The Most ultimately righteous of all wars is a war with savages. The rude, fierce settler who drives the savage from the land lays all civilized mankind under a debt to him…it is of incalculable importance that America, Australia, and Siberia should pass out of the hands of their red, black, and yellow aboriginal owners, and become the heritage of the dominant world races.”
– The Winning of the West Vol. 4 The Indian Wars Page 56 by President Theodore (Teddy)
“Truth Out” interview with Historian and Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/26889-theodore-roosevelt-walt-whitman-and-andrew-jackson-were-proponents-of-native-american-genocide
It seems to be a popular argument by those opposed to the citizens who are taking a stand at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to point out the displacement of the Paiute Indians by white settlers as a case to support its continued occupation and management by the Federal Government or a return of the land to the Paiute Indians.
- (Washington Post Article “The Complicated History of Who Really Owns the Occupied Land in Oregon.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/01/07/the-complicated-history-of-who-really-owns-the-occupied-land-in-oregon/?postshare=2831452572458184&tid=ss_fb)
- 21st Century Wire article “Activist or Terrorists? How Media Control and Dictate the Narrative in Burns Oregon” http://21stcenturywire.com/2016/01/07/activists-or-terrorists-how-media-control-and-dictate-the-narrative-in-burns-oregon/)
- “The majority of mainstream media reporting surrounding the Burns, Oregon, and Wildlife Refuge occupy protest has ranged from overly simplistic, to outright partisan. This story is a microcosm of media at its most divisive.”
When you understand the historic and contemporary details, the mainstream argument can be recognized as being extremely disingenuous and destructive to the greater understanding of the situation and limiting to the potential solutions to the crisis. Presenting the case for ‘ownership’ of land by referencing the plight of the American Indian, while diminishing the extent of the US government’s contribution to their genocide (which culturally, as the Winnimum Wintu people can attest, continues to this day) explains a great deal about why we are where we are (which appears to be in a state of disarray with everyone taking sides and pointing fingers). In actuality, the Paiute Indians have suffered tremendously as a people, not just because of ranching and cultural differences but because there was a concerted effort by the government to eradicate them as people they deemed to be an inferior race.
GETTING TO THE SOURCE OF CONFLICT
“The reptilian complex, also known as the R-complex or “reptilian brain” was the name MacLean gave to the basal ganglia, structures derived from the floor of the forebrain during development. The term derives from the idea that comparative neuroanatomists once believed that the forebrains of reptiles and birds were dominated by these structures. MacLean proposed that the reptilian complex was responsible for species-typical instinctual behaviors involved in aggression, dominance, territoriality, and ritual displays.” – Wikipedia
As the Teddy Roosevelt quote at the top and other significant developments in history show, resource exploitations by settlers were encouraged and sanctioned by politicians and their institutions of government. Through various acts of congress, more often than not in collusion with corporate entities and powerful businessmen, leaders of governments have used their positions of power to serve their own interests; (often through ritualistic displays of dominance, territoriality and aggression).
Here are a couple such acts that are probably most relevant to the situation in Burns, Oregon.
- The “Desert Land Act” : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Land_Act
“The Desert Land Act was passed by the United States Congress on March 3, 1877, to encourage and promote the economic development of the arid and semiarid public lands of the Western states. Through the Act, individuals may apply for a desert-land entry to reclaim, irrigate, and cultivate arid and semiarid public lands. This act amended the Homestead Act (1862). Originally the act offered 640 acres (2.6 km2), although currently only 320 acres may be claimed. A precursor act in 1875, called the Lassen County Act, was pushed by Representative John K. Luttrell of the northeastern district of California, who wanted to speed up privatization of land east of the Sierra. This act enlarged the maximum allowable purchase for settlers from 160 acres to 640 acres. With the backing of Land Commissioner J. A. Williamson, Luttrell and Senator Aaron A. Sargent co-sponsored the Desert act which extended the Lassen County Act to cover several arid states and other regions of California.
