Veterans Day: Veterans of the resistance

Thanks, Chi–That’s a spine-chilling list of the unquiet Indian dead.
Here’s what Leonard Peltier has to say on the subject of our Indian

NO DOUBT, MY NAME will soon be among the list of our Indian dead.  At
I will have good company–for no finer, kinder, braver, wiser, worthier
and women have ever walked this Earth than those who have already died
being Indian.
Our dead keep coming at us, a long, long line of dead, ever-growing
and never-ending.  To list all their names would be impossible, for the
great, great majority of us have died unknown, unacknowledged.  Yes,
our dead have been stolen from us, uprooted from our memory just as the
bones of our honored ancestors have been dishonored by being dug up
their graves and shipped to museums to be boxed and catalogued and
away in file-drawers, denied that final request and right of every
being: a decent burial in Mother Earth and proper ceremonies of
to light the way to the Afterworld.
Yes, the roll call of our Indian dead needs to be cried out, to be
shouted from every hilltop in order to shatter the terrible silence
tries to erase the fact that we ever existed.
I would like to see a redstone wall like the blackstone wall of the
Vietnam War Memorial.  Yes, right there on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
on that redstone wall–pigmented with the living blood of our people
(and I
would happily be the first to donate that blood)–would be the names of
the Indians who ever died for being Indian.  It would be hundreds of
longer than the Vietnam Memorial, which commemorates the deaths of
than 60,000 brave lost souls.  The number of our brave lost souls
into the many millions, and every one of them remains unquiet until
Yes, the voices of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, of Buddy Lamont and
Frank Clearwater, of Joe Stuntz and Dallas Thundershield, of Wesley Bad
Heart Bull and Raymond Yellow Thunder, of Bobby Garcia and Anna Mae
Aquash… those and so, so many others.  Their stilled voices cry out
at us
and demand to be heard.

It’s strange.

Here I am,

locked in my own shadow for nearly a quarter of a century,

and yet I can reach my hand through stone and steel and razor-wire

and touch the heart of the world.  Yes, even your heart, my enemy, my

Mitakuye Oyasin, my Lakota brethren say.

We are all related.  We are One.


sometimes in the shadowed night

I become spirit.

The walls, the bars, the gratings dissolve into light

and I unloose my soul

and fly through the inner darkness of my being.

I become transparent,

a bright shadow,

a bird of dreams singing from the tree of life.

—–Original Message—–
Veterans Day: Veterans of the resistance

On this day when the United States colonial government celebrates the
 history and maintenance of its violent military occupation of our
 indigenous nations, let us, too, remember the deceased veterans of

 PO’PAY (Tewa, 1630?-1688?)

 METACOMET [King Philip] (Wampanoag, 1639?-1676)

 NEOLIN [The Delaware Prophet] (Lenape, 1710?-1770+)

 PONTIAC (Ottawa, 1720?-1769)

 SIMON GIRTY (Onodowaga, 1741-1818)

 WEYAPIERSENWAH [Blue Jacket] (Shawnee, 1743?-1810)

 SAGOYEWATHA [Red Jacket] (Onodowaga, 1756-1830)

 MAKATAIMESHEKIAKIAK [Black Hawk] (Sauk, 1767-1838)

 TECUMSEH (Shawnee, 1768-1813)

 K’ALYAAN [Katlian] (Tlingit, 1770?-18??)

 TENSKWATAWA [The Shawnee Prophet] (Shawnee, 1775-1836)

 DASODA-HAE [Mangas Coloradus] (Chiricahua Apache, 1793?-1863)

 SATANK [Sitting Bear] (Kiowa, 1800?-1871)

 WASECHUN-TASHUNKA [American Horse] (Oglala Lakota, 1801?-1876)

 OSCEOLA (Seminole, 1804-1838)

 COCHISE (Chiricahua Apache, 1815?-1874)

 SATANTA [White Bear] (Kiowa, 1820-1878)

 MAKHPIYA LUTA [Red Cloud] (Oglala Lakota, 1822-1909)

 BIDU-YA [Victorio] (Chiricahua Apache, 1825?-1880)

 GOYATHLAY [Geronimo] (Chiricahua Apache, 1829-1909)

 TATANKA IYOTANKA [Sitting Bull] (Hunkpapa Lakota, 1831?-1890)

 HINMUUTTU-YALATLAT [Joseph] (Nez Perce, 1840-1904)

 LOZEN (Chiricahua Apache, 1840-1887?)

 PIZI [Gall] (Hunkpapa Lakota, 1840-1895)

 THASUKA WITKO [Crazy Horse] (Oglala-Brule Lakota, 1840-1877)

 QUANAH PARKER (Comanche, 1845?-1911)

 MATO WANARTAKA [Kicking Bear] (Miniconjou-Oglala Lakota, 1846-1904)

 WOVOKA [Jack Wilson] (Paiute, 1856-1932)

 And to the millions more Native American patriots whose names I have
 had to leave out: You are all in my prayers. Let true freedom ring…

 – – – – – – –
 Minister Of Information
 Autonomous American Indian Movement
 The Monongahela River, Turtle Island



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