Thursday, November 02, 2006

Comments on Patriarchy vis-à-vis Matriarchy

Hau Mitaku Oyapi (Hello My Relatives),

A few comments on Patriarchy, vis-à-vis, Matriarchy: Many People believe Matriarchy is the flip side of the coin of Patriarchy (therefore inducing the Patriarchs with fear) in reality, matriarchy is a balanced society. Matriarchy is a highly complex society that would take a book to explain.

I am going to attempt a simple explanation as a way of introduction. But before I can do that, I have to explain why I, a male, am attempting to explain Matriarchy. Matriarchy was the rule of human existence for eons and that is why it is a complex society. The vast majority of Indigenous People of the world are still Matriarchal. For each exception there exists, it only goes to prove the rule. My People, Lakota, also known as Sioux Indians, are Matriarchal. I was raised in a Matriarchal home, and when I married, I married into Matriarchal homes. I know my history and I know my People, therefore I can speak about the values and complexity of Matriarchy.

Matriarchy is a balanced society. Now listen very carefully, and please attempt to grasp the big picture. In our Matriarchal society, all the sexes celebrate our strengths. We are a society completely devoted to not harming another living being's feelings; be it an insect, a tree, our Grandmother, the Earth, or anyone that lives. We understand that all life comes from one Mother and it is our duty to respect our relatives. Another simple explanation is: try to imagine raising a child without the word no, which is another manifestation of Matriarchy. Imagine a society building a structure wherein you do not put anyone in a position to say no. Try to understand how these Matriarchal societies built clan systems that prevent incest at every level and provides for instant conflict resolution.

Women live longer than men can endure more pain and therefore have more endurance than men. It is a natural law to build your clan system based upon the lineage of women. Added to those obvious strengths, the female human being is the only creature in all of life that is purified naturally after every 28 days. Every woman knows that when they live in close proximity with one another, their purification cycles synchronize. When they live in a small village, therefore, they are not only in synch with one another; their purification cycle gets in rhythm with the universe, which is manifested through the full moon. When the holy roman catholic empire conquered the barbarians to the north, one way they instilled Patriarchy was through the creation of Halloween. In other words, when the women honored their purification by removing themselves from their homes and collectively enjoying themselves for four or so days, the men were left with not only their duties, but all those of the women. So the romans with the sword in one hand and their medievil bible in the other hand (those medievil teachings have not changed) would tell the men of the villages that their women were out practicing witchcraft and brewing up evil spells that made them subservient. The rest is his-story.

Now the obvious. Patriarchy is a fear based society where man rules alone. Therefore it is unbalanced. Patriarchy reared its ugly head over 6000 years ago at the same time as the marketplace became his tool. Patriarchy and the marketplace cannot exist without one another.The marketplace engenders greed which engenders empire. When one takes a close look at the histories of all Patriarchal empires, you will find that they make the same mistakes over and over and over and over again. From the ming dynasty to kublai khan to the egyptians, the greeks, the romans, the sun never sets on the english empire, the soviet union, and now the torture ridden empire of america. Nothing has changed for patriarchy, before jesus christ, or after jesus christ, before muhammed or after muhammed, before buddha or after buddha, et al.

Patriarchs fear everything. What does the Patriarch fear the most? It is the Woman. That is why for over 6000 years he has demonized, dehumanized, dominated, terrorized and controlled women. In Patriarchy is there anything the Patriarch does not fear??!

My ancestor Luther Standing Bear wrote circa 1900:"when a man fears the forest, he will want to control the forest, and what he can’t control, he will want to destroy."

138 Comments:

Blogger Lorena said...

Honestly Mr Means, sometimes this female wonders about you.. But you are intitled -----But I do take offense to your calling the bible medievil as you would if i called your religion and ect the same..
Thats my opinion and I am intitled...Thanks ---Lorena

12:06 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Being a Mohawk woman, I not only understand, but agree with you on this one. Harmony and balance.

9:51 PM  
Blogger Talaya Eagle Horse said...

I especially like what Luther Standing Bear wrote: circa 1900:"when a man fears the forest, he will want to control the forest, and what he can’t control, he will want to destroy."
It makes perfect sense and what is happening today. I agree and thank you for posting this. Pilamaya!
Talaya

11:04 AM  
Blogger einnor212 said...

In your defense from Lorena, I think you meant how the bible was interpreted in the mid-evil times, not the bible itself. But I have always agreed with that way of life. The constitution itself is based on the Iroqouis great binging law, before they had contact with us they had no concept of clan based matriarcial societies and from our society they performed the first copyright infringement - the constitution.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Not as Good as I Once Was said...

Haw,
Cante waste nape ciyuzapo. Matthew Ee ma chee ya pee ya. I believe what Mr. Means was imparting is that a Matriarchal society is seated in a natural balance brought about by respect, non-interference, and love. The approach to relationships is formed by respect, and ideals held by one’s family, clan, tribe, and nation. A child is raised in their mother’s home by their aunts, uncles, and family elders. The loss of your elder’s respect in such an environment is much more influential than any corporal punishment. From birth a child in a Matriarchal society learns respect from modeling those elders around them. They are then taught how to think for themselves, and not just given instructions. This approach to development allows the child to learn how to interact with the rest of their society, and enables them to do this from a position of confidence established through years of learning how to approach all life in a respectful manner. One of the primary threats invading Patriarchal societies found were tribal societies lead by respected elders who judged them according to their actions. Such a concept was deplorable to a system of leadership founded in fear, and authority obtained through political posturing (lies).

I believe the use of the term ‘medieval’ was correct. The fact is that the primary Bible used by those colonizing America from England was the King James Bible. This Bible is rife with ‘medieval’ dogma, and the direct tampering of the King, and his spiritual advisors. Even the actual cleric translator complained about the source materials he was forced to use, and the word changes he was ordered to make. Regardless, the Separatist’s Church Patriarchal zeal, and the materialistic merchants and royal representatives had to show a profit for their expeditions, and latter colonists found that they could rise in position through the ownership of land. And it is this very key concept of ‘ownership’ that Matriarchal, and Patriarchal societies come to contention. A Patriarchy equates ownership to wealth and power. The more land, the more power, and the more power the more respect. A Matriarchy views land as a living creation, and approaches all nature as if they would approach another individual. This view changed with continued colonization, and contact with the invading Patriarchy. New generations of tribal leaders were forced to conduct relations with invaders on terms and ideas foreign to them. These very ideas (Patriarchal concepts of ownership/ half-truths used to gain advantage) in time worked like an invading virus destabilizing whole tribal nations. This very issue of difference continues to destroy tribes through family and clan destabilization through land allotment, and blood quantum regulations established early in the 20th century.

