Genocide American Style

Red Cry

Lakota Solidarity Project (2013)

Film Review

 Red Cry is about past and present genocide of the Lakota nation.

The first third of the film concerns the ugly history of legalized genocide of Native American peoples. Some of the highlights include

• Columbus’s slaughter of 8 million Arouac in Hispaniola
• The 1823 Supreme Court ruling that the “divine right of discovery” took precedence over the land rights of indigenous peoples.
•  The mass slaughter of 1.5 million buffalo by the US army and settlers between 1871 and 1910 with the deliberate intent of destroying the primary Sioux source of food.
• The 1871 Indian Appropriation Act which invalidated the right of Native American tribes to be recognized as sovereign nations and invalidated all prior treaties.
• The criminalization of Native American culture, starting from the 1880s, and forced attendance of Native Americans at “Indian” boarding schools.
• The conscious federal desecration of sacred sites on the Pine Ridge Reservation and the ravaging of native lands with more than 3,000 uranium mines, leading to radioactive contamination of the air, water and food chain.
• The forced sterilization of Native American women by the Indian Health Service in the sixties and seventies.
• The 1973 appointment and arming (by the US government) of half-breed goon squads to terrorize and assassinate tribal elders.

The remainder of the film consists of interviews with tribal leaders describing present day genocidal conditions on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where life expectancy is 44 years for men and 52 years for women (in contrast to 76 years for men and 81 years for women in the general population).

Pine Ridge is plagued with miscarriages, birth defects and the highest cancer rate in the country due to radium, lead, mercury and arsenic contamination of the land and water by the mining industry.

Rape is four times the national average, with only one-third of the perpetrators facing prosecution.

Youth suicide is 1 ½ times the national average.

Eight out of ten families are affected by alcoholism.

One-third of the homes on the reservation lack running water and 40% have no electricity. Eighty percent of families live below the poverty line.

Traditional Lakota governance is matriarchal. For more than a century the US government has deliberately undermined matriarchal rule by only appointing men to positions of tribal authority.

33 thoughts on “Genocide American Style

  1. Pingback: Genocide American Style — Red Cry | Official Release | 2013 | Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall | Taking Sides

  2. Genocide: an Anglo-European specialty that the racist ruling oligarchs who have yet to be dethroned continue to perfect through their institutions of total control — means of total war and mass indoctrination, let alone the destruction of the family in all of its organic forms (extended, tribal, national) by physically and culturally separating children from their cultural roots, and not only in the utterly barbaric style of what has been and continues to be perpetrated against First Nations peoples in both the U.S. and Canada, now being replicated in the Middle East and in countless other regions in the world, but even, albeit by orders of magnitude less brutally, also in the manner that the incorporated working classes of the imperial centers themselves are deliberately alienated from their children, whom they have to send to school to be raised by strangers while segregated by age cohorts (so that they cannot really learn to relate to any great depth to a broader range of intermingling age groups who might conceivably transfer personally acquired generational experiences and insights of a potentially subversive nature), while they, the working class parents, exhaust themselves as wage slaves. Even Canupa Gluha Mani in this documentary recognizes this cultural abuse to which ‘white’ American children — but by implication, the entire range of the mass enculturated working class comprised of a range of ethnicities — are subjected. We have a long, long way to go before things can be set to rights if ever. It is profoundly disheartening. Simply getting people, otherwise humane in their sensitivities, to rise to even a dim awareness of how profoundly inhuman this mass society of ours has become is a strenuous uphill battle. We do what we can. As we must. But in this connection, Gramsci’s pessimism of the intellect more than his optimism of the will comes to mind, with the emphasis on the former. The battle is for so many already lost. Entire cultures obliterated. Others yet in the process of being obliterated and acutely “aware” of what is being done to them. How do we stop it? If only we could . . . One lies to oneself if one does not despair of it all from time to time. And one also lies to oneself if one thinks that nothing is to be done. You get informed as best as you can and try to spread that awareness as far and as wide as you can as well as to impart it to your own children. The hope is. . . for it is the most that can be hoped for under the circumstances. . . the hope is. . . that we will one day awaken in numbers so great that our resistance will finally overwhelm our oppressors . . . We need to, as Charmaine White Face puts, look broader and farther, beyond ourselves and well beyond our lifetimes, knowing, as she does, that awareness and resistance, through the voice of culture, can speak to the future from experience and perhaps there finally gain a real foothold in numbers determined to accomplish what today yet cries out to be done but for a lack of those numbers . . .

