Wednesday, May 05, 2010

NAT: Insulting Native Ground

Press Release
Aboriginal News Group Press Statement, 05.01.2010

"The Pioneer has before declared that our only safety depends upon the
total extermination of the Indians. Having wronged them for centuries,
we had better, in order to protect our civilization, follow it up by one
more wrong and wipe these untamed and untameable creatures from
the face of the earth. In this lies future safety for our settlers and the
soldiers who are under incompetent commands. Otherwise, we may
expect future years to be as full of trouble with the redskins as those
have been in the past."

- L. Frank Baum

To the Original Peoples of the Fourth World and all International Press

At high noon today US Army helicopters of the US Seventh Cavalry air
division attempted to land their Blackhawk aircraft upon Lakota Sacred
Burial grounds in South Dakota. The presence of military aircraft from
this unit is a sad and insulting reminder of the slaughter of more than
300 American Aboriginals on December 29,1890 when soldiers of the US 7th
Cavalry gunned down more than 300 Aboriginal Minneconjou Lakota refugee
children, women, infants and the elderly at what is now called Wounded
Knee in South Dakota Indian Country. The military then left the bodies
of their victims to decay unburied in the driving snow.

According to reports from Indigenous Rights Movement Radio host Wanblee
this afternoon, Lakota resident Theresa TwoBulls was given less than 24
hrs notice that three US Army 7th Cavalry helicopters would make a
landing on the sacred burial grounds at Wounded Knee. As of this
writing, the US military was confronted by angry but peaceful and
steadfast community resistance as the Aboriginal people of the area have
so far, according to reports from Lakota people on the ground, managed
to prevent the aircraft from touching Indigenous ground.

For all American Aboriginals of the Americas, this is a sacred area.
This is the place where the promise of a people died while fleeing from
a genocidal US military unit hell-bent on liquidating the continent of
its Indigenous population. There has never been any official apology
offered for this massacre and the military awards bestowed upon the
genocidal aggressors involved in this conflict still stand, as does a
physical monument in honour of the US Army killed during Custer's "last
stand" against a defiant and united Indigenous resistance to their own

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