This is why I believe Mr. Mean’s pursuit of the 'total' immersion school is perhaps one of the only chances for survival the Lakota have without completely loosing all sense of 'being' Lakota. Language is the key to thought. Oral lessons taught by elders handed down for generations to teach individual and critical thought is necessary for a harmonious coming of age. As one comes of age they advance into a purposeful adulthood founded in a healthy balance of confidence, and respect that will enable them to ensure a future for their people.

As a single father of two ‘special needs’ children I have learned to see life through their eyes. Their eyes and minds were not cluttered with the chaos of our contemporary world due to a learning disability. After many clinical approaches, I turned too some of the cultural traditions of their mother’s Cherokee ancestors. In the end I understood Mr. Mean’s posting to be directed at understanding the nature of tow key concepts in societies, approach, and respect.

Respectfully,

Matthew

4:23 PM  
Blogger Not as Good as I Once Was said...

Haw,
Cante waste nape ciyuzapo. Matthew Ee ma chee ya pee ya. I believe what Mr. Means was imparting is that a Matriarchal society is seated in a natural balance brought about by respect, non-interference, and love. The approach to relationships is formed by respect, and ideals held by one’s family, clan, tribe, and nation. A child is raised in their mother’s home by their aunts, uncles, and family elders. The loss of your elder’s respect in such an environment is much more influential than any corporal punishment.

From birth a child in a Matriarchal society learns respect from modeling those elders around them. They are then taught how to think for themselves, and not just given instructions. This approach to development allows the child to learn how to interact with the rest of their society, and enables them to do this from a position of confidence established through years of learning how to approach all life in a respectful manner. One of the primary threats invading Patriarchal societies found were tribal societies lead by respected elders who judged them according to their actions. Such a concept was deplorable to a system of leadership founded in fear, and authority obtained through political posturing (lies).

I believe the use of the term ‘medieval’ was correct. The fact is that the primary Bible used by those colonizing America from England was the King James Bible. This Bible is rife with ‘medieval’ dogma, and the direct tampering of the King, and his spiritual advisors. Even the actual cleric translator complained about the source materials he was forced to use, and the word changes he was ordered to make. Regardless, the Separatist’s Church Patriarchal zeal, and the materialistic merchants and royal representatives had to resort to show a profit for their expeditions, and latter colonists found that they could rise in position through the ownership of land. And it is at this very key concept of ‘ownership’ that Matriarchal, and Patriarchal societies come to contention. A Patriarchy equates ownership to wealth and power. The more land, the more power, and the more power the more respect. A Matriarchy sees land as a living creation, and approaches all nature as if they would approach another individual. This view changed with continued colonization, and contact with the invading patriarchy. New generations of tribal leaders were forced to conduct relations with invaders on terms and ideas foreign to them. These very ideas (Patriarchal concepts of ownership/ half-truths used to gain advantage) in time worked like an invading virus destabilizing whole tribal nations. This very issue of difference continues to destroy tribes through family and clan seperation through land allotments, and blood quantum regulations established early in the 20th century.

This is why I believe Mr. Mean’s pursuit of the total immersion school is perhaps one of the only chances for survival the Lakota have without completely loosing all sense of being a member of what it is ‘to be’ Lakota. Language is the key to thought. Oral lessons taught by elders handed down for generations to teach individual and critical thought is necessary for a harmonious coming of age. As one comes of age they advance into a purposeful adulthood founded in a healthy balance of confidence, and respect that will enable them to ensure a future for their people.

As a single father of two ‘special needs’ children I have learned to see life through their eyes. Their eyes and minds were not cluttered with the chaos of our contemporary world due to a learning disability. After many clinical approaches, I turned too some of the cultural traditions of their mother’s Cherokee ancestors. In the end I understood Mr. Mean’s posting to be directed at understanding the nature of tow key concepts in societies, approach, and respect. Thank you for your lesson sir.

Respectfully,

Matthew

4:28 PM  
Blogger lost_n_notfound said...

Your post made more sense to me than the bible, christianity and what others say. I agree with you.

-Andrea

11:27 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

Mr. Means, I've just come across this site and I'm astounded!! I love what your tribe believess about womens' purification. I must find out if my ancestors, the Cherokees feel the same, they, too being a Matriarchal society. Thank you so much.

Sherry

7:16 PM  
Blogger Sweetwater Woman said...

Dear Mr. Means,
I watched your webcast last night with great interest and was brought to tears at times. I could've listened to you for about 5 more hours, talking about what it's like in a Matriarcal society. To hear a man speak with such reverence about Women and their Mooncycle...and what to do when there is a baby on the way..I was in awe and still am. Oh how far we have strayed in this Godless, materialistic, hedonistic 'society', fed by war, loveless sex and body worship.
May the Creator have mercy on us all... and God Bless you Mr. Means.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Sweetwater Woman said...

Last night my eyes were opened widely to the gentle ways of Matriarchy. Singing to the unborn and making your child the centre of the universe for its first five years; all this made me weep.
Thank you for what you said about women on their Mooncycle; I didn't think of myself as being purified by the Universe before you mentioned it.
We have strayed so far in this godless, materialistic, hedonistic society that worships greed and the body. Our currencies are vanity and loveless sex. As you were speaking last night, a feeling came over me. The feeling that I NO LONGER WISH TO BE PART OF THIS NIGHTMARE. I want to get back to the land..to get grounded..to have a man love me as I am..TO BE FREE!
Thank You Mr. Means for speaking last night. May the Creator bless you and yours forever and always.

Respectfully,
Sweetwater Woman

4:08 PM  
Blogger Toe Knee said...

I filmed Russell Means in 1996, because it was/is part of my path to help make sure these views get to those who may not otherwise want to consider them. that footage was aired in "Silly Con Valley" several times, from 1996 until 2003... I lost my office and myliving place there... it was a series of tremdous slides down the ladder...this is what such work may bring...but the footage is sitting right in front of me...his words spoken while giving a writer's reading for the book release, "where white Men Fear to Tread"... and, if all goes weel, the same footage will now get seen world wide via YOUtube.

