Monday, December 3, 2012

´Russel Means Interview´ The best I´ve seen

“Like I have always said we are the Palestinians of America,
and the Palestinians are the American Indians of the Middle East.”
                                                                                  - Russel Means

  Russel Means Interview

Russel Means died on October 22cnd of this year. He was a founder and
leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) until his death.

This is one of the best, if not best interviews that I have ever seen. He speaks
with eloquence and from a history of fighting against oppression and injustice.

When our family moved to Vermont in June 1987 I became acutely aware that
the very beautiful land that we lived on, even the whole state, and every inch
of America was stolen from the Indian people who had lived there for thousands
of years.

The Abenaki tribe leader Homer St. Francis was a force that stood up for the
native people´s rights, and in doing so help to educate this man. I saw him
on TV, read about him and the confrontations he had with the state when
asserting the rights of Indian peoples.

Though the deed and history of the property we lived on referred to the farm
that it once was; there was no mention that the whole place once belonged to
the Indian peoples. But, I never forgot that, and felt awkward about that fact,
and did not know what was the right thing to do...I have Micmac blood in me -
Nova Scotia, but it is miniscule.

Listen to Russel. He speaks from the perspective of the dispossed...just like the
Palestinian people are. Both the Indian people of what is now called America,
and the Palestinian people are dispossed, and the victims of ´Ethnic cleansing´
A crime against humanity, and also genocide.

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