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Ward Churchill Under Attack

 
Ward Churchill, generally considered a friend of radical and indigenous communities, is under attack for his views and perhaps his race. He is a Native American, contributor to many publications including Z Magazine, and Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Colorado at Boulder where his job is at risk. Under pressure triggered by local press in Denver, and FOX's Bill O'Reilly (excellent article!), he has has already resigned his department chair position. His recent speaking engagement at Hamilton College was cancelled due to security concerns and death threats in response to an essay he wrote several years ago about 9-1-1.

Denver's Rocky Mountain News is currently running a live poll about whether he should resign his professorship as well. Churchill opponents' on-line poll comments are instructive in their anger and ignorance: "He should resign his citizenship" (he's an Indigenous American), and various comments that free speech is ok until it criticizes the US. If the poll comes out against Churchill, it can be used to exert additional political pressure on his employer. The attack against Churchill was fomented by two AM talk radio DJs in Denver and FOX's Bill O'Reilly.

Other articles and resources: [Info on the O'Reilly attack and contact info for taking action | Panel Including Ward Churchill Cancelled in New York (indybay) | Another good one from indybay | Interview with Derrick Jensen | Older Churchill audio Q&A | More audio (2004)]

Ward Churchill, generally considered a friend of radical and indigenous communities, is under attack for his views and perhaps his race. He is a Native American, contributor to many publications including Z Magazine, and Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Colorado at Boulder where his job is at risk. Under pressure triggered by local press in Denver, and FOX's Bill O'Reilly (excellent article!), he has has already resigned his department chair position. His recent speaking engagement at Hamilton College was cancelled due to security concerns and death threats in response to an essay he wrote several years ago about 9-1-1.

Denver's Rocky Mountain News is currently running a live poll about whether he should resign his professorship as well. Churchill opponents' on-line poll comments are instructive in their anger and ignorance: "He should resign his citizenship" (he's an Indigenous American), and various comments that free speech is ok until it criticizes the US. If the poll comes out against Churchill, it can be used to exert additional political pressure on his employer.

The attack against Churchill was fomented by two AM talk radio DJs in Denver and FOX's Bill O'Reilly.

These same DJs were recently critical of Denver's court finding Churchill and other organizers of the anti Columbus Day parade protest innocent. They denigrated jurors and "interviewed" Churchill on their talk radio show and were obviously upset that protestors were found innocent, employing typical aggressive host tactics to silence and misrepresent people who disagree. Shortly after their Columbus Day coverage, they went on the attack against Ward Churchill inflaming listeners with passages from an essay he wrote years ago about September 11 which later turned into the book On the Justice of Roosting Chickens : Reflections on the Consequences of U.S. Imperial Arrogance and Criminality. This timing and common connection through Churchill makes it appear they're attacking those who oppose the Columbus Day parade.

As Churchill explains in a recent press release these DJs and other press are taking him out of context, suggesting he advocates violence against Americans and hates this country (which even if true isn't a crime, and it's worth noting he's a veteran). While his essay's conclusions are stated in ways inflamatory to middle-class white folks, which is nothing new, they are solidly argued, also nothing new. His biggest "crimes" seem to be suggesting US foreign policy is sometimes criminal and that he humanizes people around the world who view that policy from the receiving end.

Professor Churchill's many books on topics from genocide to COINTELPRO to indigenous struggles are invaluable contributions to a radical understanding of our world. He is perhaps best known in the radical community for a pamphlet entitled Pacifism as Pathology Churchill is a long-standing member of the Colorado American Indian Movement and steadfast supporter and organizer of the yearly struggle to stop the state-supported celebration of Columbus.

The talk radio DJs and O'Reilly are still calling for him to be fired. At the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, the live on-line poll is currently running 3:1 against him.

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Dissent is essential to a democracy

Dr. Patricia Denis Martin 02.Feb.2005 15:25

Dissent is essential to a democracy. If ideas, even those which are unpopular, are not exchanged in the public forum, we no longer have a free society. We cannot stop the public dialogue unless we wish to cease living life in an arena where ideas are most important in the development of our national consciousness. Freedom of speech is guaranteed under our constitution. If you don't like someone's ideas, you always have the option of not listening.

christian system....

King Amdo 02.Feb.2005 15:30

...is a vampire beast.

Blessed be.

Chickens and roosting

Pat Kincaid 02.Feb.2005 16:06

He certainly has every right to spew his vitriol. Threats against him should be unreservedly condemned.

In fact, I would welcome it as it is instructive as to the degeneracy of a substantial portion of the 'left' nowadays.

That being said, free speech is hardly a value championed on Indy.

How many times have I read about rallies to prevent KKK-types, or even David Horowitz from speaking?

The chickens have come home to roost. For Churchill and Indy.

Is ADD - A Democratic Decree ?

Zippo 02.Feb.2005 18:04

I guess the poll takers do not want well thought out opinions.

What I offered as a comment :

Ward Churchill is a Professor of Ethnic Studies. He is hired to be a Professor of Ethnic Studies. There is and there will be clashes of ethnicity in this 21st century world that we share. A virtual guarantee of accelerating a problem is to hide and ignore the problem. If the university has a problem with the job that Ward Churchill was hired to do let them fire him; he should not resign.

What appears as filed :

"Ward Churchill is a Professor of Ethnic Studies. He is hired to be a Professor of Ethnic Studies. There is and there will be clashes of ethnicity in this 21st century world that we share. A virtual guarantee of accelerating a problem is to"

One alternative to well thought out opinion is reactionary targeting, in which case Ward Churchill becomes a scapegoat and a victim.

Pat huh?

bonehead 02.Feb.2005 18:29



That being said, free speech is hardly a value championed on Indy.

How many times have I read about rallies to prevent KKK-types, or even David Horowitz from speaking?
The people posting to indy aren't the same as indy. It is true that
most indy supporters probably disagree with KKK and Horowitz, but that
does not suffice to prove your point. Would a pro-Horowitz rally announcement
be removed? (KKK is a trickier case, since the legal concept of hate speech
may be involved).

In fact, I would welcome [Churchill's spew] as it is instructive as to the degeneracy of a substantial portion of the 'left' nowadays.

Churchill critics rarely engage the material further than elementary
name calling and that leaves people uninstructed as to this claimed degeneracy.
What passes for further engagement is usually some variant of "America:
love it or leave it" with still no substantive discussion of issues.
The on-line poll comments are instructive in this regard. What a wonderful
opportunity Churchill/"liberal" critics are wasting to go beyond the juvenile rhetoric.

the framing of this controversy

anonymous 02.Feb.2005 18:33

I am an American Indian, and there are things that Ward Churchill writes and talks about that agree with and would not dispute. However, this mans claims to American Indian ancestry are highly doubtable. Please see this page from the AIM website at www.aimovement.org speaking to this matter:

 http://www.aimovement.org/csi/Churchill/DisrupternotifyChurchill_01.jpg

some people also allege that Ward is a provocatuer and a spy of the Federal Government. That he brings negative attention on real Native peoples and issues. This is in fact the case with this specific controversy. Ward does not speak for native people, only for himself. Bill O'Reilly stated on the O'Reilly Factor yesterday:

"O'REILLY: Yes. You know what this is all about? This is about political correctness once again. That's what this is about. This guy is a native American. He feels that genocide was perpetuated on his race. And therefore, he can hate his country and say anything he wants.

The people bought into this in Boulder. And yes, he's a native American, we're not going to talk about it." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,146031,00.html

This is shedding negative light upon Native peoples and making light of the real history of this country. DO NOT regard this as a good thing. This negative image of American Indian people is being broadcast to millions of intolerant white Americans. This falls in line with the allegations of Ward being a FBI provocatuer. please take a good look at this issue in these terms....and lets hope that Bush administration Indian Policy doesn't take a turn for the worst because of this man.

Pat is correct

Bob 02.Feb.2005 18:33

Pat raises some good points. For example, during the Republican National Convention, indymedia did not want republicans to speak because they did not like the message. They went so far as to harrass delegates and would have shut down the convention if they were allowed. Some on the left are so nutty as to interrupt the Columbus Day parades because they do not want us to see it.

Now they complain about this nut losing his job?! I don't care what he says, but as a Colorado taxpayer, I don't want to pay him to write this rubbish. I will be pressuring my reps to have him removed from the university. He can go into private life and babble all he wants.

govt funding

freeper 02.Feb.2005 18:46

Let's fire everyone paid with taxpayer dollars who offends any taxpayer! That would probably be the whole government including Bush.

Just some sources

Josh 02.Feb.2005 20:24

This is the official AIM position on the professor.
 http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/churchill05.html

There is nothing I could find on the Colorado AIM site.

To my knowledge there is no seperate branch of AIM. Please correct me if I am wrong.

If this gentleman is a phony, we have a duty as revolutionaries to call him on it no matter how much we agree with his policies. If the AIM site is incorrect please let me know how as my resources are limited.

Cautionary point concerning AIM....

King Amdo 02.Feb.2005 20:42

There is no offical 'AIM'...this crew have just set themselves up as such!

..it's rumoured also that the main man..shit forget the &^(*^ name is pocketing loadsamoney...from memorabilia sales etc...and not channeling to the eldersinneed or anything.

Anyway, don't reee-ly wanna get into Native American gossip right now.

Reality is not fixed.

Blessed be.

AIM

King Amdo 02.Feb.2005 20:47

Native american's unlike the death-occultists of america (etc), believe in and experience, the reality of the living Sacred Mother Witch. They are not atheists (please note!). This applies to 'traditional' (unassimilated) Native America's anyway...well to tribal people everywhere as it goes. Thus they (can) hold some clues to liberation...MOTHER.

christian system IS AN ABERATION!

Jah Live!

(I think you'll find my Aim is good!!)

sometimes people DO push back

al buggari 02.Feb.2005 20:57

heh

Nobody is taking away his right to freedom of speech. He is welcome to strap on a sandwich board sign, stand on a soapbox, and hand out pamphlets on the street corner.

irrelevent

anonymous 02.Feb.2005 21:04

Whether or not this AIM group or that one is the "real" one is irrelevent. What is relevent however is that Ward is representing (whether he wants to or not) Native Americans to the American Right. If someone is gonna be in this position of representing Indian people, it should at least be someone who is actually NATIVE and maybe someone who could represent the diverse spectrum of opinion within Native America...Also, notice that Bill O'Reilly is saying that Ward is a sympathizer of Al Quada. What is happening, is the right wing media is drawing a link between terrorism and Native Activism (even as represented by this white man ward). If anyone is aware of recent battles dealing with grave sites such as that in Port Angeles, WA and the Native victories as of lately, they can see where this "Indians are terrorists" link is potentially extremely detrimental.

Scott

where? 03.Feb.2005 04:40

I really wonder if the only source of information you have on Ward's ancestry is that flyer. And... does Ward have to agree with everything AIM says?

show me more evidence, cause I don't believe you.

NOW HEAR THIS!

King Amdo 03.Feb.2005 10:28

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818365.shtml

Comment on "sometimes people DO push back"

King Amdo 03.Feb.2005 10:47

This phrase summarizes 'rightious (sick) right wing america's' state of ignorance and stupidity. Of course indigenous and tribal people DO push back facsist programmed christian freemason skitzo...this is what makes 'Al Qa'ida/Taliban' such incredible heros (concerning this direct action attack anyway, forgetting for a moment their fascistic 'dreamquest' as a religious movemnet/vison, being anti other tribal ethnic groups).

It is OK and healing to take direct action against these colonialist perverts.

The bottom line is anyway, regardless of anything alse, that the world is overheating as a result of 'westworlds' manic gobbleing up of 'resources'...Overheating at a incresing atan increasing rate.

There's no blagging around this.

Either a breaking of this 'old age' fear abuse power (with actual unbelievably abusive and racist dodge occult foundation....the christina freemason paradigm)....or if the current karma path continues, then purification of this disease by the dieties, in a physical sense....A more detailed explanation of it all....

 http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/ritual_abuse/111339/latest/1

Of course these fascist perverts try and project all this onto 'eco's' trying to panik people or whatever...

You'll learn the hard way I guess. Your karma's fucked america/american's (etc). As the CIA themselves said in a report leaked to at leats the UK obsever, they know that in 5 years time we'll be much much hotter...the amount of energy going into the Earth's life support systems is increasing hugely which will lead to much more chaotic and manic weather and climate.

Don't worry, it will be exciting!

Blessed be.

Allah Akbar.

mp3s of a recent lecture

marco 03.Feb.2005 15:20

last october ward, spoke alongside Derrick Jensen.
Rather than give speeches, these two dynamic
orators agreed to just go right to Q&A after
they were announced.

Wow.

here's parts 1 and 2.

 http://milwaukee.indymedia.org/media/2005/02/202701.mp3

 http://milwaukee.indymedia.org/media/2005/02/202703.mp3

timing

friendandneighbor 03.Feb.2005 15:24

i'm curious whether anyone knows why this has become such an issue just now. Ward wrote about 911 very shortly after it happened and has been saying the same things about it ever since. None of the things he's coming under fire for are new statements... so why is this an issue now, at the beginning of 2005?

why now?

speculation 03.Feb.2005 15:46

Why now is a good question. The main article suggests the recent exoneration of AIM and other protestors who blocked the Denver Columbus Day parade is part of the answer. The two AM talk DJs in Denver who were so upset with the exoneration are also the DJs who are pushing for Churchill, one of the exonerated, to resign or be fired, and virtually right after the trial.

Another path could be the Denver's no-doubt upset Columbus-supporting groups contacting Italian relatives in NY whereupon by accident or design the connection of Churchill in Denver and Churchill at Hamilton College was made and then dissent started. Apparently there are some Italian names in the Hamilton opposition bunch, but that's hardly evidence they're also Columbus supporters or connected with Denver somehow.

If anyone heard the beginning of the O'Reilly attacks, I wonder if he mentioned how he got put onto this story? Being in NY I imagine it was connected with the Hamilton College speaking engagement.

Why Now?

speculation 03.Feb.2005 18:52

The article suggests this attack is in part retribution for the exoneration
of Churchill and ultimately over 200 arrestees who blocked the Columbus Day
parade in Denver this year.

After the verdict, which was quite recent (transformcolumbusday.org), the DJs were enraged and very shortly after that, they became fixated on Ward's old essay.

Additionally, it stands to reason that Denver's Columbus supporters discuss things with Columbus-supporting relatives in NY where Churchill was to speak and put 2 and 2 together. This could have been the cause of the Hamilton College problems and perhaps the path to NY-based O'Reilly too. It would be nice to know.

what Churchill did was NOT dissent

Silent B 03.Feb.2005 19:38

Ward Churchill went way beyond the boundries of sound, constructive, rational dissent. To compare the innocent victims of one of the worst tragedies this country has ever seen to Nazis is outrageously offensive, insensitive and blatantly idiotic. This is worse than when Chomsky accused America of plotting to commit "silent genocide" in Afghanistan. This is worse than when Nicholas de Genova called for "a million Mogadishus." This is proof that the radical left is glad Sept 11, the destruction of the symbols of American capitalism and power, happened, regardless of innocent people killed. I bet he thinks all those 3000 people where white, Protestant, zionist fascists and what not. What about the Latin American immigrant workers who worked in the WTC, trying to make money for their families in Honduras and El Salvador and so on? Where they "little Eichmanns"? And even though %50 of the population hates Bush, you're foolish if you think eben 2% of the population would sympathize with the extremist politics of Ward Churchill and his radical terrorist AIM/Black Panther/Weathermen commrades. If American taxpayers found out their money was being used to fund the extremist politics of the Noam Chomskys, Howard Zinna, Nicholas De Genovas and Ward Churchills that have dominated American public academia. Churchill has no right to accuse the 9/11 victims of being "too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly." Churchill and other hypocritical leftist pricks think that anyone who doesn't agree with them are either ignorant or "little Eichmanns." Well, let these fools butcher history in the private sector, because this "little Eichmann" isn't paying for it.

Yours trully
Silent B

PS When will these clowns realize that America's sanctions didn't kill 500,000 Iraqis? When will they realize that it was Hussein's refusal to accept the terms of the UN Oil For Food Program? When will they realize that their deaths resulted from embezzlement of those funds? When will they realize that had there been no sanctions, those 500,000 probably would have still starved to death since Saddam probably would have used all the oil profits to rebuild his state?

Silence is freedom?

Joshua A. Eaton 03.Feb.2005 19:49

As much as I disagree with the ideas that Ward Churchil expresses in Pacifism as Pathology- and I do disagree with them, vehemently- this sort of censorship and lack of academic freedom in the United States is intolerable. I don't support Ward's views on political violence, at all, but I support his right to hold them, express them, and explore them, as well as any of his other views. And that is what is under attack, not his specific positions.

legitemacy of Wards Identiy

radical dissenter 03.Feb.2005 20:18

Here is a link addressing Wards claims to his identity.

 http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0%2C1413%2C36%7E53%7E2689334%2C00.html

He CANNOT prove that he is a Native person, even in terms of lineal decent. Just run a google search on Ward Churchill and include the term 'wannabe' and you will find some Native views on this man. The MNPLS AIM is the original AIM and the CO AIM is a seperate AIM that was started much later that isnt affiliated with the original. I dont know much about the history of how this came about, but Im sure you could google that as well.

I agree with much of what this man says, even the statement that caused this controversy. Most people however aren't aware/smart enough to understand just exactly what he is saying though. However, I do not feel that he represents Native people or has a Native american voice.

Why

Anonymaus 03.Feb.2005 20:43

The Fascists are attempting a takeover. They will use every opportunity to take us as far to the right as possible.

They have gone after high school teachers such as the case of Ian Harvey in Naples, FL. They have made every effort possible to keep us from being seen by this nation and world. They will not stop until we stop them. This has smells of the Reich. We saw this before in the 30's. An act of "terrorism", Personal liberties stripped, preemptive strikes, Shock and Awe (Blitzkrieg). Today's righties don’t have a problem with the tactics of the 30's, just who they were doing it to. Hitler's takeover was not an armed revolution; it came from careful strategy and taking advantage of every opportunity put in front of them.

I need to also point out that I put Democrat politicians in this category of the right, they are probably more dangerous because of their complacency.

This is the right everywhere in the world. Every Religion, Every ethnic group, everywhere.

I can smell the winds of revolution. It is time. We must work and work and work. Write, publish, sing, dance, pray. Do whatever it is that you can do. We need to network more. Make ourselves more visible. Join an affinity group. Just do something. The people of the world are the only ones that can stop this machine. We must support the people of the world that are moving forward and away from this.

some more info

curious party 03.Feb.2005 22:09

Here is some information coming from NDN country regarding Ward Churchill. I urge anyone interested in his background and legitimacy of his voice to read this.....

 http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?feature=yes&id=1096410295

native opinions regarding churchill

anonymous 03.Feb.2005 23:01

people, please see this article....also there is another one on the main page of this site: www.indiancountry.com

These will give you a better idea of Churchills "Indian" point of view

 http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410293

Indian Country Today: Ward Churchill Isn't An Indian

anon 03.Feb.2005 23:54


Churchill's identity revealed in wake of Nazi comment
Posted: February 03, 2005
by: Editors Report / Indian Country Today
...
Being in the crucible of hostility is not new to the chip-on-the-shoulder
professor, who has become a celebrity for jumping into the polemic melee
over issues big and small, internal and external to the Native world. Even
in the question of personal identity, the professor's position is
controversial. Churchill's Indian status is not verifiable in the usual
ways of checking into tribal membership. We are expansive here from a
national position on recognized and non-recognized tribes, southern nations
and global indigenous people, but the question of relations and proper
belonging in the tribal circles in the United States and Canada is
generally verifiable for Indian observers and such appears to be completely
lacking in Churchill's case. He has claimed membership in the United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, but reliable representatives from the tribe
deny Churchill is or ever was, or has blood relatives on their rolls. He
was granted an ''associate certificate'' by a former leader of the tribe
(later impeached) for services supposedly rendered, not due to blood
relations - but even the tribe declines to exactly identify what that means.

Discerning indigenous identity is not an exact science, but it has its
rules. It would not be a primary issue relative to research and writing of
producers from any quarter, except Churchill represents himself as a major
spokesman for Indian people through his participation in a branch of AIM
and his claim to Cherokee origins. So far, nothing whatsoever has surfaced
that gives evidence to Churchill's claims to having Cherokee Indian
origins. Given the intense antagonism and attention focused on Churchill,
his biography in this context is likely to be further scrutinized by the
University of Colorado, the media, and others who were led to understand he
was an American Indian professional at the time of his hiring.

...
We will defend a good Indian argument in these pages any time. But, again,
there is no evidence that Churchill is Indian. Further, Churchill's
statements are obviously devoid of even the most basic humanity that
American Indian peoples hold dear. In no way does his insult reflect the
views of Indian country. To know the response of Indian country to the 9/11
tragedies is to reflect on the humanitarianism shown by Eastern Native
communities: from the Mohawk to the Oneida, the Pequot, Mohegan and many
others who immediately put their people - ironworkers, ferry-boat crews and
medical personnel - into the rescue and recovery operations, to the
California Indian nations that expressed their solidarity with America and
donated generously to the rescue efforts, to the Lakota families who
brought their Sacred Pipe to pray at the site, leaving their quiet
offerings early one dawn. This is always the preferred way of human beings
- to understand the kind of empathy required to belong to the human race is
essential in all political and economic discourse. To call the people who
were murdered on Sept. 11 ''little Eichmanns'' is a hideous expression that
when combined to Churchill's mistaken Native identity can only poison the
public discourse concerning American Indians.

...
Ward Churchill would do himself some good to express a profound apology to
people he has offended and misled. He should also come clean about his
appropriated American Indian identity. This is not advice he will likely
take. Churchill has jumped on the cougar of controversy ever since he came
onto the Indian scene as Russell Means' main speechwriter in the early
1980s. Churchill thrives on riding that controversial cougar, but this time
he poked it in the eye.

Your not listening he has always been a fake and an agent of the FBI

The piercing night 04.Feb.2005 01:10

Prof's Indian roots disputed
By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News
February 3, 2005

The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is not a member of their tribe.

"He's not in the database at all and is not a member of the Keetoowah," said Georgia Mauldin, the tribal clerk in Tahlequah, Okla.


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In his books and articles, Churchill has described himself as a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma. In past interviews, he's claimed to be one-sixteenth Cherokee.

But the Keetoowah say that's not true.

Attempts to contact Churchill for comment Wednesday on his background were unsuccessful. But Churchill's claim to American Indian roots has been challenged repeatedly by people in that community.

One Montana woman has an especially personal tale of confronting Churchill on his claim to American Indian heritage. She was taking one of Churchill's classes at CU in 1994 when she wrote an article for the Colorado Daily newspaper, saying there was no evidence he had any American Indian background.

"For so long it was whispered on campus that he really isn't an Indian," said Jodi Rave, who studied journalism at CU. "Here you had the director of the Indian studies program and he's not an Indian."

Rave is a Mandan-Hidatsa Indian originally from North Dakota. Today, she is a reporter and columnist with the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Mont. She was recently a fellow in the prestigious Nieman program for journalists at Harvard University.

In one of her journalism classes at CU, Rave was assigned to write a profile, and she decided to profile Churchill.

"To have somebody of that stature masquerading as an Indian was intriguing to me," Rave said. "On two separate days I asked him questions. I was up-front in asking him questions (about his background)."

Rave says she discovered that Churchill had enrolled in the Keetoowah tribe under a program initiated by a former tribal chairman that let almost anyone sign up. She says the Keetoowah later discontinued that program and disenrolled the people who had joined under it.

When her article came out, Rave says Churchill was furious and insisted that he did have American Indian lineage.

"He called me and said, 'Jodi Rave, this is your professor and I need to talk to you right away.' He was surprised I had a story published that called into question his identity."

He also defended his American Indian background and said her story was unfair.

Rave said she was enrolled in one of Churchill's classes when the article came out, and her grade went from an A to a C-minus.

She says Churchill can write what he wants, but his claim of American Indian heritage is bogus.

"There's no denying what he writes resonates with a lot of people, but when he says this is something he's experienced as a Native American man, that's fraudulent," Rave said.

The question of who is and who is not an American Indian is a sensitive one in that community. Many Indians resent the idea that only those who grew up on a reservation or have two American Indian parents are real Indians.

"Tracking blood lines is the business of Nazi Germany and South Africa (under apartheid)," said professor George Tinker, who teaches American Indian culture and religious tradition at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. "That's not an Indian issue at all."

Tinker said that it should be up to the tribes themselves to decide who is an Indian.

The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee

• The word A-ni-kee-too-wah-gee ("Keetoowah people") was used by Cherokee speakers to refer to themselves. Kituhwa was the mother town of the Cherokees; its location, probably in present- day North Carolina, is now lost in the past.

• The Keetoowah Society was formed in 1859 by Cherokees transplanted to Okla- homa on the "Trail of Tears" as a way of preserving cultural traditions.

• The United Keetoowah Band is a part of the Tahlequah, Okla.-based Cherokee Nation. It was formed from various Cherokeee subgroups after passage of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act in 1936, and it was recognized by Congress in 1949.Source: Www.Cherokeeobserver.Org

Ward the COP Bad Jacketting AIM with FBI concocted Eichmann comments

OGITCHIDA AIM 04.Feb.2005 01:14

It is amazing to see that Ward Churchill has once again found his way
into the ANALS of predominantly white controlled media. The man who has
by his own account and resume: been kicked off the Leanord Peltier
Defense Committee by Leanord Peltier himself for participating in a
smear campaign against Dennis Banks and Clyde Bellecourt (co-founders of
AIM), was a writer for the right wing "SOLDIER of FORTUNE" magazine,
taught an orientation class on the American Indian Movement for the
South Dakota State Police during the early 70's,has been condemned by
Bob Brown of the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party,roundly
condemned by "news from Indian country"one of the oldest and most widely
respected Indigenous newspapers in the US, supports the now right wing
Russell Means
(who has recntly endorsed the republican party and annouced he is
opening a liquor store outside Pine Ridge (see associated press Oct
5,1999)to raise money for an Indian alchohol rehabilitation center and
has resigned from the AIM 9 times and has done speaking engagements for
the John Birch society as well as the Reverend Moon(CIA operative since
1952) and who recently refused to be tried in Navaho tribal court for
beating his father in law half to death (said Navaho had no right to try
a Lakota)and Russell is now being called the Eldridge Cleaver or Ron
Caringa (former Panthers who turned into right wing evagelicals) of the
Indian world,Ward and Russ both actively and openly supported the
Contras and do not deny it to this day even though Russ's own brother
Bill was in Managua negtotiating a settlement between the Sandanistas
and the Indian people of the North West coast of Nicaragua and the AIM
and the International Indian Treaty Council both stated clearly that
Russ was acting unilaterally and undemocratically when he did press
conferences with Adolpho Calero (Contra leader) in Honduras, Ward has
never been involved in any major action conducted by AIM, he has made as
an excuse for the Contra support that he thought the Sandanistas were
unfair to the Native population of Nicaragua (so he supports the Contras
who have been documented as killing over 100,000 people who had native
heritage), they continued to support the Contras after the Miskito
people had made a satisfactory settlement to their concerns, Ward is on
an answering machine tape threatening the life of respected AIM leader
and Wounded Knee defendant Vernon Bellecourt, he has never lived in
predominantly native community, he attacked Carol Standing Elk and her
mother at a public event, has condemned John Trudell repeatedly (former
national director of AIM whose family was burned alive during the unrest
of the 70's), no one questions the fact that he received tenure at
University of Colorado faster than any man alive and was made director
of Native studies even faster, has repeatedly condemned the founders of
AIM in his books (which white progressives read as the AIM bible),
followed the Walk for Justice (for Leanord Peltier) across the country
saying Leanord didn't support it (Leonard kicked him off the defense
committee for it), and although he claims to have a nose bleed of Indian
blood he by no means is representitive of any person who has spent any
large part of his life living in any Indian community (yet white people
continue to bring him to their colleges to miseducate them about the
AIM), he has never denied any of these allegations but makes excuses for
them,the left abandoned the true AIM who were fugitives from the
imperialist US government and embraced the drunken movie star andthe
college proffesor (Russ who was the voice in that racist Disney cartoon
Pochahants, the lead Native role in that racist movie Last of the
Mohicans a film about the last man of his tribe risking it all to save
two white ladies from the bad racist Indians with his white buddy Danny
Day Lewis), and lastly Ward is an Asshole.
The only one of the facts listed above Ward can dispute is that he is an
asshole.The rest has all been documented by the great Ward Churchill or
in the public media. So all you lefties who condemn Farakahn because he
is a sexist and homophobic, or Clarence Thomas because he is right wing,
why are you giving Ward Churchill and Russ Means so much leeway. Why
aren't you seeking out the true leaders and founders of AIM when you
look to support Indians. Is it because you prefer people who support the
Contras, the Republican party, and the Moonies more than you do people
who have done real hard time in the struggle for justice behind bars?
Are these the Indians you can stomach? By the way don't forget Russ
Means running for President with Larry Flynnt (porno kingpin) with the
Libertarian Party (real anti-imperialist that Flynnt).
For the record the founders of the AIM were Dennis Banks and Clyde
Bellecourt. Even Russ's Brother Bill jpoined before he did. The leaders
of the AIM today are still there they have a web site AIMovement.Org
they have demanded repeatedly that the imposter calling himself the
International Confederation of Autonomous AIM chapters cease and desist.
How many of you ever heard of that back in the seventies. the National
American Indian Movement has been in exsistence 31 years and was founded
in Minn. Mn. where it still exsists today ph.612-721-3914. We have been
working to fight the good fight and will continue. We urge anyone who
would like to ask Mr. Churchill these questions the next time he is in
your area to do so. We also urge anyone who feels inclined to call Speak
Out speakers bureau and South End Press (his publisher) to stop
promoting his garbage. If you need a speaker concerning Indian issues
call AIM at 612-721-3914 .By the way Dennis Banks has his own website
and you can find it. We need your help to expose this bastard son of two
white folks who raised him in Champaign Ill.How can we compete with a
movie star who has the ear of the right wing media. Charlene Teeters is
one of our strong female leaders by the way and can be found at the
Native American Institute of Art in Santa fe and is a wonderful speaker
and a powerful activist against racism and sexim. Ward is slick they
created him that way. Please see throught the smoke coming out of his
ass.Megwitch thank you.If you are real anarchists you will not sensor
this message.
OGITCHIDA
OGITCHIDA

Won't do to ignore the questions

Nobody 04.Feb.2005 01:51

AIM deserves more respect than it is getting here. They have issued a disrupter notification on this fellow from years back, and it won't do to just blow it off.

AIM knows Ward Churchill far better than people who have just read his articles in Z Magazine, and AIM is trustworthy. They called him a provocateur only after years of putting up with his nonsense and trying to reach out to him. If they say he's a fake, he's probably a fake.

Though he apparently now denies it, quoted portions of his essay on 9-11 actually do justify the attack on the twin towers. That is an EXTREMELY irresponsible thing for someone to write, UNBELIEVABLY irresponsible coming from a university professor and self-proclaimed movement leader. And that he would deny this now also doesn't speak well of him.

There is no doubt that the feds use long-term infiltrators to disrupt political movements of all stripes. Excellent information about this practice can be gained from a book called "Every Knee Shall Bow," concerning the way that confidential informants framed Randy Weaver for a weapons charge, or the whining screed known as "False Prophets" written by confidential informants hired to infiltrate the Montana Freemen who did not get paid as promised.

Also, while his defense essay mentions his tour in Vietnam, it does not mention what he did there. Apparently he was a "public affairs officer." That is a person whose job it is to subvert the local people, to trick them in to siding with the U.S. forces.

A lot of people got drafted in to Vietnam, and others volunteered out of mistaken idealism. But I would be surprised to learn that many of those wound up as public affairs officers.

Then here is the matter of his fake-Indian-ness. In itself, of course, it isn't important that he isn't an Indian. But he really does seem to have told a long string of lies about being an Indian, which is really deeply dishonest. And the main people he has been telling these lies to are on the left, AIM people and the like. That he holds a job reserved for an Indian despite not actually being an Indian may be a lesser matter, but it sure isn't right.

All of this being the case, I wouldn't get caught up in offering him solidarity and consequently making yourself a target. He's not entitled. Say something like, "Well, Ward's a nutball, and we on the left have known it for a long time, but, you know, even a nutball has a right to free speech."

shoot the messenger?

logic 04.Feb.2005 02:09

Challenging Churchill's heritage, or any other credential, leaves his arguments untouched. How about engaging the material instead of shooting the messenger? Even if he's a total phoney it doesn't change his arguments AT ALL.

Ward Churchill 9/11 Comment

SKJ 04.Feb.2005 02:13

To look at Ward Churchills' comments in a way that will be enraging to liberals, how are his comments on the victims of 9/11 any different than if someone was to claim that the KKK had every right to be prejudiced against blacks and committ acts of violence against them because of crime problems, gang activity, drugs, etc., found in many black neighborhoods? The idea that the actions of the 9/11 terrorists is righteous retribution is no different. Using Churchill's enlightened point of view, the KKK would be excused, or at least understood, for their prejudice due to the actions of members of minorities that are perverted to make the whole group look criminal and create stereotypes. Acts of justice should only be against those that have committed the injustice, not anybody and anything that can be found. This is true if you are a terrorist or if you are a member of the KKK.

I am sure Churchill can create a powerful argument of why Arab people's would have a laundry list of issues with the USA and the West. (No doubt, there is a list equally long - or dare I say loger - that can be made condemning the terrorists) But there can be no justification of civilians as the direct target of terrorists.

Not shoot the messenger, out the cop

Nobody 04.Feb.2005 03:06

Not shoot the messenger, but out the cop, and out the cop line as well. This business about the U.S. deserved 9/11 is a cop line, a provocateur line designed to isolate the left and to stop the left from going into the meatiest political issue around 9/11: U.S. government complicity in an act of mass murder of Americans. To paraphrase Bush, "They massacred their own people."

How did all of these people who were on watch lists manage to reside unmolested in the U.S. for years, to enroll in flight schools, etc. How did the U.S. manage to ignore the threat of airplances being used as bombs years after they had definite, confirmed information that terrorists were planning such an attack? Why were FBI investigations which could possibly have stopped 9/11 stopped on orders from above?

A speaker should know his audience, and an audience should know its speaker.

Some Journalism! Stop giving Churchill a free Pass!!

Me 04.Feb.2005 03:46

Why does Indy Media never really cover the real Churchill story. Did he speak at your college or something? You have never bothered to interview or cover any of the AIM founders dispatches on Churchill or Means. This isn't about free speech it is about an imposter getting away with posing as a radical. Some journalists!

Ward Churchill

Arthur Randolph Erb 04.Feb.2005 04:03

The controversy over Churchills comments does NOT involve free speech issues or academic freedom ones. In his essay, he clearly and explicitly calls the terrorists, combat teams who made valiant sacrifices on 9/11. THAT is condoning terrorism and murderous attacks on civilians which he decries when the US has casualties in conjunction with military ops. The big difference is that the terrorists made civilians the prime target. It also is a fact that he blames the bond traders for their own demise. The largest company who lost most people was Fitzgerald Cantor which had nothing to do with foreign operations of any US company. They specialized in municipal bonds service, and the WTC was owned by the Port Authority of New York, and has little or nothing to do with world affairs other than allowing imports to the US.
I have NO problem with him having his opinion or expressing it. I DO have a problem with his being paid at taxpayer expense to do such things as advocate murder of innocent people. His essay is also a very poor one which would get an F from any academic and is hardly of the caliber one would want from a professor. So for two reasons, he should be fired. He is using his post to advocate murder and adhering to enemies who have murdered thousands of Americans, and he is also deficient in that he does a very poor job at what he was hired to do. It is also disingenuous to assert now as he is trying to do that he didn't advocate such terrorism. His essay says otherwise and I have read it. He also asks if the people who were in the WTC could have been made to pay for their supposed crimes in any other way, and he answers in the negative. THAT is also advocating such murder.
It is time to restore common sense and excellence in education and time to get rid of Churchill. I am also a Kerry supporter and I hate Bush with a passion. To support or defend such a man is both absurd and counter productive.

Great to sa ya injuns a fight'in 'an a bitch'in....

33 Degree Mason. 04.Feb.2005 14:43

...again...

Why sir! I think I feel a hard on coming on right now...you've got uzz so excited!!!

Native American genocide....

King Amdo 04.Feb.2005 16:08

The fact is that the white settlers have almost destroyed Native American Tribal society...In fact concentration camps were invented by the American government to herd native people into. American's tend to get angry..they/you are in denial about this. You don't like to be compared to the Third Rhiech, even theough this is the reality. I don't even really care in particluar what Warc Churchiull said...the fact is your society is a scapegoat abuse trick AND YES WITH REAL ACTUAL NEGATIVE OCCULT DRIVING FORCE. Thus 'you' and your country are (**&^*&^^%. Is that quite (*(*^*&(*& well clear?

Kerry/Bush whatever no difference...it's all part of the same game from the Native type persective.

I reitereate in reality, forgetting the (mainstream) government skitzo line, 9/11 was a cool action.

OM SHIVA!


Ward churchill's controversial identity

Dr. Elissa Montjoy 04.Feb.2005 17:55

I would urge all those who defend Ward Churchill's extremist views to read again the warning posted anonymously on this site by an American Indian.
I have known Ward Churchill for over twenty years, and when I first met him, he was a "white man." His change of identity over the years, and his mimicking of so-called American Indian "resentment" etc.. as well as his vitriolic speech have raised some serious concerns about his motivations, and who he really is. He is - to say the least about this thorny topic - highly suspect in the eyes of some American Indians. His reputation as an American Indian "activist" is chiefly among white liberal groups who are unaware of the fact that his stance more often hurts the American Indian communities than help them.

I am a professor and an anthropologist, steeped in the humanities. I stand for freedom of speech, but early in my carer, I seriously asked myself if freedom did not entail deep responsibility, and if, without this sense of responsibility to others, freedom was not simply disguised selfishness. I believe that a freedom of speech that causes great harm to others by disrespecting their suffering, or is detrimental to the well-being of one's family, friends, or nation, is something else. In my view, Ward Churchill has an identity problem and is in denial. Under some assumed identity, he allows himself, not just to be critical of his government, but abusive and a transgressor of normal democratic dissent. He should not be kept on the faculty of Colorado University at Boulder, but counseled to seek some kind of therapy.

Ward Churchill Should Be Ashamed

Rocky 04.Feb.2005 19:33

He lied about his heritage and insulted victims of terrorist attacks. What if one of your friends or relatives died in the World Trade Center? Would you still be defending someone who called your friend or relative a "little Eichmann"?

@nti

pissant 04.Feb.2005 20:29

This is a fight for freedom, not Ward Churchill. Everyone has the right to say anything they feel like at any time they feel like. It doesn’t matter who it offends, who it inspires, who it reflects upon. If he is exposed as a phony then nothing he says will have a lot of relevance. I am so sick of these damn right wing idiots whining all of the time. It is time to take this world back from these assholes. The terrorists are the same to me as all of the other heads of state We have been state terrorists for many years. Not just us though. This isn’t a recent issue. The day we dropped a nuclear weapon on a civilian population, we crossed the line into terrorism (There are cases dating back way before that.) We also pushed the line forward into what is acceptable warfare. Pretty much anything goes. Guns? Sure. Bombs? Sure. Huge radioactive fireballs that consume the earth? Sure! All power cares about is power. ALL POWER. We cannot distinguish between this head of state and the other. The problem is not capitalism, it is not communism, it is not socialism, it is not fascism, it is all of them, because they are power. Everyone in power would have you believe that they will lead you into the new and peaceful world where everyone will be happy and content as they murder, destroy, and rape just out of sight. Not my sight though. I see it and I will stop it. We can never progress without discussion on all sides. The only line crossed is when others lives or livelihoods are destroyed. I have never started a war. I am only hoping to participate in a revolution.

P.S. And King whatever, You aren’t making any sense. Are you drunk? You tear down Christianity while hailing Jah, Allah, Shiva. You pick every other religion to prop up while tearing one down. Religion is a form of government. Spirituality is a state of mind.

So what if he is a white geezer?

King Amdo 04.Feb.2005 21:58

I have white skin, but a black heart. I live in the UK, I KNOW as do many others the true nature of western society...in particular here, the FREE 'peace convoy' travallers. I've also actually through my life experience found out that this mainstream 'order' actually has a horrifically negative abusive dodge ritual basis...I've already given the link, this makes me an incredble hero by the way. I also was given a REAL Sundance Eagle feather, from the Dine'h tribal protest Sundance at Black Mesa, by Daniel Zapata whilst he was visiting the 'Eithinog' comman land protest in North Wales a few years ago and whether or not a few assimilated americanised government skitzo's think I'm mad, out of line, or what the fuck ever, I'm playing this FOR REAL. And by the way if the bunch of wankers at alt.native (yes there are Native people outside of the USA by the way) were to say what they said to my face......They'd be facing SOME FUCKING SERIOUS VIOLENCE.

You think evidence of state ritual racist child abuse is some sort of fucking joke?

 http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/ritual_abuse/111339/latest/1

These people are pure liquid fidlth...THUS WHO FUCKING GIVES A FLYING TOSS IF SOME BRAVE FUCKERS FLY SOME PLANES INTO THE HEART OF THE BEAST...

In fact...

Merit. Allah Akbar.

Now stop acting...It doesn't matter what people think, or who you think is reading this, you don't have to present a 'normal front' as though talking to a audience of strait democrats in smalltownsville USA. JUST BE YOURSELF AND BE TRUTHFUL. remeber this IS not 'masturbate towards the anchor man' mainstream media. This is ANARCHY!

YOU'RE FUCKED AMERICA (etc)

END OF FUCKING STORY.

Blessed be,

King Amdo

You have to recognise and then work at....

King Amdo 04.Feb.2005 22:09

INNER power. This is sacred. Forget the state abuse of 'power'...that's a different sort of power..particularly in the west..as described...it's a total horror power! (christian freemason dodge temple builders).

Again, christianity is unique in it's abuse of 13/mother/female/lunar/goddess aspect..and the ACTUAL SOURCE REASON WHY is described thus in the link given. Total abuse of the occult..thus the reason why people are asleep in the west...pysco/spiritually...and why the western paradigm is raping the Sacred Mother.

Religion? You wanna know about religion?...

Have some respect for tribal people and culture please...just because everyone with any sense has rejected the blag (pretend) religion of christianity doesn't mean that real religions are to be throw in the dustbin of western arrogance!!! For astart various religious practices have great power for magical work...there is a practical benefit!

There is a huge and total differnence between eastern magic and relgion and cultures and western, even though we use the same words for convienience.

Take care!!!

OM SHIVA!

King Amdo

(I'm reincarnated Tibetan Tribal leadership as it goes)

Just to make it perfectly clear....

King Amdo 04.Feb.2005 22:13

Why the fuck da'ya think I'm praying like a Mullah?

 http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/ritual_abuse/111339/latest/1

ALLAH AKBAR

"Religion is a form of government"

King Amdo 04.Feb.2005 22:31

That's a very very very narrow way of looking at it. And so what of the hierachy is religious one...they are valid and good. I know this. You are just parroting. Ok well so christian freemasonry really is the government (nice one Romans)...and a nightmare construct for sure, but this is really NOT at all neccessarily so for eastern magic and leadership!

These are incredibly beautiful senarios, please have some respect western fool!

ALSO these eastern religions have given me personnal protection from the extreme negative dodge occultist controlling society here in the west.

Allah Akbar.

Until the near TOTAL AND COMPLETE LACK OF ANY SORT OF SOLIDARITY FROM NEW AGERS OR POLITICAL ACTIVISTS HERE!!!

The natural state of being for human beings, of everybeing is occult/religious awareness. AND IT IS THIS CONSCIOUSNESS (AND AMAZING REALITIES) THAT IS/ARE BLOCKED BY THE MAINSTREAM DODGE OCCULTISTS HERE. THATS A FACT!!!

And it is this areness...consciousness that is incarnate in (traditional) Native American's...and this state of consciousness (essentially we are talking pro goddess consciousness) that is so dissed out out by the christian white supremistis...and communists of course. (colloborators in effect).

If you can PLEASE go and visit and help these people...

www.blackmesais.org

They have an INCREIBLE culture/religious belief system, these elders!

Also read what this man says.....a true hero...

 http://www.leonardpeltier.org/subscribe.html

His last statement was excellent.

EXODUS IN THE HOUSE!





Let me put this as plainly as I can

Nobody 04.Feb.2005 22:37

The issue is not that Ward Churchill is white. The issue is that Ward Churchill is working for the government. He may be a confidential informant for the FBI. He may be working for some other agency. But his job is and has been for a long time to confuse, disrupt, distract and discredit the left, and particularly AIM.

When he talks, if you want to listen, well, go ahead, but be warned that he's the pied piper and he's subjectively, intentionally trying to lead you to your destruction. Some of what he says is true and some of it is false. All of it is calculated to fool, cheat, and deceive you. And these are the calculations of a very clever man, cleverer than most of us.

If you don't understand that, go back to the AIMovement.org site and read further. If you do understand that, and you are not insane, you are going to be profoundly conscious of it every time you read his words or hear him speak.

Hey Churchill Supporters!

Rocky 04.Feb.2005 22:57

Do those jackboots and SS uniforms fit you? And if you're going to call me a fascist, the question of which political party blames Jews for the world's problems is going to come up. The fact is that you Democrats are the fascists! Why?

1. You hate Jews!
2. You blame Jews for your problems!
3. You condone Islamofascist suicide bombers who kill Jews!
4. You defend the actions of Arafat, Hamas, and Hezbollah!
5. You want to wipe Israel off the map and have a pan-Islamic Middle East!

What the?

dB 05.Feb.2005 00:24

Rocky must have saw "Team America" one too many times. Since when do the Democrat's hate Jews? The Jewish-American population votes liberal and democrat by a significant margin in every major election.
A lot of ignorant flame fanning going on here....

As a fellow ethicist

1Planet1People 05.Feb.2005 04:37



The problem with this entire situation is not what this person is saying, but the community’s attempt to censor him. Let me explain, I have a Masters degree in philosophy. I worked under a diverse group of faculty, some in which I agreed with, and others that I did not. The reason that this is important is because we genuinely argued in a democratic fashion, and arrived at an autonomous point of view. I have had professors on both sides of the isle: I had one that wanted to bring slavery back as a form of indentured repayment for crimes, and others, who argued that every sentimental being had a fundamental right to equal consideration. Some philosophers (Harman) believe that morality is relative to the society in which one lives, while others (Kant) thinks it is based on universal moral laws, and yet others (Mill) who argue that what is best of the community is moral. There are those (Zionists) who argue for the mass extermination of the Palestinians, and others (Chomsky) who argue that Palestinians are equal humans who deserve equal rights. Without the diversity in views on the academia level, you wind up with true censorship. Academic freedom is one of the most fundamental principles to a free society. You take that away, regardless of WHO you censor, you take freedom away. Without freedom, you will lose my consent to participate, and my allegiance to the resistance. Give me liberty, or you can give me death. And I can say all this without even telling you if I agree with him; it is simply not a correlated issue.

AIM Communique on Ward Churchill

Ogithida- American Indian Movent 05.Feb.2005 04:54

AIM Communique on Ward Churchill
Ogithida- American Indian Movent 04 Feb 2005 23:41 GMT

This is a summary of our communique on recent Churchill events. He may have a right to say what he is saying but we have a right to say his positions are not in keeping with our position and once again and since 1985 he is not a part of the American Indian Movement.

AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT GRAND GOVERNING COUNCIL


MINISTRY FOR INFORMATION
P.O. Box 13521
Minneapolis MN 55414
612/ 721-3914 . fax 612/ 721-7826
Email:  aimggc@worldnet.att.net
Web Address: www.aimovement.org




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Ward Churchill was scheduled to speak at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York on February 3, 2005. His appearance was canceled by the college after he caused a public furor over his loathsome remarks about the 9-11 tragedy in New York. AIM's Grand Governing Council has been dealing with Churchill's hateful attitude and rip-off of Indian people for years.



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The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council representing the National and International leadership of the American Indian Movement once again is vehemently and emphatically repudiating and condemning the outrageous statements made by academic literary and Indian fraud, Ward Churchill in relationship to the 9-11 tragedy in New York City that claimed thousands of innocent people’s lives.

Churchill’s statement that these people deserved what happened to them, and calling them little Eichmanns, comparing them to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who implemented Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate European Jews and others, should be condemned by all.

The sorry part of this is Ward Churchill has fraudulently represented himself as an Indian, and a member of the American Indian Movement, a situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used the American Indian Movement’s chapter in Denver to attack the leadership of the official American Indian Movement with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.

Ward Churchill has been masquerading as an Indian for years behind his dark glasses and beaded headband. He waves around an honorary membership card that at one time was issued to anyone by the Keetoowah Tribe of Oklahoma. Former President Bill Clinton and many others received these cards, but these cards do not qualify the holder a member of any tribe. He has deceitfully and treacherously fooled innocent and naïve Indian community members in Denver, Colorado, as well as many other people worldwide. Churchill does not represent, nor does he speak on behalf of the American Indian Movement.

New York’s Hamilton College Kirklands Project should be aware that in their search for truth and justice, the idea that they have hired a fraud to speak on Indian activism is in itself a betrayal of their goals.

Dennis J. Banks, Ojibwa Nation
Chairman of the Board
American Indian Movement
Phone: 218-654-5885


Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung, aka, Clyde H. Bellecourt, Ojibwa Nation
National Executive Director
American Indian Movement
Cell: 612-251-5836
Office: 612-724-3129


Press Contact:
WaBun-Inini, aka, Vernon Bellecourt, Ojibwa Nation
Executive Committee Member
Director Council on Foreign Relations
American Indian Movement
Office: 612-721-3914
Cell: 612-889-0796


Churchill's membership in tribe honorary only
By Stuart Steers,
Rocky Mountain News

February 4, 2005

The former chairman of the Keetoowah band of Cherokee Indians says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill was given an honorary membership that required no proof of Cherokee heritage.

John Ross led the tribe for several years in the 1990s. He says the Keetoowah established an "associate member" program to recognize friends of the tribe.

"If somebody helped out in a certain way, to honor them they'd give them an associate membership," Ross said Thursday. "There were 300 or 400 associate members."

Former President Clinton also was given an honorary membership in the tribe.

To be a full-fledged member of the Keetoowah, a person has to prove he or she is at least one-fourth Cherokee. Churchill has never had such a membership. Only full members are allowed to vote, hold office and receive tribal privileges.

Churchill has cited his associate membership in the tribe as proof of his Cherokee roots. He told The Denver Post on Wednesday he is three-sixteenths Cherokee. In the past, he has described himself as one-sixteenth Cherokee and also claimed to have Creek Indian blood. Ross said Churchill came to several Keetoowah celebrations in the early 1990s and befriended tribal members, who decided they wanted to give him the associate membership.

"He told the tribal council that if they needed him to lend a hand, he would," Ross said. He recalls Churchill offering to represent the tribe at an academic forum sponsored by the University of Arkansas.

Eventually, Ross came to feel the associate membership program was being abused, and he asked the tribal council to abolish it. The Keetoowah haven't given out any new associate memberships since 1994.

"There were a lot of people coming in and trying to use the associate memberships to elevate themselves," he said. "We decided we shouldn't give them out anymore and did away with it."

Ross said some of the associate members were people who started claiming to be Keetoowah artisans. He says Churchill is also misusing his associate membership status.

"In a sense, he's misleading people," Ross said. "He's like the others - that's what he's done."

Churchill did not return numerous phone calls during the past two days seeking comment.

Many non-Indians are now claiming Cherokee ancestry, said Richard Allen, a policy analyst with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. The Keetoowah are a small offshoot of the much larger Cherokee Nation.

Allen has worked for the Cherokee Nation for more than 20 years. He said he has followed Churchill's career for much of that time.

"When it comes to Churchill, I've always thought he was a wannabe Indian," Allen said. "His history is a little bit like Forrest Gump."

Allen said Churchill picked up a packet to enroll in the Cherokee Nation in 1991 and never returned it.




November 3, 1999

BACKGROUND: The United States Government War
Against the American Indian Movement

On December 17-18, 1993 a group of suspected government agents, co-conspirators, collaborators, and a few unsuspecting pawns and dupes convened a meeting at Edgewood, New Mexico under the banner of the so-called "confederation of autonomous AIM" chapters and released the Edgewood declaration in which they launched their attack on the legitimate leadership of the American Indian Movement.

This declaration was signed by Russell Means, Glen Morris, Bob Robideaux and David Hill. In addition to these individuals we find at the heart of this conspiracy Ward Churchill, Bobby Castille, George Martin, Donald Grinde Jr., Paulette d’ Autueil, M. Annette Jaimes, Nantinki Rose and Robert (Bob) Roche. We believe that Joe D. Locust, Sr., Dianne Million, Sharon Venne and Regina Brave Dixon are unsuspecting dupes who have allowed themselves to be used by these conspirators (see Susan Shown Harjo letter). Faith Townsend Attaglia of Dark Night Field Notes), Shelly Davis, and Bill Lawrence, owner and publisher of the so-called Native American Press in Minnesota, along with reporters, Gary Blair and Joe G. Geshick are co-conspirators, and are directly connected to this misinformation campaign. (Joe G. Geshick was in attendance at the mock tribunal).

In addition, Bill Lawrence and his newspaper have aligned themselves with the likes of Bud Grant, Howard Hansen and other individuals and organizations like CERA, Citizens Equal Rights Association, PERM, PARR, etc., which by their words and deeds have proven themselves to be anti-Indian, anti-Indian Nation Sovereignty and anti-Treaty Rights, which includes the spiritual, cultural, social, economic, and political rights of our Indian peoples. (See lawsuit, V. Bellecourt v. Lawrence & Geshick)

On March 25-26, 1994 at San Luis Obispo Community College in California this fraudulent group staged an event that was characterized by Northern California respresentative and founding board member of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council, Carol Standing Elk, as a mock tribunal. These two events were the continuation of a covert program which originated during the Nixon White House in 1972, and continues today on the internet (see Council on Security and Intelligence).

These co-conspirators calling themselves the confederation of autonomous AIM chapters have attempted to infiltrate, misdirect, divide, disrupt and cause confusion by claiming to be American Indian Movement on the one hand, and on the other hand they continue their campaign to vilify and discredit the legitimate leadership, and members of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council as part of their campaign to destroy the American Indian Movement.

Previous to the March 25-26, 1994 mock tribunal held at San Luis Obispo Community College, a meeting was called in Minneapolis, Minnesota attended by 250 men, women, and children responding to a tobacco invitation. They gathered in spirituality and consultation on Sunday, March 20, 1994 and included elders, spiritual leaders and ten pipe carriers. They spoke of the Movement's history and these attacks against the Movement and leaders, Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt.

Spiritual leaders of the Midewin and Sun Dance ways advised Clyde and Vernon not to respond to the attacks against them, and not to travel to the sham "tribunal" to defend themselves, and to ignore the false charges. In reference to those who are making charges and bringing false "indictments," one elder advised Clyde, "Let them speak, and let them say all they will say, and when they are done, they will have no more to say."

However, on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, leaders of the national and local American Indian Movement met together in San Francisco to strategize how to deal with Ward Churchill and a self-styled radical faction of his followers. Present at the meeting were AIM National President and co-founder, Clyde Bellecourt; AIM National Board Member and Northern California AIM Director, Carol Standing Elk; Southern California AIM Director, Fern Mathias; California AIM Publicist, Patti Jo King; long-time AIM affiliate, Floyd Red Crow Westerman; International Indian Treaty Council President, William Means; and IITC Information Director, Yvonne Swan. They were accompanied by Anishinabe spiritual leader Ellie Favel who carried with her a sacred medicine bundle, and an urgent message from the gathering of traditional spiritual leaders in Minnesota.

The group gathered to discuss their concerns regarding a defamatory "tribunal" in which distinguished Indian leaders of national and local Indian organizations were "put on trial" and condemned by a radical group of self-styled "Indian activists" falsely claming to be members of the American Indian Movement, and spearheaded by ring leader Ward Churchill.

While it was seen as one last effort to reason with those Indian and non-Indian friends that were being manipulated by these conspirators, we are again reminded of the advice of our elder who said, "Let them speak, let them say all they will say, and when they are done, they will have no more to say."

The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council has allowed them to have their say going back to September 23, 1986 when Ward Churchill and Glen Morris were expelled from the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC). After seven (7) more years of investigations by our Council on Security, and attempts to reason with Russell Means, who continues to be aligned with them and is a central figure in this conspiracy, Ward Churchill and Glen Morris were expelled from the American Indian Movement on November 24, 1993. Six years later in 1999 they continue their misinformation campaign and attacks against the leadership of the American Indian Movement on the Internet.

Their deceitful method of operation becomes clear and are listed as follows:


Their web site is a perfect example. They list issues as their own that the American Indian Movement, International Indian Treaty Council and other organizations have been developing over a thirty-year period of time.

They list as related sites various well known organizations and individuals and projects in order to cloak their misinformation campaigns with legitimacy.

Specifically, in regards to the revisionist writings of Ward Churchill, Glen Morris and Russell Means, they often use people such as Vine Deloria, LaDonna Harris, Gerry Spence, Noam Chomsky and many other Indian and non-Indian intellectuals and academics, some who naively play into their game plan.

Working with willing agents like Santos "Hawks Blood" Suarez, and Lawrence Sampson and others, they are attempting to sell for money chapters of so-called confederation of autonomous AIM and AIM club membership cards.

They continue to perpetuate this misinformation campaign in front-operations like Dark Night Field Notes, using well-known persons like Noam Chomsky, Eddie Hatcher, Winona LaDuke, and others on their advisory board. They are now putting out the same misinformation on the Internet (see letterhead and Dark Night Field Notes by Faith Attaglia, and Chomsky, LaDuke letters), also (See Bob Brown, AAPRP letter).

They use publications like Houghton-Mifflin, Random House Publishers, South End Press, and Speak Out Speakers Bureau who allow Ward Churchill and others to perpetuate their literary, academic, and Indian fraud on the unknown public.

In order to carry out this cruel hoax, they are deceitful and treacherous to the point that they will always surround themselves with innocent and naïve individuals out of the Indian and non-Indian communities, some who are well known who actually have endorsed their revisionist, inaccurate, shoddy, and fraudulent writings. The result of this is that without review of the contents of their publications, Indian and non-Indian educators and educational institutions and libraries are using these books in their curriculum. In doing so, they and our students become victims of this fraud. 8. Using the American Indian Movement to give themselves credibility, cover and access, they have been able to infiltrate other organizations and movements nationally and internationally.



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What you can do to help:


The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council urges our friends and supporters worldwide to expose and isolate these conspirators expeditiously.

We request that educators, Indian and non-Indians alike remove from their curriculums and libraries all of their revisionist, inaccurate and shoddy writings, and send them back to their publishers (a clear example of the problem is the Encyclopedia of the North American Indian by Frederick E. Hoxie, published by Houghton Mifflin, a subsidiary of Random House). Mr. Marc Jaffe of Houghton Mifflin first contacted and met with Tim Giago, Oglala Lakota, and award winning publisher of Indian Country Today, and syndicated columnist to do the book, and without notifying Mr. Giago, Mr. Jaffe selected Mr. Hoxie who allowed Indian literary and academic fraud, Churchill to submit the article, "Radicals and Radicalism, 1990 to the Present." Everyone knows that Mr. William A. Means has provided key leadership in the development of the International Indian Treaty Council from its inception in 1974 to the present. IITC is the international political and diplomatic corp of the American Indian Movement, yet, Churchill gives credit to fellow wannabe Jimmy Durham, and Winona LaDuke. No doubt Churchill's motives in his revisionist writings in omitting William A. Means is because of the 1986 letter in which Mr. Means expelled both Churchill and Glen Morris from further association with IITC.

Discontinue utilizing Speak Out Speakers Bureau and publications from South End Press, Zeta Magazine and Common Courage Press until they agree to stop promoting these frauds. Additionally, do now allow Native American Press to be circulated in your place of business or community.

Join with us in demanding that the Senate Judiciary Committee hold Waco and Ruby Ridge-type hearings on the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Nation; the site of Wounded Knee 1890-1973, and the botched FBI operation that left FBI agents, Williams and Coler and AIM member, Joe Stuntz dead. An FBI operation that led to the deaths of Anna Mae Aquash, Buddy Lamont, Frank Clearwater, and Pedro Bissonette to name a few of many, and Leonard Peltier remains in prison after twenty-three years.

We request that organizations such as the National Indian Education Association and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium create a watchdog-type agency to review what books are being published by these literary, academic, and Indian frauds so that their revisionist writings are not finding their way into our education curriculum. This problem is of epidemic proportions, and must be stopped.

Join with us in our demands that the 6,000 pages currently under a national security cover be released to Leonard Peltier’s attorneys.

Those persons whose names appear on the Freedom of Information (FOI) declassified documents are all targets of the U.S. government war against the American Indian Movement; you should request your files from the various government agencies.
For information on how to make a Freedom of Information file request, write, fax, or email to the attention of Joslyn Kaye at the Center for Constitutional Rights
666 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York NY 10012. Email is  jkaye@ccr-ny.org
Telephone number is 212-614-6464, ext. 470. Fax is 212-614-6499.

AIM's statement on 911

PRESS RELEASE BY THE
American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council
The American Indian Movement Peace Statement
September 15, 2001
The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council vehemently condemns the recent acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated against innocent civilians in the United States. We condemn similar acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated by all governments and organizations against innocent civilians worldwide.

THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT GRAND GOVERNING COUNCIL DECLARES:


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On Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. central time, Indian people will be standing with thousands of Minnesotans at the State Capitol to join our prayers and spirit in the wake of these horrific and tragic events. We request that all of our Indian peoples and others join us in our offerings and prayers at this time.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we mourn with them the loss of their loved ones. As a people who have historically suffered similar crimes against humanity perpetrated against peaceful Indian villages in the North America, and continuing today against Indian civilians in several countries of Central and South America, we nonetheless at this time grieve and join our prayers and spirits with the families of the innocent victims of these acts of violence in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

However, we caution and remind the U.S. Government leaders that all faiths of the world are taught that violence begets violence. Mahatma Ghandi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have proven the power of non-violence. Our great chiefs like Blackhawk and Chief Joseph, in the face of great adversity, were men of peace and non-violence. Blackhawk, who correctly observed at that time, when he asked the question, "Why is it that you Americans always insist on taking with a gun what you could have through love?"

With acts of love, we can become the most respected government and people in the world, and we will prevail. If we continue the cycles of violence, we will continue to be the most despised in many parts of the world, and we will fail. We must continue to pray for justice and world peace.


CONTACT:


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Ne-Gon-We-Way-We-Dun, Anishinabe Ojibwe Nation
Also known as Clyde H. Bellecourt
Phone: 612-724-3129
National Director American Indian Movement






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WHy has Indy Medi arefused to cover Founders of AIM!!

Love doctor 05.Feb.2005 04:57

Why has Indy media never bothered to ask the founders of AIM who have clear radical credentials (Wounded Knee, Mohawk Uprising, their well known solidarity and relationship with the Zapatistas, and key relationships with many freedom fighters around the world) about their feelings on these issues.

dB, about your comment

Rocky 05.Feb.2005 06:02

I am aware that Jews vote Democrat, but a number of Democrats have been anti-Jewish. Take Virginia Congressman Jim Moran's March 2003 comment about how he blames Jews for the Iraq War, for example. Or comments about Jews made by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. And I have never seen "Team America." And what about all those Berkeley activists who protest against Jews every chance they get?

I agree with 1Planet1People

marco 05.Feb.2005 08:39

I have to agree with 1Planet1People.

We must defend Ward Churchill's rights.
This is a purge. And I'm afraid it's the
sign of things to come really.

We can discuss whether we agree/disagree with
Churchill some other time. It has nothing to
do with the matter at hand.

Does Nat Hentoff agree with everything YOU'VE
ever said and done in your life? Probably not.
Has he defended your First Ammendment rights
tirelessly for your entire life?

PROBABLY.

He sure has defended mine.

We need to do likewise.

marco

r: &quot;Let me put this as plainly as I can&quot;

King Amdo 05.Feb.2005 12:56

(denonciation of Churchill as FBI etc etc etc).

Again, this sort of attack goes on ALL THE TIME in Native activist circles...and is crazy and stupid. Of course he's not %%$£££ FBI!

Russel Means one of the 'Grand Governing Council' people IS NOT FBI also. (another frequently made accusation)...He may be an egosier and 'dodgy geezer'..but he's not FBI. Again these days, there is no 'offical AIM'. Why? Look what happened to the original AIM. So this is why people say that Means must be FBI, maybe, in that he is allowed to get away with this 'organistion/trip'. Not neccessarily so of course. (although if their 'official' stance is pro Zapatista that is a joke because they are communists...and Means is certainly no communist!???!!! (Nor was Zapata by the way!)

Very very few of the people that are accused of being FBI are thus. The point of government interervention is to generate all this scisming out and paranoia and distruption of tribal focus and energy, so that poeple get disallusioned and lunch out back into the mainstream ^^%%&%$!!!


And please note that this intervention occurs PRIMARILY on a 'energy level'...i.e. what the Native American's call 'bad medicence'...I should not have to tell you why again!...

Stay cool.

Om

(sorry but it's my 'program' however I may feel to at least try)

Sorry one more thing.....

King Amdo 05.Feb.2005 13:00

..then I'll leave the talking to others....

The central point here is magic as in auspicious tribal energy/liberation RATHER THAN government pervert power/negative mind/reality control.

Blessed be!

DINE'H TRIBAL SOVERIGNTY!

HOPI TRIBAL SOVERIGNTY!

From United Native America

Founder Mike L. Graham 05.Feb.2005 13:03

Contact FCC and demand they pull 630 KOW-AM Radio Station Denver Colorado broadcasting licenses



Message to the American Indian community on the Internet, contact the Federal Communication Commission and demand they pull 630 KOW-AM Radio Station Denver Colorado broadcasting licenses. Let them know that Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and Petter Boyles working for the radio station are using public air ways to generate race hate toward the American Indian community.

Let the FCC know that these three men are calling for "Native American" Professor Ward Churchill of the University of Colorado to be fired for a letter he wrote about 9-11. The manner in which they are doing this on public air ways has brought about death threats to Professor Churchill and vandalism to his car. Reports are that KKK members are joining students on campus in Hate actions against Professor Churchill.

The broader issue here is that Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and Petter Boyles repeatedly on their radio show refer to the Native America community and how this issue will affect them in the state of Colorado. They have all but called Professor Ward Churchill the brother of terrorist Ben Laden. Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and Petter Boyles repeatedly report that death threats are coming in against Professor Ward Churchill and they do not call for and end of this. They sound like their taking great pride in the fact that their manner of reporting on this issue is angering people against Professor Churchill and the Native American community to the point someone may end up being killed.

Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and Petter Boyles are doing a disservice to all people in Colorado and America in the way they are handling the issue of Professor Ward Churchill on their radio show. Professor Churchill has not broken any laws! he is only exercising his first amendment right of freedom of speech. On Petter Boyles web page it states, We know Professor Ward Churchill's real Indian name "Horse Sh*t," This is a total racial put down directed toward the Native American community!!! UNA has called the station about this issue, and the Rocky Mountain Newspaper for their reports on this issue.
End statement:

Use contact information below to send in your letters of complaint to the Federal Communication Commission demanding action be taken toward 630 KOW-AM Radio Station Denver Colorado to include Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and Petter Boyles.

Dan Caplis & Craig Silverman
 http://www.khow.com/hosts/caplis-silverman.html

Petter Boyles
 http://www.khow.com/hosts/peterboyles.html

630 KHOW-AM's offices are located at:
4695 S. Monaco Street
Denver, CO 80237

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
1-888-225-5322 Fax: (202) 418-0710

Chairman Michael K. Powell:  Michael.Powell@fcc.gov
Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy:  Kathleen.Abernathy@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps:  Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Kevin J. Martin:  KJMWEB@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein:  Jonathan.Adelstein@fcc.gov

Mike L. Graham, member Oklahoma Cherokee Nation
Founder United Native America www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

Whoops, apologies...

King Amdo 05.Feb.2005 13:13

I meant Vernon Bellacourt and not Russel Means....as in 'official' (sick) AIM.

You're a cheecky cunt Bellacourt..it's not up to you who is or who isn't part of AIM!

Anyone, who is Native American is part of AIM! (please spporters I guess).

jezzz, maybe the guy is FBI?...no just a egoisng dodgy twat.

(hey! hope that everyone's digging the Mason loony bin!!!)

Blessed be,

King Amdo.

CYMRU TRIBAL SOVERIGNTY!

United Native America

Mike L. Graham 05.Feb.2005 13:40

As to Vernon Bellecourt and Colorado UV Professor Ward Churchill, I have read the Denver news reports out today. I know both these men and I have to say I like Vernon but, he is doing a big "wrong" in speaking out on this issue, I'm also taking to the AIM Grand Council about this issue. Anyone can look at Professor Ward Churchill and see he has Indian heritage, as most Indians in this country they cannot prove their Indian heritage, thanks to the federal government in taking Indian children away from their Mom and Dads for so many years, their family history is lost forever.

I have talked two times on a radio show there in Denver that is coming at Churchill, he has not broken any laws in what he wrote, they are turning his words around and trying to make it look like he is for the terrorist, he has stated he is not, he is just telling people why the terrorist hit the Twin Towers two times, and that is because of the federal government and big business in their back yard.

I'm putting together a letter calling for people to contact the FCC on the two men and the radio station for their actions that have brought about death threats against Ward Churchill and damage to his car from KKK members on campus. On the radio show they keep bringing up the Native American community and how this issue will hurt them, well it is in the way they are reporting on the issue. The Colorado media is generating race hate toward the Indian community, this issue is not just about Ward Churchill!

This is taking place because the Denver court let the people go that were arrested on Columbus Day, this is their way of putting the Native American community down and turning people against Indians and their issue of Columbus being a state holiday.

Rocky Mountain Newspaper is leading the pack attack against Professor Ward Churchill. UNA is contacting everyone we can on the Internet asking them to stay united on this issue against the Colorado media and the governor!
Newspaper poll: Please vote NO to fire Professor Ward Churchill.
 http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3513399,00.html

Radio station trying to sound bite Professor Ward Churchill to death for real!!
 http://www.khow.com/hosts/caplis-silverman.html

Contact the FCC and demand this radio station be shut down for their actions against the Native America community on this issue!!!
 http://www.fcc.gov/

Mike L. Graham, member Oklahoma Cherokee Nation
Founder United Native America
www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

United Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:39

The federal government brought the terrorist to the good old USA!!! It started back in 1974...remember? If you buy oil and gas your supporting terrorist, FACT!

The oil selling countries in the Middles are training their men to come at us. We are buying oil from them, get an education!!!!

How else would these sand people have the money to come to America???? Get it now?

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

Ward Churchill just told you the same thing I did here, fire me!!! Sadam and Ben Laden are the most wanted men in the world!!! Your federal government gave them your tax dollars for over 40 years for their support in the Middle East to fight against the USSR, when that war was over they came after the USA. Now it's our turn to pay for Middles East OIL!!! That is what it's about!!! Get over it!!! Ward Churchill just told you what the terrorist are doing to the USA and why!!!

People in the Towers worked for the USA companies in the Middle East. He stated, how would you take them out? Well, they had two chances and they did it, now we all have to live with the fact that our government did not do it's job in taking care of US! But just look at all your tax dollars now going to the Middle East again, what do you thank about that?? You just can't handle the truth, your like most Americans LOL.

I'm a retired services connected disable Vet, I know what I'm saying and talking about her!!!

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

Unite Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:42

Our national group members our in support of doing away with Columbus Day in the state of Colorado and America are sending the letter posted on this UNA page to the State Governor, Denver Mayor and other state and city representatives.
 http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/issues/CO.html

Seventeen state governments have dropped Columbus Day as a state holiday, cities can do this as well. By state law South Dakota and Wyoming have changed Columbus Day to Native American Day. The state of Alabama has brought about Native America Heritage Day/Columbus Day set on the second Monday of October.

We now have a bill before the Oklahoma State Government, HB. 1216, calling for Native American Day set on the second Monday of each October, Oklahoma is one of the seventeen states that have dropped Columbus Day.

Congressman Joe Baca of California will reintroduce a house resolution calling for National Native American Day. Senator Brownback of Kansas is looking into posting the bill on the senate side of the house. Last year we had 26 congressmen signed on in support of Native American Day, we need around 80 congressmen signed on to the bill before it goes before the full house for a vote. This year we will make it happen!!

If the Denver Mayor issues a parade permit this year under the name of Columbus, we are calling for over 1000 people to show up and be willing to go to jail.

We have over one hundred and fifty thousands hand signed holiday petitions calling for and end of Columbus Day in America and to bring about National Native American Day, over 38,300 people have signed our on line holiday petition.

 http://www.petitiononline.com/indian/petition.html


Send holiday petition to White House

 http://users.skynet.be/kola/nhnapet.htm



United Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:44

Now, in our day and time of the 2000s Our federal government wants to apologize to the Americans Indians for it's holocaust they committed against them, or do they? The US Senate bill on the web page below was put forth last year, it did not pass!! Now a US Congressman has brought the bill back before this new congress we have, think it will pass this year of 2005? Call your congressman at: 202-225-3121 and see what he thinks about it?

2004 bill page
Republican Representative Sam Brownback of Kansas aided by the National Council of Americans
 http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/issues/res37.html

The new bill before US Congress
Your support is needed on this issue, contact your federal congressmen. Ask them to sign on in support of H.J. RES. 3
United States House of Representatives, 109th Congress, 1st Session: Member We

To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples... (Introduced in House)
HJ 3 IH
109th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. J. RES. 3
To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2005
Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Resources

JOINT RESOLUTION

To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.

Whereas the ancestors of today's Native Peoples inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of peoples of European descent;

Whereas the Native Peoples have for millennia honored, protected, and stewarded this land we cherish;

Whereas the Native Peoples are spiritual peoples with a deep and abiding belief in the Creator, and for millennia their peoples have maintained a powerful spiritual connection to this land, as is evidenced by their customs and legends;

Whereas the arrival of Europeans in North America opened a new chapter in the histories of the Native Peoples;

Whereas, while establishment of permanent European settlements in North America did stir conflict with nearby Indian tribes, peaceful and mutually beneficial interactions also took place;

Whereas the foundational English settlements in Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, owed their survival in large measure to the compassion and aid of the Native Peoples in their vicinities;

Whereas, in the infancy of the United States, the founders of the Republic expressed their desire for a just relationship with the Indian tribes, as evidenced by the Northwest Ordinance enacted by Congress in 1787, which begins with the phrase, `The utmost good faith shall always be observed toward the Indians';

Whereas Indian tribes provided great assistance to the fledgling Republic as it strengthened and grew, including invaluable help to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their epic journey from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Coast;

Whereas Native Peoples and non-Native settlers engaged in numerous armed conflicts;

Whereas the United States Government violated many of the treaties ratified by Congress and other diplomatic agreements with Indian tribes;

Whereas this Nation should address the broken treaties and many of the more ill-conceived Federal policies that followed, such as extermination, termination, forced removal and relocation, the outlawing of traditional religions, and the destruction of sacred places;

Whereas the United States forced Indian tribes and their citizens to move away from their traditional homelands and onto federally established and controlled reservations, in accordance with such Acts as the Indian Removal Act of 1830;

Whereas many Native Peoples suffered and perished--

(1) during the execution of the official United States Government policy of forced removal, including the infamous Trail of Tears and Long Walk;

(2) during bloody armed confrontations and massacres, such as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 and the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890; and

(3) on numerous Indian reservations;

Whereas the United States Government condemned the traditions, beliefs, and customs of the Native Peoples and endeavored to assimilate them by such policies as the redistribution of land under the General Allotment Act of 1887 and the forcible removal of Native children from their families to faraway boarding schools where their Native practices and languages were degraded and forbidden;

Whereas officials of the United States Government and private United States citizens harmed Native Peoples by the unlawful acquisition of recognized tribal land, the theft of resources from such territories, and the mismanagement of tribal trust funds;

Whereas the policies of the United States Government toward Indian tribes and the breaking of covenants with Indian tribes have contributed to the severe social ills and economic troubles in many Native communities today;

Whereas, despite continuing maltreatment of Native Peoples by the United States, the Native Peoples have remained committed to the protection of this great land, as evidenced by the fact that, on a per capita basis, more Native people have served in the United States Armed Forces and placed themselves in harm's way in defense of the United States in every major military conflict than any other ethnic group;

Whereas Indian tribes have actively influenced the public life of the United States by continued cooperation with Congress and the Department of the Interior, through the involvement of Native individuals in official United States Government positions, and by leadership of their own sovereign Indian tribes;

Whereas Indian tribes are resilient and determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their unique cultural identities;

Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian was established within the Smithsonian Institution as a living memorial to the Native Peoples and their traditions; and

Whereas Native Peoples are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND APOLOGY
SECTION 1. The United States, acting through Congress--

(1) recognizes the special legal and political relationship the Indian tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant with the land we share;

(2) commends and honors the Native Peoples for the thousands of years that they have stewarded and protected this land;

(3) acknowledges years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes;

(4) apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States;

(5) expresses its regret for the ramifications of former offenses and its commitment to build on the positive relationships of the past and present to move toward a brighter future where all the people of this land live reconciled as brothers and sisters, and harmoniously steward and protect this land together;

(6) urges the President to acknowledge the offenses of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land by providing a proper foundation for reconciliation between the United States and Indian tribes; and

(7) commends the State governments that have begun reconciliation efforts with recognized Indian tribes located in their boundaries and encourages all State governments similarly to work toward reconciling relationships with Indian tribes within their boundaries.

DISCLAIMER
SEC. 2. Nothing in this Joint Resolution authorizes any claim against the United States or serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.


United Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:46

In World War ll, six million Jews were said to be killed because of Hitler. World wide in that war over one hundred million people were killed.

From the time Columbus was found all most dead from lack of food and water off the shores of Indians true home land to the 1900s, over one hundred million Indian men, Women and children were killed because they were Indian!! Fact, I do not care if you can't handle the truth, you cannot change true history!! Our federal government states it did this to the Indian people of the Americas.
Bureau of White Affairs
 http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/bureau/bwa_6.html

Largest mass hanging in United States history
 http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/hanging.html

American Indian Holocaust - United Native America
 http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/aiholocaust.html

After you look over these pages you will know how America came about!!
It should never happen again in mans history


United Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:47

Colorado media is trying to turn people against the Indian movement on Columbus  Day in their state. This has turned into another right wing attack on ANYONE who speaks out against injustice. We have to stop them dead in their tracks!!! Now the national media is coming in on this issue, you must send your emails in now and make calls!!!

The number to call the Chancellor of UC. is 303-492-8908. Call and let him know how embarrassed you are at CU's stand against Ward Churchill. This at a University that damned Dalton Trumbo years ago and now honors him with a fountain. Let the Chancellor know how disappointed you are.  

We all know Americas true history from the Federal Government, as to how they did the America Indian Indians. It did not stop with them, it went world wide, now you know why America today is under attack!! Is this your government? Or theirs!!


Ward Churchill report:

 http://www.marxmail.org/ward_churchill.htm

This issue is now being reported on National FOX TV News, Bill Oreily show. Send your emails to him and other Fox shows shows, let all your friends on the Internet know about this issue. Colorado is trying to put Indians downs because of Columbus Day event in their state!!! The Colorado government stands with the federal government in having you and me pay for Columbus Day in our country, by coming at Indians in our true home, let's stop it here and now!!!

 oreilly@foxnews.com

Other FOX NEWS shows to contact:

Please copy as is: this is a blind copy to each of them.

( Colmes@foxnews.com,
 cavuto@foxnews.com,
 myword@foxnews.com,
 studiob@foxnews.com
 friends@foxnews.com)


www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com



First Amendment

First Amendment Supporter 05.Feb.2005 14:48

Sure he's got a right to speak w/out losing his job. But what about Jodi Rave's (former student of Churchill's right to free speech? A Native-American journalist who went on to win a journalism fellowship at Harvard, Rave wrote a profile of Churchill. He didn't like it and her grade dropped from an A to a C-. That's something the Regents should be investigating. After gradution, Rave was working for a Nebraska paper. Again, Churchill didn't like something she wrote and he showed up waving a membership card around, demanding a retraction. Her editor backed her. What about freedom of the press? Below are links about Rave's experiences w/Churchill and his idea of freedom of speech:

 http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3519179,00.html

 http://missoulian.com/articles/2005/02/05/jodirave/rave64.txt

What about his late wife's family's right to free speech when they tried to discuss w/him & his publisher what they regarded as innacuracies in his account of her life? According to the resolution below, they were met w/threats.

 http://www.afn.ca/resolutions/2004/res56.htm

United Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:52

Fox News loves the Ward Churchill issue, you can play Custer and kill off an Indian. All Ward Church did was tell us why America is being hit by terrorist, our federal governments actions in their home lands! Like it or not, that's the facts!

The governor of Colorado should step down, our tax dollars pay for Columbus Day, Columbus = Hitler  Fact!! This holiday is a national sick joke!!


9-11 almost 3000 people killed. American Indian Trail Of Tears, over 5000 Indian men, women and children killed, the list goes on and on.
 http://www.petitiononline.com/indian/petition.html

United Native America

Mike Graham 05.Feb.2005 14:55

I support Churchill keeping his job!!!!  

American Indians fighting terrorism from
1492
Now, thanks to our federal government we are all in the same boat!!!

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

Where did freedom of speech come from under government rule?

9-11 almost 3000 people killed. American Indian Trail Of Tears, over 5000 Indian men, women and children killed.

105TH CONGRESS - 1ST SESSION - S. RES. 145

Designating the month of November as "National American Indian Heritage Month".

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES


Mr. Campbell (for himself, Mr. Inouye, Mr. Abraham, Mr. Allard, Mr. Baucus, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Bingaman, Mrs. Boxer, Mr. Breaux, Mr. Brownback, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Chafee, Mr. Cochran, Ms. Collins, Mr. Conrad, Mr. D'Amato, Mr. Dashle, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Domenici, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Faircloth, Mr. Faircloth, Mr. Feingold, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Ford, Mr. First, Mr. Gorton, Mr. Graham, Mr. Hatch, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Jeffords, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Kennedy, Ms. Landrieu, Mr. Lautenberg, Mr. Levin, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Lott, Mr. McCain, Ms. Mikulski, Ms. Moseley-Braun, Mrs. Murray, Mr. Reid, Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Smith of Oregon, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Thurmond, Mr. Warner, Mr. Wellstone, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Murkowski and Mr. Stevens) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary November 9, 1997 Committee discharged; considered and agree to

RESOLUTION Designating the month of November 1997 as "National American Indian Heritage Month."

Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives were the original inhabitants of the land that now constitutes the United States;

Whereas American Indian tribal governments developed the fundamental principles of freedom of speech and separation of powers that form the foundation of the United States Government;

Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives have traditionally exhibited a respect for the finiteness of natural resources through a reverence for the earth;

Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives have served with valor in all of America's wars beginning with the Revolutionary War through the conflict in the Persian Gulf, and often the percentage of American Indians who served exceeded significantly the percentage of American Indians in the population of the United States as a whole;

Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives have made distinct and important contributions to the United States and the rest of the world in many fields, including agriculture, medicine, music, language, and art;

Whereas American Indians and Alaska Natives deserve to be recognized for their individual contributions to the United States as local and national leaders, artists, athletes, and scholars;

Whereas this recognition will encourage self-esteem, pride, and self-awareness in American Indians and Alaska Natives of all ages; and

Whereas November is a time when many Americans commemorate a special time in the history of the United States when American Indians and English settlers celebrated the bounty of their harvest and the promise of new kinships: Now, therefore, be it



1 Resolved, That the Senate designates November
2 as "National American Indian Heritage Month" and re-
3 quests that the President issue a proclamation calling on
4 the Federal Government and State and local governments,
5 interested groups and organizations, and the people of the
6 United States to observe the month with programs appropriate ceremonies, and activities.

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com


Churchill nails himself in interviews

AIM 05.Feb.2005 16:42

November 3, 1999

United States Government War
Against the American Indian Movement

Following a lengthy twenty-five (25) year investigation of Ward Churchill, Glen Morris and their Indian and non-Indian co-conspirators, collaborators, dupes and unwitting pawns, the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council’s Council on Security and Intelligence is releasing this lengthy report. We do so because of the continued attacks by this group of deceitful and treacherous frauds against the legitimate leadership of the American Indian Movement and of our international political and diplomatic Corp, the International Indian Treaty Council. They perpetuate these attacks by fraudulently representing themselves as being members of the American Indian Movement, and the so-called confederation of autonomous aim chapters, now using their web site to sow disruption, division and confusion.

