How a New Indigenous Autonomous Movement could help lead the Next American Revolution
This is a call for a new Indigenous movement for the 21st Century. We have evolved to a new understanding of our path of liberation. New visions and ideas are needed to move to a higher level and to coalesce into a new and more effective movement in this period. This new movement has developed some ground breaking ideas and a sustainable vision that does not rely on the State and colonized tribal governments. Here are some of the key ideas and visions that define this new movement:
- We have to move beyond what Chief Justice John Marshall described as: “… domestic dependent nations… Meanwhile they are in a state of pupilage. Their relation to the United States resembles that of a ward to his guardian.” This describes the current state of our BIA created tribal governments. They depend on the U.S. Congress for their money to operate, plus what they can get from casinos (which are not based on our values). Their structures follow the top-down hierarchical structures of the colonizers and their tribal businesses follow the profit making values of the Capitalist system. Now we have been assimilated into the Colonists mind set, which sees National States as our goal. Nationalism is not part of our values. Indigenous values, as outlined in this article, Answering MLK’s Call for a ‘Radical Revolution of Values’.
- Real ‘sovereignty’ lies not in Nation States, but in Autonomy through Direct Democracy. We have to reclaim the system of Autonomy, which we lived under before invasion and colonization. Where we practiced self determination through Direct Participatory Democracy, through tribal councils or peoples assemblies. Then, decisions were made face to face through discussion and consensus. Two autonomous revolutionary movements currently practicing this type of governance are the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico and Indigenous Kurds in Rojava, Northern Syria. Thier values are basically the same as Indigenous values. Our Solidarity economic systems would be non capitalist, worker or community owned, not profit making for stockholders or owners.