Dear Citizens of the United States of America,
It is important for us to know what is happening to the indigenous people of the United States. Stop. Look. Research. Respond.
Yesterday, police from 5 states attacked the people of Standing Rock, shot into crowds, killed a horse, arrested protestors in ceremony and are a part of violating a treaty of 1851. Ordered by the powers that be. And why is our US government not putting a stop to this? Big business.
The genocidal behavior we have exhibited towards the indigenous peoples of this country has been cruel, astonishing, systemic, and short-sighted. I am writing because many still do not know and because it is being suppressed by the media.
Often, historically, if the US could not have what we want when we wanted it, we just took it by force. We make deals we don’t honor, deals we know cannot be upheld by those we make it with, and take the better part for ourselves. And we call America great. This land is great – our behavior is not great at all! To make deals to claim land that wasn’t claimed, in the way we practice marking territory, is not just, and therefore many of the citizens of the US consider this occupied territory.
I am one of the people who knows/feels/lives that this is occupied territory. My ancestors were those who came here seeking a better life for themselves, and no one who migrated this country is free of this story. This isn’t about shaming our being here, but asking – when is the spirit of collaboration we one time held as an idea going to be honored? No where in sight.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
~ Abraham Lincoln Continue reading Guest Post by Shiloh Sophia – Is America Occupied Territory?