The ringleaders of this conspiracy are two wannabees, white men masquerading as Indians, who are very deceitful and treacherous individuals by the name of Ward Churchill and Glen Morris (see Ministry for Information on Glen Morris and Russell Means, the CIA/Contra Connection). We are convinced they are the continuation of a campaign to destroy the American Indian Movement and its leadership that began in the White House office of Richard Nixon in 1972 during the Trail of Broken Treaties march on Washington D.C. in November, 1972 (see Trail of Broken Treaties Manifesto in AIM Archives; also see Council to the President, John Wesley Dean III Correspondence to Acting FBI Director W. Mark Felt under AIM's Council on Security and Intelligence Page).

Four items that should be given special attention are:

Churchill's book, Agents of Repression, page 438, item 49, reads:

"49. Author Churchill experienced one of these sweeps firsthand when, while driving across Pine Ridge on June 27, 1975, the day after the gunfight at the Jumping Bull residence that claimed the lives of AIM member Joe Stuntz and FBI agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams, he stopped to urinate alongside the road, about five miles south of Porcupine. Over the ridge came an APC, accompanied by some 20 FBI and BIA police personnel, moving "on line," carrying M-16s, and dressed in Vietnam-style jungle fatigues, boots and bush hats. Most of the group was also wearing military-issue flack-jackets. Needless to say, the whole scene afforded a sense of deja-vu to the viewer, given that he had spent a year in Southeast Asia in combat."

Churchill further states that he served in Vietnam as an Information Specialist. We say, misinformation specialist.

The second item is an interview conducted with Churchill by Amy Goodman and Bernard White of Radio Pacifica and Station WBAI 99.5 FM, New York City. Again, these are Churchill's own words:

"Well, in 1969, after I came out of the Army, I was a draftee and sent to Vietnam. I came back from that a little bit irritated of the posture of my government. I'm also an American Indian and I was sent to Southeast Asia to uphold a treaty, which did not require that I be there. I considered it a fact before I even left there that while I was over there that, the United States was in the process of standing in complete violation of 371 odd treaties that were on record with my people or related peoples right here in North America. If we’re going to be busy enforcing treaties, it ought to home, not over there.
With that perspective, I became politically active and had a roommate, at least part of the time, in Peoria, Illinois, which is where I’m originally from. His name was Mark Clark. Mark was a downstate defense captain for the Black Panther Party in Illinois, where in December 1969, he was the first person killed in an armed raid on an apartment on Monroe Street in Chicago, which also took the life by assassination of the chairman of the Illinois Panthers, Fred Hampton. That, I guess you can say, caught my attention. And since there were clear indications from the onset of direct FBI involvement in that, and since there was a clear attempt made to cover that up, I became active in the effort to bring out the information of exactly how the murders of Hampton and Clark had occurred.
And one thing followed another from there. I became involved in the Leonard Peltier case. After I joined the American Indian Movement, a couple of years after the point that I'm talking about here."
(See Churchill File, Council on Security and Intelligence).
This is no coincidence. Our investigations show that the FBI raid on the Jumping Bull residence, which sparked the firefight that led to the deaths of FBI agents, Jack Coler and Ron Williams, and AIM member Joe Stuntz, was, in fact, a botched FBI job caused by agents/informants of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and/or other military and intelligence agencies that may well have instigated the shootout or, at least, were in and about the Jumping Bull community. FBI agent informants were no doubt also involved in the death of Anna Mae Aquash. The fact is, Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams, and AIM member, Joe Stuntz, and Anna Mae Aquash are dead, and our brother, Leonard Peltier remains in prison after 23 years.


The third item is the blatant manipulation of Peter Mathieson, Oliver Stone, CBS and 60-Minutes, regarding the "Mr. X" hoax, which was orchestrated by David Hill, Bob Robideaux, and Ward Churchill. (See Dino Butler article published in News from Indian Country, May 1995). In the article Dino states, "There is no Mr. X. There was no white man coming to our camp that day bringing dynamite. Those are all lies created to keep Leonard in jail longer." (See Council on Security and Intelligence, Churchill File).

You may also see Jodi Rave interview of Ward Churchill in November of 1993 at Boulder, Colorado, specifically the last three paragraphs on page two (2) which continues to page three (3).

"Question: That must have changed just recently?
Answer: Yes, about three years ago, the name of the university, it was still a college then. So I agreed to teach some extension courses for them. I thought that once I would do that, and at Loneman School on Pine Ridge I would do some workshops there ... but what they assigned me to do was to teach the police force in Rapid City.
Question: Oh, really?
Answer: Yah, the guys were taking courses on weekends and shit, so they could make their rank. It was a money maker for the school. I needed the money. I was teaching the Rapid City Police Department about the American Indian Movement."

For those of you that have visited our web site, aimovement.org, see the remarkable progress that the legitimate leadership of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council, the International Indian Treaty Council, the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media, and all of our other projects listed on our web site have accomplished; work that continues over a thirty-year period of time.
On the other hand, this group of detractors have done nothing for the Indian people, or for humankind in general. Everything they have done is self-serving to put money in their pockets, be it their revisionist writings, lectures, movies, etc., while they continue their campaign and attempts to divide and destroy the American Indian Movement.


There is so much more information that we can share with you that is in this report. Everything that is represented in this Press Statement and following report entitled, The United States Government’s War Against the American Indian Movement are factual based in part on our careful review of the first of 17,722 pages of declassified documents from various U.S. government agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).

Additionally, it is based on a twenty-five year investigation by the Council on Security & Intelligence, and the conspirator’s and collaborator’s own words, writings, representations, and as important, their actions. (See Council on Security and Intelligence, the United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement) , the role of the White House and Secret Service, Senate Judiciary Committee, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), other U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

Finally, as you review the total report, we trust that you will come to the same conclusions that we have.

Vernon Bellecourt
National Representative
AIMGGC

Ward taught cops is a cop!

AIM 05.Feb.2005 17:40

You may also see Jodi Rave interview of Ward Churchill in November of 1993 at Boulder, Colorado, specifically the last three paragraphs on page two (2) which continues to page three (3).

"Question: That must have changed just recently?
Answer: Yes, about three years ago, the name of the university, it was still a college then. So I agreed to teach some extension courses for them. I thought that once I would do that, and at Loneman School on Pine Ridge I would do some workshops there ... but what they assigned me to do was to teach the police force in Rapid City.
Question: Oh, really?
Answer: Yah, the guys were taking courses on weekends and shit, so they could make their rank. It was a money maker for the school. I needed the money. I was teaching the Rapid City Police Department about the American Indian Movement."

Ward's cop status is NOT irrelevant

Nobody 05.Feb.2005 18:22

Ward's cop status is NOT irrelevant. There is a very good possibility that he is trying to trick the left into backing him in a position where they are going to get slammed. That is to say, what he is looking for is for people like Indymedia to say, "Well, the U.S. DID deserve 9/11." That would help to further discredit the left with a lot of people.

That's important because, if you had not noticed, we are a small minority in the U.S. at this point, and to have any real effect on our country's policies, we are going to have to GROW and win over more people. Going around telling people that the only real victims on 9/11 were the poor hijackers is not going to get you there. You may or many not understand this; Ward Churchill does.

That said, if you want to defend him on free speech grounds, it's probably harmless enough. But I would treat him about like I would a Klan person in that case: Damn his position every chance you get, but defend his right to say it.

For my part, I'm not going to get too up in arms about it. Whether he gets fired -- which doesn't seem likely from my reading of his school's academic freedom policy -- or whether he doesn't, he isn't going to end up homeless and on the street. The feds will take care of their boy. He probably has quite a lot in the bank at this point, and if not I'm sure they will arrange for him to make a good living as a speaker and so forth.

Frankly I think the more important task is to tell all the people getting whipped up at this latest story of outrage by the left that Ward Churchill is nothing to do with us. Keep him or let him go, as you like; but don't blame us, blame Nixon. This seems to have been AIM's focus, which is a demonstration of their political experience and savvy. Other organizations would do well to watch and learn.

In the long run I think this will do more good for preserving academic freedom than anything else: Making the point that the worst offender among academics is a plant, and that the "problem" of academics writing nonsense is a manufactured and a fake problem, and perhaps distinguishing between what he has said about 9/11 and what Noam Chomsky, Amiri Baraka and other controversial writers have said. It IS different. Responsible writers, such as Baraka, have taken great pains to make clear their horror at the 9/11 attacks.

Like it or not, people judge us by what we do. People look not only at the arguments the left makes but the way the left acts. And when some jackass, in our name, or the name of AIM, writes something that everyone can see is a jackass thing to write, it DOES hurt us.

Also, I would like to point out that the position attributed to Ward Churchill in these pages, that the U.S. is responsible for the 9/11 attacks because of arming and funding Bin Laden, because of the oil money which was behind the attacks, etc., is NOT Ward Churchill's position. There is a link to the article at the back of this whole debate at the top of THIS article. In it he does not portray the hijackers as U.S. trained mad-dogs slipped off their leashes -- which is an accurate portrayal -- but as heroic, rational, admirable freedom fighters.

&quot;Stop Thief!&quot; Is Not Hate Speech

Transform 05.Feb.2005 18:45

"STOP THIEF!" IS NOT HATE SPEECH

The apartheid media of invader-settlers illegally
occupying Indian Country by force of arms has had
quite a little punitive fit of McCarthyism lately with
their frustrated attacks on Ward Churchill. The
needles of their moral compasses spinning
hysterically, these establishment white males have
gone haywire with their hypocritical, slanderous rants
against CU's professor of Ethnic Studies.

Here's just a random, paraphrased sampling of the
bigotry of these hiss-terics for who Churchill is no
less than a (big, deep breath) celebrator of mass
slaughter, exhultor of terrorists, apologist for mass
murder, suppressor of civil liberties, indoctrinator
of innocent children of taxpayers, an intellectual
goon, a vicious rhetorician, a reckless exaggerator, a
lunatic, nutcase, lightning rod whose intellectually
bankrupt, morally depraved, repugnant, slovenly,
puerile, inept, degenerate rants are indefensible,
reprehensible, outrageous examples of a cheap
self-promoter whose utter disregard for the dead of
911 is, well, "hurtful".

Whoa there, cowboys, put down that thesaurus and take
your meds! Aren't you the same keyboard commandos
whose newspapers regularly publish war-porn pictures
of captured Iraqis in S&M positions so blatant and
degrading they look like they belong in the back of
the Westword's pimp pages? Geneva Convention anyone?

Often handcuffed, under the gun, and at the feet of
our Kevlared little Jeffrey Dahmers whose rape/murder
spree at Abu Ghraib our tax dollars sponsored, and
whose degradation of the people they claim to be
liberating might just be one more reason why most of
the world hates us so much. And is it really any
surprise that men who come from a country where a
woman is raped once every six minutes (often by
someone she knows) would do this sort of thing?

Puritans are certainly not known for their balanced
sense of moral outrage, and their racially-motivated
attacks on an American Indian man who dared to call
them on their greedy exceptionalism shows just how
precisely he hit a nerve. The last time I looked it
was not an act of hate speech to cry "Stop thief!"
especially when the one giving the warning can back
his charge up with the kind of historical/legal
evidence and rigorous scholarship that is the hallmark
of Ward Churchill's works.

On that fateful, prophetic day in September 2001 after
the Twin Towers collapsed, a photograph was snapped of
a man in a business suit covered from head to toe in
ash, capturing forever his utter bewilderment at what
had just happened. Stripped of his arrogant
pretensions, his briefcase full of broken treaties,
broken lives, and broken nations, he stands there
looking like he really forgot to ask some very
essential questions - questions like: Whose world?
What kind of trade? In the center of what?

Fortunately, the rest of us might have a little more
time to examine, with a whole lot of help from
scholar-activists like Ward Churchill, just what
exactly those three words REALLY mean. And not to the
beneficiaries of the U$A's business-as-usual policies,
but to the rest of the nations of the world -
especially Turtle Island's indigenous nations - whose
land, labor, and lives it was the business of many of
the people in those towers to buy and sell as they
pleased.

The sheer, media-numbed ignorance that American
Indians face every day from Ugly AmeriKKKans, whose
genocidal hate and greed puts us all in danger, was
nowhere more evident recently than in one of the
anti-Churchill, racist screeds that shrieked for a
"simple denunciation of lunatic opinions".

Gee, simply denounce lunatic opinions? OK, here's a
couple of lunatic ones for you: Columbus was a great
explorer and this is not stolen land.

Transform you are mossing the point!

AIM 05.Feb.2005 19:15

AIM's position on 911 showed solidarity with victims families and pointed out the hypocrisy of our government:

On Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. central time, Indian people will be standing with thousands of Minnesotans at the State Capitol to join our prayers and spirit in the wake of these horrific and tragic events. We request that all of our Indian peoples and others join us in our offerings and prayers at this time.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we mourn with them the loss of their loved ones. As a people who have historically suffered similar crimes against humanity perpetrated against peaceful Indian villages in the North America, and continuing today against Indian civilians in several countries of Central and South America, we nonetheless at this time grieve and join our prayers and spirits with the families of the innocent victims of these acts of violence in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

However, we caution and remind the U.S. Government leaders that all faiths of the world are taught that violence begets violence. Mahatma Ghandi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have proven the power of non-violence. Our great chiefs like Blackhawk and Chief Joseph, in the face of great adversity, were men of peace and non-violence. Blackhawk, who correctly observed at that time, when he asked the question, "Why is it that you Americans always insist on taking with a gun what you could have through love?"

With acts of love, we can become the most respected government and people in the world, and we will prevail. If we continue the cycles of violence, we will continue to be the most despised in many parts of the world, and we will fail. We must continue to pray for justice and world peace.

AIM has a right to demand this imposter stop using his manufactured identity to nischaracterize their organization.If he wants to stand alone as a wing nut who has no ability or propensity to be sensitive to the janitors,waitresses, and yes even the secretaries working in the trade centers then fine!!AIM has a right to see our principled position shared by the majority of our members be representative. Our position? That we are in solidarity with the victims of 911 but call on the US government to examine it's history of oppression and murder worldwide.

Thank god Ward isn't really Indian. We don't need his mischaracterizations imposed upon us. We called on the U of CO to rid themselves long ago. Not for what he says but for misrepresenting his credentials as a native person, an expert on our affairs, and his false claim as a leader of AIM.

Get it straight!

I See a Vile Smear Campaign

Old Radical 05.Feb.2005 19:58

Many of the comments here are misleading, poorly thought out, and sometimes just ugly and deliberate lies.

If Ward Churchill is a government agent he has done more to expose the criminal actions of the US government than all of his critics on the supposed left put together!

And what about the college professor who cannot spell? Clearly she cannot read either. I have read Churchill's books, talked to him and listened to his speaches. He has said that he deeply cares for the innocent victims of 911 but adds that he also cares for the innocent victims of US attacks in Iraq, and that many of the people in the WT Center were, in fact, not so very innocent. Are you, in fact innocent?? Are any of us who live on the resources and labor robbed from the poor of this earth?? Have they no right to fight back? Apparently not, and anyone who even suggests that they may is marked for a smear campaign. The US may bomb all sorts of civilian targets, killing and maiming innocent children, women, and men at will, but if Ward Churchill points this out you question his credibility on every level. What perfidy! Ward has written volumes of excellent material that many of you have never read. Here is a sample:

"It is not disputed that the Pentagon was a military target, or that a CIA office was situated in the World Trade Center. Following the logic by which U.S. Defense Department spokespersons have consistently sought to justify target selection in places like Baghdad, this placement of an element of the American 'command and control infrastructure' in an ostensibly civilian facility converted the Trade Center itself into a 'legitimate' target. Again following U.S. military doctrine, as announced in briefing after briefing, those who did not work for the CIA but were nonetheless killed in the attack amounted to no more than 'collateral damage.' If the U.S. public is prepared to accept these 'standards' when the are routinely applied to other people, they should be not be surprised when the same standards are applied to them."

I worked long and hard in the early gay liberation movement, when to say you were gay in public generally got you beaten up. The kissgranny establishment gays tried to shut us up in the beginning, fearing a backlash. Cheered us for a bit, a short bit, when we were successful. Took advantage of the inroads we finally made, and then slandered us again when we'd outlived our use to them, in a way not unlike what is happening to Ward Churchill by supposed members of the left. Only what's going on here looks far worse than anything that was done to us. It makes me sick.

BTW: Here is a link to the Colorado AIM (which some of you think doesn't exist)  http://www.coloradoaim.org/councils.htm Clearly all organizations calling themselves AIM and all people daring to call themselves radicals have not yet turned on Ward Churchill.

In deepest love for the oppressed everywhere,
Old Radical

Ward has admitted to working for the police and the Contras

Nobody 05.Feb.2005 20:46

What more could you possibly want?! It is notorious, a matter of public record, no serious person can deny, that the Contras were a creature of the Reagan White House, a front for the CIA. Ward worked with them. Therefore he has worked with the CIA. This is not a matter of conjecture, speculation, or probability. It is a construction based purely on undeniable fact and firm logic. Wiggle and wriggle how he may, he is hooked.

He has also admitted to teaching classes to South Dakota police about AIM. This fact speaks so eloquently by itself that I can think of nothing to add to it.

If you have any lingering doubts, consider the number of deceptions surrounding him.

Remember, too, who is who here. Leonard Peltier fired Ward Churchill from his committee. Are you saying that Leonard is part of the smear campaign? The Zapatistas enjoy excellent relations with AIM. Are you saying the Zapatistas are some kind of government front?

AIM is for real. Ward is not. Anything useful Ward has done is an attempt to fool you.

Yes, there are, unfortunately, still some people who are taken in by him. But, you know, some people were taken in by Mobutu Seise Seko. A fake who has the support of the press, establishment credentials, and access to money can fool a certain number of people, however obvious he is.

I agree that the letter from the professor is funny. I couldn't find any professor by that name, and I'm pretty sure that twenty years ago Ward had already become an Indian. But that doesn't change a thing.

As to what he has said about 9/11, he has said a lot of different things. In the essay in question he didn't express the slightest BIT of sympathy or solidarity for the victims of 9/11. He just didn't. It isn't in there. Nowadays, lately, in an effort to confuse the issue, he is expressing such sympathy. But he hasn't apologized for not doing so before. He's pretending that was his position all along, and it wasn't.

Don't hitch your wagon to that.

Smear campaign indeed!! By Churchill

AIM 05.Feb.2005 21:20

Ward has repeatedly attacked the founders of AIM

Supported the Contras

Claimed to be members of tribes he wasn't

Called Dennis Banks (co-founder of AIM and the engineer of Wounded Knee uprising) "a willing dupe" and implicated him in the murder of Ana Mae Aquash

Ward never done a stretch in jail while all the true leaders of AIM have done no less than a year. ANd no!! we don't include one night stays for CD!!

He created a fake wing of AIM calling it "the International Confederation of the Autonomous Chapters of the AIM". Notice he doesn't call it AIM!!! Dumb asses after his only connection to the movement Russ Means resigned form AIM (9 times!!)

He helped organize a press conference at FBI headquarters to accuse the leaders of AIM of murder and Russ went on to testify to a US grand jury against his own brother!! and the leaders of AIM.

You reference a website to prove the valid existence of COAIM? Get the record straight. Vernon Bellecourt founded the Colorado Chapter of AIM after he had moved away and Russ and subsequently Ward were ousted/resigned Ward hi-jacked the name and refused to stop misrepresenting himself as Indian or AIM after AIM repeatedly informed the public he was not AIM!!!

You cannot choose our leaders Wasichu!!(Those who eat fat/invading barbarians)

White people made Ward what he is today: a celebrated lecturer to white college kids and well paid government agent who has through his dumb ass 911 commentary has accomplished having AIM's name dragged through the mud again. We stand in solidarity with the innocents who died in the attacks of 911. We alos want to inform the US government once again that it has and continues to kill millions on scale that dwarfs the 911 attacks everyday all over the world. A muchmore intelligent and thoughtful way to approach the subject.

He has the right to say whatever the hell he wants. He does not have the right to do it on behalf of Indians or AIM!!!!

I have never seen an "old radical" who would stand next to a Contra supporter. All the old radicals I know supported the revolution!!

Old Radical is more like Ward Groupie?

For Real 05.Feb.2005 21:24

You read a book, you saw a lecture, and decided he was the man? What an idiot.

Tribal documents, photos of Gleen Morris with the Contras, Smear campaign?

Seems Clear 05.Feb.2005 21:27

Seems pretty clear that Ward iis a liar based on the Ketoowah and Creek denials of his tribal membership that go way before this recent event. It seems clear that Ward and Company have supported the Contras. Where is the smear?

Oh for fucks sake shut up...

King Amdo 05.Feb.2005 22:05

left/right is irrelevent scitzo's what is important is (tribal) goddess consciousness!

Blessed be!

Ward Churchill, the Contras, Elliott Abrams and Soldier of Fortune Part 1

KL 05.Feb.2005 22:10

I confess to having thought that a political introduction was a courtesy inan unsolicited communication. I bear no responsibility for Louis's post of mye-mail on this list, which he then attacked as though I had posted theinformation myself, and some others also have done. Inadvertently, I got underLouis's skin. He professes to relish that as sport when he can inflict it onothers, but turns nasty and irrational when it happens to him.Louis manages to see the clay feet on everyone else's radical heroes, withwhich I concurred generally, and added a few points to his, in a privatecommunication. But the purpose of my e-mail was to note for his benefit, inthe event he had not been aware of it, that Ward Churchill, the hero of hisown post, also has clay feet.I wrote as someone who had worked with Ward on a number of projects over adecade's time, always cordially, though in later years our disagreementsstrained our ability to unite on the political field of struggle. Ward and Idiscussed and debated our differences at his home, his office, at publicforums, and on the telephone. When I objected to Ward that his book on Marxismwas a caricature, he replied that perhaps it was, but it reported on Marxistsas he knew them.By the mid-1980s, Ward regarded CISPES as his main political enemy in Boulderand Denver. I was heavily involved in solidarity work with the FMLN, andsanctuary support, which included speaking/organizing engagements in Colorado.As far as I could tell, Ward's hostility to the FMLN was derivative, becauseof its political alliance with Sandinista Nicaragua. To my knowledge, noindigenous Salvadorans were oppressed or politically mistreated by the FMLN orby any of its constituent parties.At about that time, Ward condemned the American Indian Movement leadership --specifically Bill Means and Vernon Bellecourt by name -- as stooges of theleft (his words, not mine). Ward and his supporters set up Colorado AIM toadvance their political agenda. So much for Louis's assertion that "There isno other activist/intellectual in the American Indian movement who is moreresolutely opposed to capitalism than Ward Churchill."Of necessity, many of us who personally deplored the split in AIMnevertheless were obliged to work politically with Colorado AIM on solidarityissues of great importance. (Louis's vain boast of being the only Marxistsupporter of indigenous people and their struggles is so much wind.) In this arena, the culture of machismo cast a pall over much of the work, aswomen were assigned menial tasks but excluded from the circle where decisionswere taken. One woman raised a fuss; I concurred with her point; Ward soughtto put out the fire, but without implementing change at the top. I hope thatthings have improved in the decade since.On the national level, Ward and I continued to collaborate on issues ofagreement, particularly political repression in the United States. I haddeveloped a considerable body of information on Jill and Gi Shafer, the FBI(and CIA, according to one reporter who interviewed Gi Schafer long afterward)provocateurs at Wounded Knee, much of it learned from Joe Burton, a self-confessed undercover FBI spy who had targeted my work in a small way, but hadworked throughout the U.S. and Canada with the Shafers to set up phonycommunist collectives under FBI control. (Nearly all had Red in the title --Red Star Cadre, Red Sun, Red Collective, and so forth.) Ward and Ken Tilsenhad information on Doug Durham and others who had caused similar damage.Our disagreements were acknowledged with uneasy humor. Ward would call totease/taunt me -- for example, about his meeting with Brooklyn Rivera andEliott Abrams ("What will our CovertAction friends say about that?" he mocked)and about his barroom encounters with Robert K. Brown. I baited him back ("IfRoxanne was bad to rat on her comrades to a HUAC investigator, how can youjustify your hat-in-hand meeting with the most enthusiastic war criminal inWashington?"). If anyone knows a better way to function under difficultcircumstances, I'm all ears.Louis denies that Ward chose to ally with the CIA, but ended up on the CIA'sside by virtue of his support to the Miskito struggle. The latter point istrue, but -- once more for effect -- Ward eventually penned (with GlennMorris) a political justification for alliance with the CIA, using the Hmongpeople of Laos as his principal example. If Louis hasn't read the CulturalSurvival article, he should read it before he comments further. If he has readit, his postings here are dishonest. Although Louis states that the Miskitoalliance with the CIA was a mistake, Ward and Glenn argued the opposite,following the Laotian example.

part 2 of Ward and the CIA

kl 05.Feb.2005 22:12

Earlier, at the Boulder anti-apartheid teach-in, Ward had proposed that heand I debate our differences. It was after the CS article appeared that Irenewed the proposal to hold a public debate. I asserted the necessity ofanti-capitalism and anti-imperialism as the central political ingredients ofliberation; Ward and Glenn rejected them. Glenn offered to provide a platformfor the debate, which never occurred. After the Sandinista defeat, there wasscant political interest in Denver or Boulder, but I still proposed to writeand publish it. Ward was willing; unfortunately, our editor was not.In the years since, we have drifted apart, and have not remained in touch.Nevertheless, despite our fierce differences, I have always regarded Ward as afriend and as I reconstructed these events, find that I still do.Now back to the beginning:Ward and I met shortly after he had published his insider account of Soldierof Fortune magazine in the political journal on Africa published at DU, whosetitle I have forgotten. Louis asks for the facts; he should look up thatarticle. I do not have access to my Mississippi archive at this time. Besidesthose details, which are politically valuable, I asked Ward how he had takensuch a revolting job in the first place.Ward is a professional graphic artist of outstanding talent, as anyonefamiliar with his work will attest. In an encounter with SoF'sowner/publisher/editor Robert K. Brown, Ward told Brown that his magazine wasugly and amateurish. Brown offered him a job to spruce up and professionalizeSoF, which Ward accepted. According to Ward, their political differences wereknown to both (specifically, Ward's association with SDS in the sixties, andBrown's work as a CIA asset), but they both enjoyed the military-macho banterthat defined the magazine's culture, and continued to relate on that leveleven long after Ward had published his kiss-and-tell exposé.This was in the mid-1970s, when both Ward and I were working, in verydifferent political arenas, to thwart CIA mercenary recruitment, in solidaritywith Angola and with the Zimbabwe liberation movement. Any time I was in thevicinity of Denver or Boulder, he helped set up speaking opportunities.As I recall, the last time he did so was in the fall of 1983, shortly beforemy trip to Nicaragua. Ward and other friends organized several meetings forme, including one at which I was scheduled to debate Brown and Gen. JohnSinglaub. Their agreed participation could only have been arranged by Ward,but in the end Brown and Singlaub backed out. (Singlaub's secretary attendedmy talk at UCD, presumably to gather intelligence for her boss.) The closestwe came to an actual debate occurred when Brown called a radio talk show thathosted my appearance, with this remark about the previous several weeks'events: "His guys got our guys in Beirut, but our guys got his guys inGrenada."

Part three of Ward loves the Contras

kl 05.Feb.2005 22:13

At that time, Ward was warmly encouraging of my visit to Nicaragua as amember of an Oxfam delegation. One person I met at Puerto Cabezas was the theneditor of Navajo Times, Mark Trahant (I hope I'm recalling his namecorrectly), who had toured the entire Atlantic Coast war zone without aSandinista escort, and wrote his report upon his return. Both of us agreedthat the Sandinistas had made dreadful political mistakes, but that they hadrecognized this, apologized, and honestly sought to make amends, the resultsof which were palpable everywhere we went.Another was Roxanne Dunbar, then a Sandinista publicist, whose account didnot differ significantly from Trahant's. Meanwhile, the contra Miskitos weredirecting their war efforts against the radical pro-Sandinista Indians,clinics, agricultural co-operatives, and other manifestations of modernity andreconstruction, and torching whole villages (our group visited Sukat Pin aftersuch an attack, and while another was in progress a mile or so away) whileseeking allies among the older, traditional leaders. Trahant's serializedNavajo Times report bears study by any radical who wishes to discuss thisissue honestly and intelligently.Upon my return, Ward and I had detailed discussions of all this. Ward saidthat he had been asked by Tomás Borge to mediate an accord with the Miskitoinsurgents, based on the program that Louis professes to have been correct.Initially, Ward agreed, but later changed his position. Although embarrassedby Russ Means's declaration that he was going to Nicaragua "to kill aSandinista," and his false charge that Borge had ordered the Sandinista army"to shoot the Indians out of the trees like they shoot monkeys," Ward'sColorado AIM backed and publicized the Means/Morris military adventure, whichhad been funded by the Moonie ultra-right front, CAUSA.That brings me full circle.Having no ability to respond politically to my points, Louis attacked me forreporting my political experiences as an indulgence. Evidently he prefers Web-site Marxism/indigenism derived from the experiences of strangers. My teacherstaught that our duty was to join the struggles of workers and oppressedpeople, and to report on them that they may be propagated. I have done my bestto live up to that.With Rosa Luxemburg, I believe that the mistakes of a truly revolutionaryproletariat (and of the oppressed) are more valuable and more instructive thanthe finest decisions of the most excellent central committee. With AntonioGramsci, I believe that the greatest barrier to socialist revolution is notthe armed might of the state and the ruling class -- though that iscapitalism's ultimate prop, after the initial barrier is breached -- butrather the ruling class culture and world view that has been internalized byworkers and oppressed people.As for the extended narrative I have presented here, no one needs to take myword for anything. Though Ward and I have not spoken in many years, it wouldsurprise me if he would fail to verify my factual account. To be sure, hewould have a robustly different political perspective on these events, andperhaps on his movement's strategy. Others who participated in many of thesestruggles include such Colorado activists as Larry Mosqueda (no longer there,but still engaged in struggle), Priscilla Falcon, Ricardo Romero, KikoMartinez, Lowell May, Elaine Heinrichs, and Jim and Jenny vander Wall.Perhaps even Louis will eventually be able to manage the more complex,contradictory, and ambiguous nuances of real revolutionary struggle, after hisnext political conversion. He seems to have defined his political career bythose phases, which accounts for his knee-jerk retort to my simile ofTrotskyism. Lest he get away with that remark, I close with this: By the timeC.L.R. James came to dwell in Chicago, where I lived and worked in the 1960s,the term Troskyist was as perjorative for him as my usage that caused Louis tosmart -- like a towel snapped on his bum, I guess. The more things change . ..Ken Lawrence

Yep, Churchill's sound I knew it....

King Amdo 05.Feb.2005 23:50

The left/right scism is a false trip...(again)...what is important is goddess consciousness....because (again) it is this MAGIC that is blocked by the western christian freemason dodge occultists. This IS the nature of the problem. Extreme leftists abuse the occult with the 'red star' trip. The Zapatista's are doing this. This is what Native American's call 'plastic shammanism'....misuse of real magic that produces a false trip (self defeating in terms of community consciousness/reality change). Please stop misusing traditional Euopean goddess magic. THANK YOU.

Red star at night abused Tibetan in site.

Communists YOU ARE DINASORS. just beacuse the freemasons abuse the goddess pentagram (pentagon...pentagram) doesn't mean that you have to as well.

Have some respect or you will FAIL. (to change collective reality auspiciously).

And by the way bellacourt and his 'grand governing council' is bullshit. he's driving around in a posh motor with 'AIM 1'..plates his lifestyle funded by his memorabliia sales etc. he should be shot. I'm not joking. Fucking ridiculas bullshitting asshole. Typical 'champange' socialist. Control freak. Head merchant.

Blessed be.


Wow... you guys are really ridiculous!

Scott 06.Feb.2005 05:37

The bellecourt's (the one's who say ward isnt an indian) have no evidence. And they are not even really indians themselves.

From here:  http://www.coloradoaim.org/why.html

There's too much evidence against their claims.
"Enrollment in a federally-recognized tribe is the point the Bellecourts, Standing Elk and others most fuss about. Their animus against Churchill outweighs any consideration of whether they should support a criterion consisting of certification from a non-Indian government the United States involving bureaucratic extinction of indigenous peoples, like the Abenaki of Vermont. Instead, NAIMI [National American Indian Movement Inc. A CORPORATION run by the bellecourt's!] insists that maintaining "tribal rolls" based upon criteria set by a non-Indian government is an important aspect of native self-determination. To be a "real" Indian, you must be enrolled. The procedure essentially deeds to the US government the privilege of determining who is or is not an Indian. There is a certain perverse logic to this argument in the baleful light of the assimilationist nature of US Indian policy since as early as 1880.52 But the Bellecourts' application of the rule is anything but consistent. For instance, they never suggest that imprisoned Chippewa/Sioux activist Leonard Peltier is not an Indian because he remains unenrolled, or denounce former AIM national spokesperson John Trudell, an unenrolled Santee, as an "impostor." Their behavior exempts IITC's Antonio Gonzales, a self-identified Seri, and Andrea Carmen, who claims to be a Yaqui.53 Hogwash washes both sides of the hog.

Yet in Churchill's case, federal certification isn't enough. Instead, the Bellecourts first trotted out David Cornsilk, a supposed "genealogist for the Cherokee Nation" to question Churchill's ancestry before the council of the Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees (in which his roll number is R7627). The Keetoowah Band's refusal to impugn Churchill's status laid them open to bitter sniping.54 Cherokee Nation officials emphatically deny ever having employed Cornsilk as a genealogist.55 "David never had access to the material he'd need to form a legitimate opinion on Churchill's genealogy," says Cherokee artist Murv Jacobs. "He's just a guy who doesn't like Ward Churchill. As to the Bellecourt brothers, I wasn't aware that Chippewas had standing to decide who is and isn't Cherokee. Cherokee rolls are Cherokee business and nobody else's."56

The Keetoowah Band have their own genealogists. According to Band Chief John Ross, "When Ward applied for enrollment, and it should be pointed out that we invited him to do so, he had to provide documentation just like anybody else. We checked it out. He's who he says he is. End of story."57 The punchline is that the Keetoowahs formally verified that Churchill is "at least 3/16 Cherokee Indian by blood." This quantum accrues strictly from his lineage through his mother. "I was asked if I wanted to try to document my father's [Creek] side of things," Churchill recalls, "because he was at least as much Indian as Mom. But he's dead now. I never knew him, and I don't know my relatives on that side. So I just let it go. I make the reference in my self-identification out of respect, but I've never claimed the quantum because I don't believe in [quantum]. To me, it's no different whether I'm 3/16 or 3/8. You don't measure identity by either pounds or percentage points unless you're some kind of Nazi."58"

The Bellecourts support blood quantum when it comes to Churchill, but not apparently when it comes to themselves. According to Joe Geshick writing for the Ojibwe News (published in the heart of Bellecourt "territory"), tribal records reveal that the brothers themselves are "essentially Frenchmen, possessing only 1/32 degree of Indian blood," information that never finds its way into News From Indian Country.59 Despite Chief Ross and others' repeated corrections of his intentional error, Paul DeMain continues to refer to Churchill as an "honorary Keetoowah, like Bill Clinton," editorially overriding the band's own determination as to his status.60 The blood quantum criterion, as historically tainted as tribal enrollment, is the pseudoscientific negative of the kind of racist thinking that created the one drop rule whereby one drop of negro blood makes you a negro. Blood quantum erases indigenous people by making Indians technically not Indian. Bellecourt-style identity policing, ignoring logic, history, and his movement's supposed ends, does anything but reinforce native sovereignty.61


52. The "issue" is itself an irrelevancy in the Colorado AIM community, as chapter spokespersons Robert Chanate (enrolled Kiowa) and Josh Dillabaugh (enrolled Cheyenne River Sioux) put it in a letter published in the Colorado Daily on Dec. 16, 1993. With reference to a profile of Churchill by Jodi Rave, published in the Daily on Nov. 23, they state: Its "biased journalism gives a distorted view of the sentiments of native people. The article states that Ward Churchill '...by Indian standards, is not an Indian' because he is not an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. The article goes on to state that '...an attitude prevails in Indian Country: If you're not enrolled, you're not shit.' Actually, enrollment is not an 'Indian standard'; it is a standard imposed on indigenous people by the U.S. government."

53. Carmen identifies herself as being part of the "Yaqui Nation" of "California" despite the fact that California was never part of Yaqui territory, and that she herself lives in Alaska. Gonzales identifies himself as a "Seri/Chicano"; International Indian Treaty Council Speakers Bureau brochure (IITC's offices are located in San Francisco; contact information visavis the Speaker's Bureau is, however, listed as being Minneapolis, where NAIMI is situated).

54. Cornsilk is quoted in the above mentioned article by Jodi Rave-"Few who know Churchill are indifferent: Some critics question CU prof's 'Indianness'"-and falsely identified as "a genealogist for the Cherokee Nation." He also appeared at a meeting of the Keetoowah Cherokee Band Council in an unsuccessful effort to block Churchill's enrollment by the group, on the grounds that, among other things, Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt objected (video tape on file). Cornsilk also published a guest column titled "A threat to sovereignty: illegal Indian aliens" in the Dec. 12, 1993, issue of Indian Country Today in which he sides with Vernon Bellecourt, Suzan Harjo, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and "the rest" in denying that Churchill is of Cherokee descent, but offers nothing by which to substantiate (or even support) the statement.

55. Statement of the Enrollment Office, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Nov. 25, 1993.

56. Statement of Murv Jacobs, July 9, 1994.

57. Statement of Chief John Ross, July 11, 1994.

58. Statement of Ward Churchill, July 10, 1994; also see David Kamp, "Churchill honored with membership at Keetoowah council," Ojibwe News, July 22, 1994. Many others, incidentally, agree with Churchill on this. As Robert Scott Ladd put it ("The different faces of AIM"), "Racism divides Indian people. Some AIM factions have begun demanding to see people's tribal membership cards; I've seen confrontation within AIM in Colorado, and I've heard of tense incidents in California. It seems odd that an organization so concerned with racism should partake of the incredibly racist 'white' system of identifying Native Americans by blood quanta."

59. Joe Geshick, "Integrity of Bellecourt Brothers called into question again," Ojibwe News, Feb. 18, 1994; "Clyde pressures his employees." According to Sara Lawrence, an Ojibwe News editor, the Bellecourts' blood quantum cannot in fact be accurately computed at all since their mother is shown on the White Earth rolls as possessing no degree of Indian blood at all (this is correct; a complete copy of the pertinent records is on file).

60. Clinton was made an "Honorary Keetowah" in 1994. The accolade bears no suggestion of either Cherokee descent or genuine membership status within the Band. Churchill, on the other hand, is an Associate Member: one whose descent is verified at less than onequarter blood quantum, and who is under Keetoowah rules as much a member as anyone else other than that he does not vote or hold office. There is thus a substantial difference between Clinton's standing and Churchill's which DeMain has deliberately chosen to blur.

61. Put quite eloquently: "The 'identity police' [claim to be involved in] some sort of viable move toward ending the oppression of indigenous peoples. On the contrary, to oppose those who struggle for justice and selfdetermination is to align oneself with the oppressor. The movement for justice is being derailed by the identity police, who are nothing more than tools of the state in [its] efforts to divide and conquer. Once again, envy and personal vendettas will have served the oppressor's purpose"' (Chanate and Dillabaugh, Letter).


Why he has added Metis and Creek to his "indianness"

"In point of fact, there are five criteria by which native people are normally identified in the US-self-identification, genealogy, tribal enrollment, blood quantum and community recognition.41 Churchill qualifies by all five standards. Let's start with self-identification and genealogy. Contrary to Tim Giago's claim that Churchill has identified himself as being of different peoples at different times, the record is absolutely clear that he has always identified as Cherokee (his mother's lineage). The first conclusive evidence of this dates from a 1970 article on the Alcatraz occupation.42 By 1975, having met his father for the first and only time in the interim, he added Creek, as in the identification he gave for an art show he mounted at the Sioux Indian Museum that year.43 Thereafter, he added Métis -meaning one of mixed ancestry and culture - to accomplish what he called "truth in advertising."44 From 1979 onward, his self-descriptor was always "Creek/Cherokee Métis," nothing else. Churchill has publicly challenged Giago to produce evidence of any other self-identification.45 Giago has not responded."


41. See, e.g., Frank Anthony Ryan, Blood Quantum and Indian Education: A Working Paper (Cambridge, MA: National Advisory Commission on Indian Education, July 18, 1979).

42. Ward Churchill, "Warpath '70," Spiro: The Peoria Free Press, January 1970.

43. Ward Churchill: Paintings and Drawings (Rapid City, SD: Sioux Indian Museum and Craft Center, May 1975).

44. "Before that, I'd explicitly identified myself as being unenrolled," Churchill says. "That's reflected in the vitas I submitted to Black Hills State College in 1975, the Boulder Valley School District in 1976, and the University of Colorado in 1978, all of them presumably on file with the relevant personnel offices. But that left open the possibility, especially with respect to Cherokee, that I might be an unenrolled fullblood or something. So I adopted the term métis as being a more accurate self descriptor. Nobody except Tim Giago raised any fuss about it from 1979 until 1990 or 91, and that includes people like Vernon Bellecourt and Suzan Harjo."

45. One such challenge was issued after a talk at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN-which Giago had sought to preventÑin February 1992; "Churchill Lectures at Moorhead," The Circle, March 1992.

You MIGHT be a chump if...

Nobody 06.Feb.2005 08:15

Your favorite Indian radical is neither Indian nor a radical.

Ketoowah deny Churchills Membership- say his card is honorary like Clinton's

AIM 06.Feb.2005 09:22

Churchill's membership in tribe honorary only
By Stuart Steers,
Rocky Mountain News

February 4, 2005

The former chairman of the Keetoowah band of Cherokee Indians says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill was given an honorary membership that required no proof of Cherokee heritage.

John Ross led the tribe for several years in the 1990s. He says the Keetoowah established an "associate member" program to recognize friends of the tribe.

"If somebody helped out in a certain way, to honor them they'd give them an associate membership," Ross said Thursday. "There were 300 or 400 associate members."

Former President Clinton also was given an honorary membership in the tribe.

To be a full-fledged member of the Keetoowah, a person has to prove he or she is at least one-fourth Cherokee. Churchill has never had such a membership. Only full members are allowed to vote, hold office and receive tribal privileges.

Churchill has cited his associate membership in the tribe as proof of his Cherokee roots. He told The Denver Post on Wednesday he is three-sixteenths Cherokee. In the past, he has described himself as one-sixteenth Cherokee and also claimed to have Creek Indian blood. Ross said Churchill came to several Keetoowah celebrations in the early 1990s and befriended tribal members, who decided they wanted to give him the associate membership.

"He told the tribal council that if they needed him to lend a hand, he would," Ross said. He recalls Churchill offering to represent the tribe at an academic forum sponsored by the University of Arkansas.

Eventually, Ross came to feel the associate membership program was being abused, and he asked the tribal council to abolish it. The Keetoowah haven't given out any new associate memberships since 1994.

"There were a lot of people coming in and trying to use the associate memberships to elevate themselves," he said. "We decided we shouldn't give them out anymore and did away with it."

Ross said some of the associate members were people who started claiming to be Keetoowah artisans. He says Churchill is also misusing his associate membership status.

"In a sense, he's misleading people," Ross said. "He's like the others - that's what he's done."

Churchill did not return numerous phone calls during the past two days seeking comment.

Many non-Indians are now claiming Cherokee ancestry, said Richard Allen, a policy analyst with the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. The Keetoowah are a small offshoot of the much larger Cherokee Nation.

Allen has worked for the Cherokee Nation for more than 20 years. He said he has followed Churchill's career for much of that time.

"When it comes to Churchill, I've always thought he was a wannabe Indian," Allen said. "His history is a little bit like Forrest Gump."

Allen said Churchill picked up a packet to enroll in the Cherokee Nation in 1991 and never returned it.

Why am I not surprised...

Lamhrir 06.Feb.2005 09:50

LOL...this is just great. Disagree with what one man says (that though crudely phrased echoes the truth) and suddenly he is no longer 'respectable'. There are a number of closet Nazi/fascist sympathizers spewing venom and pulling strings all over the place and we find that Mr. Churchill whose statements are not Anti-Semitic (and are quite mild in comparison) is suddenly at the center of controversy. A gaggle of pea-brained hypocrites IS what most Americans ARE apparently and I hate to say it but 9/11 WAS the CLEAREST show that the proverbial chickens HAVE come home to roost. I truly pity anyone that doesn't see this fiasco for what it is: another attempt by the Powers That Be (tm) to silence and discredit yet another one of their most outspoken opponents. It boggles the mind just how stupid and gullible so many people are. Think about what the PTB have planned for ALL of US and all will be made clear...can you say: Police State? Good ;).

Interesting none of you Churchill defender will address the CIA/COnmtra issue!

Talk about Horse SHit 06.Feb.2005 10:13

You blow back crap from Ward's COAIM webiste and refer to listen to official statements from the Ketoowah Nation?

Left/right, scitz/scizm, 0/1

King Amdo 06.Feb.2005 14:44

...If he's not a Sandinista he must be a Contra....

I should think he's neither....but in fact outside of this mainstream modus. I don't know that much about the geezer, but it seems to me that he's under attack from the christians (in effect 'the beast'), and deserves solidarity and respect!

Again it is the Sacred Mother Witch that they hate so much and rape and destroy...they do this beacuse they (freemson christian 'order') are a function of pure evil ritual. Totally anathma to Native ritual. (OBVIOUSLY!) Nice graphics up there by the way!!! Sorry about the huge file I put up here, I don't know how to convert scanned stuff to text.

This (the dodge ritualk foundation) explains why american's etc are brain dead zombies...and communists, and that includes the Zapatista, are part of the problem...because they are also anti religious/occult.

Again, it has to be said, the solution starts within.

Blessed be.

Burning the Reichstag

Nobody 06.Feb.2005 21:26

One trick which has been commonly used for centuries against opposition movements is to commit some offensive act and blame it on them. In Nazi Germany, it was burning the Reichstag, which was done by a mentally unbalanced leftist manipulated by the German secret police.

In the case of the September 11 attacks we are dealing with rogue elements of the security forces themselves who have been not so much manipulated as simply allowed to carry out a much more sanguinary terror attack on a much greater scale. Thus the responsibility for the September 11 attacks is shared between Islamic feudalists of an outlook quite similar to the Taleban or the Iranian clergy and the U.S. security forces who armed and trained them and then stood passively by while they did their work.

The burning of the Reichstag was a great deal easier to defend than September 11. It had the same element of assault on the symbol of a fascist empire, only with the Reichstag fire, no one died. German leftists could certainly be forgiven if they felt a fleeting sense of glee at this destruction of a symbol, since there is no reason to feel special empathy for a falling BUILDING.

Still, defending the burning of the Reichstag was not the right thing to do, and would have played in to the hands of the Nazis, both at home and abroad. The German left at the time was a lot more sophisticated and resistant to manipulation than the U.S. left today, and because of this they did not fall for the trap. Instead, they worked to expose the responsibility of the Nazi government for the Reichstag fire.

Although this had relatively little effect domestically, it did a great deal to stoke the fires of anti-Nazi sentiment abroad. There can be little doubt that it was more successful than the alternative would have been.

A section of the U.S. left today IS falling for the trap, despite that the trap should be a great deal easier to see and avoid. Despite the enormous advances made by the U.S. empire on the strength of the September 11 attacks, and despite the enormous loss of entirely innocent life (children, Salvadoran and Puerto Rican workers in the lowest wage jobs, etc.) a section of the U.S. left continues to defend the September 11 attacks. This is SHEER STUPIDITY. That they are doing so at the behest of notorious and obvious agents of the U.S. security forces is a mark of precisely how NAIVE and CHILDISH they are.

People on this site who continue to defend Ward Churchill need to grow up and learn to tell a friend from an enemy.

This is not a game or a classroom debate. Pretty words and counter-charges don't change the notorious facts. People who have spent a year in jail, found themselves facing felony charges from left field, or had friends murdered by the police understand this. The rest of you need to meditate on it.

Churuchill starts to crack says it doesn't matter if he isn't Indian!

RMnews 07.Feb.2005 00:13

Prof's genealogy is sketchy; he offers little clarification
By Kevin Flynn, Rocky Mountain News
February 5, 2005
Ward Churchill traces part of his American Indian lineage to Joshua Tyner, a Revolutionary War veteran from Georgia.
But Tyner listed himself on the 1820 census as "white," and historical documents report that his mother was killed and scalped by Creek Indians.
Meanwhile, genealogy records researched by the Rocky Mountain News show that even if Joshua Tyner had been a full-blooded Indian, he would have provided Churchill with only one-sixty-fourth Indian blood.
Nevertheless, the fiery Churchill - who maintains that he is at least one-sixteenth Cherokee - has fashioned a controversial career of activism and education over injustices to America's indigenous people.
And, amid the controversy over his essay saying that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were in retribution for deadly American imperialism throughout the decades, he says he resents his background being traced like a pedigree for a dog.
"I am not accountable for making the particulars of my genealogy public knowledge or to respond to interrogation from a Cheyenne or a Chippewa or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as far as I'm concerned," Churchill said.
He will not provide documentation of his heritage.
"I have never been confirmed as having one-quarter blood, and never said I was," Churchill said. "And even if (the critics) are absolutely right (about his lack of Indian ancestry), what does that have to do with this issue? I have never claimed to be goddamned Sitting Bull."
Officially, he maintains an associate membership, obtained in May 1994, from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Tahlequah, Okla., two months before the band stopped issuing such memberships amid controversy over whether they were merited.
Unofficially, he says his wide acceptance for 25 years by the indigenous community as an Indian activist and advocate also demonstrates his heritage.
Churchill has claimed since high school days in Elmwood, Ill., near Peoria, that he has Indian blood, mostly from his mother's side. He claimed Tyner as an Indian and said that his grandmother, Minnie Billington, had some Creek Indian blood.
The News found no independent verification for the Billington claim. A Pope County, Ill., listing from the 1860s of able-bodied males eligible for Civil War service enlistees contains the name of Lawson Billington, the same name as Churchill's great- great-grandfather, but there was no claim that he had Indian blood.
Churchill has also claimed his father had some Indian ancestry as well, although in an interview 11 years ago, he said he didn't know much about his father's side of the family.
Churchill doesn't help out much when asked to document his lineage.
Instead, he waves it off by saying a Keetoowah researcher had documented the connection. But he hasn't provided any details.
Churchill and his allies have feuded with other Indian leaders, including Vernon Bellecourt, of the National American Indian Movement. Bellecourt, his allies and some other researchers call Churchill a white man masquerading as an Indian.
Churchill's unclear claim to Indian ancestry is a controversy that would exist with or without the feud with the Bellecourt faction, because of the lack of documentation.
To have one-sixteenth Cherokee blood, Churchill would have to have one great-great grandparent who was full-blooded, or two great-great-great grandparents, or so on, back through his lineage.
But the only ancestor Churchill has mentioned in interviews as having Indian blood - and who can be linked to him directly through his genealogy - is Joshua Tyner. Tyner was a young Revolutionary War veteran from Wilkes County, Ga.
Even if Tyner were a full-blooded Cherokee, an ancestor tree researched by Churchill's critics shows Tyner as Churchill's great-great-great-great-grandfather, seven generations removed. That would leave Churchill with only a one-sixty-fourth portion of Cherokee blood.
But there's no evidence Tyner had any Indian blood at all.
"Joshua Tyner was a white man," said Thomas Brown, a professor on the sociology faculty at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, who researched Churchill's background as part of his attacks on Churchill's academic record.
Likewise, research by the News into Tyner family genealogy found no evidence that Joshua Tyner was an Indian. Historical accounts from Georgia, in fact, claim the Tyner family was attacked in 1788 or 1789 by Creek Indians while the father, Richard, was away in revenge for some official action a family member had taken against the Creeks. Joshua's mother, Abigail, was killed and scalped, along with several of her eight children.
Richard Tyner later remarried, to a Cherokee woman, Sookie Dougherty, the family histories relate, and had seven more children, who would all be half Indian.
But Joshua Tyner, born in 1767, was Abigail's child. From this history, Churchill could only lay claim to having a great-great-great-great-great-stepgrandmother who was Indian, and not a blood relative.
In 1806, Joshua Tyner moved to southern Tennessee, then to southern Illinois in 1816 or 1817. He died there in 1838. One genealogy says he was buried "Indian style" in the Big Muddy River.
In the 1820 census for Franklin County, Ill., Tyner told the census taker he was white. And in an affidavit in 1832 while applying for a veteran's pension for his service in the Revolutionary War, Joshua Tyner said that during the war, he had engaged in a battle in Georgia with Indians in which men on both sides were killed.
In other interviews, Churchill has hinted that he is also related to Reubin Tyner, a Cherokee whose name appears on the 1817 Cherokee emigration list. Reubin Tyner later moved to Arkansas. But Churchill has offered no verification of this.

Churchill says &quot;who cares if I'm not Indian&quot;? AIM does!!!

AIM 07.Feb.2005 02:26

Prof's genealogy is sketchy; he offers little clarification
By Kevin Flynn, Rocky Mountain News
February 5, 2005
Ward Churchill traces part of his American Indian lineage to Joshua Tyner, a Revolutionary War veteran from Georgia.
But Tyner listed himself on the 1820 census as "white," and historical documents report that his mother was killed and scalped by Creek Indians.
Meanwhile, genealogy records researched by the Rocky Mountain News show that even if Joshua Tyner had been a full-blooded Indian, he would have provided Churchill with only one-sixty-fourth Indian blood.
Nevertheless, the fiery Churchill - who maintains that he is at least one-sixteenth Cherokee - has fashioned a controversial career of activism and education over injustices to America's indigenous people.
And, amid the controversy over his essay saying that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were in retribution for deadly American imperialism throughout the decades, he says he resents his background being traced like a pedigree for a dog.
"I am not accountable for making the particulars of my genealogy public knowledge or to respond to interrogation from a Cheyenne or a Chippewa or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as far as I'm concerned," Churchill said.
He will not provide documentation of his heritage.
"I have never been confirmed as having one-quarter blood, and never said I was," Churchill said. "And even if (the critics) are absolutely right (about his lack of Indian ancestry), what does that have to do with this issue? I have never claimed to be goddamned Sitting Bull."
Officially, he maintains an associate membership, obtained in May 1994, from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Tahlequah, Okla., two months before the band stopped issuing such memberships amid controversy over whether they were merited.
Unofficially, he says his wide acceptance for 25 years by the indigenous community as an Indian activist and advocate also demonstrates his heritage.
Churchill has claimed since high school days in Elmwood, Ill., near Peoria, that he has Indian blood, mostly from his mother's side. He claimed Tyner as an Indian and said that his grandmother, Minnie Billington, had some Creek Indian blood.
The News found no independent verification for the Billington claim. A Pope County, Ill., listing from the 1860s of able-bodied males eligible for Civil War service enlistees contains the name of Lawson Billington, the same name as Churchill's great-great-grandfather, but there was no claim that he had Indian blood.
Churchill has also claimed his father had some Indian ancestry as well, although in an interview 11 years ago, he said he didn't know much about his father's side of the family.
Churchill doesn't help out much when asked to document his lineage.
Instead, he waves it off by saying a Keetoowah researcher had documented the connection. But he hasn't provided any details.
Churchill and his allies have feuded with other Indian leaders, including Vernon Bellecourt, of the National American Indian Movement. Bellecourt, his allies and some other researchers call Churchill a white man masquerading as an Indian.
Joe Geshick, a full-blooded Ojibwe from Minneapolis who knows Bellecourt, sides with Churchill in the dispute. He said Bellecourt and his entourage don't like that they can't control Churchill or some of the other Colorado American Indian Movement leaders.
"Bellecourt just doesn't want to lose his power base," Geshick said.
But Churchill's unclear claim to Indian ancestry is a controversy that would exist with or without the feud with the Bellecourt faction, because of the lack of documentation.
To have one-sixteenth Cherokee blood, Churchill would have to have one great-great grandparent who was full-blooded, or two great-great-great grandparents, or so on, back through his lineage.
But the only ancestor Churchill has mentioned in interviews as having Indian blood - and who can be linked to him directly through his genealogy - is Joshua Tyner. Tyner was a young Revolutionary War veteran from Wilkes County, Ga.
Even if Tyner were a full-blooded Cherokee, an ancestor tree researched by Churchill's critics shows Tyner as Churchill's great-great-great-great-grandfather, seven generations removed. That would leave Churchill with only a one-sixty-fourth portion of Cherokee blood.
But there's no evidence Tyner had any Indian blood at all.
"Joshua Tyner was a white man," said Thomas Brown, a professor on the sociology faculty at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, who researched Churchill's background as part of his attacks on Churchill's academic record.
Likewise, research by the News into Tyner family genealogy found no evidence that Joshua Tyner was an Indian. Historical accounts from Georgia, in fact, claim the Tyner family was attacked in 1788 or 1789 by Creek Indians while the father, Richard, was away in revenge for some official action a family member had taken against the Creeks. Joshua's mother, Abigail, was killed and scalped, along with several of her eight children.
Richard Tyner later remarried, to a Cherokee woman, Sookie Dougherty, the family histories relate, and had seven more children, who would all be half Indian.
But Joshua Tyner, born in 1767, was Abigail's child. From this history, Churchill could only lay claim to having a great-great-great-great-great-stepgrandmother who was Indian, and not a blood relative.
In 1806, Joshua Tyner moved to southern Tennessee, then to southern Illinois in 1816 or 1817. He died there in 1838. One genealogy says he was buried "Indian style" in the Big Muddy River.
In the 1820 census for Franklin County, Ill., Tyner told the census taker he was white. And in an affidavit in 1832 while applying for a veteran's pension for his service in the Revolutionary War, Joshua Tyner said that during the war, he had engaged in a battle in Georgia with Indians in which men on both sides were killed.
In other interviews, Churchill has hinted that he is also related to Reubin Tyner, a Cherokee whose name appears on the 1817 Cherokee emigration list. Reubin Tyner later moved to Arkansas. But Churchill has offered no verification of this.

CU Regent Defends Churchill

vonda 07.Feb.2005 02:57

CU Regent defends Ward Churchill. Statement on-line at  http://www.thecherrycreeknews.com

I don't like indymedia

anonymous 07.Feb.2005 03:39

1) Why not tell people what he said?

2) Does anyone believe that comparing WTC victims to Eichmann would be less controversial if Churchill was white?

Ward Churchill's backgroun DOES matter

Paul Wolf 07.Feb.2005 05:00

I have to side with the Bellecourts, much as I dislike to involve myself in other people's fights. Ward Churchill has worked with the CIA and appears to be a provocateur. About five years ago I scanned his book, The COINTELPRO Papers and posted the entire book on my website, www.cointel.org, with his permission of course. Then I was contacted by various people and made aware of his background. The facts are that:

- Ward Churchill worked as a Public Information Officer in Vietnam, not as a truck driver. The Rocky Mtn News has requested his records - however, note that if he was working as an agent, there will be a duplicate, false military record as a cover.

 http://www.aimovement.org/csi/Churchill/churchill_resume_80.jpg

- He also worked for Soldier of Fortune magazine, which has always been a CIA front. Later he said he "infiltrated SOF". Good luck infiltrating a CIA front organization, they do check bona fides.

- The fact is that he split AIM by creating a splinter group. AIM had been subject to FBI disruption by provocateurs for years before he did that. Churchill went so far as to accuse the legitimate AIM leadership of murder and other crimes. It goes way beyond normal political infighting.

- He recruited mercenaries for the CIA- supported contras and admits this, as was shown above.

- He allegedly sabotaged negotiations between AIM and Saddam Hussein in Libya. This story was related to me in person by someone attending the Libya meeting.
A related document is the BBrown_Rmeans memo at  http://www.aimovement.org/csi/index.html

However you feel about his writing, or the abstract issues of freedom of speech, it does matter if Ward Churchill is an agent provocateur. I don't know whether he is or not, but his background is extremely disturbing.


Paul Wolf

Federal Government holocaust against Indians

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com 07.Feb.2005 06:05

Now, in our day and time of the 2000s Our federal government wants to apologize to the Americans Indians for it's holocaust they committed against them, or do they? The US Senate bill on the web page below was put forth last year, it did not pass!! Now a US Congressman has brought the bill back before this new congress we have, think it will pass this year of 2005? Call your congressman at: 202-225-3121 and see what he thinks about it?

2004 bill page
Republican Representative Sam Brownback of Kansas aided by the National Council of Americans
 http://www.unitednativeamerica.com/issues/res37.html

The new bill before US Congress
Your support is needed on this issue, contact your federal congressmen. Ask them to sign on in support of H.J. RES. 3
United States House of Representatives, 109th Congress, 1st Session: Member We

To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples... (Introduced in House)
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109th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. J. RES. 3
To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 4, 2005
Mrs. JO ANN DAVIS of Virginia introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Resources

JOINT RESOLUTION

To acknowledge a long history of official depredations and ill-conceived policies by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes and offer an apology to all Native Peoples on behalf of the United States.

Whereas the ancestors of today's Native Peoples inhabited the land of the present-day United States since time immemorial and for thousands of years before the arrival of peoples of European descent;

Whereas the Native Peoples have for millennia honored, protected, and stewarded this land we cherish;

Whereas the Native Peoples are spiritual peoples with a deep and abiding belief in the Creator, and for millennia their peoples have maintained a powerful spiritual connection to this land, as is evidenced by their customs and legends;

Whereas the arrival of Europeans in North America opened a new chapter in the histories of the Native Peoples;

Whereas, while establishment of permanent European settlements in North America did stir conflict with nearby Indian tribes, peaceful and mutually beneficial interactions also took place;

Whereas the foundational English settlements in Jamestown, Virginia, and Plymouth, Massachusetts, owed their survival in large measure to the compassion and aid of the Native Peoples in their vicinities;

Whereas, in the infancy of the United States, the founders of the Republic expressed their desire for a just relationship with the Indian tribes, as evidenced by the Northwest Ordinance enacted by Congress in 1787, which begins with the phrase, `The utmost good faith shall always be observed toward the Indians';

Whereas Indian tribes provided great assistance to the fledgling Republic as it strengthened and grew, including invaluable help to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their epic journey from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Coast;

Whereas Native Peoples and non-Native settlers engaged in numerous armed conflicts;

Whereas the United States Government violated many of the treaties ratified by Congress and other diplomatic agreements with Indian tribes;

Whereas this Nation should address the broken treaties and many of the more ill-conceived Federal policies that followed, such as extermination, termination, forced removal and relocation, the outlawing of traditional religions, and the destruction of sacred places;

Whereas the United States forced Indian tribes and their citizens to move away from their traditional homelands and onto federally established and controlled reservations, in accordance with such Acts as the Indian Removal Act of 1830;

Whereas many Native Peoples suffered and perished--

(1) during the execution of the official United States Government policy of forced removal, including the infamous Trail of Tears and Long Walk;

(2) during bloody armed confrontations and massacres, such as the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864 and the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890; and

(3) on numerous Indian reservations;

Whereas the United States Government condemned the traditions, beliefs, and customs of the Native Peoples and endeavored to assimilate them by such policies as the redistribution of land under the General Allotment Act of 1887 and the forcible removal of Native children from their families to faraway boarding schools where their Native practices and languages were degraded and forbidden;

Whereas officials of the United States Government and private United States citizens harmed Native Peoples by the unlawful acquisition of recognized tribal land, the theft of resources from such territories, and the mismanagement of tribal trust funds;

Whereas the policies of the United States Government toward Indian tribes and the breaking of covenants with Indian tribes have contributed to the severe social ills and economic troubles in many Native communities today;

Whereas, despite continuing maltreatment of Native Peoples by the United States, the Native Peoples have remained committed to the protection of this great land, as evidenced by the fact that, on a per capita basis, more Native people have served in the United States Armed Forces and placed themselves in harm's way in defense of the United States in every major military conflict than any other ethnic group;

Whereas Indian tribes have actively influenced the public life of the United States by continued cooperation with Congress and the Department of the Interior, through the involvement of Native individuals in official United States Government positions, and by leadership of their own sovereign Indian tribes;

Whereas Indian tribes are resilient and determined to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations their unique cultural identities;

Whereas the National Museum of the American Indian was established within the Smithsonian Institution as a living memorial to the Native Peoples and their traditions; and

Whereas Native Peoples are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among those are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND APOLOGY
SECTION 1. The United States, acting through Congress--

(1) recognizes the special legal and political relationship the Indian tribes have with the United States and the solemn covenant with the land we share;

(2) commends and honors the Native Peoples for the thousands of years that they have stewarded and protected this land;

(3) acknowledges years of official depredations, ill-conceived policies, and the breaking of covenants by the United States Government regarding Indian tribes;

(4) apologizes on behalf of the people of the United States to all Native Peoples for the many instances of violence, maltreatment, and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by citizens of the United States;

(5) expresses its regret for the ramifications of former offenses and its commitment to build on the positive relationships of the past and present to move toward a brighter future where all the people of this land live reconciled as brothers and sisters, and harmoniously steward and protect this land together;

(6) urges the President to acknowledge the offenses of the United States against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to bring healing to this land by providing a proper foundation for reconciliation between the United States and Indian tribes; and

(7) commends the State governments that have begun reconciliation efforts with recognized Indian tribes located in their boundaries and encourages all State governments similarly to work toward reconciling relationships with Indian tribes within their boundaries.

DISCLAIMER
SEC. 2. Nothing in this Joint Resolution authorizes any claim against the United States or serves as a settlement of any claim against the United States.

If you buy oil and gas you support terrorist

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com 07.Feb.2005 06:15

The federal government tells us if you buy drugs you support terrorist, if you have an education........Well, the federal government buys oil from the Middle East everyday and you buy it, so you and the federal government are supporting their cause!!! The terrorist!!!! GIVE ME A FREAKEN BREAK!! Can you read writeing and fulley understand it when you read it??? 9-11 belongs to the FEDERAL GOVERMENT!!! NOT WARD CHURCHILL!!!! HE JUST TOLD YOU WHY IT CAME ABOUT!

GET OVER IT!!!

&quot;He's not Indian!&quot;

repost 07.Feb.2005 10:39

The substantial effort to discredit Churchill' Native American identity buys into several of the dominant culture's racist assumptions and policies, ironically on the part of those who least stand to be served well by them. As in the attempts to link him to mainstream, right-wing or governmental agencies or organizations, the effort to destroy his credibility by playing the red race card is not only in itself racist but based on lies. The leader of the pack in this connection has always been Tim Giago, a notoriously anti-AIM South Dakota publisher who made his mark as chief propagandist and apologist for the lethally repressive COINTELPRO-supported Dickie Wilson régime on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 70s.39 As early as 1988, trying to counter Churchill's exposés of what transpired on Pine Ridge during the 70s, Giago used his Republican-backed newspaper Lakota Times (now Indian Country Today), to announce that Churchill was an "ethnic fraud" and "impostor" who "changes his tribal identity like some people change socks."40

In point of fact, there are five criteria by which native people are normally identified in the US-self-identification, genealogy, tribal enrollment, blood quantum and community recognition.41 Churchill qualifies by all five standards. Let's start with self-identification and genealogy. Contrary to Tim Giago's claim that Churchill has identified himself as being of different peoples at different times, the record is absolutely clear that he has always identified as Cherokee (his mother's lineage). The first conclusive evidence of this dates from a 1970 article on the Alcatraz occupation.42 By 1975, having met his father for the first and only time in the interim, he added Creek, as in the identification he gave for an art show he mounted at the Sioux Indian Museum that year.43 Thereafter, he added Métis -meaning one of mixed ancestry and culture - to accomplish what he called "truth in advertising."44 From 1979 onward, his self-descriptor was always "Creek/Cherokee Métis," nothing else. Churchill has publicly challenged Giago to produce evidence of any other self-identification.45 Giago has not responded.

Meanwhile, Paul DeMain has repeatedly printed that his "investigations" (what these are is never made clear) into Churchill's genealogy reveal that because Churchill is not of American Indian descent, he "hides" his family history. Churchill responds that his family is as entitled to privacy as anyone else's: "I don't accept that these guys have any prerogative to hassle my 90-year-old grandmother, or my mother for that matter, and I don't recognize their right to inspect these personal records any more than I would if they demanded my credit history or medical file." Moreover, he has already published the relevant general information.46 According to AIM leader Russell Means, a long-term friend with whom Churchill once shared his family documents, "Not only does Ward have Indian ancestry, he has more proof of it than I do."47

As to community recognition, Churchill has been active in several. In Boulder, where he has lived the last twenty years, Churchill's record speaks for itself. He was hired as an Indian by the 'committee of the Boulder Valley School District's Title-IV Indian Education Project in 1977. He was hired as an Indian by the all-native staff of the American Indian Educational Opportunity Program at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in 1978.48 "He has always been accepted as an Indian by the Indians in this town," says Norbert S. Hill, Jr., an Oneida and former director of the Educational Opportunity Program, now head of the Boulder-based American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Hill cites that Churchill has been repeatedly honored by the Oyate Indian Student Organization at University of Colorado over the years. "I don't agree with him on a lot of things," Hill concludes, "but I've never known anybody who worked harder for Indian rights."49

In the Denver area, the story is the same. Bellecourtian accusations in the local press in 1993 provoked an outpouring of letters to the editor from Indians and others supporting Churchill, including one signed by the entirety of the Elders and leadership Councils of Colorado AIM.50 Both Churchill and Glenn Morris, another Bellecourt target, offered to resign their positions as codirectors of the chapter if the membership felt the publicity blitz was detrimental to Indian interests or were in any way uncomfortable about either of their identities. They unanimously reaffirmed both men's leadership.51

Enrollment in a federally-recognized tribe is the point the Bellecourts, Standing Elk and others most fuss about. Their animus against Churchill outweighs any consideration of whether they should support a criterion consisting of certification from a non-Indian government æ the United States æ involving bureaucratic extinction of indigenous peoples, like the Abenaki of Vermont. Instead, NAIMI insists that maintaining "tribal rolls" based upon criteria set by a non-Indian government is an important aspect of native self-determination. To be a "real" Indian, you must be enrolled. The procedure essentially deeds to the US government the privilege of determining who is or is not an Indian. There is a certain perverse logic to this argument in the baleful light of the assimilationist nature of US Indian policy since as early as 1880.52 But the Bellecourts' application of the rule is anything but consistent. For instance, they never suggest that imprisoned Chippewa/Sioux activist Leonard Peltier is not an Indian because he remains unenrolled, or denounce former AIM national spokesperson John Trudell, an unenrolled Santee, as an "impostor." Their behavior exempts IITC's Antonio Gonzales, a self-identified Seri, and Andrea Carmen, who claims to be a Yaqui.53 Hogwash washes both sides of the hog.

Yet in Churchill's case, federal certification isn't enough. Instead, the Bellecourts first trotted out David Cornsilk, a supposed "genealogist for the Cherokee Nation" to question Churchill's ancestry before the council of the Tahlequah, Oklahoma-based United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees (in which his roll number is R7627). The Keetoowah Band's refusal to impugn Churchill's status laid them open to bitter sniping.54 Cherokee Nation officials emphatically deny ever having employed Cornsilk as a genealogist.55 "David never had access to the material he'd need to form a legitimate opinion on Churchill's genealogy," says Cherokee artist Murv Jacobs. "He's just a guy who doesn't like Ward Churchill. As to the Bellecourt brothers, I wasn't aware that Chippewas had standing to decide who is and isn't Cherokee. Cherokee rolls are Cherokee business and nobody else's."56

The Keetoowah Band have their own genealogists. According to Band Chief John Ross, "When Ward applied for enrollment, and it should be pointed out that we invited him to do so, he had to provide documentation just like anybody else. We checked it out. He's who he says he is. End of story."57 The punchline is that the Keetoowahs formally verified that Churchill is "at least 3/16 Cherokee Indian by blood." This quantum accrues strictly from his lineage through his mother. "I was asked if I wanted to try to document my father's [Creek] side of things," Churchill recalls, "because he was at least as much Indian as Mom. But he's dead now. I never knew him, and I don't know my relatives on that side. So I just let it go. I make the reference in my self-identification out of respect, but I've never claimed the quantum because I don't believe in [quantum]. To me, it's no different whether I'm 3/16 or 3/8. You don't measure identity by either pounds or percentage points unless you're some kind of Nazi."58

The Bellecourts support blood quantum when it comes to Churchill, but not apparently when it comes to themselves. According to Joe Geshick writing for the Ojibwe News (published in the heart of Bellecourt "territory"), tribal records reveal that the brothers themselves are "essentially Frenchmen, possessing only 1/32 degree of Indian blood," information that never finds its way into News From Indian Country.59 Despite Chief Ross and others' repeated corrections of his intentional error, Paul DeMain continues to refer to Churchill as an "honorary Keetoowah, like Bill Clinton," editorially overriding the band's own determination as to his status.60 The blood quantum criterion, as historically tainted as tribal enrollment, is the pseudoscientific negative of the kind of racist thinking that created the one drop rule whereby one drop of negro blood makes you a negro. Blood quantum erases indigenous people by making Indians technically not Indian. Bellecourt-style identity policing, ignoring logic, history, and his movement's supposed ends, does anything but reinforce native sovereignty.61

It was such historical and political considerations that led Churchill to oppose the Act for the Protection of Indian Arts and Crafts in 1990. This act made it a federal crime for an artist to identify as an Indian without the official sanction of the government, that is, tribal enrollment.62 At this point, Federal lobbyist Suzan Shown Harjo, who actively promoted the bill by arguing that it should cover not just visual artists but writers, scholars, educators and many others, joined the anti-Churchill bandwagon.63 Another voice in the chorus was that of David Bradley, an artist from Santa Fe and leader of the law's cheering section. Churchill had openly accused him of selling out the unenrolled, by trying to boost his own sales at the expense of other native painters with a "blatantly racist restraint of trade measure" involving a "direct usurpation of indigenous rights by federal authorities."64 Eventually, Paul DeMain, who claims to have conducted a "two-year investigation" into Churchill's family tree without being able "to confirm a single Indian relative, let alone one real relative who can vouch for his tribal descent," added his voice to the babble.65

The Bellecourts frequently cite an "investigation" of Churchill by the University of Colorado. Operating on the racist assumption that Churchill's "Indianness" specially qualified him to teach subjects related to Indians and that such an assumption influenced his university's hiring him, Vernon Bellecourt made an appointment with University President Judith Albino in October 1993 to accuse Ward of ethnic fraud and misuse of public resources."66 President Albino then received an information packet from Carole Standing Elk and a letter from Suzan Shown Harjo expressing concern for the "safety of students" in Churchill's classes.67

The fraud charge was dismissed on its face, as Bellecourt was informed in writing a month later.68 As required by state law, the University responded to the allegation of misappropriation with an audit. Ward was fully exonerated: "It became painfully obvious that Mr. Bellecourt's accusations were completely gratuitous and intended as harassment," says Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart, director of the Department of Ethnic Studies where Churchill is a professor.69 Harjo's claims that Churchill's students were victims of "physical intimidation" could be dismissed even more readily. Anonymous student evaluations of Churchill's classroom performance rate him at the A level not only for the semester of Harjo's complaint, but for every semester, his cumulative teaching evaluations ranking in the top five percent of all Boulder faculty. Ironically, while under attack from these quarters, Churchill received the 1994 Teaching Excellence Award from the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, one in a long string of teaching recognitions.70 "We concluded that Ward Churchill is one of our more productive and distinguished faculty members," says Dean of Arts and Sciences Charles Middleton.71 Standing Elk, Harjo and Bellecourt were all duly informed of this outcome more than two years ago, yet NAIMI continues to present this "investigation" as ongoing, never mentioning that it occurred solely through their own instigation.

NOTES:
39. See, e.g., Giago's eulogy to Wilson in Lakota Times on Feb. 13, 1990. In a subsequent editorial, Giago asserted that contrary to the contentions of researchers like Churchill, who places the confirmed bodycount at 69, his own investigators had found evidence supporting "only 10" AIM members having been murdered by Wilson's GOONs on Pine Ridge between March 1973 and March 1976; Tim Giago, "Facts and figures tell true story of Wounded Knee, '73," Indian Country Today, Nov. 10, 1993.

40. It is noteworthy that NAIMI picked up this entirely spurious allegation-"You, Mr. Churchill, after a period of time [in] which you declared yourself a member of various Indian groups..."-at page 6 of its November 24, 1993, letter of expulsion addressed to Churchill and Glen (sic) Morris. Also interesting is the analysis of Giago offered by one of his own relatives in a letter to Churchill on Sept. 21, 1992 (copy on file): "He has a deeprooted insecurity about his own Indianness, and because of this, he often attacks others about their Indianness... Tim Giago is an unscrupulous user of Indian people."

41. See, e.g., Frank Anthony Ryan, Blood Quantum and Indian Education: A Working Paper (Cambridge, MA: National Advisory Commission on Indian Education, July 18, 1979).

42. Ward Churchill, "Warpath '70," Spiro: The Peoria Free Press, January 1970.

43. Ward Churchill: Paintings and Drawings (Rapid City, SD: Sioux Indian Museum and Craft Center, May 1975).

44. "Before that, I'd explicitly identified myself as being unenrolled," Churchill says. "That's reflected in the vitas I submitted to Black Hills State College in 1975, the Boulder Valley School District in 1976, and the University of Colorado in 1978, all of them presumably on file with the relevant personnel offices. But that left open the possibility, especially with respect to Cherokee, that I might be an unenrolled fullblood or something. So I adopted the term métis as being a more accurate selfdescriptor. Nobody except Tim Giago raised any fuss about it from 1979 until 1990 or 91, and that includes people like Vernon Bellecourt and Suzan Harjo."

45. One such challenge was issued after a talk at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN-which Giago had sought to preventÑin February 1992; "Churchill Lectures at Moorhead," The Circle, March 1992.

46. "Start with Ruben Tyner, on the 1817 Cherokee Emigration Roll, and work your way forward. Perhaps you'll end up, if you connect the dots correctly, not only with the Tyners, but with the Allens and Julia Churchill as well, on the 18981914 Dawes/Quion Miller Rolls"; Churchill, "On my identity."

47. Williamson, Letter.

48. The nature of the hiring process is a matter of record with the school district, and is confirmed by Roseanna Sneed (enrolled Eastern Cherokee) and Sarah Carufel Williams (enrolled Lac du Flambeau Chippewa) who were members of the parents' hiring committee.

49. Statement of Norbert S. Hill, Jr., May 13, 1994. Oyate awards were bestowed on Churchill in 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1993 (copies of certificates on file).

50. The letter, signed by Joe D. Locust, Sr., Vivian Nelson Locust, Lillian Fobb, Loma Star Yellow Wood Williams, Sylvia Crippen, Don Kaulity and George 'Tink' Tinker (Elders Council), and Melissa Stone Road, Douglas Remington, Ted Roy, Josh Dillabaugh, Vicci Anderson, Jo Wilkerson, Michelle Wolf, Tony Beltham, Jennifer Williams and Carol Berry (Leadership Council), and was published under the heading "Churchill a longstanding member of AIM leadership," Colorado Daily, February 25, 1994. Another letter, signedoff by more than a hundred chapter members, was not published.

51. Russell Means, "Churchill is a committed Indian leader," Colorado Daily, Jan. 18, 1994. Also see Russell Means, "Those who disparage AIM leaders are wrong," Colorado Daily, Dec. 1, 1993.

52. The "issue" is itself an irrelevancy in the Colorado AIM community, as chapter spokespersons Robert Chanate (enrolled Kiowa) and Josh Dillabaugh (enrolled Cheyenne River Sioux) put it in a letter published in the Colorado Daily on Dec. 16, 1993. With reference to a profile of Churchill by Jodi Rave, published in the Daily on Nov. 23, they state: Its "biased journalism gives a distorted view of the sentiments of native people. The article states that Ward Churchill '...by Indian standards, is not an Indian' because he is not an enrolled member of a federallyrecognized tribe. The article goes on to state that '...an attitude prevails in Indian Country: If you're not enrolled, you're not shit.' Actually, enrollment is not an 'Indian standard'; it is a standard imposed on indigenous people by the U.S. government."

53. Carmen identifies herself as being part of the "Yaqui Nation" of "California" despite the fact that California was never part of Yaqui territory, and that she herself lives in Alaska. Gonzales identifies himself as a "Seri/Chicano"; International Indian Treaty Council Speakers Bureau brochure (IITC's offices are located in San Francisco; contact information visavis the Speaker's Bureau is, however, listed as being Minneapolis, where NAIMI is situated).

54. Cornsilk is quoted in the abovementioned article by Jodi Rave-"Few who know Churchill are indifferent: Some critics question CU prof's 'Indianness'"-and falsely identified as "a genealogist for the Cherokee Nation." He also appeared at a meeting of the Keetoowah Cherokee Band Council in an unsuccessful effort to block Churchill's enrollment by the group, on the grounds that, among other things, Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt objected (video tape on file). Cornsilk also published a guest column titled "A threat to sovereignty: illegal Indian aliens" in the Dec. 12, 1993, issue of Indian Country Today in which he sides with Vernon Bellecourt, Suzan Harjo, Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and "the rest" in denying that Churchill is of Cherokee descent, but offers nothing by which to substantiate (or even support) the statement.

55. Statement of the Enrollment Office, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Nov. 25, 1993.

56. Statement of Murv Jacobs, July 9, 1994.

57. Statement of Chief John Ross, July 11, 1994.

58. Statement of Ward Churchill, July 10, 1994; also see David Kamp, "Churchill honored with membership at Keetoowah council," Ojibwe News, July 22, 1994. Many others, incidentally, agree with Churchill on this. As Robert Scott Ladd put it ("The different faces of AIM"), "Racism divides Indian people. Some AIM factions have begun demanding to see people's tribal membership cards; I've seen confrontation within AIM in Colorado, and I've heard of tense incidents in California. It seems odd that an organization so concerned with racism should partake of the incredibly racist 'white' system of identifying Native Americans by blood quanta."

59. Joe Geshick, "Integrity of Bellecourt Brothers called into question again," Ojibwe News, Feb. 18, 1994; "Clyde pressures his employees." According to Sara Lawrence, an Ojibwe News editor, the Bellecourts' blood quantum cannot in fact be accurately computed at all since their mother is shown on the White Earth rolls as possessing no degree of Indian blood at all (this is correct; a complete copy of the pertinent records is on file).

60. Clinton was made an "Honorary Keetowah" in 1994. The accolade bears no suggestion of either Cherokee descent or genuine membership status within the Band. Churchill, on the other hand, is an Associate Member: one whose descent is verified at less than onequarter blood quantum, and who is under Keetoowah rules as much a member as anyone else other than that he does not vote or hold office. There is thus a substantial difference between Clinton's standing and Churchill's which DeMain has deliberately chosen to blur.

61. Put quite eloquently: "The 'identity police' [claim to be involved in] some sort of viable move toward ending the oppression of indigenous peoples. On the contrary, to oppose those who struggle for justice and selfdetermination is to align oneself with the oppressor. The movement for justice is being derailed by the identity police, who are nothing more than tools of the state in [its] efforts to divide and conquer. Once again, envy and personal vendettas will have served the oppressor's purpose"' (Chanate and Dillabaugh, Letter).

62. The Act, Public Law 101644 (104 Stat. 4662) was signed by George Bush on November 29, 1990. It makes it a crime punishable by fines of up to $1 million and as much as fifteen years federal imprisonment for anyone not officially recognized as such to identify themselves as an American Indian when selling arts or crafts. Churchill's major response was published under the title "Nobody' Pet Poodle: Jimmie Durham, an Artist for Native North America" in Crazy Horse Spirit (Summer 1992) and is included in his Indians Are Us?. His remarks on Bradley were made in response to a question at the conclusion of a public lecture at the University of New Mexico on April 15, 1992.

63. Suzan Shown Harjo, "Harjo responds to writers' series," Indian Country Today, Sept. 29, 1993; "Suzan Harjo: Churchill has come out of his closet," Indian Country Today, Dec. 8, 1993. The first reference is to a threepart series by Indian Country Today staff writer Jerry Reynolds, "Indian writers: the good, the bad and the could be," run in the paper during September and October 1993.

64. See, e.g., David Bradley, "Colorado newspapers side with Ward," Indian Country Today, Dec. 22, 1993; "Churchill's 'unnaturally hateful' tactics," Indian Country Today, MidAugust 1994; "The tribes decide," San Francisco Weekly, Nov. 10, 1993; "Jodi Rave is a student hero," Colorado Daily, Jan. 13, 1994; and undated, xeroxed circular, "The Columbus Syndrome and Ward Churchill, Chief of the Wannabees, a Tribe of the Master Race" (copy on file), excerpts from which were first published in the NovemberDecember 1992 issue of Crazy Horse Spirit and reprinted in News From Indian Country in late June 1994. Bradley also contacted one of Churchill's publishers, Common Courage Press, with a threat to file suit if Indians Are Us? was not immediately withdrawn from distribution; he was told by Common Courage attorney Edward Copeland to take a hike in correspondence dated March 29, 1994 (copy on file). It has always been assumed that Bradley has been fronting for Suzan Harjo. While this is probably true, a handwritten notation he made in the margin of a fax he sent to NAIMI in 1993 (copy on file) makes it clear he's been receiving instruction from Vernon Bellecourt as well.