After my parents died in 1995, I renewed my spiritual vows...

It was insights that came during that ceremony, which guided me to understand we cannot stop when we encounter ignorance...

Everyone who lives either knows harmony or disaster... the truth is we need a balanced society, or we will all die dis-satisfied...

Those who feed on the fear they encourage in the heart's of others will pay the price... it will not be a comfort unless we build from where we stand, the same balance the world needs...

I encourage the women of this world, who are connected with creator, to rise and offer their gifts...

We need them

10:23 PM  
Blogger KnifeChief said...

Hau Kola, Russell!
I believe strongly on your words, they are the truth! I have seen the work of men and the destruction of once beautiful areas, just for greed. The wars, the poverty, all driven by power hungry humans, most all who are men. I have hope we will still wake up before it is all gone. May we honor our women and children.
Hecitu welo!
Martin KnifeChief/Denver

8:40 PM  
Blogger mama said...

I believe in your words, but am selfishly saddened, also. My great grandmother was of the Iroquoi nation, but as my grandfather and father passed on her blood, I cannot be accepted as a member of any of the tribes.

I want to thank you for your note nearly 11 years ago when my son passed from this world. A mother never heals from such a tragedy, nor would she want to. Your words were deeply treasured.

Oh, you are the cause of me getting my lowest grade in high school history class many years ago. I wrote about you and the other New Indians and how promises made should be kept. My teacher didn't agree. I never minded, as the paper brought great truth for me.

Thank you,
Mama

2:05 AM  
Blogger linda bedell said...

Dear Mr. Means,
I am writing an article on the homeless in Miami Beach,Florida.
The title is Urban Camping on Miami Beach.
Your autobiography , "Where White Men Fear to Tread, and that of Leonard Peltier, "My Life is a Sundance" have given me the integrity and power to carry on with this endeavor. I have made myself homeless for the last two months to understand the reality, stories, and life of this indigenous group, unwanted and misunderstood in this capitol of wealth and abhorant poverty. I am interested in using a quote from your autobiography within the editing of this newpaper article which will be copyrighted. I would like permission to use your words but at this time do not have the exact quote chosen. If you have a new quote which you would like to add in regard to this group. Who are being left in poverty for religous,secular, and judgemental reasons. I would love to have it in the article. I look forward to your response. Thanking you in advance for your consideration in this matter.

Sincerely,
Linda Bedell

5:32 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Patriarchy is a sickness that has enveloped the globe. The only way to fight the patriarchy is to destroy and make useless the ecomony that it created.

3:58 PM  
Blogger Said Han al Baloshi said...

Great the best article i ever read Mr Mean thanks for yours bright words thanks a lot

8:05 AM  
Blogger Dragonfly said...

Dear Mr Means,
Thank you for your courage and your integrity in speaking from your heart and applauding womanhood and the strength of women.
You are a most beautiful human being and I wish you continued success as you share your wisdom.
Anna
Sweden

1:14 PM  
Blogger norawashere said...

Long ago and far away there was a man known as Richard Oaks.Sadly he is gone but when I think of him and the begining of AIM I am also remembering you Russell and some of the positive actions that came into being (such as the begining of DQU) and the incredible light than the two of you brought into the forefront of my spiritual self.
This woman still seeks the "higher road"due to that valued time in my life.Blessings..........

6:48 PM  
Blogger Ann Marie Swilley said...

Tasunka Wastewin

Mr. Means,
I have been lead to start a campaign to let the public know about the "Untold Tragedy At Wounded Knee". You helped to violate the civil rights of my family during your 1973 siege. My family suffered terribly during and after your takeover. As you well know, these people were mainly elderly American Indians that were absolutely defenseless. I will commit my life to changing the history books to reflect the truth. I am hoping that you are at a point in your life that you and others would be willing to set the record straight.
Ann Marie Swilley
Granddaughter of Clive and Agnes Gildersleeve

1:21 PM  
Blogger rev.nighthawk said...

Hey Russell, Don't let all that acting go to your head. Remember your brothers and sisters as you drive past in your limo. haha! By the way the Bible over the past couple of thousand years has been rewritten and miss enturpeted so much that it's difficult to tell what is of God and what is of man. But, that's neither here nor there issue with me. Sweating our sins also has been stolen from us and mistaken over the years too. I sweat, I pray and then I sweat again. We are who we are and nothing can change that! Talk to ya later Kola! Rev. Nighthawk @ nighthawk41765@nativeweb.net

9:14 AM  
Blogger chumpolie dave said...

Mr, Means my people need your help. Please contact me at chickasawdave2002@yahoo.com.

12:22 PM  
Blogger chumpolie dave said...

Russell Means there is a certin group of people thet need your help to recover what was lost. My people are dieing can you help. Can e mail at chickasawdave2002@yahoo.com

12:23 PM  
Blogger Cheri Haney said...

Russ,
Hello! Just a note to say I miss you and you being the Ate to my son Hinhanska Hoksila. Mike is in the spiritworld now, and he has handed Hinhanska over to you the day he was born, remember? He is now 20 years old and ready to know you more, and I hold you to your promise to educate and have love for him. He is a very humble young man, just as you explained to me the day he was born and being of the people from the south wind, he sure is. I am in Albuquerque now and your son is ready to meet the world that you have created. I am ready to meet up with you, I was in S.D. not long ago. There are some personal things you are needing to do for him and I am holding you to this, I respect you, and have waited to meet up with you. Let's get back to where we were when Hinhanska was born that special day! MVTO!

11:22 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Mr. Means, I have always admired and supported you ever since I saw you on TV in Cleveland speaking about indian affairs. I read the book "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee". This enhanced my awareness of the injustices done to our real americans. Your voice gives life and inspiration to many. Thank you for your insite, your wisdom, caring appeals for justice and equality.

Don

10:40 PM  
Blogger Faster Than You 411 said...

Happy Columbus Day!

Today I celebrate victory over the blood-thirsty native peoples of the North American continent!

Screw you, Russ! You take credit cards? You are a hypocrite! You're a rich capitalist of the worst kind!

Never, never, never trust a millionaire communist!

If not for whites, you would all be speaking Japanese now and kow-towing to the Emperor!

Why don't you take you credit card order form and go suck it!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Lundy said...

Hello RM,

Are you still a L/libertarian?
I hope freedom still means something to you. I hope you endorse Ron Paul.

