Remember the 'Red Indians'
- NATIVE AMERICANS (`Red Indians') do not celebrate American
Thanksgiving. Understand their plight to understand what is
happening to AFGHANS and PALESTINIANS today.
[From Nadrat Siddique, University of Maryland.]
The imperialist attitude toward indigenous peoples, whether they be
Native American, or Afghan, has not changed. As the nation returns
from "Thanksgiving Day" (or more appropriately,"National Day of
Mourning") celebrations, we remember the Native people who lost
their lives to American imperialism and racism. The report below,
about the Sand Creek massacre(of Native people of the Cheyenne
Tribe), was reported in the annals of the U.S. Congress. Twenty
years ago, American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Vernon Bellecourt,
stated that "You will be the next Indians, my brothers and sisters."
Bellecourt's organization, which fought for the rights of Native
people, was targeted by the FBI as a "terrorist" organization. Today
Bellecourt's words have been realized, and the faces of the victims
of Sand Creek have been replaced by those of Afghans and Arabs.
"Robert Bent, who was riding unwillingly with Colonel Chivington,
said that when they came in sight of the camp, 'I saw the American
flag waving and heard Black Kettle tell the Indians to stand around
the flag, and there they were huddled--men, women, and children.
This was when we were within fifty yards of the Indians. I also saw
a white flag raised. These flags were in so conspicuous a position
that they must have been seen.
When the troops fired, the Indians ran, some of the men into their
lodges, probably to get their arms...I think there were six hundred
Indians in all. I think there were thirty-five braves, and some old
men, about sixty in all...the rest of the men were away from the
camp, hunting....After the firing, the warriors put the squaws and
children together, and surrounded them to protect them. I saw five
squaws under a bank for shelter. When the troops came up to them,
they ran out and showed their persons to let the soldiers know they
were squaws and begged for mercy, but the soldiers shot them all.
I saw one squaw lying on the bank whose leg had been broken by a
shell; a soldier came up to her with a drawn saber; she raised her
arm to protect herself, when he struck, breaking her arm; she rolled
over and raised her other arm, when he struck, breaking it, and then
left her without killing her.
There seemedto be indiscriminate slaughter of men, women, and
children. There were some thirty or forty squaws collected in a hole
for protection; they sent out a little girl about six years old with
a white flag on a stick; she had not proceeded but a few steps when
she was shot and killed.
All the squaws in that hole were afterwards killed, and four for
five bucks outside. The squaws offered no resistance. Every one I
saw dead was scalped. I saw one squaw cut open with an unborn child,
as I thought, lying by her side. Captain Soule afterwards told me
that such was the fact. I saw the body of White Antelope with the
privates cut off, and I heard a soldier say he was going to make a
tobacco pouch out of them. I saw one squaw whose privates had been
cut out...I saw a little girl about five years of age who had been
hid in the sand; two soldiers discovered her, drew their pistols and
shot her, and then pulled her out of the sand by the arm. I saw
quite a number of infants in arms killed with their mothers.'"
(U.S. Congress. 39th. 2nd session. Senate Report 156, pp. 73,96, as
reported in "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown.)
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