- federal Indian law
- September 12, 2020
This “Original Free Nations Anthem” is dedicated to Standing Rock and their supporters, as well as our ancestors and “All Our Relations.”
Our video “Original Free Nations” (two minutes and forty-five seconds) is a tribute to Standing Rock and the Oceti Ṡakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation). It is intended as poignant opposition to the domination and dehumanization that’s been happening for more than five hundred years as a result of the doctrine of Christian discovery, and as opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
My friend WB “Pila” Laronal, Jr. (Kanaka Maoli from Hawai’i) was the one who encouraged me to create a spoken word lyric to orient my research toward the younger generation. After seeing what’s been going on at Standing Rock, and after traveling there two times, I decided to adapt the lyric to that struggle. We wanted it to depict the strength to be gained when hundreds of Original Nations and thousands of Native and non-Native people come together in prayerful solidarity and hold the line to protect the water for everyone.
Our originalfreenations.com website has very limited content at this time. We’re working on getting additional content posted. Please provide us with your contact information so that we can keep you updated. Our website will provide cutting-edge information for freeing our minds from the grip of the domination code, a code that is found in the Vatican papal bulls and U.S. Supreme Court rulings such as Johnson v. M’Intosh (1823). We intend it to be a paradigm-shifting website.
Pila and I are now working on a new documentary movie about the doctrine of discovery and domination. It’s a follow up to “The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code.” That movie, directed and produced by Sheldon Wolfchild, which I co-produced, is based on my book Pagans in the Promised Land: Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery” (Fulcrum, 2008). This next production will delve even more deeply into the code.
This “Original Nations Anthem” video demonstrates, in a mere two minute and forty-five seconds, patterns of oppression that have been afflicting our nations and peoples and the planet. If you believe in our efforts to provide this information to a global audience we encourage you to contact us at our email address email@example.com.
Let us know if you are willing to provide us with financial, technical, and creative assistance. We need footage or photos (with permissions) showing what has been happening at Standing Rock. We need other powerful images that depict the patterns of domination being against our original nations and peoples. Send us a short audio or video clip with your comments about our “Original Nations Anthem.”
By the way, my wife Paige wanted me inform people about the meaning of the “hidden code words” mentioned in our new video. They are Latin words from one of the four Vatican papal bulls issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493. The Latin words in the video are part of a longer phrase. “sub actuali dominio temporali aliquorum dominorum Christianorum constitute non essent.” Those word refer to lands “not constituted under the domination of any Christian dominators.”
Our deep appreciation and thank you to Kumeyaaay Nation Birdsingers Paul Cuero, Jr., Steve Banegas, and Wiley Elliott. We are honored that they were willing to provide this video with such powerful and spiritual support.
My are thrilled to release our video on this auspicious day, December 4, 2016.
-Steven T. Newcomb (Shawnee/Lenape)