6:45 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Mr. Means,

First, thank you so much for signing my copy of your autobiography. I will treasure the book always.

I was raised a Christian and have struggled for years with my father's belief system. I refuse to worship in a system that demeans over half of the population. Patriarchy is dangerous. There is no understanding of others, no love of an enemy, no hope for a future without war.

But men are not the only gender who embrace this system. Women are sometimes worse. We have for so long been taught to believe that we are unpure and responsible for all the sins of the world. It is hard to come through that way of thinking. I still struggle with those thoughts. It's hard.

Thank you for your words. Education is the first step towards understanding.

Take care of you,
Tracy

12:46 PM  
Blogger THUNDERCLOUD said...

Amen Mr. Means.

Without women you will have no tribe!!!

Maybe it's time we put a woman in the White House???

I'm glad you're speaking out.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Dawn Wolf said...

Mr. Means, I understand completely. It is a missing piece in every part of this society. The objection of Lorena is well noted and understand. Many Christian women and men are trained and taught to defend their religious beliefs as if in battle. War societies do not like to have opinions and thoughts. They depend upon obedience.

It is disturbing that the belief-system fears so much and does not allow deep reflection and study beyond a certain limited range.

I was raised a Christian. I study deeply and unlearned. It is the unlearning and the tuteledge of my Grandfather Teacher, an Ethiopian rabbi, and my own curiousity that pushed me beyond the limits.

I observed the average Christian very closely and one obvious thing is the profound fear. I have much more to say but this is not my space.



Dawn Wolf

6:58 PM  
Blogger Pardo said...

When I went in America, I was at Mohawk city, near Montreal. Interwiewing the Conseil de Bande for my italian paper (Liberazione), I knew The 6 Nation Constitution.
It was a revelation: and every year, at the school, I spoke about it to my pupils.
It is necessary to inform occidental culture about this constitutiont: please, do it!

2:02 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

Mr. Means,

Thank you for your courage and words of truth. There are many thousands of Americans who are willing to hear your message, and help you create the country that we all deserve.

Keep working, fighting, and speaking!
It literally means the world for our offspring, both indian and white.

5:59 AM  
Blogger bovine1946 said...

I have just read that the Lakota People have unilaterally withdrawn from the treaties signed with the U.S. All I have to say is... What the hell took you so long? We WASP's have never honored any treaty we signed with your people. We basically stole your country. Are you accepting applications for citizenship in your new country? Where and how do I apply? Good luck and my e-mail address is bovine1946@yahoo.com. I am a 61 year old Vietnam War veteran. Good luck, Brother Russell!

9:50 AM  
Blogger stacy said...

"try to imagine raising a child without the word no"

wow, someone who does understand!!
Wow! thank you so much.
this is how I raise my children, to be autonomous and free. Your Mama must be so proud.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Mr. Means

You are truly a great American and the Lakota leaving the U.S. as a new country will destroy the one world government that Bush. Clinton and all the greedy bankers envisioned.

I live in NM and I would join you but I long to have the local tribes follow your lead.

This will absolutly wipe out the Builderburgs and all the "New Order" insanity and truly give America back to the people.

My hope and support for your just path to freedom.

Jeff

Portales NM

11:24 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Mr. Means

You are truly a great American and the Lakota leaving the U.S. as a new country will destroy the one world government that Bush. Clinton and all the greedy bankers envisioned.

I live in NM and I would join you but I long to have the local tribes follow your lead.

This will absolutly wipe out the Builderburgs and all the "New Order" insanity and truly give America back to the people.

My hope and support for your just path to freedom.

Jeff

Portales NM

11:26 AM  
Blogger NickyJett said...

I so agree with you Mr. Means. You, left out one thing, the patriarchal society is adept at brainwashing its women into believing that we've always been a patriarchal society.

Pretty scary huh?

Unfortunately most women are ignorant to the ways before the Semites learned the Aleph-Beth...and how letters over images change the rule of the land.

Although the Jews are still a matrilineal based culture, matriarchy is as you've written is a difficult concept to understand because we are so far removed from the practice. Thank you for the reminder!

7:11 PM  
Blogger Moderator said...

I have a saying: God has endowed each gender with a specific role that cannot be breached; while the opposite gender plays a supporting role and is blessed from the endowment of each.

3:47 AM  
Blogger goesh said...

This presentation by Mr. Means is an extension of what the Lakota are being forced to do - withdraw from the treaties the US government has never honored. It is an extension of their culture, a presentation and sharing of the Lakota way and an assertion of their inalienable rights as human beings on earth. I sincerely hope the Lakota can make some alliances with other nations and get some start-up assistance to get some better roads built, some health care clinics, some fire trucks - that sort of stuff. When I saw you guys surrounded at Wounded Knee back in 1973, I knew you hadn't given up the struggle to be a free people. May the Creator continue to guide and bless you. I know in my heart that you guys won't do like was done to you - i.e. kidnap kids, make them grow their hair long and whip them if they refuse to speak Lakota.

5:29 AM  
Blogger Printster said...

The entie secret to lifr and living on this planet is harmony and balance - stated so many times in so many ways - is leadership listening?

9:41 AM  
Blogger DickWilson said...

I'm glad all of this is behind me. Things are better now than before and if I could do it all over again there are alot of things I would change. When youre the boss its a hard road to walk and many people dont understand that. I hired too many relatives that i suppose should have stayed on commodities instead of getting a fat check and we might have all been better off. Now I can see why so many people left the reservation back then but I never wanted it to get out hand. I think its important for Indians to stay on their land and I hope Russell and the others can forgive me for the mistakes I made. Hoka hey its a good day to be gone.

10:13 AM  
Blogger God Is Red said...

Give em hell, Russell. You make me proud to be an Ojibway. What can other Native people to do help? The time is long over due for us to unite. We should form our own nation, have our own schools and hospitals, places where great men like Ward Churchill can speak the truth without being lynched by the system. What about extending this independence to so called 'illegal immigrants' (Native people raped by Spaniards) and other minorities or people fed up with the neocons "New World Order"? There is strength in numbers.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Fatish said...

With the so-called emancipation of women, feminism and gay rights movements, Patriarchal societies nowadays are deliberately turned into a mess. There is no mainstay of a family which is being broken into pieces and God given sex is now simplified into a matter of choice. On a local level, I guess I live in the Matriarchal home, for I see my wife as the main pillar that holds my family together. I am also a proud parent of two daughters. Indian peoples were way ahead of today's society on that, as well as any other matter.

