I just finished watching Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee... it is the third time I have viewed this wonderful production showing the injustice and depravity the Sioux suffered at the hands of Congress and the military. One thing that MUST be understood... from 1861 until the end of native resistance, the oligarchy was in control of the United States and the military.
While I understand the bitterness and conflict between whites and the tribes... the alliances of the tribes with our enemies during war.. and the attacks of settlers on the frontier for centuries, there was no real organized military formed against the tribes for the most part... only Militias. The oligarchy changed all that by maintaining and using a standing army in contravention of the Constitution and prosecuted the subjugation of the tribes in earnest.
I sincerely wish the tribes had better military strategists and tactics to engage their white neighbors... forcing them to learn to live along side the tribes with respect as neighbors... but the disease, modern weaponry, and greed for the land possessed by the tribes, determined the outcome centuries before the last shot was fired.
Today, I'm seeing the blessing the Great Spirit bestowed upon many of the tribes; living a life of happiness and harmony with the land. There were disputes and conflict between the tribes, just like there were between the countries of Europe, but they all had something in common that Caucasians had lost centuries before... harmony with the Laws of Nature and Nature's God. They lived in that harmony for thousands of years; I envy that today and believed everyone in America would have been blessed beyond measure, had they come together in harmony under Natural Law; I know Thomas Jefferson believed so as well.
Maybe... just maybe, we have an opportunity to move in that direction, after we throw off the agents of the oligarchy from our land. I truly believe we should join with our native brothers and help them restore the old ways and come to find harmony and happiness with one another and the Earth we all need to survive.
I'm not saying we should abandon all we have discovered or leave ourselves vulnerable to nations seeking our destruction, but learn to live with one another and the Earth in harmony and respect; regaining that warrior spirit, which is necessary to protect ourselves and the innocent among us, as well as reducing enemies abroad by respecting them as we expect them to respect us.
I shuddered when I saw the portrayal of the massacre... the soldiers murdering indiscriminately in their blood-lust and hatred for a people they refused to understand and respect. People should never be treated in such a manner, especially those that only sought to live their lives in peace, as their ancestors did before them.
If the People of this republic adopted Natural Law as the Declaration of Independence sought to establish, I believe it would honor the native people of this continent in a manner no other action could; it would enable them to return to the old ways and live their lives in harmony again.
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