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    • Wow, you said a mouthful. I basically agree with your entire statement. I also sense that we have two basic tasks and we have to accomplish them both more or less simultaneously. We must awaken enough people to the real cause of their suffering to want to change the system and we must prepare ourselves to take charge of running things ourselves.

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      • Hi, Dr. Bramhall,

        Sorry about the mouthful. The documentary was unsettling for me and I’d had a long day. I might have held off commenting until later. Next time . . . the sentences will shorter as well as the post.

        I’ve started reading “21st Century Revolution.” I’m not a sequential reader: I jump around, first scanning for topics that catch my eye and work my way into publications in that manner. So I’m a long way yet from having read your publication in its entirety.

        However, in “Part I V Psychological Oppression: the Role of Corporate Media,” the section titled “The Left Gatekeepers” has caught my attention.

        A difficulty for anyone seeking reliable sources of information and analysis is distinguishing between what is more than likely to be reliable from what is less likely, infiltration and subtle biases infused from on high always being a matter to be taken into account. Your piece, to my mind, is highly useful in this regard and should continue being put to work, so to speak.

        So I’m writing to ask whether I can find this work online in a form that I could reblog (I don’t seem to be able to find it here under its book title) or, failing that, whether you would grant me permission to put up in its entirety as a post on my blog, or whether you could not post it here once again so that I could steal it in the guise of a reblog.

        Many thanks and regards,

        –N

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  3. Please don’t apologize for the length of the comment. It’s a great comment. It’s extremely difficult to summarize the utter awfulness of our present society in a few sentence – or even a few paragraphs.

    Yes I’m happy for you to republish (and re-format if necessary) my articles on left gatekeeping foundations. They both initially appeared on OpEd News about four years ago:

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/Does-the-CIA-Fund-Both-the-by-Dr-Stuart-Jeanne-B-110416-54.html

    http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Cointelpro-Role-of-Lef-by-Dr-Stuart-Jeanne-B-110422-198.html

    I’ve subsequently published additional articles about the CIA role in the US nonviolence movement, based mainly on the research of Australian Michael Barker:

    http://stuartjeannebramhall.com/2014/01/17/how-the-cia-promotes-nonviolence/

    and

    http://vortexcourage.me/2014/07/18/the-cia-and-nonviolence/

    You’re free to republish these as well. This information needs to be widely publicized.

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    • I’ve made some modifications pertaining to the ‘links.’ Only their appearance and not their functionality is affected. The note to readers is:

      “The internet being what it is, cannot guarantee that ‘links’ used to reference research material will preserve their integrity. Websites disappear and things get broken and drift over time. This is especially so for articles published if only several years ago. Consequently and predictably, not all of the ‘links’ that originally referenced Dr. Bramhall’s material perform as originally intended. This is just one of the hazards of internet research that we must grin and bear. ‘Links’ left in their long form (i.e. https:/internetaddress.com) are unfortunately ‘broken;’ those that I’ve shortened into a readable English format without change to their content ‘work.’ ”

      You can have a look. Let me know if that’s alright with you.

      –N

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  4. Thanks for reposting my article (and for reformatting all the links). I’ve found a live link to replace the dead Bob Feldman link ( http://www.questionsquestions.net/feldman/nation_ned_1.html)

    The live link is http://www.newsofinterest.tv/politics/media_issues/ford_cia_establishment.php

    The dead Bob Feldman link at the end http://www.questionsquestions.net/gatekeepers.html can be changed to http://www.freedomofthepress.net/leftgatekeeperschart.htm

    The Church Committee link ( http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/legacy/research/edu20/moments/1976church.html?cms_page=edu20/moments/1976church.html) can be replaced with the book Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War by Frances Stonor Saunders.

    Also a stray 1 got inserted somehow in front of the M Kaplan Family Foundation.

    Otherwise the article looks great. Thank you so much for reposting it.

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  5. The links work great now, thanks! If you have a chance, Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural War should probably be in Italics (rather than quotes) to make clear it’s a book and not an article. Thanks for doing a great job on reformatting all the links. Makes the article much more readable.

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  6. This is a story that could be made, unfortunately, for many of the Native American nations. But, I do think the Lakota suffer more than many. But, despite the problems, the people endure and have survived every attempt to wipe them from the face of the earth.

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