorists.

The IN YOUR FACE double standards of this are astounding.

You stand with WHICH native Americans? They are NOT all of the same opinion in this matter, just because Mr. Bernstein pretends that they are.


Do you even KNOW and First Nations people? I have many such friends -I'm an honorary member of A.I.M. in fact and they are UNIVERSALLY horrified/pisse d off by this travesty!
After all they, of all peoples, have plenty experience of betrayal.
"They made us many promises (Treaties), more than I can ever remember but they only kept but one; they promised us that they would take our Land -and they TOOK it!" Makhpia-sha (Chief Red Cloud), Oglala
 
 
+26 # Realist1948 2016-01-24 21:04
If the members of "Vanilla ISIS" are using government-prov ided electricity without permission, they are stealing this service. One of this bunch of clowns has already been arrested for driving a stolen U.S. government vehicle. Cutting the (stolen) power to his buddies would be altogether appropriate (as well as possible arrests with charges of theft of services).

Let "Y'all Qaeda" try surviving without electricity - as Native Americans did for thousands of years.
 
 
+25 # djnova50 2016-01-24 21:08
The Bundy Gang should not be allowed to come and go as they please. They should have been cut off from all of their resources. Power should have been shut down. They are certainly not activists.

I have to think, though, that if Ammon Bundy and his cohorts were any other skin color but white, this occupation would have ended soon after it started if not the same day.
 
 
+7 # Doc Mary 2016-01-24 21:22
At this point, now that these jerks have apparently brought in kids, what do we do?

Certainly what should have been done in the beginning - arrest everyone who is outside the compound. But what do we want to do?

Once we decide, we should be campaigning for it.

And in my book, this is NOT terrorism (although I understand they have committed terroristic activities towards locals) - taking over federal property and threatening to kill federal agents is seditious treason.
 
 
+3 # ChickenBoo 2016-01-25 12:55
Well, they consider themselves "sovereign" so they don't have to account for any treason charges. Bringing in women and children was such a serious act of cowardice. Perhaps blocking their return when they go out for snacks would be a start. Every time one goes out, it doesn't return. And no NEW vehicles allowed in, either. And cut the G.D. power to the place, too!!
 
 
+9 # Cappucino 2016-01-24 21:52
I think this definitely helps to drive home the fact that there are very serious issues at stake here. Of course, it's impossible not to laugh at these idiots taking over a BIRD REFUGE and not bringing enough snacks-- when ridiculous morons treat themselves with deadly seriousness, that's the definition of comedy. But in truth, what's happening is not very funny. And nothing could make this more clear than to compare and contrast the hands-off approach that is currently happening with the savage, immediate attacks of the past. It would be great to think that federal agents learned from their earlier mistakes, but how many people really think that's the case??
 
 
+4 # ChickenBoo 2016-01-25 12:51
The Bundy's chose the bird refuge for a reason. Ample water for their thousands of cattle. Bundy has even stated he will begin bringing the cows in in the spring. That refuge is rich in natural resources so they will drill, pump and frack, all the while grazing their hundreds of cows. They have even invited other "sovereign" families from other states to join them there. What a haven, free for the grabbing. Their faked attempt to show concern for the artifacts they were rifling through was only to inflame the Piute into demanding them giving them to them, which is what the Bundys want. They want to clear out all that old Indian junk so they can load in all THEIR trash! I think there's a lot more to this story then we're being told. It's just too stupid.
 
 
+2 # Anarchist 23 2016-01-25 14:46
The REAL Terrorists. I am beyond incensed that these WHITE MEN can take over property that is preserved for the use of all of us...and kept as natural habitat for wildlife. Yes, actually if anybody should get rights to it, the Native Americans should. Meanwhile
WHITE MEN continue to destroy not only this but the entire Bioshpere: the Kochs with their pet coke heap poisoning the south side of Chicago, the various Rethuglican state governments that dictate to women what health care they are allowed,the WHITE MAN Snyder who has poisoned and entire city of 100,000 in Flint MI, or the guy who owned 'Liberty' company storage Tanks and poisoned the river that afforded drinking water to the city of Charleston NC. I watched as the WHITE MAN establishment went to war in Vietnam and killed over 2,000,000 Vietnamese and then left our soldiers to be homeless on the streets. I remember the 70's and how AIM and the Black Panthers were destroyed. An inquest into the murder of Fred Hampton and the people in his apartment showed that a) there was only one gun there between all of them and b)Fred Hampton was drugged so he would be asleep when the Chicago PD crashed through the door.So MR.WHITE MAN, you had better wake up to what you have done. Good and Evil are Equal Opportunity employers, but unless the fact of WHITE MAN Privilege is thoroughly deconstructed and understood, you will continue to be the REAL Terrorists. I have said.
 
 
+3 # ChickenBoo 2016-01-25 20:18
There's always more to a story then meets the eye. I do believe the Bundys, the FBI, corporate elite...WHOEVER , are watching this situation with great interest. Believe me, they are reading every blog they can get their hands on. Watching to see how we the people react to this. As we get more and more frustrated, what will we do next? Turn on each other? Blame the white man? Blame the Christians? Blame the president? Will we actually attack each other? The "controllers" are letting this situation go on and on for a reason. Doesn't it seem a little strange that when Trevon, the black boy, was shot and killed, the president himself made a statement about it. But here we have armed men taking over a government facility for a MONTH and not one peep from our "leader"? This whole thing stinks. When "they" have gathered enough information about our reaction to this, suddenly the bad Bundys will all go home. The locals will be stuck with cleaning up what's left of the refuge at their expense. OR, the Bundys will be allowed to keep their stolen land....
 

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