- “Newland’s Reclamation Act”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newlands_Reclamation_Act
“The Reclamation Act set aside money from sales of semi-arid public lands for the construction and maintenance of irrigation projects. The newly irrigated land would be sold and money would be put into a revolving fund that supported more such projects. This led to the eventual damming of nearly every major western river. Under the act, the Secretary of the Interior created the United States Reclamation Service within the United States Geological Survey to administer the program. In 1907 the Service became a separate organization within the Department of the Interior and was renamed the United States Bureau of Reclamation”.
Behind every act of congress there is a sponsor. Looking at the major sponsors and supporters of these acts you can get an idea of their true intent.
And just who was Newland?
“A supporter of westward expansion, he helped pass the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902, which created the Bureau of Reclamation and boosted the agricultural industry by building dams to support irrigation in the arid Western states. An avowed white supremacist, Senator Newlands argued publicly for racial restrictions on immigration and repealing the 15th Amendment.”
Integral to the Western Expansion was John Wesley Powell as the second director of the U.S. Geological survey and an influential proponent of the westward expansion.
And Just Who was John Wesley Powell?
“Powell served as second director of the U.S. Geological Survey (1881–1894) and proposed, for development of the arid West, policies that were prescient for his accurate evaluation of conditions. As an ethnologist and early anthropologist, Powell was a follower of Lewis Henry Morgan. He classified human societies into “savagery,” “barbarism” and “civilization”. Powell’s criteria were based on consideration of adoption of technology, family and social organization, property relations, and intellectual development. In his view, all societies were to progress toward civilization. Powell is credited with coining the word “acculturation”, first using it in an 1880 report by the U.S. Bureau of American Ethnography. In 1883, Powell defined “acculturation” as psychological changes induced by cross-cultural imitation.”
Powell (right) with Tau-gu, a Paiute, 1871–1872.
One cannot get a complete understanding of just how deep this goes unless they understand the highly connected power players operating behind the scenes and their ideas about the American Indian. Here is a link to the Native American Roots article on “The Lake Mohonk Conference”
- http://nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/1841 “Wealthy people often feel that they know what is best for poor people. From 1883 through 1916, a small group of wealthy philanthropists, who referred to themselves as Friends of the Indian, met annually to discuss American Indian policies. As wealthy men, they had access to Congress, to the President, and to high ranking members of the government. This meant that their recommendations carried more weight than that of the Indian leaders.
The men who gathered each year tended to be well educated, financially secure (most were considered wealthy) and had been born into the upper classes of eastern U.S. society. They often viewed their participation in the conference as a part of their larger Christian obligation to bestow the blessings of Christianity upon all of the under-developed people of the world. While these reformers were genuinely concerned about justice for Native Americans, they were unremittingly ethnocentric. To them, the Indian cultures—the tribal languages, values, religion, social models, tribal governments, the freedom and power allowed to women, communal ownership of the land, the aboriginal lifestyle—were an anathema to modern civilization. They also viewed treaty rights as barriers to civilizing the Indians.”
Most fail to consider the idea that the true benefactors of the Indian Wars aren’t the settlers, but the self proclaimed “Friends of the Indians” and other social and financial elite of the time . Those whose decedents comprise the ruling elite of today and who would exercise a great deal of power afforded them, in part, by the American Indian Holocaust. These are the old money families and “billionaire club” members that continue to have influence over the government and the ability to apply enormous sums of money, through their tax exempt foundations, to drive agendas and build perceptions (Norman Dodd Report to the Reece Committee https://youtu.be/YUYCBfmIcHM). These would essential be the ones perpetuating and capitalizing on this system that would be holding the contracts and liens on the wealth and property of the farmers and ranchers as well as the tribal lands. (Talk about ill-gotten gains!). Consider the legacy of the “Six Friends of the Indians”: [George Bird Grinnell, Herbert Welsh, Hamlin Garland, Charles F. Lummis, C. Hart Merriam, and Francis E. Leupp] What was their legacy and what has become of these two organizations [the Indian Rights Association and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions]? (I would suspect investigating the history of each one of these individuals and organizations would lead to some interesting connections and discoveries).
