Redner, long time activist for Native American sovereignty and treaty rights issues, first addresses divisions within the Native Community driven by a recent trial in Rapid City S.D. Here a federal jury on convicted Arlo Looking Cloud in the 1975 execution-style slaying of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, thought by some at the time to be a government informant against the American Indian Movement.This is a long story, and here are a few links for those who are interested.|
First Nations Issues of Consequence.
Black Mesa Indigenous Support
News From Indian Country
The rally took place after a 2 1/2 mile march from Portland Park to the downtown section of Tacoma. This is short video, 2 1/2 minutes, of the walk and a clip of Redner speaking to the gathering.
Redner says that Native peoples are pointing the fingers at one another and playing the game of the colonial masters. "I am here to say that as a long time activist that we can no longer play these colonial games. We have to begin to trust each other, because what we are after has nothing to do with the colonial system. It has to do with out liberation; it has to do with the pledges of our ancestors; it has to do with righting the many wrongs that has been purpitrated against us by a system, and by all the people who claim allegience to this system. In that regard we have to begin to think in terms of being de-colonized."
"We are a free people; we have always been a free people. Our lands right now are no different than what's going on in the Middle East. We are occupied! Just because we are occupied does not mean that we have to give up; it does not mean that we have to stop resisting."
He then speaks of being in Mexico when the Zapatistas Liberation Army marched into Mexico City, and gives a description of their matriarchial organization. "The Comondantes who are the leaders of that movement, which is a global movement...are the grandmothers. There are 12 Commondantes, representing 12 districts, twelve fires. And they are the ones who determine the leadership, the leaders such as Marcos and others are accountable to the clan mother system. And the clan mother system represents the nation." He says that he brings this up in regards to the death of Anne Mae Aquash. For, "whatever side you choose to support, Anna Mae Aquash was a native woman. It is a shameful day when we lose sight of the focus of the greater struggle and begin to act in a colonial manner, and take the lives of our own mothers."
Redners words are specifically directed to the Native Community, yet speak deeply to all resistance against all oppresion, everywhere. We all have much to learn from those who walk the Red Road, as they have been at war with this colonial war machine for five centuries; they have suffered the genocide, the attempted stripping away of their language, their religion, their ceremonies, all that which makes them who they are. Throughout Turtle Island, their traditional culture has survived and is growing stronger. They are in resistance to what David Korten calls the "suicide culture," which today has more subtle methods, colonizing our food and seeking to dominate the planet through control of trade, patents and information.
This audio file continues for a total of about 30 minutes.
Russ will be in town in the later part of February.
Portland Indymedia Post
There is also a possibility he will be appearing with Eugene Johnson on KBOO's Mitakwe Oasin program on Thursday, 2/19 at about 1:30 at 90.7 FM