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Indigenous Law Institute -The Empire-Domination Model

On May 4, 1493, Pope Alexander VI issued a papal document known as the bull Inter Caetera. The document, issued at the request of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, purported to “give" to the two Catholic monarchs all the lands which Cristobal Colon (Columbus) had “discovered” and any such lands that should be “discovered” in the future. The only limit that the pope placed on his grant was that the Ferdinand and Isabella should not attempt to “take over” lands that had been previously taken over by some other Christian prince. Among other things, the pope stated it to be his desire that non-Christian nations be “subjugated” (militarily overtaken) and made to become Christians. The pope saw the Catholic monarchs as working to spread the “Christian Empire.” “We trust in Him [the Catholic God],” said the pope, “from whom empires, dominations, and all good things proceed.”

The empire-domination model presumes that it is justifiable for an immigrant sovereign (say England, France, Spain, or Portugal) to happen upon a country inhabited by free and independent nations, and then to simply presume “the right” to militarily take over that country by force, and to put the original inhabitants under the foreign rule of the empire-builders. The papal bull is reflective of a language system which presumes that it is permissible for one people to assume a divine right of empire and domination over another people.

George Washington [A freemason] said in 1786, “there will assuredly come a day, when this country will have some weight in the scale of Empires ... [and] as the member of an infant empire ... I cannot help turning my attention to this subject ...“ Clearly, when it comes to relating to American Indian nations and peoples, the United States operates strictly on the basis of the empire-domination model. The premise for this model in U.S. federal Indian law is found in the Supreme Court ruling Johnson v. McIntosh (8 Wheat., 543, 1823), which the Court based in part on the papal bull of 1493. In that case, Chief Justice John Marshall said that “discovery” of “heathens” by “Christian People” gave the Christians an “ultimate dominion” (right of empire and domination) over the “discovered” Indians. After Christian “discovery”, said Marshall, the Indians peoples’ rights to “complete sovereignty, as independent nations”, were “diminished.” Supposedly, the Indians were left with the mere ‘right’ to occupy their ancestral lands, subject to U.S. dominion.

After having correctly identified U.S. federal Indian law as a language system of domination, the Institute has started working toward developing an entirely different and radically new basis for thinking about the relationship between the United States, and Indian nations and peoples. We do not accept the idea that a judicial pretension based on religious prejudice (Johnson v. McIntosh) can legitimately deny the inherent right that Indian nations have to live freely on their ancestral lands, which were given to them by the Creator. In an effort to deal with the foundation of the empire-domination model, we have formally called upon Pope John Paul II to revoke the Inter Cetera bull of 1493. We have also invited him to join us on the sacred path by honoring the first principle of Traditional Native Law to “respect the Earth as our Mother, and have a sacred regard for all living things.”
 

It is written: "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." -John 10:10

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Historical Unresolved Grief Seminars

 

Having suffered generations of trauma and abuse at the hands of the empire-builders, Native nations and peoples now suffer from a great deal of dysfunctional behavior. Ms. Maria Braveheart-Jordan has identified “historical unresolved grief" counseling as an important step toward the healing and restoration that now needs to occur in our families and communities. Historian David Stannard, in American Holocaust, gives some sense of the magnitude of the problem we are talking about:

Within no more than a handful of generations following their first encounters with Europeans, the vast majority of the Western Hemisphere’s native people had been exterminated. The pace and magnitude of their obliteration varied from place to place and from time to time, but for years now historical demographers have been uncovering, in region upon region, post Columbian depopulation rates of between 90 and 98 percent with such regularity that an overall decline of 95 percent has become a working rule of thumb. What this means is that, on average, for every twenty natives alive at the moment of European contact--when the lands of the Americas teemed with numerous tens of millions of people-- only one stood in their place when the bloodbath was over.” (Stannard 1992, “Prologue”, at p. x).

Virtually every Indigenous community carries the scars of generations of trauma due to genocide, colonial abuse, environmental degradation, residential boarding schools, and other dominating policies that have been inflicted on our nations and peoples. At its deepest level, this trauma is a spiritual problem which manifests itself in such symptoms as low self-esteem, high suicide rates, self-abuse through drugs and alcohol, spousal and child abuse, and other tragic difficulties that were virtually unknown prior to Christian European contact.

By holding “Historical Unresolved Grief Seminars”--which include traditional healing methods such as the “wiping of the tears” ceremony and the purification lodge--our people can be assisted to work through and release their grief and pain, and then rechannel that energy in productive ways. Accordingly, we must broadly define the “recovery” process. Defined in this manner, “recovery” does not simply mean no longer engaging in substance abuse. The “recovery process” must also include the active retrieval of our languages, cultures, and traditions, including Traditional Native Law. In this way, we may assist our communities to one day have “recovered” a sovereign spiritual way of life, based on community and environmental health and well-being.
 

“History has shown, that rather than serving as a force of peace, “religions have served to foment (instigate) scores of horrendous and bloody wars,’ and religious leaders who have ordered their followers, in the name of religion, to kill indiscriminately, ‘have done so by hijacking and distorting the religions in whose name they speak.’” – Israel Singer; World Jewish Congress, Report/Fall 2005, page 7

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High Tower of Discernment

The Algonquin Wabanaki Sovereign Nation's summer activities of 2003 included a sacred peace pipe ceremony in Newport, Vermont. Present was the AWSN Council members, special friends, and Hon. Dr. Pierre Fournier, H. E. Ambassador At Large for Indian Peoples in Americas. Dr. Fournier was the last living member of the League of Nations [1920-1946] which preceded the United Nations. (Pierre Fournier passed away in 2006.) Thomas Millington, Ambassador partook of this sacred peace ceremony. In conversation prior to the ceremony, it was made known to Dr. Fournier that I, Tom, was a Christian.  Despite the fact that Dr. Fournier's  grandfather was killed by a "Christian", the ceremony came to pass for good!  (Note- the word Christian is in quotations imputing that it was not a true Christian walking in the love of Christ Jesus, but instead a misguided person. (Note: Because events like this are Sacred, Native custom does not allow any photography; therefore, this testimony and living witnesses must suffice!)

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