Written by George Funmaker
Pops was telling me back in '73 when the Occupation of Wounded Knee was going down he and Archie were transporting supplies from Los Angeles to South Dakota. As soon as they crossed the California/Nevada border FBI agents arrested them and charged them with crossing a state line to aid and abet a riot. They spent two weeks in Clark County jail in Las Vegas. At the same time Sammy Davis Jr. was performing in Vegas and was an ally to the struggle. When he heard about the arrests he sent his lawyers to bail my dad, Archie and their fellow comrades out. Some 43 years later I find myself crossing that same state line to bring supplies to the Standing Rock Occupation.
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The Indian Act by Russell Diablo
“The Indian Act was the original termination plan adopted by the Canadian Parliament over 140 years ago to break up Indigenous Nations into bands, setting Indian reserves apart, keeping a registry of Indians until assimilation is complete as individual “Indians within the meaning of the Indian Act” and “Indian bands” respectively become a collection of Canadian citizens living within municipalities without any legal distinctions from the general Canadian population. They would become “Indigenous-Canadians,” an ethnic group among others in the Canadian mosaic without any more rights of standing than Italian- Canadians or Ukrainian-Canadians.
Elimination of Indigenous Nations as distinct political and social entities was the ultimate objective of Indian Affairs policy. In a 1920 speech to a Special Committee of the House of Commons, Deputy Superintendent General Duncan Campbell Scott said bluntly: “I want to get rid of the Indian problem. I do not think as a matter of fact, that this country ought to continuously protect a class of people who are able to stand alone. . . Our object is to continue until there is not a single Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed into the body politic and there is no Indian question, and no Indian Department.” ~ From, The Indian Act – The foundation of colonialism in Canada by, Russell Diabo.
Editorial cartoon title ~ "Disposing of Waste Paper",
December 26, 1950.
The Sudbury Daily Star.
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