65. DeMain, "Sovereignty."

66. Memo from Marilyn Decalo, Assistant to President Judith Albino, to L. Louise Romero, University Legal Counsel, Dec. 13, 1993 (copy on file).

67. Dr. Evelyn Hu-DeHart reported to Dean Charles Middleton that "In a letter addressed to Marilyn Decala [sic] of CU, dated December 27, 1993, [Standing Elk] enclosed 18 items-which she annotated and offered as supporting material for her charges against Prof. Churchill. Many of the items were written by Ms. Standing Elk herself or issued by organizations she is closely associated with, i.e., National AIM." Hu-DeHart further reported that Harjo made her claims in a letter dated March 9, 1994 (copy on file). Harjo also claimed that Churchill had physically menaced her during a conference at the University of Colorado, and that she was thereafter afraid to set foot on the campus. Dr. Vine Deloria, Jr., who had organized the conference, and Dr. Deward E. Walker, who was in attendance, stated categorically that the "incident" recounted by Harjo had never occurred; HuDeHart, Report, October 10, 1994 (copy on file).

68. "Even if Mr. Churchill is not an American Indian, as he claims, Title VII protects Caucasians as well as persons of color. Further, it has always been University policy that a person's race or ethnicity is selfproving. This University policy regarding selfidentification is consistent with the law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that observation and selfidentification are the most reliable indicators of one's racial grouping"; letter from Chancellor James Corbridge to Vernon Bellecourt, April 19, 1994 (copy on file).

69. HuDeHart, Report. HuDeHart's assessment corresponds very well with the tactics described by Ojibwe News editor Sara Lawrence in a letter written to CU President Albino in support of Churchill on April 6, 1994 (copy on file): "Unfortunately, many others have had to endure the Bellecourts' brand of smear tactics that are currently being inflicted on Mr. Churchill. They always operate in the same manner, starting out with a series of vicious rumors, followed by the famous words 'He/She's not a real Indian!' if the person is lightskinned, and utilizing, 'He/She's an FBI informant!' if the individual passes the scrutiny of the 'purity police.' Then they proceed to harassment of the individual's employer, funder, sponsor, etc., and speaking in loud, authoritative voices they try to preach their way to intimidation, all the while threatening legal action. Sadly, we in Minnesota know their ways well."

70. This was added to the already-received honorariums of the President's University Service Award (1987), Robert L. Stearns Alumni Service Award (1989), Thomas Jefferson Award (1990), College of Arts & Sciences Writing Award (1992), and honorary doctorate from Alfred University (1992); HuDeHart, Report (evaluations and certificate on file). As concerns the "misuse of institutional resources" allegation, HuDeHart concluded that, "I find no evidence to support this charge. Since joining the [Ethnic Studies] faculty, Ward Churchill uses only plain white paper, his home address, and his name without his university title or affiliation in any nonuniversity related business. He has not traveled at university expense. He has the lowest xerox charge of any faculty member [in the unit], the lowest phone charge, and practically never uses the university's long distance line. He uses his office...only to conduct university business, such as meet with students."

71. Statement by Dean Charles Middleton, Nov. 29, 1994; the same date, Dean Middleton formally approved a request by Churchill's home department to "clear him of these scurrilous charges."

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 http://www.coloradoaim.org/why.html

Ward backs off his claim to Indian Heritage!!

RMN 07.Feb.2005 14:30

Churchill Says "What if I'm not Indian as it becomes more clear He isn't Indian
aim 07 Feb 2005 02:25 GMT

Rocky Mountain News in depth probe of Churchill's Indian heritage shows the people he calims to be related to who are Indian in fact are not!
Prof's genealogy is sketchy; he offers little clarification
By Kevin Flynn, Rocky Mountain News
February 5, 2005
Ward Churchill traces part of his American Indian lineage to Joshua Tyner, a Revolutionary War veteran from Georgia.
But Tyner listed himself on the 1820 census as "white," and historical documents report that his mother was killed and scalped by Creek Indians.
Meanwhile, genealogy records researched by the Rocky Mountain News show that even if Joshua Tyner had been a full-blooded Indian, he would have provided Churchill with only one-sixty-fourth Indian blood.
Nevertheless, the fiery Churchill - who maintains that he is at least one-sixteenth Cherokee - has fashioned a controversial career of activism and education over injustices to America's indigenous people.
And, amid the controversy over his essay saying that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were in retribution for deadly American imperialism throughout the decades, he says he resents his background being traced like a pedigree for a dog.
"I am not accountable for making the particulars of my genealogy public knowledge or to respond to interrogation from a Cheyenne or a Chippewa or the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as far as I'm concerned," Churchill said.
He will not provide documentation of his heritage.
"I have never been confirmed as having one-quarter blood, and never said I was," Churchill said. "And even if (the critics) are absolutely right (about his lack of Indian ancestry), what does that have to do with this issue? I have never claimed to be goddamned Sitting Bull."
Officially, he maintains an associate membership, obtained in May 1994, from the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Tahlequah, Okla., two months before the band stopped issuing such memberships amid controversy over whether they were merited.
Unofficially, he says his wide acceptance for 25 years by the indigenous community as an Indian activist and advocate also demonstrates his heritage.
Churchill has claimed since high school days in Elmwood, Ill., near Peoria, that he has Indian blood, mostly from his mother's side. He claimed Tyner as an Indian and said that his grandmother, Minnie Billington, had some Creek Indian blood.
The News found no independent verification for the Billington claim. A Pope County, Ill., listing from the 1860s of able-bodied males eligible for Civil War service enlistees contains the name of Lawson Billington, the same name as Churchill's great-great-grandfather, but there was no claim that he had Indian blood.
Churchill has also claimed his father had some Indian ancestry as well, although in an interview 11 years ago, he said he didn't know much about his father's side of the family.
Churchill doesn't help out much when asked to document his lineage.
Instead, he waves it off by saying a Keetoowah researcher had documented the connection. But he hasn't provided any details.
Churchill and his allies have feuded with other Indian leaders, including Vernon Bellecourt, of the National American Indian Movement. Bellecourt, his allies and some other researchers call Churchill a white man masquerading as an Indian.
Joe Geshick, a full-blooded Ojibwe from Minneapolis who knows Bellecourt, sides with Churchill in the dispute. He said Bellecourt and his entourage don't like that they can't control Churchill or some of the other Colorado American Indian Movement leaders.
"Bellecourt just doesn't want to lose his power base," Geshick said.
But Churchill's unclear claim to Indian ancestry is a controversy that would exist with or without the feud with the Bellecourt faction, because of the lack of documentation.
To have one-sixteenth Cherokee blood, Churchill would have to have one great-great grandparent who was full-blooded, or two great-great-great grandparents, or so on, back through his lineage.
But the only ancestor Churchill has mentioned in interviews as having Indian blood - and who can be linked to him directly through his genealogy - is Joshua Tyner. Tyner was a young Revolutionary War veteran from Wilkes County, Ga.
Even if Tyner were a full-blooded Cherokee, an ancestor tree researched by Churchill's critics shows Tyner as Churchill's great-great-great-great-grandfather, seven generations removed. That would leave Churchill with only a one-sixty-fourth portion of Cherokee blood.
But there's no evidence Tyner had any Indian blood at all.
"Joshua Tyner was a white man," said Thomas Brown, a professor on the sociology faculty at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, who researched Churchill's background as part of his attacks on Churchill's academic record.
Likewise, research by the News into Tyner family genealogy found no evidence that Joshua Tyner was an Indian. Historical accounts from Georgia, in fact, claim the Tyner family was attacked in 1788 or 1789 by Creek Indians while the father, Richard, was away in revenge for some official action a family member had taken against the Creeks. Joshua's mother, Abigail, was killed and scalped, along with several of her eight children.


Again the Left eats its own

Shadow Merchant 07.Feb.2005 17:17

Hah, I love to see stupid fucking leftist assholes turning on each other.

How does it feel to be a useless, marginalized piece of dung stuck under the heel of the mighty Right, shrieking impotently from the margins of society? Get used to it, it's only going to get worse.

This is just the beginning, you commie scum. We're going to shovel a lot more shit out of our universities before this is over.

Whites decide who is Ketoowah and not the tribe?

What assholes! 07.Feb.2005 17:20

Prof's Indian roots disputed
By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News
February 3, 2005

The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is not a member of their tribe.

"He's not in the database at all and is not a member of the Keetoowah," said Georgia Mauldin, the tribal clerk in Tahlequah, Okla.

Prof's Indian roots disputed
By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News
February 3, 2005

The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is not a member of their tribe.

"He's not in the database at all and is not a member of the Keetoowah," said Georgia Mauldin, the tribal clerk in Tahlequah, Okla.



Ward's roots disputed by Ketoowah Band he claims to belong to

AIM 07.Feb.2005 17:29

Prof's Indian roots disputed
By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News
February 3, 2005
The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee says University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is not a member of their tribe.
"He's not in the database at all and is not a member of the Keetoowah," said Georgia Mauldin, the tribal clerk in Tahlequah, Okla.
In his books and articles, Churchill has described himself as a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma. In past interviews, he's claimed to be one-sixteenth Cherokee.
But the Keetoowah say that's not true.
Attempts to contact Churchill for comment Wednesday on his background were unsuccessful. But Churchill's claim to American Indian roots has been challenged repeatedly by people in that community.
One Montana woman has an especially personal tale of confronting Churchill on his claim to American Indian heritage. She was taking one of Churchill's classes at CU in 1994 when she wrote an article for the Colorado Daily newspaper, saying there was no evidence he had any American Indian background.
"For so long it was whispered on campus that he really isn't an Indian," said Jodi Rave, who studied journalism at CU. "Here you had the director of the Indian studies program and he's not an Indian."
Rave is a Mandan-Hidatsa Indian originally from North Dakota. Today, she is a reporter and columnist with the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Mont. She was recently a fellow in the prestigious Nieman program for journalists at Harvard University.
In one of her journalism classes at CU, Rave was assigned to write a profile, and she decided to profile Churchill.
"To have somebody of that stature masquerading as an Indian was intriguing to me," Rave said. "On two separate days I asked him questions. I was up-front in asking him questions (about his background)."
Rave says she discovered that Churchill had enrolled in the Keetoowah tribe under a program initiated by a former tribal chairman that let almost anyone sign up. She says the Keetoowah later discontinued that program and disenrolled the people who had joined under it.
When her article came out, Rave says Churchill was furious and insisted that he did have American Indian lineage.
"He called me and said, 'Jodi Rave, this is your professor and I need to talk to you right away.' He was surprised I had a story published that called into question his identity."
He also defended his American Indian background and said her story was unfair.
Rave said she was enrolled in one of Churchill's classes when the article came out, and her grade went from an A to a C-minus.
She says Churchill can write what he wants, but his claim of American Indian heritage is bogus.
"There's no denying what he writes resonates with a lot of people, but when he says this is something he's experienced as a Native American man, that's fraudulent," Rave said.
The question of who is and who is not an American Indian is a sensitive one in that community. Many Indians resent the idea that only those who grew up on a reservation or have two American Indian parents are real Indians.
"Tracking blood lines is the business of Nazi Germany and South Africa (under apartheid)," said professor George Tinker, who teaches American Indian culture and religious tradition at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. "That's not an Indian issue at all."
Tinker said that it should be up to the tribes themselves to decide who is an Indian.
The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee
• The word A-ni-kee-too-wah-gee ("Keetoowah people") was used by Cherokee speakers to refer to themselves. Kituhwa was the mother town of the Cherokees; its location, probably in present- day North Carolina, is now lost in the past.
• The Keetoowah Society was formed in 1859 by Cherokees transplanted to Okla- homa on the "Trail of Tears" as a way of preserving cultural traditions.
• The United Keetoowah Band is a part of the Tahlequah, Okla.-based Cherokee Nation. It was formed from various Cherokeee subgroups after passage of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act in 1936, and it was recognized by Congress in 1949.Source: Www.Cherokeeobserver.Org

Churchill is NOT American Indian

Stuart Steers 07.Feb.2005 17:57

In his books and articles, Churchill has described himself as a member of the Keetoowah Cherokee tribe in Oklahoma. In past interviews, he's claimed to be one-sixteenth Cherokee.

But the Keetoowah say that's not true.

Attempts to contact Churchill for comment Wednesday on his background were unsuccessful. But Churchill's claim to American Indian roots has been challenged repeatedly by people in that community.

One Montana woman has an especially personal tale of confronting Churchill on his claim to American Indian heritage. She was taking one of Churchill's classes at CU in 1994 when she wrote an article for the Colorado Daily newspaper, saying there was no evidence he had any American Indian background.

"For so long it was whispered on campus that he really isn't an Indian," said Jodi Rave, who studied journalism at CU. "Here you had the director of the Indian studies program and he's not an Indian."

Rave is a Mandan-Hidatsa Indian originally from North Dakota. Today, she is a reporter and columnist with the Missoulian newspaper in Missoula, Mont. She was recently a fellow in the prestigious Nieman program for journalists at Harvard University.

In one of her journalism classes at CU, Rave was assigned to write a profile, and she decided to profile Churchill.

"To have somebody of that stature masquerading as an Indian was intriguing to me," Rave said. "On two separate days I asked him questions. I was up-front in asking him questions (about his background)."

Rave says she discovered that Churchill had enrolled in the Keetoowah tribe under a program initiated by a former tribal chairman that let almost anyone sign up. She says the Keetoowah later discontinued that program and disenrolled the people who had joined under it.

When her article came out, Rave says Churchill was furious and insisted that he did have American Indian lineage.

"He called me and said, 'Jodi Rave, this is your professor and I need to talk to you right away.' He was surprised I had a story published that called into question his identity."

He also defended his American Indian background and said her story was unfair.

Rave said she was enrolled in one of Churchill's classes when the article came out, and her grade went from an A to a C-minus.

She says Churchill can write what he wants, but his claim of American Indian heritage is bogus.

"There's no denying what he writes resonates with a lot of people, but when he says this is something he's experienced as a Native American man, that's fraudulent," Rave said.

The question of who is and who is not an American Indian is a sensitive one in that community. Many Indians resent the idea that only those who grew up on a reservation or have two American Indian parents are real Indians.

"Tracking blood lines is the business of Nazi Germany and South Africa (under apartheid)," said professor George Tinker, who teaches American Indian culture and religious tradition at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. "That's not an Indian issue at all."

Tinker said that it should be up to the tribes themselves to decide who is an Indian.

The United Keetoowah Band Cherokee

• The word A-ni-kee-too-wah-gee ("Keetoowah people") was used by Cherokee speakers to refer to themselves. Kituhwa was the mother town of the Cherokees; its location, probably in present- day North Carolina, is now lost in the past.

• The Keetoowah Society was formed in 1859 by Cherokees transplanted to Okla- homa on the "Trail of Tears" as a way of preserving cultural traditions.

• The United Keetoowah Band is a part of the Tahlequah, Okla.-based Cherokee Nation. It was formed from various Cherokeee subgroups after passage of the Oklahoma Indian Welfare Act in 1936, and it was recognized by Congress in 1949.Source: Www.Cherokeeobserver.Org




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Another questin I would like answered

Nobody 07.Feb.2005 18:39

In the interview posted as comments to this article, Ward reveals that he doesn't actually have a doctorate. He just has an honorary doctorate from a little-known school in upstate New York.

Could someone please explain to me how someone who doesn't even have a proper doctorate came to be department head a major university? Usually they wouldn't let a person like that even teach a class anywhere above community college.

I can't see any way other than friends in high places.

Federal Government Holocaust Against Indians

Mike 07.Feb.2005 20:22

The federal government brought the terrorist to the good old USA!!! It started back in 1974...remember? If you buy oil and gas your supporting terrorist, FACT!

The oil selling countries in the Middles are training their men to come at us. We are buying oil from them, get an education!!!!

How else would these sand people have the money to come to America???? Get it now?

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

Ward Churchill just told you the same thing I did here, fire me!!! Sadam and Ben Laden are the most wanted men in the world!!! Your federal government gave them your tax dollars for over 40 years for their support in the Middle East to fight against the USSR, when that war was over they came after the USA. Now it's our turn to pay for Middles East OIL!!! That is what it's about!!! Get over it!!! Ward Churchill just told you what the terrorist are doing to the USA and why!!!

People in the Towers worked for the USA companies in the Middle East. He stated, how would you take them out? Well, they had two chances and they did it, now we all have to live with the fact that our government did not do it's job in taking care of US! But just look at all your tax dollars now going to the Middle East again, what do you thank about that?? You just can't handle the truth, your like most Americans LOL.

I'm a retired services connected disable Vet, I know what I'm saying and talking about here!!!

www.UnitedNativeAmerica.com

Inverse snobbery

King Amdo 07.Feb.2005 20:52

It's a weird thing that you have there in the USA of this syndrome...white people that reject mainstream america seem to turn to Native American culture instead. The classic case of this is the 'rainbow tribe'. The real Rainbow Tribe being the real Native American's. There is actually a total and quantitative difference in the magic also.

This is complicated by various 'reality possibilities' that (mainly white)people have clung onto such as the famous (elders) Hopi tribal prophecy (the one that the 'rainbow tribe' are obsessed with) of the reincarnating Rainbow Warriors who will help to heal the Mother of the western disease (etc). I know about reincarnation, and this might explain some white people who may 'know' that they are Native American's... (however some of the energy in this scene IS REAL (be warned!)) the dominace of teepee type scene at rainbow tribe type gatherings belies a lack of respect for many participants true incarnation (certainly not jesus fucking christ)...and crucially, ancestry...which is an amazing thing. Europeans need to look to their European ancestry....come over here and explore it! The sacred sites of the old pagan culture are very powerful and revealing, you really do not need to pretend to be Native American!

The fact is that Native Americans, Blacks, Whites, whatever,... 'we' have been drawn into the christian masonic anti full-brain occult consciousness... plot.... which means that we have 'forgetton' who we really are and are contained in superficial materialism and unmagic.

How many people do you know who 'dreamtimewalk' for real? (instant space time travel).

Not many...but in real tribal realities this would be as normal as catching a bus. It defends what senario that one is connected to. This is possible as part of Hindu magic for example.

It's a state of mind...but one's state of mind is a function of societies programming.

Churcill or anyone doesn't need to say that they are Native American to show support for Islamic Jihad against western influence (yes I know that he probably didn't actually say or mean this). By the way, Having read this excellent book....'Taliban, the story of the Afghan warlords' by Ahmed Rashid (recommended), it seems that indeed the american government (not just bush) supported the Taliban because they were anti communist and 'conservative' and a 'unifing force' in this region. However this is a real religious movement, be it facsistically squewed (inherent anti jewish and anti other tribal groups/religions...you must be fundimentalist whabbi Sunni Islam end of story type thing)..and so the energy turned against it's previous benifactors...to their horror no doublt. These people, this movement, being eastern, is heavily mystical (forget the gibberish about fuedalism)....and this is what directs the trip...so it's important to 'keep it on balance'. Ain't that so Bellacourt???!!!(did you REALLY have to download all that stuff here rather than just given us the links. again, his organistation, www.aimmovement.org is not neccessarily AIM.)

Back to the Taliban/Al qa'ida:

But at least they are pro traditional and anti materialistic culture. Traditional eastern culture is amazing...again though, just a shame that there trip is (or was now)... so facsistic. I mean Whabbism puritansism is not indigenous to the Pashtun tribal areas...The famous 'skunk' type of Cannabis contains much genetics from nearby the Kyber pass. Allah Akbar. there used to be big Sufi gatherings/events near Peshawar...now the 'islamic police' prevent any of this energy from happening. (they are 'anti idolitry') Just as the Pashtun tribal zone was split into two by the british...to try and weaken this powerful tribe....so the 'great game' has generated a multitde of false trips all over the place...I call it 'masonloonybin'. The solution lyes in 'shapeshifting' reality back on centre. Blessed be....what the (eastern) Indian's call 'inter-communal peacefulconsciousness'. This auspicious state of collective consciousness leads to a good reality by literal magical change also! Blessed be. Allah Akbar. (nad this reality is INHERENTLY anathma to the western reality/consciousness and by definition that os the westren secret services because there trip is a function of ritual racist child abuse. This is the true and full horror of the west. So, the other side of the coin should well be truely amazing!!!

There is a real impectus and need for directaction against this system, this 'order'....I myself have probably 'pixied'(sabartarged) more Earth raping machines on construction sites and quarry's and so on that anyone else on this planet. I'm not joking, I was on full time 'pixyjihad' for a few years.

So anyway, I would suggest infrastruture targets to disable the ecomony rather than 'people terror'. (of course 9/11 was anti western economic sabatarge)
...rather thab allowing yourself to be overwelmed by hate and 'we must kill them' type thing.

Take out the expressway road network..that would be great fun...Raods are the viens of the 'system'...and this sort of action would be very pro environment, and genuinely pro real tribal values...goddess protected. Blessed be. !!!

Blessed be the Great Mother Witch!

Inverse snobbery...

King Amdo 07.Feb.2005 20:54

Here it is again with the spelling corrected.....

It's a weird thing that you have there in the USA this syndrome...white people that reject mainstream America seem to turn to Native American culture instead. The classic case of this is the 'rainbow tribe'. The real Rainbow Tribe being the real Native American's. There is actually a total and quantitative difference in the magic also.

This is complicated by various 'reality possibilities' that (mainly white) people have clung onto such as the famous (elders) Hopi tribal prophecy (the one that the 'rainbow tribe' are obsessed with) of the reincarnating Rainbow Warriors who will help to heal the Mother of the western disease (etc). I know about reincarnation, and this might explain some white people who may 'know' that they are Native American's... (However some of the energy in this scene IS REAL (be warned!)) the dominance of tepee type scene at rainbow tribe type gatherings belies a lack of respect for many participants true incarnation (certainly not jesus fucking Christ)...and crucially, ancestry...which is an amazing thing. Europeans need to look to their European ancestry....come over here and explore it! The sacred sites of the old pagan culture are very powerful and revealing, you really do not need to pretend to be Native American!

The fact is that Native Americans, Blacks, Whites, whatever,... 'we' have been drawn into the christian Masonic anti full-brain occult consciousness... plot.... which means that we have 'forgotten' who we really are and are contained in superficial materialism and unmagic.

How many people do you know who 'dreamtimewalk' for real? (instant space time travel).

Not many...but in real tribal realities this would be as normal as catching a bus. It defends what scenario that one is connected to. This is possible as part of Hindu magic for example.

It's a state of mind...but one's state of mind is a function of societies programming.

Churchill or anyone doesn't need to say that they are Native American to show support for Islamic Jihad against western influence (yes I know that he probably didn't actually say or mean this). By the way, having read this excellent book....'Taliban, the story of the Afghan warlords' by Ahmed Rashid (recommended), it seems that indeed the American government (not just bush) supported the Taliban because they were anti communist and 'conservative' and a 'unifying force' in this region. However this is a real religious movement, be it fascistically squewed (inherent anti Jewish and anti other tribal groups/religions...you must be fundamentalist whabbhi Sunni Islam end of story type thing)..and so the energy turned against it's previous benefactors...to their horror no doubt. These people, this movement, being eastern, is heavily mystical (forget the gibberish about feudalism)....and this is what directs the trip...so it's important to 'keep it on balance'. Ain't that so Bellacourt???!!!(did you REALLY have to download all that stuff here rather than just given us the links. again, his organisation, www.aimmovement.org is not necessarily AIM...even though of course they cklaim to be the one and only aim, and are probably a 'squewed' aim)

Back to the Taliban/Al Qa'ida:

But at least they are pro traditional and anti materialistic culture. Traditional eastern culture is amazing...again though, just a shame that there trip is (or was now)... so fascistic. I mean Whabbhism Puritanism is not indigenous to the Pashtun tribal areas...The famous 'skunk' type of Cannabis contains much genetics from nearby the Kyber pass. Allah Akbar. there used to be big Sufi gatherings/events near Peshawar...now the 'Islamic police' prevent any of this energy from happening. (they are 'anti idolatry') Just as the Pashtun tribal zone was split into two by the British...to try and weaken this powerful tribe....so the 'great game' has generated a multitude of false trips all over the place...I call it 'masonloonybin'. The solution lye’s in 'shapeshifting' reality back on centre. Blessed be....what the (eastern) Indian's call 'inter-communal peacefull consciousness'. This auspicious state of collective consciousness leads to a good reality by literal magical change also! Blessed be. Allah Akbar. (and this reality is INHERENTLY anathema to the western reality/consciousness and by definition that IS the western secret services because their trip is a function of ritual racist child abuse! This is the true and full horror of the west. So, the other side of the coin should well be truly amazing!!!

There is a real impetus and need for direct action against this system, this 'order'....I myself have probably 'pixie' (sabartarged) more Mother Earth raping machines on construction sites and quarry's and so on that anyone else on this planet. I'm not joking, I was on full time 'Pixy Jihad' for a few years.

So anyway, I would suggest infrastructure targets to disable the economy rather than 'people terror'. (of course 9/11 was anti western economic sabotage)
...rather than allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by hate and 'we must kill them' type thing.

Take out the expressway road network...that would be great fun...Roads are the veins of the 'system'...and this sort of action would be very pro environment, and genuinely pro real tribal values...goddess protected. Blessed be. !!!

Blessed be the Great Mother Witch!

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marco 07.Feb.2005 21:04

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Leonard Peltieer condemns Dark Night Field Notes attack on AIM leaders

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I also notice there are half a dozen ward churchill stories
on the open newswire.

Here are some links to a bunch:

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 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818778.shtml

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I see two others here we should hide. I'll put links to them
here when we do...


______________________


Ward says he is Creek Creek say he isn't!!

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Churchill has a point....

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Denial of Churchill tribal membership from Creek Nation

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Russ Means and Wrd confidant Glenn Morris with the Contras!!

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Shocking COvert Action writer tells of Ward Contra connect!

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Ward has a right to speak! But not on our behalf!

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Wake up Whie people!!.....christian genocide of Native Americans....

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wow..I'm starting to get a hard on again.....

King Amdo 07.Feb.2005 21:09

...this is all very very exciting ya'll hear!!!

..'scuse me while I check some pics of white bitch's. (slobber slurp dribble)

KKK 'grand wizard'/FBI Master Controller.

(As you can probably tell by now my involvemnt in Native American campaigning has been rather taxing on my sanity...but then I'm just some English white cunt to used and abused by egoising wankers)



Founder of AIM Dennis Banks on Ward Churchill

DJ AIM 08.Feb.2005 05:47

Ward Churchill 'Academic, Literary & Indian Fraud'
by DENNIS BANKS

(Editor's Note: Ward Churchill, the Wannabe Indian, certainly has had his own chickens come home to roost. Isn't the "professor" hip to the return of karma?)

Ward Churchill was scheduled to speak at Hamilton College in Clinton,
New York on February 3, 2005. His appearance was canceled by the college after he caused a public furor over his loathsome remarks about the 9-11 tragedy in New York. AIM's Grand Governing Council has been dealing with Churchill's hateful attitude and rip-off of Indian people for years.

The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council representing the
National and International leadership of the American Indian Movement
once again is vehemently and emphatically repudiating and condemning the outrageous statements made by academic literary and Indian fraud, Ward Churchill in relationship to the 9-11 tragedy in New York City that claimed thousands of innocent people’s lives.

Churchill’s statement that these people deserved what happened to them, and calling them little Eichmanns, comparing them to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who implemented Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate European Jews and others, should be condemned by all.
The sorry part of this is Ward Churchill has fraudulently represented
himself as an Indian, and a member of the American Indian Movement, a
situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used the American Indian Movement’s chapter in Denver to attack the leadership of the official American Indian Movement with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.

Ward Churchill has been masquerading as an Indian for years behind his
dark glasses and beaded headband. He waves around an honorary membership card that at one time was issued to anyone by the Keetoowah Tribe of Oklahoma.

Former President Bill Clinton and many others received these
cards, but these cards do not qualify the holder a member of any tribe. He has deceitfully and treacherously fooled innocent and naïve Indian community members in Denver, Colorado, as well as many other people worldwide.

Churchill does not represent, nor does he speak on behalf of
the American Indian Movement.

New York’s Hamilton College Kirklands Project should be aware that in
their search for truth and justice, the idea that they have hired a
fraud to speak on Indian activism is in itself a betrayal of their goals.

Dennis J. Banks, Ojibwa Nation
Chairman of the Board
American Indian Movement
Phone: 218-654-5885

Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung, aka, Clyde H. Bellecourt, Ojibwa Nation
National Executive Director
American Indian Movement
Cell: 612-251-5836
Office: 612-724-3129

Press Contact:
WaBun-Inini, aka, Vernon Bellecourt, Ojibwa Nation
Executive Committee Member
Director Council on Foreign Relations
American Indian Movement
Office: 612-721-3914
Cell: 612-889-0796

 http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/churchill05.html

AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT GRAND GOVERNING COUNCIL

MINISTRY FOR INFORMATION
P.O. Box 13521
Minneapolis MN 55414
612/ 721-3914 . fax 612/ 721-7826
Email:  aimggc@worldnet.att.net
Web Address: www.aimovement.org


See the following:

Us vs AIM
 http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/USgovt-vs-AIMnov99.html

Us vs AIM Backgound
 http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/USvAIMbackground.html

The Public's Response
 http://www.hamilton.edu/news/wardchurchill/

For more information regarding Churchill’s fraudulent enrollment:

United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians of Oklahoma
Enrollment officer: 918-431-0385 or 918-456-8698

 http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2689334,00.html

CU prof affirms Indian heritage
Tribe says he's not full member

By Howard Pankratz, Denver Post, Feb 3, 2005

The Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians said Wednesday that University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill is an associate member of the tribe but not a full member, which requires a person to have at least
one-fourth Cherokee blood.

"He was trying to get recognized as an Indian. He could not prove he was an Indian (Cherokee) at all," said Ernestine Berry, who was on the
tribe's enrollment committee and served on the tribal council for four
years.

Churchill, who resigned as chairman of CU's ethnic studies department on Monday, has been condemned for comparing victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks to Nazis.

He has described himself as an Indian and has said that shaped many of
his opinions. But over the last week, as Churchill's comments made news, his critics have claimed he is a fraud.

On Wednesday, Churchill steadfastly maintained that he is an Indian,
claiming he is three-sixteenths Cherokee. But he acknowledged that he is an associate member, not a full member, of the Keetoowah.

"I don't vote, I don't hold office, I don't collect benefits," Churchill said. He said he was enrolled as an associate member of the Keetoowah after a genealogical investigation showed his Cherokee lineage.

Click here to see Ward Churchill's essay, "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens," as posted on a third-party website. Todd
Gleeson, dean of the University of Colorado's College of Arts and
Sciences, which oversees Churchill's department, has indicated to The
Denver Post that this posting is an authentic copy of Churchill's essay.
He said he could have become a full member of the larger, 240,000-member
Cherokee Nation because it has no "blood quantum threshold." But he
chose the Keetoowah because they are a more "hard- line" group.

Berry, of the Keetoowah Band, said Churchill was given an associate
membership in the 10,000-member tribe, based in Tahlequah, Okla., in the early 1990s.

"Mr. Churchill started coming around in 1992 or 1993, said he wrote some books and was a big-time author, and convinced us he could help our people," Berry said.

On that basis, he was given an associate membership, said Berry, who was on the tribe's enrollment committee and has served on the tribal council.

Berry said Churchill never fulfilled his promise to help the tribe,
which she said is an extremely poor offshoot of the Cherokee Nation.

"After he received his associate card, we never heard from him again,"
Berry said.

The tribe no longer offers associate memberships, although it didn't
revoke any existing memberships, Berry said.

In addition to questioning Churchill's Indian heritage, some people have raised questions about his duties in Vietnam, where he said he fought in that country's highlands and then moved to coastal regions, where he was assigned to "gun trucks" similar to today's Humvees.

One of the skeptics is Vernon Bellecourt, director of the Council on
Foreign Relations for the American Indian Movement.

Bellecourt says he believes Churchill worked counter-intelligence in
Vietnam while also claiming to be an "information specialist" there.

"According to research by one of our people, he has had two military
records. There is something very strange which we have not been able to get into," Bellecourt said.

In 1995, News From Indian Country, an Indian-owned, reservation-based
Wisconsin newspaper for Native Americans, said it had "observed many
interesting things about (Churchill) including contrary military
records. ... "

Churchill's service record was not available from the Pentagon. But one private group that tracks Vietnam veterans has obtained some data.




Urinating on Amendment One

Collin Baber 08.Feb.2005 08:39



By attempting to silence Ward Churchill, government is urinating on Amendment One.

attempt to cast doubt on &quot;The COINTELPRO Papers&quot;

Butros Butros Mohamid Ali Sandwiches 08.Feb.2005 15:29

What Churchill's disputed ethnic background may or may not be, seems to be a character assination issue. He claims to be 3/16th native, while the "blood" issue is minimum 1/4 - in the US. I read somewhere that in Canada, tribal membership is not based on blood whatsoever, and that the blood issue was something imposed by the US government. ?

That many people may not want to be associated with what someone else says,
that can be understood.

That these radio DJs seem to be bitter about the blocking of the Colombus(let's celebrate genocide like REAL nazis) Day (p.s. I'm 'white' with no college degree).
seems to be their reason for initiating this whole fiasco and calling on super hero Bill O'Reilly was to get him to help stir the pot of racial hatred to obscure and further distort what Churchill said

AND/OR try to get the very good work he (& Jim Vanderwall) have done in The COINTELPRO Papers
to be seen as less credible.

From what I understand, Churchill did not say a Janitor or secretary that gets coffee was like a "little Eichman". Such claims are a distortion of his statements - or so I hear. Looks like I'll just have to find the book and read for myself. Funny, something I was planning on doing just a week or so before this blew up.


Whether Churchill is not a Real Indian, something I have heard years ago,
or even if he is an fed provacateaur since the it is almost always, almost always ONLY the feds who are the ones pushing for violence,
the work he & Vanderwall have done in The COINTELPRO Papers cannot be dismissed so easily.
Yes revoke the sick-o "Patriot" Act & all similar legislation.
It is deseigned, like the fascist COINTELPROs before it, to keep
tabs on political dissent. Or so what has come before has led me to believe this.


On matters of US government's foreign policy.
Yes, of course it was disgusting, dispicable, and unjustifiable even before Bush(w) ran for office. This adminstration only Nthed its terribleness.

attempt to discredit &quot;The COINTELPRO Papers&quot;?

alla peanut butter sandwiches 08.Feb.2005 18:25

I tried to post something here, but after an hour, still nothing.


Sure I called a Colombus day the same thing as Nazis celebrating genocide.
But THAT is exactly what it is. Deny and ice your conscience all you want.

Maybe the page cannot accept any more posts and is full or something?



Whatever is going on around Churchill,
nothing yet has discredited the superb work he (&Jim Vanderwall)
have done on "The COINTELPRO Papers". - which is argument in itself
to withdraw the "patriot" act and all such related legislation.


gawd.
the page must be full.
Why else would even after an hour my post not show up?

But you're 13/16ths European Ward!!!

King Amdo 08.Feb.2005 19:00

Be pround of that ancestery moron!....the real roots of European culture (not the christian stuff) are ok and sound.

I'll apologize for him if he brought you unneccessary heat on this matter.

Blessed be.

One more go...

Nobody 08.Feb.2005 20:25

I haven't read the COINTELPRO papers and so can't say much about it. It may be that, as people on this thread have said, it's a good book. I would be a little wary of the danger that it would tend to paint the heroes as the villains and the villains as the heroes, but that may not be the case.

Much good writing exists concerning COINTELPRO, and someone posted links to a great deal of it on the newswire. Here is the link to the list of links, if you will:

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818778.shtml

Certainly nothing I have written on this thread has been intended to question the government's use of infiltrators to disrupt the left. To the contrary, I have called Churchill such an infiltrator. Many of the other anti-Churchill posters, including Paul Wolf and everyone in the AIM camp, seems to be coming from much the same place.

I reiterate that the question of Churchill's Indian identity is distinctly secondary to the question of whether he is or is not a cop. It is important mostly in that it is an obvious and egregious example of fakery surrounding him.

I do not think that it is the position of AIM that a person needs to be one-quarter Indian by blood to be considered Indian. (Although, by the way, Churchill is NOT 3/16th Indian. That's not correct. Read some of the earlier posts and you will see that he's pretty clearly not over 1/64th Indian, if he has ANY Indian blood at all.) But Ward has made various claims of Indian ancestry and tribal membership which are plainly false, and that IS important.

As to whether he should or should not be considered an Indian: the only non-discredited basis which he has ever put forth for his claimed Indian identity is his political work among Indians. When we consider that it looks clear that this work has all been on behalf of governmental agencies in an attempt to infiltrate Indian activists and keep them down, Churchill's claim to Indian identity may be said to boil down to this:

"What do you mean I'm not an Indian?! I've been inflitrating Indians for the CIA for 25 years! I guess that makes me an Indian by now!"

reader

Letter to Joshua Frank of Counterpunch 08.Feb.2005 22:04

Letter to Joshua Frank of Counterpunch (writing on the left attack of Churchill)

"I am sure you've heard of Ward Churchill's latest tribulations -- so I'll save you the repetition. However, I bet what you didn't know was that liberals were running hand in hand with conservatives in hopes of clotheslining the radical professor."
 http://www.counterpunch.org/frank02052005.html

I'm glad you wrote the piece.

But just imagine if Churchill had gone one step too far and actually suggested the WTC towers were taken down by demolition. Or even Building 7, never hit by a plane, which fell in on itself into a neat pile many hours after the morning events.

These were the first buildings in the history of steel framed structures to ever collapse from fire. But just imagine if the radical Churchill had stepped over *that* line!

He wouldn't dare.

But had he, then Counterpunch and CommonDreams would be competing to see who could clothesline the 'loony conspiracy' professor first.

Sincerely,

------

ps -

See WTC background at :

 http://911research.wtc7.net/
 http://wtc7.net/

Don't worry Ward White America has decided you are their Indian!

Hilarious 09.Feb.2005 04:00

This is hilarious no one is even noticing. Not one reputable Native person has come forward to claim this bastard. AIM, the Ketoowah Cherokee, The Muskogee Creek Tribe, News From Indian Country Today, every tribal newspaper, Dennis Banks the Founder of AIM, and yet a bunch of White college kids have decided! "Ward is the leader of Indians and we don't care what anybody else says" anyway he looks soooo cool in his glamour shots with the AK and the beret.His position sucked and Indians don't want to be associated with it. Is that sooo hard for you to understand? Native people don't want to be associated with his forged idntity or his fucked up ideas. He may have a right to say them but not for us and not for AIM they aren't our positions. If he wants to accept AIM and Indian people want nothing to do with his little " push back" and stands as an individual representing no one then fine!!

Ugh

Izzy Straddlin' 09.Feb.2005 05:09

Just curious about a few things. Nearly all of the posts in this thread repeat the same criticism over and over again - that Ward Churchill not a "real Indian". And while that's fine and dandy, who the fuck cares? He isn't being targeted by the Right because of disputes over his ancestry. He's being targeted by the Right because the essay he wrote. Notice - no debate about the actual content of that essay on this thread? Why is that? I see an awful lot of people whining, saying that Churchill and his essay are harmful to the American Indian Movement and to Native people as a whole, but no actual discussion about the content of that essay. Why?

From what I've read of the essay, it was pretty accurate. Is this a case of people hiding their true feelings about certain events in recent years or another example of more center-orientated groups happily hanging radicals out to dry when it becomes politically convenient to do so?

You racists!!

it matters 09.Feb.2005 06:07

Of course it matters whether or not he is Indian. In Indymedia's banner he is referred to as Indian. In every media story they mention that he claims to be Indian and that he claims to be from AIM. Indian people although wishing to hope Americans see that our government causes injuries much worse than 911 all over the world for tow centuries must stand with the innocent victims of any violent assault or we have no right to complain about such things ourselves. Maybe that is your eye for an eye culture but it isn't ours. What a bunch of Nazis you are.

Using Reason, Wake Up everyone

JSF, Ph.D - Sociology, Philosophy 09.Feb.2005 07:42

Professor Ward Churchill is trying to wake us up. Saying more 9/11's is a declaration that we are still sleeping, that we are still forcing our religion and our ideals on others. Dubya forcing his religious ideas on everyone, and being an intolerable person is part of what fueled the attacks of 9/11, our attack of Iraq, and by the very fact that we are trying to force our ideal of life on others is creating more hatred in the world. This is fueling more hatred towards us, and this is what Professor Churchill is warning us about. We still don't get it, we still don't understand that not only each individual person is different, and has their right to be so, but as we travel throughout the world their are cultures that are so far different from ours that we cannot try to nationalize our ideals. This is what fuels the fire, this Professor needs to be listened to and understood not chastised.

JSF is racist as well

AIM 09.Feb.2005 09:48

We don't need you or any other professor to tell u s to wake up! We've had all the help we can stand from you the people who put Indians where they are today. Much less need any help from Ward Churchill to know America needs to wake up. You need to realize that we need you assholes to stop deciding what we need. What we need is for you jackasses to stop deciding what is best for us. Churchill is a cop and a white guy posing as an Indian leader and what we need from him I won't state in written word.

reply to Izzy Straddlin'

marco 09.Feb.2005 11:49

Izzy, you ask some really good questions.

I would suggest that this appears to be right out of the
Karl Rove playbook. Which might explain why Bill O'Reilly,
Charlie Daniels and David Whore-O-Wits jumped on it the
quickest, eh?

Although I can't call Karl Rove original. He probably hasn't
articulated an original thought in his life. Not only does this
smack of Karl Rove, you'll notice it's almost note for note
something Lee Atwater would've done too.

Again, why else would a fascist musician jump on it so quickly
it seems he had insider information to prepare HIS soapbox
statement.

 http://www.charliedaniels.com/soapbox/soapbox.asp?id=12

Keep fighting back. We'll win this one.

 http://radio.indymedia.org/news/2005/02/3588.php

BTW: you know Churchill's not the only one maintaining
these claims out loud right? Late night Air America radio
(I think his name is Mark Malloy) is just chock full of
sentiment. Call ins AND his own rants.

What's next, proof that Ward dates 15 year olds?
Finding planted kiddie porn in his harddrive?
Publishing proof that one of his college degrees
is from an unaccredited university?

The noise is designed to keep us from discussing
what's NOT being disputed here. Keep us busy arguing
whether Ward Churchill is 7/8s or 1/16th something
or other.

I'll repeat one last time, probably for my own health.
I don't trust Ward OR the Bellecourts. But I *will*
fight for Churchill's first ammendment rights. "Cointelpro
Papers" is a must read to understand this very problem,
and Ward wrote it. Let's go all the way to the feds'
logical conclusions here. Suppose Churchill IS CIA, or
maybe he is FBI. Since when did hearing this stuff scare
us coming from John Stockwell? Or Jack Ryan who stopped
following around Brian Willson and instead fasted against
Columbus with him in 1992!!! If Churchill is a cop, and
he's written a book like "Cointelpro Papers," then hear
the fucker speak for crying out loud. We use Mike Ruppert
as a unique source pretty often don't we? Dammit, read
the book. Ignore the attempts to jam you and get you
spreading interference noise.

I'll close with this, that should give them enough to
chew on til their watercooled super computers implode!

Essentially that George W. Bush blew up building 7
by hand with his own homemade blasting caps, and
that he used to have sexual intercourse with Ronald
Reagan when he was a minor.

Bunch of you morons still don't get it

Nobody 09.Feb.2005 14:46

What Ward said was that everyone that got it on 9/11 deserved it. I know, I know. He's not saying that now. So read the original essay. If you haven't, you really can't talk about it very much.

There's a serious problem with that position: It's bullshit, that's the problem. As has been pointed out numerous times in this thread, while it may be true that some of the people working in the WTC were big time capitalists with a major role in corporate decision making, others worked in liquor stores, were janitors, security guards, secretaries, or people working in companies that sold municipal bonds. Others just happened to be on the wrong airplane.

These people are no more responsible for U.S. policy than Ward himself. Actually, they are probably less so, in that Ward has benefitted much more from U.S. policy. Department head and all that; this guy is not a minimum wage earner. The figure is probably up over 100k/year.

And did anyone happen to read the rest of the essay, where he got into his predictions of wave after wave of escalating attacks? Not only did this turn out to be absolute and utter nonsense -- there hasn't been a successful foreign terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11/01 -- but it's fearmongering that in the most obvious way plays into the hands of the administration, which has been making its case for the Patriot Act, etc., on a ridiculously inflated view of Al Qaeda, and it's case for the war in Iraq on non-existent Iraqi weapons.

Don't trust the Bellecourts? Any reason why not? No? OK. Protest, radicalism, all this started with you, I guess. You have no interest in building alliances with an organization that has been the most militant representative of Native Americans for over thirty years. You hear a couple of stupid, nonsense rumors about them and you blow them off.

There are people who say that where there is smoke there is fire. Really, my experience is that where there is smoke there is action. And if people aren't accusing you of murdering some poor lady, or whatever, you're not doing anything. If every time you hear a nasty rumor about someone you decide you really can't trust them anymore, you're goign to find that you don't trust anyone who's doing anything important, because if struggle is the territory, slander comes with the territory.

Which means you have to make some sort of attempt to actually sort out who is who and what's what, which charges are real and which are bullshit. That may strain your brain, and it may be easier to just not care, but you can't blow off a group like AIM just because it's easier to do so.

And Ward is not a case of some CIA agent ratting out the agency. It's a little different than that. He's actively working for them still, and was when he wrote his book.

And HOW can anyone say that Ward's lies about being an Indian are unimportant? Do you have NO expectation of honesty from people who are on your side?! Is it alright if they lie, cheat and steal to their little heart's content, so long as they cloak their lying in a mantel of leftism? Besides which, he has been LYING TO YOU! Does that not make you wonder what else he has told you that doesn't quite stand up?!

Personally, I would be much less harsh on this kind of nonsense coming from someone on the right, just because then it would damage THEIR reputation and not ours.

Let me apologize for the title of my last comment

Nobody 09.Feb.2005 16:14

That was over the top.

No it wasn't over the top!

King Amdo 09.Feb.2005 20:16

You are a bunch of morons and you deserve in fact much much worse than 9/11 and this is the karmic siituation that you are heading into... a personnal real time karmic nightmare...Al Qa'ida or otherwise.

Why is this so?

....because the way that your 'great country', and your individual american consciousness is 'foculised' is by this means....

 http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/ritual_abuse/111339/latest/1

So you think I'm mad or a CIA agent trying to freek you out?

Bad luck this is the truth. (as many know intuitively).

YOU AND YOUR 'GREAT COUNTRY' IS/ARE FUCKED, AMERICANISED NATIVE, WHITE, BLACK OR WHATEVER. (This applies to all these 'nation states' also) (so much for 'rapture').

Allah Akbar.

(Advice to politcio native american's: all these people that you think are FBI agents are, of course, not in fact. You are merely suffering from mildish mental disorders induced by pyscoligical and pyscik confusion originating from malaign intervention and influence from this source. (above link). One thing I learnt when with the (FREE) 'new age traveller's' (here in blighty) ... who experienece the sort of harrasment that makes it imperitive NOT to hold grudges! This is something that seems to be a dibilitating poison in the Native American scene. PLEASE REMEMBER THE NATURE OF THE ENEMY. PURE UNADULTARATED EVIL.


Douglass Durham

Paul Wolf 09.Feb.2005 21:14


I wonder if someone from AIM could comment on this book which claims that Douglass Durham, the notorious informant written about at length by Ward Churchill, had some relationship with Robert K. Brown. I have never read the book and don't know what to make of it. Of course Ward Churchill also admits to have worked for Brown at SOF magazine.

It seems strange to me that the CIA or army would be involved in disrupting a domestic group - that's the FBI's job.

- Paul


 http://www.dickshovel.com/dur.html

From Wasi'chu - The Continuing Indian Wars

by Bruce Johansen and Roberto Maestres

... Durham's "secret" or covert Army commander was then-Col, now Lt. General Robert K. Brown, publisher of Soldier of Fortune Magazine, and of a group of "covert" entities, which includes Omega Ltd (a funds laundry), all located in Boulder, CO. Brown is not a retired old right-wing officer with an odd hobby (recruiting bikers and psychos for "deniable" paramilitary operations in Africa and S. America), he is an active leader in covert U.S. "intelligence" operations, which includes assassinations, quiet murders, and organizing "native" troops for battles against their fellows ...

wrong AIM

JSF, Ph.D 09.Feb.2005 21:42

AIM your wrong, I don't believe I had one racist comment to say, I support Professor Churchill, or maybe you didn't understand what I wrote, I was trying to simplify his message so that others would understand what he was saying and justify the message that he said, because if you analyze his message the meanings of it are correct, but our country has a difficult time looking beyond the surface of any issue. Perhaps you do too, if you are going to call me a racist. Perhaps you will re-read a supportive post next time that address the issue not the race part. It may do a better job of educating yourself instead of creating for friction.

the other AIM

joey homicides 09.Feb.2005 21:56

check out the other aim in colorado- coloradoaim.org

Tell me what this means, You CANT say its racist.

JSF, Ph.D 09.Feb.2005 22:48

YOU CAN'T SAY THIS IS RACIST, THIS IS AN INTERPRETATION OF THE MEANING AND A RE ENFORCEMENT OF THE MEANING OF CHURCHILLS WORK!

Professor Ward Churchill is trying to wake us up. Saying more 9/11's is a declaration that we are still sleeping, that we are still forcing our religion and our ideals on others. Dubya forcing his religious ideas on everyone, and being an intolerable person is part of what fueled the attacks of 9/11, our attack of Iraq, and by the very fact that we are trying to force our ideal of life on others is creating more hatred in the world. This is fueling more hatred towards us, and this is what Professor Churchill is warning us about. We still don't get it, we still don't understand that not only each individual person is different, and has their right to be so, but as we travel throughout the world their are cultures that are so far different from ours that we cannot try to nationalize our ideals. This is what fuels the fire, this Professor needs to be listened to and understood not chastised.

My reply to JSF and his ilk

Nobody 09.Feb.2005 23:36

If that's what Ward Churchill was saying I'd be all for it. But you don't get to put words in his mouth. Read his essay. That's not in there, my friend.

And just to clarify...

Nobody 09.Feb.2005 23:37

It still wouldn't make him an Indian, or make him not a cop. It would just mean what he was saying on this occasion was true.

leanard leanord peltair defense committee appeal supports churchill

joey homicides 10.Feb.2005 00:02

THE ANTI-AIM TIDE IS RISING-- by lpsc

All of us who surround those who were involved in AIM since the early
70's have known it was coming, or rather "they" would come for them
again. There is no shock in the recent campaign to discredit Ward
Churchill. Most of all, we are sure Mr. Churchill himself knew it was
coming sooner or later. We are sure Ward is at home asking himself
questions such as: why now, what will be gained by disabling me at this
time and how will this negatively affect the movement? Most of all,
like any good warrior, we hope he finds himself asking how he can make
this work for the movement's benefit. Mr. Churchill has co-authored
books which guaranteed he would be attacked by his favorite
organization, the FBI.

His contributions academically to the Indian movement, whether it be AIM
or a generation of like minded thinkers, has been vast. Without books
such as Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black
Panther Party and the American Indian Movement and The COINTELPRO
Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret War Against Dissent in the
United States our generation and those younger would not have a map by
which we can predict the government's response and how they will work to
stop Indians being outspoken. Simply put, we firmly believe that many of
AIM's figureheads are modern day Indian heroes. We cannot sit by and
watch our government continue to destroy Native Americans.

Mr. Churchill's writings are motivational in a way the government does
not appreciate. His writings are critical of the government. We
believe any educated Indian would have to agree with his works and
themes though not necessarily embrace every point. We believe we need
people such as Mr. Churchill who are not afraid to exercise their First
Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech. American Indians need to feel
free to speak.

Please note the newspaper reporters seem to forget how long ago Mr.
Churchill wrote the 9/11 piece. It is also important to note how the
mainstream press has totally misinterpreted
and misreported Mr. Churchill's statements and intent. We challenge
those who have not read Mr. Churchill to read what he has written and
draw their own conclusions and not be swayed by the propaganda being
spread by the mainstream media.

Our question is why all of a sudden is the press attacking Mr. Churchill
for issues which happened more than a year ago? This is not news, these
are old issues. We should all be asking ourselves why now. Our belief
is, that as we await the results of the John Graham extradition hearing,
the United States wishes to raise anti-AIM sentiments hoping to use the
John Graham extradition as a vehicle to attack people such as Ward
Churchill and Leonard Peltier.

We would like to remind the older generation of AIM of allegiance and
honor. Don't forget, years of knowing each other, and years of trying
to have Leonard Peltier freed means there is a spider web of
relationships which the government is clearly trying to unentangle and
frame Leonard as a patsy.

We are not saying Anna Mae does not deserve justice. We believe she was
a loyal AIM woman and she should be treated as such. We believe that
those involved in what happened to her owe her family answers, very
soon. We hope her family still believes as she did, in the cause and
rights of Indians. Please beware the government will use Anna Mae's
murder, 9/11 and anything else they find inflammatory right now to turn
the tide against AIM and against Leonard Peltier. Our phones are
tapped, of this we are sure, so the FBI clearly knows lately those at
the LPDC have made some great contacts internationally. We assure you
they want to turn the tide against Leonard and AIM right now, they must
undo all our work, they must keep us down. Remember these guys earn a
paycheck to suppress us, we have nothing but pocket lint because it is
our lives. But if we do not let the rising anti-AIM tide drown our
spirits we can still win. We say good luck Mr. Churchill. We
personally like the way you exercise your first amendment rights..

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That was a post on a blog not from Leonard

AIM 10.Feb.2005 01:28

That was a post from a blog form someone within the LPDC not from Leonard. If anyone has done anything to threaten Leonard lately it has been Ward and his goddamn 911 bit forcing Leonard to be loosely associated with his stupid ass remarks that will do nothing to get Leonard out of jail and everything to keep him in!!

The most important thing in the post!!

They never refer to him as indian
They refer to any contributions hew may have made to AIM as purely academic!!
THey never refer tro him as an AIM leader

I will be glad to post Leonard Peltier's letter removing Ward from LPDC later tonight.

Dumb asses

Racist Using Reason, Watch Out everyone

Just Speaking Farts ,PHD-Sociology Yawn 10.Feb.2005 06:00

Racist Using Reason, Watch Out everyone
JSF, Ph.D - Sociology, Philosophy 09.Feb.2005 07:42
“Professor Ward Churchill is trying to wake us up. “
Really that is why he falsified his Indian identity and claims to be from organizations that disavow him? Who in the hell are you to tell us Indians who the fuck is to wake us up? What a racist!
“Saying more 9/11's is a declaration that we are still sleeping”
So 911 helped us? Helped radicals? Because folks from the Zapatisitas I know as well as many other rebel organizations feel that 911 has done more to unchain the beast of US imperialism more than ever before. It has re-elected cross eyed George and sacked the governments of two nations. This all carried out by a cia trained and funded Bin Laden? Bully Bully you dumb ass.
“, that we are still forcing our religion and our ideals on others.” :
Oh and Bin Laden and his Wahabistas are for religious freedom? Womens rights? They didn’t try to kill Qadafy and Saddam? Like you are sooooommme professor of horseshit. I mean could you get a little more obtuse?
“Dubya forcing his religious ideas on everyone, and being an intolerable person is part of what fueled the attacks of 9/11, our attack of Iraq, and by the very fact that we are trying to force our ideal of life on others is creating more hatred in the world.”:
See above plus- ok so there isn’t any other way to say this than Churchill said it? He had to equate the people in the building with war criminals? Because I can tell you now Indian people can point out the innocents killed and wage struggle without taking out innocent people or negating their lives. Churchill doesn’t represent us on these issues, he claims to and he needs to stop!!
“and this is what Professor Churchill is warning us about.”:
Oh the genius I want to have his semen. You lame flaccid bag of nonsense. All he talked about from our point of view is a bunch of shit that gives more Redknecks in Indian Country to hate the brothers. Thanks Ward. You viagra guzzling buzzard eatin, Wasichu (Barbarian)
“We still don't get it, we still don't understand that not only each individual person is different, and has their right to be so, but as we travel throughout the world their are cultures that are so far different from ours that we cannot try to nationalize our ideals.” :
Really you can speak for us on that. Can oh great fathers. FUUUUUUUK U We don’t need our genocidal serial killers telling us when we get it. Ok? Is that all right with you? We have supported the Palestinian, Irish, South African, Arab, Central and South American rebel groups, trained the Zapatistas, and had stand offs with the military. Now you oh great father are here to tell us what we don’t understand?
“This is what fuels the fire, this Professor needs to be listened to and understood not chastised. “
So you know great white father what fuels the fire and who we need to listen to? I don’t think you do. We don’t want to listen to any white boy pretending to be an Indian, pretending to be a militant AIM member misrepresenting us! And we don’t need any help from you either! Thanks but we’ve had all the help we can stand from you people.

Ward Churchill is correct

Paul Revere 10.Feb.2005 11:13

Ward Churchill is correct. I was not so much saddened as much as angry when the 9/11 attack occurred. I was mad at our government for putting us in the position to suffer the attacks, which were a response to our foreign policy. The attacks were due to happen. Piss off enough people and they will retaliate.

During the 30 years or more, the U.S. Government has conducted covert operations around the world that have resulted in corrupt dictators taking power and killing innocent citizens. After 9/11, Osama Bin Laden told the world why he attacked the USA. Did anyone listen? No! Idiots like Bill O'Liely and the brownshirts at FOX "Nazi" News have ignored all the crap foisted on this country and the world by the Reaganites and the NeoScum, and, instead, beat the drums for the USA to police the world for so-called terrorists and people who supposedly "hate our freedoms." What a bunch of crap!

You stupid people! Wake up! It's time to give Bush and the NeoScum the boot. That's if you really love God, your fellow human beings, and this country.

aaa

aaaa 10.Feb.2005 17:57

fuck ward churchill

They've also supplied Tibetan tribal resistance

King Amdo 10.Feb.2005 20:08

And the Afghan resistance...Bin Laden and the Taliban themselves in fact...as they are an anti communist cause, luck of the draw I suppose. I think the intersting thing is that these erstwhile partners quarrelled so badly. There is that communist influence in the South American scene..I think due to the christian infux (spanish and portugese) which 'turns it ot shit' anyway. Look at the Zapatistas with their world wide efforts at...what exactly..red star plastic shammanism?...forget it...this will never work.

I mean what's goanna happen when the Dalai lama find out about this....

 http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/ritual_abuse/111339/latest/1

Was this suppost to be kept quite or something?

...I mean primarily on the magical level...it would seem like a appalling travesty of justice to allow these westerners to escape from this origins of their 'trip' (and transcending collectivtly along with everyone else into a new age of love and light etc etc)...without paying the neccessary karmic price (for ritual riacist child abuse)..which I would assume to be very severe indeed.

Individually, of course, one may escape, but collectivly, as a whole...the west? certainly not without those at the top of this dodge occult abusive pyramid going into what amounts to 'Exodus'...a real time personnal pysco/spiritual reality nightmare increasing at an incresing rate form their perspective. (don't ask how I know this).

JAH LIBERATION!!!

(well I keep trying, but I'm just some lone scitzphrenic being vampired by this power, in reality)

Sorry but I've got to try and forget about you, and community karma yoga , and all this stuff and seek my own escape.

Good luck,

Blessed be,

Om





But that was years ago 'grand governing council aim'

King Amdo 10.Feb.2005 20:25

...perhaps the situation has changed now?

if people remain permanently locked in disputes then, well nothing can be achieved,its pyscologically destructive, and gives joy and pleasure to some very very sick and evil people.

Why must you rule 'grand governing council aim?' why try and constuct this monumental ediface? and then make endless and obvious false accusations. Not just about Ward. All this does you no credit or honour. its like those cases at alt.native Indians getting off on seeing amazing survivors and heros and sheros real warriors for the Mother Earth and the traditional elders and Native American culture... going mad or being sent down...that is just insane. Is that what you are on? the 'aim' there seemed to be to send people as mad as them. To break the real vision, and real power, in a very cynical and nasty way.

NO!

Blessed be.







Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Responds

Scott 10.Feb.2005 22:51

The Anti-AIM Tide Is Rising
All of us who surround those who were involved in AIM since the early 70's have known it was coming, or rather “they” would come for them again. There is no shock in the recent campaign to discredit Ward Churchill. Most of all, we are sure Mr. Churchill himself knew it was coming sooner or later. We are sure Ward is at home asking himself questions such as: why now, what will be gained by disabling me at this time and how will this negatively affect the movement? Most of all, like any good warrior, we hope he finds himself asking how he can make this work for the movement’s benefit. Mr. Churchill has co-authored books which guaranteed he would be attacked by his favorite organization, the FBI.

His contributions academically to the Indian movement, whether it be AIM or a generation of like minded thinkers, has been vast. Without books such as Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement and The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret War Against Dissent in the United States our generate on and those younger would not have a map by which we can predict the government’s response and how they will work to stop Indians being outspoken. Simply put, we firmly believe that many of AIM’s figureheads are modern day Indian heroes. We cannot sit by and watch our government continue to destroy Native Americans.

Mr. Churchill’s writings are motivational in a way the government does not appreciate. His writings are critical of the government. We believe any educated Indian would have to agree with his works and themes though not necessarily embrace every point. We believe we need people such as Mr. Churchill who are not afraid to exercise their First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech. American Indians need to feel free to speak.

Please note the newspaper reporters seem to forget how long ago Mr. Churchill wrote the 9/11 piece. It is also important to note how the mainstream press has totally misinterpreted and misreported Mr. Churchill’s statements and intent. We challenge those who have not read Mr. Churchill to read what he has written and draw their own conclusions and not be swayed by the propaganda being spread by the mainstream media.

Our question is why all of a sudden is the press attacking Mr. Churchill for issues which happened more than a year ago? This is not news, these are old issues. We should all be asking ourselves why now. Our belief is, that as we await the results of the John Graham extradition hearing, the United States wishes to raise anti-AIM sentiments hoping to use the John Graham extradition as a vehicle to attack people such as Ward Churchill and Leonard Peltier.

We would like to remind the older generation of AIM of allegiance and honor. Don’t forget, years of knowing each other, and years of trying to have Leonard Peltier freed means there is a spider web of relationships which the government is clearly trying to unentangle and frame Leonard as a patsy.

We are not saying Anna Mae does not deserve justice. We believe she was a loyal AIM woman and she should be treated as such. We believe that those involved in what happened to her owe her family answers, very soon. We hope her family still believes as she did, in the cause and rights of Indians. Please beware the government will use Anna Mae’s murder, 9/11 and anything else they find inflammatory right now to turn the tide against AIM and against Leonard Peltier. Our phones are tapped, of this we are sure, so the FBI clearly knows lately those at the LPDC have made some great contacts internationally. We assure you they want to turn the tide against Leonard and AIM right now, they must undo all our work, they must keep us down. Remember these guys earn a paycheck to suppress us, we have nothing but pocket lint because it is our lives. But if we do not let the rising anti-AIM tide drown our spirits we can still win. We say good luck Mr. Churchill. We personally like the way you exercise your first amendment rights.

posted by Leonard Peltier Defense Committee at 9:08 AM


alright NAIMI... so why did the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee support Churcill???

Smear Campaign

Seattle -Duwash traditional lands 11.Feb.2005 01:39

Hail to the Chief of the Wannabees,

anti-colonial thinker, decolonialize yourself.
Walk a mile in my mocasins.
But no he won't. He'll keep his job and propagate his notion of indian to the world.

Now he wants to use this very oppressive system to preserve his job as a tenured professor.

Boo Boooooo.

Now who is the one being colonialized?

Ward step down and fight your battle where it really counts...

i
n

the

r
e
a
l

world.

Our world is full of poverty, and despair and of course struggle.
We cannot afford the luxury of $3500 speaking engagements, or to complain of Starbucks/Seattle's Best Coffee volcano eruptions onto your plain white t-shirt before an indy media event here in Seattle a few years ago.
He'll its hard to buy food, let alone coffee.

So Chief Wannabee step down and fight your fight from the trenches and not from a colonial system set up to reward the systematized.

You want constructive arguments?
I have just given you one.
By your very actions, claiming your right to free speech,
You choose to support the very thing that you profess to dismantle.

I guess you are like the constitution.
In some hands it is golden, but to those in authority, it makes for some good toilet paper.


NDN in Seattle

Native Phony

Carl Bivens 11.Feb.2005 01:48

Your Primary article is incorrect. Ward Churchill is not of native blood. He was given an honorary membership into the Cherokee the same type of honorary membership card given to Bill Clinton. Ward Churchill is a Phony. He has taken the honor of native peoples and abuses it by spreading then hate within him for his own people. Ward Churchill is just another whiteman trying to hide the guilt of his peoples past by rejecting his own birth and fradulantly taking a mantle of an honorable people.
This man is hate in one of it's purist and most desceptive forms.
TN

I don't see Leonards letterhead on your post scott I see a blob from LPDC site

AIM 11.Feb.2005 03:24

Leonard didn't write it. Nowhere in it does it say Ward is AIM. Only thanks "academic contributions". Nowhere does it say he is Indian. Oh by the way Ward screw your DNA test no one is allowed to see, tell us what Indian community you ever lived in or have relatives in?

Ward's Scholarship doubted Page 1

AIM 11.Feb.2005 03:44

University of Colorado officials reviewing Ward Churchill's writings and qualifications will find questions about his scholarship and accuracy dating back at least eight years.
"If he is going to get fired, it is going to be for making up data, and that's one thing you can't get away with in the academic community," said Thomas F. Brown, who holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins and is an assistant professor of sociology at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.
Brown is one of two professors at different universities who have published or have sought to publish detailed critiques of Churchill's work. Others have questioned his work in interviews.
University of New Mexico law professor John LaVelle in 1996 published a seven-page essay in the journal American Indian Quarterly questioning the basis of Churchill's theories and the underlying scholarship behind them."In view of America's entrenched ignorance of the legal and political concerns of Indian tribes, the publication of a grossly misleading and misinforming book like (Churchill's) 'Indians Are Us?' constitutes a regrettable setback in Indian people's struggle for social justice," LaVelle wrote.
That work apparently was never requested or considered by CU officials as they transferred Churchill's tenure from the communications school to ethnic studies in 1997, appointing him chairman of that department.
But today, Churchill's intellectual rigor is the third area to face scrutiny in the academic and political world since his views about the Sept. 11 attacks - he called some of the victims "little Eichmanns" - became widely known.
His claims of Indian heritage, which remain unconfirmed by anyone other than Churchill, as well as the shifting tales of his military service, remain the source of public debate as Churchill battles calls for his resignation or dismissal.
Churchill, who has asserted at different times that he was of one-sixteenth Creek or three-sixteenths Cherokee ancestry, now refuses to discuss anything about his past or questions about his academic qualifications.
"None of those questions are relevant to anything," Churchill said Tuesday. "This is not an issue about me. This is an issue about what I said. I'm not going to turn it into the ... National Enquirer."
But while Churchill has been unable or unwilling to produce anyone who can testify to his claims of Indian ancestry, or his accounts of facing combat in Vietnam, he has many defenders of his academic record.
"I've read a fair amount of his work, and a lot of it is excellent, penetrating and of high scholarly quality," said Noam Chomsky, linguistics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an anti-war activist.
"His work is viewed highly. I use it in my classes," said James Riding In, longtime professor in the Department of American Indian Studies at Arizona State University. "...I've used some of his work in my classes before. He's a good scholar but very controversial."
Several of Churchill's theories have generated both questions and controversy in both the Indian community and the academic world at large.
But two of his opinions, often repeated in his works, have drawn much of the attention: His assertion that the U.S. government established criteria that would force Indians out of existence, and his claim that the government intentionally introduced smallpox to the Plains Indians.

Ward's sholarship doubted Page 2

AIM 11.Feb.2005 03:48

out. LaVelle, an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Tribe, is particularly offended by Churchill's view that the various tribes have, through the establishment of membership policies, contributed to Indian problems.
In the essay, LaVelle deconstructs Churchill's collection of commentaries, "Indians Are Us? Culture and Genocide in Native North America."
Contained Even in the occasionally bare-knuckled world of academic criticism, LaVelle's 1996 essay on Churchill stands in that collection is a statement by Churchill that the U.S. government, through a piece of legislation called the General Allotment Act, sought to require proof that an Indian was of one-half or more Indian blood before providing a land grant to that person.
Such a requirement would have forced Indians to procreate only among themselves, or eventually their recognized existence would end. Trouble is, LaVelle's 1996 essay says, the U.S. government never made such a requirement in that law.
"Churchill's asserted General Allotment Act 'standard' does not exist anywhere in the text of the Act," wrote LaVelle. "Rather, that Act - like nearly all federal legislation in both history and modern times - defers to membership in an Indian tribe as the core criterion for triggering the law's applicability to individuals."
Churchill declined to respond to LaVelle's charge for this story but provided a response to the American Indian Quarterly at the time.
Then-editor Morris W. Foster of the University of Oklahoma said he declined to publish the response because he considered it potentially libelous.
Brown, of Lamar University, complains in print about Churchill's claim that smallpox-tainted blankets were intentionally distributed by U.S. officials to Indians.
In a brief filed with the Denver court in an effort to have charges of disrupting the 1992 Columbus Day parade dismissed, and in a later essay, Churchill cites UCLA anthropologist Russell Thornton as the source of his assertion that "the U.S. Army distributed smallpox-laden blankets as gifts among the Mandan (Indians)."
But Thornton actually wrote that smallpox was likely accidentally spread by deckhands with the disease as they unloaded merchandise among the Mandan.
"Churchill's tale of genocide by means of biological warfare is shocking," Brown writes in a paper he is preparing for publication. "It is also entirely fraudulent."
Churchill's defenders point to his meticulous use of footnotes that can stretch for pages after an essay.
"He's impeccable on his sources and known for his empirical and archival-based methodologies," said Arturo Aldama, a professor with Churchill in the CU ethnic-studies department. "Whether you agree with it or not, it's always been praised for academic rigor. He has 400 footnotes per chapter."
But the footnotes themselves are not always praised.
"By researching those copious endnotes, however, the discerning reader will discover that, notwithstanding all the provocative sound and fury rumbling through his essays, Churchill's analysis overall is sorely lacking in historical/factual veracity and scholarly integrity," LaVelle wrote.

Ward the Martyr? You mean Dilettante?

AIM- Some Indians Smack Back!! 11.Feb.2005 04:35

Some Indians Smack Back!
Some white’s start to call Ward Churchill martyr? Now I know you arm chair revolutionaries are on crack!! It’s certain.
Let me get this right:

Dennis Banks founder of AIM who was a fugitive form the American government for 15 years and spent yearsd in prison isn’t on you’re a list of people to talk to.

How about John Trudell whose entire family was burned alive by the FBI on Pine Ridge. No he doesn’t have a Federal Government approved doctorate and he isn’t on your list of desired lecturers.

How about Charlene Teters who endured the wrath of the entire student body at the University of Illinois opposing that racist mascot who was beaten up by Uni of Minn, police at a basketball game and is preparing to defend herself at the US supreme court demanding that Cleveland Police drop charges for arresting her for refusing to move to a “free speech zone”? She is a college prof at the Native American Institute of Art at Santa Fe. Oh I forgot that is one of those schools for Indian people. You wouldn’t be interested.

How about Vernon Bellecourt who did 18 months for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about activists good will trips to Libya? Doesn’t meet the bar? Oh that’s right he doesn’t like Churchill for pretending to be Indian. You won’t talk or respect anyone who doesn’t agree with your “martyr”.

How about Ingrid Washinawatook who was murdered by Farc renegades bribed by the Oil companies to do so because she wouldn’t stop helping the U’wa people. Oh that’s right she was friends with AIM founders and they don’t like your boy toy Ward!

No obviously the most important martyr of all is an asshole who is gonna loose his life? A lifetime in jail? A year in jail? A beat down? No!! He will loose his 96 grand a year snow bunny salary to live life in the “TONY” in prestigious Boulder Co.

You mean he won’t live in poverty stricken Pine Ridge? No there ain’t no Starbucks there! Four Corners? With those dirt poor Indians? You goota be kidding. No he is gonna stay with the snow bunnies. Iwish you were a martyr Ward I really wish you could know how that pain feels!

A message to Ward!

AIM- Ogitchida 11.Feb.2005 04:43

there are alot of ways to get the point across Ward! Your way sucks!
there are alot of ways to get the point across Ward! Your way sucks!

Hello

THE LPDC STATEMENT CAME FROM THEIR EMAIL LIST

&quot;b&quot;oB mcglynn (Agent A!) 11.Feb.2005 05:03

the lpdc statement saying hands off churchill is just that - an lpdc statement, and leonard has to agree to it. ask the lpsc. i did.

the fbi is laughing at all this mud-slinging (and i bet involved). people are reacting before thinking. if u want another side to the media/the indymedia thread and the stuff from minn. AIM see coloradoaim.org/why.html and then maybe you'll hav all sides to make an opinion. that site answers all the stuff bout cia/soldier of fortune/churchill indian or not etc.

cointelpro is alive and well if not in fact then its inside of us . . .

David Braadley Article condemneing Churchill is from LPDC paper as well

Site Stomp 11.Feb.2005 06:24

No where in that letter does it say Ward is Indian or that he is AIM.

As if Leonard is stupid enough to attach his name to this guy right now!

Spat 11.Feb.2005 06:25

If he does he will never get out of jail ever. That will suck.

Ward the Poser!

AIM 11.Feb.2005 06:28

Ward the Martyr? You mean Dilettante?
AIM- Some Indians Smack Back!! 11.Feb.2005 04:35

Some Indians Smack Back!
Some white’s start to call Ward Churchill martyr? Now I know you arm chair revolutionaries are on crack!! It’s certain.
Let me get this right:

Dennis Banks founder of AIM who was a fugitive from the American government for 15 years and spent years in prison and he isn’t on you’re "A list of people to talk to.

How about John Trudell whose entire family was burned alive by the FBI on Pine Ridge. No he doesn’t have a Federal Government approved doctorate and he isn’t on your list of desired lecturers.

How about Charlene Teters who endured the wrath of the entire student body at the University of Illinois opposing that racist mascot who was beaten up by Uni of Minn, police at a basketball game and is preparing to defend herself at the US supreme court demanding that Cleveland Police drop charges for arresting her for refusing to move to a “free speech zone”? She is a college prof at the Native American Institute of Art at Santa Fe. Oh I forgot that is one of those schools for Indian people. You wouldn’t be interested.

How about Vernon Bellecourt who did 18 months for refusing to testify to a federal grand jury about activists good will trips to Libya? Doesn’t meet the bar? Oh that’s right he doesn’t like Churchill for pretending to be Indian. You won’t talk or respect anyone who doesn’t agree with your “martyr”.

How about Ingrid Washinawatook who was murdered by Farc renegades bribed by the Oil companies to do so because she wouldn’t stop helping the U’wa people. Oh that’s right she was friends with AIM founders and they don’t like your boy toy Ward!

No obviously the most important martyr of all is an asshole who is gonna lose his life? A lifetime in jail? A year in jail? A beat down? No!! He will lose his 96 grand a year snow bunny salary to live life in the “TONY” in prestigious Boulder Co.

You mean he won’t live in poverty stricken Pine Ridge? No there ain’t no Starbucks there! Four Corners? With those dirt poor Indians? You gotta be kidding. No he is gonna stay with the snow bunnies. I wish you were a martyr Ward I really wish you could know how that pain feels!

Who pays Wrd's salary? The Little Eichmanns! Of course

AIM 11.Feb.2005 18:22

Ward Churchill gets paid plenty by the rich parents of kids from the country's major metropolitan areas who can afford CU's hefty nonresident bills.

He owes his professional existence to the very "technicians of empire" he likened to "little Eichmanns."

So when Churchill contends - as he did Tuesday night - that he does not work for Bill Owens or the CU regents, he's telling the truth.

Just not the whole truth.

The system he so despises has not kept him down. It has propped him up"

In fact most of the technocratic offspring that visit this website are propped up by the largesse of their mummies and papa's and are enrolled in many of the finest institutions the imperialists have to offer.

Meanwhile back on the Rez: Children die at early ages and AIM leaders who were jailed and actually abused by the imperialists in real and tangible way are still organizers of their people. Ward is like a Martian landed on earth in Indian Country no one knows who he is with the exception of knowing this Wasichu (white barbarian)is making America hate Indians again by pretending to be one of us (ala Iron Eyes Cody the Italian with Velcro pigtails who played Indian chiefs in the movies for years) and spouting stupid uneducated positions about how 3000 white folks deserved what they got on 911.
Fact is Ward you are not only like many of the people you criticize you are worse.
You work for the intelligence wing of the US government using your loose connection to AIM (Russ Means Bounced from AIM for supporting CIA in 85) and your bully pulpit to make stupid ass statements that the government can loosely associate with AIM thus putting us back on the DTO list (Ward you know what I am talking about). Sloppy work, agent Churchill. Now we can prove once and for all to those that matter within AIM that Ward is out to get all of us. Russ and Ward have proven that through testifying to the Federal Grand Jury ,supporting the Contra's, and now the conclusive forcing all of AIM to loosely associated with his little Eichmanns 911 debacle. Even those who feel obligated to support Ward because of their long contact in Denver must be feeling quite stressed about being forced to stand in public with him. His identity unraveling (he isn’t Indian), having basically said anybody in front of a computer terminal in the Trade Center deserved what they got, Indian people expect our leaders to raise the issue of US atrocity world wide without embracing atrocity carried out by a former CIA thug Bin Laden.
Is it ok with you white folks if we choose the leader and who we want our message to be delivered by?
And can we choose the message ?
Our leaders had a message for 911 it was in solidarity with the innocent people killed in the attack and at the same time it reminded US leaders once again that they have carried out many such devastating attacks on millions of innocent victims and that this was a great opportunity to reflect and take the plank out of our own eye.
Is that ok? Do we have to say senseless insensitive crap to families that have just lost their families to get the point out? No we do not. If Churchill wants to be the authorized leader of Al Qaeda, that is up to him. We don’t need him to speak for Indians and draw down the wrath of Bush on our people. Use your own people for such dangerous folly.


IS the FBI laughing at this fight?

Nobody 11.Feb.2005 19:49

Somebody said they are. So prove it. Saying it doesn't make it so. I'd say what they're laughing at is so many leftists jumping to the defense of one of their long-time employees. I think that's what people have put up real evidence of, that Ward works for them.

And I think that the AIM people have made a very good point when they say the struggle for Indian rights can't mainly be waged on college campuses. Really revolutionary activity by students is activity that takes them off of the campus, and gets them connecting with the oppressed, in ghettos and Indian reservations and so on.

Think what you like about Ward, the primary issues for Indians today are still bread and butter issues. The best way to understand those issues and the best way to fight those struggles is to connect with the Indians who are fighting those struggles and living those problems.

Finally, a constructive suggestion, directed particularly at Marco:

Marco earlier said he did not trust the Bellecourts. Presumably this is because of the various negative rumours swirling around concerning the Bellecourts. I have already made my opinion of those rumors clear, but if they continue to trouble you, why not interview Vernon Bellecourt about them? He has offered to be interviewed particularly about the Anne Mae Acquash rumours by pretty much anyone. Call him and set it up. Do a telephone interview if you have to.

Only, do me a favor and don't ask ONLY about the negative rumors. Also give him a chance to speak about what AIM is doing now, and whatever else he would like to talk about.

Then publish the interview on Indymedia, on the front page of the features section, where it belongs.

LPDC Continuing Support of WC

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 02:06


The LPDC is coming out strongly in favor of Churchill, and accusing "factions" - presumably of AIM - of maliciously framing Leonard Peltier for the Aquash murder. They don't say who they are referring to presumably because it would be libelous and Peltier is suing Paul DeMain for libel already. The LPDC is also denying it has ever supported Arlo Looking Cloud or John Graham. From reading Peltier lawyer Barry Bachrach's impression of the trial I'd had the impression LP's attorney (who's role in this is to represent LP's views not his own) was taking a much firmer position in support of Looking Cloud - I will have to reread it.

Also note that the media have gotten a hold of Ward Churchill's military records. Churchill was an expert marksman with a machine gun, and also trained in movie projector operation. (?) Maybe that was his Public Information Specialist job. Hard to tell if its in the realm of USO or psyops.  http://www.mensnewsdaily.com/archive/newswire/news2005/0205/021105-ward-churchill.htm



From:  info@leonardpeltier.org

Dear Supporters,

It has become clear that certain factions are maliciously and wrongfully
framing Leonard Peltier as a patsy to be falsely blamed for the death of
Anna Mae Aquash. First and foremost, let us be clear that Leonard had no
involvement in the murder.

Leonard Peltier has never voiced an opinion as to the innocence or guilt
of those charged with Anna Mae's murder. That is fact. Leonard's
statements in the past year have not given support to Arlo Looking Cloud
or John Graham specifically (or anyone else alleged to have taken part
in Anna Mae's murder), but have been solely in support of fairness and
due process.

Leading up to the Looking Cloud trial and then in reporting the trial,
the media has embraced the false statements made by Kamook (Banks)
Ecoffey and others. It should be noted that Mr. Ecoffey was a key
investigator in the Looking Cloud case and carried on a relationship
with a key witness prior to trial, a witness who made falsely damning
statements about Leonard at trial. By sensationalizing testimony given
in that trial, the media has made outrageous accusations about Leonard
Peltier that have no foundation in the truth.

Indeed, the reporting is becoming more outrageous as a host of a
Canadian television program recently stated:
"At his [Cloud's] trial the question was raised that Leonard Peltier
ordered the execution fearing that she was an FBI informer." This
statement was an intentional misrepresentation of the facts and is not
at all supported by the Looking Cloud trial transcript. This is part of
a larger conspiracy to smear Leonard in the press and make him the patsy
for the wrongs committed by the FBI and others, some of whom have
purported to have been long time supporters of Leonard. We cannot stand
and let shadows gutlessly utilize the media to skewer Leonard Peltier to
protect themselves, in some instances, and, in other instances, simply
to make sure that Leonard remains in prison.

This has not been the only media attack. In a recent settlement in a
civil suit Leonard filed against Paul DeMain (editor of News From Indian
Country) - who had also aligned himself with the FBI against Leonard
Peltier in implying his involvement in the Aquash murder - DeMain was
forced to admit what is common knowledge in The Movement, i.e., that
Leonard "had no authority to order the murder," and that he has no
evidence that Leonard had any involvement in any way in the murder of
Anna Mae. That is fact.

The recent attacks on Ward Churchill - who has contributed vastly to our
knowledge on the FBI's COINTELPRO activities (specifically on how the
FBI worked to destroy the American Indian Movement) and who has also
served as a spokesperson for Leonard Peltier for many years - is another
example of gross media manipulation. Remember that speakers, teachers,
writers, and publications themselves were targets of the FBI's
counterintelligence program during the 60s and 70s in an attempt to
interrupt or prevent the exchange of free ideas and to adversely affect
public opinion on activists and dissident groups. These attacks on Mr.
Churchill are designed, in part, to discredit Leonard Peltier and the
work that has generated vast interest in his case, as well as efforts to
win his freedom. People, such as Ward Churchill, have exposed the FBI's
disruption of AIM, the Black Panthers, and virtually any person who
dares commit the heinous crime of domestic dissent.

The FBI maneuvered in a very calculated fashion to disrupt AIM and other
organizations, and it continues to do so today, as we witness the
Kafkesque trial of Leonard Peltier for the death of Anna Mae Aquash in
the media. The motives underlying Anna Mae's death were planted by the
FBI as part of its co-intelpro activity. It started by the infiltration
of AIM by Douglas Durham who infiltrated AIM at its highest levels. He
earned the trust of Dennis Banks, Vernon Bellecourt and others whom he
used to get information for the government. Because Anna Mae saw through
Durham, she became a threat to Durham because, she, like many others did
not trust him. Leonard did not trust him and voiced his opinion to
Dennis Banks who disregarded it during the first International Treaty
Council Convention on the Standing Rock Reservation in 1974.

