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A Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood: Typical Life on the Indian Reservation

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It's constantly surprising to me how many people walking around have no idea what's going on in our concentration camps here in this "Democratic" America. I'm referring to our Indian Reservations, specially the reservations near Pine Ridge including Pine Ridge, Crow Creek, Rosebud, and other nearby reservations. For them, life is horrendous.

Aaron Huey, a well-known photographer, took a little trip over to Pine Ridge Reservation last year and graced us with his photographs and consequent film which were both gripping and horrendous. He did a great job and that really kick-started this whole thing into an explosion throughout the internet world as he educated us on what's really been going on with our First Nations brothers and sisters.

One of our greatest errors in judgment was to entrust the Government to "take care" of the Reservations, or the people on them. Anytime a patriarchal bureaucracy attempts to do anything, organization and accountability goes down the drain. It is normal for the Government system to only appear to be doing something about problems when in fact it's usually just making them worse. Sioux Reservations are indicative of this problem.

Having done some research on the subject of Indian Reservations, and then spending months trying to wrap my mind around the truth and reality of what's really been going on all these years is both frightening and sickening. This is not some hate article against Democrats or Republicans, the "DemoPublicans" as Russell Means coins them. It's a wake up story just presenting some simple facts about what's going on in the neighborhood, in our neighborhoods.

  The predicament caused by "leaving the Indian problem" up to the Government should be self-evident. The same thing has happened to the Indians as with everything else the Government tries to take care of" -- nothing.   The term "Indian problem" reminds me of another term used during WWII: "the Jewish problem" which led to the "Jewish solution" and we all know how that story ended.

The truth is: there was little, if any, true "negotiation" with the First Nations people. We had guns, it was over. I imagine most people in Government in the 1800's would have preferred that all Native Americans just die. Fortunately, that didn't happen. The reason for the hatred of these people befuddles me. The only conclusion I can come to is that they scared us. For one thing, they seemed to be better at practicing "our" religion than we were; that had to be humiliating. They also seemed to have mastered the art of living well without the European culture helping them; also convicting. The final straw was that they had darker skin, which pretty much did it, they had to go.

So, we hauled them off to "Reservations" (concentration camps) where they were beaten into submission. Some survived despite our best efforts to completely annihilate everything that smacked of their culture: music, art, language, hair, dress, religion.   Many starved or died from the harsh winters and disease.

Since the beginning of Boarding Schools and Reservations systems, nothing has changed.   Actually, it has gotten worse. One researcher on the subject Stephanie M. Schwartz, (Freelance Writer and Member of the Native American Journalists Association), gave these statistics: the average life expectancy (at least on the Pine Ridge Reservation) is 48 for men, 97% of the people live below poverty level, diabetes is 800% higher than the national average, cervical cancer is 600% higher than average, 60% of the homes on the Reservation are infected with Black Mold, and the Federal Government supplies mostly high carbohydrate food for the highly diabetic population.  

The average home has around 17 people living in it. Homes built with 6 or more rooms have up to 30 people in each house, according to Schwartz, and over 30% of the homes lack basic water and some are forced to go to the local river and carry water for their personal needs. Most of the people living there have little or no healthcare, their teenagers kill themselves at a rate 150% higher than the rest of us in America, and they're still freezing to death in the winters. Many heat their homes with their ovens because there is little or no insulation in the homes, 40% of the homes have no electricity. Winters on the Reservation dip to -50 -. That sounds very exciting!

If a person really was concerned about how to learn more about these issues, the internet is filled with information on authentic Native American sites, and organizations that are attempting to help the overwhelming problems created by assimilating the First Nations people.   One such sight would be www.snowowl.com which is a very educational sight, and includes testimonies of First Nations people for us to read and learn from. There are organizations such as "Can-Do Organization" which is involved in helping the Crow Creek Reservation, and one can view their videos of the Central Electric Company yanking out the electric meters right before a big winter storm, even against their own policies. This happens every year.

This could be construed as strong evidence that the "problem" wasn't solved, it was just pushed out of sight and the "lamestream" media was forbidden to report it to us. That's funny, I'm sure the First Amendment says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press"". So to hell with the Constitution, who needs it?

That means it's up to you and me and your friends to do our research and find out what's going on with our neighbors.   Personally, I would take great offense if I was starving or freezing to death and my neighbors did not do anything to help me, but that is exactly what has happened because the government has stopped the press from reporting the truth.

Now we have a serious situation out here. Generations of people have had their religion stolen (that's in the First Amendment also), their right to be heard quashed, and nothing is being done about it which is why they went over the American government's heads to the United Nations. The whole world knows what's going on with our first Nations people, but we don't. EMBARASSING AGAIN!

I thought that you readers out there might find this fascinating and intolerable. Some of you probably already know because you scour the internet for the "truth" regularly and these things have a way of not staying hidden when it comes to the web. They're like a body that gets thrown into the East River but keeps bobbing up no matter how many rocks the Government ties to it to sink it again.

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