Sunday, January 07, 2007

The Legacy of Native American Schools: war crime

jan 7th, 2007

cultural extinction and genocide: this is what christists do to numerical/racial minorities. they did this to aborigines in australia as well.

this is the treatment they deserve when they are minorities.

mohammedans, naturally, have a variant of the same: see earlier discussion on janissaries.

chinese marxists, of course, do the same to tibetans and uighurs.

these are all war crimes or crimes against humanity. but i dont see anybody being tried or hanged for them.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Moksha

Soul Wound: The Legacy of Native American Schools

U.S. and Canadian authorities took Native children from their homes and tried to school, and sometimes beat, the Indian out them. Now Native Americans are fighting the theft of language, of culture, and of childhood itself.

 

Dolphus is one of more than 100,000 Native Americans forced by the U.S. government to attend Christian schools. The system, which began with President Ulysses Grant's 1869 "Peace Policy," continued well into the 20th century. Church officials, missionaries, and local authorities took children as young as five from their parents and shipped them off to Christian boarding schools; they forced others to enroll in Christian day schools on reservations. Those sent to boarding school were separated from their families for most of the year, sometimes without a single family visit. Parents caught trying to hide their children lost food rations.

 

Virtually imprisoned in the schools, children experienced a devastating litany of abuses, from forced assimilation and grueling labor to widespread sexual and physical abuse. Canada imported the U.S. boarding school model in the 1880s and maintained it well into the 1970s—four decades after the United States ended its stated policy of forced enrollment. Abuses in Canadian schools are much better documented because survivors of Canadian schools are more numerous, younger, and generally more willing to talk about their experiences.

 

A 2001 report by the Truth Commission into Genocide in Canada documents the responsibility of the Roman Catholic Church, the United Church of Canada, the Anglican Church of Canada, and the federal government in the deaths of more than 50,000 Native children in the Canadian residential school system.

The report says Church officials killed children by beating, poisoning, electric shock, starvation, prolonged exposure to sub-zero cold while naked, and medical experimentation, including the removal of organs and radiation exposure. In 1928 Alberta passed legislation allowing school officials to forcibly sterilize Native girls; British Columbia followed suit in 1933.

 

For the rest go to:

 

http://www.amnestyusa.org/amnestynow/soulwound.html

 

and also refer to the plight of Native Americans in South America

The Aztec Account of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico

http://www.ambergriscaye.com/pages/mayan/aztec.html 

1 comments:

Ghost Writer said...

As a resident Canadian I can personally vouch for the enormous destruction this has caused. Most Native Indian communities (called First Nations here) have been left bereft of their past, cut-off from their heritage and totally lacking in confidence to take on life. Their language is dead and they have lost their "civilisational moorings" - all in the span of a couple of generations. These folks now live off welfare and in my cases abuse drugs and alcohol.

This is not surprising if a community is tortured the way this one has been. Think of the black folks in America or ever heard of the Roma people? You would be surprised if you look up "Roma People" on wikipedia - even more surprised if you go to this page . Why is their story never told?

Rajeev - the only possible disagreement I would have is that in liberal Western societies at least this is talked about as being wrong (mostly this is just talk I know - but at least there is an admission). In Islamic nations - they will tell you that they do the decimated nation a FAVOR by decimating them i.e. by bringing the only true faith to their Jahiliya ways!