The FBI then began targeting and setting up Anna Mae because she had
become a threat to Durham's cover and they began a campaign to "bad
jacket" her. We know that both the FBI and people within AIM targeted
Anna Mae Aquash because of the connection which the FBI created between
her and Durham. Shortly after Durham was exposed as an agent of the FBI,
Anna Mae became a target because AIM leaders believed she was working
with Durham. At this time, AIM leaders resolved to rid AIM of so-called
"rats." The fact is that Anna Mae never was a "rat," but the FBI played
people and maneuvered to create fear among AIM leaders that she was.
This caused great concern to certain members of AIM because she was
deeply involved with AIM Leaders. The fear and suspicion became so
overwhelming, certain factions decided something had to be done with
Anna Mae. Leonard was not involved in any way with the decision making
and the death of Anna Mae. In fact, Leonard at this time was a fugitive
on the run into Canada, incommunicado with the group that he worked.

Now we have the John Graham Defense Committee inappropriately using
Leonard's statements to bolster support for Graham and also manipulate
the media. Indeed, John Graham has falsely associated himself in a
relationship with Leonard that does not and never did exist. In an
interview with David Melmer on March 02, 2004, Graham falsely stated
that shortly after the Oglala firefight, he and Anna Mae ". . .connected
with Leonard and them, and they were in the hills there..." However, Mr.
Graham did not, at any time, meet or join with Leonard's group. In fact,
Leonard Peltier has never met and doesn't know John Graham personally.
We now know that Graham's lies are part of a conspiracy and attempt to
implicate Leonard in the killing of Anna Mae.

Four requests were sent to the John Graham Defense Committee asking that
all links to Leonard Pettier Defense Committee Web sites and all Peltier
statements be removed from the John Graham Defense Committee's Web site.
When the private attempts to have these materials removed was ignored,
we publicly demanded the removal of all links to the Leonard Peltier
Defense Committee Web sites and all Peltier statements. Still, contrary
to Leonard's express demands, the John Graham Defense Committee has
failed to honor Leonard's wishes.

Let us be clear. Leonard Pettier had no involvement in the murder of
Anna Mae and it has become clear to Leonard that he must distance
himself from anyone alleged to have played a role in her death. Leonard
must protect himself from unfounded accusations. It is important that we
not stand still while Leonard is made the fall guy for yet another crime
he did not commit. Leonard has suffered 29 years and we will not stand
by and allow him to suffer any further injustice. We have already seen
the United States Government present patently false evidence both in
Leonard's case and in the Looking Cloud case. Baseless accusations are
being made against Leonard and associations being alleged that never
existed. It is important that we stand behind Leonard and not let him be
framed for yet another incident in which he had no part. It has become
clear to Leonard and those close to him that he must remove himself from
anything or anyone who has been allegedly connected to Anna Mae's
murder. Most importantly is that certain factions be stopped from lying
and implicating Leonard. We will not rest until that is done.

Robert Robideau
LPDC
International/National Spokesperson
And Legal Assistant to Leonard Peltier and Barry Bachrach
Phone: 01134938150425
Email:  americanindianm@telefonica.net

LPDC supporting Churchill, dumping Graham / Looking Cloud

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 02:31

The LPDC is coming out strongly in favor of Churchill, and accusing "factions" - presumably of AIM - of maliciously framing Leonard Peltier for the Aquash murder. They don't say who they are referring to presumably because it would be libelous and Peltier is suing Paul DeMain for libel already. The LPDC is also denying it has ever supported Arlo Looking Cloud or John Graham. From reading Peltier lawyer Barry Bachrach's impression of the trial I'd had the impression LP's attorney (who's role in this is to represent LP's views not his own) was taking a much firmer position in support of Looking Cloud - I will have to reread it. I can't paste the whole statement apparently because of indymedia's text limit.

Also note that the media have gotten a hold of Ward Churchill's military records. Churchill was an expert marksman with a machine gun, and also trained in movie projector operation. (?) Maybe that was his Public Information Specialist job. Hard to tell if its in the realm of USO or psyops.  http://www.mensnewsdaily.com/archive/newswire/news2005/0205/021105-ward-churchill.htm



From:  info@leonardpeltier.org

Dear Supporters,

It has become clear that certain factions are maliciously and wrongfully
framing Leonard Peltier as a patsy to be falsely blamed for the death of
Anna Mae Aquash. First and foremost, let us be clear that Leonard had no
involvement in the murder.

Leonard Peltier has never voiced an opinion as to the innocence or guilt
of those charged with Anna Mae's murder. That is fact. Leonard's
statements in the past year have not given support to Arlo Looking Cloud
or John Graham specifically (or anyone else alleged to have taken part
in Anna Mae's murder), but have been solely in support of fairness and
due process.


Indeed, the reporting is becoming more outrageous ... This is part of
a larger conspiracy to smear Leonard in the press and make him the patsy
for the wrongs committed by the FBI and others, some of whom have
purported to have been long time supporters of Leonard. We cannot stand
and let shadows gutlessly utilize the media to skewer Leonard Peltier to
protect themselves, in some instances, and, in other instances, simply
to make sure that Leonard remains in prison.

This has not been the only media attack. In a recent settlement in a
civil suit Leonard filed against Paul DeMain ...


The recent attacks on Ward Churchill - who has contributed vastly to our
knowledge on the FBI's COINTELPRO activities (specifically on how the
FBI worked to destroy the American Indian Movement) and who has also
served as a spokesperson for Leonard Peltier for many years - is another
example of gross media manipulation. Remember that speakers, teachers,
writers, and publications themselves were targets of the FBI's
counterintelligence program during the 60s and 70s in an attempt to
interrupt or prevent the exchange of free ideas and to adversely affect
public opinion on activists and dissident groups. These attacks on Mr.
Churchill are designed, in part, to discredit Leonard Peltier ...

The motives underlying Anna Mae's death were planted by the
FBI as part of its co-intelpro activity. It started by the infiltration
of AIM by Douglas Durham who infiltrated AIM at its highest levels. He
earned the trust of Dennis Banks, Vernon Bellecourt and others whom he
used to get information for the government. ...

The fear and suspicion became so
overwhelming, certain factions decided something had to be done with
Anna Mae. Leonard was not involved in any way with the decision making
and the death of Anna Mae. ...

Robert Robideau

Either you're with us, or you're part of the cointelpro

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 02:49

I also find it ludicrous to claim that the attacks on Ward Churchill are meant as an attack on Leonard Peltier. Bill O'Reilly and dozens of other journalists obviously could care less about Leonard Peltier. Churchill is the man of the hour. The Bellecourts and Dennis Banks are obviously trying to associate themselves with LP, so who is the one attacking WC with the real motive to frame LP? Paul DeMain? As far as I know he has been silent on the WC media nonsense.

That's it folks, either you're with us or you're part of the FBI cointelpro. It's all a conspiracy to frame Leonard Peltier. I've read Leonard Peltier's FBI file and I believe he was framed. He was shooting at the agents but no one knows who fired the fatal shots, and the story about them being killed at close range is total BS. However that doesn't give the LPDC carte blanche to suggest that others work with the FBI. They have no evidence and no credibility in making the accusation.

I've kept my comments about WC narrowly defined to expressing concern about his background. The questions have not been answered satisfactorily up to this point but I expect that will be changing since so many people are now investigating him.

no need

marco 12.Feb.2005 03:33

There is no need for me to say another word about
the Bellecourts. I already pointed out that I don't
trust them any more OR less than Ward Churchill.
That, and many other things discussed in this thread
have nothing to do with the matter at hand.

My suspicion is that people are fixated on the other
topics as deliberate distractions. It does little to
no good to try and point out to them that these
things have nothing to do with whether Churchill
deserves freedom of speech under the first ammendment.
I'm beginning to think people have fully trained on
ignoring such facts.

 http://mke.indymedia.org/en/2005/02/202746.shtml



ps: David Horowitz and Anne Coulter are wingnuts.

CHURCHILL IS A CULTURAL IDENTITY THIEF

CHURCHILL IS A CULTURAL IDENTITY THIEF. 12.Feb.2005 03:53

He should be teaching WANNABEE STUDIES.
He should be teaching WANNABEE STUDIES.

This was on Indian Country Today
This was on Indian Country Today

Both of the largest Native Anerican newpapers, Indian Country Today and News from Indian Country, have denounced Ward Churchill as a fake and fraud.

He was hired under Affirmative Action to give more positions to Native American professors. 11 American Indian professors went for Native American studies professorship at UC. Out of those REAL American Indians they hired a WHITE MAN who lied on his resume to get that job. A $96,000 a year job that should have gone to an Indian.

His ancestors were slave owners AND ALSO INDIAN KILLERS, NOT INDIANS.

He lied to steal a job away from a Native American. He is white and not Indian, but a fraud.

He is just like all the rest of those white men he goes on about. He stole from us Indians by claiming "Indianess" to get a job.

He also said he writes from the point of view he is Native American, yet even that is false...SINCE HE IS NOT INDIAN.

HE IS A CULTURAL IDENTITY THIEF FOR HIS OWN EGO AND PROFIT.

JOB RESUME SHOWS HE IS A LIAR

He stole an American Indian's job. NO HONOR!!! 12.Feb.2005 04:13

This from the local newspaper.

"Churchill's original 1978 application to the school for a position as a lecturer in Native American studies included a completed federal affirmative action form, on which he claimed "American Indian" ethnicity, according to records obtained Thursday by KHOW radio talk show host Dan Caplis through open records law requests to CU.

A second document obtained by Caplis, a 1990 application by Churchill for the position of associate professor of American Indian Studies, prior to his receiving tenure, also shows that Churchill claimed "American Indian" status.

An affirmative action data collection form shows that 11 American Indians applied, but only two, including Churchill, were interviewed.

Many questions have been raised, since the Churchill controversy erupted last month, about whether he can properly claim American Indian status.

Churchill, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, was granted associate member status in the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in May 1994 - two months before such memberships ceased being issued.

"If he is not Native American, if he lied about his ethnicity to get a job in the Equal Opportunity program, I think they would fire him on those ground alone," Caplis said.

So if someone falsely supplies a resume which is based on mistruths. Then he can be fired. It is like if you went for a firemens or policemens job, but lied about your training."

HE STOLE A JOB BY CLAIMING ON AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION DOCUMENT HE WAS INDIAN WHEN HE WAS WASN'T.


The url address shows how his ancestor was really a White guy who KILLED INDIANS.





Cointelpro Papers

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 04:18

Marco I note in your links that you've found every website about cointelpro except mine. www.cointel.org Take a look. I've read the 50,000 pages released by the Church Committee. Formatting two volumes of the Church Committee reports was about two months of solid work, equivalent to reading them three times. I have more FBI cointelpro documents on my website than all those others put together, plus the congressional reports - you should be interested in it.

About 5 years ago I scanned and formatted The COINTELPRO Papers and posted it to my website, in an agreement with Ward Churchill. I am thoroughly familiar with the book. I still think its a good book, except that WC couldn't play it straight. He eliminated the White Hate Groups cointelpro (KKK and Am. Nazi Party) as if the cointelpro's were all directed at the left. He also included AIM which was not an FBI cointelpro program, although it resembled one. He left out others too, Cuba, Mexico, Yugoslavs, Special Ops. Also many of the documents in his book previously appeared in Nelson Blackstock's book called "COINTELORO" with a forward by Noam Chomsky, which I used my my report for the CBC.

My website has a neutral tone because I think the programs speak for themselves and my goal was to avoid charges of being a conspiracy theorist. Still, I have dozens of UFO and mind control sites linking to mine. If you think I'm somehow against Leonard Peltier, you can consider the work I've done on his FBI file - which is still fairly disorganized but I will get to it someday.
 http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/peltier.htm
- Paul

Walked across America for Leonard and I say screw Ward!!

ALL THE PEOPLE 12.Feb.2005 10:01

The fact is that Ward Churchill, Russ Means, and others made a grave mistake in recent years in regards to Leonard. If Bobby (angeldust) Robideau wants to defend Ward and disown these two poor indians Graham and Looking Cloud who have been charged 30 years after the fact with no evidence for a murder that AIM has always contended was committed by the FBI then he is a sad desperate hull of a man. Then again Robideau was found innocent and let go forever for the same killing Leonard is sitting in jail for. Interesting situation. Does anyone really believe
a) It did Leonard's cause good to accuse the leadership of AIM of murder?
b) That it helps Leonard for Churchill to say the crap he did about 911?

We don't think so. We think Leonard is in such a crap position there is nothing else he can do. Desperate choices are made in desperate times. Chooosing Bobby for a spokesperson is surely a temporary ordeal.

Marco who cares whatr you said? Who the hell are you?

AIM 12.Feb.2005 10:04

Interesting enough, none of you punks have ever bothered to interview the original AIM. Shame

MARCO AIM ASKED FOR HIS FIRING YEARS AGO.

The real AIM asked for his firing from UC years ago for STEALING. 12.Feb.2005 11:21

Marco. You don't sound like an Indian. So stick your non-Indian nose out of American Indian business.

Churchill is NOT INDIAN and took a job away from a qualified Indian person.

If he lied about being Indian. Lied about his military service. Lied about his AIM service.

FACE IT. HE IS JUST A PLAIN LYING WHITE GUY STEALING OUR INDIAN HERITAGE FOR HIS OWN EGOMANIC AGENDA.

He should resign,OR BE FIRED, and the job given to a REAL INDIAN. Not a lying wannabee.

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Leonard Peltier says Ward no longer represents me!!

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Form The Leonard Peltier Newsletter

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Peltier Condemns Dark Knight Field Notes

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Leonard dumps Ward from public representation

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How many people post crap on LPDC internet? Lots

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CHURCHILL A FAKE

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I also notice there are half a dozen ward churchill stories
flooding other stories off the open newswire.

Here are some links to a bunch:

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/819100.shtml

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/819029.shtml

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/819016.shtml

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818945.shtml

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818942.shtml

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818870.shtml

 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818858.shtml



 http://newswire.indymedia.org/en/newswire/2005/02/818778.shtml

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SONGS ABOUT THE FAKE FRAUD INDIAN.

funny that phony liar. Here are some songs about him. 12.Feb.2005 12:28

 http://www.mediawhore.com/boyles/

He is fake wannabee.

Assasinating Legitimate Dissent Dept.

in struggle 12.Feb.2005 18:05

Indian Country Today is well known to traditionals and their supporters to be in cohootz with the BIA and government attack mandate. If you peruse through the well-funded newspaper, you'll see which ideas and which institutions are systematically promoted, and which are systematically suppressed or attacked in all manner of modern ways of attack.

See the principle editor of Indian Country Today, Tim Giago, going out of his way to defend the government
 http://www.dickshovel.com/giaggo.crazy.html

It is always interesting to see that when tyranny feels threatened, it goes to such lengths to character assasinate and discredit leading members of challenge. Those not familiar with techniques like these would do well to inform themselves on such once illegal (now legal) government programs like COINTELPRO.

Two important sites:
"The Sabotage of Legitimate Dissent":
 http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/COINTELPRO/cointelpro.html

and

www.cointelpro.org

Qualified Support For Churchill

Vicky Davis 12.Feb.2005 19:12

I listened to Churchill speak at the university regarding both his statements and his positions. I was with him right up to the point where he claimed that this land belongs to the indigenous people implying that the White Man doesn't belong here. That's where I draw the line and withdraw my support.

We don't need to have another round of Indians and minority wars. People like Churchill are dangerous because he is actually promoting it.

I really believe that he is a right wing insurgent. He is an obscure professor involved in obscure subject matter with a small audience. How is it that he was propelled to national prominence? Think about it.

Reply to Marco

Nobody 12.Feb.2005 19:50

Are you ABSOLUTELY SURE that before this discussion ever started you knew everything there was to know about any of these issues? Because that sure seems to be your stance, based on your most recent post. You took a position, and nothing, out of the thousands of words posted on this site, could possibly convince you that you might have to RETHINK the position. That's astounding stubborness, really it is.

It's no use arguing with you on the subject because you've made it just perfectly plain that nothing ANYONE could say would persuade you that you might be wrong. That's DEEPLY disappointing to me in what it says about you personally and about the staff of Indymedia.

Secret Plan Against Leonard (2)

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 20:04


Now we have Robert Robideau back on the LPDC and calling for the prosecution of the guy who was supposedly covering for Leonard:

 http://www.indigenouswomenforjustice.org/

"An act committed by one, a founder of AIM, nevertheless with the heart of a coward ordered Anna Mae's execution. He and those that followed his dictates must pay their dues and I feel in the enemies court is a proper and fitting place for these individuals who would not in the last 30 years show some remorse to their people who had given them their trust and with this act betrayed. John Boy, I hope, will follow in the footsteps of Arlo because it is the only way to the top and as John said, 'They did what they were told.'"


LP is certainly getting some strange advice these days.

Secret Plan Against Leonard (1)

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 20:27


These are in reverse order due to posting problems.

This thing about the attacks on Ward Churchill being part of a secret plan against Leonard Peltier seem to come from the Paul DeMain affair. DeMain's theory is that AIM leaders ordered Aquash killed because of her alleged knowledge that Peltier killed agents Coler and Williams. AIM was covering for Leonard Peltier. That's DeMain's theory of what happened.


 http://www.naja.com/nativevoice2003/peltier_lawsuit.html

"Peltier’s suit claims DeMain irresponsibly told his readers that the “primary motive for the murder” of activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash by other members of the American Indian Movement 'was her knowledge that Leonard Peltier had shot the two agents as he was convicted.'”

“I got a lawyer now that’s an expert in (libel law) … and we’ve already talked about it. Let him come … (We’ll) review the whole article and I’ll own that paper,” the interview transcript says.

"Under libel law, a plaintiff — in this case Peltier — must demonstrate that the published statement was materially false and harmed his or her reputation. For people classified as public figures, the burden of proof is higher: They must also show that the text was published with “actual malice,” which means knowing a statement is false and publishing it anyway. The standards of current libel law were established with the landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Sullivan v. New York Times case."


It doesn't look like Peltier has a chance in hell to win this lawsuit. He's just going to look like a bully when he loses. He may even have to pay the other side's attorney's fees and additional damages if its determined to be a frivolous lawsuit meant to harrass a journalist. How is Peltier going to prove that DeMain knew his statement was false?

I don't want to give the impression I believe DeMain's theory. I have no idea. But accepting Robideau back onto the LPDC when he's known to be hostile to the AIM leadership, and now he's writing the press releases, may be a way to counteract DeMain's allegations.

Secret Plan Against Leonard (1)

Paul Wolf 12.Feb.2005 20:34

These are in reverse order due to posting problems.

This thing about the attacks on Ward Churchill being part of a secret plan against Leonard Peltier seem to come from the Paul DeMain affair. DeMain's theory is that AIM leaders ordered Aquash killed because of her alleged knowledge that Peltier killed agents Coler and Williams. AIM was covering for Leonard Peltier. That's DeMain's theory of what happened.

 http://www.naja.com/nativevoice2003/peltier_lawsuit.html

"Peltier’s suit claims DeMain irresponsibly told his readers that the “primary motive for the murder” of activist Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash by other members of the American Indian Movement 'was her knowledge that Leonard Peltier had shot the two agents as he was convicted.'” ... “I got a lawyer now that’s an expert in (libel law) … and we’ve already talked about it. Let him come … (We’ll) review the whole article and I’ll own that paper,” the interview transcript says. ... "Under libel law, a plaintiff — in this case Peltier — must demonstrate that the published statement was materially false and harmed his or her reputation. For people classified as public figures, the burden of proof is higher: They must also show that the text was published with “actual malice,” which means knowing a statement is false and publishing it anyway. The standards of current libel law were established with the landmark 1964 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Sullivan v. New York Times case."

It doesn't look like Peltier has a chance in hell to win this lawsuit. He's just going to look like a bully when he loses. He may even have to pay the other side's attorney's fees and additional damages if its determined to be a frivolous lawsuit meant to harrass a journalist. How is Peltier going to prove that DeMain knew his statement was false? I don't want to give the impression I believe DeMain's theory. I have no idea. But accepting Robideau back onto the LPDC when he's known to be hostile to the AIM leadership, and now he's writing the press releases, may be a way to counteract DeMain's allegations.

info on Bellecourts aim from colorado aim site

The 'Its COINTELPRO Goin On Here Foolz' Dr. 13.Feb.2005 01:31

this aim site will rebut ward = cia,fbi,conta, soldier of fortune, he aint aim, he aint indian , he's the loch nes monster shit : coloradoaim.org/why.html

read it all then make up yer own mind.
hysteria is afoot over him.
just what the pigs want.
its sick that people-especialy white leftoids- are arguing about the blood quantum
level of "indianness". plenty of people hav cherokee background - and u can act on that cultural inheritance or not. if u read the col. aim site you'll see he found other indian nations in his family. is he lying? as a white guy whose met the man a few times i never thought that shit was any of my biz- cept upon seeing/talkin to him it was obvious he was part indian as so many american indians are.

and those posts from those claiming to be aim trashing ward- maybe, or maybe your a cointelpro plant? or a pro soviet leftoid who can't forgive ward for breaking with the pro-soviet/pro sandinista bellecourts? please if u say your from aim then explain how- otherwise you stink of bein a cop or a fool for the bellecourts . . .

grow up everyone- the fbi is laughing at u

Indy Media-Enemy fo AIM or not make up yopur mind?

AIM 13.Feb.2005 01:43

So “Marco” as we take it is part of the Indymedia board? So am I to assume that Indymedia has decided that they “don’t trust the Bellecourrts”? If that is the case then let me give you some information you won’t have to guess or beat around the bush about. Marco or whoever you think you are, I guess you think you want to be a part of our people’s struggle. Unless you state otherwise you and Indymedia are then taking a side? Marco I can guarantee you we will know you and everything we need to know about our adversaries in Indymedia momentarily. It seems that Indy Media has been overrun by the government. You support the government funded Indian not those who actually struggle.
Even though there is no side to take. AIM, the AIM that carried our Alcatrez occupation, Wounded Knee and countless other actions is and always ahs been a unified group. You cannot dispute that because even according to Ward Churchill they created a separate and absolutely unrelated organization called the International Confederation of the Autonomous Chapters of The American Indian Movement (The ICACAIM as it were). The only history we see from this group? Supported the CIA/Contras, Protested Columbus, attacked the leadership of AIM for 15 years. He has spent more time attacking Indians than the White government.
Now IndyMedia or some psuedo expert named Marco is Ward’s front line of defence? You need to either take another look or redevelop a more unbiased position towards our people and our organization.
This is truly a shame you have declared yourselves enemies.


Academic misconduct

Colorado white boy 13.Feb.2005 02:44

Outside of the free speech and "Is Ward an FBI stooge?" questions is that of his academic integrity. Both Thomas Brown (Lamar U.) and John LaVelle (U. of New Mexico and an Indian) have raised questions about Churchill's integrity. See  http://lawschool.unm.edu/faculty/lavelle/allotment-act.pdf for an example. LaVelle claims this is all part of an effort by Churchill to delegitimize tribal governments. I won't speculate on anybody's motives, but dishonesty is not a good way to speak truth to power, if you ask me.

Something To Ponder

marco 13.Feb.2005 03:15

Sounds like some people need to read the feature
story here again before they do any more comments.

The title is:

Ward Churchill Under Attack.

That should give you a clue or two as to the main topic as well.

You might want to focus your replies on that.
Is he under attack? Is he not under attack?


You'll notice the title isn't:

1) Ward Churchill a bonafide NDN -
2) Ward Churchill should lose his tenure;
3) Ward Churchill chain smokes,
or
4) Ward Churchill = Leonard Peltier/C or V Bellecourt/Paul Demain.
5) PlaceYourAdHominemHere


If you have a burning desire to discuss something
else besides "Ward Churchill Under Attack," you
really should find somewhere else to do it, you know.
Perhaps a brand new thread somewhere?

 http://www.indymedia.us perhaps!

If you keep trying to stuff all that other polemical
bullshit into here, and someone calls you a

1) distraction
2) fed
3) c0int3lpro operative
4) tinfoilist

then that's just what you get.

Marco? What's this?

AIM 13.Feb.2005 08:53

Didn't you post above several days ago that "you really don't trust the Bellecourts"?

Who says we can't argue about the topic?

Nobody 13.Feb.2005 20:15

You've decided what the topic is, and anyone who thinks that maybe that's the wrong topic is a tinfoilist, FBI agent, whatever.

The reality is that, as you yourself admit in your post, a lot has to do with what the question is. Your charge is that anyone who disagrees with your choice of topic is a nut or a cop.

That's every bit as much nonsense as the people who say "everyone who says Mumia is guilty is a cop," or whatever. There can be honest disagreement about what the proper topic is every bit as much as their can be honest disagreements about questions of fact.

A lot of us don't want to get into a discussion of "does Ward Churchill have the right to spew nonsense or doesn't he" because we think there's no good answer to it. And that's been our point.

It's like the old bit about "when did you stop beating your wife?" What do you say? "A long time ago?" "I NEVER stopped beating my wife?" Sometimes it's just a bad question.

And the suggestion that someone who thinks Ward is an FBI agent is a tinfoilist or a cop is pretty outlandish when you break it down. On the one hand you are saying that some of the posters here might be cops. On the other hand, you are saying that people who accuse other people of being cops are mentally ill.

I sure wish you would take a deep breath and THINK before you right, friend.

Colorado AIM position on Ward Churchill

Colorado AIM 13.Feb.2005 22:26

Colorado AIM Press Release

1 FEBRUARY 2005
Denver, CO 
THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT (AIM) OF COLORADO CONFIRMS ITS SUPPORT OF WARD CHURCHILL AS A MEMBER OF OUR LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
COLORADO AIM CONDEMNS RACIST ATTACKS AGAINST CHURCHILL
CONTACT:  denveraim@coloradoaim.org
www.coloradoaim.org

The Elder’s Council and the Leadership Council of the American Indian Movement (AIM) of Colorado confirm our support for Ward Churchill as a member of our chapter, and as a member of the Leadership Council of Colorado AIM. Colorado AIM further condemns the transparent, racist attacks against Churchill by those who seek to silence alternative voices. While Churchill’s particular statements about events of September 11, 2001 were his personal views, his broader critical analysis of U.S. domestic and foreign policy is consistent with Colorado AIM’s perspective.
Colorado AIM is one of the largest and most active AIM chapters in the United States. Our strength, power and authority springs from our spirituality, from the example of our ancestors, and from the members of our community who embrace our principles.
We neither recognize, nor do we accept, the dictates of any person or persons who pretend to speak for us. Any person or entity that purports to speak on behalf of Colorado AIM other than our Elder’s Council or the Leadership Council, is being dishonest. Each AIM chapter is independent and autonomous, and our authority emerges from the voice of the people in our community, and we support Ward Churchill.
Ward Churchill has been an important member and leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) of Colorado since at least 1984. His analysis of U.S. law and policy has been an essential tool in educating both indigenous and non-indigenous people on the history and the current circumstances of native peoples in the Americas. Ward has been tireless in his defense of indigenous peoples’ aspirations for freedom and justice around the world, and we applaud him for his numerous contributions.
Colorado AIM is painfully familiar with racist attacks against our movement, and against individuals in our movement, of which this is simply the most recent. We do not have to agree with every statement, or with every position that members of our chapter take in order to rally to their support when they are subject to an unprincipled, anti-Indian lynch mobs.
Churchill is not under attack because of a couple of statements that he made about the events of September 11, 2001. He is under attack because he has exposed the pain and the suffering caused by U.S. domestic and foreign policy. He does so without apology, and from the perspective of an indigenous scholar. He is under attack by racists who would prefer to silence indigenous voices altogether, and who would erase the history of indigenous peoples from the memory of the Western Hemisphere.
Our view of Ward Churchill is not through the lens of a few sentences taken out of context for calculated purposes. Our view is of an indigenous man who has devoted decades of his life to the defense of indigenous peoples’ self-determination and freedom.
The fact is not lost on us that the attacks on Churchill began immediately after the acquittal of him and others in the Columbus Day trials in Denver. Colorado AIM is proud of the actions of Churchill and the other Columbus Day resisters. We will continue our efforts to remove the slave-trading, Indian killer Columbus as a national hero, and we will continue with our numerous other initiatives to promote indigenous peoples’ freedom.
We are especially mindful of Governor Bill Owens’ hypocritical statements condemning Churchill. By making such statements, Owens takes his place along side other racist governors such as John Evans, one of the main instigators of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864. Just this past fall, Owens had the audacity to refer to the Cheyenne and Arapaho people as “blackmailers” and “extortionists” for their economic development plan in Colorado. Now, he is attacking one of the few tenured American Indian professors in the state, using such McCarthyist claims that Churchill is “un-American” and a “terrorist defender.” Owens should immediately apologize to Churchill, and should keep his uniformed and ignorant statements to himself.
We also call on the Board of Regents for the University of Colorado to respect their own rules on academic freedom, and to affirm Ward Churchill’s right to speak openly and freely as a scholar and a freethinker, and to continue his duties as one of the few indigenous academics in the University of Colorado system. 

Denver Post Background Investigation

Paul Wolf 13.Feb.2005 23:02

Until last week Ward Churchill was an obscure professor, best know for his controversial involvement in AIM. Of course, Leonard Peltier is the best known person associated with AIM. The Graham/Looking Cloud trials are the latest news. I don't see how this is off topic. The moderator may not be comfortable with the views presented but that is another story.

The Denver Post writes this story on WC's background:
 http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,1413,36~53~2709008,00.html

They say that WC worked as a designer for SOF magazine for a short time. However in his articles in Africa Today and Covert Action Info Bulletin WC says he "infiltrated the inner circle" of SOF in 1976 and 77. Infiltrated on whose behalf? How do you infiltrate an organization like that? Here's more on SOF:

 http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache:teHNN5JyN2MJ:www.mail-archive.com/ctrl%40listserv.aol.com/msg28512.html+%22ward+churchill%22+%22robert+k+brown%22&hl=en


Activities: Although the group's main activity is the publishing of Soldier of Fortune magazine, it is the group's mercenary activities which bring it criticism. Calling themselves "action journalists," many of SOF's reporters have come under fire for participating in the training of counterrevolutionary groups in El Salvador and Nicaragua. SOF claims to have sent over a dozen training teams to El Salvador in the early 1980's to train government troops in sniping, anti-guerrilla urban warfare, explosives and weapons maintenance. ...

An SOF employee in El Salvador said "We don't hide the fact that we support one side and follow them into combat. What we don't draw attention to is that we kill people."(3)...

SOF journalists have also reported about and traveled with the Guatemalan Special Forces. According to SOF, the special forces have been working in Guatemala "to win the confidence of rural indians..." In Guatemala, the army is working along with Civil Affairs in a multi-faceted military and psychological operation to subdue the Highland Indians who had previously been supporters of the Guatemalan guerrilla movement.

Ward Churchill's Military Records Challenge

Paul Wolf 13.Feb.2005 23:44

Churchill Challenge
Churchill Challenge
997K

From Covert Action Info Bulletin, No 22 (Fall 1984)

MArco Thanks for making sure we know where you stand!

AIM 14.Feb.2005 04:21

SO there we have it. You aren't journalists or even dedicated volunteers. You are crazy enough to not bother covering a story from both sides that has been available to you from the beginning. AIM has repeatedly tried to engage with your board for years and you are taking Ward Churchill's side against the entire American Indian Movement (Colorado AIM is the Ward Chuchill Movement). Too bad we always wanted to think you might actually be interested in the truth.
If the U of Co wants to employ Ward for his 911 opinions or in spite of them we don't care. If he continues to call himself AIM or and Indian then it is our business! If you people don't care that Ward supporter the CIA backed Contras then let us make one thing clear. You aren't progressives, leftists, or even well intending white people. Your just spoiled rich white kids with nothing better to do. At least we tried.

Marco! Wake up

The titile? 14.Feb.2005 04:23

So are you saying that Native people nor AIM want to be associated with Ward's little tirade is not part of this story? It is!

The sadness of your ignorance

AIM 14.Feb.2005 04:38

All we see and hear from these folks is "Ward is Great and everybody that disagrees is a wingnut or a cop". To think that great leaders of the Indian left that led so many monumental struggles are of no interest is sad. It points to an arrogance that is hard to stomach. These are leaders that actually fought , bled, and went to jail. It would be like glorifying someone who wrote about CHe' and than was mistaken for Che' himself? To add insult to injury Ward has used his books to miseducate the public into thinking that Dennis Banks, Lyde Bellecourt, and others are the bad guys even though without them there would never have been an American Indian Movement. HE brags about showing people how to make bombs but was never arreted for any heavy political direct action. Meanwhile, the leaders off AIM are headed to the Supreme Court again and getting arrested in their 70's to late 70's. Exactly how the fuck do you people chose your role models. It's as if Ward played Denis bbanks in the docudrama so you idolized him instead of the people who actually did the heavy lifting. Notice the above posting is from Colorado AIM renewing it's support for Ward. COAIM is Ward. It doesn't say American Indian Movement he knows he is not part of that esteemed organization.

Churchill Under Attack

marco 14.Feb.2005 06:00

I will defend Ward Churchill's right to publish and lecture
under the First Ammendment. I have not, and never will defend
any other thing about Churchill.

How can I make that any clearer?

And how can I point out that everything else is meaningless
to me without offending you? I won't even try. But I will
not respond to anything else. That's just too bad.

Live with it.

Marco...

Nobody 14.Feb.2005 07:11

I don't agree with the charge that Indymedia is a COINTELPRO tool or any of that. I suppose it could be, but any of us could be, and unlike many posters, including a considerable number of my detractors, I will not make or repeat such a charge without substantial evidence that it is true. I think that's really a pretty important rule. Of course I've made the charge about Churchill, but there is a lot of evidence in that case, more than just that I disagree with him.

That Indymedia is a dupe of the feds I don't doubt; if not on this issue, than on some other. Everyone is a dupe sometimes, after all.

What bothers me, and I think fundamentally what bothers most of these other posters is that there is this enormous history to this issue which many committed people have spent years of their life, sweat, jail time, and yes even blood involved with, and you just block it off as irrelevant.

And as to your decision that you will support Ward Churchill's right to speak publicly... I think what bothers people about that is that you say it and repeat it without so much as expanding on it (how present the defense? What he is saying is true? Or what he is saying is nonsense, but it is still his right to say it?) let alone responding to the arguments against it.

Of course in a certain sense that is your right. But at the same time the purpose of most of the writing on this website is as much polemical as it is anything else. And furthermore you have contributed several polemics to this very debate. So to take on the work of writing polemics for the purpose of influencing other people's opinions and actions, and then to ignore polemics written by other people comes off as a little arrogant.

Some of these arguments come from posters like me, who may be anybody or nobody, but then there is Paul Wolf, and the arguments which plainly, whoever is posting them to this site, have their origin with AIM. These are serious, weighty people.

Let me make another constructive suggestion. Could we, perhaps in some other forum, take up the possibility of posting an interview with Vernon Bellecourt on the front page here? I'm sure it could be arranged by other people than those working at Indymedia, as I know that you all have quite a lot on your plates. What I would like to discuss is particularly whether we could arrange to give it pride of place, so to speak. I think that would mollify most of the posters, including certainly me.

I appreciate your responding and I sure would like to see everyone leave this satisfied.

Indy Media makes all kind s of false assertions about Ward.

AIM 14.Feb.2005 09:51

WE AGREE THE ASSHOLE HAS A RIGHT TO SAY WHAT HE WANTS!! WE DO NOT AGREE THAT HE HAS A RIGHT TO ASSOCIATE HIMSELF WITH THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT OR INDIAN PEOPLE AS HE DOES IT!! WE HAVE CALLED FOR HIM TO BE FIRED BY U OF CO YEARS AGO BECAUSE HE FALSIFIED HIS CREDENTIALS AND RESUME!! GOT IT!!! STOP TRYING TO PIGEON HOLE US AS "GOING ALONG WITH OREILY"!!
Nice try but it isn't so. If you want to talk about contraversial? What about when Vernon Bellecourt got thrown in jail for 18 months with heart problems after refusing to testify to a grand jury about the movements of friends he travelled to Libya with in the 80's./ Interesting enough Ward went to Libya at that time and didin't gert thrown in jail! Maybe he testified who knows.

Look at the lead in to the story. You say far more than you defend his right to speak:

1) You asert that he is Native American and may be a target because "of his race". Notice that Ward himself has completely backed off trying to show his native heritage when questioned to false claims made in the past.
2) You assert "he is generally considered a friend to the radical left and and to indigenous communites". That is the biggest load of crap I have ever seen. He has been on the rocks with left for so many reasons. He is a friend to white college kids. Let once again briefly categorize the resons:
1) He got in bed with Russ Means and openly supported the right wing death squad mercenaries the Contras. They murdered hundreds of thousands of people most of whom were real Indians unlike Ward.
2) Covert Action writer Ken Lawrence exposed every bit of this long ago and then recently on Indy Media. Did you pay attention.
3) He has stuck with Russ Means through his playing the voice of Pochahantas's father in that racist cartoon, supported the Contras, supported John Thune (Bush's boy) who just unseated Daschle in South Dakota.
4)Russ did a lecture tour paid for byhe moonies and the John Birch society.
5) Ward has repeatedly attacked the founders of AIM for 15 years as sidekick to Russ Means who was bitter about being thrown out of the movement (his own brother Bill wrote the expulsion letter).
6) Ward has accused AIM leaders along with Russ (who testified in Fed Grand Jury) of kiling Anna Mae Aquash.
7) Ward has lied about everything from his Indian heritage to his viet Nam service. This is embarasing to Indian people.
8) Ward made comments about 911 and further 911 type events that are not in keeping with any Indian org or Indian people that we have a right to demand the press cover as we don't want to be rolled into his bullshit!!
8) Every progressive Indian newspaper in the country has researched his heritage and come to the conclusion he is a fake Wannabe bullshit artist.

For all these reasons and many more we want the true story to be covered. If you want to say his freedm of speech is under attack and that shouldn't be the case then FINE!! But don't call him Indian, a friend of Indians, or AIM when with the exception of Russ Means and a few friends in CO, the rest of Indian country wants him to represent himself as Ward the white guy!

Marco One more thing

AIM 14.Feb.2005 09:58

You try living with it. You said you didn't "trust the Bellecourts". Indymedia is still calling Ward Indian and a friend of our community. Bottom line until you folks cover the whole story and spit out that shit without ever having even bothered to talk to our elders and family then you are on shaky ground, walking on thin ice, and taking a tiger by the tail. Good luck in this arena of struggle. You are taking on the like of Banks, Bellecourt, and Ogitchidag and Ogitchidaquay who love their fearless leaders who have died, gone to jail, and bled for our people. We will defend them to the end against any detractors. And by the way. Bob Robideau go to hell!

Churchill revelas he is Asian Woman

Ima Mamasan 14.Feb.2005 10:18

The Real Ward
The Real Ward
997K

BOULDER, Colo. - Stung by recent revelations that left his decades-old American Indian persona in tatters, controversial University of Colorado professor, Ward Churchill announced today that he is no longer claiming to be a Native American man. Appearing in a flowery satin kimono and faux kabuki hairstyle, Churchill revealed to the world that he has always been a petite Asian girl.

“For too long, I ran from my heritage, ashamed and outcast,” Professor Churchill told a gathering of his rapt, semi-literate, trustafarian followers, “The persecution I suffered, as an Asian woman, is a legacy of Eurocentric colonialism from which those of us who have endured it may never recover.”

Asked if the sudden change in Churchill’s ethnic background and sex bothered him, one of his loyal students, David Rhone answered simply, “Dude!” while his chronically-unemployed friend, Jo-Jo, tunelessly plucked a Japanese koto in inappropriate accompaniment.

“Shut up! You shut the f#ck up! He has a right to his free speech!” added a supporter known only as Firefly, before she jumped off the second story balcony to protest allegedly environmentally-destructive US agricultural practices.

“Why can’t you just leave him alone, hater! He’s suffered enough!” she moaned from the hood of the car she landed on. “I think my spine is broken and I don’t have healthcare, you fascists!”

“I just pray to Buddah that somebody will blow up a busload of school children so that those who are denied unending welfare payments can at last have the measure of retribution they so richly deserve,” muttered the professor as he desperately searched for a television camera.


Read Brian Glick's book &quot;war at home.&quot;

marco 14.Feb.2005 11:53

Read Brian Glick's book "War At Home."

Even you, "nobody." Even you, "AIM."



In Defense of Ward Churchill

Matthew Rothschild [reprint from Progressive Magazine] 14.Feb.2005 12:10

Ward Churchill is under attack.

But it’s not about him.

It’s about free speech and academic freedom.

And it’s about the ability to criticize U.S. foreign policy in the context of 9/11.

As you’ve probably heard, Ward Churchill is a professor at the University of Colorado who wrote some regrettable words in an essay after 9/11, comparing what he called “the technicians” in the World Trade Center to “Little Eichmanns.” That unfortunate comparison was outrageous and insensitive, and I wish he hadn’t made it.

But that doesn’t mean he didn’t have the right to make it.

He has the right that all Americans have: the right of free speech.

And he has the right that all tenured faculty have: the right to express themselves and their ideas freely so that in the free exchange of ideas, truth will eventually win out.

Now, more than three years after his essay, the snarlers and growlers of the right have come after Churchill, led by Bill O’Reilly and the editors of The Wall Street Journal.

Churchill has received many death threats, his car has been vandalized with swastikas, a Denver talk show host said he should be executed for treason, and now Churchill’s job is on the line.

The Board of Regents is undertaking a 30-day review of all of Churchill’s writings and statements.

The governor of Colorado has called for his dismissal. “No one wants to infringe on Mr. Churchill’s right to express himself,” Governor Bill Owens wrote on February 1 in an Orwellian throat-clearing. But then he got the muzzle out. “We are not compelled to accept his pro-terrorist views at state taxpayer subsidy nor under the banner of the University of Colorado. Ward Churchill besmirches the university. . . . Mr. Churchill’s views are not simply anti-American. They are at odds with simple decency, and antagonistic to the beliefs and conduct of civilized people around the world.”

The Colorado House of Representatives on February 2 said his essay “strikes an evil and inflammatory blow against America’s healing process.”

I have read Churchill’s offending essay, “ ‘Some People Push Back’: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens.” (To read it and Ward Churchill’s response to the controversy, go to www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/s11/ churchill.html.)

And there is much in there that offends me: his indelicate and imprudent and historically inaccurate comparisons to Nazi Germany, his callousness to those who lost their lives on 9/11, his romanticized treatment of the terrorists and their motives on 9/11, his lack of appreciation for the dangers of Islamic fundamentalism, and his disdain for pacifists.

But my strong disagreements with Churchill are beside the point. As are Bill O’Reilly’s or the editors’ of the Wall Street Journal or the regents’ of the University of Colorado or Governor Owens’s.

Ward Churchill has the right to express himself freely.

And his method of writing and speaking and teaching is to shake people up, to provoke a reaction, so that people will reexamine their beliefs. This provocative style may have the opposite effect, sparking emotional reactions and stiffening psychological defenses, but he’s entitled to his speaking and teaching style.

“I go for the gut,” he explained to the Boulder Weekly on February 10. “That’s my speaking strategy. I go for the gut to provoke a response.”

He’s succeeded this time.

And now he’s in trouble for it.

He rightly identifies the attack on him “explicitly as political repression,” adding: “This is a book-burning exercise. It’s a stifling of political discourse.” And he believes he is but the first of many. “I’m the kick-off. . . . It’s the opening round of a general purge of the academy of people who say things they find to be politically unacceptable.”

We’ve been down this ugly road before.

We need to defend Ward Churchill.

We need to defend free speech.

We need to defend academic freedom.

And we need to defend the right to criticize the U.S. empire.

For the attack on Churchill is an attack also on anyone who dares to question the myth of American imperial innocence.

That was at the very heart of Churchill’s essay. And he is right about the American people’s unblissful, immoral ignorance of, or complicity with, the crimes that our government has committed since its very founding, crimes that have killed innocent people in the tens of millions. Churchill, a Native American professor, knows a thing or two about those crimes.

Churchill delineates those crimes and puts 9/11 on the scale with those crimes. And there is nothing wrong with that, though the Governor of Colorado assailed him as “anti-American” for doing so.

And Churchill warned in his essay that if the United States doesn’t change its policies, it can expect more attacks. The age of impunity is over, he said. And Americans don’t want to hear that.

“The bottom line of my argument is that the best and perhaps only way to prevent 9/11-style attacks on the U.S. is for American citizens to compel their government to comply with the rule of law,” Churchill wrote on January 31.

Everyone who values free speech, everyone who respects academic freedom, everyone who wants U.S. foreign policy to finally obey international law must come to the defense of Ward Churchill.

 http://www.progressive.org/mcwatch04/mc021205.php
 http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0213-08.htm

Quote from 'Colardo AIM':

King Amdo 14.Feb.2005 13:43

"cointelpro is alive and well *******if not in fact then its inside of us*****" . . .

Indeed well realised matey's...

And this is how they take over ya brain.....

 http://www.suite101.com/discussion.cfm/ritual_abuse/111339/latest/1

BUT DON'T LISTEN TO ME WILL YOU, THIS IS ONLY THE GREAT MOTHER GODDESS SPEAKING. (and you haven't paid $9.99 for this awareness which would make it seem like 'real' teaching).

PEACE!

ENGLISH TRIBAL SOVERIGNTY!

(here's a Dine'h/Lakota/Hopi tribal sundance Eagle sundance Feather for you...whats left of it anyway)



bellecourts 'banished from aim by aim tribunal

don't believe the hype &quot;b&quot;oB 14.Feb.2005 15:34

THIS IS FROM COLORADO AIM SITE, BY FAITH ATTAGUILE. for ALL the gossip on ward bein fraud bla bla; coloradoaim.org/why.html

The AIM Tribunal

Contrary to what the Bellecourts would like people to believe, it was
they who were "banished for life from AIM," not Churchill and Morris.119
This came
about when a group of noted senior native activists, desperate to put an
end to the swirling charges and countercharges which they saw impairing
the struggle for indigenous rights, opted to establish a “movement
tribunal" to assess the merits of what was being said.

"It was a really difficult situation," says former Bellecourt colleague
Joe Locust, who chaired the panel. "I felt that Clyde and Vernon were
way out of line, but I frankly didn't believe some of the things the
people on the other side were saying about them. As an elder in the
movement who's known and worked with most all of the parties involved, I
decided it was my responsibility to try and clear the air." Locust's
council, convened in March 1994 at San Raphael, California, consisted of
a Wounded Knee veteran, Regina Brave; a former IITC delegate and
attorney for the Treaty 6 Chiefs in Canada, Sharon Venne; a former
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee staffer and Northwest AIM elder, Dian
Million; and noted native scholar, Donald A. Grinde, Jr.

"I told people it was time to put up or shut up," Locust recalls. "If
they had a case, then make it before the tribunal, not in the media. If
there was a basis to their charges, we'd uphold them and take
appropriate action. If, on the other hand, they couldn't prove what they
were saying, they were to stop saying it. That was the deal." Locust
found the autonomous AIM chapters "very receptive" to the idea. "They
were cooperative," he says. "Russ Means agreed to present their case,
and they made a group pledge to stand down on any point they couldn't
prove."120

The Bellecourts were another story, however. "Vernon flatly refused to
participate under any circumstances," Locust says, "and Clyde showed up
only long enough to provoke a big confrontation by insisting that we use
his pipe in the opening ceremony. The fact that what he was doing was a
desecration of the pipe we'd already loaded for that purpose didn't
phase him in the least. It was obvious he'd come just to disrupt, not to
engage in anything constructive. It was a real eye-opener for me."121
So
was the testimony and other evidence submitted over the next two days,
material so extensive and compelling that the panel unanimously entered
an "interim finding" banishing the Bellecourts' and scheduling a second
set of hearings in Minneapolis the following October (the hearings were
ultimately moved to Rapid City, South Dakota).122

Although all this happened over three years ago, the results seemed to
have evaporated because of the tribunal's decision at the proceedings'
outset to bar non-Indian press.123 "Our idea, based on a lot of experience, was
that Indian against Indian disputes invariably get distorted to the
advantage of nonIndians by the media," says Joe Locust. "So we decided
that reportage should come through Indian papers only."124 This seemed a viable approach when /News From Indian
Country /assigned reporter Shelly Davis, a Cherokee, to cover the
tribunal firsthand, from start to finish. (Joe Geshick, an /Ojibwe News/
reporter, also attended throughout, but since he was also a witness, his
reportage was discounted.)

Davis undertook to write a series of articles on what she learned, but
was shortly made aware that her editor, Paul DeMain, considered them
"biased." She recalls,

It was really weird. I'd quote Vernon Bellecourt, and that was
okay. But every time I'd quote somebody from the other side, or
cite some of the evidence presented, I'd start getting questions
about my "personal relationships." Finally, I said, "Paul, I don't
know what's going on here, but I'm going to cover both sides of
this thing or I'm not going to cover it at all." He said, "Fine.
I'll cover it myself," and he hadn't even been there. About a week
later, he fired me for lacking "objectivity and professionalism."
What a joke.125

Shortly after her termination, Davis received a Native American Press
Association award for the quality of the very articles DeMain found so
objectionable.

Apart from letters to the editor, neatly flanked by DeMain commentary,
from then on only the NAIMI version of reality appeared in /News From
Indian Country/. The content and conclusions of the tribunal were frozen
out, while an unending stream of editorials and "news reports" pilloried
Churchill and others, none of whom were ever so much as contacted for a
comment.126 "It was a
rather astonishing turn of events," says Don Grinde. "We didn't expect a
rubber stamp of our findings, but we did expect a thorough and fair
reporting of them. In the end, we'd have done better to have turned
things over to the mainstream media."127

Exactly what prompted DeMain to pursue this course is unclear since he
has no known history of connection with the Bellecourts. Churchill
suspects a payoff. "I don't know Paul DeMain at all," he says, but I do
know he's been running pretty much on a shoestring operation. At the
same time, there's a lot of loose cash kicking around in Vernon's
coffers. He'd pay a nice price to turn a publication which was in the
process of exposing him into what amounts to a personal propaganda
vehicle. You put two and two together and what you end up with is some
money changing hands. Likely, it was just chump change, but enough to
account for DeMain's sleazy behavior since mid '94. It's too bad,
really. /News From Indian Country/ used to be a pretty good paper. Now,
I'd have to rate its editorial integrity as being lower than that of
/Spotlight /or the /National Inquirer/."128

*The Bellecourts.* So, what was it that so stunned Joe Locust and his
colleagues during the tribunal, and put Paul DeMain in such a frenzy of
denial? The tribunal turned up many things sufficiently repellent to
create such a strong response, but the sheer cumulative weight of the
autonomous AIM chapters' evidence sketching the careers of both
Bellecourts over the past quarter-century was itself condemning. Some
forty witnesses, hundreds of pages of documentation and videotaped
depositions from as far afield as Nicaragua were entered into the
record. Although Means withdrew several charges for insufficient
evidence and the panel dismissed two for lack of support, what follows
is a summary of what was proven to the tribunal's collective satisfaction.

While it is true that Clyde Bellecourt was a member of the founding AIM
group in Minneapolis in 1968, the same cannot be said of his older
brother, Vernon. A Denver wig stylist moonlighting as an insurance
salesman, Vernon sat out the opening years of the movement. It was only
after AIM had taken root that he traded in his leisure suits for ribbon
shirts and started growing braids. "Vernon saw a parade," as one witness
aptly put it," and decided to jump in front."129 The sharp divisiveness preventing the movement from
ever consolidating its impressive early gains can be reasonably dated
from the moment of his entry into its ranks.

In 1972, little more than a year after the Denver chapter was formed,
Vernon presented himself for election as an AIM officer. After losing
the election to Russell Means at the annual membership meeting, Vernon
swiftly organized a "protest bloc." He then persuaded intermediaries to
propose to Means that he abdicate in favor of Vernon in the interests of
unity. Means refused and tension increased until Clyde and AIM-founder
Dennis Banks engineered the creation of a new appointed position for
Vernon to fill. He was duly appointed to this job, the only national
title he would ever hold. Vernon then walked away from the Denver
chapter, stationing himself at the movement's national office in
Minneapolis.130

This pattern enlarged itself in 1974 when Vernon decided it was time for
him to become AIM's national chairperson. Once again, the membership had
other ideas, electing Carter Camp, a Ponca from Oklahoma, to the top
job. Vernon started a whispering campaign to the effect that Camp was,
among other things, "a government infiltrator," a charge familiar to us
only from hindsight. He incidentally added to an antagonism so
incendiary it resulted in bloodshed.131

At its 1975 meeting, partly to stem the rising factionalism, the
membership voted to abolish all titles of national office (except
"national spokesperson," a title held by John Trudell until it, too, was
discarded in 1979.) The decision not to have a national office or
officers was reaffirmed at an "AIM Summit" conducted in San Francisco in
September 1982.132

Unfortunately, this did not end Vernon's badjacketing of rivals. During
the same 1975 meeting at which the national office was dissolved, he
seized the opportunity to start a rumor that Micmac activist Anna Mae
Aquash, one of his severest critics, was an FBI informer. He instructed
an AIM security team consisting of Leonard Peltier, Dino Butler and Bob
Robideau to take her out to interrogate her. According to Robideau, the
order was to "bury her where she stands" if they were unsatisfied with
her responses.133 While Robideau does not contend that Vernon himself pulled the
trigger on the gun that killed Aquash a few months later, he points out
that the resulting suspicion and isolation within the movement Vernon's
snitch rumor created made Aquash especially vulnerable to her fate.
Perhaps to prevent others from coming to the same conclusion, Vernon
volunteered to head up AIM's internal investigation of the murder.
Interestingly, the "investigation was terminated" soon after.134

What had increasingly upset Aquash and many others was Vernon's growing
and pronounced disruption, profiteering and misrepresentation. For
instance, although holding no elected office even at chapter level,
Vernon consistently portrayed himself as a "foremost AIM leader,"
insinuating that he was a "veteran" of the spectacular federal siege of
AIM members at Wounded Knee in 1973, a misrepresentation he still
cultivates.135 Vernon was not at Wounded Knee. During much of that
confrontation he was touring Italy "raising funds." On his return, he
claimed to have been arrested by federal agents at Chicago's O'Hare
International Airport and forced to post the $17,000 in proceeds as
bond.136 It is on
record that Jesse Jackson's Operation PUSH posted the bond at Vernon's
request, and that the funds were returned to them when Vernon wasn't
prosecuted. The Italian donations, however, were never turned over to
the movement.137

Similar monetary wrongdoing rears its ugly head before and after Wounded
Knee. For instance, at the end the November 1972 AIM occupation of the
Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters in Washington, DC, the Nixon
administration provided $66,650 in cash to underwrite the dissidents'
travel home. The money was supposed to be divided up in proportion to
the actual transport costs involved.138 However, according to Robert Free, the AIM
member assigned to oversee disbursements, Vernon demanded $30,000 and
actually received more than $7,000 "for the National Office."139 Consequently, many grassroots
participants received nothing at all. Similarly, during the so-called
"Wounded Knee Leadership Trials" of 1974-1975, more than $100,000 in
defense funds disappeared from accounts to which only Vernon and his
cohort, Mike Haney, had access.140

curchill re 'soldier of fortune' nonsense

&quot;b&quot;oB mcglynn, THE KING OF ALL BIKE MESSENGERS! 14.Feb.2005 15:58

wat a fuckin lynch mob people hav become. my god if someone like churchill worked for soldier of fortune shouldnt the 1st response be 'why?' instead of 'hes a cop!'??

heres the why according to faith attaguille from colorado aim site: coloradoaim.org/why.html

AND WILL THE PERSON POSTING AS 'AIM' SAY WHO U R?
IF ITS CLYDE/VERNON BELLECOURT THAN HAV THE GUTS TO SAY SO...


Churchill's role at /Soldier of Fortune/ was hardly that of a true
believer. Says Churchill, "I was there for a couple of months in late
'76 Ê early-77, just long enough to get a handle on who was who, and
what they were up to. I've never made any secret of it because it was
part of the research for articles I wanted to write about the facts and
fictions of U.S. mercenaries. In fact, I've included the information
that I managed to get inside /Soldier of Fortune/ in every piece I've
written on the matter."35 The articles
in question include a seminal exposÈ of the activities of American
mercenaries in South Africa. Published in Africa Today in 1980,
antimercenary organizer Rob Shware called it "the best work available on
the subject."36 Others
include pieces in the /Colorado Daily/ and /Daily World/, and a profile
of the magazine's publisher, self-styled "king of the mercenaries"
Robert K. Brown, published in the decidedly anti-CIA /Covert
Action/Information Bulletin/ in 1986, and in the /Best of CAIB/
collection released in 1989.37 As
columnist Alexander Cockburn put it in 1992, "It seems to me that
Churchill should be commended for this sort of investigative journalism,
not condemned for it.38

Make you a deal Marco

Nobody 14.Feb.2005 16:23

I will read the book you recommend if you will agree to the following:

If I can get an original interview with Vernon Bellecourt by a professional journalist, you'll post it on the front page of Indymedia and leave it as the top article for 72 hours.

You should like both your part of the deal and mine. After all, it would be good for Indymedia, right?

Just tell me where to e-mail you. I don't really have an e-mail addy set up that I use with these postings, and I'm not going to post my real e-mail on the front page. Call me a coward, if you like.

And... Those of you who are suggesting that the AIM posts are from the Bellecourts are falling into a little trap, specifically imagining that AIM, which is a very large organization, is actually only made up of two people. AIM is not like a pseudonym for Vernon Bellecourt or something.

The Article above Drak Night Field Notes was condemned by Peltier and AIM!!

Ogitchida 14.Feb.2005 16:27

Letter condemning Dark Night Field Notes and Faith the author by Peltier Defence
Letter condemning Dark Night Field Notes and Faith the author by Peltier Defence
997K

In fact the author was kicked out of LPDC for it.

Don't belive the hype is right

Ogitchida 14.Feb.2005 16:39

Number one: Ward and Russ cannot hold a tribunal ousting anyone from AIM because.
a) Russ resigned from AIM 1985
b) Ward Churchill has never been AIM
c) AIM including Leonard Peltier denounced the whole affair.
d) Churchill isn't Indian.
E) The affiar you posted about was yet another attempt by Ward and Russ to attack the founders of the American Indian Movement. Neither of them would ever have the authority to do any such tribunal.

We are glad you posted the above bullshit transcript because You are documenting for us that Ward attacked the leaders and founders of AIM way long before this aleged "smear campaign began". Thanks for putting it out there.
AIM headquarter's and founding home is Minneapolis Minnesota. Clyde and Dennis Banks were the orfiginal founders of AIM. Ward nor Russ dispute this fact. They have always been on the board. That board has never convened a tribunal against anyone!




Forget this bullshit.......

King Amdo 14.Feb.2005 18:57

......and listen to this.......

 http://www.aramusic.com/htmls/sid096.htm

Allah Akbar.

Will the real AIM please stand up?

Paul Wolf 14.Feb.2005 21:21

What I don't understand is why, after all these years of complaining about Ward Churchill and Colorado Autonomyous AIM, the original AIM has never sued them for trademark infringement? It seems like a straightforward way to resolve the problem.

You don't need to federally register a mark to receive trademark law protection. Use of the mark is enough. It is not restricted to for-profit enterprises. The names do not have to be exactly the same, just similar enough to create a likelihood that a substantial number of people will be confused that the two users of the mark are the same.

Colorado AIM goes way beyond most trademark infringements. Not only are they getting away with using the same name, but they claim to be the real one, and further that all AIM chapters are autonomous with no affiliation to the original and incorporated AIM.

It seems to me to be a straightforward matter to ask the court for an injunction to prevent Colorado AIM from using this name, plus damages to the reputation and goodwill of AIM. Malicious intent could even be proven, from Colorado AIM's published statements which show intent to destroy or at least take over AIM. This maliciousness might allow AIM to pierce through the normal protection afforded corporate officers and go after Colorado AIM officers personally. Those like Churchill publicly claiming affilation with AIM after having been kicked out could clearly be sued individually.

Although a lot of people are turned off by lawsuits, it might resolve the matter once and for all rather than having this permanent state of confusion. As it is now a person interested in joining AIM would have no idea which one is the real one. But that can be determined easily by looking into the history. In fact, Congress investigated AIM back in the 70s, I think. I saw a report which had AIM flyers with the Bellecourts, Banks and Means, Trudell, and some others. I understand that Russell Means was removed from AIM according to procedures in the bylaws of AIM. That would not give him any right to claim the organization as his own. I don't know why AIM hasn't pursued this.

AIM release on Auto AIM

AIM 14.Feb.2005 21:48

OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE
American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council
Mid-Winter Meeting at the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Nation
March 5th and 6th, 1999
The Grand Council of the American Indian Movement hereby declares:


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
to be the Governing Authority of all Business, all Chapters, all Support Groups, all actions, all events of the American Indian Movement.
By this Declaration: All so-called "Confederation of Autonomous AIM" chapters are hereby declared: NULL and VOID.
These rogue groups led by agents and informants, instant Indians, wannabees, rip-offs, and others who are using the American Indian Movement to cause disruption and chaos in their communities shall no longer be allowed to foster ill-feelings, misrepresent policy, and they shall no longer be allowed to produce and sell AIM merchandise, or use the AIM name, or any of our copyrighted and trademarked logos.

The Grand Governing Council of the American Indian Movement recognizes that many sincere Indians and Non-Indian People have been inadvertently and innocently caught up in this conspiracy.

Those Individuals, Chapters, and Support Groups that express their desires to be a part of, and affiliated with the only American Indian Movement under the leadership of its Grand Governing Council can do so by contacting our office at:

American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council
Ministry for Information
P.O. Box 13521
Minneapolis MN 55414
612-721-3914 FAX: 612-721-7826
Email:  aimggc@worldnet.att.net
Web Address: www.aimovement.org

Our Name? Ogitchida! Don't understand that do ya?

AIM 14.Feb.2005 22:26

To the jack ass above:
This is the contact info to repond to us. The names of the persons responsible for AIM posts are the Grand Governing Couincil and Warriors. OK?

Dennis Banks, Vernon Bellecourt, Clyde Bellecxourt, and the rest of the council can be contacted here:
AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT GRAND GOVERNING COUNCIL
MINISTRY FOR INFORMATION
P.O. Box 13521
Minneapolis MN 55414
612/ 721-3914 . fax 612/ 721-7826
Email:  aimggc@worldnet.att.net
Web Address: www.aimovement.org




So it should be clear that they don't get away with calling themselves AIM. We are still trying to get them to cease using the name AIM within their "International Confederation of Autnomous Chapters of The American Indian Movement.

Let us be clear:
1) COAIM Colorado AIM which is really Ward,Glenn, and Russ uses COAIM not AIM because years ago Russell went out to Colorado after Vernon Bellecourt founded the Colorado AIM chapter. After Russ and Ward had a falling out over the Contras, Russ resigned (9times although the first one was accepted and never reversed). Then they woke up one morning and decided he would use Ward as a proxy and keep the organization on the books as a revenge type thing. Public record shows Vernon Bellecourt organized the first CO chapter.

A few things:
1) AIM was founded in Minneapolis Mn in 1968. The first meeting was organized by Dennis Banks and Clyde Bellecourt arouind a box of doughnuts and some coffee. It was organized to address issues of Police Brutality in the Twin Cities. Subsequently AIM PAtrol was founded and was the first and longest ongoing "CopWatch" in the Nation.
2) AIM in 1970 founded the Little Earth housing project for Native Americans in poverty in the Twin Cities.
3) Next door to Little Earth is the AIM Peacemaker Center which is home to many AIM events and the AIM Patrol to this day:

Elaine M. Stately Peacemaker Center
2300 Cedar Avenue S
Minneapolis MN 55404
 AIMggc@worldnet.att.net
612/ 724.3129 voice
612/ 724.8090 fax

You have our names. Ward you've been attacking us for years.
4) They do not call themselves AIM outright when it comes to official interaction with the goverment or funders they are forced to call themselves the "International Confederation of Autnomous Chapters of The American Indian Movement". When they walk around in public they call themselves AIM.
5) So you got our names we got yours and addresses as well although we post ours publicly. That's cowardice for ya.
6)Most of the warriors of AIM are regular folks steel workers,Limo Drivers, black jack dealers, tribal chairmen and chairwomen, and who the Hell are you?
White college kids following that bag of wind wherever he goes.

Interesting point to note Paul Wolf. If you go to the Colorado AIM website you will find they don't use our logo they developed their own.We are trying to shut down the use of the name and all logos. They change shit ever so slightly to keep our suit off their backs. It is a bunch of bull shit.

To Paul

AIM 14.Feb.2005 22:41

Real AIM Logo
Real AIM Logo
997K

Fake AIm Logo
Fake AIm Logo
997K

So the famous and original AIM logo is one the says rtemeber Wounded Knee. The second logo is Ward's logo. Notice it doesn't say AIM anywhere on it. Are you getting it?

CHURCHILL IS &quot;NOT INDIAN&quot;!

Why don't you change that heading on there. Churchill is NOT INDIAN 15.Feb.2005 02:28

Churchill is a fake and a fraud and should be fired for lying that Wannabee.
Churchill is a fake and a fraud and should be fired for lying that Wannabee.
997K

I notice on your description of Ward Churchill that he is Indian.

WARD CHURCHILL IS NOT INDIAN. HE DOES NOT REPRESENT US, BUT HIMSELF.

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You should change the description of Ward Churchill. If the man is NOT INDIAN then why have that in the description?

He CANNOT PROVE HE IS AMERICAN INDIAN. He has not stepped forward with any proof that he is. Yet he filled out Affirmative Action papers saying he was to get a job.

IF SOMEONE LIES ON A RESUME TO GET A JOB THAT IS GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL. Just on the fact that 11 American Indians went for the same job and they gave the job to a whiteman under a lie is a shame.

GIVE JOBS TO AMERICAN INDIANS! NOT WANNABEES!

Sue the bastards

Paul 15.Feb.2005 02:41

I'm not an attorney but it seems to me you could crush them in a trademark case. There are differences as you point out, but the standard is whether people are likely to be confused. Iin trademark law,evidence of actual confusion is strong evidence. In other words, find people who thought Colorado AIM was the real (original) AIM and you have a case.

I suppose you have already contacted an attorney about this and he advised you not to file suit. Otherwise I suggest you find an attorney in Denver and offer him 1/3 of damages, which could be a lot of money. Do it while all this is still newsworthy.

If you have not filed suit, then you have not filed suit. You are obviously not getting anywhere complaining about it. What's holding you back?

Paul your suggestions are good ones

AIM 15.Feb.2005 02:59

I will relay them to the Council and the Ministry. Especially about striking while the Iron is Hot.

Not only Colorado AIM

akicita 15.Feb.2005 03:01

Autonomous AIM's Edgewood Declaration

The Edgewood Declaration of the International Confederation of Autonomous Chapters of the American Indian Movement adopted by consensus at Edgewood, New Mexico December 18, 1993
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We are the American Indian Movement. AIM. We walk into the future in the footsteps of our ancestors, following the principles of our traditional spiritually, sovereignty, self-determination, sobriety, and mutual respect. Hence, we are firmly committed to the time-honored indigenous political perspective of the inalienable and inherent right of the people to decide for themselves, by a grassroots, democratic process, the nature of their destiny. It follows that we hereby declare and reaffirm that we are, in the manner of those who have come before us, an international confederation, an alliance of fully autonomous but reciprocally supporting chapters. Accordingly, each chapter of AIM agrees to advance the cause of indigenous sovereignty and self-determination within its own context and regional conditions. Decisions of local and state chapters are made independently and, given a legitimate local base and constituency, such decisions are to be accorded respect by other chapters.

Our reasons for making this declaration, regarding matters which many people might consider self-evident, concern certain recent assertions and resulting public confusion fostered by a small group of individuals based mainly in Minneapolis, Minnesota, calling itself the National American Indian Movement (N-AIM, or "name"; founded, by its own account, in July, 1993). Because of the nature of the false claims lately advanced by these people, and the publicity they have received on the basis of such lies, it has become necessary to publicly address and repudiate them. This is especially true with regard to the notion that there exists either a legitimate AIM "National Office" or "National Officers" with authority to appoint or remove local AIM members from whatever positions they occupy on the basis of chapter affirmation, or to dictate "policy" to the movement as a whole.

Let us be perfectly clear. There has not been a genuine national membership meeting of the American Indian Movement since 1974. Therefore, no membership authorization for a national office or national officers can possibly be said to have been obtained since that time. To the contrary, it has been specifically determined on at least two separate occasions during the intervening two decades that such a structure and/such titles are contrary to the interests of the movement and of American Indian people more generally. AIM leadership has always come from the bottom up - on a chapter by chapter basis - not from the top down. And the sporadic self-ordained "AIM National Leadership Meetings" conducted during the 1980s and '90s have done nothing to change this essential fact. Again we must be clear. AIM is not - despite statements lately issued by Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt, Carole Standing Elk, and others - a corporate entity, under the laws of the United States, the State of Minnesota or any other foreign government. Nor is it an entertainment enterprise, a personal fiefdom, a "career option," a medium for private profit, or any of the other things this fringe element seems to believe. Instead, AIM is a bona fide national liberation movement - open to the participation of all indigenous people, regardless of the "status" or "recognition" bestowed upon them by our oppressors - oriented specifically and exclusively to reasserting the sovereignty and self-determining dignity of our nations. Because of all these factors, we state without hesitancy or equivocation that we collectively reject all pretense to legitimacy or authority by N-AIM and/or those individuals it has unilaterally appointed to positions of regional or local "leadership" over the past several months.

Let it be understood by all those reading this document that we will no longer tolerate the divisiveness and disruption brought about by N-AIM or any similar entity. Beginning now, we have commenced the process of doing what is necessary to maintain the integrity of the American Indian Movement and the struggle it represents. All those who consider themselves allies, supporters or advocates of indigenous rights will respect our position, and respond accordingly.

New Mexico AIM
Colorado AIM
Oklahoma AIM
Florida AIM
Northern California AIM
Southern California AIM
Texas AIM
Southeast AIM
Northwest AIM
Also endorsed by telephone by Chief Billy Tayac, Mid-Atlantic AIM

AIM is a legal entity with legal rights to its name

Paul Wolf 15.Feb.2005 03:26

Akicita, whether the declaration you posted is valid is a legal question. It can be determined by the bylaws of AIM. AIM like any other organization makes its own internal rules for electing officers, removing members and chapters, etc. Imagine if it were General Motors and the autonomous factories decided they were independent of the corporate HQ and the stockholders. It couldn't happen. AIM has failed to take legal action but it appears to me that AIM is a legal entity with bylaws that govern its operation. If AIM has followed its bylaws in removing persons or chapters then there is no question as to who is legally entitled to run the organization who the real AIM is.

If all those people were mad at AIM's leadership and wanted to form their own organization to compete with AIM, they have every right to do it. What they don't have a right to do is use AIM's name. They can't take it by force because it belongs to the AIM organization which is a legal entity. AIM is spinning its wheels and if they're serious about ownership of the name they should bring the matter to court to get it resolved.

Auto AIM? What is that? What actions did they take?

AIM 15.Feb.2005 03:54

Oh yeah that's right ten friends of Ward's ignoring the fact that there is an annual National meeting of AIM get a handful of friends around the country to call themselves AIM and what you know one person constitutes a chapter.Then thye meet in Edgewood New Mexico one afternoon and have themselves a lynching. Even though there already chapters and representatives in all these states.From what we can tell you protest Columbus once a year and attack Indians the rest of the time Ward.

Florida: Is sound and part of AIM not AUTO AIM, could of sworn Sheridan Murphy and company were plugging right along down there NOT AUTO AIM but AIM.
Oklahoma?: last time I was there Mike Haney and many others were just fine without Auto AIM. Oh you must be talking about Carter Camp? Whose brother shot Clyde Bellecourt in the chest? You mean that AIM?
California AIM: is and has been alive and well and not a part of AUTOAIM.
South East AIM?: There is already a Tennessee AIM and AIM support group not with AUTO AIM,there is a Kentucky AIM Dennis Banks got started and was kept alive and is now an AIM not Auto AIM chapter.(In fact, when Ward tried to speak at Northern Kentucky University Tom Pierce and company led a war party on him demanding he answer questions about his fraudulent Auto AIM (News From Indian Country Today), Georgia has AIM representation, as was already mentioned Florida, so where is this South East and your AUTO AIM? Is it real or is it just friends you got to say they had offices in their apartments?
What you are is full of dung!

Everyone who knows AIM knows the first one posted as real

AIM-Ogitchida 15.Feb.2005 04:10

real AIM logo
real AIM logo
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Fruadulent Auto AIM logo
Fruadulent Auto AIM logo
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So everyone who knows AIM knows that the first logo down here has been used by AIM for a very very long time. They know it as the original 70's logo of AIM that became famous coming oout of Wounded Knee. Isn't it interesting these morons think no one will see through their having to use a different name and logo than the originals. They are a fraud set up to confuse people during the CIA's murderous rampage in Nicaragua when they paid Russ Means and gave him a government speech writer named Ward so AIM sypathizers would get confused.

I want to thank Akicita for posting.

Ogitchida-Spear fishers unite. 15.Feb.2005 04:19

Akicita don't yo usee the title and author of your post?
Autonomous AIM's "Edgewood declarattion. You're never gonna get it are you. The image of AIM that most embrace are the militant Indians standing up against all odds at Wounded Knee. With the exception of Russ who reisgned from AIM after being ousted these are not those people. His own brother wrote the expulsion letter. The fearless men and women of AIM are still united.

Russells sixth resignation was in 1988 and Auto AIM didn't even exist!

AIM 15.Feb.2005 04:25

RUSSELL MEANS RESIGNS FROM THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT FOR THE SIXTH TIME

On Thursday, January 7, 1988, a press conference was held in Bakersfield, California where Russell Means again announced that he was resigning from the American Indian Movement (AIM) and that he was writing an autobiography. He stated that the reason he was again resigning from the American Indian Movement was that all was well with Indian people, and that AIM had quote, "worked itself out of a job."

Among the journalists covering the press conference were Associated Press reporters, Joe Bigham and/or Rob Wells of the Fresno, California office who filed their story with the AP wire, which was picked up and covered by almost every major newspaper nationwide. This story was filed by Associated Press writers without asking the comments of any legitimate leaders of the American Indian Movement.

The fact is, Russell Means, on at least six (6) occasions has been able to get the attention of the press. This time it becomes obvious that he has used the American Indian Movement to get the attention of the press to promote his autobiography.

The first time he resigned from the American Indian Movement was in 1974 when he ran for the presidency of the Oglala Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota against his arch foe, Dick Wilson. The confusion caused an alienation of American Indian Movement members on the Pine Ride Reservation and according to observers probably cost him the election.

He publicly resigned from AIM again in 1984 while he was seeking the Vice-Presidency of the United States on the ticket with Larry Flint of Hustler Magazine.

In 1985, he again resigned from Yellow Thunder Camp in the Black Hills stating, quote, "I'm tired babysitting Yellow Thunder Camp," and that he was going to go on to other interests. Those interests was to align himself with Ward Churchill, Glen Morris, and Brooklyn Rivera of the CIA-sponsored Miskito Indian faction of the contras, as well, Elliot Abrams, and the Reagan Administration's war against the Nicaraguan people of which the Miskito Indian people, and all Nicaraguans are the principal victims.

During this time he went on a nationwide speaking tour sponsored by the Unification Church of the Reverend SunYung Moon, speaking to right wing audiences. The same groups who are totally opposed to Indian treaty, political, jurisdiction, water, natural resources, and territorial rights.

>From 1974 to the present over the protests of American Indian Movement leadership, the press continued to represent Russell Means as a leader of the American Indian Movement. We hope that at least it is now clear by his recent, and well publicized resignation that the press will never again report either that he is a founder of the American Indian Movement, nor is he a leader of the American Indian Movement, and that this latest resignation is final.

The struggle of the Indian people out of which the American Indian Movement play a principal role does not end with the final chapter of his autobiography. The fact is, at this very moment, the Oglala Lakota Nation and the larger Great Sioux Nation of which Mr. Means is a member, is still sturggling for the return of the Sacred Black Hills (Paha Sapa) and we continue to work for the passage of a bill introduced by Senator Bill Bradley (Dem-N.J.) which calls for the return of large areas of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.

We continue to struggle to repeal P.L. 93-531, the Navaho-Hopi Act that is still attempting to force the Navaho and Hopi from their ancestral lands at Big Mountain.

We continue to work to overturn in the U.S. Supreme Court, P.L. 99-264, the so-called White Earth Reservation Land Settlement Act that expropriated at least 200,000 acres of allotted lands on the White Earth Ojibwe Anishinabe Nation in Minnesota, and sets a precedent for the theft of millions of acres of allotted lands on all reservations nationwide.

We still struggling to free political prisoners, Leonard Peltier and David Sohappy.

The push out rate for Indian students in the elementary and high school level is upwards to seventy-five percent (75%) in many areas of the country and eighty-five to ninety-five percent at the university level.

In almost every action taken by the United States Congress and Supreme Court having to deal with treaty, land, water, and political rights, these have been and continue to be acts and decisions detrimental to Indian people's interests. At this very moment graves and sacred shrines are being desecrated by grave robbers in the state of Kentucky and elsewhere throughout the country. Bill Thomas of the Shawnee Nation and Dennis Banks representatives of the American Indian Movement are at this time at the Kentucky site to investigate this major desecration.

It should be clear to everyone, particularly our Indian people and the leadership of the American Indian Movement, that we have not "worked ourselves out of a job," and with renewed vigor and determination we must continue the struggle on behalf of our people, children, grandchildren, and future generations.

True about the logos

Chris 15.Feb.2005 04:28

Never thought about it but the only symbol I have ever known was the Indian face in a fist with the victory/peace symbol. What is all that writing araound the Auto logo? It is obvious it is "International Confereration of Autonomus Chapters". Obviously contrived for certain unschooled audiences.

HERE IS CHURCHILLS FAMILY LINEAGE AND APPLICATION

This link was on INDIANZ.COM the leading Indian forum board. NOT INDIAN 15.Feb.2005 07:46

Churchill NOT INDIAN.
Churchill NOT INDIAN.
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 http://media.mnginteractive.com/media/paper36/0213churchillg.gif

THIS WAS ON INDIANZ.COM THE LINKS SHOWS HIS MOTHER'S SIDE WHICH HE CLAIMS INDIAN FROM.



"NOT AN INDIAN"

AIM CONFLICT and Ward

A concerned acticist 15.Feb.2005 07:53

The issue of Churchill's legitimacy must be viewed in the context of the following invaluable article. While I do not know enough to endorse it - I will say that it throws cold water on the assertions of the alleged AIM leadership trying to discredit Churchill.

See this and please comment:

 http://www.americanindianmovement.org/papers/struggle.html

Peltier Condemned Above Mentioned Artlicle!! Why do you keep throwing it out?

AIM 15.Feb.2005 09:13

SO how many times do we have to post Leonards letters condemning Dark Night Field Notes and the article above by Faith Attaguile. She was kicked out of the Leonard Peltier Support Group over it. She is a white woman Ward put up to writing this fluff. She was never heard from again in AIM circles. Ward just keeps throwing it out there anyway. It was a main catalyst for some who turned against him and Russ once and for all. Shortly after this came out Ward was reminded by the LPDC that he was not to represent himself as a spokesperson for Leonard. The original letter from Leonard is posted above as well. So why my dear "concerned activist" aren't you concerned about those facts and signed documents. I guess you'd rather hold up this white womans fluff produced for Ward and with his direction.
99.999999 % of that article of garbage are complete lies. Yet you keep posting it. We are glad you just keep on posting it and we will post the Leonard Peltier letters condemning it.

Check

Above link to Dark Night Field Notes condemned in scanned letters above!!

AIM=Why do we call it struggle? How would you know Ward? 15.Feb.2005 09:23


This garbage above prompted Peltier to kick the author out of his Chicago Support Group (Look for similar events in the days to come).
events in the days to come!). It also prompted Leonard a letter (scanned above) that informed Ward he was no longer to represent Leonard in public.
Thank you for posting this again so we can really drive the point home. Everyone within the real AIM has relagated this crap to the crap heap! Surley you gotr something better than this Ward. Maybe proof your Indian or proof you actually did major action with AIM at all. Dennis Banks always told us "you can tell the Indians by who is behind the barricades rDark Night Field Notes and this article linked above are condemned in a scanned document above that also expelled Faith Attaguile the writer (caucasian) for producing it after LPDC demand it be pulled (be on the look out for similar eal trouble goes down". Ward looked for you out there and uh well we didn't see ya. Oh yeah I forgot there are those occasions like Columbus Day when you act like a trophy Walley being caught for sport and released back into the stream.

Award winning Native Writer Susan Harjo on Ward!

Susan Harjo-repost 15.Feb.2005 09:53

Harjo: Why Native identity matters: A cautionary tale (Ward Churchill smacked by Indian columnist)
 http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410335 ^


Posted on 02/10/2005 9:32:52 PM PST by hipaatwo


Posted: February 10, 2005 by: Suzan Shown Harjo / Indian Country Today I met Ward Churchill 15 years ago, before he gained his present infamous reputation. My friend, a college professor, said this Cherokee-Creek guy wanted to meet me. I expected to meet an earnest young student who would relate to me as Creek (I'm Hodulgee Muscogee on Dad's side and enrolled Cheyenne on Mom's).

Instead, there was Churchill. Caucasian in appearance and in his mid-40s, he was wearing dark glasses and going for the look of an Indian activist circa 1970.

I asked him who his Creek people were and other questions we ask in order to find the proper way of relating. Churchill behaved oddly and did not respond (it's unusual to find Indians so deficient in social skills).

Churchill now refers to that as an ''interrogation,'' which tells me he still does not know how to be with us.

Most Native people want to know each other's nation, clan, society, family, Native name - who are you to me and how should I address you? It's an enormously respectful way that we introduce ourselves and establish kinship.

It wasn't much of an encounter, but it was enough to tell me that he was not culturally Muscogee or Cherokee and had not been around many of our people.

The next time I heard his name was from Native artists at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Churchill was peddling a scandal sheet, railing against White Earth Chippewa artist David Bradley and the New Mexico and federal Indian arts and crafts laws, which Bradley and other Indian artists helped to enact.

It turned out that Churchill was a painter - not a good one, but bad art is not illegal - who would face stiff penalties if he promoted his work as made by an Indian if he were not, in fact, an Indian.

The Indian arts laws bow to tribal determinations of tribal citizenry or membership. There's also an ''artisan'' category as a way for a Native nation to claim an artist who does not meet its citizenship criteria, but who is part of one of its families.

People began to check out Churchill's claims. Cherokee journalist David Cornsilk verified that Churchill and his ancestors were not on the Cherokee Nation rolls. Creek-Cherokee historian Robert W. Trepp did not find them on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation rolls.

Churchill lashed out against tribal leaders, sovereignty, citizenship and rolls, attacking Native people who did not support his claims as ''card-carrying Indians'' and ''blood police.''

Then, he went tribe-shopping. He added Metis, then Keetoowah, variously claiming to be an associate member, an enrolled member or 1/16 or 3/16 Cherokee.

Oneida comedian Charlie Hill recalls Churchill interviewing him in 1978. ''I asked him, 'Are you Indian?' And he said, 'No.' Later, I heard that he was saying he was Indian and wondered just how that happened.''

Churchill started listing his various ''Indian'' credentials on resumes as he moved into academe. He also moved into American Indian Movement circles, but most of the activists did not accept him as an Indian or as an activist.

AIM founders and leaders Dennis J. Banks and Clyde H. Bellecourt, both Ojibwa, state that ''Churchill has fraudulently represented himself as an Indian, and a member of [AIM], a situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used [Denver AIM] to attack the leadership of the official [AIM] with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.''

Churchill took up ghostwriting for Oglala actor/activist Russell Means. Together with a small following, they protest the annual Columbus parade in Denver.

As Churchill has lurched through Indian identities, he has not found a single Native relative or ancestor. He is descended from a long line of Churchills that Hank Adams has traced back to the Revolutionary War and Europe. Adams, who is Assiniboine-Sioux and a member of the Frank's Landing Indian Community, has successfully researched and exposed other pseudo-Indians.

Adams traced Churchill's ancestors on both sides of his family, finding all white people, including documented slave owners and at least one spy, but zero Indians.

The United Keetoowah Band has disassociated itself from Churchill, so he will have to stop flashing that ''associate member'' card that has enabled him to bully his way around campuses and newsrooms.

The reason it's important for Native nations to speak out about Native identity issues is that they are the only ones who can say who their citizens are and are not. If they don't speak out, other people and entities will fill the silence.

It's important for Native mothers and fathers to speak out because pseudo-Indians do things that affect our children.

Churchill will not be discriminated against on the basis of being Indian, but he is placing our children and grandchildren in harm's way by creating ill will and hostility against Indians. Native kids and elders who actually look Native are the ones who suffer from the blowback.

It's important for Native people to speak out in order to counter the sort of thing that Churchill, even after being so very publicly unmasked, is now telling reporters: that he is Indian by virtue of community acceptance over a prolonged period. While some people in Colorado believe one or another of his stories, no Native nation and no Indian community of interest accepts him as one of their own.

