An Illusive Dream for First Nations Peoples

“Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history."
Barack Obama - President of the United States of America - June 23, 2009

In view of President Barack Obama's belief, it would be honourable and proper for him to seek justice for the Indigenous Peoples of the United States, and all the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, who have been, against impossible odds, and without much success, fighting for justice for themselves for centuries.

Tommy Douglas on Fascism: “Once more let me remind you what fascism is. It need not wear a brown shirt or a green shirt ­ it may even wear a dress shirt. Fascism begins the moment a ruling class, fearing the people may use their political democracy to gain economic democracy, begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation and special privilege.”

(Thomas Clement "Tommy" Douglas, PC, CC, SOM (20 October 1904 – 24 February 1986) was a Scottish-born Baptist minister who became a prominent Canadian social democratic politician. As leader of the Saskatchewan Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) from 1942 and the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961, he led the first socialist government in North America and introduced universal public healthcare to Canada. When the CCF united with the Canadian Labour Congress to form the New Democratic Party, he was elected as its first federal leader and served in that post from 1961 to 1971.)


The rational for inserting the Genocide Convention into this overview of the histories of various First Nations of the Americas at this stage is simple: I want readers, as they read about the horrors that our Peoples suffered since 1492, as they were brutally forced to live under the iron fist of the European invaders, to come back often and refresh their memory of what conduct is defined as Genocide. As you progress through the pages of my Website the logic of such placement will become crystal clear.

The cruel mistreatment of the First Nations Peoples of the Americas by the invaders from Europe was related to the evolutionary societal development of the European Continent. Greed, over the ages, became its top societal value, and its keystone motivator.

Under the system, the accumulation and protection of personal power and wealth by any means became top priority for individuals. Over time, the ruling class and wealthy that were created from such endeavours, to protect their privileged lifestyles, began the practice of using horrific terrorist methods to brutally force their own citizens to submit to their collective wills. I.e., the rack, burning at the stake, drawing and quartering, were some of the horrific devices and methods liberally employed. Harsh forms of government and religion were imposed upon their people, human and civil rights were not a consideration. It was not a good life for the oppressed citizens.

Thus, when an opportunity arose for Europe's oppressed to escape from their oppressors by emigrating to the America's, they left by the tens of thousands. Over a very short period of time they became the oppressors of the Indigenous Peoples of the two Continents. There is an old saying, "God help the oppressed when the oppressed become the oppressor." The ensuing barbaric conduct of the oppressed European invaders, which had no limits in the cruelty dispensed, proves the credence of the old proverb. Within a few centuries, tens of millions of Indigenous Peoples were dead, and not one Indigenous civilization of the Americas was left unharmed. In fact, several became extinct.

History relates, resulting from this ingrained desire to dominate by terror, and trying to accomodate their insatible desire to accumulate wealth and power, that British, Spanish, Canadian, and American Governments have, over the centuries, when mistreating North America's First Nations Peoples, violated every provision mentioned in Article 2 of the Genocide Convention. The same applies to the conduct of such countries as Spain and Portugal in South America, and the European dominated countries they created there.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment for the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations on December 9, 1948.

Article 2 of the Convention defines Genocide:

Genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(A) Killing members of the group:
(B) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group:
(C) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part:
(D) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group:
(E) Forcefully transferring children of the group to another group:

Daniel N. Paul - June 20, 2008


Colorado resolution compares Indians' deaths to Holocaust


The Associated Press Wednesday, April 30, 2008; 6:08 PM

DENVER -- The Colorado Legislature passed a resolution Wednesday comparing the deaths of millions of American Indians to the Holocaust and other acts of genocide around the world.

The nonbinding measure passed 22-12 in the Senate and 59-4 in the House after some lawmakers protested that it unfairly condemned all Europeans for injustices against Indians.

The resolution says Europeans intentionally caused many American Indian deaths and that early American settlers often treated Indians with "cruelty and inhumanity."

It specifically mentions the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation in 1838 and the 1864 Sand Creek massacre in Colorado. It also refers to deaths due to disease that were intensified by forced migrations, food deprivation and enslavement by Europeans.

"Colleagues, this resolution is a recognition that up 120 million indigenous people have died as a result of European migration to what is now the United States of America," said sponsor Sen. Suzanne Williams, D-Aurora, a Comanche Indian. Senate Minority Leader Andy McElhany, R-Colorado Springs, said the resolution painted all Europeans with a broad brush. Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, said the resolution wasn't meant to blame all Europeans.

Members of a group of American Indians who came to the Capitol to watch the vote said they wanted recognition of what happened to their ancestors.

"It's nothing personal to the people of today but we have to recognize the past," said Theresa Gutierrez, who works with American Indian students at the University of Colorado in Denver.

A resolution formally apologizing to American Indians for centuries of government mistreatment was passed by the U.S. Senate in February but has not cleared the House.

Click to read the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Click to read about American Indian Genocide

Click to read about Acadian Mi'kmaq contacts outlawed

Click to read about British Scalp Proclamation - 1744

Click to read about British Scalp Proclamation - 1749

Click to read about British Scalp Proclamation - 1756

Click to read about British Genocide

A better understanding of the before mentioned can be had by reading: First Nations History - We Were Not the Savages - 2006 Edition