Sovereign Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee...A Member Band of the Western Cherokee Nation of Arkansas and Missouri

Hiding Genocide

HIDING GENOCIDE: The National Museum of the American Indian

By Carter Camp


There is an enormous cultural rip-off being foisted upon our Nations by

Washington D.C. I've warned of it before, but a small voice is easily

drowned out when millions of dollars are being spent and the voice of the

Great White Father anoints Indian leaders.  

For a decade or more the Smithsonian fundraising machine has gone merrily

along, draining much needed funds away from the Indian community and

diverting America's attention away from the economic, cultural and legal

devastation going on across our homelands. Many interest groups coveted the

final two vacant spaces on the National Mall. Congress in its wisdom awarded

one site to a very politically powerful (and deserving) Jewish applicant and

another to the very politically powerful Smithsonian Institution, their

'keeper of the loot'.  

Contrast the two new museums and you can see how they are used to support a

conqueror's cleansed view of history: For the Jewish museum no thought at

all was given to using it to show the world ancient Jewish culture and

artifacts. They could have displayed scenes of ancient Jewish life: hunting,

tanning hides and pastoral living. Like an Indian museum, it would have been

beautiful and easy for people to enjoy.  

It wasn't done that way for one reason...The Jewish people were in charge

and they decided for themselves what aspect of their history to show the

world. They decided with one voice to use the rare space as a shield to

protect their people against a repeat of the Nazi holocaust. Jewish

politicians funded and protected Jewish intellectuals, artists, historians,

Rabbis, and survivors as they crafted a way to commemorate their dead and to

use their past to protect their future. They refused to allow the dreams of

others to distort the truth of their horror, and now their museum is a

powerful testament to a Jewish dream, not a gentile revision of reality. Our

space, and the world's window to our Nations, was turned over to the

Smithsonian Institution to enshrine the lie of 'manifest destiny' and the

historical inevitability of the American Holocaust.  

America's museums have always been a prime purveyor of the big lies of

American history, now the largest and worst is given an army of non-Indian

historians, anthros, romance writers and a couple of Indian scouts, to

define us to the world.  

THEY decided with one voice NOT to use our rare and precious space as a

shield of truth against the American Holocaust or to prevent the conclusion

of its evil purpose against my people. We still die, our sacred sites are

paved over, our dead dug up, our children stolen and mis-educated.

Missionaries search the jungle for the last of us.

American's sensibilities are being spared at the cost of continuing

depredations against Indian people. Americans will go to the Holocaust

Museum and be told the horrible truths of what Hitler and the Nazi's did to

the Jews. They will cry for the victims and mourn with the survivors, in the

end they too will be determined to protect the Jewish people from a repeat

of the Holocaust. All thinking people support this. They will also be

comforted (and exempted) to know that America defeated the Nazi, stopped the

killing, and helped Jews return to their homeland. Next, Americans can walk

over to the museum of 'Indian' history.  

They will be amazed and pleased at the beauty of our past. Scenes of tipis,

tanning hides and pastoral living will hide the blood covering

every-square-inch of America. Our blood. They will go home marveling at our

ancient art and beauty and a little sad we had to pass into history.  

They may even feel a twinge of guilt at the part their ancestors played in

our demise. But they will go away without seeing or knowing the "time of

horror" each and every Tribe went through upon contact with the European.

They will go home without realizing how much of the slaughter was an

officially inspired, government planned, and racist policy of genocide. They

will not realize the depth of the crime committed so they will not

understand the crimes being committed today or the need for reparations to

heal the devastation. They will not understand that there were entire

Societies for whom the "final solution" worked.  

Entire Tribes, as whole and complete as the Jewish Tribes, were completely

erased from Mother Earth. Their language will never be heard, their poetry,

music, science and art is lost to the world because they met a people who

believed in their own, god given, superiority and the inferiority of all

else. (The base cause of all genocide.) They will go home without feeling

the need to help Indian Nations secure their own homelands or becoming

determined there never is another American Holocaust.  

Worst of all, they will go home and not know that our people still suffer

ongoing policies of genocide and attacks on our existence. Missionaries and

Governments still work and plan to erase us from the face of our Mother

Earth. Indian Country, from the Artic to Antarctica, is still awash in the

blood of our People.  

Should American Indians be suspicious about the placement and content of

these two Museums? Jew and "Indian?" Did it take some C.I.A. psy-war expert

to figure out how best to cover-up the murder of over 200 million people?

Will this museum, with a mere nod to the 500-year holocaust, stand as the

permanent enshrinement of the American lie and the final resting place of

Indian history? I believe there should be a holocaust museum on Americas

National Mall, in Americas Capitol city. But not one of the European

disasters. It must be a Bright Red Museum of the American Holocaust! It must

call the roll of entire Nations of beautiful people who succumbed to the

genocidal onslaught.  


OF FEAR" ...for

all my relations.

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