Native artists never knew nor embraced him, either as an artist or as a Native person.

Churchill once worked for news outlets, but has not been accepted as a Native journalist, particularly by those he's viciously attacked after they reported what they found: that he could not substantiate his Indian claims.

(This note is for any reporters and editors who are confused: Churchill is the Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair and Jack Kelley of American Indian studies, but without their talent. Churchill simply makes it up, too, plus he invents Indian credentials. Keep in mind that no one accused their papers of violating free speech when they fired frauds for cause.)

Colorado and all universities should respect Native nations at least as much as they respect schools and other employers, but they don't. They frown on people who falsify their written material and wrongly claim degrees they did not earn and jobs they did not hold. But when people falsely claim to be Native, it is seen by some as less serious, less offensive and something anyone besides the Indians ought to decide.

Churchill got jobs, promotions, tenure and the Ethnic Studies chair at the University of Colorado because he portrayed himself as American Indian.

Now he's wrapped himself in the First Amendment, carefully draped over his Indian blanket. He's threatening to sue if he's fired for breach of contract or for the shameful things he said about the 9/11 victims.

The university should fire him because he has perpetrated a fraud, and moral turpitude is a deal breaker. The university shielded him from those who tried to reveal the truth and looked the other way as he attacked a lot of decent Native people.

If he sues, he will have to come into court as the American Indian man he has claimed to be, and how is he going to do that? It is time for the university to end this charade.

Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, is president of the Morning Star Institute in Washington, D.C. and a columnist for Indian Country Today.


Bottom line on Churchill

MrWhooHoo 15.Feb.2005 11:50

If we leave aside the fluff from the wannabes, there are some simple facts which stand out:

a) Ward's article includes innocent civilians (for the benefit of woolly liberals, WORKERS) as the "little Eichmanns". Read the article. It is thoroughly anti-people. Black people were Eichmanns, workers were Eichmanns, undocumented immigrants were Eichmanns. The content is indefensible, does not need or deserve to be defended. The only thing worth defending is the right of this sorry being, Ward Churchill, to write and publish it.

b) Wake-up. Just because someone calls themself a radical doesn't make them a radical. Duh. Or I have the Eiffel Tower to sell you.

c) There is a long history of genuine liberation movements being undermined by r-r-r-r-revolutonary 'super-radicals' who, talking big, inevitably get the support of woolly liberals. The ANC was undermined by the PAC in South Africa; UNITA undermined the MPLA in Angola'; the "stickies" ("Offical IRA") versus the Provos in Ireland. And so on and so on. So it should come as no surprise that poseurs do the same with respect to the American Indian Movement.

d) Not to put too fine a point on it, Ward Churchill is a nutcase who needs some professional assistance. He is constantly claiming to be someone he isn't, he's always important - psychiatrists call this 'folly of grandeur'. If the political mess he has created wasn't so serious, it would be laughable. His resume claims that in Vietnam he was a Public Information Specialist, preparing news releases for the occupation army. In a 1987 Churchill claimed that he was a paratrooper engaged in missions behind enemy lines in in Vietnam (assassination squad). IE, that he is a war criminal. (Liberals go figure how this makes him a radical hero ...) In fact, according to the National Personnel Records Center he was a jeep driver and a projectionist. And so it goes on - take any event, he claims to be the most important person in the universe, denounces everyone else as dupes, stooges etc etc. He's a nobody, pretending to be somebody. Don't fall for it.

e) Yes, free speech is under attack and must be defended. But be quite clear that Churchill has created a situation which makes it very difficult to defend. Defend the right, not the nutcase. Its that simple.

f) I hope he loses his job, stolen from real Native Americans, and gets the psychiatric assistance he needs.

g) And, yes, some people have been taken in by Churchill's BS. Look, the guy is an academic, and like most academics in the social sciences, he's full of BS and is hired to manufacture and spread BS and dull the minds of students and prevent them from understanding what is really going on. Words aren't the world. These people are hired to try to fool us. Isaac Deutscher was denied an academic post. Paul Mattick was not an academic. Professor Lenin? Professor Rosa Luxemburg? Professor Marx? Professor Mandela? Professor Fidel Castro? Professor Ho Chi Minh? Get with the program: at best professors have their claws cut; at worst they are stooges.

h) If you think this guy's such a rad explain the following:

* Continuously changing stories. One minute he makes a big deal out of being American Indian, then it doesn't matter.

* The different versions of his Vietnam record (and PLEASE explain how you justify what he did to the Vietnamese people - according *to his own account* he is a terrorist and a war criminal! Please, dear woolly liberals justify 'Professor' Churchill murdering peasants - or perhaps they were all 'little Eichmanns'???)

* The different tribes he claims to have belonged to, why ALL those tribes would lie about him not being a member.

* Why he would support the Nicaraguan Contras (he said it - not me!)

* Why he teaches the police *for three years* about the American Indian Movement.

i) Just because some big mouth talks extreme and tries to shock and outrage white middle-class people like the woolly liberals, that doesn't make him a radical. Its not what people say, its what they do that counts. What has Ward Churchill done? At best Ward Churchill has confused people; at worst he is a war criminal and agent provocateur.

will 'AIM' please say who u r? is it clyde or veron or who posting?

liker of truth 15.Feb.2005 14:31

the bellecourts are now emmbarrasing themselves and i think we're gettin sick of it all - time to turn on some music and hav a toke

Edgewood Declaration

Nobody 15.Feb.2005 15:30

This is a perfect example of what Ward is made out of. If you go to the AIM website, in the Council on Security and Investigations section, under Churchill, you will find at least two documents from groups whose names are affixed to the Edgewood Declaration stating that they NEVER authorized this. In other words, Churchill and his buddies were signing people on to the Edgewood declaration without their permission.

WAIT a minute! Peltier defense committee SUPPORTS Churchill

concerned activist 15.Feb.2005 15:32

First, I am not endorsing the article I linked. I am saying it is a piece of the puzzle which must be considered and is a counterview to all those who attack Churchill here.

Disinformation is a powerful tool. So are BIG LIES - lies which are clearly disprovable.

As an investigative journalist who has worked with members of "both sides" of AIM and has had real fears and doubts about who could be trusted - I thought I'd search further on this assertion regarding the Peltier defense committee.

THEY HAVE ENDORSED CHURCHILL in the piece and link I will post below.

Bad Jacketing (calling someone a "spook" for the CIA/FBI/COINTELPRO) is a technique which destroyed the left and is a really really tricky and slippery subject to get a good handle on. Those you WANT to believe (whether it is Churchill or NAIM or the Autonomous AIM guys) often have powerful arguments and facts to support them AND a slight twist or spin or fabrication of some key facts can shift everything. Both sides seem to be doing it.

Is it possible that Churchill AND NAIM are all agents of the right? I suppose it is.

The dispute itself could be a means of neutralizing Native rights and activism.

On the other hand it is possible, as the article points out, that many of the individuals involved are simply corrupt and self-serving and NOT paid agents of the fascists. This could, I suppose, apply to Churchill as well.

So I rtemain unconvinced and tend to lean towards supporting Churchill and here is why at this moment: Leonard Peltier's Defense Committee has issued this statement SUPPORTING Churchill WHICH THROWS INTO DOUBT THE ASSERTIONS ON THIS PAGE THAT THEY HAVE DISCREDITED HIM.

WHO TO BELIEVE?

I am waiting for more facts. I will look for them. But in this environment I would suggest that one must become very well versed in the facts before accepting ANY assertions on this message board about Churchill, N-AIM, Autonomous AIM or about the historical facts.

Here is the story and link to the Peltier Defense Committee's statement last week (I suppose someonme will say they are paid fascist agents as well):

 http://lpdcinc.blogspot.com/2005/02/anti-aim-tide-is-rising.html

The Anti-AIM Tide Is Rising
All of us who surround those who were involved in AIM since the early 70's have known it was coming, or rather “they” would come for them again. There is no shock in the recent campaign to discredit Ward Churchill. Most of all, we are sure Mr. Churchill himself knew it was coming sooner or later. We are sure Ward is at home asking himself questions such as: why now, what will be gained by disabling me at this time and how will this negatively affect the movement? Most of all, like any good warrior, we hope he finds himself asking how he can make this work for the movement’s benefit. Mr. Churchill has co-authored books which guaranteed he would be attacked by his favorite organization, the FBI.

His contributions academically to the Indian movement, whether it be AIM or a generation of like minded thinkers, has been vast. Without books such as Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement and The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret War Against Dissent in the United States our generate on and those younger would not have a map by which we can predict the government’s response and how they will work to stop Indians being outspoken. Simply put, we firmly believe that many of AIM’s figureheads are modern day Indian heroes. We cannot sit by and watch our government continue to destroy Native Americans.

Mr. Churchill’s writings are motivational in a way the government does not appreciate. His writings are critical of the government. We believe any educated Indian would have to agree with his works and themes though not necessarily embrace every point. We believe we need people such as Mr. Churchill who are not afraid to exercise their First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech. American Indians need to feel free to speak.

Please note the newspaper reporters seem to forget how long ago Mr. Churchill wrote the 9/11 piece. It is also important to note how the mainstream press has totally misinterpreted and misreported Mr. Churchill’s statements and intent. We challenge those who have not read Mr. Churchill to read what he has written and draw their own conclusions and not be swayed by the propaganda being spread by the mainstream media.

Our question is why all of a sudden is the press attacking Mr. Churchill for issues which happened more than a year ago? This is not news, these are old issues. We should all be asking ourselves why now. Our belief is, that as we await the results of the John Graham extradition hearing, the United States wishes to raise anti-AIM sentiments hoping to use the John Graham extradition as a vehicle to attack people such as Ward Churchill and Leonard Peltier.

We would like to remind the older generation of AIM of allegiance and honor. Don’t forget, years of knowing each other, and years of trying to have Leonard Peltier freed means there is a spider web of relationships which the government is clearly trying to unentangle and frame Leonard as a patsy.

We are not saying Anna Mae does not deserve justice. We believe she was a loyal AIM woman and she should be treated as such. We believe that those involved in what happened to her owe her family answers, very soon. We hope her family still believes as she did, in the cause and rights of Indians. Please beware the government will use Anna Mae’s murder, 9/11 and anything else they find inflammatory right now to turn the tide against AIM and against Leonard Peltier. Our phones are tapped, of this we are sure, so the FBI clearly knows lately those at the LPDC have made some great contacts internationally. We assure you they want to turn the tide against Leonard and AIM right now, they must undo all our work, they must keep us down. Remember these guys earn a paycheck to suppress us, we have nothing but pocket lint because it is our lives. But if we do not let the rising anti-AIM tide drown our spirits we can still win. We say good luck Mr. Churchill. We personally like the way you exercise your first amendment rights.

posted by Leonard Peltier Defense Committee at 9:08 AM

more fun from co.aim 'hes not aim'! yeah sure

not a rich college boy- but good work if ya can get it! 15.Feb.2005 15:52

FROM coloradoaim.org/why.html

"He's not AIM!"

Other charges reflect on Churchill's status as an activist for Native
American interests. High honor is due those first AIM warriors who
risked their lives to create the movement's great initial impact on
native peoples' liberatory struggles. The talkers, however, treat
presence in AIM's earliest days as a kind of Teflon coating protecting
their reputations from any subsequent dishonorable actions. By the same
token, they use accusations against those they claim to have falsely
implied presence in the glory days as a shaming and powerful blow at the
target's credibility. These tactics are not surprising coming from those
who take the talk but steer clear of the issues. Thus, /News from Indian
Country/ editor Paul DeMain's fable that Churchill is only a recent
arrival on the AIM scene who has "invented a history for himself" is
supposed to be a powerful blow at Churchill's credibility. DeMain's
musings do not survive minimal scrutiny, however. Friends from
Churchill's 1973-1974 college days recall his being actively involved in
AIM even then.72 Atlanta AIM leader
Aaron Two Elk, formerly of Denver, confirms Churchill was part of the
Colorado chapter "at least as early as 1978 or 79."73 Russell Means recounts Churchill's participation in AIM's
Yellow Thunder Camp occupation, beginning in 1981.74 Winona LaDuke remembers that he was a "fully engaged
AIMster, part of the Means crew" when she first met him in 1982.75 As Bob Robideau sums up: "I've worked with
Ward Churchill for years. He's always been AIM. If he's a cop, then I'm
the tooth fairy and we're all about to have an encounter with the Wizard
of Oz."76

Interesting in light of his "recent arrival" hypotheses, DeMain has
elsewhere insinuated that Churchill was the "orchestrator" of the Oglala
firefight 1975. Thus, by implication DeMain implies that Churchill is
responsible for the imprisonment of Leonard Peltier. To that, Peltier's
cousin and codefendant Bob Robideau gives a humorless chuckle. "Gimme a
break," he says. "No offense to Ward, but that's the stupidest thing
I've heard all year. It's insulting and degrading to those of us who
were involved, including Leonard. What we did was an act of
self-determination, but Paul DeMain tries to make it sound like we were
just manipulated by some white FBI infiltrator."77 Peltier's answer to Churchill playing any sort of
behind-the-scenes role at Oglala was a succinct and immediate
"Bullshit."78

Mining the same vein are the charges of Churchill's reputed "expulsions"
from other native activist organizations, such as the Leonard Peltier
Defense Committee (LPDC), the International Indian Treaty Council
(IITC), and AIM. Leonard Peltier Defense Committee "expulsion." In 1994,
Churchill received a letter from Leonard Peltier asking Churchill to
either "disassociate" himself from Dark Night field notes or resign as
Peltier's four-year national spokesperson. /Dark Night field notes/,
although based in Chicago, originated as a project of those involved in
Leonard Peltier Support Groups throughout the midwest region. Those on
its board viewed it as a critical tool for publicizing Peltier's plight
within the larger context of the struggle for human liberation. Peltier
and his Lawrence, Kansas Defense Committee had a problem with an article
in the first issue of /Dark Night field notes/ that addressed specific
tactics used by Dennis Banks' Walk for Justice for Leonard Peltier.
Apparently, the journal's identification of someone whom Peltier had
deeply respected cashing in on his name, usurping the authority of his
own defense committee and diverting funds ("Free Leonard! Make your
checks payable to the Dennis Banks Fund") was too painful for Peltier to
credit.

A primary objection raised was the old bugbear that such attempts to
clean house in public are themselves divisive. Left unaddressed were the
questions of whether or not such "divisiveness" is less destructive than
letting such issues fester, or how Peltier would be served by this.79
International Indian Treaty Council
"expulsion." Churchill's accusers fall over their own assertion that
Churchill is not a longstanding AIM member in their own September 23,
1986 IITC "expulsion" letter, a Bellecourt disinformation packet
document. Since Churchill's original membership in "AIM's international
diplomatic arm" would have entailed his being regarded as an AIM member,
their own document implies that at least some of the current NAIMI
race-baiters considered him an Indian over ten years ago, and that they
had for some time.80 Denver, Colorado AIM leader Glenn Morris, fellow recipient of the
letter, says "Both Ward and I had already separated ourselves from IITC
because we disagreed with the organization's position on Nicaragua. That
was in 1985. A year later, we get letters 'expelling' us from something
we weren't even part of."81

Leonard Peltier article posted for AT LEAST the third time

Nobody 15.Feb.2005 16:26

PLEASE stop reposting the bit from the LPDC.

The history here is like this:

Ward used to be a bigwig in the LPDC. Then Leonard kicked him off because he was using his position to attack AIM, rather than to get Leonard out of jail.

Someone within LPDC posted that article onto the site. It wasn't Leonard himself.

The article refers only to Ward's services as a scholar and never calls him an Indian.

All this is laid out in detail above, I think twice, because the same argument came up twice.

It's a pretty big stretch to say that AIM is an agent of the government, when the government has a long, documented history of trying to undermine AIM. And many of the people leading AIM today were the same people who started AIM and caught all the flack from the feds in the first place. I don't think they've switched sides en masse. Let's use A LITTLE common sense.

The fact that you disagree with someone is not a good enough reason to call them a cop. Even if -- and I haven't seen it myself -- some of the pro-AIM posts are twisting the facts a little bit, you need to draw a line between a little rough and tumble arguing, on the one hand, and the kind of major dishonesty that should really draw suspicion, on the other.

Finally, it is very hard to say who is who among posters. So it is dangerous to ascribe any statement here to anyone who hasn't at least named himself in the post. Even then there is always the possibility of name stealing. Many people have posted many things, for reasons ranging from honest argument, to anger, to madness, to deception. But Ward's statements were made in public and are documentable and traceable to him.

So your on crack and you start tweaking and reposting!

Idiots 15.Feb.2005 18:56

So you idiots keep posting the "why do you think we call it struggle" thing and it is real clear that the article has been condemned by every major figure in AIM with the exception if Ward becasue it favors him.

interesting nobodies taken apart faiths article- more bellecourt fun and games

still havent made it to college 15.Feb.2005 20:26


National AIM Inc. (NAIMI) = grand governing council- aim

First, NAIMI is neither national nor a movement. It is a corporation
chartered in 1993 under the laws of the State of Minnesota. The
signatory on the application's cover page is Vernon Bellecourt and the
registered office his house.86 The text is a photocopy of a long-rescinded 70s generic
incorporation document. The home addresses listed for the incorporators
are all fifteen or more years out of date.87 The same is true of the supposed Board of Directors, which
includes people like John Trudell who insists that he was never
consulted on the matter, was unaware that his name was used in any
capacity, and that he wants nothing at all to do with the
organization.88 The Board's main
function is to name a three-to-seven person "Central Committee" which,
in turn, sets policy and designates NAIMI's "state directors."89

The various chapters NAIMI claims around the country are hardly more
than shells. So far as can be determined, Michael Haney is its sole
Oklahoma representative.90 In Kansas City, Bellecourt cousin Michael Pierce is
another chapter, as Pierce's brother Tom is in Kentucky.91 In the Bay Area, Carole Standing
Elk can boast perhaps a half-dozen adherents, as can Fern Matthias in
Los Angeles.92 In Portland, Oregon the
number stands at about five.93 There are
supposedly two chapters in Ohio, one in Toledo which seems to be a woman
named Joyce Mulhaney and two others, the other headed by Kenny Irwin in
Columbus.94 Mulhaney is principally
known as a Northern Ohio powwow circuit trader who occasionally writes
letters seeking to establish herself as an authority on Ohio native
burial rights issues. The Columbus group, quite active in burial rights
and sacred sites issues prior to its adherence to the Minnesota "home
office," now confines its leadership to convoking powwows and seeking
paid speaking engagements for its leadership. Even in Minneapolis, the
National Office can show only about fifteen adults in its "AIM patrol,"
all of them paid.95

Each of the "chapters" reportedly receives a monthly subsidy to maintain
a telephone, letterhead stationery and an "office" (often a postal
drop),96 but some have
suggested that the remote chapters actually pay monthly tribute to
support the Minneapolis "leadership." Based on these figures, by 1997
the organization had about fifty regular members/employees nationwide.
At most, there are a hundred.

According to its 1993 corporate report and several puff pieces in the
Minneapolis press, NAIMI handled approximately $4 million in federal
funding and received about $3.3 million from Fortune 500 contributors
like Honeywell. An additional half-million came in from individual
donations, contributions from church groups and merchandise sales.97
With such
a cashflow, it is not surprising to find Vernon driving Cadillacs and
sporting $2,500 fringed and beaded leather jackets.98 Clyde drives a similar car adorned
with a custom license plate reading "AIM-ONE." He has been seen flashing
a roll of bills and dropping hundreds of dollars at a time at blackjack
tables in several Minneapolis-range casinos.99 Although both promote themselves as followers of
the Midewiwin spiritual way and Clyde is a Sundancer, they also both
have reputations as substance abusers in contradiction of the principles
and lifestyle of both these traditions.100

Aside from the Bellecourts' personal consumption, NAIMI's ample funds
appear to be devoted to maintaining three Minneapolis-based main
projects: the Heart of the Earth Survival School, The Red Earth Housing
Project, and the American Indian Opportunity Industrialization Center, a
job training program.101 Although Churchill acknowledges there's nothing wrong with
alternative schools, housing for urban Indians and job training for the
unemployed, he finds them wide of AIM's mission. "That's all well and
good," he says, "but AIM is supposed to be a national liberation
movement, not a social service agency. Suffice it to say that neither
the government nor the Honeywell Corporation is in the business of
underwriting national liberation movements. Beyond that, I'm not even
sure that channeling 17,000 Indians onto the assembly lines of major
defense contractors qualifies as a good thing in the end."102 Russell Means concurs:

It's been a firm principle of the American Indian Movement since
day one that we never accept federal funds to run our programs.
The feds never give something for nothing. There's always a
trade-off, a quid pro quo. "We'll continue your funding next year,
but only if you do this and that for us." The same with the
corporations. You end up coopted, working for the government and
big business instead of trying to break their power over your
people, right? Well, Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt are obviously in
that bag, working for the feds. That's where their money comes
from. The only question is, since neither of them actually holds
down a job in these projects they've got, what is it they've
agreed to do in order to keep the money rolling in? 103

The answer, Means thinks, may be fairly straightforward: their job is to
ensure that AIM as a viable national liberation movement disappears once
and for all.

recall

When are the indictments coming down? 15.Feb.2005 20:34

I got a question? Who all is going to be named as defendants in the murder of Annie Mae Aquash?

recall

I went to the 30th anniversary of WKII held at Kyle 15.Feb.2005 20:54

A couple of years ago, I went to an AIM meeting that was held at Kyle, SD. Vernon and Co were on hand, along with members of their chapters.

It's funny that "National AIM" would make a big deal about Ward's identity, when most of their supporters who came with them looked like cast extras from "Billy Jack." There were full bloods in the crowd, but like me, most had come out of curiousity just to see what "National AIM" was up to.

The tables were set up and the board or committee, whatever, took their seats and began introducing themselves. About half of the board members failed to identify their nation because, well, I surmised from their appearance, they were probably not sure what, if any, Native Nation they belonged to.

Vernon made an obligatory statement about the agenda being determined by what the community members of the Ridge wanted. I say it was obligatory because when Nick Tilsen got up to make a suggestion, Vernon dismissed his suggestions. Then ol Vernon went on to ramble about all of his accomplishments. There was one young guy on the board who was adopted. His family was from Cheyenne River and when he started to talk about what it was like to be adopted into a non-indian family, Vernon told him to basically sit down and be quiet.

Dennis was there. He didn't speak long because his daughter had been involved in a car wreck. He told a few jokes and talked about being on trial with Russell Means. He didn't condemn anyone and said he was proud of what he did...then he left.

Clyde wasn't there. He appeared via a videotape and rambled on about Ward Churchill. I guess Clyde decided not to show up because a couple of years earlier, he got punked out at the Billy Mills Hall by Carter's sons. You see, Clyde got up and started condemning people and Carters sons happened to be in attendance. Afterwards, they cornered Clyde and called him out about his remarks. You should have seen Clyde get red in the face and try to backpedal and retract his statements. This time, he condemned people from the safety of a videotape.

And so it went. A real snoozefest and people began trickling out.

As a public service announcemtn, please pay attention to the upcoming trial of John Graham as he's extradited for the murder of Anna Mae. It rumored some self-serving, self-proclaimed AIM "leaders"(wonder who that might be) are going to be named as defendants in that murder.

For more information, check out www.indigenouswomenforjustice.org

Final Tribunal statement banashing bellecourts from aim on 8 charges

in the shadow of mount saint rosalie . . . 15.Feb.2005 21:36

FINAL OPINION AND STATEMENT OF THE TRIBUNAL PANEL
AUTONOMOUS CHAPTERS OF AIM v.
VERNON AND CLYDE BELLECQURT
November 4, 1994 Rapid City, South Dakota
WE, THE INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES. HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF AUTONOMOUS CHAPTERS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT TO REVIEW EVIDENCE, BOTH WRITTEN AND ORAL, AGAINST TWO SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS, VERNON AND CLYDE BELLECOURT.
AIM TRIBUNAL VERDICIT AND OPINION FOR VERNON BELLECOURT

Charge I. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of subverting the American Indian Movement (AIM), its principles and activities.
Charge II. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of subverting the lnternational lndian Treaty Council, the international diplomatic arm of AIM.
Charge III. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of collaborating with the United States government and with other enemies of American Indian people.
Charge IV. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of espionage against the Miskito, Sumu, and Rama Nations, as well as the Creole and Garifuno peoples of the Nicaragwan Atlantic Coast region.
Charge V. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, ~guilty of misuse/misappropriating American Indian Movement funds.
Charge VI. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of the use of alcohol and drugs at AIM functions - flagrantly disregarding AIM's prohibitions against such substances at AIM functions. Furthermore, Vernon Bellecourt supported Clyde Bellecourt's abuse of their selfappointed AIM leadership positions in his arguing for their special exemption from AIM prohibitions against alcohol and drugs at AIM functions - that all AIM members were required to follow. Finally. Vernon Bellecourt condoned the sale and distribution of drugs through his refusal to condemn or remove Clyde Bellecourt from his alleged AIM leadership positions pursuant to Clyde Bellecourt's conviction as a drug distributor.
Charge VII We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of complicity in genocide through his refusal to condemn, censure, or remove Clyde Bellecourt from his alleged AIM leadership positions after Clyde Bellecourt's 1986 conviction as a drug distributor. Furthermore, Vernon Bellecourt's endorsement of the "Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act" compromises Native American spirituality since it does not grant full authority to spiritual leaders in all Native American communities, and thereby usurps American Indian sovereignty. Through his complicit endorsement of the "Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act," Vernon Bellecourt agrees that the government of the United States can define the identity and direct the participation of Native peoples in their spiritual ceremonies. In addition, Vernon Bellecourt's open support of the 1990 "Act for the Protection of Indian Arts and Crafts" erodes American Indian sovereignty, since it supports the federal definition of Native American identity rather than firmly placing the power to identify American Indian people within the Native American nations.
Charge VIII. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt, guilty of high treason against the membership of the American Indian Movement and American Indian people in general.
AIM TRIBUNAL VERDICT AND OPINION FOR CLVDE BELLECOURT
Charge I. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of subverting the American Indian Movement (AIM), its principles and activities.
Charge II. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of engaging in subversive activities against the Miskito, Sumu and Rama Indian Nations of Yapti Tasba and the Creole and Garafuno peoples of the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast region.
Charge III. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of collaboration with the United States government, and with other enemies of American Indian people through his acceptance of federal funds and funds from defense contractors. Furthermore, his support of the "Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act," and his support for the 1990 "Act for the Protection of Indian Arts and Crafts" demonstrate his inclination to empower the federal government to define who is an Indian and to stipulate the conditions that Native American spirituality can be practiced. The support of these federal laws erodes the sovereignty of Native American peoples.
Charge IV. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of espionage against the Miskito, Sumu and Rama Nations, as well as the Creole and Garafuno peoples of the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast region.
Charge V. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of the misuse/misappropriation of American Indian Movement funds.
Charge VI. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of the use, sale and/or distribution of drugs and alcohol to American Indian people.
Charge VII. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of complicity in genocide against American Indian people. Clyde Bellecourt's selling of drugs in the American Indian community constitutes genocide. Clyde Bellecourt's support of the "American Indian Free Exercise of Religion Act" erodes the free practice of Native American spirituality because it does not grant full authority in religious practices to traditional people in Native American communities. Similarly, Clyde Bellecourt's open support of the 1990 "Act for the Protection of Indian Arts and Crafts" encourages the federal definition of Native American identity rather than firmly vesting the power to identify American Indian people within the Native American Nations.
Charge VIII. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Clyde Bellecourt, guilty of high treason against the membership of the American Indian Movement and American Indian people in general.
CONCLUDING OPINION AND STATEMENT OF AIM TRIBUNAL
Clearly, the evidence for these charges demonstrates a long trail of insidious abuse by Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt in both the Minneapolis Native community which has hosted them for these many years, and in the American Indian Movement. They found in both, an environment which enabled their conduct. Although there has always been the acceptance of differences of opinion in AIM, Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt have frequently overstepped the boundaries of tolerance. Repeatedly, the tribunal was confronted with overwhelming evidence that the Bellecourts abused and subverted American Indian people for their own personal gain. Some of the most vivid testimonies came from the few members of the Minneapolis community who braved a climate of fear to testify to Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt's abuses and so-called leadership in their community. Truly both of these men, but Clyde Bellecourt in particular, have become predators in their community while purporting to protect the community with their AIM Patrol.
The compelling nature of the Tribunal documentation gives us a clear look at a larger pattern and how the use, abuse, and reliance on federal funds distorts any tendency towards liberation within a community, or a movement. Rather than fostering a community with people who have the tools, skills, and knowledge to free themselves, Minneapolis AIM is saddled with Vernon and Clyde who have preyed on the young people, plying them with drugs, alcohol, and illusions of a false concept of empowerment, through violence and intimidation.
Moreover, the defendants did not stop these actions within their homeland; they moved out with a vengeance across the national and international scene, purporting to be leaders of a liberation movement. In contrast to AIM's stated purpose, they defended the actions of the United States government in undermining two key issues of sovereignty: American Indian identity and spirituality. Both of these men have continuously advocated the genocidal policies implemented in the "Native American Free Exercise of Religion Act", and the 1990 " Act for the Protection of Indian Arts and Crafts." Both pieces of legislation are designed to subvert Native people's autonomy. By making Native American identity a U.S. government prerogative and submitting Native American spirituality to a tightly woven structure of governmental rules, restrictions and policies, these men purposely worked against American Indian liberation.
They have engineered and carried out an extensive and purposeful campaign to defame those who disagreed with them, creating an atmosphere of distrust and factionalism that aids and abets the exploitation and destruction of Native peoples. Without a doubt, the conscious, disruptive and genocidal activities of the Bellecourts in the last twenty years is unconscionable.
As if these actions were not enough, in the name of the Indigenous peoples residing in North America, they traveled to other Indigenous nations in our hemisphere abusing our sacred pipe by using it as a tool to gain confidence among unsuspecting Indigenous people. Receiving them in good faith, such peoples subsequently suffered arrests, destruction of their villages, and the murder of their families.
While the Bellecourts have professed to serve Native peoples, theirs is really a career of opportunism and deception since they reasoned what was good for the community also best served Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt's own interests in their pursuit of power.
Unfortunately, when the national movement was under siege and later, as embattled communities struggled, it was our error in not condemning these genocidal actions as they developed. However, we do not have to cover up a legacy of abusive leadership to our children. Everyone deserves to know that AIM is not about being a media star or a government dupe. It is about freeing our minds and bodies from domination, both social and chemical, and walking a good Red Road. One of the enduring standards of conduct for AIM has been the support of sobriety and spirituality. Traditionally, our leaders conducted their lives according to standards of conduct which served as models for the community. They did not appoint themselves to leadership positions, and were always subject to removal if they failed or disappointed their people. How can we expect less today? How can we expect to unite in strength if we cannot hold ourselves and our leadership accountable? We can and should remove leaders who consistently use and abuse their communities, either through their use of drugs and alcohol or by their predatory actions. We will not continue to ignore this behavior. In the final analysis, each AIM chapter must be accountable to their Native community, and AIM must always be first and foremost a spiritual movement.
From the documentation provided by Clyde Bellecourt, it is apparent that the goals of the Minneapolis based "National American Indian Movement, Inc." (N-AIM, Inc.) are diametrically opposed to the original intent, principles and objectives of Indigenous spirituality and sovereignty which have guided the movement. The methods and objectives of N-AIM INC. are, by their own statements, to integrate themselves into the framework of the U.S. state in contravention of international legal principles dealing with sovereignty. It is obvious that other Aim chapters-notably the plaintiff Confederation in this case-do continue to hold to the Movement's guiding vision of achieving Indigenous national liberation.
For these reasons, the Tribunal sentences Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt to be banished from AIM for life. They are no longer to be associated with AIM in any capacity whatsoever.
Furthermore, this Tribunal urges the Autonomous Chapters of Confederated AIM to facilitate this punishment as they see fit in their respective regions. The evidence, guilty verdicts and sentence of Tribunal with regards to Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt shall be distributed freely to all AIM chapters, to be used in accordance with their decisions.
We, the panel members, unanimously agree to these verdicts, sentences and statements-directing them to all people concerned in this matter.
Donald A. Grinde, Jr. Yamassee
George Martin Tlingit
Joe D. Locust, Sr. Cherokee
Dian Million Athabascan


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'AIM' 'just lost the spirit of the thing'

mount saint rosalie revisited 15.Feb.2005 21:48

Frank King, publisher of the Native Voice newspaper, said:
Mr King, a Lakota who hails from the Rosebud reservation



As for AIM, it has become fractured between different factions and Mr King said: "The main AIM* is a federally-funded charity with a board of directors and they're always looking for money. It's just lost the spirit of the thing."

* minn. aim grand govening council/bellecourt

feb 7 interview with churchill by Boulder weekly

The Man With The Women Head 15.Feb.2005 21:54

Boulder Weekly: What were you doing on Sept. 11 when you first heard about the terrorist attacks?
Ward Churchill: I was on the word processor working on an extended essay on American Indians in films, which I had been working on for some time... The phone rang. It was Kathleen Cleaver. She said, "Is your TV on?" I said, "No." She said, "Well, turn it on, because a plane just hit the World Trade Center." So probably within five minutes from the time the first plane hit I watched it in real time.
I suppose like everybody else, I was stunned... I knew it was real, but still there was this disbelief thing. And to be fair about it, that was probably affecting everyone, including the people who had set up the cameras and were filming the thing as it occurred—probably more so for them because they were watching it for real.
But it struck me even before the first building came down that this was already being framed. It was proclaimed to be "senseless" before the first building came down, and senseless means "without purpose," and that seemed absolutely absurd to me on its face. How could they possibly know? There are planes being hijacked all over the country. Two of them have hit the World Trade Center. One of them has hit the Pentagon. There's another one loose. But whoever's doing this has no purpose.
And then there's the outrage: How can this happen? Well, there's various ways you could take it, like, "How did they penetrate the air defense?" But I don't think that's the nature of the question. That was not my sense. It was more like, "What could possibly provoke somebody to do this?" OK, that question and, "Why do they hate us?"
All of that [struck me]—both the framing of it as being senseless and the amazingly stupid questions as to what would provoke somebody to do this.
BW: My first thought when I saw what had happened was, "Somebody is going to get their ass kicked."
WC: Well, it occurred to me at the time that somebody was finally kicking U.S. ass for the way the U.S. had been comporting itself. Rather than, "Why do they hate us?" my initial response was, "How could they not?" And as to who was doing it, the problem is how many contenders there are out there.
Well, it was about that time—it was the early afternoon—I got a call from the woman who was the editor of Dark Night Field Notes... She said, "We need a from-the-gut response on this, and we need it in time to post it tomorrow."
BW: So the essay started as a "from-the-gut" response. What were your thoughts going into it?
WC: This was absurd what was being said. No one's calling [the reporters] on it for describing it as senseless. You've got a little contradiction in packaging here going on between the official news sources who are proclaiming it senseless and then the more official officials—the official officials—who are proclaiming it things like, "They did it because they hate our freedom," and other really profound and insightful things of that sort. It can't both be senseless and for a reason at the same time.
I don't think I was the only one with a different response from the mainstream. It just happens to be the way I framed it. Where that begins is borrowing from Malcolm X's thing about the chickens coming home to roost.
The essay "Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens" was written on Sept. 11 and then posted to the Internet that night. Churchill started with Malcolm X's famous quote, likened the roosting chickens to returning ghosts and asked who those ghosts might be.
Well, I see a half-million dead Iraqi children for starters, children that Madeline Albright confirmed she was aware of. This was UN data [on the impact of U.S.-led sanctions against Iraq] in 1996 when she went on 60 Minutes and said, "Yeah, we're aware of it, and we've determined that it's worth the price."
It's worth the price of somebody else's children to compel their government to do what George Bush had issued as the marching orders to the planet in 1991, which is: "The world has to understand that what we say goes."
What we say goes—that's freedom. Do what you're told. And if you don't, basically the way this works out is we'll starve your children to death.
A communiqué from al-Qaeda, in which the relatively unknown group claimed responsibility for the attacks, would later confirm that the plight of Iraqi children was primary on the terrorists' list of grievances against the United States.
[In the essay,] I went from mentioning Iraqi children to Iraqis over all—the children being a half million, there being another half-million dead adults in a population of about 20 million in a short period of time and not during the war... I mentioned the Palestinians, particularly the children in the Intifada, as a direct consequence of U.S. priorities and U.S. support to those who are doing it to them. I think I made a little mention of a bunch of Panamanians who ended up in a trench who were reported as not having died until the trench was opened up and there they were lying under the quick lime. I think I talked about something on the order of 200,000 uplands Mayan Indians in Guatemala. I think I talked about a whole bunch of dead people in El Salvador and Nicaragua, killed under false premises... I think I talked about people who had been burned alive at Dresden. The nuclear bombings [of Hiroshima and Nagasaki], since we're on the subject of weapons of mass destruction... Back to the Filipinos, back to the turn of the century. I think we're talking about at a minimum 500,000 to 600,000 people and maybe well over a million in the name of liberating them from their colonial masters and turning them into a U.S. colony... Which takes us into the Indian wars and Wounded Knee and that whole series, all the way back to the Wappingers, the guys who supposedly sold the Dutch the island [of Manhattan] for beads and trinkets, which they didn't. They gave them permission to use the tip of the island as a port facility for trade, which was to the advantage of both. The Dutch falsely proclaimed it to be a sale, and when the Indians objected, they sent out a military expedition and resolved the problem by basically butchering all of them...
All of those chickens came home to roost [on 9/11], because there had never really been a response in-kind in all that entire grisly history. It was sort of manifested in the symbol of those twin towers at the foot of something called Wall Street. And Wall Street takes its name from the enclosure of the slave compound for the trans-Atlantic slave trade. So now there's a bunch of those ghosts, too. All the symbolism is confluent [at Ground Zero]...
Churchill then discussed the concept of collective responsibility and the notion that some of those who worked in the World Trade Center were not only aware of, but participants in actions that caused harm and suffering abroad. Such events could not occur without broad support from the American public, he said.
Since Madeline Albright said that on 60 Minutes, [the suffering in Iraq] could hardly be mysterious to the people in the buildings that would be hit. They just flat considered it irrelevant. Or they embraced it. These aren't exactly centers of organizing opposition to U.S. policy.
I don't say they had detailed information. They were not concerned enough to gather it. They simply embraced it. They applauded it. They voted for it. But they're not innocent of it at the same time.
How do you end up participating in this process and being proud and triumphalist about this process and making your vocation the participation in and proper functioning of that system and be innocent at the same time? And that takes me to the Eichmann comment.
BW: Your Eichmann comparison seems to be the thing that has upset people the most.
WC: Oh, yes... I said specifically the comparison to Eichmann devolved upon the technicians of empire. Is there some definition you can give me where a food-service worker or a child or a janitor pushing a broom is a technician of empire? I wasn't talking about that, clearly. That's the only point that's been raised. "How can you say that an 18-month-old baby girl on a plane was comparable to Eichmann?"
Well, the fact of the matter is, I never said that. To use Pentagon-speak, that would be the collateral damage... I don't know that they had any specific intent to kill everyone that was there. In order to get at the target, the dead bystanders were "worth the price," to quote directly from Madeline Albright. [The terrorists] used the exact same logic used by Pentagon planners and U.S. diplomats—"This is an unavoidable consequence of getting at the target."
If there's somebody to blame, following the logic that's used now, it would be the people who put a CIA office in the World Trade Center or put command and control infrastructure of other sorts in there. It's always "their" fault. It's always Saddam's fault. He situated an intelligence office in a hospital... That was the justification for bombing the hospital. Well, if you're going to apply that rule, it's going to come back to you. By enunciated Pentagon rules, [the World Trade Center] was a legitimate target.
I don't accept the legitimacy. I'm feeding it back to [the American public, and saying], "How does this feel?" I contest the legitimacy straight down the line. But if you're going to do it to other people on these pretexts and pretend it's OK, then you can't complain when it comes back to you in the same form. That's the point.
BW: So you're not saying the people who died on 9/11 deserved to die?
WC: I'm not a judge. I want the whole goddamned process to stop, you know? That extends to these collateral damages... I certainly don't embrace that. I didn't judge Eichmann. I didn't impose the death penalty. You can adduce that if Eichmann is worthy of death, because of what he had done in arranging train schedules and such, then these other Eichmanns are worthy of death.
But I didn't pronounce the sentence. I merely made the comparison. I've pointed this out when I've actually gone on with these attack dogs: You show me where I said it was justified. You're drawing conclusions about what I said. I wanted you to think about it. I wanted you to critically engage. I wanted you to draw conclusions, but I didn't say that. I made the comparison based on an analysis that I believe to be true. You draw your own conclusions from it.
Churchill then lamented that one central point of this issue continues to be overlooked by the U.S. media and the public.
We have yet to have anybody address the issue of the Iraqi children. It always comes back to the same, "But what about these families?"
I want to say this: I have an abiding sorrow for the collateral damage on 9/11, and I never compared them to Eichmann. They were collateral damage—based on a set of rules imposed by the United States, to which I object with every fiber of my being. And I am mightily sorry about the janitors and the food-service workers and the kids. I mourn the kids in particular. They never had a chance to do anything. But I don't mourn them proportionately more than I do the half-million Iraqi children. And the idea of diverting all of this back to those 3,000 Americans, as if the rest were of no more consequence or value than toilet paper, is exactly the problem I was trying to define. They're illustrating it perfectly.
I even mourn the Eichmanns in a certain sense. I mourn the fact that they were dehumanized without even knowing it, active participants in their own dehumanization to the point where they lost their souls and their humanity altogether; that the calculus of profit outweighed the value of the lives of children who lived in misery and died young as a result, and they considered it the way it ought to be. That is a sorrowful situation. And I'm trying to penetrate that veil and rearrange the consciousness so that there can be a different outcome.
BW: A lot of people have opinions about your essays without reading them, so I thought we could go over the main points. One point that struck me was your thought that the attacks of Sept. 11 were inevitable, given U.S. foreign policy.
WC: That's basically how I framed it—as natural and inevitable. And I'm validated in that thesis at this point by the nature of the reaction to my essay. What I said, essentially, was if you treat anyone this way, this is going to be the response. It's natural, and it's inevitable as long as they're human beings. If you don't think they're going to respond that way, you're declaring them not human. Arabs will respond that way. Americans will respond that way no less.
And you might note that all of these death threats [I've received], and the forced cancellations of gigs and stuff, has been under threat of violence. And that's terrorism. That's precisely the framing of it. Now it's at a lower level than 9/11, obviously, and I'm not complaining about it. I anticipated it, because I believe that anybody—anybody—who feels that their loved ones have been slaughtered in something approximating a military fashion, and that this is considered absolutely inconsequential, that they are demeaned and degraded and devalued to the point of being called something like "collateral damage" on top of the death, are going to have a compulsion to respond in this fashion.
Now Americans, or some of them, perceive that those loved ones and what they symbolize, have been devalued and degraded and demeaned by me, and the response is identical, with its level adjusted for scale and a few things like that. Sept. 11 was a solitary event, a singular event. In the context of the people who apparently did 9/11, it's a continuous [series of events]. There were 3,000-odd people whose lives were taken on 9/11, as compared to a half a million Iraqi children, another half a million Iraqi adults, how many hundred thousands of Palestinians living in refugee camps for generations and being consumed by U.S. arms, 3.2 million Indo-Chinese and so on and so on and so on. OK, we adjust a little for scale and duration here, and, actually, this is an overreaction on the part of the public here. They're not entitled to this terrorist response. But of course the reality of how human functioning occurs, this would be the natural, inevitable and entirely predictable response. They just validated my thesis.
If you want to come to grips with terrorism you have first to understand it... Try feeling. See what it feels like. Maybe then you can understand it.
I've done nothing. I've killed no one. All I've done is make a pronouncement comparable to what is done every day at the Pentagon with regard to massive civilian fatalities here, there and everywhere... I did a framing that was comparable in its purported insensitivity to what the Pentagon does as business as usual with no complaint at all from the American public, and the response is a terrorist response. Now that we understand it, maybe we can fix it. But first you have really to understand it and not pretend it's something "other," alien, psychotic. Well, maybe it's psychotic, but the psychosis is generated by tangible causes.
[The terrorists] were sending a message. That's my view. And it's, "You're not going to do this stuff with impunity any more. If you continue to do it, there are going to be costs and consequences to you. It's not going to be one-directional.
And the American public has long since convinced itself that it can act however it wants in the world for personal benefit, for profit, for whatever, or have it done in their name, and claim innocence and impunity from any consequences at the same time.
Excuse me. I challenge that. You're not innocent if you're a participant, if you support it, if you embrace it, if you vote for it, if you revel in it, if you celebrate it. You're complicit, just like the Germans.
Which raises an issue that is thrown at me: [People say to me,] "Well, you pay taxes, and you do this, and you do that."
Yo, I've spent the entirety of my adult life in full-fledged opposition to this, and I've never deviated for a moment, and that said, no, I am not innocent, because I have not been successful in reaching your brain-dead self and making you act in a different way... This applies to me just as much as to anybody else. It applies to my family.
BW: How many death threats have you received?
WC: That's hard to say. There are 3,200 unopened e-mails in my queue right now. I opened some 900, but became overburdened... As for the effectiveness of the tactic, if you're going to swamp me with "fuck you" e-mails, they're not going to get read because I simply can't read them, so you would have done better with 300 of them than 3,000 of them. But interspersed in there there's about 130 that I'm aware of [that are death threats]. Most of them aren't credible death threats. They're people blowing their intellect out their ass, as usual.
BW: What are you trying to accomplish with these writings?
WC: I'm trying to engender a consciousness that leads people to take responsibility for affecting change. You get this rabid denial going on, but the whole context of interpretation in this is a rabid denial of reality.
BW: Not only are some people attacking your words. They're attacking your position at the university, your pedigree, your person—
WC: —the tenure system, the rules of academic freedom, the ability to make a dissident statement—all of that in the name of freedom. A student is arrested for trying to speak at a regents meeting, revolving upon a question of free speech. I guess that telegraphs [the regents'] position on it, doesn't it?
BW: Why do people focus on the issue of your Indian heritage?
WC: Everybody knows that this was all Indian land. Everybody knows in some general sense what happened to Indians... The very existence of Indians is a reminder of the theft of a continent and genocide... The problem is that anyone who is identified as or identifies as Indian stands in a position to put that back in people's faces. They've got to destroy it. There's a certain resonance to it by an Indian saying it, as opposed to someone else saying it... They have to invalidate you and make it go away.
BW: This essay was written three-and-a-half years ago, and yet we have the Board of Regents calling a special meeting last week. If you really did do something atrocious, aren't they a bit behind the times?
WC: It's three-and-a-half years old. It's been recycled. It's been refined and annotated and published as the lead essay in a book that is the 2004 runner-up for the Gustavus Myer award for writing on human rights. And for that they would apologize.
BW: How did that feel when they apologized to the entire nation for something you wrote?
WC: You can always smile. The whole nation was waiting with baited breath for an apology from the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado. Yeah, I'm sure. The University of Colorado did not write this piece. I don't think anyone was accusing them of endorsing it. The regents are responsible not for taking positions like this, but for guaranteeing my right to take it. That's their job. They might not understand their job, but that in fact is their job. And it is legally the terms of their job. There are a stated set of rules, the rules of the regents of the University of Colorado, which are the binding ingredients of my contract, and it says unequivocally I have not only the right, but in certain respects it could be interpreted to say that I have the obligation to do exactly what it was that I did. And so I did my job, and for that they're apologizing and threatening to fire me. That's exactly the situation. Why? Because they disagree with it. They have a different political point of view. And this comes down explicitly as political repression.
BW: Does this raise concerns that we might be looking at open season on dissident academics?
WC: That's exactly what it is. It's been as much as stated by Newt Gingrinch and David Horowitz and others, that this is the "kick-off." I'm the kick-off. I didn't select this position. I got selected for whatever set of reasons they had. If you want to know why they selected me as opposed to 30 other targets they might have selected, you'd have to ask them. I think they thought I'd be a vulnerable target. Sorry, guys. Miscalculation there. It's the opening round of a general purge of the academy of people who say things they find to be politically unacceptable.
Consequently this furor in the media over what is basically, even in their own framing, a backwater issue in a third-tier university—that's their description—in an area that nobody pays any attention to. It's been so concerted and relentless. I mean I was the story last week.
BW: You were on MTV news.
WC: I was on MTV news? I can't keep track of it. All I know is that I was on MSNBC with Scarborough and with O'Reilly. Paula Zahn did me a wonderful service. She pissed off people who flatly disagreed with me with her attack-dog routine. She'd ask a question. She'd refuse to allow me to answer it. She wasn't doing an interview; she was doing theater. It was apparent to everyone. It was so transparent that 80-year-old middle Americans were saying, "She's a bitch. Let him talk, man."
BW: What about the Denver talk-radio host who accused you of committing treason and suggested you be executed?
WC: Do you suppose I'm going to end up in one of those third-world concentration camps down there in Guantanamo Bay?
BW: Do you think the controversy will blow over?
WC: I don't think it's going to blow over, but it does have the capacity to reframe my agenda. I wanted to talk about what it was I said, not my right to say it. But I've suddenly become the poster boy for academic freedom. This is something I can't back up an inch on. I simply cannot.
BW: Did you resign your position as chairman of the ethnic studies department or were you forced to resign? I've heard you say before that it was a job you never wanted.
WC: I didn't want the administrative responsibility in the first place. No one asked me for my resignation. I resigned. I availed myself of the opportunity, actually. That's pretty well known. I had someone come down from sociology immediately after that, saying, "Man, that was pretty slick. If they wanted to punish you, they would have assigned you five more years of this." I got out early.
BW: You've gotten a fair amount of support from CU students and faculty.
WC: I've gotten support from the AAUP, which has entered an unequivocal and elegant statement of support. That does not mean they agree with my position. That's not the issue here. Not everyone who supports me agrees with me... The society of American law teachers, all 900 law professors have signed on to it. The ACLU here [supports me], the ACLU in the New York Times today and so on. So, no, I'm not without support on that issue. And I'm actually not without support in terms of the analysis [in the essays].
BW: Isn't the real story in all of this the response to your essays?
WC: The larger framing was articulated by one of the regents, Tom Lucero, at the regents meeting the other night: I want a justification for the existence of whole departments. I want to review the tenure system altogether. I want every course justified to my satisfaction.
BW: That's not academic freedom. That's a dictatorial response—
WC: —from someone who could not possibly have the competence to assess the validity of these things. How could Tom Lucero possibly have assimilated the knowledge to pass scholarly judgment on the individual courses and their content and the scholarship that attends them in all these different areas?
This is transparently clear: Anything that he doesn't like, whether he knows anything about it or not, is to be gone. He has announced—telegraphed—the fact that he doesn't like anything having to do with cultural studies, ethnic studies, dissident political studies, gay rights. None of that has anything to do with proper scholarship in his mind, not that he knows a goddamned thing about any of it. And it's not that he's a particularly malevolent individual. He's representative of the whole. That's the mentality that goes into this. This is a book-burning exercise. It's a stifling of political discourse.
BW: You've written extensively about what you consider the problem to be in this country. So what's the solution from your point of view?
WC: The most obvious thing that I adduce is that you're going to have change the way you value [other people]. You're gong to have to stop denigrating, demeaning and devaluing them to the point of toilet paper. That would go further toward alleviating the potential for terrorist acts in the United States than any—any—number of tiger cages, torture techniques, investments in the security apparatus, training Delta Force clones and all the rest of that.
But the question then is, how do you communicate that you actually are valuing them? Try obeying the law. The solution is adherence to the law to allow other people first to survive and then to survive with some degree of human dignity. If you're actually in conformity with the requirements of the laws of war and international law, you will not be piling up little brown carcasses like this and the whole reason for the [terrorist] response abates. It's a call for law enforcement, and that's what's really infuriating them—the idea that the United States is not legally entitled to unilateral discourse at its own discretion, cannot exempt itself from compliance, the idea that it might have to buckle up, it's the law—just like everybody else. That's what really set them off.
The self-exemption from the requirements of the fundamental laws of human rights and the laws of war is the Nazi signature. That is Nazi diplomacy in essence.
BW: Other people have made many of the same arguments you have made. What's more controversial about your words?
WC: I go for the gut. That's my speaking strategy. I go for the gut to provoke a response. And interestingly, if it hadn't been for the right-wingers making this a big issue, I would have failed spectacularly. But I can't deal with miserable, starving children in some nice detached, objective way. To me that's the essence of the Nazi zeitgeist—being able to do that to other people. I cannot do it. I will not do it, and fuck them if they think they're going to force me to do it.

AUTO AIM Tribunal posted'? Great

AIM 15.Feb.2005 22:00

We are really glad that everyone can see that you are actually the one that spends all your time attacking Indians. It is you that has spent so much time trying to defend you asssumed Indian Identity you would never have had anytime to help Indian people. It is obvious that your AUTO AIM banishment meant nothing and never will. The Council isn't in Edgewood or Denver and never was. Thanks for making it glringly obvious to everyone. There is only one AIM and then there is the fraudulent AUTO AIM. The one that supports the CIA, the Contras, does Disney Cartoons, and attacks Indian leaders and then there is the AIM that stands up against oppression from 1968 to 2005. Auto AIM's first mention? the 90's maybe late 80s at best?
Thanks for making it clear.

Ward's getting desperate look at the crap that is flying now

loser 15.Feb.2005 22:02

It is so obvious. Ho ho hey hey how many schols cancelled you today. ho ho hey hey Ward Churchill go away!

A few responses

Nobody 15.Feb.2005 22:14

1) While an anonymously made ARGUMENT is just as good as any other argument, an anonymous statement of FACT is worthless. Somebody says they saw something. Who says it and should we believe them? If they're not even willing to sign their name to it, probably not.

2) Vernon looks old. Clyde got in an argument and lost. Vernon's car is too fancy. Three different times I saw Vernon cut someone off who I thought had something good to say. This kind of thing is not serious political discussion. It's exactly what so many posters have accused the AIM people of doing, character assassination of the worst sort. It's the same as a newspaper that always prints a bad picture of a politician it dislikes. I think less of someone who does it.

3) Some of what is said against AIM could be the subject of valid political disagreements. But it's not enough to just wipe 'em off and ignore them. Taking government money is in this category.

4) On the other hand, working with the CIA is a direct and complete betrayal of any sort of radicalism.

5) Nobody ever said on here non-Indians couldn't do anything to help Indians. The objection is to a person MASQUERADING as an Indian, in the first place, and in the second, to a person being accepted as one of the principal spokesperson's for Indians not actually being an Indian.

6) When I go home tonight, I am going to round up two or three stray cats in the neighborhood to serve as more judges and put the last poster on trial. I think I can probably have him declared an enemy of all that is good and holy, and get a verdict that he used to sleep with Adolf Hitler. And it will be about as meaningful as the tribunal Russ Means and Ward Churchill set up to try the leaders of AIM. I'll give the cats impressive sounding titles, though... don't worry about that. If you would like to appear for the defense, why just give me an e-mail address, and I'll tell you the rules. You might as well know going in that I often feed these cats tuna, though.

7) How in the name of Jesus can you still take Russ Means seriously? Last time he resigned AIM, he declared he was doing so because activism for Indians was no longer needed as all the problems were fixed. His statement to that effect is documented on the AIM website, www.aimovement.org. I have a very hard time taking anyone seriously who can't see through this paper-thin JOKE of a character.

HISTORY OF AUTO. AIM

The Enigmatic Emmisary 15.Feb.2005 22:21

The Confederation of Autonomous AIM Chapters (autonomous AIM)

Object of intense sustained federal repression during the 1970s, AIM was
largely dormant during the 1980s, apart from a few sparks of life like
Yellow Thunder Camp and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Around
1990 in anticipation of the 1992 Quincentennary, however, there were
signs of revitalization. This was perhaps most true in Denver, a chapter
cofounded by Vernon Bellecourt and Joe Locust (Cherokee) in 1970 but
abandoned by Bellecourt in 1972.104 There, Churchill and Morris, who had been drafted by Locust and
others to direct a rebuilding of the almost extinct chapter in 1983, had
attained an active membership of over a hundred by the end of the
decade. Moreover, they were busy crafting a "rainbow coalition" of area
groups -53 participating organizations by 1992 -which was beginning to
demonstrate real power within the Rocky Mountain region.105

In the Bay Area, Bobby Castillo and AIM veteran George Martin
successfully pursued the same strategy, filling a vacuum as old as 1980
or earlier. New or “reborn" chapters surfaced steadily in the Crow
Reservation in Montana, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Corpus Christi (Texas),
the Pacific Northwest, Illinois, the Southern Ute Reservation,
Albuquerque, northern Florida, eastern Oklahoma and Virginia.106 Added to the existing chapters in Colorado
and the Dakotas and potential chapters like Minnesota, these groups
offered the prospect of a resurgent AIM Ê again a force in U.S.
opposition politics for the 1990s. This likelihood was further enhanced
by overtures for a linkup from the Mohawk Warriors Society in upstate
New York and southern Quebec, and Canadian native rights
organizations.107 Colorado
AIM first truly flexed its muscles in 1992, putting several thousand
people into the streets of Denver, making it the only city in the
country where a major celebration of the Columbian Quincentennary was
prevented.108 However,
soon thereafter things began to move quickly in another direction.
Within weeks, Vernon Bellecourt, who spent the Quincentennary
accumulating a sizable speaker's fee in Ohio, openly launched his
intensive campaign to discredit Churchill and Morris. The same
phenomenon materialized in the Bay Area, where Castillo and Martin's
chapter had also organized large counterdemonstrations on Columbus Day.
Carole Standing Elk, who by her own admission had not been politically
active in a dozen years, was suddenly anointed in the press as
"legitimate head of AIM in northern California," using this new position
to publicly and repeatedly denounce Castillo as a "fraud" and a "Mexican
taco."109

Soon thereafter, the Bellecourt-run NAIMI was incorporated and, to quote
Churchill, unilaterally "began expelling the movement from itself." This
is no overstatement. One of the first acts of NAIMI was a September 1993
press circular asserting that

...only those chapters which have been duly authorized and
chartered by the National Office should be recognized in the
future as legitimate representatives of the American Indian
Movement. Questions in this regard can be resolved by calling the
National Office at 1-612-721-3914. [Vernon Bellecourt's home phone
number] 110

Further attempts to undermine the autonomous chapters sprang up,
especially in Colorado. On October 1993, one year after Colorado AIM's
spectacular Columbus Day victory, Vernon Bellecourt flew into Denver,
and conducted a surprise press conference on the steps of the state
capitol building. He told startled and undoubtedly delighted mainstream
reporters that the highly visible Glenn Morris and Ward Churchill had
been expelled from AIM, and introduced three unknown individuals--Al
Bear Ribs, Al "Fast Thunder" Schumacher and "Cahuilla Red Elk" (Margaret
Martinez) -as the "new leadership of Colorado AIM."111 With Red Elk/Martinez tagging along, Vernon then met with
University President Albino to try having Churchill and Morris fired
from their jobs (no investigation of Morris was ever initiated). His
mission of disruption thus accomplished, Vernon jetted off, and
continues to market the local media "controversy" he manufactured about
Morris and Churchill to this day.112

The "legitimate AIM leadership" Bellecourt's appointees gave Denver
could have been created by the Marx Brothers. Bear Ribs, having just
completed a prison sentence for beating another man to death in a bar,
left Colorado less than three months later, fleeing an arrest warrant
for domestic violence.113 Schumacher sank from view at about the same time,
after a public speech in which he informed his audience that "The main
threat we must prepare to meet is an invasion from outer space."114
Martinez/Red Elk was last heard from in
mid-1995, working for an upscale Colorado Springs developer who wished
to build condominiums in the Garden of the Gods State Park, a site
sacred to native people.115 As Glenn Morris put it:

Vernon didn't manage to destroy Colorado AIM. Far from it. We're
very much alive. But what he did manage to do, and is still trying
to do, is create a considerable amount of confusion. He gave a lot
of ammunition to anti-AIM and anti-Indian sentiment in this
already anti-Indian state, and his "appointees" made the movement
a laughingstock in some circles. We came out of Columbus Day '92
with a lot of momentum. It's fair to say that he slowed that
momentum a lot, and that damaged morale among our members. After
all the work we put in building this chapter, he put us in the
position of having to rebuild again. Now, you tell me. Who was the
primary beneficiary of his "contribution" here? It's not Indians,
and it's not the American Indian Movement.116

Responding to NAIMI's establishment and its disruptive disinformation
offensive, sixty representatives of nineteen functioning AIM chapters
assembled at Edgewood, New Mexico in December 1993. Together, they
issued the Edgewood Declaration, defining themselves as a Confederation
of Autonomous Chapters of the American Indian Movement and repudiating
any authority claimed by the Bellecourts' national office outside the
Minneapolis area.117 "We didn't start anything new
at Edgewood," says Russell Means. "All we did was reaffirm the
principles which governed AIM all along, especially the 1975 decision by
the whole membership to dissolve the national office and dispense with
national officers. Each chapter functions in a mutually-supportive, but
locally directed and entirely autonomous manner. There's only one valid
way the 1975 decision can ever be reversed, and that's through the
convening of a national meeting of all active AIM members in which they
consent to setting up a national office again. Such a meeting has never
happened."118

silly 'expulsion' of churchill

woman with the man head 16.Feb.2005 02:16

"Expulsion" from AIM.- faith rides the trail blazin saddle

The logic chasm widens when seven years later, on November 24, 1993,
Churchill and Morris received what might be called preemptive expulsions
from NAIMI, an organization to which they had never belonged in the
first place and in fact had openly opposed.82 The expulsion took the form of letters whose length
indicated that the intended audience was not so much Churchill and
Morris as those to whom copies would be sent for their disinformation.83
"It would be just as valid
for the Republican National Committee to write a letter expelling Bill
Clinton and Al Gore," commented Churchill, "or for my Peruvian
citizenship to be revoked. I think it's kind of fundamental that you
first have to be part of something before you can be thrown out of
it."84 This goes well beyond the
revisionist impulse that drives people to fire someone after they quit
because reality was not so psychologically accommodating. But NAIMI's
false implication that Churchill had once belonged to NAIMI, if
believed, would allow them to dismiss anything he might say against it
as so much sour grapes. As Aaron Two Elk observes, "This is the kind of
thing Vernon Bellecourt has been doing for the last twenty years. He's
always lied and manipulated things for his own purposes. Some of us
old-timers should have dealt with him long ago, but we didn't. Now,
maybe it's too late."85

aim- shattering a movement- more by faith

man with the women head 16.Feb.2005 02:23

The years since the 1970s height of the American Indian Movement's (AIM)
activism provide a monitory example of how internally adopted
disinformation tactics can destroy a grassroots movement's potential and
impact. The extent to which externally implanted disinformation rocked
the movement prior to the mid-70s has been amply documented,1 but many factors have contributed to an
unhealthy reluctance to examine how much the movement's own behavior
contributed to its hollowing out during and subsequent to that period. A
quarter century after its birth, after splits, attempted reconciliations
and spotty and coordinated resurgences, AIM sadly illustrates how
vulnerability from within can open a movement to self-destruction,
susceptibility to the enemy, and diversion from organizational goals.
All progressive movements, each in its own way susceptible to the same
failings, can learn from it.

Among several sharply disputed origin stories, there is consensus that
what emerged in the 60s and 70s as AIM was a loose coalition of several
groups of young Native Americans who saw the era's general unrest as an
opportunity to move native concerns and aspirations into public
consideration and debate. It arose as a movement rather than a political
party. In Cleveland, in Minneapolis, in Omaha, in San Francisco and
elsewhere in the late 60s, young Native Americans, mostly urban with no
reservation associations or substantial ties to their tribal traditions,
came together to consider the plight of native peoples and to advocate
for redress of both current and historic grievances. These local
organizations, tied by an agenda of native self-determination and
liberation, produced the informal alignment now known as AIM. The
accomplishments of those who struggled under its banner then, while open
to interpretation and debate, were unarguably significant. Not only did
they halt the continued disintegration of North American native cultures
by asserting their fundamental vitality and strength; they also
demonstrated willingness to act aggressively against continued abuse.

The bravery of the early AIM activists cannot be contested. Even those
who disagreed then and now with AIM's policies or tactics respect their
early audacity. But after COINTELPRO neutralized AIM in the 70s, the
movement survived through the 80s more in individual attitude or
commitment than as an organization, barely recognizable in form.2 Even its most ardent
supporters had been stunned by the federal might thrown against it
without protest from either the American public or the progressive
community. But the 100th anniversary of the Wounded Knee massacre and
the Columbus Quincentennary in 1992 awoke voices that had been silent
since the federal repression of the 70s on a host of issues. The
continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier on fabricated charges since
1976; the continued desecration of native gravesites and remains; the
continued federal attempts to destroy the integrity of native cultures;
and the continued native efforts to recover lands and rights lost
through treaty manipulations led to a resurgence of activism. Yet these
efforts were stilled almost as quickly as they had risen, the early
gains of the 90s wasted through internal controversy.

Today AIM consists of two fundamentally different movements. One wing,
with all the trappings of an organized political party, describes itself
as National AIM, Inc. (NAIMI) and is headed by Clyde and Vernon
Bellecourt, whose subordination of native liberation to their own
personal advancement amplifies and documents talking native talk while
walking the corporate walk. NAIMI is nicely organized under the
statutory provisions defining corporate structures, evincing the
characteristics of a privately-held business enterprise replete with
corporate offices, regional subsidiaries, a self-appointed command
structure, membership rolls, fees and dues, fundraising capabilities,
and vanity license plates. NAIMI, by its own admission, is heavily
funded by the US government and by neoliberal corporate structures
dictating governmental policies towards indigenous peoples throughout
the world.

The other wing of the movement consists of a loosely knit collection of
local groups describing themselves as the Confederation of Autonomous
Chapters of the American Indian Movement (autonomous AIM). The
autonomous chapters each tend to operate with a more locally-focused
agenda and scrupulously avoid anything approximating a central command
or decision structure, a means of governance they associate with the
dominant culture, and one inconsistent with native ways. Consciously
eschewing the organizational trappings, the fascination with money, and
financial ties with either the US government or corporate America,
autonomous AIM's structure remains closer to the spirit of the AIM of
the 60s and 70s than the corporate edifice that is NAIMI. While
autonomous AIM's focus is primarily local, many local leaders also
actively address national and international indigenous liberation issues.

The conflicts and disinformation campaigns leading to and following
AIM's fracture are indeed unfortunate. If their roots lie in the
behavior and methods that created and perpetuate the conflicts, their
continuation rests in the extent to which the native liberation movement
and associated progressive movements refuse to undertake the analysis
needed to reach their own conclusions regarding such conflicts.

Actually Leonard Peltier took Faiths bullshit dictated by Ward

Ward 16.Feb.2005 05:52

Faith's expulsion from LPDC
Faith's expulsion from LPDC
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More condemnation of Dark Night Field notes
More condemnation of Dark Night Field notes
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Remember?

Ward Agent!!

AIM 16.Feb.2005 05:53

Notice
Notice
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hello

Ward wasn't Creek but he said he was!

AIM 16.Feb.2005 05:56

not creek
not creek
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Not creek2
Not creek2
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hi

EAST COAST AIM Condemns misuse of their name in Edgewood Declaration

AIM 16.Feb.2005 05:59

East Coast AIM and Lisn Demand Ward stop using their name in fraudulent Edgewood
East Coast AIM and Lisn Demand Ward stop using their name in fraudulent Edgewood
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The Real Ward
The Real Ward
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Hi

So South East AIM supported Auto AIM? What is this?

AIM 16.Feb.2005 06:08

AIM VA, NC, SC say not to Auto AIM and Edgewood
AIM VA, NC, SC say not to Auto AIM and Edgewood
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AIM

Yellow snow for Ward

AIM 16.Feb.2005 06:10

More denial of Edgewood by Va AIM
More denial of Edgewood by Va AIM
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Edgewood was a non-event

More condemnations of Dark Night by Peltier

AIM 16.Feb.2005 06:12

Peltier condmns Faith and Dark Night Field Notes again
Peltier condmns Faith and Dark Night Field Notes again
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Facts Ward can't ignore!

AIM 16.Feb.2005 10:32

Dear Ward,

All the Edgewood manufactured bullshit and tribunals you can spew won’t change the facts about you that are not disputed by you:

1) Native people and their respected News organizations have decided you are a white man living off of a career you concocted to be an Indian leader who has never had a people to lead. You no longer cite your genealogy
2) True educated leftists can excuse a lot of things but supporting the CIA backed Contras isn’t one of them.
3) You have even slid by the gates of academia to a tenured position without a doctorate.
4) You have made statements that rather then simply point out that the US government has committed it’s own 911’s make the victims of the 911 attacks into proxy representatives of the US in your own personal court. Indian people nor AIM will support you in those assertions. As an individual you have a right to say these things. You do not have the right to misrepresent anyone else in these assertions. That is why we have called for your expulsion from CO long ago and still do. This has little to do with your recent statements.
5) You have spent most of your activist time outside of highly paid lecturer attacking Indian people and AIM leaders. You only have your Columbus protest to show for any accomplishment. The amount of time you have put into the “Edgewood declaration” and your kangaroo “tribunal” show where you donate your spare time. Not to attacking the system but Indians.
6) You have been protested numerous times by activist students across the country before 911 and today and that is going to increase (guaranteed) .
7) What you say and do towards the Bellecourts, banks, and others will not change any of the above facts for your life.
8) You are washed out the sooner you admit it the less painful it will be.
9) You keep some real shitheads for company like Russ Means.

Deal with reality and stop concocting lies and stories long ago condemned by Peltier, Belleourts, Banks, and many others.

bullshit ward=cia-- nica indians had the right to fite sandanistas

bob mcglynn 16.Feb.2005 13:32

its my understanding that ward held the same position as Akwesasne Notes (and a ton of others) on the sandanistas and indians- they supported the non-cia indians and opposed sandanista oppression AND cia contras. this was the position of all thinking anarchists and many others. it was ironically the bellecourts who were the darlings of the white left/soviets/US communist party for collaborating in indian oppression re nica. (they keep claiming churchill to be the white lefts boy).
i wish 'AIM' would post some proof of their accusations- they're obsessed with churchill and are now just blathering in post after post.
let them answer the tribunal charge that they set up indians to be massacred by sandanistas.

Non-CIA Contras?!

Nobody 16.Feb.2005 16:50

Anyone who was awake during the last part of the Reagan years knows
perfectly well that there never was such a thing.

The Sandinistas made mistakes in their treatment of the indigenous
population which they later corrected. AIM was instrumental in
bringing about a non-violent resolution to this problem, and un-
doubtedly saved a large number of lives while satisfying the Indians
involved.

Ward worked with the CIA-backed contras.

That's the who's who, and a bunch of red-baiting won't change it, bud.


bellecourts- please explain your blood quantum of indianness

Labiche 16.Feb.2005 18:39

isnt that a disgusting question and racist?
wat about the charge your essentialy french with 1/64 native amer. heritage?
how does that kind of crap feel now??

shame...

of course there were anti cia indians and others

&quot;b&quot;oB mcglynn, THE KING OF ALL RED-BAITERS! 16.Feb.2005 19:01

you speak in leninism. murder, CRIMES were commited against nica indians, not your stalinist or trot-speak of'mistakes'.

the left didnt wanna talk bout independant anti-cia indians. but go thru back issues of akwesasne notes, the premier traditional indian paper- before someone burned them down after shots were fired. tons of info on nica with anti-cia/anti-sandinista stance.

the bellecourts made one of the huge schisms and disunity in aim by supporting anti-indians- the bulk of aim-sters supported indians in nica, and i think thats the main reason auto-aim had to be founded.

and fossils like u know that the term 'red-baiting' is just a reverse mccarthyism, and only in the lexicon of anal retentive leftoids.

please say your name son and tell us which left cult party u may hav been or be in- or are u sad enuf to be that way all by your lonesome?!

Excuse me? Vernon Bellecourt was elected to a four year term to tribal council!

AIM 16.Feb.2005 19:14

You are full of shit. The White Earth Nation is so proud of Vernon he is in their tribla history books. He was elected to tribal council for a four year term. He is honored at their pow-wows. What are you talkng about. Ward has never lived in an Indian Community, Vernon was forced into the Indian schools. No comparison.

Dodging a word, there Bob

Nobody 16.Feb.2005 20:03

The word you are dodging is Contras. That word is the word
used by the people Ward worked with to describe themselves.
You don't want to use that word because EVERYBODY reading
this page knows that the Contras were a CIA front, and that
there were no "anti-CIA contras."

Don't sit here and try to feed us this line that these
people weren't Contras when they say themselves that they
were. Don't sit here and try to tell us that the Contras
were anti-CIA when they were invented, trained, financed
and directed by the CIA. Don't sit here and try to tell us
that the government of Honduras, itself the most thinly
veiled puppet of the U.S., was supporting anti-imperialist
forces.

Call what happened between Sandinistas and Moskitos whatever
you like; it got straightened out to the satisfaction of the
Moskitos by a peaceful solution. What's not to like about
that? Not enough blood for your taste?

And here, for anyone reading this who is HONESTLY not able
to pick up on the problem with red-baiting is a little break-
down for you: It's what's called an ad hominem. That is,
let's say that someone is making an argument I don't like,
but I can't really see any hole in it. Instead of looking
for a hole, or admitting in a principalled way that maybe
I was wrong, I call them a name. "Commie" is a fashionable
one now days.

And I suspect very strongly that you don't have much in the
way of radical credentials if you don't have a problem with
red-baiting, because even today you don't have to do an
awful lot of protesting before you get red-baited yourself,
and this happens to an awful lot of people who are no way
commies.

Could somebody please explain in what sense Ward IS Indian?

Nobody 16.Feb.2005 20:15

Everybody honestly reading this discussion has to understand
by now that the AIM position is not that a person has to have
a certain quantum of Indian blood to be considered Indian.
The position is that an Indian is a member of an Indian tribe.
Enrollment in an official tribe would be one way to show this
but that doesn't exclude other ways of showing it.

Now, would somebody please explain in what way Ward IS Indian?
Aside from his argument that he has been impersonating one for
so long that now he should count as one for real.

Ward started saying he was an Indian around the early 1980s.
At that time he was pretty much unknown among Indians. He doesn't
seem to have ANY Indian relatives, any Indian blood, never lived
on the reservation. So tell me, at the time that he first
declared himself Indian, IN WHAT WAY WAS HE INDIAN?

Quit showing that some test that Ward doesn't meet is a dumb test
and try showing us ONE SINGLE test for Indianness that Ward met
when he started saying he was Indian.

Unless of course you are saying that a member of an illustrious
and well-known Ukrainian family could step off the boat from the
Ukraine, arriving in the U.S. for the first time anyone in his
entire family has ever been here, and declare himself Indian
in Ukrainian, that being the only language he speaks, and he would
then be every bit as Indian as anyone else in the world.

Surely he cannot make himself an Indian simply by declaring himself
an Indian. Surely someone who does that and then tries to sell his
artwork as Indian art, or himself as a spokesman for Indians, surely
such a person is a fraud, and a thief who is, as someone else pointed
out, stealing the only thing not already stolen from Indians, that
is their identity as Indians.

My identity

Nobody 16.Feb.2005 20:20

Please give me whatever identity you like, whatever one best
fits your prejudice, or whatever one you like to hate most.
For Klan types, I sometimes tell them to imagine I'm a black
lesbian. You figure out your own.

Because the point I'm trying to make is that it doesn't matter.
I haven't set myself up as anybody, or claimed any identity that
should make you listen to me, so all that my arguments stand on
is their own logic and the facts we all know. And if the person
saying those to you is the corpse of Joseph Stalin, reanimated in a
fiendish experiment by Nazi scientists organized on authoritarian
lines, that doesn't make them any less true.

Ken Lawrence Covert Action Writer Exposes Ward/CIA connection!

AIM PART 1 16.Feb.2005 21:07

I confess to having thought that a political introduction was a courtesy inan unsolicited communication. I bear no responsibility for Louis's post of mye-mail on this list, which he then attacked as though I had posted theinformation myself, and some others also have done. Inadvertently, I got underLouis's skin. He professes to relish that as sport when he can inflict it onothers, but turns nasty and irrational when it happens to him.Louis manages to see the clay feet on everyone else's radical heroes, withwhich I concurred generally, and added a few points to his, in a privatecommunication. But the purpose of my e-mail was to note for his benefit, inthe event he had not been aware of it, that Ward Churchill, the hero of hisown post, also has clay feet.I wrote as someone who had worked with Ward on a number of projects over adecade's time, always cordially, though in later years our disagreementsstrained our ability to unite on the political field of struggle. Ward and Idiscussed and debated our differences at his home, his office, at publicforums, and on the telephone. When I objected to Ward that his book on Marxismwas a caricature, he replied that perhaps it was, but it reported on Marxistsas he knew them.By the mid-1980s, Ward regarded CISPES as his main political enemy in Boulderand Denver. I was heavily involved in solidarity work with the FMLN, andsanctuary support, which included speaking/organizing engagements in Colorado.As far as I could tell, Ward's hostility to the FMLN was derivative, becauseof its political alliance with Sandinista Nicaragua. To my knowledge, noindigenous Salvadorans were oppressed or politically mistreated by the FMLN orby any of its constituent parties.At about that time, Ward condemned the American Indian Movement leadership --specifically Bill Means and Vernon Bellecourt by name -- as stooges of theleft (his words, not mine). Ward and his supporters set up Colorado AIM toadvance their political agenda. So much for Louis's assertion that "There isno other activist/intellectual in the American Indian movement who is moreresolutely opposed to capitalism than Ward Churchill."Of necessity, many of us who personally deplored the split in AIMnevertheless were obliged to work politically with Colorado AIM on solidarityissues of great importance. (Louis's vain boast of being the only Marxistsupporter of indigenous people and their struggles is so much wind.) In this arena, the culture of machismo cast a pall over much of the work, aswomen were assigned menial tasks but excluded from the circle where decisionswere taken. One woman raised a fuss; I concurred with her point; Ward soughtto put out the fire, but without implementing change at the top. I hope thatthings have improved in the decade since.On the national level, Ward and I continued to collaborate on issues ofagreement, particularly political repression in the United States. I haddeveloped a considerable body of information on Jill and Gi Shafer, the FBI(and CIA, according to one reporter who interviewed Gi Schafer long afterward)provocateurs at Wounded Knee, much of it learned from Joe Burton, a self-confessed undercover FBI spy who had targeted my work in a small way, but hadworked throughout the U.S. and Canada with the Shafers to set up phonycommunist collectives under FBI control. (Nearly all had Red in the title --Red Star Cadre, Red Sun, Red Collective, and so forth.) Ward and Ken Tilsenhad information on Doug Durham and others who had caused similar damage.Our disagreements were acknowledged with uneasy humor. Ward would call totease/taunt me -- for example, about his meeting with Brooklyn Rivera andEliott Abrams ("What will our CovertAction friends say about that?" he mocked)and about his barroom encounters with Robert K. Brown. I baited him back ("IfRoxanne was bad to rat on her comrades to a HUAC investigator, how can youjustify your hat-in-hand meeting with the most enthusiastic war criminal inWashington?"). If anyone knows a better way to function under difficultcircumstances, I'm all ears.Louis denies that Ward chose to ally with the CIA, but ended up on the CIA'sside by virtue of his support to the Miskito struggle. The latter point istrue, but -- once more for effect -- Ward eventually penned (with GlennMorris) a political justification for alliance with the CIA, using the Hmongpeople of Laos as his principal example. If Louis hasn't read the CulturalSurvival article, he should read it before he comments further. If he has readit, his postings here are dishonest. Although Louis states that the Miskitoalliance with the CIA was a mistake, Ward and Glenn argued the opposite,following the Laotian example.

PART 2 of Ward and the CIA

Ken Lawrence former co-worker of Ward's 16.Feb.2005 21:08

Earlier, at the Boulder anti-apartheid teach-in, Ward had proposed that heand I debate our differences. It was after the CS article appeared that Irenewed the proposal to hold a public debate. I asserted the necessity ofanti-capitalism and anti-imperialism as the central political ingredients ofliberation; Ward and Glenn rejected them. Glenn offered to provide a platformfor the debate, which never occurred. After the Sandinista defeat, there wasscant political interest in Denver or Boulder, but I still proposed to writeand publish it. Ward was willing; unfortunately, our editor was not.In the years since, we have drifted apart, and have not remained in touch.Nevertheless, despite our fierce differences, I have always regarded Ward as afriend and as I reconstructed these events, find that I still do.Now back to the beginning:Ward and I met shortly after he had published his insider account of Soldierof Fortune magazine in the political journal on Africa published at DU, whosetitle I have forgotten. Louis asks for the facts; he should look up thatarticle. I do not have access to my Mississippi archive at this time. Besidesthose details, which are politically valuable, I asked Ward how he had takensuch a revolting job in the first place.Ward is a professional graphic artist of outstanding talent, as anyonefamiliar with his work will attest. In an encounter with SoF'sowner/publisher/editor Robert K. Brown, Ward told Brown that his magazine wasugly and amateurish. Brown offered him a job to spruce up and professionalizeSoF, which Ward accepted. According to Ward, their political differences wereknown to both (specifically, Ward's association with SDS in the sixties, andBrown's work as a CIA asset), but they both enjoyed the military-macho banterthat defined the magazine's culture, and continued to relate on that leveleven long after Ward had published his kiss-and-tell exposé.This was in the mid-1970s, when both Ward and I were working, in verydifferent political arenas, to thwart CIA mercenary recruitment, in solidaritywith Angola and with the Zimbabwe liberation movement. Any time I was in thevicinity of Denver or Boulder, he helped set up speaking opportunities.As I recall, the last time he did so was in the fall of 1983, shortly beforemy trip to Nicaragua. Ward and other friends organized several meetings forme, including one at which I was scheduled to debate Brown and Gen. JohnSinglaub. Their agreed participation could only have been arranged by Ward,but in the end Brown and Singlaub backed out. (Singlaub's secretary attendedmy talk at UCD, presumably to gather intelligence for her boss.) The closestwe came to an actual debate occurred when Brown called a radio talk show thathosted my appearance, with this remark about the previous several weeks'events: "His guys got our guys in Beirut, but our guys got his guys inGrenada."

Part Three of Ward and the CIA

ken Lawrence 16.Feb.2005 21:09

At that time, Ward was warmly encouraging of my visit to Nicaragua as amember of an Oxfam delegation. One person I met at Puerto Cabezas was the theneditor of Navajo Times, Mark Trahant (I hope I'm recalling his namecorrectly), who had toured the entire Atlantic Coast war zone without aSandinista escort, and wrote his report upon his return. Both of us agreedthat the Sandinistas had made dreadful political mistakes, but that they hadrecognized this, apologized, and honestly sought to make amends, the resultsof which were palpable everywhere we went.Another was Roxanne Dunbar, then a Sandinista publicist, whose account didnot differ significantly from Trahant's. Meanwhile, the contra Miskitos weredirecting their war efforts against the radical pro-Sandinista Indians,clinics, agricultural co-operatives, and other manifestations of modernity andreconstruction, and torching whole villages (our group visited Sukat Pin aftersuch an attack, and while another was in progress a mile or so away) whileseeking allies among the older, traditional leaders. Trahant's serializedNavajo Times report bears study by any radical who wishes to discuss thisissue honestly and intelligently.Upon my return, Ward and I had detailed discussions of all this. Ward saidthat he had been asked by Tomás Borge to mediate an accord with the Miskitoinsurgents, based on the program that Louis professes to have been correct.Initially, Ward agreed, but later changed his position. Although embarrassedby Russ Means's declaration that he was going to Nicaragua "to kill aSandinista," and his false charge that Borge had ordered the Sandinista army"to shoot the Indians out of the trees like they shoot monkeys," Ward'sColorado AIM backed and publicized the Means/Morris military adventure, whichhad been funded by the Moonie ultra-right front, CAUSA.That brings me full circle.Having no ability to respond politically to my points, Louis attacked me forreporting my political experiences as an indulgence. Evidently he prefers Web-site Marxism/indigenism derived from the experiences of strangers. My teacherstaught that our duty was to join the struggles of workers and oppressedpeople, and to report on them that they may be propagated. I have done my bestto live up to that.With Rosa Luxemburg, I believe that the mistakes of a truly revolutionaryproletariat (and of the oppressed) are more valuable and more instructive thanthe finest decisions of the most excellent central committee. With AntonioGramsci, I believe that the greatest barrier to socialist revolution is notthe armed might of the state and the ruling class -- though that iscapitalism's ultimate prop, after the initial barrier is breached -- butrather the ruling class culture and world view that has been internalized byworkers and oppressed people.As for the extended narrative I have presented here, no one needs to take myword for anything. Though Ward and I have not spoken in many years, it wouldsurprise me if he would fail to verify my factual account. To be sure, hewould have a robustly different political perspective on these events, andperhaps on his movement's strategy. Others who participated in many of thesestruggles include such Colorado activists as Larry Mosqueda (no longer there,but still engaged in struggle), Priscilla Falcon, Ricardo Romero, KikoMartinez, Lowell May, Elaine Heinrichs, and Jim and Jenny vander Wall.Perhaps even Louis will eventually be able to manage the more complex,contradictory, and ambiguous nuances of real revolutionary struggle, after hisnext political conversion. He seems to have defined his political career bythose phases, which accounts for his knee-jerk retort to my simile ofTrotskyism. Lest he get away with that remark, I close with this: By the timeC.L.R. James came to dwell in Chicago, where I lived and worked in the 1960s,the term Troskyist was as perjorative for him as my usage that caused Louis tosmart -- like a towel snapped on his bum, I guess. The more things change . ..Ken Lawrence

Ward ha sopenly admitted ot meetings with Elliot Abrams!!

