“The tribal relations should be broken up, socialism destroyed, & the family & the autonomy of the individual substituted. The allotment of land in severalty, the establishment of local courts & police... & the universal adoption of the English language are means to an end.”
— Thomas Morgan, Commissioner of Indian Affairs (1889)
Indian policy wasn’t an accident. It unfolded by design and specifically targeted the communal aspect of Indigenous social relations, which were broken by breaking up the land.
"From the time of the discovery of America... the North American Indian has been a communist... [T]he idea of the separate possession of property by individuals is as foreign to the Indian mind as communism is to us." —House Committee on Indian Affairs, 1880

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10 Sep
I was a research assistant at an oral history center, when my boss showed us the 2007 video, "Collateral Murder." Apache helicopter pilots radio a second chopper, "Crazy Horse One-Eight," before gunning down six Iraqis. "Look at those dead bastards," one says.
I had long opposed the Iraq war. The idea that Indigenous names, Crazy Horse and the Apache people, those who had died fighting US imperialism, however, had become military codewords in the bloody massacre of Iraqi civilians made me throw up. It is the never-ending Indian war.
Later, I read the WikiLeaks US embassy cables, showcasing the zeal with which the US imperialism destroys nations and movements it sees as threats, literally holding back the rest of the world from advancing any social alternative to the world-destroying machine of capitalism.
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4 Sep
I can’t speak on whites pretending to be Black in the academy. But I see similarities with how whites have adopted a Native identity in the academy. Yes, there’s a question of resources. What’s not often spoke about is the politics of injury tied to these make-believe identities.
The cunning of trauma politics is that it turns actual people and struggles, whether racial or Indigenous citizenship and belonging, into matters of injury. It defines an entire people mostly on their trauma and not by their aspirations or sheer humanity.
Who’s the audience for the politics of injury? It certainly isn’t for those who are marginalized. Mostly it’s for white audiences or institutions of power. It’s non-threatening to be a traumatized person, especially when those dishing out the trauma become those who solve it.
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28 Aug
Daniel Carr, a Three Percenter militiaman, showed up with a handgun to the home of a witness to the Steven Baca shooting during Baca's preliminary hearing. Prior to this, Carr was accused of pointing a gun at drivers while he held a sign that read "F*CK BLM" at an intersection.
Steven Baca is charged w/ aggravated battery causing great bodily harm for shooting Scott Williams 4x & aggravated battery against 2 women at a June protest against the statue of a Spanish colonizer. Baca's the son of a former sheriff & once ran a "Support ABQ Police" FB page.
Carr's release follows Kyle Rittenhouse's shooting dead two protestors & wounding another in Kenosha, WI. Rittenhouse was a junior cadet in a cop training program that taught minors how to shoot guns. He had "BLUE LIVES MATTER" insignia on his FB page & aspired to be a cop.
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21 Aug
According to the ABQ Journal, Daniel Carr was arrested and charged with intimidation of a witness in the case of Steven Baca, who is charged w/ aggravated battery causing great bodily harm for shooting Scott Williams 4x, aggravated battery on two women. abqjournal.com/1488847/agents…
Carr claims to be a member of the III%, a far right extremist militia. It's unclear how he obtained the witness's home address. And apparently, this is not Carr's first time threatening people with a gun.
Daniel Carr also asked if the witness and their partner were antifa.
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18 Aug
New Mexico Civil Guard posted my home address on their website telling people to bring their "gloves" (guns) to my home and to march armed on UNM campus against other Native UNM faculty and journalists. They threatened us with a lynch mob multiple times.

Yesterday, NMCG leader Bryce Provance, a Neo-Nazi, showed up to the home and workplace of a potential witness in the Steven Baca shooting trial. The individual who threatened another witness last Friday claimed to be III%, a white militia the NMCG claims affiliation.
You can read @bladvs's report on the NMCG threats against UNM faculty and the increasing pattern of rightwing violence and racial terror: dailylobo.com/article/2020/0…
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16 Aug
BREAKING: On Friday, during the livestream prelim hearing on Steven Baca's shooting & battery charges from a statue protest, this man, who identified himself as "Daniel" & a III%-er, showed up at a witness' home with a handgun, asking for them by name & if they were “antifa.” ImageImage
“Daniel" said he wouldn't be the last person to show up at their home armed; there would be others, he promised. Before he came to their door, he harassed a neighbor, who he mistook as the witness in the Baca case he was looking for.
During the hearing, the defense asked a witness to name other witnesses. They said they feared retaliation against others. The judge said that fear was “ridiculous." Baca is expected to be formally arraigned on the charges next week.
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