Also, I totally agree with those who find Luther Standing Bear's wisdom a great explanation for the events in today's world of the evil rule.


Greetings from Serbia.

2:36 AM  
Blogger alex s said...

hello Mr Means, I am from Russia!I am interested in traditional culture of American Indians of new England! Also I am the participant of movement reanactors American Indian culture at us in Russia!

Yesterday has looked news and has learned that at you there occurs! And here I from its part you support on all of 100 % and I think my colleagues on movement too you support! Excuse that a bad pronunciation simply all I translate with the dictionary! Thanks you! Alexandr Sobokar

3:01 AM  
Blogger alex s said...

I wish good luck and health from all Russian people! ALEXANDR SOBOKAR

3:04 AM  
Blogger Murph & Freeacre said...

...."Patriarchy and the marketplace cannot exist without one another.The marketplace engenders greed which engenders empire. When one takes a close look at the histories of all Patriarchal empires, you will find that they make the same mistakes over and over and over and over again."

That is a profound observation. I don't remember hearing of it before, but it cuts to the fundamental error of every patriarchal society. If we are to embody a revolution and create once again a society that is peaceful, free, and non-commercial, it will have to based on matriarchy!
I am deeply moved by your bold move to create an autonomous nation and welcome all those who share your vision to join in. I think you have hit a nerve in more people than you imagine. So many of us have wanted to do something to make a significant change toward freedom and justice. Let us know how we can support you and become a part of this place.

11:10 AM  
Blogger Lord Cerne Abbas said...

Lorena says "Honestly Mr Means, sometimes this female wonders about you.. But you are intitled -----But I do take offense to your calling the bible medievil as you would if i called your religion and ect the same."

The Bible was rewritten by a Scottish Catholic King, who was jealous of the English Queen, Elizabeth I, who had ruled before him. His Bible is a distortion, written to enable him to steal what was not his birthright. It deliberately hides the fact that there was a collective of Gods and that their leader was a Goddess.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Lord Cerne Abbas said...

And I care not what any Christians says; you are all deceived, and you shall all suffer the karma return for being stupid enough to rely on blind faith, instead of researching properly. Great may be the punishment for your crimes upon our Earth Mother.

Brigantia, Shining Queen of Heaven,
You, our Maiden, Mother and Crone,
You are earth-childrens' own.
From Green Isle to distant shore,
Far flung, your tales have spread.
They tried, but your fire would not die;
Eternal be the flame of Lady Bride.
Inspire us with your wisdom.
May the words to honor you spring up,
As flowers after winter's dearth.
We drink of your healing milk,
Quicken in us the Spirit's rebirth.
May we forge a holy work,
Crafted with generous peace,
Made golden by love.
Such will not fade.
And keep us ever safe
Under your mantle,
Dearest Brigit, fair Queen of Heaven.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Lord Cerne Abbas said...

And F.Y.I. Russell Means, it is NOT the "English Empire"; it is the "Scottish Empire". There has never been an English monarch since Elizabeth I.

The Scottish Kings were descended from the Irish Kings. It follows that the royal line of Scots are descendants of the first Dalriadic King - King Erc. The English royal line failed with Elizabeth I in 1603 when, thereafter, James VI of Scotland also became James I of England. Apart from a brief spell between 1649 and 1660, when the English refused to hold Charles II of Scotland as their monarch, the Scots have been the true descendants of what is now held to be the British royal family. So Elizabeth II, the present Queen, is in fact a descendent of Erc.

The empire began when the Scottish King stole England. Stop blaming us English; it really pisses us off, and we are feeling very pissed-off at this moment in time. They are now trying to tell us that we can't even be English in England. Yea? Says who?
http://youtube.com/watch?v=rh9DqjRFFwo

11:27 PM  
Blogger DickWilson said...

Alex S - I regret having no advice to dispense your way about Indians. Even though I was one, I never understood the traditionals. There is a Cherokee princess in these parts and I will petition her on your behalf to be your spirit helper in these matters. I hope she will agree and lend a hand with your indian education. Hoka hey, it is a good day to be gone.

4:48 AM  
Blogger goesh said...

I think it is high time Whites begin to take some action to help Indians and set things right. We have alot of words and good thoughts but they don't accomplish much. I'm getting ready to start an artifact expedition out on the open prairie to do some serious digging. My plan to is dig up a bunch of Pioneer finger bones from when the wagon trains headed West, shine 'em up and make chokers out of them and hawk them at pow-wows and other Indian gatherings. I propose to donate half the proceeds to various Indian endeavors, defense funds and the like. I'm looking for a party of 5 to head West come warm weather. Serious inquiries only - I have the picks and shovels, do you have the determination to set things right? Discretion assured: artifacatsRus@msn.com

8:01 AM  
Blogger Vercingetorix said...

Means, you have all our support from Burgundy, I hope Indians will be free against and that the US government will admit he have committed one of the most horrible massacre of history !
Carry up Means ! We are all with you !

5:15 AM  
Blogger DickWilson said...

I've learned a few things these past 17 years or so but I suppose some might not want to hear about the lessons I have learned. I wish I had listened better to the young men who were talking about mother earth and how people are exploiting the natural resources. We just heard about a big cat in a zoo that nailed a kid and took after a couple of others. We also received word about 3 dogs in california that bagged a woman but we don't know if they ate her or not. It seems even the animals are in revolt against the exploiters of nature. I suppose it is never too late to learn a few lessons.

5:48 AM  
Blogger Redbird said...

Dear Russell Means,
i stand with you. i stand with all people who love and hunger for Freedom. i stand with all people who care and show respect for all Earthkind. i stand with all people who walk the sacred path with The Spirit that Guides this Universe. May a Good Spirit make a home in the house that bears your name.
John Redbird

4:48 PM  
Blogger john said...

MR Means Have you contacted the Minute men folks and asked for thier assistence in guarding your borders? It would be ironic no?

Also Massmarking alternitive and suppresed technologies like Solar-Thremal and hydrogen may really help boost your infrastructure..... And if your willing to utilize hydrogen technologies and solar-thermal then you may also be interested in the scientific medical mircal invented by Dr. Royal Raymond Rife, Shuned by the A.M.A.