AIM 16.Feb.2005 21:13

Does anyone know who Elliot Abrams is besides former Iran/Contra co-defendant of Olly North. He is currently head of Mid East affairs in the Department of Defence?
Yeah Ward met with him and the Contras. Wow yeah you can explain that away. Sure. These guys were killing Indians throughout Latin America everyday in the 80's. You people can defend that?

re ward and abrams

Labiche 17.Feb.2005 03:55

if he met with elliot abrams then why? and wat did he get out of it?

i'd meet with hitler, stalin, nixon, madonna, even 'Nobody' if i thought something good would come out of it.

in my labor organizing i had to meet with various pigs- cops, bosses, media and pols. we beat them all.

clyde/vernon, get some sleep and go do some real work.
you're obbsessed with churchill- maybe its just ya wanna sleep with him?

Labiche, I don't quite understand

Nobody 17.Feb.2005 15:47

Are you saying maybe Ward was only meeting with Elliot
Abrams to negotiate a settlement in the fight he was
having with him? Cause actually it's pretty plain
from everything everyone has written here that Elliot
was FUNDING Ward's side. If you didn't pick up on
that, dare I suggest that perhaps you are the one who
needs some sleep?

Now, let me ask you this, my labor organizer friend:
Did you, as a labor organizer, get your funding from
the bosses? Would you take money from the bosses as
a labor organizer?

Because that's a very closely analogous question to
whether you can take money from the CIA for an anti-
imperialist agenda, in that the CIA are absolutely the
most vicious props of U.S. empire.

I'm all for a big boat approach to conflict, welcoming
just about everyone to the struggle against oppression.
But not the CIA though.

As for the bit about someone wanting to sleep with
someone else being behind all this... Maybe, just maybe
this issue deserves to be taken a little seriously, huh?

Press Statement endorsed by Leonard Peltier

hello 17.Feb.2005 16:35

Released on 02/17/2005

Press Statement

The history of the unjust 29-year imprisonment of Leonard Peltier is well-documented. As recently as late 2003 by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit stated, "Much of the government conduct on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and in the prosecution of Mr. Peltier is to be condemned. The government withheld evidence. It coerced witnesses. These facts are undisputed." Others, such as Peter Mathiessen In The Spirit of Crazy Horse, have chronicled the outrageous government misconduct which has kept Leonard unjustly in prison.

Now we face a renewed government effort of spreading misinformation which is intended to seal Leonard's fate.In light of the recent trial of Arlo Looking Cloud and the current extradition process of John Graham, both of which have been extensively covered on this website and elsewhere, certain misinformation is being spread which requires us to address THE FACTS and destroy the fiction. During the trial of Looking Cloud, the government planted the idea that Leonard was in some way responsible for the murder of Anna Mae Aquash began to circulate. For instance, one Canadian television program recently stated, "At his [Looking Cloud�s trial the question was raised that Leonard Peltier ordered the execution fearing she was an FBI informer." An examination of the trial trascript will prove that no such statement was ever made. The persistence of this inaccurate perception can only be understood in the context of the ongoing FBI campaign to deny not only Leonard Peltier justice, but justice for Anna Mae as well.

Leonard had nothing to do with Anna Mae�s killing. Not only had he shared Anna Mae�s concerns about Durham with AIM leadership, but as the events leading to her death were unfolding, he was living as a fugitive incommunicado in Canada, where he remained until his arrest and extradition. Further, Paul DeMain, editor of News From Indian Country, who in recent years has made outragiously inflamitory accusations about Mr. Peltier stated, "I neithr believe nor feel that Mr. Peltier ordered, or was capable of ordering, the death of Anna Mae Aquash. I would have never said that Leonard peltier ordered Anna Mae�s death because first of all I don�t believe that is the way that happened and second of all even if Peltier wanted her dead there was no authority for him to have ordered something like that....but the first proposition is that I never would have said that."

The historical record shows, along with Anna Mae Aquash, Leonard was one of the AIM members to first suspect that Douglas Durham was an FBI infiltrator. Anna Mae raised these concerns with AIM leadership, including Vernon Bellecourt and Dennis Banks, who, for whatever reason, dismissed them. Her threat to Douglas Duraham�s cover, initiated a "bad-jacketing" campaign by the FBI. Dennis Banks and Vernon Bellecourt targed Anna Mae as a result of actions taken by the FBI which led them to believe she was working with Durham.

An examination of the facts ineluctably lead to a different conclusion. We know, for instance, that after Anna Mae�s murder was made public that Vernon Bellecourt flew to California to meet with Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt and John Trudell. At my trial in Cedar Rapids in 1976, John Trudell, who participated in meeting with Banks and Vernon Bellecourt shortly after her body was discovered, gave damning testimony, stating under oath, "I was sitting in a car with Dennis [Banks] when he said,"You know that body they found? That is Anna Mae." I didn�t know about a body..." According to Trudell this information was provided by Banks before the body had been identified. He gave similiar testimony at the Looking Cloud Trial.

I am confident that John Trudell�s knowledge of the involvement of AIM leadership will eventually be revealed. Kamook (Banks) Ecoffey testified similarly regarding the invovlement of her former husband at the Looking Cloud trial.

During the Farmington,N.Mex., AIM Convention, Banks and Vernon Bellecourt expressed their concerns to Mr. Peltier, whom they then had interrigate her in an effort to discover the truth. Their suspicions sparked a series of accusations and confrontations by other AIM members which Anna Mae suffered and endured.But, she refused to be driven out of the Movement that she had come to embrace. Despite these accusations, Anna Mae remained a member of our group throughout the aftermath of the Oglala firefight.

Here, it is worth noting the continued involvement of Banks and Bellecourt in the Looking Cloud and Graham cases, consistent with their ongoing support for the FBI�s campaign to frame Leonard Peltier for the murder of Anna Mae, a campaign that includes accusing Peltier representatives, including myself and Ward Churchill, of being FBI agents.

Leonard felt obligated to withdraw his support from John Graham when it became clear that Graham, who has acknowledged having a role in Anna Mae�s murder, was attempting to establish a connection between himself and Leonard, specifically claiming that following the Oglala firefight he hooked up with "Leonard and them , and they were in the hills there. Anna Mae and all of us stayed..." As I was one of the people with Leonard at that time, I can unequivocally state that this is a lie.

False statements by Mr. Graham and lies by Kamook (Banks) Ecoffey [a/k/a Darlene Nichols] have been embraced by the media, which is reporting these outrageous accusations against Leonard. In the case of Kamook, who said that Leonard "...believed [Anna Mae] was a fed, and he was going to get some truth serum and give it to her so that she would tell the truth," her own sister, Bernie Lafferty, said in a taped interview that she knew this to be a lie.

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Further, there is no association official or otherwise between John Graham and the LPDC. In fact, we have requested repeatedly, both privately and publicly, that Mr. Graham�s support committee remove Leonard�s statements and links to the LPDC website from their website, to no avail.

We know now that Anna Mae was not killed for what AIM members who participated in killing thought, but because of personal fears of some AIM leaders of going to prison. All old suspicions about Anna Mae came back to haunt them after the Oregon state police road block, which Banks escaped. Banks had participated in Bombing on the Pine Ridge Reservation with Anna Mae and she knew that he had been with them at the road block . In a personal repremand, Banks expressed, in his recent book Ojibwa Warrior, doubt�s about himself, "Did I do the right thing? DID I ABANDON MY PEOPLE JUST TO SAVE MYSELF? We believe that these fears and suspicions were expressed to John Trudell, who Banks called to pick him up from the road during the escape. We are confident that John Trudell, who photo identified John Graham in Canada, will reveal this information.

Finally, it is necessary to underline the continuing attacks against Leonard Peltier and his support network by the FBI and their affiliated websites, as well as the on going attacks on leading AIM members connected to the LPDC by Vernon Bellecourt and Dennis Banks. Their well documented participation in these efforts is echoed here as an attempt to destroy the on going work to raise the consciousness for justice and freedom for Leonard Peltier.

I phoned both Dennis Banks and Vernon Bellecourt to inform each of them that I was releasing this statement to the press with the approval of Leonard Peltier. Dennis wanted to know,"Did Leonard issue this Statement?" I told Dennis no that I was issuing the statement because I know that not only the FBI was setting him up but also you [Dennis Banks]. His response was, "That is a pretty strong statement Bob." Dennis Banks who refused to hear the statement stated, "Who is going to believe you Bob." and Vernon Bellecourt who did listen to the statement said,"Your a trouble maker, Bob."

Robert Robideau
International/National spokesperson
Legal Assistant to Leonard Peltier and Barry Bachrach

Return of the Contras

Paul Wolf 17.Feb.2005 17:52

Maybe Mr Negroponte can get Ward out of this mess.

Amazing! Bobby Angel Dust Robideau Steps Out of The Darkness Again

cili 18.Feb.2005 00:45

So Bob is writing statements for Leonard? That Leonard hasn't signed? Becuase after years of attacking Dennis Banks he is concerned that Banks is being framed for murder? Even though his letter that he admits he wrote may as well say Dennis killed Anna Mae? Even though he lays out that Leonard took her in the woods to interrogate her? Bobby, Bobby, Bobby your letter sounds like it is framing both of them! What a dumb ass.

(note) Bob Robideau is the man who "miraculously" and mysteriously was tried for the same crime that Leonard was convicted of and walked away into the sunset scott free.

Amazing Bobby you've attacked Dennis for years and now your worried about him?

cili 18.Feb.2005 00:58

So after all these years of attacking Dennis you put out a letter claiming you're concerned Dennis and Leonard are being framed and simultaneously put out that Leonard dragged Anna Mae into the woods and interrogated her? Then you insinuate that Dennis probablly did it?

Keep smoking dust Bob

Paul you checking this letter bobby wrote out?

AIM 18.Feb.2005 01:00

Insane!

First Native congressman comes out against Ward!

of interest 18.Feb.2005 01:08

Campbell weighs in on CU
Former senator fears scandal's adverse effect on university

By Charlie Brennan and M.E. Sprengelmeyer, Rocky Mountain News
February 17, 2005

Retired U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell is concerned that the Ward Churchill controversy could have a lasting negative impact on the University of Colorado.

"I know this is going to hurt the university," said Campbell, who spoke publicly Wednesday about Churchill for the first time since the ethnic studies professor became the center of a political firestorm.

He expressed concern that CU might see declining enrollment as a result of the Churchill affair exploding immediately in the wake of the athletic department's well-documented woes.

"I also think you'll see a dropping off of donors through their funding through private donations, as well as maybe a cut in funding from the federal government and the state legislature. . . . Both bodies are pretty angry about this," he said.

Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano is currently leading an investigation of Churchill's record to determine if he should be fired from his tenured position.

Churchill, 57, triggered widespread outrage with a recently rediscovered essay written Sept. 11, 2001, in which he offered his explanation for the terrorist attacks that day.

He also compared many workers at the World Trade Center to Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi bureaucrat who helped execute Adolf Hitler's plan to exterminate Jews throughout Europe.

Campbell, like many of Churchill's critics, admits to not having read the essay - but unlike many critics, reserved judgment on its content.

Nevertheless, Campbell said, "He has done a huge disservice . . . to the state of Colorado and to our university.

"He does not represent the majority of teachers at that university, and certainly not most of the administration. And he sure doesn't represent most of Indian country - and it's too bad, even though whether he is or isn't an Indian is open for debate."

Campbell, a Cheyenne Indian who was the nation's first American Indian senator in 60 years, is concerned that Churchill might have, through claiming American Indian status, taken a job at CU that should have more properly gone to an applicant with more verifiable indigenous heritage.

"I think one of the bigger questions is, did he get that job under fraudulent circumstances? Because I understand there were a number of other applicants for that job, who were also Indian, but he got it over them," Campbell said.

"If he used that, when it was fraudulent, then I would say that's pretty strong information for the board of . . . regents to deal with."

Campbell said he is not advocating for Churchill to be ousted because that's a decision only CU regents and President Betsy Hoffman can make.

"Somewhere down the line, you have to draw a line," he said. "It would seem to me CU has every right to draw the line and say, 'Who is running this school? Is it the flame-throwing anarchists?' "

Not surprised Labiche Labor in bed with CIA for years

@ 18.Feb.2005 01:19

Study up labor has been in bed with the CIA for years (ie. Hoffa's goons beating up Anti-Vietnam war protestors).

Not surprised to hear the excuses.

Angel Dust Robideau This Really Takes The Cake!

MXU 18.Feb.2005 01:29

This is almost as crazy as the time Dennis was leading a march across America to demand Leonard's release from prison and you claimed Dennis went around "telling people Leonard isn't even Indiand". Your really losing it Bob.

Hilarious, transcripts reveal my ass!

Hey Now 18.Feb.2005 01:32

Bob? What do the transcripts reveal from Russell Means testimony against other AIM leaders in the Grand Jury?

For What Its Worth

Concerned Activist 18.Feb.2005 01:35

My problem with this whole thread and the issues it raises is that:

1. I happen to be a MIHOP (Made it happen on purpose) believer.I.E. I believe that the Bush fascists made 9-11 happen using Saudi patsies for the alibi. Yes they wanted to do us harm - but also they were being financed in part through a bank with Saudi royal funds with ties to Bush directly). Churchill's issue completely discregards the likely complicity of the extrem right in the US in the attacks. Therefore this whole issue could well be disinformation. Even relatively moderate voices like Cynthia McKinney were saying (at the time Ward wrote this) that Bush knew before 9-11 and was asking "qui bono?" whose benefit?

Why blame the victims instead of the perpetrators?

Aren't all Americans complicit in the vicious policies of our government or aren't we all just pawns?

2. As I said earlier, either of these parties or any of them could be agents of the right and we would have not a clue (so could I for that matter as far as any of you are concerned.

3. Churchill has a lot of baggage as do Banks and the NAIMby pampbys. I have no opinion of Means - but I do know that self-serving actions of elitist leaders, even Native leaders, makes it easy for the movement to be destroyed by the right wing fascists.

Anyway -

I tend to agree with this article and state unequivocally that, despite the complicity of ALL who contribute to the suffering of others globally or benefit from that exploitation, those truly responsible for the death and suffering globally are not the petty bureaucrats and stock traders like the dead brother mentioned in this article (any more than any of us who buy gasoline or cigarets and pay such federal taxes on these items - thus contributing to genocide globally). Those responsible are the perpetrators. And while Churchill may be correct that none of us who support the suffering and who do not oppose it are innocent (and, as he says, neither is he), I think he has failed to truly identify - or misidentified - the real perpetrators and has thus contributed to the disinformation either intentionally or naively.


So read the following and educate yourselves on the AIM-NAIM-conflict and remember that it is so conflicted that it is probably incomprehensible to try to figure out by a lay person. Suffice it to say that the extreme right has thoroughly infiltrated and planted people throughout the mess and probably the only person who can be trusted is Peltier himself - and I guess he could be guilty too -- but I doubt it.


Published on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
An Open Letter to Ward Churchill: My Brother, the 'Eichmann'
by Michael Faughnan

An open letter to Ward Churchill:

My brother Chris was a 1985 graduate of the University of Colorado, the father of three young children and a compassionate, respectful and generous man. He stood in defense of our environment, volunteered his time and money in support of human rights, and gave unselfishly to help disadvantaged, vulnerable members of our society. He spoke openly against unjust government policies, and followed a private ethic of compassion. Chris was also a U.S. government Treasury bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, and therefore by your definition was a "little Eichmann."

At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, you claim that my beautiful brother Chris, a "technocrat" in your words, received his "befitting penalty." While Chris rarely used a cell phone in his work (much less self-importantly brayed into one), he did make one call that fateful day. At about 8:30 that morning, Chris bantered back and forth with his 4-year-old daughter to get her to say that she loved him — she was the last of his family to talk with him.

Mr. Churchill, what I want you to see is the human face behind the rhetoric. Human beings are not symbols, and your essay's dehumanization of the victims of 9/11 reduces them to mere symbols — drones in a capitalist machine. In this way, you are guilty of what you claim to condemn, that is the dehumanization of individuals. It is the inability to see the human face of "the other" that allows the horrible violence in this world to continue.

From what I understand after reading your essay, you wish to give the American people a view of the suffering of the Iraqi and the Palestinian peoples, and provide insight into why the attacks of 9/11 may have occurred. This is noble and legitimate. We do need to see and understand the consequences of the actions of our government and the exportation of our culture, and also do what we can to right the wrongs that have been committed. But to make this point is it necessary to forget the individual humanity of those who died in the attacks and reduce them to mere stereotypes?

Recently, our family has been discussing what would be a befitting, honorable tribute to his life. Ironically, your essay arrived with its own recognition of Chris's memory — as a faceless technocrat who deserved to die.

Chris's wife now lives in the Boulder area and continues to raise his children based on the creed he followed throughout his life: respect, appreciation, honesty, benevolence and love. So the media coverage of you and your writings resonates loudly with our family, and clarification of your writings is critical to us.

Mr. Churchill, we have the right to ask you, in fact, we are obligated to ask you publicly. And you, sir, we feel, are obligated to answer us publicly and unequivocally. In your view, was my brother's death justified? Yes or no? Did it right any wrongs that have been committed in this world?

Whether you answer, and how you answer, I believe is critical to the greater message I believe you seek to espouse. Behind the painful rhetoric you use, I sense a nobler goal, the desire to tell the American people that we must be aware of ourselves in the world, take responsibility and work to understand and change the wrongs that have been committed. If this is your greater message, my brother Chris would have agreed with you whole-heartedly. And if this is your message, please state it clearly, and abandon the dehumanizing rhetoric and the pathetic metaphors. If you cannot make your point this way, it is you who is "braying," playing the role of provocateur and not speaking from any coherent moral conviction.

Regrettably, you, like many of those who are zealously attacking you — political leaders, talk-show hosts, those who profess their views around the office water cooler — disgracefully use the victims of 9/11 to advance your own cause. In the view of this family, your grossly inappropriate characterization of Chris and the other 9/11 victims has been surpassed in vulgarity only by the misinformed advocates of aggression who used those beautiful innocents who perished on 9/11 as propaganda for immediate and misguided violence and destruction.

Our family is seeking to steer a course through these two extremes to find some truth in our brother's death. We are concerned that the majority of the public discussion has moved away from the message you are trying to convey, to attacks on your pedigree, your integrity, your scholarship and your right to speak.

We believe in free speech, but also know the truth of the phrase "with great freedom, comes great responsibility." Shame on the University of Colorado, certain political leaders and others who attack you personally, while side-stepping a deeper understanding of the views that you appear to be raising. We would like you to use your right to speak and your privileged position to be clear on our brother's death so that we can better understand your message. Are you capable of rejecting the language of hate and engaging in real constructive dialog to explore realistic solutions to our real world problems, without pitting one group of victims against another?

Mr. Churchill, my family is not ensconced in an ivory tower. We do not have the luxury that you have of pontificating at arm's length on the causes behind the events of 9/11. The reality of that day has been cemented in my family's life forever.

Was our loss justified? Did it right any wrongs that have been committed in this world? We await your clarification.

Michael Faughnan of Denver wrote this on behalf of the family of Christopher Faughnan



Wasn't it Russ Means and Ward at FBI Headqurters calling people murderer?

Confused 18.Feb.2005 03:33

P R E S S S T A T E M E N T - F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
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November 3, 1999

re: Robert A. Branscombe

On Thursday September 16, 1999 Robert A. Branscombe, a person claiming to be a distant relative of the Anna Mae Aquash Family, staged a press conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, during which he recklessly named several individuals, some in the leadership of the American Indian Movement, alleging that they were involved in the death of Anna Mae Aquash twenty-three years ago on the Oglala Lakota Nation, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Among those named was former personality in the American Indian Movement Russell Means who has resigned from the Movement at least six times previously (see "AIM on Russell Means").

What is especially strange about this is that now Russell Means surfaces on November 3, 1999 in a strange alliance with Robert Branscombe at a joint press conference at the U.S. Federal Building in Denver, Colorado, claiming to represent the American Indian Movement of Denver. He does not!

Of course, in addition to Robert Branscombe, waiting in the wings is his other handler, Ward Churchill, a strange individual and subject of a lengthy report, "United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement". What this unholy alliance between Branscombe, Means and Churchill represents is a continuation of the U.S. Government FBI war against the American Indian Movement leadership. One can only suspect that Russell Means is attempting to deflect attention from himself and what role he may have played in the death of Anna Mae Aquash. Only he and perhaps others know the answers.

One thing is for certain: for fifteen years along with his puppeteer Ward Churchill and his handlers have made a career of attacking the Leadership of the American Indian Movement (see "BACKGROUND: The United States Government War Against The American Indian Movement".

To the news media and others we say: Do not be fooled by this latest reckless, slanderous and libelous grandstanding of Russell Means, Robert Branscombe, Ward Churchill and their handlers. After all, they are conducting this press conference down the hall from FBI Headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Who is cooperating with the FBIs? Sounds like Ward and Russ.

For what its worth

A Concerned Activist 18.Feb.2005 03:41

An Open Letter to Ward Churchill: My Brother, the 'Eichmann'
by Michael Faughnan

An open letter to Ward Churchill:

My brother Chris was a 1985 graduate of the University of Colorado, the father of three young children and a compassionate, respectful and generous man. He stood in defense of our environment, volunteered his time and money in support of human rights, and gave unselfishly to help disadvantaged, vulnerable members of our society. He spoke openly against unjust government policies, and followed a private ethic of compassion. Chris was also a U.S. government Treasury bond broker for Cantor Fitzgerald, and therefore by your definition was a "little Eichmann."

At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, you claim that my beautiful brother Chris, a "technocrat" in your words, received his "befitting penalty." While Chris rarely used a cell phone in his work (much less self-importantly brayed into one), he did make one call that fateful day. At about 8:30 that morning, Chris bantered back and forth with his 4-year-old daughter to get her to say that she loved him — she was the last of his family to talk with him.

Mr. Churchill, what I want you to see is the human face behind the rhetoric. Human beings are not symbols, and your essay's dehumanization of the victims of 9/11 reduces them to mere symbols — drones in a capitalist machine. In this way, you are guilty of what you claim to condemn, that is the dehumanization of individuals. It is the inability to see the human face of "the other" that allows the horrible violence in this world to continue.

From what I understand after reading your essay, you wish to give the American people a view of the suffering of the Iraqi and the Palestinian peoples, and provide insight into why the attacks of 9/11 may have occurred. This is noble and legitimate. We do need to see and understand the consequences of the actions of our government and the exportation of our culture, and also do what we can to right the wrongs that have been committed. But to make this point is it necessary to forget the individual humanity of those who died in the attacks and reduce them to mere stereotypes?

Recently, our family has been discussing what would be a befitting, honorable tribute to his life. Ironically, your essay arrived with its own recognition of Chris's memory — as a faceless technocrat who deserved to die.

Chris's wife now lives in the Boulder area and continues to raise his children based on the creed he followed throughout his life: respect, appreciation, honesty, benevolence and love. So the media coverage of you and your writings resonates loudly with our family, and clarification of your writings is critical to us.

Mr. Churchill, we have the right to ask you, in fact, we are obligated to ask you publicly. And you, sir, we feel, are obligated to answer us publicly and unequivocally. In your view, was my brother's death justified? Yes or no? Did it right any wrongs that have been committed in this world?

Whether you answer, and how you answer, I believe is critical to the greater message I believe you seek to espouse. Behind the painful rhetoric you use, I sense a nobler goal, the desire to tell the American people that we must be aware of ourselves in the world, take responsibility and work to understand and change the wrongs that have been committed. If this is your greater message, my brother Chris would have agreed with you whole-heartedly. And if this is your message, please state it clearly, and abandon the dehumanizing rhetoric and the pathetic metaphors. If you cannot make your point this way, it is you who is "braying," playing the role of provocateur and not speaking from any coherent moral conviction.

Regrettably, you, like many of those who are zealously attacking you — political leaders, talk-show hosts, those who profess their views around the office water cooler — disgracefully use the victims of 9/11 to advance your own cause. In the view of this family, your grossly inappropriate characterization of Chris and the other 9/11 victims has been surpassed in vulgarity only by the misinformed advocates of aggression who used those beautiful innocents who perished on 9/11 as propaganda for immediate and misguided violence and destruction.

Our family is seeking to steer a course through these two extremes to find some truth in our brother's death. We are concerned that the majority of the public discussion has moved away from the message you are trying to convey, to attacks on your pedigree, your integrity, your scholarship and your right to speak.

We believe in free speech, but also know the truth of the phrase "with great freedom, comes great responsibility." Shame on the University of Colorado, certain political leaders and others who attack you personally, while side-stepping a deeper understanding of the views that you appear to be raising. We would like you to use your right to speak and your privileged position to be clear on our brother's death so that we can better understand your message. Are you capable of rejecting the language of hate and engaging in real constructive dialog to explore realistic solutions to our real world problems, without pitting one group of victims against another?

Mr. Churchill, my family is not ensconced in an ivory tower. We do not have the luxury that you have of pontificating at arm's length on the causes behind the events of 9/11. The reality of that day has been cemented in my family's life forever.

Was our loss justified? Did it right any wrongs that have been committed in this world? We await your clarification.

Michael Faughnan of Denver wrote this on behalf of the family of Christopher Faughnan

Reliable sources say Peltier did not approve Robideau statement above

Long time AIM member 18.Feb.2005 03:53

Bob,
We have it from reliable sources that this letter is not from Leonard and is merely you using Leonard to settle your scores. This is not a quote from Leonard but a reliable source.
By the way, do you have a law degree? Did you get one while you were in Spain in the witness protection program? Last time we checked Barry Bachrach wasn't incompetent to the contrary he is a great lawyer. Why would he need help or advice from a moron like you? Get a life Bob. You are doing nothing but dividing those who support Leonard. Why don't you just can it and speak for yourself. This letter you posted sounds literally schizophrenic.
Absolutely the worst thing to ever come out claiming to be LPDC ever. How many times does Leonard have to dump you guys before you stop using his committee to settle your vendettas? Let's see how long was Dave Hill spokesperson? Two Months? Now we get this totally unprofessional crap from you? In 94 Ward couldn't help himself with that "Dark Night" crap so he had to be removed? Do any of you care about leonard or are you merely buzzards living off the carcass?

Official AIM position on 911

for concerned activist 18.Feb.2005 04:00

The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council vehemently condemns the recent acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated against innocent civilians in the United States. We condemn similar acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated by all governments and organizations against innocent civilians worldwide.

THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT GRAND GOVERNING COUNCIL DECLARES:


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On Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. central time, Indian people will be standing with thousands of Minnesotans at the State Capitol to join our prayers and spirit in the wake of these horrific and tragic events. We request that all of our Indian peoples and others join us in our offerings and prayers at this time.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we mourn with them the loss of their loved ones. As a people who have historically suffered similar crimes against humanity perpetrated against peaceful Indian villages in the North America, and continuing today against Indian civilians in several countries of Central and South America, we nonetheless at this time grieve and join our prayers and spirits with the families of the innocent victims of these acts of violence in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C.

However, we caution and remind the U.S. Government leaders that all faiths of the world are taught that violence begets violence. Mahatma Ghandi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. have proven the power of non-violence. Our great chiefs like Blackhawk and Chief Joseph, in the face of great adversity, were men of peace and non-violence. Blackhawk, who correctly observed at that time, when he asked the question, "Why is it that you Americans always insist on taking with a gun what you could have through love?"

With acts of love, we can become the most respected government and people in the world, and we will prevail. If we continue the cycles of violence, we will continue to be the most despised in many parts of the world, and we will fail. We must continue to pray for justice and world peace.


CONTACT:


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Ne-Gon-We-Way-We-Dun, Anishinabe Ojibwe Nation
Also known as Clyde H. Bellecourt
Phone: 612-724-3129
National Director American Indian Movement

Nowa-Cumig, Anishinabe Ojibwe Nation
Aka, Dennis J. Banks
Phone: 218-654-5885
Chairman of the Board, American Indian Movement

WaBun-Inini, Anishinabe Ojibwe Nation
Aka, Vernon Bellecourt
Phone: 612-721-3914 Fax: 612-721-7826
International Director American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council

Ministry for Information
P.O. Box 13521
Minneapolis MN 55414
612-721-3914 FAX: 612-721-7826
Email:  aimggc@worldnet.att.net
Web Address: www.aimovement.org

Very disturbing trend!

AIM 18.Feb.2005 05:00

94- Churchill trys to exploit and build a rift between Peltier and Banks and has to step down after his attack propaganda organ Dark Night Field Notes puts out "Why do you think we call it struggle" a pack of lies attacking AIM leaders".
LPDC kicks leaders in Chicago LPDC out for the whole affair
96- Churchill has to be reminded by personal letter (signed) to cease representing Peltier.
Period of peace

1999 Russ and Ward do a press conference at FBI headquarters in Denver and accuse Banks and Bellecourts of murder of Anna mae Aquash.
Russ, Ward, and Bob spend several years running around insinuating that Banks and Bellecourt had her killed because they thought she was an agent.

2004 Homeless alchoholic, Arlo Looking CLoud gets arrested for the murder of Anna Mae. Russ Means testifies to federal grand jury and Bob Robideau testifies at trial then moves to Spain? (witness protection Bob?) Then after a 4 day trail on a thirty year old murder a white jury convicts Arlo of murder. They also try to extradite a John Graham from Canada to try him as well.
Colorado AIM posts a statement on their website insinuating the founders of AIM in murder.
During the trial several people accuse Peltier of interrogating Anna Mae and implying she was killed because she witnessed Peltier shoot the agents.

Stop to think would any of this happened had Ward and Russ not done the press conference in 1999?
AIM has always contended that Anna Mae was executed by the FBI and never accused anyone in AIM of her murder. There is our investment in unity and as far as it goes. Does anyone really expect AIM founders to be nice to Ward and Russ now? Especially after their little AUTO AIM mock tribunal at Edgewood.

Let us be clear the real animosity within all of this began with Russ, Glenn Morris, and Ward Churchill decided to support the CIA backed Contras. The true national AIM board banished them forever. Period.
They have been doing all this shit ever since.
Their participants in LPDC have routinely been bounced for making statements on behalf of Leonard divided AIM and hurt Leonard. They have been bounced by Leonard and no one else.

2005 David Hill takes over LPDC (Dave Hill is a long time Means, Robideau associate)
Two months later he steps down.
Leonard’s brother takes over but all the sudden Bobby Robideau volunteers to be a legal advisor? He then starts cranking out letters he admits are not being written by Leonard attacking other AIM members of murder etc…

Now let’s go back in time. Bobby Robideau was tried for the same charges as Leonard in a separate trial and summarily acquitted. He walked off into the sunset and never looked back. Now he is in Spain?
Anyone see a strange pattern here?
We do!

Very disturbing trend!

AIM 18.Feb.2005 05:00

94- Churchill trys to exploit and build a rift between Peltier and Banks and has to step down after his attack propaganda organ Dark Night Field Notes puts out "Why do you think we call it struggle" a pack of lies attacking AIM leaders".
LPDC kicks leaders in Chicago LPDC out for the whole affair
96- Churchill has to be reminded by personal letter (signed) to cease representing Peltier.
Period of peace

1999 Russ and Ward do a press conference at FBI headquarters in Denver and accuse Banks and Bellecourts of murder of Anna mae Aquash.
Russ, Ward, and Bob spend several years running around insinuating that Banks and Bellecourt had her killed because they thought she was an agent.

2004 Homeless alchoholic, Arlo Looking CLoud gets arrested for the murder of Anna Mae. Russ Means testifies to federal grand jury and Bob Robideau testifies at trial then moves to Spain? (witness protection Bob?) Then after a 4 day trail on a thirty year old murder a white jury convicts Arlo of murder. They also try to extradite a John Graham from Canada to try him as well.
Colorado AIM posts a statement on their website insinuating the founders of AIM in murder.
During the trial several people accuse Peltier of interrogating Anna Mae and implying she was killed because she witnessed Peltier shoot the agents.

Stop to think would any of this happened had Ward and Russ not done the press conference in 1999?
AIM has always contended that Anna Mae was executed by the FBI and never accused anyone in AIM of her murder. There is our investment in unity and as far as it goes. Does anyone really expect AIM founders to be nice to Ward and Russ now? Especially after their little AUTO AIM mock tribunal at Edgewood.

Let us be clear the real animosity within all of this began with Russ, Glenn Morris, and Ward Churchill decided to support the CIA backed Contras. The true national AIM board banished them forever. Period.
They have been doing all this shit ever since.
Their participants in LPDC have routinely been bounced for making statements on behalf of Leonard divided AIM and hurt Leonard. They have been bounced by Leonard and no one else.

2005 David Hill takes over LPDC (Dave Hill is a long time Means, Robideau associate)
Two months later he steps down.
Leonard’s brother takes over but all the sudden Bobby Robideau volunteers to be a legal advisor? He then starts cranking out letters he admits are not being written by Leonard attacking other AIM members of murder etc…

Now let’s go back in time. Bobby Robideau was tried for the same charges as Leonard in a separate trial and summarily acquitted. He walked off into the sunset and never looked back. Now he is in Spain?
Anyone see a strange pattern here?
We do!

Defense Committee

Paul Wolf 18.Feb.2005 12:44


The main contradiction in the above is that Robideau is saying that the "justice for Anna Mae" campaign is really plot to frame Leonard Peltier. But he's one of the one's who's been calling for blood - see  http://indigenouswomenforjustice.org/rob2.html. There was similar but unsigned LPDC press release three days earlier supporting Churchill and calling for prosecutions for the Aquash murder. Both claim they have never supported Arlo Looking Cloud or John Graham and there is no change in position. Not too credible, just google "Barry Bachrach Speaks Out" or go to the grahamdefense.org website to see their previous statements. They don't say why they have changed their tone or even admit there's a change.

What bothers me about Robert Robideau is that he claims the agents were shot at close range. That story was the key to Leonard Peltier's conviction. Otherwise, all the prosecution had was a dozen people shooting at the agents, and no idea who fired the fatal shots. The close range execution story was based entirely on testimony of people also facing murder charges.

The physical evidence did not show that the agents were shot at close range. According to the story, Agent Williams put his hand over the barrel of Leonard's AK-47, begging for his life, before Leonard shot him through the hand and then the head. But the gunshot residue (GSR) test came up negative. GSR is normally detectable on the hand of a person who fires a weapon, and would be very easy to detect on Williams' hand if this had happened.
 http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/peltierwilliamsskintest27feb1976.htm

This exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense, and never noticed by people subsequently reviewing LP's FBI file. I noticed it right away because I used to sell electron microscopes and x-ray spectrometers used to do GSR analysis. I brought this to the attention of Barry Bachrach. His first response was "what's gun shot residue?" Then he invited me to join the LPDC. When I said I wanted to remain independent he wrote to all of them accusing me of ulterior motives.

All this is basically water under the bridge, but I'm convinced that the story about the short range execution of the agents was made up, and I'm sure Leonard Peltier would agree. Robert Robideau claims this story is true and that's why it's strange that he's LP's spokesman.

Robideau letter above absolute fraud!!

AIM 18.Feb.2005 23:20

We have just gone to the website of Leonard Peltier. The letter above accusing Dennis Banks of framing Leonard is not on his website there is a letter similar but nothing of the bullshit about Dennis and Vernon. Bob your busted. What a jack ass!

Blood Test

Labiche 19.Feb.2005 00:47

I've met Ward: he ain't irish??? Let whites take a blood test (start with 'Nobody') to see if they're really ital., irish, or beatnik...

paul wolf- who R U? your bringing up who shot who? who R U?

dr. stop the witchunt 19.Feb.2005 04:33

Paul baby, R U a bellecourt stooge indian? or a white Communist? or a cointelpro plant? don't talk about who had the respect of elders and themselves to shoot back. it was right to kill killers.
tell us who U R- show some guts. who R U to judge the shootout? who cares who defended themselves by offing fbi murderers.
i only see U being
a fool for the fbi

Nice balance

Alaric Paine 19.Feb.2005 09:33

Alan Colmes is Rupert Murdoc's living straw man argument. Bring in Ward!
Alan Colmes is Rupert Murdoc's living straw man argument. Bring in Ward!
997K

Some of the criticism of Ward is fair. Most of it is knee-jerk reaction and deliberate smear. But he's no more radically left than Karl Rove or Bill O'Reilly are radically right. When Democrats are falling all over themselves to be the first to approve Alberto Gonzales and Condeleza Rice, we need somebody to upset the rush to fascism.

One of the few anonymous posters, that's who

Paul Wolf 19.Feb.2005 14:06

"Dr stop the witchhunt" - I'm a 40 year old law student in Washington DC. I've never been in the military, worked for the police, etc. As I wrote earlier I learned about all this mess about 5 years ago when I scanned and formatted the book The Cointelpro Papers for the internet. (in an agreement with WC to promote his book) I also accepted his help in writing a report to the UN on cointelpro -  http://www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/coinwcar3.htm

You can see from my website www.cointel.org that I know all about snitch jacketing and that in the days of cointelpro, the accusers were often the informants. What you have in AIM is everyone calling each other informants.

I have no idea what the Bellecourts are like and have never met them, or Dennis Banks. I won't even say they aren't implicated the Aquash murder - how would I know? However, there are people in AIM working with the police in regard to the Aquash murder. In fact, on this forum someone was spreading the rumor that one of the AIM leaders was going to be indicted with Graham. That's the level of dirty fighting going on.

"Who shot who" is the story of why Leonard Peltier is in jail. I've read most of his FBI file at the National Archives and posted some documents at www.icdc.com/~paulwolf/cointelpro/peltier.htm. I'm a believer in physical evidence since the people who testified against him had every reason to lie.

What a cop! Bob resigns.

SCHIZO BOBCOP 19.Feb.2005 20:49

I personally will be overjoyed when the Canadian courts
rule to return John Graham back to the US
to answer for this brutal murder.
by Bob Robideau
[Note: Bob Robideau was a co-defendant in charges arising from the June 26, 1975 fire-fight on the Jumping Bull family's property in Oglala. Bob and Dino Butler were acquitted, while Leonard Peltier was subsequently convicted. Bob was a key member in the Northwest AIM group that included Anna Mae, and he later served as national and international director for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Bob assisted both Peter Matthiessen and Robert Redford during the compilation of "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" and "Incident at Oglala" respectively.]
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On this day I effectively resign as International Spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and give my total support to the family of Anna Mae, Indigenous Women For Justice and all those groups and individuals who believe as I do that those that executed Anna Mae must be held accountable for their actions. Justice cries out for Anna Mae …to all native people



After several weeks of struggles over the issues surrounding the execution of Anna Mae with Leonard Peltier and his representatives I have quickly come to the conclusion that I can no longer remain as International Spokesperson for the LPDC . After several discussions with this group regarding the ongoing support and comfort that the LPDC has and continues to give to John Graham and the John Graham Defense Committee, I have come to the conclusion that it is an unconscionable, inept and irresponsible road that they have chosen. One that continues to cloak the truth and comfort the guilty.

I personally will be overjoyed when the Canadian courts rule to return John Graham back to the US to answer for this brutal murder. I will pray that his extradition contributes to an escalation of this case that will expose further all of the cowards responsible for ordering and carrying out her execution.

I look forward to attending the trial of John Graham and I am encouraging others to go as well, to give support to those in AIM that are courageous enough to take the stand and tell their parts of this story.

It is only with these revelations can the family of Anna Mae find the peace and dignity that is rightfully theirs.

In the Spirit of Anna Mae,

Robert Robideau

Hey Dr. Witch?

Give me your name and number 19.Feb.2005 20:53

Paul Wolf is well known dumb ass. AIM has put their contact info,ph number, mailing address etc.. on here. Dare you to do the same. The FBI obviously already knows why don't you give it to the radicals you attack?
Chicken.

First he says Peltier supports Graham then he switches?

Angeldust Robideau 19.Feb.2005 21:12

Bob John Trudell say's he is crazy and proud of it. You are absolutely psychotic and unaware of it. Amuch more dangerous position.

You'e overjoyed this Indian will be tried by a Federal Jury and the FBI?

True colors noted 19.Feb.2005 21:22

I am starting to change my opinion about all of this. Aren't Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham dirt poor Indians being tried for something that happened thirty years ago? Bob supports this? Russ Means testified to a grand jury? Ward and Russ did a press conference accusing AIM founders of ordering a hit? I have seen nowhere where the AIM founders have accused anyone but the Bureau of her murder. Maybe it's true what they say about the giultiest dog barking loudest. I used to think maybe there was an excuse for Ward supporting the Contras but the more research I do the more I am really hating to admit that somebody has a point. Ward may not need to be fired for what he said. But he she should probably run the gauntlet along with this Bob fella and Means for what they are doing to the native people and their movement.

Is it true Russel Means was the voice of Pochahantas's father in that Disney cartoon? What's up with that? I have seen Dennis banks in War Party that is about militant Indians. I have seen Banks and Trudell in Thunderheart and that is about militant Indians. Russ seems to be ok with revisionist historical Disney cartoons that portray large busted thirteen year olds head over heels in love with imperialist rapists and murderers and Ward is his best friend. Right? Do I have that right?
My resolve is shaken.

On Pochahontas

AIM 19.Feb.2005 21:44

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by wit 3:59pm Wed Nov 15 \'00
Historians have their hands full as it is, without Disney Studios pushing itself in on the debate. Just how old was Pocahontas when she threw herself over John Smith\'s broad European masculine frame to prevent her own father from killing him? Was her name even Pocahontas? Whose idea was it to marry her off to John Rolfe?
These questions, which used to be the exclusive purview of historians, have now apparently been settled once and for all by Walt Disney - the corporation, not the person - as we shall soon all come to recognize, because little children will be reciting the new facts to us grumpy old-timers. Pocahontas was a young adult when the similarly young John Smith came along and the two of them did mushy stuff. Her dark skin next to his pale flesh (as in flesh-colored) tells us something is different about this animated romance.
However, we gimlet-eyed adults know that not too many years ago, it would have been unheard of to have a white skin and a dark skin in close proximity on the screen or in book illustrations.
And when real live actors played dark-skinned women in films, we knew they were really white-skinned actors in heavy makeup. How titillating it was to later see these Euro-babes replaced by actors France
Nuyen or Nancy Kwan playing actual dark-skinned people. We were so accustomed to Hedv Lamarr in dark drag or Katharine Hepburn - for Pete\'s sake - playing a Chinese woman.
Dorothy Lamour played a Tahitian, and Debra Paget played some kind of Hawaiian princess. Seemingly endless pale-skins have played Indian princesses. Their blue eyes peering through dark Max Factor layers of brown sludge.
Who can forget Jimmy Stewart as the stalwart American trying to make peace with the Indians in the film \"Broken Arrow.\" His foil, Jeff Chandler, played the Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise, although the actor wore a pronounced Hebrew-American visage. Of course Cochise\'s nitwit daughter died in Jimmy Stewart\'s arms before they could consummate their biracial love affair. That\'s the way it used to do be done in the movies - the white guy loses the dark- babe before anything can get going, thus sparing moviegoers any outrage.
But now as we soon shall see, little girls everywhere English is spoken will be enchanted by animated lies as Pocahontas, that Frankensteinesque Disney creation. glides into their imaginations. She represents, as the animator Glen Keane describes, the face structure of a Mongolian, with the added convex facial curves of an African, the body of a Caucasian, and the slanted eyes of an Asian. Keane says Pocahontas is an \'ethnic blend.\' (So it really isn\'t an Indian babe making it with a white guy after all? Whew! What a relief)
Still, must we watch as another nitwit daughter of a famous Indian leader throws away her position and her father\'s honor for the sake of an old turkey from England? The colonists couldn\'t have been fibbing about that part, could they?\"
There may be hope. Perhaps Disney\'s third horrible anti-cultural, sexist animation could be a charm. First \"Aladdin,\" then \"The Lion King,\' now \'Pocahontas.\" Imagine a scene like the one in the movies with the fools who dared to betray the temple gods, and tons of gold coins fill the Disney studios, killing everyone who had anything to do with this picture. The ghosts of Walt and Mickey appear in silhouette, saying, \"That\'s what you get for being greedy little slugs!\" Too remote a possibility you say? You\'re probably right.
Disney will make megamillions. Kids everywhere will teach their parents history, and we tired adults will learn to shrug this away too. Less forgiving, I suspect, will be many Indians when they hear how proud Russell Means of his role (a paying job) and how he thinks this animation is the greatest thing since fried bread.
The Indian Democrat turned Republican, U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado, is said to be hosting a gala party and showing of the film to benefit little children with fetal alcohol syndrome.
Those with long memories will recall Means hopping on the nearest stage (proscenium, that is) to shout his disdain for Squanto and Tonto and all the tame Indians he referred to as \"apples.\" He would go on for hours about \"hang-around-the-fort Indians\" and \"BIA Indians,\" and he was known to bellow in the middle of the night that \"today is a good day to die.\"
Perhaps we misunderstood. Perhaps he meant dye his hair, or something like that.
Means reserved special venom for those he called \"Uncle Tomahawks.\" Those were the men who worked for government, industry or academia. He once told students at the University of California, Davis, that going to school was a waste of time and no true Indian would do it. Remembering guilt-free hours idled away listening to Means rant there are probably several hundred Indian people who now think they might have wasted their time.
What, though, could be more disconcerting than Means himself, contemplating in his private moments, how or why he sold his voice to a lie as he played an Indian who gave his own daughter to the whites.
Perhaps Means has turned into the biggest Red Delicious of them all, something of which the arch-conservative Walt Disney would greatly appro

PROVE IT re ward/cia- what about bellecourts getting Nica. Indians killed?

COINTELPRO Killer 20.Feb.2005 00:12

"Nobody" offers rhetoric not proof again- what about bellecourts involvement in getting nicararguen indians slaughtered?
prove churchill got cia funding. HIM and only him. no more rhetoric, guilt by assoc. or any thing else. prove it. bellecourts arent answering anything substancial like did they fink on nicaraguan indians and get them killed. AIM in banishing them found them guilty of espionage in that case, the indians are said to hav e put a death sentence on them.

and now we hav the peltair approved rob robideau statement clearly showing that calling ward cia/fbi/agent/disrupter stinks of a cointelpro-type set up also aiming at leonard and other aim-sters with bellecourts and even dennis banks caught up in it and implicated in anna mae's execution.

the fbi is having a field day thanks to "Nobody" et al. they are defacto complicit in what robideaus gettin at. your're cointelpro stooges.
and cut they angeldust crap re him. so wat? one of bellecourt boyz went to jail for drugs too.

why do churchills opponents offer no proof of much of anything while the other side provides substanciated info?

contas, cia, New Alliace Party Bellecourt stooge...

The Anti-Lenin Doctor 20.Feb.2005 00:25

ward and faith were in the pub. dark field notes which mentioned problems in aim. leonard wanted no aim infighting aired. so he asked them to leave lpdc. so what?
these sort of differences never happen among activists??

the 2 long - and reposts from this thread- 'ward and the cia'* offer not one item to show ward=cia. that he and so many others rightly opposed sandinista repression
against indians only proves they've got the right stance.
all i knew who had such a stance vomited at the word 'contra'. if some non-cia indians used that term could be - but i never heard it. akwesasne notes was pro-indian- were they cia? i never recall them ever using the word contra positivly.
but hey, if supporting indigenous autonomy makes one a 'contra' 'Nobody' then so be it. you're a bitter stalinist whose lost all your despotisms.

* written by ken lawrence a pal of churchill- ken please post your outing of bellecourt speaking for the lenninist cult New Alliance Party

Ward published a book on it? Dumb ass?

AIM 20.Feb.2005 04:37

Number one unlike Ward or Russ, Vernon Bellecourt admitted he made a mistake in supporting Lenora Fulani. I was there at the Democratic convention in '88 when she made all the promises she didn't keep.call Vernon and ask him he has openly said that was an out and out mistake. Unlike Ward who still makes excuses for his admitting that he met with Elliot Abrams? The head of Mid east affairs in the Defense Dept. The same Abrams who was convicted of supporting the Contras after congress oredered it stopped? By the way I would much rather fuck up and accidentally support a Leninist that the CIA Contras. Ward wrote a booklet that made the argument that it was "good Leninism" to support the Contras. WestWord in CO did a piece on it look it up. We have pics of Glenn Morris and Russ Means with brooklynn Rivera COntra leader. You are on crack.
We have substantiated that Leonard disapproved of Ward and Russ's shit talking campaign.We have substantiated that Russ resigned from AIM. We have video? We can substantiate that Russ did that racist cartoon? We can substantiate the Russ Means recently supported the Bush favorite John Thune for Senate in South Dakota. We can substantiate that during his run for tribal office this Fall he stated that " a woman cannot be the leader of the Lakota Nation". He lost by the way? We can substantiate that Ward admitted he taught orientation classes on AIM in South Dakota (Jodi Rave has that on tape".
You know what all the scanned documents are above. Tribal denials of Ward's Indian heritage, pics of Glenn and Russ with the Contras, etc etc etc .
You just can't handle the truth.
Personally I wish you'd identify yourself. We could have a round of legal ultimate fighting that would be fun. I would put your face on a copier and scan it and put it on Indy media.

Oh and by the way King Amdo? Take some prozav and pick a religion you are like a human mosquito.

News for ya doc!

Mister to you 20.Feb.2005 04:43

Not only did Vernon speek for the New ALliance Party, he marched into Mexico with Commandante Marcos, got thrown in jail for meeting with Momar Qadafy (18 months in jail), he is a personal friend of the PLO, spoke for the IRA in Belfast, met with the Sandinistas who by the way are almost all of Indian heritage themselves,and told the US government it had committed atrocities for worse than 911. But ya know what? HE never said and would not say innocent victims deserved to die and he would never support the CIA trained bin laden set in a million years. They are a bunch of sexist Nazis no better than those they attack.

Video of Russ accusing AIm leaders of murder with Ward at FBI headqurters!

AIM 20.Feb.2005 04:46

Look on the John Graham defense website and go to link of 22 minute video on John Graham. Within this video there are Russ and Ward accusing AIM leaders of murder.

Who is &quot;AIM&quot;? they are now threatening violence on this board. This is wrong.

sr. joan sara 21.Feb.2005 06:49

i and my sisters support all human decency. we want to know what the fighting is about and why would AIM say they want to smash someones face into a copier. this is not helpful. And we keep seeing AIM postings but who is the individual posting?
This is so much 'he said- she said' and thats sad. please, especially AIM, say who you are? it's all so confusing. don't we want to do the right thing?
as we had sisters murdered in Central America, its especially disturbing to keep hearing, and seeing on this board, accusations that AIM brothers were responsible for espionage in the case of First Peoples being slaughered in Central America.

bellecourt foolishness/whose aim/ all kindza shit/soviet stooges

Not Falling For COINTELPRO Foolishness On This Thread. Paul is dead 21.Feb.2005 07:03

National AIM Inc. (NAIMI) = todays Grand Governing Council of AIM = bellecourts
et al aim

First, NAIMI is neither national nor a movement. It is a corporation
chartered in 1993 under the laws of the State of Minnesota. The
signatory on the application's cover page is Vernon Bellecourt and the
registered office his house.86 The text is a photocopy of a long-rescinded 70s generic
incorporation document. The home addresses listed for the incorporators
are all fifteen or more years out of date.87 The same is true of the supposed Board of Directors, which
includes people like John Trudell who insists that he was never
consulted on the matter, was unaware that his name was used in any
capacity, and that he wants nothing at all to do with the
organization.88 The Board's main
function is to name a three-to-seven person "Central Committee" which,
in turn, sets policy and designates NAIMI's "state directors."89

The various chapters NAIMI claims around the country are hardly more
than shells. So far as can be determined, Michael Haney is its sole
Oklahoma representative.90 In Kansas City, Bellecourt cousin Michael Pierce is
another chapter, as Pierce's brother Tom is in Kentucky.91 In the Bay Area, Carole Standing
Elk can boast perhaps a half-dozen adherents, as can Fern Matthias in
Los Angeles.92 In Portland, Oregon the
number stands at about five.93 There are
supposedly two chapters in Ohio, one in Toledo which seems to be a woman
named Joyce Mulhaney and two others, the other headed by Kenny Irwin in
Columbus.94 Mulhaney is principally
known as a Northern Ohio powwow circuit trader who occasionally writes
letters seeking to establish herself as an authority on Ohio native
burial rights issues. The Columbus group, quite active in burial rights
and sacred sites issues prior to its adherence to the Minnesota "home
office," now confines its leadership to convoking powwows and seeking
paid speaking engagements for its leadership. Even in Minneapolis, the
National Office can show only about fifteen adults in its "AIM patrol,"
all of them paid.95

Each of the "chapters" reportedly receives a monthly subsidy to maintain
a telephone, letterhead stationery and an "office" (often a postal
drop),96 but some have
suggested that the remote chapters actually pay monthly tribute to
support the Minneapolis "leadership." Based on these figures, by 1997
the organization had about fifty regular members/employees nationwide.
At most, there are a hundred.

According to its 1993 corporate report and several puff pieces in the
Minneapolis press, NAIMI handled approximately $4 million in federal
funding and received about $3.3 million from Fortune 500 contributors
like Honeywell. An additional half-million came in from individual
donations, contributions from church groups and merchandise sales.97
With such
a cashflow, it is not surprising to find Vernon driving Cadillacs and
sporting $2,500 fringed and beaded leather jackets.98 Clyde drives a similar car adorned
with a custom license plate reading "AIM-ONE." He has been seen flashing
a roll of bills and dropping hundreds of dollars at a time at blackjack
tables in several Minneapolis-range casinos.99 Although both promote themselves as followers of
the Midewiwin spiritual way and Clyde is a Sundancer, they also both
have reputations as substance abusers in contradiction of the principles
and lifestyle of both these traditions.100

Aside from the Bellecourts' personal consumption, NAIMI's ample funds
appear to be devoted to maintaining three Minneapolis-based main
projects: the Heart of the Earth Survival School, The Red Earth Housing
Project, and the American Indian Opportunity Industrialization Center, a
job training program.101 Although Churchill acknowledges there's nothing wrong with
alternative schools, housing for urban Indians and job training for the
unemployed, he finds them wide of AIM's mission. "That's all well and
good," he says, "but AIM is supposed to be a national liberation
movement, not a social service agency. Suffice it to say that neither
the government nor the Honeywell Corporation is in the business of
underwriting national liberation movements. Beyond that, I'm not even
sure that channeling 17,000 Indians onto the assembly lines of major
defense contractors qualifies as a good thing in the end."102 Russell Means concurs:

It's been a firm principle of the American Indian Movement since
day one that we never accept federal funds to run our programs.
The feds never give something for nothing. There's always a
trade-off, a quid pro quo. "We'll continue your funding next year,
but only if you do this and that for us." The same with the
corporations. You end up coopted, working for the government and
big business instead of trying to break their power over your
people, right? Well, Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt are obviously in
that bag, working for the feds. That's where their money comes
from. The only question is, since neither of them actually holds
down a job in these projects they've got, what is it they've
agreed to do in order to keep the money rolling in? 103

The answer, Means thinks, may be fairly straightforward: their job is to
ensure that AIM as a viable national liberation movement disappears once
and for all.


The Confederation of Autonomous AIM Chapters (autonomous AIM)

Object of intense sustained federal repression during the 1970s, AIM was
largely dormant during the 1980s, apart from a few sparks of life like
Yellow Thunder Camp and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Around
1990 in anticipation of the 1992 Quincentennary, however, there were
signs of revitalization. This was perhaps most true in Denver, a chapter
cofounded by Vernon Bellecourt and Joe Locust (Cherokee) in 1970 but
abandoned by Bellecourt in 1972.104 There, Churchill and Morris, who had been drafted by Locust and
others to direct a rebuilding of the almost extinct chapter in 1983, had
attained an active membership of over a hundred by the end of the
decade. Moreover, they were busy crafting a "rainbow coalition" of area
groups -53 participating organizations by 1992 -which was beginning to
demonstrate real power within the Rocky Mountain region.105

In the Bay Area, Bobby Castillo and AIM veteran George Martin
successfully pursued the same strategy, filling a vacuum as old as 1980
or earlier. New or “reborn" chapters surfaced steadily in the Crow
Reservation in Montana, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Corpus Christi (Texas),
the Pacific Northwest, Illinois, the Southern Ute Reservation,
Albuquerque, northern Florida, eastern Oklahoma and Virginia.106 Added to the existing chapters in Colorado
and the Dakotas and potential chapters like Minnesota, these groups
offered the prospect of a resurgent AIM Ê again a force in U.S.
opposition politics for the 1990s. This likelihood was further enhanced
by overtures for a linkup from the Mohawk Warriors Society in upstate
New York and southern Quebec, and Canadian native rights
organizations.107 Colorado
AIM first truly flexed its muscles in 1992, putting several thousand
people into the streets of Denver, making it the only city in the
country where a major celebration of the Columbian Quincentennary was
prevented.108 However,
soon thereafter things began to move quickly in another direction.
Within weeks, Vernon Bellecourt, who spent the Quincentennary
accumulating a sizable speaker's fee in Ohio, openly launched his
intensive campaign to discredit Churchill and Morris. The same
phenomenon materialized in the Bay Area, where Castillo and Martin's
chapter had also organized large counterdemonstrations on Columbus Day.
Carole Standing Elk, who by her own admission had not been politically
active in a dozen years, was suddenly anointed in the press as
"legitimate head of AIM in northern California," using this new position
to publicly and repeatedly denounce Castillo as a "fraud" and a "Mexican
taco."109

Soon thereafter, the Bellecourt-run NAIMI was incorporated and, to quote
Churchill, unilaterally "began expelling the movement from itself." This
is no overstatement. One of the first acts of NAIMI was a September 1993
press circular asserting that

...only those chapters which have been duly authorized and
chartered by the National Office should be recognized in the
future as legitimate representatives of the American Indian
Movement. Questions in this regard can be resolved by calling the
National Office at 1-612-721-3914. [Vernon Bellecourt's home phone
number] 110

Further attempts to undermine the autonomous chapters sprang up,
especially in Colorado. On October 1993, one year after Colorado AIM's
spectacular Columbus Day victory, Vernon Bellecourt flew into Denver,
and conducted a surprise press conference on the steps of the state
capitol building. He told startled and undoubtedly delighted mainstream
reporters that the highly visible Glenn Morris and Ward Churchill had
been expelled from AIM, and introduced three unknown individuals--Al
Bear Ribs, Al "Fast Thunder" Schumacher and "Cahuilla Red Elk" (Margaret
Martinez) -as the "new leadership of Colorado AIM."111 With Red Elk/Martinez tagging along, Vernon then met with
University President Albino to try having Churchill and Morris fired
from their jobs (no investigation of Morris was ever initiated). His
mission of disruption thus accomplished, Vernon jetted off, and
continues to market the local media "controversy" he manufactured about
Morris and Churchill to this day.112

The "legitimate AIM leadership" Bellecourt's appointees gave Denver
could have been created by the Marx Brothers. Bear Ribs, having just
completed a prison sentence for beating another man to death in a bar,
left Colorado less than three months later, fleeing an arrest warrant
for domestic violence.113 Schumacher sank from view at about the same time,
after a public speech in which he informed his audience that "The main
threat we must prepare to meet is an invasion from outer space."114
Martinez/Red Elk was last heard from in
mid-1995, working for an upscale Colorado Springs developer who wished
to build condominiums in the Garden of the Gods State Park, a site
sacred to native people.115 As Glenn Morris put it:

Vernon didn't manage to destroy Colorado AIM. Far from it. We're
very much alive. But what he did manage to do, and is still trying
to do, is create a considerable amount of confusion. He gave a lot
of ammunition to anti-AIM and anti-Indian sentiment in this
already anti-Indian state, and his "appointees" made the movement
a laughingstock in some circles. We came out of Columbus Day '92
with a lot of momentum. It's fair to say that he slowed that
momentum a lot, and that damaged morale among our members. After
all the work we put in building this chapter, he put us in the
position of having to rebuild again. Now, you tell me. Who was the
primary beneficiary of his "contribution" here? It's not Indians,
and it's not the American Indian Movement.116

Responding to NAIMI's establishment and its disruptive disinformation
offensive, sixty representatives of nineteen functioning AIM chapters
assembled at Edgewood, New Mexico in December 1993. Together, they
issued the Edgewood Declaration, defining themselves as a Confederation
of Autonomous Chapters of the American Indian Movement and repudiating
any authority claimed by the Bellecourts' national office outside the
Minneapolis area.117 "We didn't start anything new
at Edgewood," says Russell Means. "All we did was reaffirm the
principles which governed AIM all along, especially the 1975 decision by
the whole membership to dissolve the national office and dispense with
national officers. Each chapter functions in a mutually-supportive, but
locally directed and entirely autonomous manner. There's only one valid
way the 1975 decision can ever be reversed, and that's through the
convening of a national meeting of all active AIM members in which they
consent to setting up a national office again. Such a meeting has never
happened."118


*The IITC.*

Hammered to pieces as a direct result of federal repression,
AIM was in a state of virtual collapse by the early 80s, fraught with
incessant internal discord.141 The Bellecourts were the only AIM "notables" never tried and
imprisoned during the period. It was at this point that Vernon announced
the reestablishment of the formerly-dissolved National Office and
proclaimed Clyde executive director. Whatever his younger brother was
doing at the time, Vernon used his new station to assert control over
the movement's single untarnished operation, the International Indian
Treaty Council (IITC). Labeling Cherokee activist Jimmie Durham, IITC's
highly effective founding director, a "white man masquerading as an
Indian," Vernon soon accomplished his objective.142

IITC was established in 1974 at the behest of the Lakota elders to
represent indigenous interests vis-‡-vis nation-states before the United
Nations. Under Durham's direction it had succeeded in solid fashion. By
1981, however, the Bellecourts turned IITC completely around as they
visited native communities on Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast, an area where
indigenous resistance to state domination was rapidly building.143
As "cousins and allies
from the north," the Bellecourts were introduced to local Indian
military leaders at the village of Tasbapauni, shown defensive
emplacements, weapons caches and so forth. They left, promising they
would soon return. What came instead were detachments of Nicaraguan
troops who systematically rounded up or killed key leaders, impounded
weapons and destroyed exactly those positions the brothers had been
shown. Convinced they had been betrayed to the government, the Atlantic
Coast Indians issued death warrants against both Bellecourts should they
ever come back. IITC was permanently banned from their territory.144


While IITC's relationship to indigenous peoples was steadily
deteriorating, its new cast of "leaders" found plenty of time to hang
out with Sandinista officials in Managua and Geneva, as well as leftist
or simply antiAmerican governments from the USSR and Cuba to Libya and
Iran.145 By 1984,
Vernon was taking his slide show on the lucrative college lecture
circuit touting the "indigenous rights" posture of Nicaragua's
Sandinista government and glamorizing the relocation centers into which
the government had forced much of Nicaragua's indigenous population.
Rapt audiences listened to him explain how the Sandinista revolution's
success was more important to Indian rights than the Indians
themselves.146 In
his talks and interviews, Vernon habitually described the native
resistance, especially MISURASATA, Nicaragua's equivalent of AIM, as a
"CIA-funded contra organization."147

While the Sandinistas tried to rebut these reports in the pages of
Barricada and other journals, Vernon's deliberately simplistic and
decidedly anti-Indian "good guys, bad guys" presentations were
especially well-received and well-compensated by numerous left
organizations and "progressives" eager to romanticize someone else's
revolution rather than make their own.148 Almost overnight Vernon became a
countercultural celebrity. He had no demonstrable constituent base of
his own, yet his picture was emblazoned on the front page of the
Socialist Workers Party publication, /The Militant/, captioned as the
"representative Native American radical" of the 80s.149 For several years, the Bellecourts'
perspective on Nicaragua was the only "indigenous" view that saw print
in /The Guardian/, the American left's premier "independent radical news
weekly," coverage that translated into more lecture invitations and
larger honoraria.150

The only problem was that most radical Indians, in or out of AIM,
strongly disagreed with the Bellecourts' message. When Russell Means
announced that "the business of the American Indian Movement is
supporting Indian self-determination, not the governments that seek to
prevent it," Vernon quickly drafted a press release in the name of the
"Central Governing Council of the American Indian Movement" claiming
that Means "does not represent" AIM.151 A few months later, an expulsion was issued on AIM
letterhead and both brothers announced at a press conference that they
had "totally expelled [Russell Means] from the American Indian
Movement."(emphasis added)152

Vernon smeared Means and dozens of others - from /Akwesasne Notes/
editors John Mohawk and Mike Meyers to Clem Chartier, a leader of the
World Council of Indigenous Peoples; from Jim Anaya of the National
Indian Youth Council to Tim Coulter, director of the Indian Law Resource
Center; from Morris and Churchill to Hank Adams, head of American Indian
Survival, Inc. - as "either a CIA puppet or an outright operative."153
He used phone calls, faxes and
"information packets" in a concerted nationwide campaign similar to that
now being run against Churchill to prevent Means from being invited to
speak at college campuses and political events.154 Similarly, San Francisco-based "indigenous diplomat"
and former IITC director Antonio Gonzales has nearly made a career of
insinuating that Churchill - and dozens of others - are "CIA operatives"
because of their support of Nicaragua's native peoples against
Sandinista assimilation policies in the 1980s.155

AIM's internal fragmentation and external isolation increasing radically
in 1986, Colorado AIM agreed to host a meeting in Denver to allow Dennis
Banks to bring the principles together in a verbal "cease fire." The
Bellecourts boycotted the event.156 A few months later, Dennis Banks tried again, this
time asking those concerned to meet at Oglala on Pine Ridge. While Clyde
and an IITC representative showed, Vernon again refused. Instead, he
used the absence of Morris, Churchill and Locust from Denver as an
opportunity to deliver a speech sponsored by the local CISPES, Socialist
Workers Party and New Alliance Party chapters. There, and in other radio
interviews, he denounced Colorado AIM's support of Means and MISURASATA
as being "counterrevolutionary," "CIA-inspired" and "possibly controlled
by the U.S. government."157

The elders who had created IITC had had enough. Not only was the
organization functioning politically very differently than originally
intended, but rumors abounded that it was used for cocaine
importation.158 When Vernon
tried to stage a symbolic coup at the organization's annual meeting,
removing Russell Means from the position of permanent trustee the
traditionals had appointed him to in 1974, the old people refused.159
Just like the "expulsions" of
Churchill and Morris, this move by Vernon was a moot point since all
three had long since left the IITC. Within months, the IITC had
dispensed with grassroots oversight by incorporating itself in
California, replacing the elders with a handpicked "advisory board."160
Since then, it has
lost whatever standing it once possessed to represent indigenous
peoples, and has become a funding conduit and employment haven for those
aligned with the Bellecourts.

While rumors of IITC involvement in narcotic trafficking were never
investigated, a possible source for the fire behind the smoke came with
Clyde Bellecourt's 1987 arrest for nine counts of peddling drugs to the
children living in Minneapolis AIM's Red Earth Housing Project. Outside
the courtroom, Clyde cried entrapment, while behind closed doors his
attorneys quietly negotiated a plea bargain situating him in a federal
prison from which he was released less than two years later, amazingly
short time for a dealer sentenced during Ronald Reagan's war on
drugs.161 Several tribunal
witnesses and the /Ojibwe News/ attested that after his release, he not
only resumed the activities which caused his arrest, but branched out
into other criminal enterprises, all while billing himself as "Executive
Director of the American Indian Movement."162




BELLECOURTS BEEN BAD BOYS, SUPPORT New Alliance Party leninist cult--ken lawrence expose

chillin beneath mt. saint rosalie- 1866
*Other Fronts.*

While Clyde was in prison, and the Sandinistas were
collapsing, Vernon was pursuing other income possibilities. The first
was to trade on his "famous AIM leader" image by endorsing the 1987-88
presidential campaign of the purported "left alternative" candidate Dr.
Lenora Fulani, an African-American.163 However, disturbing information soon surfaced in a
series of articles by investigative journalist Ken Lawrence in the
/Jackson Advocate/, Mississippi's oldest black-owned newspaper and a
mainstay of progressive organizing in the state. Not only was Fulani's
"Rainbow Alliance," a subsidiary of her "New Alliance Party" (NAP),
purposely named to make voters confuse it with Jesse Jackson's Rainbow
Coalition (a deception designed to enhance fundraising prospects), but
it was controlled by a white man, Dr. Fred Newman, an outspoken admirer
of neofascist Lyndon LaRouche.164

To stem the flow of such information, the NAP filed a libel suit
claiming punitive damages steep enough to personally bankrupt Lawrence
and publisher Charles Tisdale, as well as put the /Advocate /out of
business165 At
trial, Vernon appeared as the star witness for the NAP, not only
swearing that Lawrence's allegations were false, but suggesting that the
reporter himself was a "federal provocateur" trying to derail a
"legitimate African-American candidate who happens to hold
left-of-center views."166 Vernon was making headway with the jury until he admitted under
cross examination that he was paid $24,000 a year for various "service"
to Fulani's organization, including his court appearance, thereby
lending AIM's endorsement to her right-wing fraud as a left-wing
alternative, without authorization from AIM membership.167

Vernon's exposure as a paid witness had no effect on the trial's outcome
because after only one day of defense presentations, the case was
dismissed with prejudice. Proceeding on the basis that "the truth is the
best defense" against a defamation action, Lawrence quickly established
the Fulani/Newman/LaRouche relationship.168 NAP's credibility slipped away. But damage was done:
Vernon's maneuverings left strong memories of an "AIM linkage" to the
cryptofacist NAP within the African-American community. By this time,
however, Vernon found a far greener pasture in Colonel Muammar al
Qadaffi's Libya.169

In 1988, after having already enjoyed a number of trips to Tripoli as a
"guest of the state," Vernon announced that Qadaffi was preparing to
award him a grant of $1 million with which to "pursue the struggle for
indigenous liberation in the United States."170 None of these trips had anything to do
with AIM, but all of them lent credence to government claims that the
movement was "associated with international terrorism." A federal grand
jury was convened to determine whether Vernon's defiance of a U.S.
travel prohibition to Libya was a legal violation or a breach of the
Foreign Agents Registration Act, among other things. Vernon was jailed
briefly for refusing to testify, but suddenly released just as eight
members of an Arab students association who had helped arrange his trips
went to prison, and the Palestinian manager of the travel agency booking
Vernon's tickets fled American jurisdiction.171

Even more striking is that Bellecourt was able to accept Qadaffi's
million dollars. Awarded in 1991, Vernon only admits that $250,000 of it
was actually handed over.172 Vernon
had stated on several occasions that the cash would be dispersed by a
board over which he would preside. Native organizations could submit
proposals and, if approved, their projects would be funded.173 His grip on the moneybag temporarily accorded
Bellecourt his long-sought status as principle arbiter of political
correctness in Indian Country. However, so far as is known, nobody else
ever actually received any of this money. This includes the Leonard
Peltier Defense Committee, whom Qadaffi was supposed to have personally
designated to receive at least $50,000.174

Amidst the murk of the Bellecourt finances, either Vernon got the money
and kept it, or he never had the money at all.175 In either scenario, he
deliberately misrepresented a situation to command the kind of
subservience and political fealty he's always craved, a cynical
manipulation and subterfuge typical of his conduct from start to finish,
and typical of the dominant culture. It is almost a clichÈ that the most
respected members of Native American communities are the poorest because
they give anything that comes to them to those in need, but it has a
basis in truth. Vernon's game with the Libyan money graphically
exemplifies the deformation of the indigenous liberation movement's and
opposition politics's values he has induced for years.

Are the Bellecourts agents provocateurs? The fact that the Bellecourts
have long practiced the same disruptive activities for which they've so
often branded others as government agents and provocateurs does not mean
that they themselves are agents provocateurs. It seems simpler and
perhaps more frightening than that. They talk the talk sporadically, but
they consistently walk the dominant culture walk. Unless and until we
have hard evidence to the contrary, we must, as Churchill comments,
place a premium "on establishing the sort of knowledge base and
analytical skills among activists that would allow the wheat to be
sifted from the chaff..."176

Neither are the Bellecourt brothers interchangeable. Churchill says,
comparing Clyde with the late Huey P. Newton, Black Panther Party
founder and early influence on AIM:

Clyde, like Huey, is a guy who started out really strong. He was
sincere, he believed, he galvanized people. As a result, both
organizations made a lot of headway in their initial stages. It
follows that a whole lot of new talent comes flooding in. It also
follows that there was incredibly heavy repression in both cases:
disinformation in the media, infiltration and internal disruption,
bogus charges against everybody in sight, people railroaded into
prison, assassinations, the whole bit. So, initially as a
legitimate self-defense measure, both men started trying to weed
out infiltrators. But that pretty quickly became a cover for
getting rid of political competitors as well. One wonders who
ultimately bad-jacketed the greater number of people, the feds or
Huey. Clyde wasn't as heavyhanded, but then he was always covering
for Vernon, who certainly made up for Clyde's restraint.

Between the repression and the purges, both the Black Panther Party and
AIM began to disintegrate. Before long they were no longer politically
viable, had become shells of their former selves as demoralization,
depression and paranoia set in. Says Churchill, "they retreated into
substance abuse and, to subsidize that, they started converting whatever
remained of their original creations into a combination social service
program and criminal enterprise. By then, totally cynical, they were
using their organizational titles, both the Black Panther Party in the
case of Huey, and AIM in the case of Clyde, as a cover for what they
were really into. To do that, it was necessary to keep right on
bad-jacketing competitors, people who were truly pursuing liberation
politics. It had become an endless cycle, the exact opposite of what
they'd wanted to accomplish."177

The Huey/Clyde scenario comes off as something of a tragedy,
underscoring the maiming effects of both counterintelligence methods and
the politics of hierarchy. The scenario concerning Vernon Bellecourt is
something else again. "I'd compare Vernon to Lyndon LaRouche," Churchill
says. "Not LaRouche today in his out-front fascist incarnation, but the
way he was back in the early 1970s when he was still pretending to be a
leading left-wing radical. Actually, as we now know, that was always a
masquerade, a mask he wore in order to conduct a more effective program
of disrupting leftist organizations. Very few people seem to remember
any more how he dispatched the cadres of his 'National Council of Labor
Caucuses' to conduct what he called 'Operation Mop-Up,' beating up
organizers in other groups, breaking up their meetings, publishing all
sorts of rubbish about them. This was the outfit Vernon's sometime
patron Fred Newman was still describing as 'the hegemonic party of the
left,' after LaRouche had dropped all pretenses and announced himself as
a fascist."178

While the analogy isn't perfect and Vernon isn't anywhere near as
organizationally adept as LaRouche, Vernon's methods and motives are
similar. "Not that I think ol' Vern's a closet fascist," says Churchill.
"As near as I can tell, he's got insufficient political principle even
for that. But LaRouche set out to become a millionaire while he was
still playing leftie. So did Vernon. LaRouche succeeded in pumping
enough out of his assorted misrepresentations of himself to make it, and
I suspect Vernon has, too." The moral here? Talking the talk doesn't
necessarily mean walking the walk, and failure to look beyond the
surface of things often leads to collaboration with those whose actions
directly undermine legitimate activists and sometimes entire movements.

Ultimately, the government's counterintelligence operatives and
political scavengers like LaRouche, Newmann and the Bellecourts function
in much the same way to similar regrettable effect. Learning to
distinguish them must be our first line of defense against both.
Continuing to insist on lumping them together as "provocateurs" keeps us
from dealing with either appropriately, and enhances their
effectiveness. As Churchill puts it, "If there is one thing I want to
get across at this point, it's that you don't have to be a cop to do a
cop's work. The Bellecourts are a classic example of that being true."

AIM charged bellecourt in espionage- is it true?

do you have no shame paul and bellecourts? 21.Feb.2005 07:55

AIM Tribunal- see above in thread where AiM banished bellecourts

Charge IV. We, the Tribunal, find the defendant, Vernon Bellecourt*, guilty of espionage against the Miskito, Sumu, and Rama Nations, as well as the Creole and Garifuno peoples of the Nicaragwan Atlantic Coast region.

its said that bell. bros. went to indian military camp as friends of indians and indians gave them a tour. then sandinistas came and killed and destroyed. then indians figured bellecourts snitched. they put death sentence on them.
that sucks . is it true?
my god, what sins are we dealing with here? at the moment i could care less about churchills article.
just tell the truth. if you apologised about that wack New Alliace Party than tell all about central america PLEASE.

* the panel found cylde bellecourt guilty of same

stop it!

not &quot;aim&quot; 21.Feb.2005 08:31

We could have a round of legal ultimate fighting that would be fun. I would put your face on a copier and scan it and put it on Indy media.

'aim' said that. its not funny anymore.

You are right it isn't funny!

AIM 21.Feb.2005 22:27

If you look you will find the person we were responding to just keeps saying over and over "will you say who you are". Even though Paul Wolf is self explanatory and AIM keeps putting our phone number, address, and contact reps up repeatedly? But it most definitely is not funny. I notice you make no mention of Bob Robideau's fraudulent letter accusing AIM founders of everything under the sun including that he is framing Leonard for murder? Meanwhile as a result of the cop Ward and Russ Means press conferences accusing AIM people of murder a poor homeless indian is sitting in jail for a thirty year old crime that AIM claims was committed by the FBI and John Graham was announced today as being deported to the US to stand trial for the murder as well. It isn't funny. And to those whites standing next ot these jackasses? We will remember.

The bottom line

Paul Wolf 22.Feb.2005 01:11

The bottom line for me is which of the two groups can legitimately call itself AIM. Auto AIM splintered off from the main organization and declared itself autonymous from the national organization. Now they call themselves AIM and they refer to AIM as NAIMI. They are stealing the name AIM and are a competitor to the original organization. I think there is no doubt about who founded AIM, and even without being incorporated until 1993, AIM should have acquired trademark rights to the name. It's something that should be settled in court. That's just an outsider's perspective - I have no intention of becoming a native American or forming my own AIM.

I had not heard about Graham's extradition order. This is going to be a trial to watch. Unlike Arlo Looking Cloud, Graham apparently has the money to defend himself. If Evan Hodge and David Price are again witnesses, that's an opportunity to get to the bottom of this. The main evidence against him will be Arlo Looking Cloud's drunken and coerced confession, and the paid witness Kamook Ecoffey. It will be hard for the witnesses to keep their stories straight under cross examination, compared to the Looking Cloud trial, if the stories are not true.

Churchill BeatsSpits on, and Threatens Women!

AIM 22.Feb.2005 22:26

Article Published: Thursday, February 17, 2005
Clashes with Churchill found

CU records show several complaints about prof's behavior

By Arthur Kane
Denver Post Staff Writer

University of Colorado officials received repeated complaints about Ward Churchill's demeanor and temper, beginning two years before he was granted a tenured faculty position despite never going through the normal review.

Churchill was promoted at the university, and there is no record in documents released Wednesday indicating that he has ever been disciplined for inappropriate conduct.

Additionally, a university spokeswoman said Wednesday that while Churchill was required to sign an oath pledging to "support the constitutions of the United States and Colorado" as a condition of employment, the university has not been able to find a signed copy.

University officials who supervised Churchill said they had no recollection of the complaints in Churchill's personnel file, but those on the receiving end of what they described as Churchill's temper said they had not forgotten.

Retired university administrator and journalism professor Joanne Easley Arnold said she received a call from Churchill in 1989 during a controversy over the naming of a dormitory on campus. She was trying to get the dorm named for a former director of student housing. Churchill, not yet a professor, was pushing to have it named for the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.

"He suggested I should back off my proposal and if I didn't, I would get hurt," Arnold said after she was contacted by The Denver Post. "I was shocked, and that's why my dean heard about it."

David Lane, a Denver lawyer representing Churchill, dismissed any claims of wrongdoing by his client.

"Obviously, the police didn't get involved ... and I doubt anything happened," Lane said.

CU officials are reviewing Churchill's writings and speeches after it was reported that he had likened some of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center victims to a top Nazi and made other controversial statements. Gov. Bill Owens and others have urged CU to fire Churchill.

The Arnold incident, which came five years after an allegation by Churchill's first ex-wife that he had threatened violence, is not documented in Churchill's file. She reported it to the dean of the journalism school, Arnold said.

Kaye Howe, a former administrator who had recommended Churchill for a one-semester teaching position at CU, also was not aware of the alleged threat but was not surprised.

"It was a very stressful period of time in renaming the building," she said.

In 1990, Howe was a vice chancellor and Churchill's supervisor at his job as director of the University Learning Center. She served as a reference for Churchill for a one-semester teaching job but expected him to return to the center. She was surprised when he received a tenured teaching job.

"The tenure process is a laborious and long one, and it's very rarely given early," she said.

Three years after receiving tenure, Churchill was again accused of inappropriate behavior.

In April 1994, two women wrote Charles Middleton, then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, about a March 28 incident outside the San Francisco Press Club involving Churchill and his wife at the time, Marie Jaimes.

"Carol Standing Elk was leaving the Press Club when Marie Annette Jaimes brutally attacked and injured her," Deborah J. Cruze wrote in a letter to Middleton in Churchill's file. "Then, as Ms. Standing Elk was trying to recover from the attack, she was spit on by Ward Churchill."

Cruze could not be reached for comment, but Lane dismissed the incident, saying it comes from a person who did not like Churchill.

"Maybe she needed to be physically attacked," he said. "Maybe his wife acted in self-defense. Maybe she needed to be spit on."

Middleton, who at the time told Cruze the university would investigate, said Wednesday he did not remember the incident.

Staff writer Arthur Kane can be reached at  akane@denverpost.com or 303-820-1626.



CU enrollment down beccause of Fraud Prof. Churchill. The wife beater

WINK 22.Feb.2005 22:31

CU's out-of-state applicants drop 19%
Decrease may mean $15 million loss in tuition revenue

By John C. Ensslin, Rocky Mountain News
February 22, 2005

BOULDER - The number of out-of-state students applying to attend the University of Colorado this coming fall has dropped 19 percent compared with last year, school officials said.

If actual enrollment figures for the next school year follow that trend, CU officials project the decrease could translate into a loss of $15 million in tuition revenue.

CU and higher-education officials differ on the reason for the drop. Some cite a grueling year of bad press that included a football recruiting scandal and controversy surrounding CU professor Ward Churchill.

Others counter that a steep climb in out-of-state tuition, coupled with a soft economy, is the real culprit.

But everyone is concerned that the numbers are down.

By the Feb. 15 application deadline, CU had received 9,553 applications from potential freshmen living outside Colorado. Last year, the school received 11,771 nonresident applications.

That is the second decline in two years and the lowest number of out- of-state applications the university has fielded in five years.

The drop is significant because CU relies heavily on revenue from nonresident students to subsidize the cost of education for its Colorado students.

Roughly three in-state students are subsidized by every out-of- state student, said CU spokeswoman Michele McKinney.

"This is important to us," McKinney said.

In addition to the out-of-state applicants, in-state applications are also off by 4 percent, she said.

Last fall, the Boulder campus enrolled 5,149 freshmen, of whom 2,165 were nonresidents. Typically, 9,000 applicants will not yield 9,000 students.

Five percent of the initial applicants fail to fill out the necessary paperwork. Another 5 to 10 percent are rejected for not meeting CU's standards. Of those nonresidents who are admitted, only about 20 percent actually enroll.

Reasons behind the drop in applications are in dispute.

Rick O'Donnell, executive director of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, blames 15 months of bad press that started with a sex-and- recruitment scandal in the CU football program.

In December 2003, CU found itself enmeshed in a scandal after Boulder District Attorney Mary Keenan accused CU of condoning the use of sex and alcohol as recruitment tools for the football program.

Her allegations stemmed from a lawsuit in which three women said they were raped by CU football players or recruits in December 2001.

The story went national after former CU football kicker Katie Hnida alleged she was sexually assaulted by a former player.

None of the allegations resulted in criminal charges. However, the controversy led to an independent investigation that recommended sweeping reforms in how CU administers its athletics department.

