Thoughts On Your Occupy Movement
“So let’s toss out a different kind of “progression” to all you...liberals and occupiers out there. You join us in liberating our land and lives. Lose the privilege you acquire at our expense by occupying our land. Make that your first priority for as long as it takes to make it happen….but if you’re not willing to do that then don’t presume to tell us how we should go about our own liberation, what priorities and values we should have. Since you’re standing on our land, we’ve got to view you as another oppressor trying to hang onto what’s ours.” – Janet McCloud
Furthermore, your beckoning calls and invitations to join your Occupations around the country are equivocally serious to asking us to participate as “equals” in our own demise and further colonization.
The liberal state occupier American is viewed as the proper arbiter of rights and privileges. It accepted capitalism as the despised but inevitable economic force. And finally it insists on the predicable racist assumption that all peoples are alike in their common “humanity” – a humanity imbued with Enlightenment values and best found in Euro-American states in reverence and reference to Greco-Roman… We (Indigenous) are the colonized; they are the beneficiaries of colonialism. Being oblivious to this historical reality does not lessen their power to the colonial equation.
"Decolonization is the agenda, the whole agenda, and until it is accomplished, it is the only agenda that counts for Native peoples. It will take every one of us – to get the job done. We haven’t got time, energy or resources for anything else while our lands are being destroyed and our children are dying of avoidable diseases and malnutrition [and suicide]. So we tend to view those who come to us wanting to form alliances on the basis of new and different or broader or more important issues to be a little less than friends, especially since most of them come from the Euro-american population which benefits most directly from our ongoing colonization." – Loreli Decora Means
The other social, economic and even jingoistic political agendas brought forward by the Occupiers depend upon the benefit from the continuation of the colonialist American project - I call it “Occupy Whatever, Whenever, Wherever.” The Occupy movement is the perfect disguise for colonization or an adjustment for re-colonization, yet it has the possibilities of decolonization. One possibility is being able to re-Indigenize themselves to the natural movements of Mother Earth.
Your "occupy movement" is just another name for re-colonization.