THE TEDDY TRICK
“If I do not return to the pulpit this weekend, millions of people will go to hell.” – Jimmy Swaggart
Recently we’ve seen a growing interest and promotion of Teddy Roosevelt and his Ideals. We celebrate him as a ‘god among men’ for his conservation efforts, including his protection of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge. In this capacity as a ‘cult of personality’ for so many he has won the favor of the vast majority of the populous from both sides of the aisle. (Transcending the Cult of Personality: https://modernindigenouswordpresscom.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/transcending-the-cult-of-personality/). A proponent of the hunter and the conservationist; a champion of the settler and the Indian… this guy was, and is, loved by all. Any perceived benefit that has ever came about having to do with land use and conservation seems to have TR attached to it… and a nice quote to go along with it. If anything bad came about on his watch (which plenty did!) this guy was usually “off on a hunting trip” (like during the panic of 1907 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_of_1907 that became the motivation that lead to the creation of the private Federal Reserve Bank; a move that they claimed would “end all future crashes”… well, at least until 1929… who knew?).
Because we hold TR in such high regard we forget that the guy was a Eugenicist and, given the ability to hold so many conflicting beliefs, probably a schizophrenic (at least in presentation). When you get to the deeper level of understanding of how the world really works and how humanity is being subjugated under the very small population of a “ruling class”, what you recognize is that what this guy really is, is the personification of the Communitarian “Third Way”. https://www.corbettreport.com/the-anti-communitarian-manifesto-video/ The fact that all the resource management institutions and tribes think so highly of this man, even though he held so many conflicting views, should give anyone with the capacity to think clearly great cause for concern. As this relates to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, it suggests that there could be a deeper purpose to ‘protecting’ these lands.
One piece of information I found interesting is that the name “Malheur” is from the French word for “misfortune” due to a little mishap involving beaver pelts and Indian marauders. Seems to contribute to this current “misfortunate” conundrum; bringing into perspective the schism between our perception of the problem and the root of it.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malheur_River “The name of the river is derived from the French for “misfortune.” The name was attached to the river by French Canadian voyageur trappers working for the North West Company on the Snake County Expeditions of Donald Mackenzie as early as 1818 for the unfortunate circumstance that some beaver furs they had cached there were discovered and stolen by Indians. The name first appears in the record in 1826 when Peter Skene Ogden, a fur trapper with the Hudson’s Bay Company, referred to it as “River au Malheur (from rivière au Malheur, literally: River of the Misfortune)” and thereafter as “Unfortunate River.”
THE SUBJUGATION GAME:
The Game you do see…
Ambitious, benevolent Explorers find and explore the newly discovered lands -> Trappers/ Miners & Missionaries come in to capitalize on the abundant resources -> Settlers, mostly ranchers and Farmers make their claims to the land after the other resources have been exploited (minerals, logs, furs, etc…) -> Loss of resources and environmental degradations necessitates a response and a call for “Conservation” -> Government steps in, agencies are developed, legislation is passed and land is set aside for protection. (Every stage of this game would naturally be met with conflict and contention between the indigenous population and the ‘invaders’; between corporations and governments and settlers. I would suggest that this is by design).