The matter also resulted in a still-sealed grand jury report that sharply criticized CU officials for failure to properly manage the football program.

Then, three weeks ago, another national controversy erupted over an essay written by Churchill.

Churchill wrote that some of the victims in the World Trade Center attack were not innocent victims. He called them "little Eichmanns," referring to the Nazi technocrat who oversaw the systematic execution of the Jews during World War II.

CU Regent Thomas Lucero said he believes "distorted media coverage" of the football scandal, plus the Churchill matter, have soured parents of prospective students.

Lucero said he has received e-mails from parents whose children have been accepted to CU or are already attending the university but who intend to send them elsewhere by the fall.

CU admissions officers said about 99 percent of the current applications were received before the Churchill controversy began. They know of no one who has withdrawn from the school over the matter.

O'Donnell, however, said the cumulative controversies are having an effect. "Parents are smart people, and they want to send their children to a college with a great reputation," he said. "I would say this decrease has a lot to do with CU damaging its reputation."

School officials acknowledged the impact of what they called "negative media coverage." But they also pointed to another factor behind the decrease: steadily climbing out- of-state tuition rates.

Since the fall of 2000, out-of-state tuition has increased from $15,244 to $20,592, a jump of 35 percent.

CU is not the only public university in Colorado experiencing a drop in out-of-state applications.

At Colorado State University, where the price of out-of-state tuition also has climbed, the number of nonresident applicants fell from 5,735 in 2002 to 5,031 in 2004, a decrease of 12 percent.

That trend appears to be continuing this year. As of last week, CSU had received 3,998 nonresident applications, with a deadline of July 1.

CU Regent Michael Carrigan said he believes the costs imposed on out-of-state students have a lot to do with dwindling applications.

"While it's easy to point to the negative issues last year, the real story is how incredibly expensive it is for out-of-state students to attend CU- Boulder," Carrigan said. "It's time for the state to show leadership and recognize that excellent universities don't come for free and that tuition can't cover the whole costs."

Barbara Schneider, executive director for admissions at CU, said the cost of tuition is the most frequent reason she hears from out-of-state high school guidance counselors when they are asked about the declining number of prospective CU students.

"The counselors are telling us, 'You're pricing yourselves to the point where some of the students here can't do it anymore,' " she said.

Schneider is hopeful that the 9,553 students who have applied this year are serious candidates and that their group will yield the same number of nonresident students as last year when the enrollment deadline arrives in May.

Churchill lies again!!

WARD OF THE GOVERNMENT 22.Feb.2005 22:35

Ex-official: No tenure for Churchill
California university didn't consider him 'serious candidate'

By Stuart Steers, Rocky Mountain News
February 22, 2005

University of Colorado officials rushed to award tenure to Ward Churchill in 1991, thinking he had been offered a full professorship in American Indian studies at a California university.

But a former official in the California system says no such offer was ever made.

"He wasn't really a serious candidate because of his lack of credentials," said George Wayne, a former vice president for student academic services at California State University, Sacramento.

"The lack of a doctorate was one factor," Wayne said Monday. "Also, he wasn't writing learned articles - they were advocacy articles that could appear anywhere."

The open position was at the California university's Northridge campus. Wayne says officials there contacted him after Churchill applied because they knew Wayne had previously worked at the University of Colorado at Denver, and they wondered what he might know about Churchill.

Wayne says he remembers hearing about Churchill in the 1980s when Wayne worked at UCD, where he also held a position in academic services. Wayne said he frequently dealt with minority students and knew that Churchill was involved in a tutoring program for American Indians on the Boulder campus.

"I knew of him in as much as I was dealing with Indian students," said Wayne, who is retired and lives in Denver.

Northridge officials never spent much time considering Churchill for the position, according to Wayne.

"He never showed up as a serious applicant," Wayne said. "He received a letter saying, 'We've reviewed your application and are considering someone else.' "

On the Boulder campus, it was a different story. CU officials were convinced they had to move fast and give Churchill tenure or risk losing him to another school.

In January 1991, the incoming chairman of the CU communication department, Michael Pacanowsky, told his faculty that the department was being pressured by CU officials to grant tenure to Churchill as soon as possible.

The university feared that Churchill had been offered a full professorship at Cal State at Northridge, Pacanowsky wrote in a memo to the faculty.

Churchill did not have a doctorate, which is usually required for tenure.

Tenure review typically includes an evaluation of the candidate's published works by scholars from other campuses. That apparently didn't happen in Churchill's case.

In the memo, Pacanowsky tells his colleagues that he is troubled by the hasty process that eventually gave Churchill tenure.

He said CU was eager to add an American Indian scholar to its faculty.

"I apologize for the manner in which we are having to deal with this, and I am uncomfortable with it," he wrote.

Churchill has been under fire ever since an essay he wrote in 2001 comparing the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to Nazis came to light.

Since then, many aspects of his career have been challenged - from his claim of American Indian ancestry to the veracity of his scholarship.

The CU regents have ordered a complete review of his writings, and Gov. Bill Owens and others have demanded he be fired.

Wayne says that if Northridge had seriously considered Churchill for a job, they would have sent someone to Boulder to interview his colleagues and the university would have known he was being courted.

Wayne thinks CU officials were simply determined to hire an American Indian to teach ethnic studies.

"They thought Churchill was a hot prospect," Wayne said. "He wasn't that hot. The only place he was hot was at CU."

now he's a 'wife beater'- thought your text said he 'threatened'

got a life 23.Feb.2005 02:57

and relying on white news papers that are racist and wanna hang churchill and militant native americans?
this threads had it.

The truth hurts

Ward of the government 23.Feb.2005 08:55

the truth is that Carol Standing Elk is a good woman and a long time member of AIM and a good friend and he did spit on her and he has admitted it. ALso we have him on answering machine messages threatening elders lives. That is the truth.
Check the record when he and his divorced she asked her name and address be kept secret because he had threatened and hit her.

Stop the witch hunts

freedomlover 23.Feb.2005 19:22

I am mostly concerned about the mainstream media's willingness to perpetuate witch-hunts such as this and rally around propaganda. Where is this leading...

lied about being an indian

mike 24.Feb.2005 00:09

He announced today that he lied about being a Native American. Everyone already knew it (except the author of this indy bio of Churchill).

Not an indian?

Paul Wolf 24.Feb.2005 02:12


Yeah, it was amazing. Maybe an error in terms of inspiring his fans but I've got to give him credit for coming clean on it. Now he's all screwed up with the university, having admitted he is not an indian, contrary to what's on his resume. Ward should have consulted with his lawyer before taking this leap. It seems the Hawaiian media really took him to task.

 http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?3fd40b2f-25af-4f55-b7fb-f0a91ec95e39

Ward Churchill finally admits it

Not and American Indian and AIM responded 24.Feb.2005 03:15

Churchill did address the issue of his ethnicity,
admitting that he is not Native American.

"Is he an Indian? Do we really care?" he said, quoting
those he called his "white Republican" critics.

"Let's cut to the chase; I am not," he said.

His pedigree is "not important," Churchill said: "The
issue is the substance of what is said."

He went on to explain that the issue of whether he is
Native American has been blown up by sloppy reporting
and reporters quoting other reporters.

 http://starbulletin.com/2005/02/23/news/story2.html



And from AIM
He's Been Fraudulently Representing Himself as American Indian for Years
By Dennis J. Banks, Ojibwa Nation and Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung, 2/23/2005 9:50:53 AM

Editor's note: Controversial Colorado University Professor Ward Churchill spoke at the University of Hawaii Feb. 22, 2005, continuing his rhetoric that Americans got what they deserved on Sept. 11, 2001, when "gallant combat soldiers" blew up the World Trade Towers, killing innocent soliders. At first he claimed to be American Indian, but many American Indian groups came forward to set the record straight that he is not one of them. The issue of whether he is an American Indian is important because professors at Colorado University say they gave Churchill special treatment and quick tenure because they thought he is an American Indian. He also has used his claimed ethinicity to forward his academic career, claim expertise and to enhance his credibility on Native American Issues. Churchill, when questioned by Hawaii Reporter at a press conference Monday, at first would not answer questions about his heritage, saying it is not relevant, and becoming highly aggitated as he was pressed, ultimately leading to him ending the press conference. Seconds later, he marched back to reporters, claiming he is an American Indian, but at his speech at the University of Hawaii the following day, for the first time, he admitted he is not American Indian and accused his white critics of a racist attack on him. Here is a statement from the American Indian Movement about Churchill found at mailto: http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/churchill05.html

Ward Churchill was scheduled to speak at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York on Feb. 3, 2005. His appearance was canceled by the college after he caused a public furor over his loathsome remarks about the 9-11 tragedy in New York. The American Indian Movement's Grand Governing Council has been dealing with Churchill's hateful attitude and rip-off of Indian people for years.

The AIM's Grand Governing Council representing the National and International leadership of the American Indian Movement once again is vehemently and emphatically repudiating and condemning the outrageous statements made by academic literary and Indian fraud, Ward Churchill in relationship to the 9-11 tragedy in New York City that claimed thousands of innocent people’s lives.

Churchill’s statement that these people deserved what happened to them, and calling them little Eichmanns, comparing them to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who implemented Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate European Jews and others, should be condemned by all.

The sorry part of this is Ward Churchill has fraudulently represented himself as an Indian, and a member of the American Indian Movement, a situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used the American Indian Movement’s chapter in Denver to attack the leadership of the official American Indian Movement with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.

Ward Churchill has been masquerading as an Indian for years behind his dark glasses and beaded headband. He waves around an honorary membership card that at one time was issued to anyone by the Keetoowah Tribe of Oklahoma. Former President Bill Clinton and many others received these cards, but these cards do not qualify the holder a member of any tribe. He has deceitfully and treacherously fooled innocent and naïve Indian community members in Denver, Colorado, as well as many other people worldwide. Churchill does not represent, nor does he speak on behalf of the American Indian Movement.

New York’s Hamilton College Kirklands Project should be aware that in their search for truth and justice, the idea that they have hired a fraud to speak on Indian activism is in itself a betrayal of their goals.

Dennis J. Banks, Ojibwa Nation, is Chairman of the Board of the American Indian Movement and Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung, aka, Clyde H. Bellecourt, Ojibwa Nation is the National Executive Director of the American Indian Movement

HawaiiReporter.com reports the real news, and prints all editorials submitted, even if they do not represent the viewpoint of the editors, as long as they are written clearly. Send editorials to mailto: Malia@HawaiiReporter.com

 http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?3fd40b2f-25af-4f55-b7fb-f0a91ec95e39

and it is only a matter of time before Churchill admits being a fed!

Setting AIM up 24.Feb.2005 05:55

During the 70s Doug Durham played the same game and in the end did a press conference to admit he was not only non-indian but a Federal Agent. Buried in this weeks news was the Canadian Courts verdict that John Graham be tried for the murder of Anna Mae Aquash. A crime AIM has always contended was committed by the FBI. Ward Churchill and Russ Means have been accusing AIM leaders for years of killing Anna Mae (all part of the FBI conspiracy). With John Graham heading to court this surely Means Dennis Banks and Vernon Bellecourt will be tried based on Russ and Ward's claims theyordered "the hit". Meanwhile whites who are awe struck by neanderthal Churchill think he is the victim? Let it be known that if the founders of AIM and true revolutionaries of AIM are jailed in their 70s for crimes committed by the FBI we will remember who built the cult of personality and hoisted Churchill on their shoulders. Someone said "this isn't funny anymore", as if this was ever a game to Indian people? You will find out soon just how serious this was. Serious for you as the creator will settle all accounts with those who played games with the hearts of our people.You will look in the mirror everyday and what you see will make you cry. This we know.

It's official! AIM was RIGHT CHURCHILL ISN'T INDIAN!

AIM 24.Feb.2005 06:06

Get this straight once and for all. Churchill has said in public "I'm not Indian". Behind the scenes reports confirm Churchill did say this and AIM has said it for years. AIM has also said for years he was a cop! Gonna start listening soon? Peltier is currently being framed for the murder of Anna Mae Aquash along with other AIM leaders. Churchill and Means set this in motion! Do you get it yet? Do you even care that 77 year old men may go to jail for crimes committed by the FBI? or will Churchill continue to be your martyr?

WARD MISQOUTED OF COURSE!

Round 2 24.Feb.2005 14:41

link to paper a few posts up


The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, incorrectly quoted University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill as admitting that he was not American Indian.

The story about Churchill's Tuesday night speech at the University of Hawaii-Manoa said the professor noted that his "white Republican" critics were asking, "Is he an Indian? Do we really care?"

"Let's cut to the chase, I'm not," the quote in yesterday's paper continued.

But a review of video and audio tapes of the speech shows that Churchill actually said: "Is he an Indian? We really care. We're trying to protect the rights of Indians to divine for themselves, say this circle of flies in the form of white reporters circling a manure pile like it's of all consequential importance. Cut to the chase on that."

Churchill went on to say that he is an associate member of the Keetoowah tribe and that associates are enrolled in the band after their genealogy has been vetted by the enrollment office. He said that he is less than one-quarter Indian, so he does not qualify to be a full member.

The issue of whether Churchill has Indian blood is part of the national debate over the controversial professor who gained notoriety for comparing some Sept. 11, 2001, victims to Nazis.

Bullshit! Geneological studies by experts have shown he is not Indian!

Liars 24.Feb.2005 20:52

Excuses,excuses, Churchill slipped and told the truth. Native American geneology expert has proven Churchill's most remote link was to a native American step mother? Who married a Southern civil war hero who fought for slavery?

get over it!!

Damn thought he was becoming sane!

slip knot 24.Feb.2005 21:21

Just found out about the retraction. Guess he is still crazy after all. Bummer I thought he was coming out of his self induced delusions. Looks like he is still the insane, wife beating, FBI agent, white man pretending to be indian he always was.

Artwork Controversy - more chickens coming home to roost

Paul Wolf 25.Feb.2005 13:35

 http://kcnc.dayport.com/viewer/viewerpage.php?Art_ID=4741&NoAds=true&tf=kcncviewer_noads.tpl

University of Hawaii Press Conference

Paul Wolf 25.Feb.2005 22:28

 http://www.ward-churchill.com/wc/video/churchill-low.mov

Violent Churchill the counterfeit Art Pimp!

Written account of Video above 25.Feb.2005 23:39

CU prof's art in question
Serigraph he sold in '80s 'a mirror image' of book illustration

By Raj Chohan, CBS 4 News
February 25, 2005

BOULDER - Boulder County resident Duke Prentup has been a fan of American Indian art for as long as he can remember. That love took him to the home of Ward Churchill in the early 1980s where Prentup bought several pieces of Churchill's art, including a serigraph titled Winter Attack.

"I have enjoyed them ever since immensely; they're obviously up inside my house," Prentup said.

But last month came a stunning revelation, as Prentup flipped through a 1972 book called The Mystic Warriors of the Plains, written and illustrated by the late artist Thom-as E. Mails. In it he found a sketch that was strikingly similar to the Churchill piece.

"I opened it up and - wham! - there it was," Prentup said. "It's the exact same thing, only a mirror image, virtually to every detail."

Intellectual property attorney James Hubbell compared the two works side by side, concluding the likeness was likely no accident.

"It's very obvious that the Churchill piece was taken directly from the Mails' piece - there's just too many similarities between the two for it to have been coincidence," Hubbell said.

When CBS 4 contacted Churchill Wednesday afternoon near his office on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, the embattled ethnic studies professor initially refused to answer questions.

In response to continued questioning, Churchill pushed a handful of paperwork in front of the TV camera, and soon after, swiped his arm at the crew.

A short time later, Churchill emerged from his office and agreed to comment. He acknowledged his serigraph was based on the Mails drawing, but insists he disclosed that fact during the initial release of the prints.

"It's an original work by me, after Thomas Mails . . . The fact that the purchaser was ignorant of the reality of what was perfectly publicly stated at the time the edition was printed is not my responsibility."

Churchill gives no credit to Mails on the work itself. The professor also refused to provide documentation to support his claims.

But even if it does exist, it may not matter as far as copyright law is concerned.

"In my opinion, unless there was consent for Churchill to do his piece, then there is copyright infringement here," Hubbell said.

When contacted at his home in North Carolina, Ryan Mails, the son of the late Thomas Mails, said the family retained the copyright to the drawings in the Mystic Warriors book, and that his father fiercely defended the copyrights.

"I cannot imagine he would ever grant permission to anyone to copy one of his pieces," his son said.

They said it

• Intellectual property attorney James Hubbell: "It's very obvious that the Churchill piece was taken directly from the Mails' piece."

• Ward Churchill: "It's an original work by me, after Thomas Mails . . . The fact that the purchaser was ignorant of the reality of what was perfectly publicly stated at the time the edition was printed is not my responsibility."

Ironic

Second glance 26.Feb.2005 04:57

I just watched the video of Ward smacking a cameraman trying to cover his revealed plagarism of another artisist's work. Work Ward has on E-Bay right now? He wants freedom of speech and freedom of the press but not for others?

Hope it was fun while it lasted Ward cause it is over

AIM 26.Feb.2005 08:50

To those who said he wouldn't fake being an indian? Well he faked being an artist. To those who said he believed in free speech and press? Watch the video linked above. To those who think Russ Means is standing behind him? Listen to the Peter Boyle interview on KHOW after he listens to a tape where Ward informs a student that "sabotage isn't enough you gotta take lives". To those who thought he was Cherokee the Ketoowah say "honorary only like Clinton". To those who said he was Creek? Look at the documents above from the Creek. To those who thought he was a learned scholar who earned his job? He doesn't even have a doctorate. I will say this for him, he is a damn good con man.

what about anna mae's execution?

had it with name calling ward. u forgot to mention he smokes too much 26.Feb.2005 20:38

is the text available of churchill/means - if its true- accusing 1 or 2 of the bellecourts being in on anna mae's execution?
i'd like to see it.

and please not another immature name calling blast from clyde or vernon on the subject (everyone in the know knows ' aim' is only those 2 obsessed-with- churchill guys)

not proved ward=cia. but Bellecourts =KGB is easy

executed soviet worker (cuz i took a day off from work) 26.Feb.2005 23:01


bellecourts/IITC (what others were there?) worked directly with kgb via 'soviet peace committee'- a soviet state/kgb operation. they were COLLABORATORS. this is as evil as working with cia- except nobodies proved churchill did any work with cia. native american radicals stood out as a US 'minority' group that didnt degenerate into stalinism as did the panthers and young lords. but a few stooges did. where are your kgb friends now? where's the laughable front for soviet propaganda and intellegence 'soviet peace comm.'? they're still mostly the same people in intellegence since 'the collapse of Communism' - especially the russian pres.!
looks like history judges Bellecourts as perfect stooges- what lenin called 'useful idiots'.
when some of the collaborator native americans were questioned about the kgb connection they admitted they knew what was really up but since opportunism can work both ways they thought they could get something out of it- wrong. but more to the point SHAME for working with the imperialist inheritors of ivan the terribles secret police.


did Bellecourt 'aim' iitc etc denounce these filthy opportunist despotic racist scum? and more importantly APOLOGISE to the ussr's peoples? including it's First Peoples??

many anti - US soviet dissidents WERE up for working with Native Americans- didnt happen, and it wasnt the soviet peoples fault.
sad.

AIM not Vernon or Clyde but authorized post of AIM

AIM 26.Feb.2005 23:55

Ok once again, yawn! Go to the John Graham Defense Committe web page and look at the Robideau statement put out above. On the Graham webiste there is a 20 minute documentary within it is Means at the press conference he and Ward organized accusing AIM leaders of murder. I am a longtime AIM member (17 years) and I am authorized to communicate AIM positions. Deal with it. You leave out Dennnis Banks by the way who has been attacked by Ward more than anyone in AIM the founder. Clyde was co-founder. Deal with the truth. Below is a Colorado Daily article covering the PRESS CONFERENCE WARD AND RUSS DID ACCUSING AIM FOUNDERS OF MURRDER. THIS COMING FROM THE COUNTERFEIT ARTIST/AGENT and DISNEY INDIAN MEANS.

AIM: FBI complicit in '76 murder...activist Russell Means points finger at
those he believes killed Anna Mae
By Brian Hansen, Colorado Daily Staff Writer, 11/6/99

DENVER--Leaders representing disparate factions of the American Indian
Movement this week accused each other of conspiring with the FBI in order to
perpetrate and cover up the still-unsolved murder of AIM activist Anna Mae
Pictou-Aquash.

The extraordinary allegations, leveled by AIM leaders Russell Means and
Vernon Bellecourt were the latest developments in the long-running saga of
Pictou-Aquash, who was found dead in a deserted area of the Pine Ridge
Indian Reservation in South Dakota on Feb. 24, 1976.

Initially, federal law-enforcement officials claimed they couldn't make a
positive identification of Pictou-Aquash's body, so they ordered an
FBI-contracted pathologist to sever its hands so that they could be sent to
Washington, D.C. for "identification" purposes.

The pathologist, W.O. Brown, concluded after an autopsy that the individual
had died of "exposure". The body was buried in an unmarked pauper's grave.

In March of 1976, the FBI declared that the body was that of Pictou-Aquash.
At the request of Pictou-Aquash's family, the body was exhumed and a second
autopsy was performed -- this time by independent pathologist Dr. Garry
Peterson.

Upon examining the body, Peterson immediately noticed a large bulge in
Pictou-Aquash's left temple, dry blood in her hair, and powder burns on her
neck.

A standard X-ray revealed the presence of a .32 caliber bullet in
Pictou-Aquash's skull. Peterson quickly concluded that Pictou-Aquash had
been shot at close range in the back of the head, execution-style.

No one has ever been arrested or charged in conjunction with the murder. But
for years, speculation has raged about who killed Pictou-Aquash, and for
what reasons.

While activists and scholars have long disagreed as to who actually pulled
the trigger that sent the bullet crashing into Pictou-Aquash's head, many
observers share one common belief. The FBI played a key role in bringing
about -- and covering up -- Pictou-Aquash's murder.

At a news conference in Denver Wednesday, prominent AIM activists Russell
Means and Ward Churchill used this framework -- with an astonishing twist --
to explain the death of Pictou-Aquash.

According to Means, well-known AIM leaders Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt --
acting as FBI operatives -- ordered the execution of Pictou-Aquash in 1975.

Robert Pictou-Branscombe, who also spoke at the press conference Wednesday,
said that on Dec. 10 of that year, three men who were acting on orders from
the Bellecourt brothers kidnapped Pictou-Aquash from the home of Denver
resident Troy Lynne Yellow Wood and drove her north. At some point during
this trip, Branscombe said, Vernon Bellecourt placed a phone call to his
brother Clyde, who passed on Vernon's order to have Anna Mae killed.

Means said Wednesday that his information came from "one of the three men
that took Anna Mae to her death."

Branscombe on Wednesday identified the tree men by name. One of the men is a
"street person" living in Denver, one man lives in Nebraska, and the other
in Canada, Branscombe said.

According to Means, the FBI -- as well as the Denver Police Department --
have purposely bungled the investigation into Pictou-Aquash's murder in
order to cover up the existence of a massive counter-intelligence operation
designed to destabilize the American Indian Movement.

"The feds know the names of the three murderes," Means said, "They know the
houses that Anna Mae was taken to; they know the house in Denver where she
was kidnapped from, and yet nothing has come about." Churchill, a CU
professor and author of several highly esteemed books on the FBI's
documented counterintelligence program against AIM, elaborated on Means'
statement.

"The reason they can't solve this case is that they can't disclose their own
operative," Churchill said. "If they disclose their own operative, it's
going to disclose the complicity of the agents...and that discredits the
FBI." According to Churchill, the FBI conducted a "bad jacketing" campaign
against Pictou-Aquash, which gave other AIM activists the false impression
that she was an infiltrator working for the feds. FBI special agent David
Price, who purported not to recognize Pictou-Aquash's body when it was
found, was a "major player" in the counterintelligence operation, Churchill
said. W.O. Brown, the pathologist who conducted the initial autopsy on FBI
contracted Pictou-Aquash's body, is also suspect, Churchill said. "Anna Mae
Aquash had been shot in the back of the head at point-blank range with a .32
or.38 caliber slug...and they say she died of 'exposure,'" Churchill said.
"You've got either the most amazingly incompetent federal personnel in the
history of the FBI and the medical profession, or you've got people who were
trying to hide something. "What they were trying to hide, I can't tell you,
but it would be the job of the FBI to find out, and after 25 years they've
never even asked the questions," Churchill added.

Up until just last month, Detective Abe Alonzo of the Denver Police
Department was reportedly asking -- and getting answers -- to those
questions. In an April 1999 interview with Indian Country News reporter Lori
Townsend, Alonzo said his investigation was focused on "three individuals
(who) took Anna Mae from Denver, up to the point where she was murdered on
the reservation."

"We're at a point where we're very close to bringing final closure to this
investigation," Alonzo said in the interview. However, Alonzo won't have the
opportunity to bring Pictou-Aquash's killers to justice, as he was taken off
the case a few weeks ago. Asked why he was removed from the investigation,
Alonzo said, "I can't comment on anything. I apologize -- it's just one of
those things. I've been put on restriction. Unfortunately, it's out of my
control."

Capt. Tim Leary of the Denver Police Department said Alonzo, who works for
the department's intelligence division, was taken off the case because he
was not a homicide detective. Leary said that the case had been "reassigned"
to the department's homicide division, and that because it was an "ongoing
investigation," he could not comment on it -- even though he acknowledged no
detective had been assigned to the case. Leary confirmed that he has had
"extensive" conversations with the FBI about the case, but he denied that
the FBI had ordered the department to back off the Alonzo-led investigation.

Leary referred further questions about the case to the FBI, which he said
had "primary jurisdiction" in the matter. Special Agent Coleen Rowley, who
works out of the FBI's Minneapolis office, took issue with the allegations
leveled against the bureau on Wednesday.

"We obviously take issue with the description of the fact that we have not
investigated this case," Rowley said. "It has been vigorously investigated
over the years, but it has not resulted in being able to obtain sufficient
evidence against any person to charge or arrest them."

Special Agent David Price refused the Colorado Daily's request for an
interview, Rowley said. Asked if Vernon Bellecourt is or was ever an FBI
operative, Rowley said, "We can't comment because it's covered by the
privacy act."

Bellecourt, in a telephone interview Wednesday, called Means' allegations
that he ordered Pictou-Aquash's murder "totally outrageous, reckless, and
libelous." "It's a good example of the mentality of a man who is suffering
the effects of being a fetal alcohol syndrome baby," Bellecourt said, "His
brain is completely fried."

Accourding to Bellecourt, it is Means who is the FBI infiltrator. "The fact
is, he's been suspect for years for having something to do the death of Ann
Mae Aquash," Bellecourt said.

"We don't know who shot Anna Mae Aquash, but what we do know, based on
Freedom of Information documents...was that the FBI was squarely behind it,
and that's why there hasn't been any arrest in this matter," Bellecourt
said.

Means and Churchill both called for a complete congressional investigation
of the case.

Manipulation&quot;- remind us of COINTELPRO?-

from lpsg post- plus comment of Labiche 26.Feb.2005 23:57

Labiche here fans. at this point anyone paying atention to this thread is watching a show- clyde or vernon and maybe one pal vs.

the meat is wards repeated 500,000 iraqi dead kids- no one responds in racist white media nor bellecourts.

that this is really about internal aim probs. no one , except those posts critical of bellecourts and outing of them as expulsed from AIM and THE REAL SUBTEXT ie anna mae's execution and messing with leonard once again, no one on lenins train is bringing up that this wreaks of COINTELPRO SHIT.

i mean, churchill, whose been AIM for so long and accepted by so many many more indians than the 2 "aim" bellecourts, as AIM, and now TWO indians who were expelled from AIM think they have an argument?
why are you arguing people? this is what fbi did. am i wrong?

and what about that kgb crap? did bellecourts really work with that 'soviet peace committee'?
the anti-nuclear movement rank and file/pro-indian so many of us were part of outed those pigs.
answer the question bellecourts- did you apologise to the soviet people?





INJUSTICE AGAINST LEONARD PELTIER:
THE ROLE OF MEDIA MANIPULATION

===================================

Background

Beginning in January 1975, the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental
Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, known as the "Church
Committee" (named after its chairman Frank Church), took public and private
testimony from hundreds of people, collected huge volumes of files from the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and many other federal agencies, and
issued 14 reports.

Since the passage of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act in 1992,
over 50,000 pages of Church Committee records have been declassified and
made available to the public. These files contain testimony and information
on the FBI's counter- intelligence programs and related topics.

As discovered by the Church Committee and reported in 1976,
the goals of the COounterINTELligence PROgrams of the period from 1956 to
the mid-1970s were to "expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise
neutralize" those persons or organizations that the FBI decided were
"enemies of the State."

The COINTELPROs were designed to "disrupt" groups and "neutralize"
individuals deemed to be threats to domestic security. The law - in
particular, the U.S. Constitution - was simply ignored. There was a general
attitude that intelligence needs were responsive to a higher law. According
to the Church
Committee: "Whatever opinion one holds about the policies of the targeted
groups, many of the tactics employed by the FBI were indisputably degrading
to a free society."

One of the most effective tactics used, as documented by the Church
Committee, was the use by the Bureau of the media to not only impact on the
public image of the FBI, but also to disrupt the public communication
channels of targeted individuals and dissident groups, as well as spread
mis- information about them so as to adversely affect public perceptions and
attitudes.

Examples:

+ Planting a series of derogatory articles about Martin Luther
King, Jr., and the Poor People's Campaign. In anticipation of the 1968
"Poor People's March on Washington, DC," Bureau Headquarters granted
authority to furnish "cooperative news media sources" an article "designed
to curtail success of Martin Luther King's fund raising." Another
memorandum illustrated how "photographs of demonstrators" could be used
in
discrediting the civil rights movement. Six photographs of participants in
the poor people's campaign in Cleveland accompanied the memorandum with the
following note attached: "These [photographs] show the militant aggressive
appearance of the participants and might be of interest to a cooperative
news source." Information on the Poor People's Campaign was provided by the
FBI to friendly reporters on the condition that "the Bureau must not be
revealed as the source."

+ Soliciting information from Field Offices "on a continuing
basis" for "prompt... dissemination to the news media... to discredit
the
New Left movement and its adherents." The Headquarters directive requested,
among other things, that specific data should be furnished depicting "the
scurrilous and depraved nature, of many of the characters, activities,
habits, and living conditions representative of New Left adherents... Every
avenue of possible embarrassment must be vigorously and enthusiastically
explored."

+ Ordering Field Offices to gather information which would
disprove allegations by the "liberal press, the bleeding hearts, and the
forces on the left" that the Chicago police used undue force in dealing with
demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic Convention.

+ Taking advantage of a close relationship with the Chairman of
the Board - described in an FBI memorandum as "our good
friend" - of a magazine with national circulation to influence articles that
related to the FBI. For example, through this relationship, the Bureau:
"squelched" an "unfavorable article against the Bureau" written
by a
freelance writer about an FBI investigation; "postponed publication" of
an
article on another FBI case; "forestalled publication" of an article by
Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.; and received information about proposed editing of
King's articles.

As these instances demonstrate, the FBI has covertly influenced the public's
perception of persons and organizations by disseminating derogatory
information to the press, either anonymously or through "friendly" news
contacts. The impact of those articles is generally difficult to measure,
although in some cases there are fairly direct connections to injury to the
target. Beginning immediately after the shoot-out at Oglala, in force
during his trial, and continuing into recent history, this is particularly
true in the case of Leonard Peltier. Yes, this tactic continues to be used
against Peltier today.

Executive Clemency

In 1993, Leonard Peltier requested Executive Clemency from
then President Clinton. Peltier's petition was not seriously investigated
or considered until the year 2000.

In 1999-2000, an intensive campaign was launched - supported
by Native and human rights organizations, members of
Congress, community and church groups, labor organizations, luminaries, and
celebrities. The Peltier case became a national issue.

On November 7, 2000, during a live radio interview, Clinton stated that he
would seriously consider Peltier's request for clemency and make a decision
before leaving office on January 20, 2001.

In response, the FBI launched a major "disinformation" campaign in the
media, and among key government officials and members of Congress.

Many citizens were highly disturbed by a number of public statements and
actions by various FBI officers in 1999-2000. These officials, by the way,
publicly announced that their one and only goal was to block the release of
Mr. Peltier, whether through parole or clemency.

At the outset, the propriety of members of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
engaging in such a public campaign was questionable. Parole and clemency
decisions are largely determined at various branches of the Justice
Department and neutrality and fairness in the handling of such matters must
be above reproach. Having members of one branch of the Department engaged
in vigorous lobbying on these matters (to Congress and the American people)
certainly raised serious questions.

Many of the statements made by DOJ officials during the
Peltier clemency campaign (and since) were false, intentionally misleading,
or omitted highly relevant information with the intent of deceiving the
public. Still other statements were highly emotional and dramatic, if not
near hysterical, in nature. These constant declarations were clearly
intended to misinform the public and create an atmosphere of fear and
confusion, all with the goal of depriving Mr. Peltier of a fair and reasoned
consideration of his legal requests for parole and clemency.

Most notable, in November 1999, during efforts by a number of Mr. Peltier's
supporters to disseminate information and increase public awareness about
his case, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Agents Association placed a
large paid advertisement in the Washington Post. This ad intended to
mislead the public and obstruct full and fair consideration of Peltier's
parole and clemency requests with statements that were inappropriate,
inaccurate, deceptive, and inflammatory.

Similar public statements were made by individual FBI agents, as well as the
organizers of a Web site dedicated to denying a fair consideration of Mr.
Peltier's requests for parole.

But nothing was more bizarre than the event of December 15, 2000. In an
unprecedented event, over 500 FBI agents marched in front of the White House
to oppose clemency for Leonard Peltier. The agents claimed to be exercising
their First Amendment rights and argued they were acting as private citizens
on their own time despite the fact that this march took place during
standard business hours. FBI agents are law enforcement officers, it should
be remembered. As such, they are generally considered to be always on duty.
They also are officers of the court and on ethical grounds should have
refrained from out-of-court communication, verbal or otherwise.

The marchers risked disciplinary action (which never materialized, despite
the concerns of then Attorney General Janet Reno) for one purpose, we
believe, i.e., to garner media attention. Indeed, the media paid special
attention to the staged event, with segments airing on evening news programs
of all the major television networks. There appeared to have been a news
blackout, however, with regard to the event five days earlier when THOUSANDS
of people marched in support of Leonard Peltier in front of the United
Nations building in New York City.

All of the above tactics proved successful. Despite indications from the
White House that clemency was imminent, on January 20, 2001, the list of
clemencies granted by Clinton was released to the media. Without
explanation, Peltier's name had been excluded.

Continuing Media Manipulation

State ethics rules prohibit prejudicial statements by attorneys in a case.
These rules apply in both state and federal court, and to prosecutors and
defense attorneys alike. The Supreme Court in Gentile v. State Bar of
Nevada noted that "[f]ew interests under the Constitution are more
fundamental than the right to a fair trial by impartial jurors," and such
ethics rules are necessary to uphold that right.

The American Bar Association's Model Rule 3.6, on Trial Publicity, sets the
standard. It prohibits an attorney who is participating in a case
investigation or litigation - as well as any lawyer in the same firm or
government agency - from making an out-of-court statement that would have
the substantial likelihood of prejudicing "an adjudicative proceeding"
in
the matter.

In early February 2004, a murder trial was held in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Arlo Looking Cloud was charged in the murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash in
1976.

During the trial, it is true that the U.S. prosecutor refrained from making
out-of-court statements. However, the majority of the testimony presented
by the U.S. prosecutor during the four- day trial concerned the American
Indian Movement (AIM), in general, and Leonard Peltier, in particular, and
had no relevance to the government's case.

There is no ethics rule to prevent in-court statements. Reporters observing
the trial were treated to a barrage of prejudicial information that served
to sensationalize the proceedings. This clearly had an effect on jurors,
but we believe the real target audience was the media and, by extension, the
American public.

The style and content of the articles published by the media during the
February trial of Arlo Looking Cloud were alarmingly similar to those
published by the media at the request of particular FBI agents during
Peltier supporters' campaign for Executive Clemency in 1999-2001.

Since the Looking Cloud trial, the media mentions about
Peltier have increased, as well as highlighted and exaggerated the testimony
given during the trial, to the extent that now it is claimed that Peltier
may have ordered the murder of Annie Mae.

What the media does not report is that Leonard Peltier simply did not have
the authority within AIM to order any such action. At the alleged time of
the murder, Peltier was himself a prisoner in a Canadian prison and mostly
isolated from the happenings in South Dakota. Leonard did not learn many of
the details of Annie Mae's death until he was extradited to the United
States in December 1976, nearly one year after her murder occurred. Leonard
Peltier simply had nothing whatsoever to do with Anna Mae Aquash's murder.

Conclusion

Nearly 30 years after the incident at Oglala, the FBI and government
prosecutors still engage in vengeful acts. They carefully avoided
out-of-court statements this past year, However, they did use actual court
proceedings, primarily for the benefit of the media, to intentionally
provide as fact false information to the public on AIM and Leonard Peltier.
This has the effect of rewriting history with regard to AIM, in general, and
Leonard Peltier, in particular, so as to prejudice the public against them.
The sensational claims of witnesses - some of them paid informants - were
widely reported in the press. As other prosecutions with respect to the
Aquash murder are pending, such behavior has the appearance of having been
done for the purpose of prejudicing the public against AIM in a state where
anti-AIM sentiment and racism against Native Americans already runs very
high. In our considered opinion, these actions have been taken to influence
the outcome of pending federal prosecutions by potentially poisoning the
jury pool, as well as destroy support for Peltier and prevent his release on
parole in 2008.

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Wow Redbaiting in 2005?

What a bore 27.Feb.2005 00:04

You know what you just tipped my brain toward the Bellecourts. Thank you. Churchill stint with the CIA just can't be explained. Meanwhile the Soviet Union armed the Vietnamese people in their struggle against US imperialism, the FMLN who were people of indigenous heritage in El Salvador, the FSLN in Niaragua, Che Gueverra, Nelson Mandela and the ANC, the Angolan liberation struggle, and so you know what when compared to Bin Laden, the Contras, and Saddam Hussein I'll pick RED and I'm not a commie. I wear black.

Labiche you are an idiot

lili 27.Feb.2005 00:33

Maybe you should look on AIM's website where their statements against the war are clear as day. Also their statement on 911 makes the same points as Ward's while showing solidarity with the victims in the towers. How do you figure they are "Ward's 500,000 dead Iraqis. Didn't Vernon Bellecourt speak at the ANSWER rally against the war last year? Are you ok? need an enema or something?

'what a bore' is either a cop or a stalinist- what are bellecourt pigs?

robin 28.Feb.2005 00:36

why dont scumbags clyde + vern answer that they were the kgb- 'soviet peace committee' charges?
why dont they ANSWER charges of destroying indian village in NICA.
and one of those Bellecourt stalinist indians did speak for Workers World Party (ANSWER) at a rally- those white filth wwp are the US varient of the post-soviet red-brown alliance ie nazi-communists ie racist garbage.
a pig is a pig...

Obviously right wingers like Lebiche and Robin are right wingers

You are on Crak 28.Feb.2005 01:26

DO you realize that is the same shit they said about Martin Luther King, Malcom X, and every other repubtable progressivve ever. This is true FBI and klan shit. I remember the billboards years ago where MLK would be in a pic at a rally with a known commie and so he was one. Yawn. What a true bore. The Bellecourts have never been accused of destroying a Nicaraguan village. Try reading the history it was Russell Means Ward's best friend that went to Nicaragua and shot Sandanistas. It is Russell,Ward, and Glenn Morris who actively worked with the CIA backed Contras. Accuse AIM of what you will about our links to Revolutionary movements world wide. We have always worked with any group of oppressed people struggling against occupation regardless of what brand of weapon they carried. The United States has never aided an occupied indigenous people. It has allways aided the occupier. The Soviet Union also made grave errors and the IITC (International Indian Treaty Council) is on record in Geneva speaking to the United Nations as lodging formal complaints when those errors occurred. Also when the Sandanistas responded to Contra aggreession into Nicaragua and Miskitos were displaced AIM via Bill Means (Russells brother) went there and negotiated a settlement of Miskito grievances. Ward and Russ's response was to support the CIA backed Contras? You can have them.

AIM has defintely protested Marxists want an example?

AIM 28.Feb.2005 02:08

AIM stands up against any injustice against indian people whether they are MArxist or not. We will never in any way support the CIA, the US military, or corporate imperialism. AIM is currently still in discussions demanding justice for Ingrid. FARC executed several of their own soldiers claiming that they had been bribed by oilcompanies to kill her. AIM told them that was unacceptable and they wanted to know who in FARC command allowed this to happen. Get another lie ready we have ansewers.

PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WORLDWIDE
October 6, 2000
Ministry for Information,
American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council

Press Contact:
WaBun-Inini, Ind-diz-Nikaz
Anishinabe Ojibwe Nation
aka, Vernon Bellecourt, National Representative
Phone: 612-721-3914 Fax: 612-721-7826
 aimggc@worldnet.att.net
www.aimovment.org




Re: American Indian Movement Manifesto for the New Millennium


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Article 1: Commission to Seek Justice for Ingrid Washinawatok
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On Thursday, March 4, 1999, the bound, blindfolded and bullet ridden bodies of three American citizens, Ingrid Washinawatok, Lahene Gay and Terence Freitas were found lying about ten paces apart in a pasture near the Arauca River in Venezuela. Ingrid was a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin, as well a prominent representative of the Indigenous Women's Network. Ingrid also represented the International Indian Treaty Council, a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) within the United Nations. Lahene and Terence were activists in their own write. The three had been kidnapped in Colombia seven days earlier by members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) while attending a conference, and assisting the U'wa Indian Nation of Colombia to develop school programs.

On Sunday, March 7, 1999, Raul Reyes, FARC's chief spokesman, said that FARC lamented what had happened and expressed its condolences to the government of the United States, the American people, and the families of the victims, for this "deplorable deed." While at that time denying that FARC had any role in the murders, Reyes stated that if the ongoing investigation found that FARC members had comitted the act, "there will be drastic sanctions."

On Tuesday, August 15, 2000, Colombian security forces murdered six school children and seriously wounded four others while Hernando Hiquita, who was helping his wife, a teacher, lead the children on an outing. Government forces opened fire on the children in the mountain village of Pueblo Rico, Colombia. These are the latest of more than 35,000 killed, many of these civilians, thus far in this war.

On Thursday, March 10, 1999 speaking in Guatemala City, President Clinton expressed regret for the United State's role in Guatemala's 36-year civil war saying, "Washington was wrong to have supported Guatemala Security Forces in a brutal counter-insurgency campaign that slaughtered thousands of civilians." He went on to say, "It is important that I state clearly that support for military forces or intelligence units who engaged in violent and widespread repression of the kind described in the report of the Historical Clarification Commission was wrong." Clinton said, reading carefully from handwritten notes, "And the United States must not repeat that mistake."

It is because of the United State's support for a series of military death-squad governments in Guatemala that, at least 150,000 Mayan Indians and tens of thousands other Guatemalan civilians lost their lives. At least 467 villages have disappeared. Men, women, and children have been brutalized, tortured, raped, mutilated, and buried in mass graves throughout the countryside in Guatemala in the past fifteen (15) years alone. ( http://www.hrdata.aaas.org/ceh/report/english)

Speaking on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's Historic March on Washington, with all of the civil and human rights leaders present, and all the National and International press corps in attendance at that time, Vernon Bellecourt, National Representative to the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council, in his speech, revealed that more than 35,000 Mayan Indian people had been murdered with United State's CIA support for the brutal Guatemalan Governments of Lucas Garcia Romero followed by Efrain Rios Mont. Not one member of the press or the many "leaders" present responded to these obvious war crimes, nor have they to this date.

These atrocities, war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed under the guise of fighting Communism. Today, the 1.3 billion aid package that Congress and the Clinton Administration approved for Colombia, which includes helicopter gun ships, and military training is under the guise of "interdicting drugs." These drugs should be interdicted in the suites and streets of America and elsewhere in the world. This action goes in the face of, and a blatant contradiction to the words and commitment made by President Bill Clinton in Guatemala City on March 10, 1999, and must be challenged.

During the 32nd Anniversary Conference of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council held on the Lac Courte O'reilles Ojibwa Nation in Wisconsin on July 11-13, 2000, we began the work of drafting the American Indian Movement Manifesto for the New Mellennium, which work is ongoing. One of the priorities was the establishment of a Commission to Seek Justice for Ingrid Washinawatok. While Ali El-Issa, the husband of Ingrid, sent his regrets that he could not be present during the 32nd Anniversary Conference, he supports the establishment of the Commission. Attached is his statement, which was read into the record of the Conference by the former Executive Director of the Indigenous Women's Network, and a prominent member of the American Indian Movement, Lisa Bellanger.

Following discussions with her husband, Ali El-Issa, as well other family members, the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council issues the following communique' worldwide as a priority of the Manifesto for the New Mellennium.


We demand that the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agree to a face to face meeting with family members of the three people murdered, in which both the government of Colombia and FARC should accept full responsibility for the murders.

We demand that the government of Colombia and FARC pay considerable reparations to the three families of the victims.

We call on churches, religious organizations, trade unions, peace movements, sovereign Indian tribal governments, and all people of goodwill in the United States to join us in demanding that the Clinton Administration and the United States Congress reverse its decision to send $1.3 billion in military aid to the government of Colombia. This aid will continue to victimize the very U'wa Indian people that Ingrid was attempting to help. We call on these same people to support these demands by withholding all support and solidarity to both the government of Colombia and FARC.

We call on the European Commonwealth, as well all churches, religious organizations, trade unions, peace movements, and all people of goodwill worldwide to support these demands by withholding all support and solidarity to both the government of Colombia and FARC.

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Attachments:
Statement by Ali-El-Issa
Flying Eagle Woman Fund for Peace, Justice and Sovereignty
708 Broadway, 8th Floor
New York NY 10003
Phone: 212-982-5358
Fax: 212-982-5346

Fans? Lebiche you sound like CIA or stupid either one

Ancho Chili 28.Feb.2005 02:34

So everyone who ever accepted help from or had good relations with a communist is a racist? Nelson Mandela (head of the ANC?), Malcom X, Che Gueverra, Kwame Ture (Stokley Carmichael), Momar Khadafy, Angela Davis, Vernon Bellecourt, Dennis Banks, (hell even Russ Means got along with the commies back in the 70's, took their money anyway), Noam Chomsky, Martin Luther King, Caesar Chavez, The wobblies (who are anarchists), Augusto Sandino, the people of Vietnam, most every liberation struggle in Africa, every latin American rebel group with the exception of the Zapatistas (even their leadership contain some ex-Marxists, the MLN of Puerto Rico, the weather underground (who Ward claims he was part of at one time), Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Viet Nam Veterans Against the War, ANSWER (which I thought was a coalition that WWP was part of?), and millions of others artound the world mostly of color are racists? Is your IQ topping 20? or are you stupid on purpose. Even Ward Churchill wrote a booklet called "Why supporting the Contras is good Leninism". So how is association with marxists racist? Every leader of color before the fall of the Soviet Union enjoyed the support of Marxists and modst of those leaders accepted generous contributions from marxist groups. AIM is no exception. Sorry to burst your bubble child. Orgsanizations fighting for oppressed people of color often take money where you wouldn't expect it. The IRA and Palestinian causes accepted weapons from Colonel Qhadafy for decades. AIM has had a long standing friendship with the opressed people of Palestine and the PLO at one time. The PLO accepted support from the Soviet Union. In fact some anarchists accepted their support back in "the day". So are you stupid or just typing shit for the hell of it. Is Nelson Mandela racist? Let me quote Malcom X here. "No white person has the moral or any other authority to ask an African, Native American or any other person of color if they are racist against white people". "That would be like the wolf asking the sheep why it distrusts the wolf". "The answer is obvious".
I am really glad you pointed this out Lebiche or Robin or Jim or whatever your name is (hide behind your scrren tag it's the smart thing to do). Because the whole point AIM has been trying to make is why are you white people thinking you are qualified or in fact invited to pick our leaders. You are racist!

A simple question

Black Feather 28.Feb.2005 02:41

I am just a simple NDN man, with a high school education, so bear with me. For the life of me though, I just cannot understand why Ward Churchill, with all of his FBI and CIA connections (at least according to Vernon... I mean AIM above), has been attacked in the national media every day for the past month. I mean, if he was with the FBI/CIA, wouldn't he have some kind of cover? Wouldn't the FBI/CIA want to protect him from exposure -- at the very least, wouldn't they give him a stupid tribal ID or a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood? I have watched enough episodes of "Alias" on tv to know that if Ward Churchill was an agent, he would have a little more protection than he apparently has. Maybe as much as the "real" Indian media darling -- Vernon Bellecourt. Oops, I forgot, he's about to go down for ordering the murder of Anna Mae Aquash, just as soon as John Boy Graham arrives back from Vancouver to spill the beans on the big, righteous "National AIM, Inc. leadership." Killing an innocent AIM woman ! -- I hope the entire Minneapolis bunch goes down in flames. At Graham's trial we'll see who has the actual cover from the feds, and who gets hung out to dry. My money says that Vernon will sing like a canary to stay out of the joint -- while Churchill gets barbequed by this curious alliance of so-called NDNs and neo-nazis, like Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly.

They are using Churchill as a pretext for McCarthy style black balling!

AIM 28.Feb.2005 03:09

The simple answer is the feds needed someone to say they supported 911 in order to start a purging natioanlly of teachers and government empolyees. Churchill will loose his job but sell a million of you idiots books and take a post at a European University where he will serve as a bureau agent overseas. Simple Question simple answer. By the way It was Russ Means who got on the stand without being charged and accused AIM leaders of murder. Guilty dog barks the loudest.

Ward winning Native Jounalist speaks out on Churchil.

ICT 28.Feb.2005 03:15

King: Ward Churchill -- Questionable identity and questionable scholarship Email this page Print this page
Posted: February 24, 2005
by: Patti Jo King


Ward Churchill has convinced many people that he is the ultimate expert on Indian affairs, yet he has neither the character nor the eloquence to lead.

Throughout history, dynamic Indian leaders have honed their skills on the experience of loss, devastation, and a sincere desire to find paths to survival for future generations. Shunning pretension or self-aggrandizement, they excelled as leaders because they had a common stake in the affairs of Indian country.

As members of tribes, communities and extended families, they stood to benefit or lose as a direct result of their leadership. They were respected because their people knew they did their best to make a positive contribution.

Churchill, a postmodernist, lacks a believable Native identity and family history. He can't empathize with Indians because he has nothing at stake. Having appropriated his Indian identity, he is unaffected by the commotion he causes when he behaves outrageously. He utilizes postmodern techniques, plunging into Indian matters he does not fully understand and attempting to represent them. Sadly, the Indian community will suffer the consequences of his recklessness again.

Churchill does not now, nor has he ever, represented Indians. His complex, overly-academic rhetoric clarifies how little he has in common with Native people. His acid tongue, dirty-mouthed sarcasm, self-important posturing, and preachy fanaticism contribute nothing to the challenge Indians face to establish a satisfying position in contemporary society.

Churchill portrays Indians as hapless victims, repressed and demoralized by the crafty American government. These characterizations only serve to impede Indian social progress. He combines hackneyed stereotypes, postmodern gibberish, and radical buzzwords to coax naive individuals to accept his authenticity. Such characterizations are the antithesis of empowerment.

Now Churchill is trying to convince the unwitting public that his current troubles stem from an infringement on his right to free speech. He also says that he is being targeted by racist Indians because he is not enrolled.

Claiming to be ''one-sixteenth Cherokee,'' he has opposed the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, a law protecting Indian artists from unfair counterfeit competition. His Indian claim further enabled him to secure his lucrative teaching position (over $94,000 annually) at the University of Colorado, where he beat out several fine Indian scholars for the coveted job.

He claims to be Cherokee and Creek, although the Okmulgee Creek Agency, the Muscogee Creek Nation and the Cherokee Nation contend he is not a member and is not known among their people.

Nevertheless, non-Indian educators pay handsomely to hear him speak. If placed in the same position, would other ethnic communities accept an imposing white radical as their representative? Would they remain silent while he misrepresented their people?

Identity theft is only the tip of the problematic iceberg. Free speech is not the issue either. The issue is questionable scholarship.

Churchill's historiography is neither fair nor objective. It is extreme revisionism designed to promote his suspicious agenda through academic fraud. Academic fraud is more than simple error: it encompasses false attribution and fabrication of facts.

A 1992 essay, ''Federal Indian Identification Policy,'' co-authored with his former wife, Marie Annette Jaimes, has long concerned Indian legal scholars. It asserts the 1887 Dawes Allotment Act required individuals to be one-half or more Indian to be eligible for land allotment. Jaimes chastises tribes for adopting Dawes blood quantum requirements for tribal membership. Churchill has continuously berated tribes and enrolled Indians, viciously referring to them as ''ethnic cleansers'' and ''racists'' for participating in blood-based tribal enrollment. He repeatedly attributes his theories to Jaimes' blood quantum/Dawes Act claim in ''Federal Indian Identification Policy.''

Blood quantum, however, is never mentioned in the Dawes Act.

Such shoddy scholarship immediately raises a red flag. Are we to believe that a man who has written dozens of books and nearly 100 essays - a foremost authority on Indians - has never read the Dawes Allotment Act? The act is one of the most prevalent and important documents of American Indian legal history and is brief and easy to read.

Numerous other examples of his questionable scholarship have been exposed by historians, political scientists, and Native scholars over the years.

Churchill's lack of authenticity, sensitivity, and manipulative rhetoric became apparent some 13 years ago. In retaliation against those who criticized him, he hurled insults and accusations, often against Indian women.

The University of Colorado was contacted on more than one occasion after his erratic behavior became dangerously volatile. Yet Indian concerns fell on deaf ears. One department head said, ''What Mr. Churchill does off-campus on his own time is his own business.''

Churchill's goal is the disempowerment of American Indians. What better way to achieve this objective than to masquerade as a member-advocate of the very group he seeks to enfeeble?

His motivation remains a matter of speculation. Some believe he is a ''wannabe'' - a man of generic ethnicity striving for authentication through the theft of a more ''exotic'' Indian identity.

Others believe he is an opportunist who astutely positioned himself as a ''specialist'' in a field with few experts and sketchy criteria for determining expertise.

Needles to say, if the University of Colorado had heeded past Indian concerns, they would not be in the uncomfortable position they are in today. They must move decisively to correct the situation.

Churchill does not belong in a classroom. American civil liberties will continue to ensure his right to publish his extreme revisionist rhetoric, but his essays and books should never be considered acceptable texts for state-sponsored educational programs. Maintaining impeccable standards of scholarship, particularly in the field of American Indian studies, is critical to the protection of our history, rights and future.

University of Colorado, terminate this deplorable imposter.

Patti Jo King is a journalist and historian. She holds an extended bachelor's of Science degree in History and a master's degree in History of the American West.

Natuves condemn US Mid East Policy without defending Bin Laden!

Real Indians 28.Feb.2005 03:21

Mohawk: U.S. policy in Iraq not sustainable Email this page Print this page
Posted: February 24, 2005
by: John Mohawk / Indian Country Today


The lessons of history loom over Iraq; and, as often occurs, history contradicts ideology. In this case, the question hinges on the probability of U.S. imperialism's success in the Arab world. The prospects are not good.

The modern world is practically defined by the issues of colonization. The first was Spain in the New World, but it had a precedent. The Crusades began in 1095, but the wars between Christendom and Islam went on forever.

Late in the 15th century, European princes were known to attack and enslave populations of Christians. The Pope found this inappropriate and issued a papal bull ordering them to cease and desist. Thenceforth, it would be legal to enslave Muslims or other non-Christians, but not Christians. In fact, the enslavement of Christians continued for a while, but when Portuguese explorers found populations of Muslim Africans they had been empowered by international law to enslave them, to take their property and so forth. It was the beginning of that peculiar brand of modern racism, of the slave trade, and of much of the misery of man's inhumanity to man, especially indigenous people. The doctrine of Terra Nullius - which continues to be the foundation of much of the case law of such countries as the United States and Canada - was literally a license to steal, kill, plunder, rape, torture and murder. The history of civilization in the modern world is firmly rooted in horror.

The Spanish version of colonization traced its inspiration all the way back to the behavior of the Roman Empire in Iberia. Spain and others committed some of the greatest armed robberies of all time, now called the Conquest of Mexico and Peru. Carried on a sword and at gunpoint, indigenous treasures were looted, indigenous people enslaved, and atrocities carried on in the name of the glories of the state and God. These were rationalized as necessary for the good of the victims; and the original philosopher of plunder (also known as the father of modern racism), Juan Gines de Sepulveda, explained that all these abuses were actually in the victims' own best interest.

Many other countries followed suit, but the British certainly stand out. By the late 19th century, European flags - especially the Union Jack - flew over 85 percent of the inhabitable land on the planet, and the British were eager to explain the superiority of European civilization to the natives while plundering their countries. India, China, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan and a long list of others got the treatment.

People will argue about why colonization failed to work, but in the end there is little doubt that it failed. It was probably too expensive. England's military was spread across the globe. When she was finally attacked by Germany, homeland defense was seriously impaired by the necessities of maintenance of empire. It would be interesting to do an accounting to see if the adventures of the British Empire benefited the people of England. So many young lives lost; so much misery. But then, public benefit and the interest of the nation wasn't the point. Imperialism concentrated wealth in the hands of a few of Britain's ruling class: that was the point of empire. Forget civilization. Forget benefiting the natives.

As World War II progressed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt grew increasingly unhappy with the limitations to American corporations which European colonization imposed on the Third World, so he proposed a project of decolonization. The Europeans didn't like the idea and some, like France, held on to places like Algeria and Vietnam long after the pain of possession should have caused them to let go. Over time, most of the world was freed from the grip of colonialism, but a new system took its place.

Unlike the Europeans, who sent armies of occupation and built plantations overseas, America operated from afar by creating complex alliances with the military elites of newly-created countries. Foreign aid was directed toward keeping these people armed, and the flow of aid depended on doing America's will. When a country like Iran elected someone willing to nationalize her oil, thus depriving the British and American corporations of limitless profits, the democratically-elected regime was overturned by a coup. Democracy was tolerated so long as it produced results that pleased the international corporations, and was discarded when it did not.

In recent years, U.S. objectives have shifted from controlling the armies in foreign countries to trying to build international corporate ownership societies under which multinational corporations would be enabled to privatize everything that could turn a profit: transportation, water, sewage, security, etc. Despite what they say, the Bush administration plans to stay, whether the Iraqis want them or not.

William Blum in ''Killing Hope'' urges that the Cold War against an international communist conspiracy was a fiction and that the real enemy was any person, movement or country that stood in the way of American expansion. Over the past 60 years the U.S. has bombed about 25 countries, tried to overthrow 40 governments, and tried to crush 30 nationalist movements. Through all this mayhem and aggression a string of U.S. governments claimed that their motives were pure, that they were fighting against threats to America and for democracy and freedom: but the outcomes were often demonic regimes.

Most of the world's leadership agrees with Blum's view. In one of the few moments of reflection by someone in America's war culture, former Defense Secretary Robert MacNamara, in the recent documentary ''The Fog of War,'' admits he never believed the Vietnamese who told him it was nationalism, not international communism, they fought for. He admits, 30 years and 50,000 American lives later, that maybe it was nationalism. It isn't only that he didn't tell us the truth, he didn't know the truth.

Last Christmas eve Ahmed Abdullah Abdul-Rahman Alshai survived an explosion after he drove a wired gas tanker as close as he could get to embassies in Baghdad. He was blown through a windshield, but he turned and helped locate some Al-Qaeda combatants and he provided information that most of the suicide bombers, like the people who destroyed the World Trade Center and hit the Pentagon, were middle class religious extremists from Saudi Arabia.

Suicide bombers from throughout the Arab world are the most effective weapon the insurgency has. Money from Saudi society has been paying the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, and Saudi madrassas have been providing the young suicide bombers in Iraq.

Osama bin Laden has stated that he attacked the U.S. because of its foreign policy. It's a war for hearts and minds, not a battle against some dead-enders and Baathist washouts. It could go on for a long time, will prove prohibitively expensive and will benefit mostly the crony corporations poised to grab the war profits. And the neocons in the Bush administration don't know the truth, can't handle the truth, and haven't a clue how to fight this kind of war, just as their predecessors in MacNamara's time were unable to cope with their war.

John C. Mohawk, Ph.D., is a columnist for Indian Country Today and an author and professor in the Center for the Americas at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

aW sHCUKS i'M JUST A SIMPLE ndn?

Sure you are 28.Feb.2005 03:29

But you simply accused Vernon Bellecourt of murder? Good one Ward

Westword does objective article about AIM war.

Churchill stinks 28.Feb.2005 03:38

CIVIL WARS
THE FURY FLIES AS INDIAN ACTIVISTS TAKE AIM AT EACH OTHER.


Glenn Morris, the outspoken co-director of the Colorado chapter of the American Indian Movement, reaches into a worn briefcase and pulls out a black binder. Bits of yellowed newspaper clippings and photographs poke out from behind the pages; a postcard of an Indian man wearing a feathered headdress clings to the inside sleeve.
"This is my father," Morris says as he opens the cover to the first page, on which a single black-and-white photograph is centered. It is a picture of a man with short, dark hair and dark eyebrows. Judging by the man's appearance, he could be of American Indian descent---or Hispanic, or Mediterranean.

After a moment, Morris, a 38-year-old professor of political science at the University of Colorado at Denver who over the past decade has doubled as one of Denver's best-known political radicals, closes the book and carefully lays it on the table. He's angry, he says, and doesn't particularly want to talk to a reporter. But he says he has no choice.

Morris and his compatriots--fellow college professor and Colorado AIM co-director Ward Churchill, and legendary Indian activist Russell Means, who once celebrated the nation's bicentennial by painting Plymouth Rock red--have made their share of enemies. They and their cohorts bullied Denver's Italian-American community into abandoning its traditional parade in 1992, in part through the threat of violence. They drew the pique of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith by co-opting the name for their own Native American Anti-Defamation League. But now the tables are turned: It's Morris, Churchill and Means who are under attack--this time from other Indians who claim, among other things, that Morris and Churchill are actually white men masquerading as Native Americans.

The National American Indian Movement, a Minneapolis group led by original AIM founder Clyde Bellecourt and his brother Vernon, in November labeled Morris and Churchill as Indian "wannabes" and expelled them from the organization. The Bellecourts have also called Morris and Churchill "pseudo-Indians" and "impostors."

So Morris, whose group has responded by blasting the Bellecourts as "hang-around-the-fort Indians" and "traitors," sits at a table in a trendy downtown coffee shop, his long brown hair parted in the middle, a silver buffalo pin stuck to his leather coat, offering a photograph of his father as proof of the Shawnee Indian heritage he claims.

It hurts, says Morris, a Harvard Law School graduate who once served as president of that school's American Indian Law Students Association. For more than twenty years Morris has been an advocate for Indian rights, often taking extreme positions that have set him far to the left of most Native Americans. In 1991 he was arrested alongside Churchill and Means for blocking the route of Denver's Columbus Day parade. Throughout the 1980s he was credited with turning a nearly catatonic Colorado AIM chapter into one of the most politically active chapters in the country.

But until now, says Morris, "No one--not the Bellecourts, not the schools--questioned whether I was Indian. That would only come after I didn't agree with everything [the Bellecourts] said."

This isn't the first time the leaders of the fractious AIM--best known for a 1973 standoff with federal authorities at the tiny South Dakota village of Wounded Knee--have warred among themselves. But in the past their disputes usually have been about tactics or politics.

This time the fight is nastier, more personal. A few months ago, Churchill, a 46-year-old associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder who seems to be the spark in the powderkeg, left a telephone message for Vernon Bellecourt calling him "a decrepit old fart." And both sides have been tossing back and forth the worst AIM insult of all: "agent provocateur" of the dreaded FBI or CIA.

Means, a longtime master of political theater who took his expressive talents to the big screen in the film remake of The Last of the Mohicans, remains his old bombastic self. In a recent interview, the 54-year-old activist alternated between vituperation ("Everyone hates Indians, including the people of Denver and Mayor Webb") and warmth (complaining about the length of time it takes to tie his braids as he gets older). Appointed the executive director of Colorado AIM in 1989, Means accuses his former comrades the Bellecourts of raising questions about who qualifies as a "real" Indian in order to rid themselves of their political opposition.

The Bellecourts deny Means's charges, contending that AIM's national board of directors has genuinely grown concerned that "non-Indians" such as Morris and Churchill have seized control of local AIM chapters and are making decisions that Indians should make.

"We're not racists," says Vernon Bellecourt, who actually helped form the Colorado chapter more than twenty years ago. "There are hundreds, if not thousands, of good, sincere white people working with us. They just don't pretend to be something they're not."

Bellecourt says Means has become a puppet of Churchill, who he hints may be a federal agent in disguise. Now he and the national AIM are demanding that the University of Colorado review Churchill's credentials as an Indian and bring him before an ethics committee to determine whether he received his tenure through deception--namely by "billing himself as an American Indian writer, scholar and artist." The university, says Bellecourt, should rid itself of "this man whose lies they've been bankrolling for the past ten years."

Replies Churchill during an interview in his university office, "It ain't going to happen." A part-time painter who lost the ability to sell his work as "Indian art" after a 1990 federal law required Indian artists to prove their ethnic authenticity, Churchill whips off the dark glasses he's wearing and says, "See, green eyes. I have nothing to hide, unlike [rival artist] David Bradley, who wears his glasses to cover up his blue eyes."

Marilyn Decalo, a spokeswoman in the office of CU president Judith Albino, says the Bellecourts' complaint has been turned over to the university's lawyers for investigation. "We're still researching," she says. "The bottom line is that National AIM is concerned that a position that should be held by a Native American is held by a non-Indian. From our end, we need to determine if the position was designated for a Native American. And I can't answer that right now."

Morris, Means and Churchill contend that the real issue at hand is sovereignty--the right of local AIM members to decide who they will accept as fellow Indians and appoint as their leaders. In retaliation for the expelling of Morris and Churchill, leaders of AIM chapters from a dozen states--some of whom have also had their claims of Indian heritage questioned by the national faction--met in New Mexico last December and declared that they don't recognize any national authority.

According to Means, the group also "indicted" the Bellecourts and their followers on charges ranging from "high treason" to selling drugs to Indian youths, a reference to Clyde Bellecourt's 1985 arrest and subsequent guilty plea for selling LSD. The allegations, Means says, will be brought before an Indian "tribunal" this March in San Francisco.

Last week Vernon Bellecourt called the indictments ridiculous. "They aren't trying to conduct some objective tribunal," he said. "They've trumped up these charges and then proceeded to try me and my brother in the media."

On and on, back and forth it goes, until there's only one thing both sides agree on: The philosophical fratricide will further erode AIM's historically tenuous position with mainstream Indians.

According to U.S. Census figures for 1990, 27,776 American Indians or Alaskan Natives live in Colorado, more than 12,000 of them in the Denver metro area. Of that number, about 200 are estimated to belong to Colorado AIM.

But Indian groups in Denver steer away from commenting on the AIM squabble, citing the group's propensity for getting even. Says Mary Jo Dennis, of the Colorado Indian Commission, "We don't interact with AIM."

Al Bear Ribs, who helps organize spiritual activities at the Denver Indian Center on Morrison Road, says the constant in-fighting between the AIM factions detracts from what other Indian rights organizations are trying to accomplish.

"We need a lot of help at the Denver Indian Center," says Bear Ribs. "But when we call, people say, `Oh, you guys are always fighting, and we can't support that.' It's like in the old days, when whites saw that Indians were always fighting among themselves and said, `While they're doing that, we'll steal their land.'"

The American Indian Movement was founded in 1968 in Minneapolis by Dennis Banks, George Mitchell and Clyde Bellecourt. Its aim was fairly simple: the abolishment of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the establishment of Indian self-determination and a revitalization of cultural heritage. And AIM's leaders swore that they would accomplish these feats without taking money from the U.S. or any other government.

In 1970 a Colorado chapter was formed in Denver by Joe Locust and Vernon Bellecourt. And in Cleveland, Ohio, after initially distancing himself from the radicals of AIM, Russell Means, then an accounting student, founded a local chapter.

There was certainly no question about Means's heritage; his father was of Oglala-Crow-French-English descent, and his mother was a full-blooded Yankton Sioux. And it didn't take him long to make a name for himself within AIM--or to outrage most of the rest of the country. In 1970 Means and other Indians "captured" the Mayflower II, a sailing ship used to re-enact the original voyage of the Pilgrims; in June 1971 he led a brief "occupation" of the Mount Rushmore National Monument, an event he capped off by urinating on George Washington's head.

Throughout 1972 AIM consolidated its combative reputation, occupying a Nebraska town to demand justice for the killing of an Indian by two white men and briefly taking over the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Washington, D.C. At the forefront of each confrontation--or working behind the scenes to raise money and support--were Russell Means, Dennis Banks and the Bellecourts.

On February 27, 1973, about 200 lightly armed AIM supporters led by Means and Banks occupied the tiny village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, where nearly 300 Lakota had been slaughtered by the U.S. Cavalry in 1890. They intended to hold a press conference the following morning to complain about alleged corruption within the Pine Ridge tribal government and other grievances. Instead they found themselves surrounded by law enforcement personnel of the federal and tribal governments.

For 71 days, AIM, whose members had been joined by the majority of the villagers, held out against the superior firepower. When the siege was over, two Indians were dead, dozens more had been wounded and the village was razed. Near the end Means turned himself in in exchange for an agreement to meet with White House officials, a deal on which the government later reneged.

By the late 1970s most of AIM's leadership was either on the run, facing prosecution or already in prison. Between 1973 and 1976 Means was charged with 37 felonies and three misdemeanors for such crimes as rioting, weapons charges and assault on law enforcement officers. He was cleared 39 times and convicted once, for contempt of court, serving a short sentence in the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

In 1979 the national AIM office in Minneapolis was dissolved in favor of local autonomy for all chapters. The Bellecourt brothers nonetheless continued to refer to themselves as national leaders of AIM.

In Colorado, AIM languished. Active membership in the state chapter dwindled to half a dozen people, and the group was meeting only sporadically when Glenn Morris arrived on the scene.

Morris had first come to Denver as a high school student, arriving from Phoenix, where he had been asked by Vernon Bellecourt to help the Colorado chapter coordinate food and clothing supplies for the besieged AIM members at Wounded Knee. He went on to graduate from Denver's East High School, sandwiching his studies around his AIM activities.

Morris wound up back in Colorado after he was offered a teaching job at CU-Denver, and in 1984 was appointed co-director of Colorado AIM by the chapter's elders, along with Ward Churchill, a recent arrival from South Dakota who had made a name for himself giving pro-AIM lectures at Black Hills State College.

Just how Churchill became a member of AIM back in 1972 remains in dispute more than twenty years later. An Illinois native of English and Swiss-German descent who by his own reckoning is one-sixteenth Cherokee, Churchill says he joined AIM at Clyde Bellecourt's invitation after attending a Bellecourt rally at the University of Illinois. Bellecourt says he doesn't remember any such invitation. But by the time Churchill joined Morris at the helm of the Denver chapter, he was no stranger to Bellecourt and other national leaders.

In 1983 Churchill and Dace Means, younger brother to Russell, had attended a human rights conference in Libya on behalf of the International Indian Treaty Council, a group formed by AIM to advocate for Indian rights at the international level. At the conference, the pair met with Libyan dictator Mu'ammar Qaddafi. Churchill caused a stir back in the United States by making the strange declaration that "AIM has not requested arms from the Libyan government."

Churchill wasn't the only AIM member dabbling in international politics. The early 1980s marked a growing affiliation between Colorado AIM and Russell Means, who caused his own stir with the Bellecourts in 1985. Returning from a three-week tour of Central America in November 1985, Means issued a statement calling for North American Indian "warriors" to volunteer to fight alongside Nicaraguan Indians against the Sandinista government. The Bellecourts were outraged, claiming that Means and his supporters were defying a position paper adopted by "AIM's Central Governing Council" that called for negotiations between the Sandinista government and the Indians. Vernon Bellecourt accused Means of playing into the hands of the CIA.

Means countered by forming what he called the New American Indian Movement. He openly chided the Bellecourts for siding with a "colonial government" against Indians and accused them of accepting money and travel expenses from the Sandinista government. Colorado AIM came out in support of Means.

The feud between the Bellecourts and the Colorado chapter soon drew attention from other Indian rights groups. Representatives of the Navajo tribe who had been opposing U.S. government intervention in a land dispute with the Hopis wrote a letter in April 1986 asking that AIM leaders resolve their conflicts before coming to Arizona for an International Indian Treaty Council conference. Noted the letter, "We are in support of neither the `New AIM' nor the `Old AIM.'"

Colorado AIM members responded by refusing to attend the treaty council conference, citing a lack of respect shown to its appointed leaders. Subsequently, the treaty council's board of directors voted to expel Morris and Churchill from its membership, citing their "extremely divisive and damaging activities." The Colorado leaders were notified of the decision in similar letters dated September 23, 1986, that were signed by Bill Means, the council's executive director, and Bill Wapepah, the director of information.

Churchill replied with a caustic letter that began with the salutation "Dear Double-Billing."

"I'll always use your missive to rebut anyone foolish enough to claim that Indians lack a keenly developed sense of humor, having seldom encountered wit acute enough to conceive of expelling me from an organization with which I've neither claimed nor desired affiliation in some eighteen months," he wrote. Churchill also took the opportunity to further goad the Bellecourts, bringing up Clyde's 1985 drug bust. ("My brother got hooked on drugs and then was entrapped by agents," says Vernon Bellecourt, adding that Clyde "was later welcomed back into the Indian community, where he is respected and revered.")

Colorado AIM, meanwhile, concentrated on political activities in its home state. Churchill and Morris negotiated with Denver officials to allow Indians exclusive use of the Tall Bull Memorial Grounds, a park south of Denver, won a concession from then-mayor Federico Pe¤a to create an American Indian Advisory Council for the mayor's office and wrote numerous opinion pieces for Denver newspapers.

In 1988 Ward Churchill snubbed the Bellecourts once again, publishing a book called Agents of Repression that attacked the FBI for conducting what he called the FBI's "secret wars against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement." The book lauded the accomplishments of Russell Means, Dennis Banks and others but mentioned Vernon Bellecourt only once, for having assisted in the formation of Colorado AIM. Clyde Bellecourt fared little better; other than the notation as a founder of AIM, his name generally appeared only in footnoted material.

On October 9, 1989, Colorado AIM announced a four-year program to target Columbus Day activities and the statue of Christopher Columbus in Civic Center park. Hundreds of AIM supporters attended a rally at the state capitol and marched to the Civic Center, where Russell Means, who had resigned his position with the Dakota AIM, poured blood on the Columbus statue.

Means was arrested for destroying public property, but he had what he wanted--national press attention. Shortly after the incident, Means's role in Colorado AIM was further solidified when he was asked to serve as the group's executive director and "international spokesman."

On Columbus Day 1991, Colorado AIM stepped up its protest by attempting to block the parade route. Means, Morris and Churchill were arrested, along with Margaret Martinez, who had recently established an AIM chapter in Colorado Springs. Six months later they were acquitted, setting the scene for what Colorado AIM considers its greatest triumph.

For months leading up to Columbus Day 1992, Colorado AIM warned that another parade could lead to violence. Attempts to reach a compromise failed, and it appeared the two groups were headed for a confrontation. On the day of the parade, the city prepared for a riot. Colorado AIM had mustered an estimated 2,500 supporters. But at the last minute the Italian-Americans--many of them elderly and afraid for their safety--called it quits. Means then led his own victory parade away from where the Italian-American contingent was "allowed" to rally on the Capitol steps.

The master of street theater had struck again.

Vernon Bellecourt says he's unimpressed by Colorado AIM's accomplishments. Stopping the parade "was about the only thing they've done," he says.

But Morris, Churchill and Means are proud of their status as the only AIM leaders in the country to have stopped a Columbus Day parade in its tracks. And they charge that the Bellecourts' questioning of Morris and Churchill's ethnic backgrounds is simply a jealous reaction to their success.

One supporter of Churchill and Morris is Colorado AIM member George Tinker, a professor at the Iliff School of Theology who is among those who accuse the Bellecourts of "racial cleansing." Tinker notes that one method the Bellecourts have used to determine who is or isn't a real Indian is tribal registries kept by the federal government since the 1800s. Those registries, Tinker says, are anything but complete.

Because of forced emigration and the scattering of the various Indian nations, many people with Indian heritage were never entered on the official rolls. As a result, nearly 2 million Indians are registered with the federal government, but millions more of both full and mixed blood were left off. If their claims are true, Morris and Churchill would fall into this category.

Morris contends that he is part Shawnee through his father, who was not enrolled as a tribal member but can identify family members who were. Churchill, who says he was initially met with skepticism by other AIM members because "I didn't look like I just stepped off a nickel," says there is Cherokee and Creek lineage in his family, though he concedes that his claim is "more ambiguous" than that of his colleague Morris. "It is just something that was common knowledge in my family," he says.

Means, meanwhile, says the national AIM faction's use of tribal enrollment data amounts to collaboration with the enemy. "There are only two other countries in the history of the world that have used similar criteria--Nazi Germany and South Africa," he says. "Since when do we need our oppressor's okay to say who we accept?"

Vernon Bellecourt says that such arguments are misleading. The U.S. government allows the tribes to say who belongs if the person in question isn't enrolled, he says. And tribal rolls are the basis on which Churchill in 1990 lost the ability to sell his paintings as "Indian" art. The federal legislation known as the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (co-sponsored by then-representative Ben Nighthorse Campbell) requires would-be Indian artists to prove that they are accepted members of a federally recognized tribe.

An angry Churchill criticized the law and its effect on several of his artist peers in a 1992 article that appeared in the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee newsletter (Peltier is in prison for the 1975 murder of two FBI agents during a gun battle on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota). In the same article, Churchill attacked David Bradley, a Santa Fe painter who was making a name for himself by "exposing" non-Indian "impostors."

Churchill's article touched off a new flurry of letter writing. Bradley shot back in the December 1992 edition of the newsletter, labeling Churchill a "pseudo-Indian" and "chief of the wannabes. The problem is that Ward Churchill is a white man who poses as a big bad radical `Indian' and gets paid very well to do so," wrote Bradley.

Means defended his friend in a February 18, 1993, "communique" emphasizing that Churchill had been unanimously "reaffirmed" as Colorado AIM's co-director--for the eighth time in the last four years. "This man has proven his loyalty and dedication," wrote Means, adding--just in case there was any remaining doubt--that "Colorado AIM does not recognize the existence or authority of a national office of AIM."

In a subsequent letter penned by Churchill, Colorado AIM refused to recognize national AIM's appointment of Fern Mathias and Carole Standing Elk as its western regional directors. And in keeping with the spirit of the dispute, Mathias and Standing Elk responded with a letter of their own. "Ward Churchill, who recently has begun to describe himself as a Creek/Cherokee, is in reality a member of neither the Creek Nation nor the Cherokee Nation," they wrote. "As a white man, it is inappropriate, offensive, and a violation of AIM's fundamental principle of Indian self-determination for Ward Churchill to identify himself as a member of AIM, let alone for him to publicly assert a leadership role in the Movement."

Vernon Bellecourt says most AIM chapters--including Colorado Springs--have sided with National AIM. Churchill, Morris and Means, he says, "will be isolated."

But Colorado AIM has shown no sign of surrender. Last year the local chapter reaffirmed a set of guiding principles stressing sovereignty, support, spirituality and sobriety, says Morris, and perhaps in answer to the accomplishments of National AIM, the Colorado chapter has also vowed to strengthen its efforts on such issues as youth, the elderly, housing and employment.

The group also has not lost its penchant for more public pursuits. Last October, Means and Morris celebrated the anniversary of stopping the Columbus Day parade by berating a small group of Italian-Americans who had rallied on the Capitol steps. Morris led a group to the Columbus statue, where he attached a cardboard sign that read, "Lies written in ink can never disguise facts written in blood." He then spit on the statue while a follower kicked over a wreath of flowers left by the Italian-Americans.

Denver's Al Bear Ribs, who used to be a member of AIM in South Dakota, says he doesn't agree with Colorado AIM's direction or with the leadership of Morris and Churchill, whom he says he considers to be white. However, he says he doesn't support the Bellecourt faction, either.

Instead Bear Ribs has formed his own organization, called the Native American Indigenous Council. "I don't really care what they do," he says of the two warring factions. "But all this arguing is getting nothing done. The Bellecourts and Means should either reconcile or get the hell out."

Judging from the "indictment" that Morris and Means helped orchestrate last December of the Bellecourts and their supporters, any such reconciliation is not close at hand. According to Means, the indictment for "high treason" and other sundry offenses was drafted only after a review of "overwhelming" evidence. Severe punishment is merited, he suggests, "but death would be too easy, and it is not the Indian way. The Indian way will be banishment."

Vernon Bellecourt, however, scoffs at what he describes as a melodramatic threat by Means, the activist movie star. "We only hope that [Russell] has just been duped by Churchill," he says. "Or that he has his head in Hollywood.

"We certainly won't be participating in that farce," Bellecourt adds. "But that's just Russell--everybody loves Russell. Hell, I love Russell. I just hate what he's doing.

Hey, Vernon, doesn't this make you and Clyde ?

Oscar Black Feather 28.Feb.2005 04:05

Graham to be extradited  
Posted: February 25, 2005
by: David Melmer / Indian Country Today

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - John Graham will be extradited from Canada to face first degree murder charges in the United States.

Canadian Judge Elizabeth Bennett gave her ruling on Feb. 21 to a packed courtroom filled with Graham supporters. He will be taken into custody pending the appeal process that will be filed by his attorney Terry LaLiberte.

Graham is one of two people charged with the execution-style murder of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash in 1975 on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The other, Arlo Looking Cloud, is serving a life sentence for the murder.

Get some therapy

Oscar Black Feather 28.Feb.2005 04:20

You Ward-bashers have really gone off the deep. Ward being assigned FBI European bureau chief after he loses his job -- that's a good one! Thanks for the compliment for suggesting that I'm Ward -- I wish that I could write as well as he does. Do you seriously think that Ward Churchill has the time to write to this insignificant bulletin board? You need to take a valium. Since you Ward-bashers are so fond of pasting pictures of "white men," have you seen this guy in your neighbourhood?
 http://oncampus.osu.edu/v31n9/thisissue_2.html

BTW, Vernon, you're not the only one who knows how to copy and paste. Check this out.

Lyons: The termination and removal of Ward Churchill
© Indian Country Today February 17, 2005. All Rights Reserved
Posted: February 17, 2005
by: Scott Richard Lyons

It's been a bad couple of weeks for Ward Churchill. After being savaged by the corporate media for an essay he wrote over three years ago, then finding himself abandoned by an academic culture that used to profess belief in freedom of thought and expression, it was finally revealed that ... gasp ... Ward Churchill might not even be an Indian. Stop the presses!
Outside of his personal circle of aging enemies, did anyone really care that much about Churchill's enrollment status before this controversy? For the record, the Keetowah Band of Cherokee gave Churchill an ''associate membership'' in the early '90s, but did not bestow the rights and privileges accorded to fully-enrolled band members. He has recently gone on record as three-sixteenths Cherokee - which, incidentally, would be one-sixteenth more than legendary Cherokee Chief John Ross of the 1820s. Unlike the fullblood ''Treaty Party'' who signed the illegitimate agreement with the Americans, thereby paving the road we now call the Trail of Tears, the light-skinned Chief Ross is fondly remembered by many Cherokee today as a great leader who fought hard against the ethnic cleansing that eventually took place. Ross, too, was very critical of Americans and their policies.

At the very least, even the toughest identity police among us will have to admit that, as a United States citizen, Churchill has the right to ethnically self-identify in any way he wants, as is the official policy of the U.S. Census Bureau. But even if he is a white man (which I am not prepared to admit as fact, since all the ''evidence'' seems based on hearsay), my question is: so what? It's not like an author of his stature and reputation needs the helping hand of affirmative action to land a job.

He doesn't write about himself. And I definitely don't get the sense that he wants to make his living as a painter. If Churchill is in fact 100 percent white - which no one will ever know for certain - then what exactly would that make him? Seems to me he would then occupy that time-honored position of a colonizer ''going Native;'' that is, taking on the habits and perspectives - not to mention the politics - of the colonized. He would be what racial theorists call a ''race traitor;'' one who denies and decries ''white privilege'' by refusing to participate in ''whiteness'' as a system of privilege. How exactly would that harm Indian people? I know real Indians who do a lot worse.

