• Trump’s Speech at Mt. Rushmore: The Bully at the Bully Pulpit0

    President Donald J. Trump delivered a speech on July 3, 2020 at the mountain formation which the people of the Oceti Sakowin (or “the Great Sioux Nation”) call “the Sixth Grandfather” (Tunkasila Sakpe Nake Kihe in the Lakota language). While watching Trump give that speech, I got the impression that he was attempting to shore

  • How Their Domination Began0

    Here is the cover of a book that I found in a used bookstore in Rapid City, South Dakota in the Oceti Sakowin Territory. This book was published in 1954, the year my wife Paige was born and the year before I was born. The format of the book seems designed to teach children the

  • When Will We Stop Accepting a Reality-System of Domination?0

    A former professor of mine, C. A. Bowers (1935-2017), was a brilliant and prolific writer who wrote 27 books. He cautioned against people applying to themselves the arguments that a formidable opponent or enemy has skillfully created, and successfully used against them. If you use your opponents’ arguments against yourself, he warned, you will have

  • Reconciliation and Canada’s Claim of a Right of Domination Over Native Nations0

    Let’s take a closer look at the Truth and Reconciliation process embraced by Canada. In one context, “to reconcile” means “to restore a friendship.” Let’s be clear. It is not possible to “restore” a friendship that neverexisted between the dominating society of Canada and the Original Nations and Peoples of the continent. Let’s consider another

  • Finding the Papal Bull Documents0

    In 1988, I realized that I had never actually read the original language from the papal bulls of the fifteenth century. I had only read a few sentences quoted in various sources such as Vine Deloria, Jr.’s God is Red and Wilcomb Washburn’s Red Man’s Land White Man’s Law.  I remember wondering at a certain

  • A Thought0

    As far as the colonizers were concerned, we were never supposed to survive let alone master the papal documents and legal doctrines of Christian domination that nearly led to our complete eradication.  We’ve walked through the fire of a centuries-long genocidal onslaught, and, yet, we press on. We have scars but we’re still standing. We’ve

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