The Game you don’t see…
Nations and Monarchies sponsor explorers to embark on a “journey of discovery” with specific agendas and operating off of occulted information -> Possession by declaration through legal doctrines & possession rituals are made on newly discovered lands (some rituals performed in secret because they are too disturbing for most folks) -> The Nation State/ Crown or other such governing body sanctions the exploitation of resources which allows for the corporations (originally “crown companies”) to make claims to the land (circumstances in the invading nation would have already conditioned the ‘exploiters’ to justify their actions and give plausible reasons as to why they wouldn’t be culpable) -> Sponsor nations foster tensions within a faction of the population to create the impetus for migration to the newly discovered lands by those who would otherwise be persecuted or marginalized (the Puritans in England who settled the Americas; the Boer’s who settled primarily in Africa; the Jews of Europe who settled in Israel; the Muslim factions in Syria who are now pouring into Europe… to name a few examples) -> Create and foster divisions through theological and cultural differences; implement false flag operations and generating dependency paradigms to deal with the manufactured divisions -> Impose a centralized global Banking systems and create government agencies that are guided by a technocracy (based on Darwinism and a well controlled scientific community that is tied to their funding), and create large Incorporations with special rights -> Create “Think Tanks” and Hold secret meetings (Beilderberg; Bohemian Grove; Billionairs Club; CFR; Trilateral Commision; Tavistock; Fabian Society; Club of Rome; etc…); through these organizations, research new ways to further subjugate the population (build A-Bombs & nuclear plants; fractional reserve lending & credit default swaps; etc…)
While this would be a simplified demonstration of “the game” according to my hypothesis, I suggest that, for the most part, this is a well understood process that goes all the way back to Babylon. (SIDE NOTE: If you want to talk about the potential loss of artifacts, consider the extent the US War and occupation of Iraq has destroyed artifacts in the “cradle of civilization”; some that would extend back to the dawn of civilizations in ancient Babylon! Artifacts and megalithic sights that might have given some greater details about our human history… perhaps even things that might provide more detail about the process that I am presenting here).
- https://www.globalpolicy.org/humanitarian-issues-in-iraq/consequences-of-the-war-and-occupation-of-iraq/destruction-of-iraqs-cultural-heritage.html: “The United States and its allies ignored the warnings of organizations and scholars concerning the protection of Iraq’s cultural heritage, including museums, libraries, archaeological sites and other precious repositories. Arsonists badly burned the National Library and looters pillaged the National Museum. Looters also damaged or destroyed many historic buildings and artifacts. The US constructed a military base on the site of ancient Babylon. Coalition forces destroyed or badly damaged many historic urban areas and buildings, while thieves have ruined thousands of incomparable, unprotected archeological sites.”
SOLUTIONS OUTSIDE THE BOX
I suggest, rather than choosing any of these market driven paradigms for ownership and management of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, that the people of that region explore other options. There are much better ways than the promoted options to protect the land and resources that would maintain local control. Ways that resist the complex schemes of the ruling class and their government proxies. Ways that allow for cultural differences and truthful historical perspectives to be considered. Ways that unify us as a people and promotes love and respect over fear and ego as the basis for our interactions with eachother and with our land and resources. Essentially, back to the way it was before the ruling class, the one’s who continue to run your government institutions and Banks, created this massive distortion in perception.
A Couple Ideas For Solutions:
- Full Circle Project https://www.fullcircleproject.net
- “A clear and concise remedy can be found by identifying the root causes of the problems we face. By building a unified community and taking common sense action in a swift and determined manner we can call a halt to the insanity and the suffering which threatens each and every one of us.
- A Full Spectrum Response is one that will remind and align us with the full spectrum reality of who we truly are.
- By reclaiming our power, accessing creative tools to free our imagination and by finding an authentic means to connect with other people who share our cares and concerns, we can forge a way to a future free from oppression.”
- (As an Idea)Environmental Bill of Rights http://therightsofnature.org/what-is-rights-of-nature/
- “Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined.
- Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles.
- And we – the people – have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights on behalf of ecosystems. The ecosystem itself can be named as the defendant.”
(If we took the time to think about it and go beyond our programming, we would find that solutions are all around us. They just start with US recognizing and resisting the bullshit and not being afraid to confront it):
“Atmos Fear” https://youtu.be/21Mw9DRq4EY
If anyone honestly thinks relinquishing control of land and resources to a government, or an entity that is subordinate to a government (tribal or otherwise) is the answer to our problems than I would say they don’t truly understand the problem. Why would we trust an entity who has such a horrible history of honoring contracts (with the indigenous people and now the ‘settlers’); an entity that doesn’t allow for cultural differences outside very rigid parameters that go well beyond simply ensuring our basic human rights; an entity that doesn’t allow for true history to be taught, least of all concerning the American Indian Holocaust; one that continues to build special relationships with private companies and diminish the evidence of these company’s environmental and health impacts by limiting the research that would expose it; and operates from a materialistic, financially subjugated scientific, social Darwinist world view that does not honor or understand a spiritual or cultural connection?