Frankly, I was always more interested in what Ward Churchill had to say than in playing the tiresome ''Is he really Indian?'' game. In fact, what I have found most frustrating about this witch hunt is the sense that hardly anyone has actually read his now infamous essay, ''Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens.'' Instead of musing about what Churchill allegedly is not - ''un-American,'' ''non-Indian'' - shouldn't we be talking about what he actually wrote?

Published no later than Sept. 12, 2001, Churchill's essay made the simple argument that, as he later summarized, ''If U.S. foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad, we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned.'' His point of departure was the 500,000 Iraqi children who died as a result of our 1991 bombing of water and sewage facilities. Churchill quoted former Secretary of State Madeline Albright shamefully remarking on ''Meet the Press'' that the death of those children was ''worth the cost'' of achieving U.S. interests.

Add to that indifference toward other people's children the continued American support for Israel over Palestine, U.S. military bases located on sacred ground in Saudi Arabia, and the constant creation of ruthless military and theocratic dictators who keep Americans rolling in oil - all the while contributing to more pain and death for poor brown people in the Middle East - and you have a recipe for disaster.
Predictable, painful, pointless disaster - not just for ''them,'' but occasionally for ''us.'' Because sometimes people push back.

Churchill also made the rational point that from the point of view of a suicide bomber, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center constituted legitimate military targets. They were the ''command and control infrastructure'' of a globalized but U.S.-led military and economic system that is at the root of so much of the world's pain. From that same suicide bomber's perspective, the occupants of those buildings were either justified military targets (in the case of stockbrokers and generals) or, using Pentagon-speak, ''collateral damage'' (in the case of janitors and secretaries). The attackers did not target the Super Bowl.

It is in this context of Churchill's attempt to read the scene of 9/11 as a calculated military assault - as opposed to the random attack of ''evil terrorists'' - that he used those oft-quoted expressions ''little Eichmanns'' and ''combat teams.'' He wasn't ''siding'' with the attackers or against the victims when he used those terms; he was simply trying to make people understand that 9/11 was a strategic military initiative, not some fanatical bloodbath committed by crazy, civilization-hating savages.
These ideas, presented with Churchill's usual wake-up-and-smell-the-coffee bluntness, are supported by uncontroversial facts and clear logic. One doesn't have to agree with the argument to admit this. He didn't ''lie'' (which is a whole lot more than we can say about Bill O'Reilly's well-documented program of deceit); and any ''disrespect'' folks might find in the essay would be their own interpretation as much as anything else.

The essay most certainly contradicts the official party line on 9/11 (''You are either with us, or you are with the terrorists''), but most people on the planet find that orthodoxy repellent. I think that's the real reason people are now howling for Churchill's head: he committed the cardinal sin of asking Americans to consider the facts and think for themselves, when what we are supposed to be doing is worship at the altar of American exceptionalism. Well, that and the fact that few have ever read the essay. That's unfortunate.

Remember that question everyone was asking after the 9/11 attacks: ''Why do they hate us?'' That was such an important question, but it was buried as quickly as it emerged. Churchill's essay was one of the few public attempts to answer it. He tried to start a national discussion about anti-Americanism; and while his tone might be abrasive, the answers he offered were (as always with his work) well-supported and reasonable: Americans are hated not because of some vague notion of their ''freedom,'' but for the specific reason that the United States is engaged in truly despicable practices abroad. Alongside those already mentioned, we can now add the return of such medieval practices as detainment without charge, ''trial'' without attorneys, and worst of all, torture.

Ultimately, Churchill's point was to wake Americans up to the impending Israelification of this country: the making of an absolute security state defined by perpetual cycles of militarism, attack and response. Do you want to live in a country like that? It doesn't have to be that way, but the United States is hurting the planet and its peoples.

If we live in a democracy, Churchill implies, then we need to take responsibility for the actions of our government. Otherwise, some people on the receiving end of U.S. brutality will see no viable option but to push back, as did past figures like Crazy Horse, Geronimo and Tecumseh. Remember them?

Hey, come to think of it, those Indians were ''unenrolled,'' too. But I digress.

Let there be no mistake, the forces of censorship currently afflicting Churchill for committing the crime of truth-telling will not be satisfied with only his demise. Churchill had no sooner been skewered when the Right quickly turned its attention to Shahid Alam, a soft-spoken professor of economics at Northeastern University who had the gall to suggest in an op-ed that the 9/11 attackers may have believed they were fighting against foreign occupation of their homelands. All critical educators are now at risk of being targeted including, I might add, Native American Studies professors (who are not exactly known for pro-American cheerleading).
Unless citizens raise up a firm, collective ''No,'' this witch-hunt is likely to continue. The goal of the Right is to make our universities sound exactly like ''Fox News.''

The last thing we should do right now is try to terminate Ward Churchill by haggling over his identity. It's a red herring. Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter are already making hay out of the ethnic fraud allegations, and anyone who thinks they are doing so to promote tribal self-determination ought to have their head examined.

Meanwhile, politicians and university administrators are trying to remove him from his post in Colorado - which would set an extremely dangerous precedent - and O'Reilly has raised the question of charging him with treason. I hope Ward resists every step of the way.
And despite nagging questions of ethnic exaggeration, which have by no means been conclusively answered, I believe Indians should support him. After all, with all these attempted terminations and removals in his life, how could Ward Churchill, that great warrior of the pen, be anything but an Indian?

Scott Richard Lyons, Leech Lake Ojibwe, is assistant professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Syracuse University, where he also teaches Native American Studies.

Looking stupid by association

Paul Wolf 28.Feb.2005 04:47

Ward Churchill is an unfortunate anti-war spokesman, discrediting that point of view every time he takes a swing at a reporter or gets caught plagiarizing something. O'Reilly picked the perfect target. Churchill will fight like hell and the scandals will go on and on as more things get dug up. He is living proof of how ridiculous his point of view is. He has no clue how to deal with reporters. His normal tactic of bullying doesn't work.

I disagree with the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, the war on terror, the torture of prisoners, the erosion of our legal system, etc. and wish Ward Churchill wasn't out there representing and discrediting this view. The best thing he could do is go away. But this is his big chance to get publicity so he'll drive it into the ground for all it's worth. He won't apologize for his coldhearted and childish essay.

While there is a sizeable percentage of people opposed to the war in Iraq - Howard Dean is now DNC chairman - most of the people supporting Ward Churchill support him only on freedom of speech grounds. Yet Ward is the man of the hour and he's going to make the most of it, and everyone on the left is going to look stupid by association. He's in no shape to be a spokesman for anything because of his personal deficiencies.

Native people don't make claims about those they don't know

I do know 28.Feb.2005 05:42

Ok well finally someone on here (if he isn't just bullshitting) posts his name. Excuse us Mr.Black Feather but weren't you the one that said "I'm just a simple Indian" and then proceeded to assert that "Vernon Bellecourt is about to be indicted for murder" and "when Bellecourt gets on the stand he will sing like a canary". Mr Black Feather the way of our people is not to speak without knowing someone and to lie. I know and have met all parties in question and I am not Vernon Bellecourt. If you were to check his itenerary you would find he is not at home and has no laptop. Furthermore he really doesnn't do much with computers family members do. You would know that he is a respected member of his tribe and has been elected to a four year term on the Gaawaabiinikaag tribal Council. Ogitchida here. It isn't the way of our people to leave death threats on our elders answering machines as Mr.Churchill did on our elder Vern bellecourts answering machine did in 97 or to leave a message making fun of him being in a wheel chair as he did on tape (answering machine message) on another occasion and yes these messages willbe made available total who we deem it useful to give themn to. If you really know the situation you will know that One Vernon was no where near Pine Ridge when Anna Mae was killed thirty years ago. No jury would convict him of such a ridiculous charge. Number two Dennis Banks was in California when she was found. The only AIM leader anywhere near her when she was killed was Russell Means who was at Pine Ridge and Bill Means (his brother who was with other AIM leaders at his home in ROse Bud a tank of gas away. Bill, Vern, Clyde, Dennis, Leonard, and others are in agreemnet that the FBI killed her. Russ and Ward say Everyone else did it. As if Ward had any say in the situation. Russ has held press conferences to accuse Dennis Banks and Vernon of "calling in a hit". Interesting AIM leaders have never accused anyone in AIM of being involved. Even to this day. Did you know that there are pictures of Russ driving by her funeral with his stereo cranked up and didn't even attend it? You know when you point a finger there are four pointing back at you. The guilty dog barks loudest. It is also Russ who did press conferences with the CIA and Contras. Hmmm. Interesting. Wow we haven't been ones to put two and together like Russ. But if you must you must. Vern was a thousand miles away when the FBI killed Anna Mae. Did you know the FBI offered John Graham immunity three times to say Vern and Dennis ordered the hit? DId you know he refused? Go to the John Graham defense web site and watch the twenty minute video there.There you will see Russell on tape accusing Dennis and Vern of murder. Did you know Leonard has been offered to be freed from jail if he will testify and he has refused? Did you know that Vernon has been in jail for refusing to testify before when he was facing 10 years and he did 18 months before they let him out. We know who is singing. It is Russ Means the cop and Kamook Banks disgruntled ex-wife of Dennis Banks who took 42,000 from the feds to testify and where a wire. You know what she said? That Leonard Peltier and Dennis stood over Anna Mae and forced her to make bombs. Do you belive that or do you beilievfe that 42,000 and a disgruntled ex-wife can buy a lie. Those of us who want to see Leonard free believe She, Russ,Ward, and Bob Robideau are putting the last nails in his coffin. I know Russ, Ward, Trudell, Kamook, Banks, Bellecourts, Standing Elk, Fern Mathias, Bill Means, and cast of hundreds personally. What I have seen of Churchill is a liar and a coward. What I have seen of Russ Means is braggard, womanizer, Republican (supported John Thune), Disney star, and turn coat even against his own brother. What I have seen of the rest is a big family that is fearless, will spend time in jail to protect each other, that care about their people, and would never sell out for the CIA. I know these things first hand.

Your not Oscar Black Feather but we do know who you are

Give Away 28.Feb.2005 05:46

You shouldn't have posted Ohio Unversity pic. Dead Give away.

TO 'WHAT A BORE'

not a bore 28.Feb.2005 23:50

i liked what you said about the soviets and i'm an anarch too. i'm new at this and i'm looking for an anarch group in US that has politics like yours.
all i find are other rabid redbaiters among A groups.

can u list some that dont redbait?

thankou, tom

Wobblies Don't

condy 01.Mar.2005 02:55

THe IWW

re ward essay and john graham site

confused 01.Mar.2005 03:43

is churchills essay "supporting contras is good leninism' available anywhere?

whats john grahms defense site?

is there another discussion board than indymedia to talk about churchill?

wikipedia

anon 01.Mar.2005 05:53

The wikipedia article  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_Churchill right now is mostly a one-sided rant against Churchill. It would be nice if someone could update it to make it more balanced. Wikipedia has an NPOV (neutral point of view) policy, so the treatment should be as even-handed as possible. But right now there's nothing there about Churchill's political writings, etc.

There's also a "Talk" page attached to the article, where discussions and negotiations about its contents are supposed to take place. Better read what's there too, before editing.

John Graham Defense Committee

AIM 01.Mar.2005 06:06

Isn't interesting while all the light shines on Ward losing his job boo hoo others are getting rounded up and thrown in jail. Yet what is the focus? Ward. Interesting to say the least.

Ward Churchill, the Contras, Elliott Abrams and Soldier of Fortune

Ken Lawrence 01.Mar.2005 06:18

Ward Churchill, the Contras, Elliott Abrams and Soldier of Fortune(No verified email address) 04 Feb 2005

Ken Lawrence

I confess to having thought that a political introduction was a courtesy in
an unsolicited communication. I bear no responsibility for Louis's post of my
e-mail on this list, which he then attacked as though I had posted the
information myself, and some others also have done. Inadvertently, I got under
Louis's skin. He professes to relish that as sport when he can inflict it on
others, but turns nasty and irrational when it happens to him.
Louis manages to see the clay feet on everyone else's radical heroes, with
which I concurred generally, and added a few points to his, in a private
communication. But the purpose of my e-mail was to note for his benefit, in
the event he had not been aware of it, that Ward Churchill, the hero of his
own post, also has clay feet.
I wrote as someone who had worked with Ward on a number of projects over a
decade's time, always cordially, though in later years our disagreements
strained our ability to unite on the political field of struggle. Ward and I
discussed and debated our differences at his home, his office, at public
forums, and on the telephone. When I objected to Ward that his book on Marxism
was a caricature, he replied that perhaps it was, but it reported on Marxists
as he knew them.
By the mid-1980s, Ward regarded CISPES as his main political enemy in Boulder
and Denver. I was heavily involved in solidarity work with the FMLN, and
sanctuary support, which included speaking/organizing engagements in Colorado.
As far as I could tell, Ward's hostility to the FMLN was derivative, because
of its political alliance with Sandinista Nicaragua. To my knowledge, no
indigenous Salvadorans were oppressed or politically mistreated by the FMLN or
by any of its constituent parties.
At about that time, Ward condemned the American Indian Movement leadership --
specifically Bill Means and Vernon Bellecourt by name -- as stooges of the
left (his words, not mine). Ward and his supporters set up Colorado AIM to
advance their political agenda. So much for Louis's assertion that "There is
no other activist/intellectual in the American Indian movement who is more
resolutely opposed to capitalism than Ward Churchill."
Of necessity, many of us who personally deplored the split in AIM
nevertheless were obliged to work politically with Colorado AIM on solidarity
issues of great importance. (Louis's vain boast of being the only Marxist
supporter of indigenous people and their struggles is so much wind.)
In this arena, the culture of machismo cast a pall over much of the work, as
women were assigned menial tasks but excluded from the circle where decisions
were taken. One woman raised a fuss; I concurred with her point; Ward sought
to put out the fire, but without implementing change at the top. I hope that
things have improved in the decade since.
On the national level, Ward and I continued to collaborate on issues of
agreement, particularly political repression in the United States. I had
developed a considerable body of information on Jill and Gi Shafer, the FBI
(and CIA, according to one reporter who interviewed Gi Schafer long afterward)
provocateurs at Wounded Knee, much of it learned from Joe Burton, a self-
confessed undercover FBI spy who had targeted my work in a small way, but had
worked throughout the U.S. and Canada with the Shafers to set up phony
communist collectives under FBI control. (Nearly all had Red in the title --
Red Star Cadre, Red Sun, Red Collective, and so forth.) Ward and Ken Tilsen
had information on Doug Durham and others who had caused similar damage.
Our disagreements were acknowledged with uneasy humor. Ward would call to
tease/taunt me -- for example, about his meeting with Brooklyn Rivera and
Eliott Abrams ("What will our CovertAction friends say about that?" he mocked)
and about his barroom encounters with Robert K. Brown. I baited him back ("If
Roxanne was bad to rat on her comrades to a HUAC investigator, how can you
justify your hat-in-hand meeting with the most enthusiastic war criminal in
Washington?"). If anyone knows a better way to function under difficult
circumstances, I'm all ears.
Louis denies that Ward chose to ally with the CIA, but ended up on the CIA's
side by virtue of his support to the Miskito struggle. The latter point is
true, but -- once more for effect -- Ward eventually penned (with Glenn
Morris) a political justification for alliance with the CIA, using the Hmong
people of Laos as his principal example. If Louis hasn't read the Cultural
Survival article, he should read it before he comments further. If he has read
it, his postings here are dishonest. Although Louis states that the Miskito
alliance with the CIA was a mistake, Ward and Glenn argued the opposite,
following the Laotian example.
Earlier, at the Boulder anti-apartheid teach-in, Ward had proposed that he
and I debate our differences. It was after the CS article appeared that I
renewed the proposal to hold a public debate. I asserted the necessity of
anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism as the central political ingredients of
liberation; Ward and Glenn rejected them. Glenn offered to provide a platform
for the debate, which never occurred. After the Sandinista defeat, there was
scant political interest in Denver or Boulder, but I still proposed to write
and publish it. Ward was willing; unfortunately, our editor was not.
In the years since, we have drifted apart, and have not remained in touch.
Nevertheless, despite our fierce differences, I have always regarded Ward as a
friend and as I reconstructed these events, find that I still do.
Now back to the beginning:
Ward and I met shortly after he had published his insider account of Soldier
of Fortune magazine in the political journal on Africa published at DU, whose
title I have forgotten. Louis asks for the facts; he should look up that
article. I do not have access to my Mississippi archive at this time. Besides
those details, which are politically valuable, I asked Ward how he had taken
such a revolting job in the first place.
Ward is a professional graphic artist of outstanding talent, as anyone
familiar with his work will attest. In an encounter with SoF's
owner/publisher/editor Robert K. Brown, Ward told Brown that his magazine was
ugly and amateurish. Brown offered him a job to spruce up and professionalize
SoF, which Ward accepted. According to Ward, their political differences were
known to both (specifically, Ward's association with SDS in the sixties, and
Brown's work as a CIA asset), but they both enjoyed the military-macho banter
that defined the magazine's culture, and continued to relate on that level
even long after Ward had published his kiss-and-tell exposé.
This was in the mid-1970s, when both Ward and I were working, in very
different political arenas, to thwart CIA mercenary recruitment, in solidarity
with Angola and with the Zimbabwe liberation movement. Any time I was in the
vicinity of Denver or Boulder, he helped set up speaking opportunities.
As I recall, the last time he did so was in the fall of 1983, shortly before
my trip to Nicaragua. Ward and other friends organized several meetings for
me, including one at which I was scheduled to debate Brown and Gen. John
Singlaub. Their agreed participation could only have been arranged by Ward,
but in the end Brown and Singlaub backed out. (Singlaub's secretary attended
my talk at UCD, presumably to gather intelligence for her boss.) The closest
we came to an actual debate occurred when Brown called a radio talk show that
hosted my appearance, with this remark about the previous several weeks'
events: "His guys got our guys in Beirut, but our guys got his guys in
Grenada."

Part 2 of Ward of the Contras

Ken Lawrence 01.Mar.2005 06:18

At that time, Ward was warmly encouraging of my visit to Nicaragua as a
member of an Oxfam delegation. One person I met at Puerto Cabezas was the then
editor of Navajo Times, Mark Trahant (I hope I'm recalling his name
correctly), who had toured the entire Atlantic Coast war zone without a
Sandinista escort, and wrote his report upon his return. Both of us agreed
that the Sandinistas had made dreadful political mistakes, but that they had
recognized this, apologized, and honestly sought to make amends, the results
of which were palpable everywhere we went.
Another was Roxanne Dunbar, then a Sandinista publicist, whose account did
not differ significantly from Trahant's. Meanwhile, the contra Miskitos were
directing their war efforts against the radical pro-Sandinista Indians,
clinics, agricultural co-operatives, and other manifestations of modernity and
reconstruction, and torching whole villages (our group visited Sukat Pin after
such an attack, and while another was in progress a mile or so away) while
seeking allies among the older, traditional leaders. Trahant's serialized
Navajo Times report bears study by any radical who wishes to discuss this
issue honestly and intelligently.
Upon my return, Ward and I had detailed discussions of all this. Ward said
that he had been asked by Tomás Borge to mediate an accord with the Miskito
insurgents, based on the program that Louis professes to have been correct.
Initially, Ward agreed, but later changed his position. Although embarrassed
by Russ Means's declaration that he was going to Nicaragua "to kill a
Sandinista," and his false charge that Borge had ordered the Sandinista army
"to shoot the Indians out of the trees like they shoot monkeys," Ward's
Colorado AIM backed and publicized the Means/Morris military adventure, which
had been funded by the Moonie ultra-right front, CAUSA.
That brings me full circle.
Having no ability to respond politically to my points, Louis attacked me for
reporting my political experiences as an indulgence. Evidently he prefers Web-
site Marxism/indigenism derived from the experiences of strangers. My teachers
taught that our duty was to join the struggles of workers and oppressed
people, and to report on them that they may be propagated. I have done my best
to live up to that.
With Rosa Luxemburg, I believe that the mistakes of a truly revolutionary
proletariat (and of the oppressed) are more valuable and more instructive than
the finest decisions of the most excellent central committee. With Antonio
Gramsci, I believe that the greatest barrier to socialist revolution is not
the armed might of the state and the ruling class -- though that is
capitalism's ultimate prop, after the initial barrier is breached -- but
rather the ruling class culture and world view that has been internalized by
workers and oppressed people.
As for the extended narrative I have presented here, no one needs to take my
word for anything. Though Ward and I have not spoken in many years, it would
surprise me if he would fail to verify my factual account. To be sure, he
would have a robustly different political perspective on these events, and
perhaps on his movement's strategy. Others who participated in many of these
struggles include such Colorado activists as Larry Mosqueda (no longer there,
but still engaged in struggle), Priscilla Falcon, Ricardo Romero, Kiko
Martinez, Lowell May, Elaine Heinrichs, and Jim and Jenny vander Wall.
Perhaps even Louis will eventually be able to manage the more complex,
contradictory, and ambiguous nuances of real revolutionary struggle, after his
next political conversion. He seems to have defined his political career by
those phases, which accounts for his knee-jerk retort to my simile of
Trotskyism. Lest he get away with that remark, I close with this: By the time
C.L.R. James came to dwell in Chicago, where I lived and worked in the 1960s,
the term Troskyist was as perjorative for him as my usage that caused Louis to
smart -- like a towel snapped on his bum, I guess. The more things change . .
.

Ken Lawrence

John Graham Defense

AIM 01.Mar.2005 07:12

www.grahamdefense.org

are thei

Pink Debbie, House Of Romulus 02.Mar.2005 04:17

thats the 3rd time k lawrences non-proof of ward=cia has been posted.

9-1-1

Roughrider152 02.Mar.2005 04:23

Ward Churchill has his right to spew his bullshit, but i do not agree with one fucking word he has said. This man says that just because Terrorists gte killed, and blown up, that they have the right to blow Americans up in the U.S. He is WRONG. I do not know where, he gets his thoughts, but he needs to stop, and think about what he is saying. In my opinion, "Since Ward Churchill is defending the terrorists, it is my knowledge that anyone who protects, or harbors terrorists is a terrorist himself. Also if he hates the United States so damn Much he needs to go live with the Iraqi's or in a country where he might be liked". In 1998 i swore to protect the United States against all terrorists both foreign and Domestic, lots of his veiws are the same type of thought patterns as the terrorists. Ward Chrchill Can go to hell cause in the U.S you either Support the U.S or you are against the U.S.A . I am most definitely supporting the U.S.A, Due to the fact,that i took the oath to always defend our wonderful country. God Bless the U.S.A and even Ward Churchill for even he has the right to speak his mind.

...one more point

Oscar Black Feather 02.Mar.2005 21:24

Below is a commentary that should give most of us (except those wacko, way off, Ward-haters)some issues to consider. Let's remember, this is not about Ward Churchill so much as it is about opposing the ways in which the U.S. empire has, and continues to, oppress people around the planet. If you combine all of the written contributions of all of the Ward-haters together, they would not equal the contents in one footnote section in one of Churchill's twenty books. Love him or not, one point is beyond argument, he has provided the data and the analysis necessary for Native (and ultimately all peoples) liberation, if we will only do something with it. To dismiss his volume of work as the rants of a CIA/FBI agent, or of a wannabe, is not only ignorant and short-sighted -- but it leads nowhere, other than to where we currently are. The only reason that anyone would suggest suggest a thing, is the satisfaction of one's own ego.


Cunterpunch
Weekend Edition
February 26 / 27, 2005

Look in the Mirror
Ward Churchill and White America
By RAFAEL RENTERIA

"It is not enough for us to merely dumbly intone that Churchill has a right to write what he does. No. We must do more. We must insist that Churchill is right, and no one, not some rabid talk show parrot, nor a political whore like Governor Bill Owens, has a right to demand what is wrong Churchill is right. From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu Jamal."

It's the frontline of a war. Those of us who have not seen our colleagues or mentors purged from the academy can grasp neither the pain of it nor the stakes. Those who are purged are those who dream, for all of us, of a more natural condition, those who have not partaken in the great forgetting of their humanity that characterizes pre-fascist America.

But those of us who have seen it firsthand know the venal face of what America is becoming. I have often joked that those who have never been to jail have no education, no true sense of the meaning of the violence that permeates this culture, like blood seeps through the bandage covering the wound of an Iraqi child.

I am no one in particular, no one famous whose name you would recognize. But I have been on the frontline of the culture wars, and this is my dispatch.

I want to speak to you in your isolation, I want you to be in touch with your despair as I speak. I want you to remember what you already know -- the Earth is dying; oil is running out; Iraq is only the first in what will be a series of resource wars, as the impacts of global warming and peak oil cause the infrastructure we call globalization to collapse.

I want you to remember that George Bush and 59% of all Americans believe in Armageddon, just the way that we believe in Justice. I want you to remember that there is no time. It may already be too late. I want you to remember these things because it is only at the bottom of our despair it is only by touching that bottom that we can find its exit and emerge again into the possibility of enlightened, meaningful, even spiritual, action.

I want you to remember that America kills everyone who could lead it ­ who threatens to lead it - out of its bloodlust, the sleepless remembrances of its genocides and Columbines, its My Lais and Sand Creeks, its Wounded Knees, Fallujahs and Alamos.

I want you to remember that for Europe, fascism, colonization and conquest are not the exception, they are the rule. They only appear to be an exception to white America, just as the death camps appeared to be an exception to good Germans. It was not the way they lived. It only affected others.

And if you are a white American, I want to remind you that you have no real idea why a Black poet like Michael Datcher would write a poem after 9-1-1 entitled "I blow myself up on you." You have no education. No, you cannot imagine it. But as I stood in the convenience store, exhausted from a sleepless night, I heard voices chattering and clamoring on a radio that normally played only bad pop music. They were clamoring in outrage about an airplane striking a building in New York. I laughed. Although it had not yet been written, I understood the poem.

I didn't think about "little Eichmans," and no one called on me to write an essay. I am nobody. Oh yes, of course, when I got home and turned on the TV, and the second building was struck and collapsed, the horror registered itself in me. It's a trivial story, that horror ­ trivial. Completely. Because it is no different than the banal horrors that register themselves every day under the heading "News." That is, if they make the news at all. But that laughter never died. And I have no regrets.

I blow myself up on you. There is no other way to release the grief. It is as if the mouth had been filled with hundreds of tiny balls of cotton, as if there were a garrote around my throat, as if the "news" were not a source of information, but a straitjacket painting my arms to my sides. Perhaps you have no regrets, no more regrets than Bush, Clinton, Albright or Gore. Be that as it may; then we are equal, are we not?

Equality is a word that America hates, so let me say it again -- I am your equal, and I have no regrets. I blow myself up on you.

This is the shadow in the mirror. This is the ghost of missiles screaming in the darkened sky of Baghdad. This is your inner demon. Look at it. In the mirror. The events of 9-1-1 are America's mirror. This is what it means to be bombed, in the Sudan, in Bethlehem and Belgrade. Horror.

One shows an implacable face to the enemy. This is the way of war. They never had any regrets and we, the Mexicans, we, the Palestinians, we, the Afghanis, Iraqis and Iranians, we the Black, we the Red, are the enemy.

Read Stannard's American Holocaust. Hitler was a piker, a Johnny-Come-Lately, a zero. Spain and Britain slaughtered 120 million of my ancestors before Hitler ever hit the scene. He learned from them, from you. Lebensraum was a new way of saying Manifest Destiny, Concentration Camp was a new way of saying Reservation, the Final Solution was only a new way of saying the only good Indian

Look in the mirror. The fascism that so many fear from Bush is nothing foreign. It is your own. The ecological horror that awaits us is nothing foreign. It is your own. The weapons of mass destruction, the nuclear tipped missiles, the hydrogen bombs, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, your own. Look in the mirror with me.

You know. You know why they are framing Lynne Stewart, why they hounded Amiri Baraka, why they painted a swastika on Ward Churchill's car, and promised him death. Like you, they don't want to look. Everything they've built their lives on tells them not to look, Little Eichmanns.

But in America one dare not call a Nazi a Nazi.

The truth is that food grows on trees, as Ramona Africa says. The power of truth is final. That's what John Africa said, before white America burned him alive in the same conflagration that seared Ramona's flesh. Ward Churchill is right, that's what Mumia Abu Jamal said. Mumia Abu-Jamal is on death row.

It's not the sacred memory of the people who died in the Twin Towers that's got them so upset. What's got them so upset is that someone called them what they are, what they cannot face. Eichmann. A man who was perfectly normal. The state psychiatrists declared it. Like you. Normal. Doing a job. Nothing more.

And it's that "nothing more" that is killing the Earth, that allows the US, which is not yet a fascist state, to have the highest incarceration rate in the world ­ America incarcerates its enemies, Red and Black, just as Hitler incarcerated his enemies, the Jews. It persecutes its writers who speak with the voice of the subjugated peoples ­ the enemies ­ within.

Like Baraka, like Churchill. Like my mentor in ethnic studies, who was harassed from his tenured position after standing up against a white racist, a (later convicted) terrorist who spoke on his campus.

Bill O'Reilly never said a word. There are terrorists and there are terrorists.

And you, you can cower like a German after the Reichstag fire, or you can act. Before it's too late. Before fascism is reality for white America, too.

As you sleep, there are people staying up all night. They are pounding keyboards and clicking mice. They are spreading word of a petition defending Ward Churchill and academic freedom. These are people in the battles Counterpunch calls "The wars of the laptop bombers." Oh, it's a small thing, but we are only people, not grandiose figures in a Wagnerian opera. We are just people. But we can do something. We simply must do something.

 http://coloradoaim.org/wardpetition.htm

Rafael Renteria is a former program director and news director at KPFT in Houston. He can be reached at:  Renteria@RadioJustice.net

Great Soap Opera

Paul Wolf 02.Mar.2005 22:26

This is fun to follow, every day there is a new development. The latest is that now Ward is claiming that Thomas Mails - whom he refers to as "Tom Mails" - knew about his copying of his artwork and permitted it. news 4 Colorado points out that this is a new development. Previously when they contronted him on it, he went into his office and slammed the door. Then came out and gave a garbled explanation but never sait that Mails knew of the copying. He also claimed that his work was substantially different since his was in color and the original was in black and white.

It seems like he got some legal advice, but what bad advice! He has no case and is at the mercy of the Mails family. His latest claim is apparently upsetting them even more. They can sue him for everything he's got. He won't be able to prove the permission, but I bet they prove Mails enforced other copyrights, which is what they said to News 4. Ward's doing great getting himself publicity, and he may even beat the University invetigation, but the Mails family is wreck him if they want.

 http://news4colorado.com/topstories/local_story_061104654.html

re Special Agent Paul Wolf

Joey Homicides 03.Mar.2005 08:09

wolf would not be let in any radical grp i was in. hes too much like a cop. and we woulda warned others fast.

expressing reactionary support for soviets means youre a cultist trying to wreck a scene or if a true believer you need medical attention.

but all this obbseive going after ward when the obvious story is frredom and all we hear is mud-slingin shit.
u did say you worked for ward? what happened,lovers spat? difference over a woman?mony? or maybe ward didnt buy groovy sandinista coffee. wat did he do tonite, change the tv channel without askin others opinions.

i mean, do u folow him paul??

White folks are CRAZY!

all that and more 03.Mar.2005 09:50

It is interesting from a person of color’s standpoint to see the privileged predominantly white radical set telling people of color representing organizations that have committed to armed struggle historically and have stood up against the war and US policy in the middle-east that “they” are wrong. What perspective do you bring to the struggle? What scars do you where? Let us say for argument sake that Ward is 1/64th Native? If you have a watermelon growing in a thousand acres of corn is it a watermelon field? Ward enjoys, when he walks down the street, white skin privilege. Does he not? I have studied Dennis Banks and heard him lecture once. His perspectives on US foreign policy are almost identical to Ward’s with the exception of supporting the Contras and going around saying “we need more 911’s”.

Have you white folks plum lost your minds or is the oppressed people’s struggle to liberate the oppressed. Ward is from a white privileged background. Do you know what percent of Native people make it through high school much less become college professors? Very few. How sad? Isn’t it great that white America doesn’t put forward someone form their own to make such statements beyond the pale of reason. The funny thing is that Ward is forcing American Indians to be saddled with the collective responsibility in white racists eyes for his firebrand of commentary. Yet, he was raised in a white town by white parents and enjoyed all the benefits of being white. Then when it was time to get a job he slid some sunglasses on and became an oppressed person making 96,000 a year plus honoraria?

Who cares about those reservation people who grow up in a cloud of unemployment, disenfranchisement and collective shame for seeing their children grow up subservient to the white world. I have read AIM comments and not once have they stated he as an individual should not have the right to say what he has said. AIM has said his position is not in step with the AIM council or those of Native people. Therefore he should speak only as Ward Churchill. It sounds reasonable considering the current state of things. Native newspapers I have read have condemned US policy in the middle-east. They merely don’t feel the assigned leaders of the people should be stating they think the 911 attacks were anything but a horrible atrocity. Yes Natives have suffered worse atrocities. Do they wish them on others who do not hold ghuns or actively hurt their people? No.

It must be nice to be white and wake up every morning and to decide what Native people will be forceed to be associated with. It is disgusting that white people can’t see the racism in their logic. Isn’t it time white folks supported people of color defining their agenda and then helped carry it out? It is as if a group of Nazis were to stand up and identify the leaders of the Jewish community. How insulting?

Joey Anonymous

Paul Wolf 03.Mar.2005 16:26

Joey, I've never worked for Ward Churchill. Are you crazy? I've never met him or even spoken over the phone. Several years ago I wrote to him asking permission to put his book The Cointelpro Papers on my website. It was before I knew about the controversies, and by the way, before I knew much about cointelpro. He granted permission in an email. Then a few years later his publisher came out with a second version and asked me to remove it, so I did. Our next exchange was when Cynthia McKinney asked me to write a report for a UN meeting in South Africa, and I contacted Churchill again by email asking to cut and paste from his book and name him as coauthor. About a dozen people gave me that kind of permission and became coauthors. I might have used about a page of material from Churchill's book. I would not work with him again and would be embarrased to be associated with him any more.

Joey Homicide should commit suicide

@Emma 04.Mar.2005 03:06

Excuse me I am an @n@rchist and I have lots of friends who were commies back in the day. You need to get an education sweetie. See it was the commies that were drug before the HUAC House of Unamerican Affairs Committee) that jailed anyone who even knew a commie. THis as opposed to Ward who is merely faced with losing his job. I agree with "All That" above when it is pointed out that Native people who are complaining about Churchill are not saying he shouldn't have freedom of speech. They are saying he should stand alone as the white man he is. This isn't to say he ism=n't part Indian but that he enjoys white privilege. Why can't he just be the white guy that loves Bin Laden instead of frontin that he is Indian. By the way Joey the radical groups I know would lose you in the the Badlands somewhere on the way to DC.

x

x 04.Mar.2005 03:38

how the fuck do u know peoples race and economic background? you dont fool. and if someone is born into some $ then good for them- just hope they share it and don't become oppressors- i loved my rich friends! they bought me lunch, let me swim in their pools... youre an idiot to make ememies of someone for percieved upbringing.
fuck your guilt shit. ever notice that it never works?
if whites support churchill than the more the merrier. if bellecourt wrote the guilt thing than you know how much dirt is out there on you about aim shunning you, the kgb biz, New Alliance Party, claims of you're the'only' aim, being dictatorial etc. how can whites support first peoples but turn a blind eye to such shit- this one can't.*
you want pandering white dopes around?
Not me. don't have time- i got my own problems and oppressions while i help with yours. that someone elses oppression can be worse than mine is irrelevant: all for one and one for all!

if i get a response will you call me a 'racist'?
good luck.

addenDUMB: ward crimes of the day-

1- supposedly he had a nice upbringing. good for him.

2- he makes a good salary. good for him.

you wouldn't go for that if you could?
oh yes you would.
and my guess is he's not a pig about it and is way generous. but if not its another great irrelavancy...

oops- i missed 'he can pass for white' (i met him and am not sure of that).
if so, shall we kill him??

*the basically white nationwide Native American Solidarity Committee circa 79? folded a member told me because of infighting among indian radicals. one was damned if one did and damned if one didnt. oppressed groups other than ones own should never demand shit from those that want to help unless they have their own act together.

How did 911 help the oppressed?

Baffled 04.Mar.2005 05:09

So you are all excited to support Ward because of what? Because he is right that 911 might have helped someone? Answer these points.

1) 911 got Bush re-elected. Is that a good thing.
2) The USA has used 911 as an excuse to blow half the middle east to hell and scare the other half into doing what they are told.
3) The Palestinians are worse off than ever because Israel used Bush's actions to justify their own murderous rampage.
4) It has caused every rebel movement in the world to get rolled into the classification of terrorist.
5) It has made the USA more racist in general.
6) It has given the US government the excuse it needed to create a more aggressive police state.
7) It got Iraq put under US occupation.
8) It put Afghanistan under direct US occdupation.
9) It gave Bush the excuse he needed to cut social spending and shift it to the military.
10) It killed 3000 more or less innocent people.

I have a hundred more points to make about this so let's here your great explanations of how 911 was great. Churchill didn't write some great essay it generally sucks. So why are we all excited to support him? Because he said a booboo and like Beavis you think "thats cool". Huhuhuh huh huh huh huh. What a bunch of morons.

Paul Wolf agent? Stop smoking crak!

ICU 04.Mar.2005 07:14

Paul Wolf is an agent? Everyone that disagrees with Churchill is an agent? I happen to think Churchill's writing is substandard and his perspective less than insightful. I also find his stealing of the late Thomas Mail's artwork to be of low moral fiber. Oh well guess you think I'm an agent.

Professor Stoolpigeon

Paul Wolf 05.Mar.2005 16:34

Dream on Joey Anonymous. I've never worked for Ward Churchill and am definitely not one of his followers. Now for the tip of the next iceberg:

 http://www.nypress.com/18/9/news&columns/krassner.cfm


sacds

sddv 05.Mar.2005 18:27

how the fuck do u know peoples race and economic background? you dont fool. and if someone is born into some $ then good for them- just hope they share it and don't become oppressors- i loved my rich friends! they bought me lunch, let me swim in their pools... youre an idiot to make ememies of someone for percieved upbringing.
fuck your guilt shit. ever notice that it never works?
if whites support churchill than the more the merrier. if bellecourt wrote the guilt thing than you know how much dirt is out there on you about aim shunning you, the kgb biz, New Alliance Party, claims of you're the'only' aim, being dictatorial etc. how can whites support first peoples but turn a blind eye to such shit- this one can't.*
you want pandering white dopes around? ya want us to shut up when lines get crossed??
Not me. don't have time- i got my own problems and oppressions while i help with yours. and i can't help with yours if i turn a blind eye to things that can harm it and others- like bellecourts crossing the line to work with soviets. and that someone elses oppression can be worse than mine is irrelevant: all for one and one for all!

if i get a response will you call me a 'racist'?
good luck.

addenDUMB: ward crimes of the day-

1- supposedly he had a nice upbringing. good for him.

2- he makes a good salary. good for him.

you wouldn't go for that if you could?
oh yes you would.
and my guess is he's not a pig about it and is way generous. but if not its another great irrelavancy...

oops- i missed 'he can pass for white' (are you another nut that follows him around? how do you know?? i met him by saying 'are you ward churchill?' at a huge conference of 99% whites cuz he ethnically looked native american).
if so, shall we kill him??


*the basically white nationwide Native American Solidarity Committee circa 79? folded a member told me because of infighting among indian radicals, and the whites couldnt sort it out. one was damned if one did, and damned if one didnt. oppressed groups other than ones own should never demand shit from those that want to help unless they have their own act together.

no guilt

dr no guilt 06.Mar.2005 00:06

how the fuck do u know peoples race and economic background? you dont fool. and if someone is born into some $ then good for them- just hope they share it and don't become oppressors- i loved my rich friends! they bought me lunch, let me swim in their pools... you're an idiot to make ememies of someone for percieved upbringing.
fuck your guilt shit. ever notice that it never works?
if whites support churchill than the more the merrier. if it's you bellecourt who wrote the guilt thing than you know how much dirt is out there on you about aim shunning you, the kgb biz, New Alliance Party, claims of you're the 'only' aim, being dictatorial etc. how can whites support first peoples but turn a blind eye to such shit- this one can't.*
you want pandering white dopes around? ya want us to shut up when lines get crossed??
Not me. don't have time- i got my own problems and oppressions while i help with yours. and i can't help with yours if i turn a blind eye to things that harm it and others- like bellecourts crossing the line to work with soviets. and that someone elses oppression can be worse than mine is irrelevant: all for one and one for all!

if i get a response will you call me a 'racist'?
good luck.

addenDUMB: ward crimes of the day-

1- supposedly he had a nice upbringing. good for him.

2- he makes a good salary. good for him.

you wouldn't go for that if you could?
oh yes you would.
and my guess is he's not a pig about it and is way generous. but if not it's another great irrelavancy...

oops- i missed 'he can pass for white' (are you another nut that follows him around? how do you know?? i met him by saying 'are you ward churchill?' at a huge conference of 99% whites cuz he ethnically looked native american).
But if so, if he can pass for white, shall we kill him??


*the basically white nationwide Native American Solidarity Committee circa 79? folded a member told me because of infighting among indian radicals, and the whites could'nt sort it out. one was damned if one did, and damned if one didnt. oppressed groups other than ones own should never demand shit from those that want to help unless they have their own act together.

More like Dr.No Revolutionary than no guilt

Outdated 06.Mar.2005 11:51

Ok Sweet heart the cold war is over. Do you think if the Bellecourts worked for the KGB they might be doing life in prison?
It is interesting you failed to respond to the points above about all the people of color who resisted US dominance over the years (ie.Mandela,Che etc..) who were communists. Are you really on Indymedia thinking your redbaiting would influence someone? Maybe you should save it for a GOP blog sight? Very interesting that the most ardent supporter of Churchill is a rabid redbaiter? Maybe it's true what they say about Ward.

Professor Stoolpigeon text

Paul Wolf 06.Mar.2005 15:50


The NY Press website has been down so I'll post the text of the article. Check out  http://www.paulkrassner.com/ to learn more about the Author

PROFESSOR STOOLPIGEON

By Paul Krassner, NY Press, Volume 18, Issue 9

In 1970, the War Resisters League in New York organized a demonstration at City Hall Park. I was asked to emcee and to burn a giant blow-up of a tax form. Later, a CBS correspondent interviewed me on camera.

"You've just burned that replica of a tax form," he said. "Have you paid your taxes?"

"Yes," I replied, "and I would like to confess right here on network television that I'm a mass murderer, because so much of the tax money I pay to the government goes to the Pentagon for just that purpose. I pay taxes, and that money has gone for dropping napalm on children in Vietnam."

My answer never got on the air.

Three decades later, following the 9/11 attacks, on a radio interview, I talked about "the mass anguish experienced by shell-shocked America and beyond. So much human suffering, for the sake of the nation's karma."

Compared to Ward Churchill, I'm a fucking girlie-man diplomat. When he wrote that the World Trade Center victims were "the equivalent of little Eichmanns"—with the exception of certain politically correct victims ”Churchill was saying the same thing as Osama bin Laden when he explained the reason for the attacks.

Defending his position, Churchill says, "It should be emphasized that I applied the 'little Eichmanns' characterization only to those described as 'technicians.' Thus, it was obviously not directed to the children, janitors, food-service workers, firemen and random passersby killed in the 9/11 attack. According to Pentagon logic, they were simply part of the collateral damage. Ugly? Yes. Hurtful? Yes. And that's my point. It's no less ugly, painful or dehumanizing a description when applied to Iraqis, Palestinians or anyone else. If we ourselves do not want to be treated in this fashion, we must refuse to allow others to be similarly devalued and dehumanized in our name."

This brings up a phone call I got from a friend of 30 years. I'll call her Atria. She attended Bradley University in Peoria at the same time Ward Churchill did.

"He's a phony radical from way back," she said. "He snitched me out to the police in 1970. He came over to my house one time and—the very first pound of pot that I ever bought—I sold him an ounce. I didn't get arrrested, but I had to suffer the wrath of my parents. They just went nuts. It's one of the reasons I moved away from Peoria."

"What do you think was Churchill's motivation?"

"My guess is he's been arrested before, and his fingerprints are probably still in existence. He may have had it expunged. I think obviously they had him on something else. He might've had a felony conviction. And he went around and ratted everybody out. And I wasn't the only one. He was the campus snitch. I'd love for him to be able to say anything he damn well wants, but he's not the authentic article."



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paul krassner jr 06.Mar.2005 18:41

i vav a friend who had a friend who's sister's cousin saw someone who looked like mr churchill and it SEEMED like he littered.

i saw paul wolf spit on the sidewalk and the cops LET HIM DO IT!

mom 06.Mar.2005 18:50

i tell you that churchill is no good. no doubt he underage smoked and drank beer. i bet he had pre-marital sex and talked in class. i bet he shoveled snow for 5$ and didn't report it to irs.

ZMAG author and why we shouldn't rush to support Churchill

Michael ALbert 07.Mar.2005 00:36

I first met Ward Churchill when I was working at South End Press twenty five years ago and Ward submitted his first book which was about Marxism and Native Americans. It was a collection of essays which revealed why indigenous people distrust Marxists' cultural politics and community norms. I found Churchill's insights very compelling and became friends with him. I haven't seen Ward for years, but every so often we publish a piece by him on ZNet, where I now work. I offer all this in case anyone might feel our ties bias my viewpoint.



I think the current controversy about Ward Churchill is a manipulative attack on free speech aimed at the whole left. I remember when Ward's post 9/11 essay came out. My reaction was to wish he hadn't written it. Ward took clear and cogent insights about the causes of international hostility to U.S. policies and weighed them down with not so clear and not so cogent non insights about the general population of the U.S. This kind of mix is always a problem, not least because astute but reactionary readers will try to dismiss the good by pointing to the bad. It doesn't matter that that is like trying to dismiss Newton's positive contributions about gravity on grounds that he believed in alchemy. When attacked with manipulative skill, tangential flaws can be used to undercut important truths.



On a larger scale, that's what people are now trying to do to Ward himself, as well: dismiss him in toto, as a person and as an employee of a university, over a single essay some key parts of which were, I would agree, worthy of criticism.



There are two problems that should not be confused with one another. One problem is that no person should be seen as only the tangential worst that he or she does, even if there is a complete consensus about the failings, unlike in this case.



Ward Churchill, for example, over the years, has contributed a great deal to the comprehension of cultural concerns and possibilities as well as to revealing the dynamics of repression and international relations. Ward is a prodigious writer and an effective speaker and organizer who has fought for just causes over and over.



I don't agree with Ward's views on some health issues, on population issues, and on certain particular cultural matters, much less on the efficacy of what we might call political trash talk about strategies of struggle. But none of that has interfered with my liking Ward the person and feeling positive about his many contributions. Ward Churchill should not be judged solely on a single essay written the day after a gargantuan calamity, whatever anyone may think of that piece. Parts ought to be criticized, yes, but not the person who wrote it. It is the difference between ad hominem and substantive argument.



But second, and in this case more important, there is the little matter of free speech. Criticizing what someone says is not the same as writing them death threats and trying to terminate their career. The right-wing thugs who are after Ward Churchill are stalking horses for more astute and sober folks in the rear. The troops in the field are Ward's proximate problem, but the powers that be--at the University of Colorado, in the Colorado state government, in major media from Fox to The Wall Street Journal and from ABC and the New York Times, through to the halls of Washington DC--are ultimately far more important.
Are reactionary elites going to coercively remove Ward Churchill from U.S. academia? That needs to be prevented by all of us, including people annoyed at having to wage the free speech fight over words they do not like. Raise your voice.



Why is it so hard for people, often on both sides of the left/right divide, to understand that what free speech means, if it means anything at all, is freedom to speak what others do not like or even cannot stand to hear?



Tolerating what you like is hardly a major achievement. Hitler tolerated what he liked. So did Stalin. Idi Amin did too. So did Genghis Khan, the Shah, and Henry Kissinger. Free speech only becomes an issue when someone says what others don't want to hear. Ward Churchill did that and so free speech is now an issue. If the wrong side wins, the precedent will be dangerous.



This dynamic is not new but it is growing bolder. A recent report in the New York Times relayed how teachers in many states and counties in the U.S. are avoiding evolution by natural selection as a topic in their public school classes. The teachers fear fallout from fundamentalist parents, scared school board members, and even politically cowed principals. Ward's fight and the fight of these teachers are logically of one cloth. The difference is that so far Ward has more guts.



Ward used to tell me, after a visit, "Keep your head down." He had seen war at home and abroad and he knew what he was talking about. Now Ward is in another kind of war. I doubt any of these right-wing thugs will come after him bodily. But the harm they can do institutionally is bad enough. Keep your head down.



Why Ward Churchill? I think Ward would probably say it is because what he is doing is very effective. Ward may even see the attacks on his essay as evidence that the essay had great dissident merit. I think Ward would be wrong in that. Ward is being attacked not because he is the strongest possible target, but because he is one of the weakest possible targets. His essay is featured not because it was seriously threatening, but because it is easily ridiculed. Ward provided right wingers fodder they could manipulatively use. The right wingers are hoping that Ward has sufficiently irritated those who would otherwise defend him so that he is left without defenders. We can't allow that. The right is a long way from going after stronger targets. Everyone on the left has to be sure no targets they do go after are vulnerable.



Since 9/11 at public talks I often compare George Bush and Osama bin Laden. I note that if you could have been a fly on the wall of the inner circle meeting rooms of the U.S. government leading up to the bombing of Afghanistan, I believe you would have heard no discussion, not even a minutes worth, taking into account the well being of the Afghan people in the face of possible massive starvation induced by our assault. Mass media at the time reported (on back pages only) that bombing Afghanistan could lead to five million deaths. No mainstream paper had a headline "U.S. contemplates killing millions to prove we are tough," though all knew it was true.



I also indicate in the public talks that if I were to now have the opportunity to ask bin Laden how he could possibly have chosen to undertake the assault on the Twin Towers, despicable as this act was, I think he would probably understand the question and would reply, roughly, that he thought the gains (in trying to propel the U.S. into reactions that would provoke fundamentalism throughout the Mideast) were worth the price in human loss. Bin Laden, as evil as his designs surely were and are, would understand, that is, that there was something untoward that occurred on 9/11, piles of corpses, and that the negative deaths had to be weighed against what he saw as positive political gains. Sane people will reject his moral calculus, of course, but I am guessing that at least he had one.



On the other hand, I say in these talks that if I were to now have the opportunity to ask Bush and Cheney how they could possibly have chosen to undertake the bombing of Afghanistan, I think they would not even understand the question. They would not see any need to weigh off benefits against costs because they saw no costs. For them the general estimates made by all responsible parties that literally millions of Afghans might suffer starvation if bombing were to commence counted for naught. For them, Afghans are like bugs outside our front door are for the rest of us. To Bush and Cheney Afghans are expendable. Bush and Cheney have no moral calculus. They reduce humans to the status of fleas.



And then I say in these talks, if there is a deep hell for sinners surely Osama bin Laden is headed for at least its seventh floor down, but George Bush and Dick Cheney are going to ride an elevator even further down to a deeper basement. Everyone at talks like this given in the U.S. understands these images and few have any problem with the harsh tone. When I have given talks like this in Europe, however, I have been asked why I am alive. I was confused the first time I heard this question in France, and then in Belgium and Italy, and then I realized what they meant. "If the U.S. is as bad as it seems, why don't Bush and Co. eradicate people as radical and militant as you? That's what our really bad guys did here in Europe, after all."



Well, the answer is that things in the U.S. are not that bad. Our fundamentalists can only pick on targets that are relatively weak and effectively repress them in states that are relatively congenial to right wing thuggery, and even then they can do so only in relatively limited ways, at least so far. But if we let our fundamentalists get away with that much, which is already more than bad enough, then it will be just an opening act. If they succeed at first, their efforts will expand.



So why do O'Reilly and the Wall Street Journal pick on Ward? I think it's because his words can be made to seem indiscriminate, and indeed arguably were indiscriminate, and because as a result they felt he would have a hard time fighting back. Pick Ward off, then work on all those teachers still having the gall to tell students that Darwin knew what he was talking about, and then move on from there.



I don't want to rally around Ward Churchill's specific words. They aren't my cup of freedom. I want to rally around Ward Churchill's right to write whatever words he chooses. More, I want to fight for our need to have institutions and social conventions that respect and support dissidence rather than institutions and social conventions that try to extinguish dissidence at every opportunity. Indeed, when we attain that level of free and supported speech, we might have reason to claim a degree of civilization.



P.S. There are plenty of historical instances of individuals being judged for more than one dimension of their lives and writing, even when one dimension had no redeeming logic at all. Here is another comment from W. Churchill (compliments of Mickey Z): "I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly wise race to put it that way, has come in and taken their place."



Whoops, that wasn't Ward Churchill, it was Sir Winston Churchill, the man U.S. News and World Report called "The Last Hero." Sir Winston also said: "I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes," and asked British scientists to cook up "a new kind of weather" for the citizens of Dresden.



I wouldn't recommend taking Winston Churchill out of the library, but I would recommend strongly criticizing his vile words that had far fewer redeeming features than the worst things Ward Churchill has ever even fantasized saying.





Much ado about nothing-Ward Churchill

Shake Spear 07.Mar.2005 02:43

Much ado about nothing-Ward Churchill

I personally know several people who went to jail for refusing to testify to the House Un-American Affairs Committee in the 50’s. Many went to jail for being communists. Churchill isn’t being blackballed like so many in academia and the arts were in the 50s. He isn’t being marginalized for his privately held opinions. He got up in front of the entire world and told Americans to attack human targets not inanimate ones! He got up and allied himself with a bunch of sexist, right wing , fundamentalist, Wahabistas, who gained their training much like the Contra’s he supported in the 80s from the CIA. Did anyone think there would not be a public backlash to his public statements. The fact is that Churchill does not have a right to be a prof at CU. He does have the right to free speech and he uses it everyday in the media and at high paid lectures across the country. This is hardly the status of someone oppressed.

Now if Churchill were being persecuted for being a person of color that would be obvious. Most news stories don’t even mention his being “allegedly Native American. For example, I remember in the 60’s Martin Luther King, Malcom , and others were persecuted by whites for advocating that African Americans merely refuse to go to the back of the bus, have separate facilities for toilets, and other assorted rights. Churchill hardly ever mentions. Native rights much less is living in Native communities or ever has as others have recently pointed out. Does it matter? Of course! I can’t remember anyone ever getting away with advocating and pushing a black agenda that has never lived in a black community or wasn’t identified as black by the black community.

Marlon Brando found out he was part Native in the 70’s. Did he then go out and scream on every corner that he was being oppressed or representing the oppressed? No he made large contributions to AIM including the Motor Home Dennis Banks was eventually arrested in after being a fugitive. Val Kilmer found out he was part Indian but you don’t see him playing an Indian in movies with the exception of an FBI agent that is assigned to Pine Ridge during the 70’s to prosecute AIM leaders. What a coincidence? The irony. Many of Thomas Jefferson’s descendants recently found out that they had African American blood in their family. Should they now all go and apply for jobs as head of Black Studies at Georgetown University and use Affirmative Action to get there? Whites will never lead African Americans or Native Americans to liberation and Ward is no exception. His presence in the movement has divided it not made it stronger and at the end of the day isn’t that what matters?

In the end, whether Ward gets a buyout or is fired is much ado about nothing. Recent revelations about his theft and plagiarized art stolen from the late Thomas Mails, tapes of him telling Seattle activists that “property damage isn’t enough you have to draw blood”, his recent assault on CU property of a channel 4 reporter in response to the Thomas Mails story, the statements by every tribe he claims association with that he is not a member of their tribes, and his irresponsible statements that “more 911s are necessary” give CU all the legal reason they need to dump him. In the end he will be fired not because of what he said but because he is reckless and irresponsible.

Ward has never really sacrificed anything for the movement. He has never been involved with grassroots organizing. He has never done any time inn jail for the movement and yet he has lived off of the sacrifices of others in AIM for years. In the end this is all much ado about nothing. In the end maybe this is ironic justice. Ward might lose his job. Not in the way people were silently black balled in the 50’s but as the celebrity of the moment. Not a bad way to go. He will write a book that will sell a million copies and the Thomas Mails family will get most of the money for the theft of his art by Ward. He will be a permanent fixture on the lecture circuit and he will milk his half an hour of fame for everything he can get out of it. Lynne Stewart is in jail for what she said. I will send my contributions to her defense.

AIM Protested Churchill to his face long ago!! Protested in 99 in his face.

Yes there is video 07.Mar.2005 07:28

Lecturer under attack in Aquash case
Ward Churchill is called a conspirator, disrupting AIM

By Mary Annette Pember
Today correspondent

Native lecturer/author Ward Churchill, Creek, Metis and Cherokee, came to the University of Northern Kentucky in Highland Heights to talk about a new vision of Native America from the Indigenous perspective.
Instead he found himself under attack as a conspirator in the 1975 death of Anna Mae Aquash on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.
In his opening statements Churchill said Leonard Peltier is "illegally incarcerated in a federal prison," reminding his audience that supporters were calling special attention to Peltier's situation with daily demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere. "You have no right to speak about Leonard Peltier, you're not a member of the American Indian Movement. You're a cop, Ward. You've always been a cop," Tom Pierce, an AIM supporter from Louisville, yelled from the audience. He was promptly escorted from the auditorium by university officials. Shortly after, a young woman ordered Churchill to "Stop lying!" The speaker told her to sit down and keep quiet. She and her male companion were escorted from the room. Members of a local AIM support group had handed out a press release entitled, "US Government War Against the American Indian Movement" released by the AIM Council on Security and Intelligence. It alleges Churchill is part of a conspiracy to sow disruption, division and confusion about the legitimate leadership of the American Indian Movement.
Asked why he was being heckled, Churchill said, "This is the work of a couple of destitute men who were at one time famous and are seeking to make money on this past fame,"
Cheryl Nunez, the university affirmative action director who invited Churchill to speak, said she was interested in his research on multi-cultural education as it relates to Native studies.
During a pre-lecture interview, Churchill said he was not among those who called a Denver press conference Nov. 3 which named those responsible for the death of Anna Mae Aquash. It was arranged by Robert Pictou-Branscombe, a cousin of Aquash who has been investigating the case for nine years.
Churchill explained he was asked to arrange for a room in the federal building, arrangements which were canceled. "I said, not word one at this press conference. I've not had any part in it at all (although) I believe it's true. But that's a different matter from calling press conferences and making statements."
He had not met Pictou-Branscombe until that day, Churchill said, adding the press conference, was for Pictou-Branscombe to present information he claimed solved the murder of Anna Mae Aquash in 1975. That day Pictou-Branscombe accused Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt of being FBI informants.
The brothers, directors of the national chapter of AIM, deny any involvement. Vernon Bellecourt said he is pursuing legal remedies against activist Russell Means, Pictou-Branscombe, Churchill and any news media that carried names of people publicly accused but never charged with any crime relating to the Aquash death.
Churchill claimed Vernon Bellecourt has always been an FBI operative and receives large amounts of federal money for his AIM operations. He went on to say he has been convinced of that since 1994 - after the 1993 AIM tribunal where Vernon Bellecourt was found guilty of treason in the death of Anna Mae Aquash.
Branscombe misspoke at an Ottawa press conference in September when he accused Means of involvement in the Aquash murder, Churchill maintains. "The only person who I've heard accuse Russell of involvement with the Aquash murder is Vernon Bellecourt, and he knows better."
Means, an actor, author and activist subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Sioux Falls Nov. 17, called the grand-jury process a "sham." The grand jury was originally impaneled to hear unrelated federal cases.
"This was a sham. It was only done to pacify me by federal authorities because they are intrinsically involved," he said.
Means, a member of the Colorado chapter of AIM, said he hopes to gain closure and strengthen the integrity of the American Indian Movement by speaking up. And, he planned to go to the offices of Sen. Tom Daschle and Sen. Tim Johnson while in Sioux Falls to ask them to re-open the case.
Means has been accused by Bellecourt of seeking attention for an upcoming film about the Aquash case. However, Means said the film is fictional and is based on the story of the Pine Ridge reservation with a lead character named Anna Mae. "It's an ode to her," Means said.
©1999 Indian Country Today

Blast From Past-Ward brought assault riifle to conference. COP MOVE!

bad medicine 07.Mar.2005 07:33

As a preface to the message we sent on Oct 29th I would like to point out that Ward's article highlighted in your delightful site was prefaced by a review that mentioned the hypocrisy of a confrence organizer who was dismayed at him bringing an assault rifle to a conference in oreder to demystify and explain how one worked and was put together and then passed a resolution saying everyone but the cops were banned from bringing them in. I would agree that it would be ironic and stupid for them to allow the cops and not Ward but my friends as an AIM member I must also point out that anyone who brought an assault rifle to one of our conferences for whatever reason would immediately be disarmed by AIM security, suspected as a cop who was planted by the authorities to crerate an excuse to crack COINTELPRO (the FBI division assigned to us) down on our ranks even worse than they already were, suspected as a stupid cop for not knowing how obvious they were being, would have been suspected of potentially plotting to assasinate someone at the conference, and lastly be perceived as a threat to our youth. Any moron can be instructed to purchase a manual on the inner-workings of an assault rifle and learn to use one. Furthermore once again this is just one more example of Ward doing the job he was sent to do by his handlers. Are you people blind. Do you think the Zapatistas have workshops at conferences in public places to "demystify the Assault rifle" ? The EZLN did not surprise the Mexican Government on New Years day by letting everyone everywhere know they were training people with assault rifles and nor did the AIM leading up to Wounded Knee. Our warriors were self trained. You don't go to a conference on strategy to show people how to chop wood or make an axe from scratch. White dilitentes are so predictable. You send 'em a college proffesor with a gun to do a workshop and they'll elevate 'em to the status of Che'. Finally on this subject I will point out that it has been proven over and over for many years that the militant talker is usually the biggest threat to your movement. Ex: Douglas Durham was Dennis Banks shadow for years. he was always talking militant testosterone bullshit. He even showed up at Spawn ranch with the Manson family (how is that for discrediting the movement). Years later he publically admitted what AIM leaders had known for years (they had used Durham to spread disinformation to the FBI once they figured out what he was) Doug was a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Ex.Eldridge Cleaver Mr.Militant of the Panthers who had them shooting each other later reveals his true colors when he joins a right wing evangelical movement, etc. etc. etc...
How can you people not see through this panty waste. Ward goes to conferences with guns but he was never part of any of the actions where AIM had to use them. To the contrary Ward was teaching an orientation class on the AIM for the South Dakota State Police during the Wounded Knee /Pine Ridge struggles. Ward is everything he claims to be against. Ask what he did in Vietnam? intelligence for the US mlitary? Think people. AIM is one of the most alledgedly militant groups the FBI has ever tagged for nuetralization.Our conferences prohibit firearms, We don't need phalic symbols of our abilities to take care of ourselves and we don't need to waste our time on mundane subjects like " how to break down an AK-47" (YYYYYAAAAWWWWWNNNN). We educate our ranks on intelligence. We do workshops on how to deal with disruptive forces like Doug Durham and Ward Churchill. We educate our people in North America about what is going on in the Zapatista movement, Peru, Columbia etc.. We don't have time to waste on mundane hardware discussions there are people dying out in the jungles because white folks like Ward are too busy pretending to be militant indians to support the real native people in struggle. Ward Churchill will do a workshop about a gun but the only time he carried one in a fight was when he carried one for his Uncle Sam in Vietnam. Think about it. He spends his days critisizing the actual defendants from Wounded knee not being one of them. The only AIM person who was at the Knee he has standing with is his cartoon indian friend and co-Contra supporter Russ Means. He hates Dennis Banks AIM founder and Wounded Knee defendant,he hates Clyde Bellecourt AIM founder and Wounded Knee defendant, he hates Vernon Bellecourt longtime AIM activist and Wounded Knee defendant, he hates John Trudell whose whole family was murdered in an unsolved fire, etc.etc.etc. but he is ok with white commies,anarchists, and socialists? You people are very interesting. You hate the right wing but not indians who support the right wing. You hate Clarence Thomas but not Russ Means who is allowed himself to be reduced to playing a goddamn cartoon daddy to a Disney Pochahantas and who has endorsed the republican party. You hate the Contras but not Ward Churchill the fake peice of s--- who supported them. White people put indians on a pedestal even white people who pretend to be indian like Ward and give right wing indians more leeway to be counterrevolutionary than you would a black man. Seems like your all part Cherokee (like Ward) which I guess makes you feel less guilty about your ancestral link to oppression. White so-called leftists and Anarchists have made Ward rich hope your happy? Wish you could make some of our leaders who gave their lives in jail cells and were fugitives from the government for 15 years like Dennis Banks or Vernon Bellecourt rich or at least more comfortable? Dennis and Vernon grew up in Indian communities by the way unlike Ward. Anarchists in many places like Chicago have been confronting Ward as the cop that he is, why don't you join us?

ER

ssd 08.Mar.2005 04:02

"White so-called leftists and Anarchists have made Ward rich hope your happy? Wish you could make some of our leaders who gave their lives in jail cells and were fugitives from the government for 15 years like Dennis Banks or Vernon Bellecourt rich or at least more comfortable?"

bellecourts, where do we send the rubles! ( for those that know you as colaborators with soviet white imperialists and dupes of immperialist white Communist Party USA).
actually all anarchists are broke. irrelevant anyway.

"Anarchists in many places like Chicago have been confronting Ward as the cop that he is, why don't you join us?"

no they haven't. that old chicago story was covered above in this thread. irrelevant anyway.


i'm sorry that you're being fingered in death of anna mae. i take no position. we most all figured it was fbi. maybe it is or maybe its fbi inspired or maybe some in aim did it without fbi prodding.



We have video of protests of Churchill at various lectures

AIM 08.Mar.2005 07:36

News Form Indian Country today covered protests of Ward long ago or I guess you can't read the thread.

Videos of Progressives protesting Ward not Right Wingers

true 08.Mar.2005 16:57

!

Ward Churchill &amp; the Elephant

Daithí Mac Lochlainn 08.Mar.2005 23:26



 http://gaelicstarover.blogspot.com/2005/03/ward-churchill-elephant_111024961491124965.html

lets do blood quantum level of whites!

Captain Anti-Quantum 10.Mar.2005 01:06

i could be wrong but it seems most n. american indians (like most blacks) are 'mixed blood'. who cares. its up to the individual to culturaly identify where they please. for those who arent used to being around US indians there are those who ethnically look indian and those youd swear are black or white or mixed black/white and or... hell everyone calls jimi hendrix 'the great black rock guy' but he was cherokee(sp????????) too i believe. and i'm not sure if hendrix gave a shit about idenifying one way or the other.
churchill has chosen to identify.
so be it and so what.
who brought him up and how and where i dont care and dont know- its irrelevant.

whats relevant is the karma core to his 9-11 argument and freedom of speech and that racist whites and stalinist whites are using this as an opportunity to hang aim and him and militancy and indians high. and behind the scenes the pigs are goin after aim and peltiar again...

Another charge of plagiarism

Paul Wolf 11.Mar.2005 15:17

 http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3613033,00.html

Geneological file missing

Paul Wolf 11.Mar.2005 15:27

 http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=1096410528

Seems odd that Churchill's geneological file is missing. Who would have a motive to take it? My guess is that it contained statements that could be disproved and embarrass him even more.

KHOW radio archive

Paul Wolf 14.Mar.2005 01:32

 http://www.khow.com/misc/caplis-silverman-interviews.html#owens

Churchill Threatens AIM leaders on tape

Kalamity Rain 16.Mar.2005 23:46

As has long been alleged here is the tape of Ward Churchill threatening the life of AIM leader Vernon Bellecourt the day after he had quadruple by-pass open heart surgery.

Claremont Institute Analysis

Paul Wolf 17.Mar.2005 02:09

Kalamity Rain, you might want to upload it somewhere and just post the link. If you don't have anywhere to upload it email it to me at  paulwolf@icdc.com and I'll figure something out.

Meanwhile here is a pretty convincing legal argument for how to fire Ward Churchill for a boatload of reasons having nothing to do with offensive speech. And I believe it barely scratches the surface of WC's plagiarisms and threats. The death of his wife Leah doesn't even factor into it, although her family, who hates him, retained a private investigator to see whether it was really an accident, and were then threatened by WC. Unfortunately William J Bennett, the discredited chain smoking gambling addict who's made a career of demonizing drug addicts, is apparently behind this, but nevertheless its a damning collection of anti-Churchill arguments and I think it's only a shadow of what could be brought in evidence against him.

 http://www.claremont.org/writings/050315corey.html

For more on the ex-wife's fatal accident see:

 http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3625303,00.html

paulie- did ward sleep with YOUR lover?

yawn 19.Mar.2005 04:44

 paulwolf@icdc.com

ok , thats what he's posted as an addrs.

he's a one person scalpin army against ward. at this point he's the main hang-man on the INDYMEDIA list besides bellecourt. here's just one relevant thing from me and him. him gets much uglier in other posts- he says and means he wants ward out of the picture- still alive though i think, i'm not sure if he crossed that line. i'd hafta re-read all the billion word thread ...

In a post on INDYMEDIA i said to him:

[hey paul]

...all this obsessive going after ward when the obvious story is freedom [and much more] and all we hear is mud-slingin shit.
u did say you worked for ward? what happened, lovers spat? difference over a woman? money? or maybe ward didnt buy groovy sandinista coffee. what did he do tonite, change the tv channel without askin others opinions?

i mean, do u folow him paul??

PAUL SAYS:

Joey, I've never worked for Ward Churchill. Are you crazy? I've never met him or even spoken over the phone. Several years ago I wrote to him asking permission to put his book The Cointelpro Papers on my website. It was before I knew about the controversies, and by the way, before I knew much about cointelpro. He granted permission in an email. Then a few years later his publisher came out with a second version and asked me to remove it, so I did. Our next exchange was when Cynthia McKinney asked me to write a report for a UN meeting in South Africa, and I contacted Churchill again by email asking to cut and paste from his book and name him as coauthor. About a dozen people gave me that kind of permission and became coauthors. I might have used about a page of material from Churchill's book. I would not work with him again and would be embarrased to be associated with him any more. ----

-----now this is mild. but if u see the thread you'll see paul is OBSESSED in a WILD way with churchill and won't let it go.
now i'm a semi-novice to this particular back and forth but i'll side with indians and an hysterically attacked person - ward- anytime.

and speaking of novices; he said he didn't know much about cointelpro. wheres he been?? what kind of white-bread political baby are you? and he says he's had such a nothing of a contact with churchill, yet he seems to know when "churchill left the toilet seat up"*

paulie, come on, WHATS REALLY UP?
* i got that one from someone in the know



mar 21 update on churchill from Transform Col. Day - news

The Enigmatic Emmisary 22.Mar.2005 05:44


From: Natsu Saito
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 17:40:18 -0500
Subject: Update on Ward Churchill


Dear Friends,

As I’m sure you know, in recent weeks Ward Churchill’s substantive
critiques of U.S. policies and practices have been conveniently buried in a
frenzy of increasingly ugly personal attacks.

The local media (along with Bill O’Reilly) and the political forces behind
them have made no secret of their agenda to destroy Ward’s reputation and
career, along with academic freedom, tenure and ethnic studies at CU.

With so many allegations and so little coverage of Ward’s responses, I’m
sure you have questions as well, so I’ve included below a brief summary
which I hope provides some context and sheds a little light on the
credibility of the accusations. In addition, some of Ward’s responses and
excerpts from scholars’ statements on his work are attached.

Ward was considering a settlement with CU in the hopes that it would
forestall a more general erosion of academic freedom and allow him to
return to his research and writing. Last week this possibility was
subverted by another round of personal attacks on Ward and by political
threats against the Regents. As a result, Interim Chancellor Phil
DiStefano has now promised to issue a “report” on the “investigation” by
Monday March 28.

We have no doubt that the right wing will intensify its campaign to ensure
that the report is as negative as possible. Ward has never been officially
notified of the investigation, much less consulted, and the local media
rarely publishes his responses or those of others who attempt to counter
various allegations. We cannot force the media to fairly cover the issues,
or expect a secret “investigation” to result in due process.

A political battle is being waged in which responsible journalism and
academic integrity have precious little role. But the knowledge that this
process is being publicly scrutinized can make a tremendous difference.

If you’re willing to take the time this week to write the editors of the
local newspapers and also copy the committee that will issue the report, it
would be of great help. Letters needn’t be long or profound and can
address any aspect of this process.

Even if you can’t do that, please feel free to circulate this and to
contact me directly if you have further questions. Since there is so much
disinformation circulating, I think it’s really important to give folks
this information and encourage them to question the sources that they may
be relying on.

Your support, expressed in so many ways over the past weeks, has really
kept us going.
With appreciation,
Natsu

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OVERVIEW:

1. First, a bit of background: Ward Churchill has published more than
twenty books, dozens of book chapters and over one hundred journal
articles; has received numerous teaching awards and four prestigious awards
for writing; was inducted into the Martin Luther King Collegium of
Scholars in 2004; and as of 2001 was the most cited scholar in his field.
Students flock to his classes and his public lectures are uniformly well
received.

Ward is a big guy. He speaks the truth as he sees it, forcefully and
without compromise. To some people his size and the strength of his
convictions appear threatening, and that is the image most frequently
projected by the media. Most who know him, however, understand that the
anger he can project is not personal but stems from the pain of seeing
lives and communities needlessly destroyed. They understand that the only
danger he poses is to the status quo. Even in the midst of the current
controversy he rarely goes anywhere without people * often complete
strangers * seeking him out to express their appreciation for giving voice
to their realities.

Ward’s writing focuses on the government’s failure to comply with the
Constitution and with international law, both with respect to American
Indians and in its foreign policy. In some circles he is best known for
documenting the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations and their attempts to destroy
the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement (AIM). These
governmental actions, of course, included disinformation campaigns in which
bogus “news” was fed to the media by government sources, people’s personal
lives were publicly shredded, dissent was fomented within organizations,
activists were gratuitously charged with criminal conduct and, when all
else failed, those considered most threatening to the status quo were
falsely imprisoned or assassinated.

In addition to being a scholar, for over thirty years Ward has also been a
political activist. As a result, he has been under intense surveillance *
well documented by FBI and Denver police files * and has often been
attacked politically. Never, however, as intensely as at present.

2. In late January, having successfully forced former political prisoner
Susan Rosenberg out of a teaching position at Hamilton College, right wing
activists in upstate NY turned their attention to Ward’s “Roosting
Chickens” essay, generating enough threats of violence to cancel his
speech.
3. Politicians and the media then attempted to say that Ward was
“advocating” the attacks of 9/11 rather than trying to explain their
causes. (See attached statement on 9/11.) Colorado Governor Bill Owens,
other politicians, the Denver newspapers and local radio (KHOW) talk show
hosts Dan Caplis, Craig Silverman and Peter Boyles immediately began a
campaign to fire Ward and the CU Regents initiated the current
“investigation.” KHOW, Bill O’Reilly and the local papers have kept the
issue “hot” with daily attacks.

4. To some extent the spin on the 9/11 piece was countered by Ward’s
highly publicized and extremely well-received speeches at CU and in Hawai’i
and Wisconsin. The media pundits, particularly Caplis and Silverman, then
changed their focus from the substance of Ward’s arguments to the
allegation that he incites others to violent criminal action * a charge
prominently featured in a full-page ad, a major op-ed, and their radio
show. (Ward’s response is attached.) This, in turn, has been used by Bill
O’Reilly to denounce Ward as a “traitor.”

5. As that charge lost steam, it has mutated into inferences that Ward
“modus operandi” is to personally threaten violence. Recently the press
has featured several such claims, each unsubstantiated and heretofore
unreported, and alleged to have happened years, even decades, ago. While
both untrue and irrelevant, such charges effectively distract people from
the real issues.

6. Some people have, of course, remained focused on the substance of
Ward’s message, and many on the importance of supporting academic freedom.
Statements denouncing the attacks and/or the Regents’ investigation have
come from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the
board of directors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and
numerous other academic organizations; over a thousand professors and
several thousand others have signed petitions and/or sent individual
letters. This groundswell has forced the Regents to disregard the
Governor’s call to immediately fire Ward.

7. As it has become clear that it is politically untenable * as well as
illegal * to fire Ward simply because of his ideas, attacks on the academic
front have moved from the content of his work to allegations of “fraud.”
Ignored are the dozens of eminent scholars such as Howard Zinn, Noam
Chomsky, and David Stannard who have publicly praised Ward’s scholarship.
(See attached excerpts.) Instead, the focus has been on three accusations
from relatively unknown academics and two easily refuted claims of “grade
retribution” from among the thousands of students Ward has taught.

8. The primary allegation of academic fraud is a charge of plagiarism
arising from a 1999 article by University of New Mexico professor John
LaVelle, a long-time political foe. LaVelle juxtaposes quotes from Ward’s
books to passages by other authors and concludes that Ward wrote all the
passages in question. The media has turned this on its head, claiming that
Ward engaged in plagiarism. (To decide for yourself, you only need compare
the writing styles; also see Ward’s attached response.) In 1996 LaVelle
also published an article, since discredited by many scholars, in which he
accuses Ward of “fraud” over what is at most an interpretive dispute.

9. The second allegation is by Thomas Brown, an apparently unpublished
assistant professor at Lamar University. Brown contests Ward’s
interpretation of the U.S. Army’s role in the spreading of smallpox to the
Mandan near Fort Clark in 1837. At best this is a disagreement of
historical interpretation, not a fraud claim.

10. And the third is from Fay Cohen of Dalhousie University, who belatedly
claimed that portions of her writing were included without attribution in a
report by a research collective published in 1992. Ward is identified as
playing a lead role in compiling the document, but was neither its author
nor the editor of the book in which it appeared. Even assuming that
Cohen’s complaint was legitimate, one has to question both why she would
raise the issue at this time and only against Ward, and why it would call
his entire body of scholarship into question.

11. In a parallel effort to discredit Ward, his identity has become a
topic of general debate. Relying on the denunciations of a small network
of political adversaries centered around a Minneapolis-based organization
that calls itself “National AIM,” the media has asserted that Ward is a
“fake” Indian, completely disregarding the determination of the Keetoowah
Band of Cherokee, his actual family history, and his longterm participation
in and support from the local American Indian community, Colorado AIM and
Indian organizations around the country.

12. It is worth noting in this context that after AIM’s leadership was
decimated by COINTELPRO operations in the 1970s and early ’80s, in order to
survive it transformed itself into a series of autonomous chapters, of
which Colorado AIM is the strongest. “National AIM” was subsequently
incorporated by one faction of former AIM members. It is a corporate
entity which, according to its own reports has received funding from both
the federal government and corporations like Honeywell.

This group has spent considerable energy attacking Colorado AIM. Recently
released intelligence files reveal an the Denver Police were informed by
the FBI in 1995 of a plan by unnamed individuals from Minneapolis to
assassinate Colorado AIM leaders Ward Churchill and Glenn Morris and wound
Russell Means. “National AIM” has for years denounced Ward as not only as a
“fake” Indian but as an FBI agent, a former cop, and a CIA operative who
supported the Contras in Nigeria (yes, Nigeria). (I can send more info on
this if you’d like.)

Not surprisingly, a number of those now raising accusations of academic
fraud and personal threats * as well as identity * have ties to this group.

11. Without any critical investigation of the sources, and ignoring much
evidence to the contrary, the press has reported this wide range of
allegations as if they were “news.” On the “Indian question” Ward is now
being widely denounced as having been hired, tenured and promoted simply as
a result of a false claim of ethnicity. (If it were that easy, one has to
wonder where all the Indians in academia are.) Simultaneously, he is being
barraged by virulent anti-Indian racism, most of it a variant of “we should
have exterminated all of you long ago,” complete with every derogatory
adjective imaginable. And just in case nothing else sticks, an assortment
of other claims about Ward’s artwork, his service in Vietnam, and
relationships with former wives are being tossed in.

12. All of this adds up to a classic disinformation campaign (of the
sort documented by Ward and Jim Vander Wall in their books, Agents of
Repression and COINTELPRO Papers), one designed to “neutralize” political
dissent. Historically we have seen that such efforts only escalate.

As CU President Betsy Hoffman warned just before she announced her
resignation, these attacks are intended not simply to discredit Ward
Churchill, but are part of a concerted national campaign to undermine
academic freedom. In discussing the settlement option, the CU Regents
flatly rejected Ward’s demand that they affirm their own rules on academic
freedom. Similarly, they refused to acknowledge the validity of existing
tenure and review processes.

Governor Owens is a major player in Lynne Cheney’s American Council of
Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). At CU and across the country, attacks have
begun on ethnic studies and women’s studies, on affirmative action, and on
other professors. In recent weeks not only Ward but students of color at
CU generally have been subjected to acts of blatant racial hatred.

To accede to a “where there’s smoke” rationale without considering the
credibility of sources or their motivations legitimizes the use of ad
hominem attacks to undermine academic freedom. The targeting of Ward
Churchill is just the opening round; what is happening to him can be done *
though perhaps with less visibility * to anyone critical of the status quo.


The widespread attempts to neutralize political dissent we currently face
will be limited only by the effectiveness of our resistance on each front.



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The OTHER plagiarism story fools! stop following the straight media!!

Pink Debbie The Terrible! 22.Mar.2005 06:12

from indian country today

Ward Churchill responds to controversy

Posted: March 18, 2005
by: George Joe

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. - Some say he really did it this
time. Ward Churchill enraged the nation last month
when an essay he wrote three years ago about the Sept.
11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center
surfaced in which he compared victims to Adolf
Eichmann, a Nazi who helped implement the
extermination of the Jews.

Since then, the University of Colorado Ethnic Studies
professor has been thrust into the national spotlight,
the subject of death threats and hate mail and
relentlessly hounded by the Denver media. Colorado
Gov. Bill Owens, FOX TV's ''O'Reilly Factor'' host
Bill O'Reilly and others have called for his immediate
firing. A Denver radio talk show host has suggested
Churchill be executed for treason, and a campaign has
been launched to recall any regent who supports him.

His critics have accused him of stealing the work of
other artists and writers, inventing quotes in his
published books and scholarly work, issuing death
threats to anyone who crosses him and of being a white
man masquerading as an Indian.

Late last week it appeared the national furor he
caused might soon end, when the university considered
buying out his contract to end its relationship with
him, allegations of plagiarism arose.

Despite the fires raging around him, Churchill, when
asked how he was doing during a March 13 interview
with Indian Country Today, seemed upbeat. ''All things
considered - pretty fair,'' he remarked, noting he's
been under FBI surveillance for years. ''Definitely an
interesting ride here.''

''What is the hardest thing about going through all
this?'' he was asked. ''Well look, I'm human like
everyone else,'' he said. ''When they say obviously
malicious falsehoods, I pay attention.''

Churchill says he never thought he'd become ''the
poster boy for academic freedom'' nor have 6,000
e-mails from supporters and haters alike. ''I only
look at the most recent [e-mails] now,'' he said.
''There's still a couple thousand I haven't seen.''
The entire situation was imposed upon him, he said.
''But, since it has been, either I crumble or take it
on.'' He also said he didn't realize his essay, ''Some
People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting
Chickens,'' would ''completely pre-empt everything''
he was doing.

In the midst of the national controversy, he received
a card from the mother of a fireman who died at the
World Trade Center. ''There's no pain quite like it,''
Churchill said, reading the card. ''I believe it
deeply that Iraqi and Palestinian women bear the same
pain when their children are violently killed.

''She got it. So that is what I was after. If the
mother of one of the victims can get it, God damn it,
anybody can.''

About the proposed contract buyout, he said: ''I am
not in this to make a bunch of money. From my end,
that is the least controversial part of it. The
tougher issues are vis-‘-vis my academic freedom,
[the] integrity of my academic record and so forth. I
never saw what they were going to do with that so I
can't really respond to what I think about the offer.

''Maybe they're calling it all off because they think
this last round of charges on plagiarism will give
them a basis to get rid of me cost-free,'' Churchill
said. ''It ain't going to be that easy.''

Whether he stays or goes, Churchill has been
approached with offers. ''There have been nibbles and
offers and stuff,'' he said. ''Frankly, I haven't
really had time to consider them because I have my
plate full dealing with my present situation. There's
interest expressed from several quarters. All the
usual [books, talk shows], it's not my goal in life to
be a talk show host.''

The media, he said, has been deliberately one-sided.
''[It's] a solid wall of spin,'' he said. ''They
haven't even pretended to be fair.'' Churchill said
one reporter confided in him that management has an
editorial position where ''reporters are being
required to adhere to the editorial line. It means
they've gotta shape their stories to a pre-determined
editorial conclusion,'' he said.

''They want to put conclusions in my mouth for a
particular purpose. Finally, just now I got clear
evidence that they've been doing this deliberately -
these plagiarism charges,'' he said, ''so there will
be some legal action with the media in the Denver area
in the coming weeks.''

The ''plagiaris