CAn you help assist would be citizens? If one wanted to immigrate How would one Buy land? What is the currency exchange? Drivers liscence requirements? How is your current postal service system? I notice lots of prime farm land. Do you know any farmers that may be willing to put up a couple in exchange for labor?...many questions. SO much hope.

10:43 PM  
Blogger billy3feathers said...

John, even though my Grandpa was 1/32 Cherokee, I try not to dispense advice to non-Indians, however true to the spirit of the good red road, I see your heart is in the right place. There are a couple of hog farms on Rosebud that will be going out of business before much longer and land could be bought from them at a cheap price. Good luck with the immigration process. The Red Road can be a rough one to walk on but your heart is pure - the wind tells me so. Aho! I have spoken.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Ali'i Nui Mo'i said...

Aloha oe,

I am glad to read and hear about the good work you are doing.

Here in Hawai'i nei, we have a good King in His Royal Majesty Edmund Keli'i Silva, Jr. Our King has written letters telling the United States they have no authority over our lands and seas and, our culture and traditions. See our Government website www.kingdomofhawaii.org for further understanding of our movement in restoring the Kingdom Of Hawai'i. Our King and Nation can use all the wonderful help in our noble efforts to righting a substantial wrong through the theft of a Kingdom.

Respectfully yours,

Pi'ilani

11:14 AM  
Blogger kronos said...

Merhaba. Bağımsızlık hareketinizi yürekten destekliyor, bu eyleminizin Lakotahalkına olduğu kadar, Amerikan halkına da özgürlük getirmesini dilerim. Bu zorlu mücadelede sizlere başarılar dilerim. Benim yapabileceğim herhangi bir katkı olursa mutluluk duyarım. Suat Kalender

4:13 AM  
Blogger zeus12 said...

Sonunda başaracağınıza kesinlikle inanıyoruz ve dileyim en kısa zamanda başarmanızdır. amerikanın sizin kıtanız olduğunu yani beyazların işgalcı olduğunu bütün dünya biliyor beyazlara sizin kıtanız yetmedi şimdide afganistan ı ve ırakı işgal ettiler.bu duruma yanlızca sizin gibi saf ve temiz kızılderili kardeşlerimiz dur diye bilir çünkü abd nin elinde olan gücun bir kısmı sizde isterseniz çok şeyleri başaracağınıza inanıyoruz Allah yardımcınız olsun.
Dont forget to weep together your grandfather and grandmother and brother.

6:05 AM  
Blogger BrushStrokes said...

Mr. Means, Return to the fold, there isn't one advantage but to work within.

Regards

GTPX

9:13 AM  
Blogger Fr. Dwight said...

Dear Russ:

Please send me a message since it is free.

I want to help you raise money and goods for the School and also wish to discuss your contract and our team work as Producers.

I have been making the rounds here in Ohio and Kentucky to promote you , the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Total Immersion School and the motion picture development.

You have friends and colleagues in several places here. I will help as you suggest.

Your pal,

Dwight Lynn Dowson

10:40 AM  
Blogger NanaBread said...

A' Hest'lagh't (hello my friend) from the CDA rez.

My name is Samuel Torpey. And i have read some of your stuff, and have gained more insight into who you are and what you stand for. I respect much of you are fighting for, and wish you the best. I know as a young man am finding my way as a Skitswish person is difficult with the bombardment of the western society we live in. However, with its influence on us all...i do not totally deny its education, ideas, or way all together, as i feel you do.

I find it exciting when i read your blog on Matriarchy and the comments on the bible and buddhism. It's great. But i feel you as a person in reflection and belief for matriarchal societies should realize the definition behind it also. From Greek matēr "mother" and archein "to rule" creates the term "wife ruled", or "woman ruled."

Included, i do understand where you are coming from with the balance of power and influence, for so it is with my people. But, we must always remember the equality that is put with us by the creator. No one person is greater than another, so no woman over a man, or man over woman. We provide for the woman, as equally as they provide for us. But, back to the point...by using the term "matriarchy" it weakens the argument for a balanced society.

With your comments on fear, i feel deep down in every one of us people have a general fear of nature and life. But, we must embrace it and reflect. We must learn from our mistakes. So, as such we must look over time and find the flaws throughout human history as a whole, for we are ALL human, and all equal to everything else (the rocks, water, grass...etc.)

So, this is what little thought i could produce in my young 17 year old mind. I thank you for the influence and the thought provoking ideas set on in this blog.

Lim' Lemstch (thank you)

6:29 PM  
Blogger D said...

I do not want to come off as a one to cast the first stone for I am not at all perfect. Hoewever I am a man of faith in Jesus Christ. I do not think the attitudes toward the Bible, even if we just look at Jesus' words are spoken with any astounded knowledge to say the least. I mean you call the Bible mid-evil cuz "white man" wrote it 400-500 yrs ago. WRONG! The Bible has been translated from Hebrew (old testament) & Greek (new testament) & validated from the oldest written scriputres found from way before King James did his English(Scottish) version. The accuracy is of said translations is .01% inaccurate. WOW! Pretty amazing if you ask me. Ok...now as for the Indians etc. I am for you doing what you feel is right. I am also in agreement that this world, i.e America is headed towards a New World Order. Its on the dollar bill in latin. Novus Ordo Seclorum. I believe in the family is the soundness of the soicety of the people. Spoken in the Bible as such. So Mr. Means your doctrine as to how a society should live..is very much agreeable. I am myself frustrated that I can not find a away to live off the land as we were created to. Well without being very alone, dorment as well as nomadic in order to not get harrassed by the Feds. But Christianity is & was not the cause of Patriarchy. Jesus was against taxes too. If you take the give Ceasar what is Ceasars verse, He is actually saying if it is Caesars give it to him. If it is not his, meaning if your moeny, your home, property etc bleongs to you, then it is not for Caesar to take. Yes this is misinterpreted by many scholars & teachers. He also was angry at the money changers in the Temple for using it for their own economical gain. I can also agree that even some disciples could of taught things misconstrued by God as all men have done. Giving this minute bit of info to be possible. I would encourage everyone here that doubts who Jesus is...meaning our savior, to read the Bible thru with a very openminded heart.
I live in Arizona, near Sedona where New Age mixed with Indian religous beliefs have taken over the city & encouraged tourism. But the place has drawn to a gloom of almost demonic in sense because of the wishy washy thinking that makes each person beleive they are their own. Now I am not stating thatthis is true with all Indians, but Jesus came so that none would parish. He was dark skinned not white. He spoke Hebrew not english & died for you as well as me. The US Constituion was based on Christian beliefs. A revolutionary war was not faught & founding fathers that wrote the constitution did not lose their lives, family & well being in England to come to a new land to fight a "planned" war that would some how make Christianity the culprate of the Patriarchy that we see today. If you research you will find that Christianity all over the world is being persecuted..even unto death. WHich by the way is quoted what would happen to us beleivers from the mouth of Jesus some 2,000 years ago. So to those again that are misunderstood in the scripture, I find it hard to even try to point a finger at the Bible, which to me is pointing a finger at our Lord and savior as the blame for man's actions. For He came to become sin for us, so that we may live. I do believe, per historical events..right or wrong that Indians fought wars against whites, spanish & themselves on pretenses of land, women, & beleifs.
I also have read articles of you having 4 wives 13 kids, retreating to very rich getaways for a, "non indian, all white rich retreat in Tuscon, Az." Not saying all of this is true, but if so, sounds like some hypocrisy to me. And if you think so highly of women how come you have been trhu 4 wives? Again not judging, but want accountability to be held among the person that speaks against the One & only God & replaces Him with a standard of life you yourself don't even hold up to.
I suggest once again Mr. Means...read the scripture, find humility, hear what God would say to you, repent of your sin, which by the way does not need to be sweated out. Ask Christ to come into your heart & reveal what is true. This speaks to exactly what you are saying.
Psalm 2 King James Version

