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Buffy Sainte Marie Sounds Censored

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PHOENIX - Nearly two decades after Cree singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie's song ''Universal Soldier'' was released and shipments of her records mysteriously disappeared, the truth of the censorship and suppression by the U.S. government became public.

Now, in federal court, Charles August Schlund III stated he is a covert operative and supports Sainte-Marie's assertions that the United States took action to suppress rock music because of its role in rallying opposition to the Vietnam War.

Sainte-Marie says she was blacklisted and, along with other American Indians in the Red Power movements, was put out of business in the 1970s.

''I found out 10 years later, in the 1980s, that [President] Lyndon Johnson had been writing letters on White House stationary praising radio stations for suppressing my music,'' Sainte-Marie said in a 1999 interview with Indian Country Today at Dine' College.

''In the 1970s, not only was the protest movement put out of business, but the Native American movement was attacked,'' Sainte-Marie said.

In an affidavit to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit against President George W. Bush and others, Schlund alleged he has been tortured in his attempts to reveal the truth about the Bush family's manipulation of U.S. voting results and the Drug Enforcement Agency's covert drug supplies to black communities.

Detailing the assassinations of the Kennedys and exposing the ''Don Bolles'' papers, named after the murdered Phoenix news reporter, Schlund said he remains alive today because of FBI protection.

Schlund, who said he previously worked in the covert drug operations in Phoenix, said rock music posed a threat to the United States and played a role in opposition to the Vietnam War.

In his federal court affidavit, Schlund said he has knowledge of ''the detailed plans for the break-up and destruction of rock n' roll music including the assassinations of many people to achieve their goals. The detailed plans to replace rock n' roll music with all-American music called country western.''

''This massive CIA and DEA covert operation was being conducted to stop political overtones in the rock n' roll music and to stop foreign influences on Americans caused by the exposure to foreign music. This operation was conducted because the Rockefellers had lost the Vietnam War because of the protest that was in part directly linked with rock n' roll music. In these files, the Rockefellers had needed the natural resources of Vietnam for the expansion of their corporate empire and they blamed the loss of the war in part on rock n' roll music.

''The assassinations started long before Vietnam but the plans to replace rock n' roll with country western music started during the Vietnam War and have continued to the present,'' Schlund stated to the court.

In his federal court affidavits filed in Maricopa County in Arizona, Schlund also stated that singer Buddy Holly, killed in an airplane crash in 1959, was considered a threat to the U.S. government.

Meanwhile, Sainte-Marie said she cut a singular path as she was being censored in the '60s and '70s.

''I usually didn't do what other people did. You didn't find me at peace marches. I was out in Indian country.''

Earlier, a young Bob Dylan heard Sainte-Marie sing in Greenwich Village and recommended she perform at the Gaslight, another hangout of the avant garde. Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley and Tracy Chapman were among those soon recording her lyrics. On the road, she traveled the world and received a medal from Queen Elizabeth II.

During this time, Sainte-Marie was selling more records than ever in Canada and Asia. But in the United States, her records were disappearing. Thousands of people at concerts wanted records. Although the distributor said the records had been shipped, no one seemed to know where they were. One thing was for sure: They were not on record store shelves.

''I was put out of business in the United States.''

Later, Sainte-Marie discovered the censorship and pressure applied to radio stations by Johnson during the Vietnam era, particularly toward ''Universal Soldier'' during the anti-war movement.

Sainte-Marie said Native people were put out of business, not just because they were succeeding in Indian country, but because they were succeeding in the broader community. She and others were a threat to the moneymakers of concert halls, uranium and oil, she said.

Then, fellow activist and Santee poet John Trudell's wife, mother-in-law and children were burned to death in a mysterious house fire shortly after Trudell burned an American flag in Washington, D.C., Feb. 11, 1979.

''I was just one person put out of business. John Trudell is just another person whose life was put out of business. Anna Mae Aquash and Leonard Peltier were put out of the living business - we were made ineffective,'' Sainte-Marie said of slain American Indian Movement activist Aquash and imprisoned Peltier.

But Sainte-Marie continued with her music and efforts with children after becoming a familiar face on ''Sesame Street.'' In the 1990s, from her home in Hawaii, she created the Cradleboard Teaching Project to link American Indian students with other students online around the world.

Remembering the 1970s and Trudell, Sainte-Marie said, ''We just kept chugging on. We kept coming to Indian country. We didn't worry about the fortune and fame because we went with our sincerity, our hearts and with our friends.''

Those years, however, were filled with pain.

''It was hard - seeing people hurt,'' she said.


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unjust war, unjust violence 07.Aug.2006 19:14


Does anyone know the last executive-board to view Hollywoods pictures is the Pentagon. They have the final say on what the American people can see and hear. That is identical to the German third reich. Further since the imperialist bosses of the world took control of the world, there has been peoples opposition, and of necessity a culture of song and music. The songs of the people and in particular the natives, and the entire working class have been censored by the propaganda concious bosses of capitalism. When do you hear "Joe Hill" on the corporation media? Time of the day do you hear "Solidarity Forever." Or a "Miners lifeguard?" When do you hear the workers "Internationale?" The fact is the workers flag is deepest red, but when do you hear the song sung. The just complaint that Buffy Sainte-Marie has is that even the industrial workers rock and roll medium of music was attacked if it sided with the oppressed or progressive workers achievments is a practice initiated by the Roman Slaveholders conquest of the peoples music back in 42 AD. When all culture had to conform to the Empire and be contolled by the govenors of Rome hence government contol of the peoples poets and songsters. When the real truth is brought forward by the Organic revolutions victory, the people suppressed during the period of the 60's to the present 2006 will be seen as huge. Just think of the killing of John Lennon, Jimmy Hendrix, Woody Gutherie, Janis Joplin, Elvis, and the list goes on and on and on. When the song John Browns body was sung after the civil war by the workers organizing workers unions, the practice of the President became the calling out of the soldiers to shoot and kill the workers organizers and suppress their culture. That practice has not ended completely to this day, and the workers of the time found that they needed to keep the tune but change the words to "Solidarity Forever". We need to free the media to the peoples music, we need to keep on keeping on till the access to the media no longer discriminates against the people and their culture. Viva social liberation. End the aggressive war against the workers of the world uniting.

Glad to know that Tracy Chapman was recording in her crib. 08.Aug.2006 12:07

Not a fan...of non-existent editing.

Buffy Saint-Marie is wonderful. Whether live or recorded.

But it is unlikely that Tracy Chapman was recording her songs at the same time as Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley. For the simple reason that she was not born until 1964 and did not start recording until 1986.

Mix fact with fantasy (yes, of course the U.S. government actively attacked Native peoples who resisted them, including Buffy. No, there has never been anything showing that the U.S. government killed Buddy Holly. Go flying in a snow storm in Iowa in February with an inexperienced pilot and you probably will land in a corn field face first), and you end up with conspiracy theories.

What a disservice to a wonderful writer and singer.

Oh dear, more drivel. 09.Aug.2006 18:17

Not a fan of non-existent editing...or falsified history.

It's good to know that Brokeback Mountain and Syriana were approved by the Pentagon.

Woody Guthrie died of Huntington's Chorea, a neurological disease, at least if you can believe Arlo Guthrie and the Guthrie Foundation.

Jimi Hendrix, blessed be, died because the ambulance attendants did not turn his body to the side so he wouldn't inhale his own vomit.

Elvis?! Wait Timmy, I was just talking to Elvis the other day.