Russell Means begins the interview of RT by saying that they're 'stuck' in a concentration camp. Clearly, he has never been to one. For if he had been to a concentration camp, he would not use that term for a people that are blessed to live on the land on which they grew up in nature.
He then says that they don't have any rights. Well Russell what rights do you think Europeans have in Europe? People in Greece are committing suicide due to austerity measures, monks and nuns in Tibet are setting fire to themselves due to the Chinese, shall I go on?
Being robbed? A boss once said to me, 'Why is there so much crime today, it wasn't like this when we were growing up'. I replied 'When we were growing up, there was nothing worth stealing'. In those days parents could leave their front doors unlocked for the children.
The Coffee Shop story is lovely and how the Christians helped them to build it.
Russell makes a good point that the 'tribal government' are nothing more than 'puppets' for the national government.
The lady that had cancer 'blamed' in on the 'pollution' of the water. She raises the issue about the sheer numbers of 'suicidal children' and she 'blames' that on the fact that there are no 'banks' and 'no way' of having a business.
Hang on, it feels like the Lakotah are 'stuck', they're 'stuck' between paradigms. The old culture and the new culture. Banks and businesses are to do with capitalism, not Indian culture. Or am I missing something here?
When I was in Israel there was something similar going on at the Kibbutz. On one hand children of the elders that lived on the Kibbutz wished for their parents to sell the land, then there were young people that lived on the land and did not wish for it to be sold. On a different Kibbutz, there were young parents that wish to bring the Kibbutzim into the 21st century, and provide what the children aspire too, and the elders would not let them. The third Kibbutz at the Sea of Galilee had managed to combine both realities, although most of the people that lived there did not work there, they employed others to do jobs that they did not wish to do. At Ein Gedi, they had managed to make it work as well with a hotel. However, the Kibbutz are tiny in comparison with an Indian reservation. You could fit the whole of Israel on an indian reservation and not even notice it, because it really is that tiny.
Let's start by counting our blessings shall we?
Begins with a 'rapper', then a 'drunk'. Then a great Indian celebration. Then more rapping youth. Russell Means states that English is a 'deceitful' language. Its not that Russell, it is to do with integrity and truth, you know by your own people, that there are Indians that live in truth and integrity, and some that don't. It is the same with every nation. By the way, although Russell was happy to go home to the Spirit world when this film was made, he has made a miraculous recovery and has the all clear since this documentary was made. The world prayed for him, he had a brilliant doctor and he was able to access top treatment, he had the love and support of his wife, family and friends. He implemented healing ways of his people and did the healing that was required. From the video's that I have seen of him since his recovery, and during it, the sheer power of the love did save him.
May he share his heart of love with his people, and help them to heal their hearts. At the end of the day, it is not about banks or businesses, its all about love and living in harmonic concordance with the spiritual law. Being true to yourselves, and who you are. The Creator has given his promise. that the least of the peoples will become mighty nations. He always has a divine purpose for the remnant. So yes, we live to survive at this point in time, what did people do before the Roman empire? They lived to survive. So what's the difference? Living on the land in the way of the indigenous peoples, just like the peasants lived on this blessed land of Joseph once upon a time. The only difference is, that now people live in houses instead of in nature, so what would you really prefer? One or the other? Or the best of both worlds?
What is most important is that the Lakotah are able to feed themselves, and I recommend that they build fish farms. Accept the best from the West, and leave the rest alone.
Teshuvah everyone, teshuvah