Category: We Are All Treaty People

We Are All Treaty People


…as a white American, I think that African Americans and Indians should pay us royalties for the use of our civilization. I do not propose a great exaction, but only a reasonable fee for enjoyment of contributions that whites have made and that others use. I mean things such as telephones, air conditioning, flush toilets, democracy, civil rights, antibiotics, running shoes, and the machines that read EBT cards. Also paved roads. Cars. Computers. Electricity. Clean water. Those sorts of things.

h/t EBD

Was Mitt Romney Right About Everything?

Some people definitely think so:

“I think about the campaign every single day, and what a shame it is who we have in the White House,” said Spencer Zwick, who worked as Romney’s finance director and is a close friend to his family. “I look at things happening and I say, you know what? Mitt was actually right when he talked about Russia, and he was actually right when he talked about how hard it was going to be to implement Obamacare, and he was actually right when he talked about the economy. I think there are a lot of everyday Americans who are now feeling the effects of what [Romney] said was going to happen, unfortunately.”

We Are All Treaty People

Colby Tootoosis;

The reasons why we have Land (not in an in ownership sense but in a Sovereign Nation sense), Treaties, and that we are even alive is because our ancestors refused to “get with the times”. What does “get with the times” really mean, anyway? Does it mean to ignore the Consciousness of our bloodlines that is connected to our land and to identify ourselves with modern day colonial borders? Does it mean to participate with the abuse of the land by the extraction of resources and adopt same values as the colonist? Does it simply mean ignoring our indigenous values all together? Quite honestly, “getting with the times” never made sense to me when it’s used in a counter argument against those who are defending the land and following through in the inherit qualities and values of indigenous consciousness.
The reality is it is time to become the best we can possibly be and follow through with the certainty that we are Nations within a Nation. Part of that is denouncing the imposed identity that we are Canadian. My friend Jodi Kechego articulated it well when he stated “My bloodline is inherently separate from Canada in that my ancestors have been here for literally thousands and thousands of years- as apposed three or four generations”.

Dude, ten thousand years ago our ancestors were stone age peoples, too. We decided we didn’t like it. But if that’s what you want, that’s cool. You can drop by on the weekend to return our wheel, metallurgy, electricity, antibiotics, and the internal combustion engine.
You can keep the horse.
h/t Shere Khan


Barack Obama had some “interesting” things to say in his weekly address. Here’s Allen West’s response on his Facebook page:

Listening to President Obama’s weekly address, it’s clear his demagoguery has no bounds which makes him a very dangerous threat to the existence of America as a constitutional republic. In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson clearly articulated that our unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness do not emanate from man but rather from our Creator, God. That principle is derived from the theory of Natural Law, which our Founders studied and upon which they based this grand experiment in individual freedom called America. In the spirit of Jefferson, “a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take it away.” The last time a president spoke of government, i.e. man, granting rights was Jimmy Carter and his Community Reinvestment Act giving everyone the right to own a home… and how did that turn out? Demagoguery means we replace God, the big G, with government, the little g — clearly the antithesis of the document which established our Independence. (Remember how the DNC had to add “God” back into their platform and the motion was booed?) I recommend Obama read Montesquieu’s “Spirit of the Laws” in order to understand our fundamental principle of separation of powers and checks and balances. I want to thank my professors at the University of Tennessee, Kansas State University, and the Army Command and General Staff College for giving me a proper education. I have no clue what they taught Obama at Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard –’cause this fella sure ain’t no constitutional scholar. But then again, anyone seen those transcripts?

Why Is There Always A Big Screen TV?

National Post;

The cost of caring for the evacuees has ballooned to just over $80 million so far. Officials say it takes about $1.5 million a month to care for First Nations residents, who are still unable to return to their homes following severe spring flooding in 2011. The evacuees, scattered around Winnipeg and the province, live in hotels and rental accommodation while officials search for permanent homes.

h/t Bob H.

Why Is There Always A Big Screen TV?


An aboriginal association tasked with disbursing federal funds for flood evacuees has spent over $1 million in eight months on snacks for evacuees, CBC news has learned.
The Manitoba Association of Native Fire Fighters (MANFF) spent the money, which was over and above the three meals a day Manitoba evacuees from the 2011 flood received from the hotels they were staying in.
Ted Ducharme, a MANFF community liaison who is currently on stress leave, has provided documents to CBC News that show the organization paid Winnipeg’s Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano more than $1 million to provide “light refreshment” in the evenings to hotel-bound evacuees.
A copy of a ledger Ducharme provided to CBC News shows the restaurant delivered up to $1,500 worth of snacks every day to each hotel housing evacuees from April 2012 to December 2012.

If you build it, they will come.
h/t Orville

Why Is There Always A Big Screen TV?

Via email: “What sort of precedent is this going to set? In addition to the 117,000 acres, the Algonquin’s will also receive $300 million. This has been pushed through with no reporting (at least that I’ve seen). At the information session my brother attended, it was presented as a done deal.”

More information and dates of the remaining Public Information Sessions can be found at the Algonquin Land Claim website.