January 1, 2008. Colonialism is a disease.
It is characterized by
fantasies, delusions, greed and destruction of everything in its path.
Something like the "Cookie Monster" that eats everything up and just
leaves a few crumbs behind.
For the past few centuries the controllers of Europe have been severely
afflicted. In the 1800s they thought they could meet in Berlin and
decide who owned every corner of the earth. They didn't even ask the
Peoples who lived there. During the 20th century some of these European
megalomaniacs had a lapse of sanity. The disease went into a short
remission. For a brief moment war didn't make sense to them. They
founded the "League of Nations", which folded because they were not
sincere. Their delusions were so strong that they didn't bother talking
with other nations. After all, "We're the only "master civilized race"
in the whole wide world", they told themselves. They kept on making wars
among each other. World War II involved everyone due to the ravages from
the colonial disease. Then there was another short remission. The United
Nations was founded to overcome the addiction to war and greed. Its
founding charter declared that all humans are equal. Some of the
European megalomaniacs masked their delusions about being the "master
race" of the world. Some non-European states were admitted as full
members of the UN, but the "master race" kept control. The colonial
disease erupted to the surface like a huge festering boil. "What have we
done?" they exclaimed in horror.
"We can only let colonially defined states join us!" So it was that
Indigenous nations were excluded. Then the colonial disease mutated and
took on new forms. Some "contagions", like the United States and the
Soviet Union began to believe they could be masters of the universe. 160
wars were provoked worldwide as a result of the "divide and conquer"
mutation. Then new forms of "colonialism" erupted in the business world.
Mega-sized international corporations started trying to gobble up all
people, governments and resources as if there was no tomorrow. Instead
of curing colonization, the UN developed its own strains of the disease.
The addicts used it as a tool. European institutions [like the World
Bank, International Monetary Fund and others] forced themselves onto
Indigenous Peoples to rape our land, labor and material resources. War
was promoted as "peacekeeping". The international court confirmed that
no people could be absorbed into another state without the free and
fully informed consent
of the majority of the people concerned. The colonial poison spread.
Indigenous peoples were unlawfully incorporated into the
boundaries of the "invaders". The UN tried to fudge the issue by
establishing a separate "Indigenous Forum". The states most severely
infected are the Americas, Australia and New Zealand which have been
populated by the contaminated Europeans and other immigrants. They
brought colonial and other diseases with them. They reinforced the
delusion that they own everything that had
been stolen during the height of the colonial epidemic. The disorder has
to be eradicated by decolonization. They have to work out a solution and
a reasonable plan for regaining their mental and social health. They
have to return everything they stole. Otherwise this sickness is going
to take them on a fast track to total destruction. We have struggled to
find a cure ever since the colonial "plague" wiped out 115 million of
our people in the Americas. We have repeatedly asked to be left alone.
We have retreated to avoid contamination. The Europeans continue to
chase their addiction by finding more victims.
What will happen when they run out?
They will either kick the habit or they will die. It looks like they
continue to be driven by demons of greed. Their own scientists tell them
they have brought the environment perilously close to collapse. They
don't seem to be able to stop themselves. They continue to tear apart
and pollute every nook, vale and ancient plane of the environment. They
seed clouds with toxic chemicals and create continents of garbage in the
Lakes are full of bubbling sewage of chemical residue. The lush forests
that once sheltered our ancestors have been felled. They have destroyed
the sacred spawning grounds of fish, the nesting grounds of birds and
the habitats of our animal protectors. The cities that the Europeans
were once so proud of are flooded with social, political, economic and
Yet the disease continues to hold them in its deadly grip. Like junkies
they keep trying to infect everybody. The habit of ignoring and defaming
Indigenous Peoples continues. We try to coax these colonial "low lifes"
out of their madness. They're making a "hell on earth" for everybody!
Recently the Lakota decided to give the colonists another chance to come
to their senses. They put out a "Declaration of Continuing Independence"
on December 17, 2007. It's nothing new.
According to ancient principles
of international law that were defined and confirmed by the UN, the
Lakota and all Indigenous Peoples continue to be independent and
sovereign. The colonists did not respect the law because they're sick
and deluded. But
that is no excuse. There are signs that many people who were born in
colonial society have developed a resistance to the disease. The Lakota
Declaration is attempting to strengthen the process needed to overcome
the illness. It is offering members of the colonial society a reality
check and a chance to start treating everyone with equality and respect.
They'll have to leave their "false hierarchical high" and fill that void
some other way! Can they rehabilitate themselves and begin the long slow
process of recovering from their addiction and escape this ravaging
The Lakota "Notice to All Foreign Governments and Private Owners of Real
Estate" within their Republic, proposes a new beginning for all
Indigenous peoples of the Americas. The declaration has been recognized
as such by over 140 nations in the world so far. It is a good way to
begin the new year!
MNN Mohawk Nation News