1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Take note..this is God speaking of His wrath onto the Kings & rulers of this world if they do not do for His people. Strange that a King, i.e,King James, would put this in a book in order to deceive a society.

Now you will say this is a faith instilled by fear. Yes & no. To fear the Lord is to trust in Him & who he is. But to be a King or a ruler over His people & to do what you please, & not for His people, then yes He will bring wrath. So God, creator of all things, who allowed government because man wanted it instead of Him still had ruless set buy God. So as we see our hypocritical christian president doing exactly that..meaning for himself & not for God's people, do not think twice about looking up each day for the time draws closer & closer for His wrath to be poured out on this nation. The Bible speaks of, & has proven over 300 prophecies since it was written.
Hope you have been enlightend & are not found offended, but learned. May Jesus reveal Himself to you soon. In peace I write this & in peace I say good day.

Yours in Christ,
Doug

4:52 PM  
Blogger D said...

correction:
In this statement, "But the place has drawn to a gloom of almost demonic in sense because of the wishy washy thinking that makes each person believe they are their own. "...it was meant to say...believe they are their own god.

Here is a commentary of the verse in my previous blog. Psalm 2, which I hope clarifies my statemnt.

We are here told who would appear as adversaries to Christ. As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. The truths and precepts of Christianity are against ambitious projects and worldly lusts. We are told what they aim at in this opposition. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. These enemies can show no good cause for opposing so just and holy a government, which, if received by all, would bring a heaven upon earth. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. The Lord Jesus has all power both in heaven and in earth, and is Head over all things to the church, notwithstanding the restless endeavours of his enemies. Christ's throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers.
The kingdom of the Messiah is founded upon an eternal decree of God the Father. This our Lord Jesus often referred to, as what he governed himself by. God hath said unto him, Thou art my Son, and it becomes each of us to say to him, Thou art my Lord, my Sovereign'. The Son, in asking the heathen for his inheritance, desires their happiness in him; so that he pleads for them, ever lives to do so, and is able to save to the uttermost, and he shall have multitudes of willing, loyal subjects among them. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; they are to him for a name and a praise. God the Father gives them to him, when, by his Spirit and grace, he works upon them to submit to the Lord Jesus.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Ok I just used that because it was better than what I tried to say previously. All men submit to something or someone....what is it you choose to submit to?

In Christ,
Doug

5:30 PM  
Blogger Lorena said...

I am sitting here tonight, sad, disturbed, and there is much I would like to say..But it won't do any good..I am quickly losing what faith i had left in Mr Means..AT one time I thought Mr Means might be one that could bring some changes to everyone in this country..That is not true.. I am disturbed at how groups like the First Peoples and other groups in this country are always pointing fingers at the white race,, we are to blame for everything...No one is perfect , we all have our faults, and i see so much prejudice in the Indian people in this country..it is laughable.. Yet the white race is called prejudiced...To those who read this ,,go look in the mirror and see the face of prejudice..
Mr Means, you talk one way, but do another..It was mentioned in another blog, from a christian about your life style..You have had 5 wives and many children.. i have seen the home you used to live in in New Mexico, it is told you ride around in a limousine. WHO helped you to gain these things ,,Mr Means ??? The white race, that is who...and yet you have the nerve to critize us and this goverment...I get discouraged with our goverment also but we must work to change things..not constantly berate those who have given you much...
Even tho i do not agree with all Doug said, he is right that until you can read and listen without prejudice you should stop critizing God and the bible..Many prophecies in the bible has come true..
To Dawn Wolf,, fear,,explain that..
I am not a war person.. Your remark was crass and an insult to me..
Did I say your way was a war society ?? NO , so why do the First people constantly harp on the whites being a war society.. The First people were not a peace loving society and i have many First People tell me that..They robbed other tribes,,stole women and children, even killed young children in cold blood.. And you think you are different from anyone else..You are not , you are no different ...
I have suffered much in the last few years.. loss of my husband from a horrible cancer, 11 deaths in all in my family over a 6 year period, My own health is bad and my soul is sickened at all this fighting and finger pointing..
NEVER, will I ever take up for the rights of the First People again..
Until they learn tht prejudice runs in both directions..
And to Mr Means, give away your wealth, live like the First people lived, stop avoiding taxes thru your school..Go back to the land and your people,,humble, and try to work for better relations...get rid of the ego.. then maybe people like me will listen to you and others ..Until then there is not one person here that has the right to critize whites or anyone else...
Prejudice has spoken thru you..
Search your hearts.. isn't that supposed to be the Indian way...
Thank You---Lorena

12:25 AM  
Blogger Charlemagne said...

I'm afraid that some of what you said in not historically accurate. Halloween was not introduced to pagan peoples by the Holy Roman Empire (who were not Romans), the Roman Catholic Church (who were also not Romans), or the Romans (who most definitely were Romans). It was already celebrated before those political entities arrived. Your lack of historical accuracy makes me question the rest of your thesis.

I would like to believe that such a perfect society could exist. However, as amazing as women are, I know that they are not the One True Key to a perfect society. Many of the things you describe can be available to mankind without putting either Gender exclusively in charge. I find that working together with respect and love--in harmony and balance--is a much better path to the perfect society of which you speak the some misplaced nostalgia for times long-past.

And as has been stated by another poster, Christianity is not the reason for your woes. Neither is the white man. I think your complaints will be more believe when Native American tribes get their acts together and live in the kind of peace and harmony at which your vaguely described socio-political model grasps. Come up with a working model of your ideas and try it out with a society. You'll have more luck convincing people with a real experiment than by posting a pipe-dream mess of inaccurate historical comments, hazy denunciations of the male gender, and post-orgasmic exaltations of the female.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Ali'i Nui Mo'i said...

Ms. Iorena,

Aloha. I understand your thoughts with respect. Myself, I am Hawaiian and yes, the whites did steal an entire Kingdom without regard or respect to our people. This they did for the sake of money. See www.kingdomofhawaii.org for further information. The United States did us no favors. We had a thriving nation and the respect for our lands and seas was loved. Today, we fight to restore the Kingdom and I pray for a quick resolve. Respectfully yours, Pi'ilani - Kingdom of Hawai'i email address is: hmkingdomofhawaii@gmail.com I welcome your thoughts. Aloha.

9:53 AM  
Blogger D said...

Lorena... I felt your heart in your comment. There is a lot of hypocricy
in this country starting with our leaders in govt. all the way down. I have prayed for you that your health is restored & you have comfort from the losses in your family. Take care & God Bless!!!

Doug

12:25 PM  
Blogger Myspace/Awesomemystery said...

Excellent and Profound Article. - Sara Izod

1:13 PM  
Blogger muddybronc said...

Russell, my name is Landon Means and I would appreciate it if we could talk. My phone # is 4068295893 e-mail lmeans8986@msn.com.
peace
Landon

9:37 AM  
Blogger muddybronc said...

Russell, my name is Landon Means and I would appreciate it if we could talk. My phone # is 4068295893 e-mail lmeans8986@msn.com.
peace
Landon

9:37 AM  
Blogger Carly said...

Mr. Means your words are seeds that lift, touch, and give to reflection...always. I may never meet you in this life but your words are here in this one heart.

My gratitude with all my heart.
me

5:38 AM  
Blogger Rage of Reason said...

The first reply to your blog entry shows that the conditioning mechanisms of patriarchal society function well. The true history of the RC church is intentionally obscured. Ex-Jesuit Alberto Rivera said the RC church was not even a church and refused to label it in such a way. It is obvious that Mr. Rivera was better informed with regard to the RC church than individuals who post replies such as lorena did.

The true history of the RC church in brief is as follows:

When investigating the emergence of the Roman Catholic Church, several striking peculiarities come to mind. The same man, emperor Constantine, who decreed that Christianity was the best choice to be the official religion of the Roman empire, shortly before had Christians thrown for the lions in the Colosseum for the amusement of the people. Before he was ‘converted’ to Christianity Constantine was a member of the Sol Invictus Cult (cult of the invincible sun), a secret, occult brotherhood that bore little resemblance with the beliefs of the Christian faith. Sol Invictus was inscribed in Roman coins of that time, even after Christianity had been declared Rome’s religion of state. The bible that he ordered to be compiled in the Nicean Councils, was created in a process entirely under his control. After some bishops failed to comply with his directions, Constantine simply ordered them to be exiled and excommunicated and replaced them with more obedient clerics who shaped the bible according to his orders. The sources that were included in the bible were rewritten, those Constantine did not find appropriate to be included, were burnt.

The Roman Empire has not ceased to exist. It merely changed venues. It would be a great mistake to dismiss the influence of the RC church on world affairs (of both the published and concealed type) as insignificant.

What Standing Bear said is true still unto today. The RC church assigns death squads to deal with its enemies. A good example of such killing forays was expounded upon by French philosopher Voltaire:
http://www.languedoc-france.info/articles/t_voltairecathars.htm
Voltaire's article tells of the brutal massacre of the Catholic church of an estimated one million Cathars in the Languedoc, France (described and disapproved by Voltaire) on order of pope Innocent III (his name is quite a cynical 'coincidence' of course), is just one example out of many of the inquisitions and crusades the church organized against the heirs of beliefs that conflict with the treacherous RC doctrines.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Marsha said...

Russell, why this reality is lost on so many people is heartbreaking.
It saddens me to know that this will probably not change in my lifetime. That however will not keep me from repeating it over and over and over again.
Marsha

11:23 PM  
Blogger brybryss3434 said...

The United States goverment is in no violation of any treaty. You are a conquered people on conquered land. Your people lost the war. If you wish better things for your people, then educate them and help them help themselves in in increasing thier standard of living. You have as many oppurtunites as any other american citizen. I would think the goverment response will be little. If you wish to take matters in your own hands such as land seizure and harrassment of non-indian peoples, then you may have a sovereign nation. Soveriegn nations do not allow such illegal acts done to thier property or people. You will then of course face the United States military. Remember this is not General Custards army anymore. They will just walk through your country and wipe it clean. Settle your differences, live free, and better yourselves for a better future for all americans- indigenous and non-indigenous.

B. Richter

2:29 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

I have no problem with you pulling out of the US, but I will have a problem if my tax dollars continue to pay many of your people who are on welfare. As well as Foodstamps.

If you are no longer part of the US then these need to be cut off.

Sorry but this is true.

Do you have a plan to assist those who are on Welfare?

11:36 AM  
Blogger CA Luiseno 2RR's said...

Hello Mr. Means,

I'm a native from Southern CA. single mother of two girls and grandmother of two grand daughters Matriarchy. Thank you for paying a small tribute to the women of sorts. Having lived on the reservation all of my life, my people the Luiseno of Rincon has been operated by Patriarchy I understand the concepts that you speak of. On my reservation greed, corruption and power all seem to be linked together and regularly practiced all members of Tribal Council.

My tribal council currently believes they possesses all the power and passes laws that they use arbitrarily and with favoritism; recently they adopted a law that takes the Constitution rights of freedom of speech and press away from all members, they have impose $500 to $1000 fine on members if the member is caught making accusations against members of council. The clear intent is to instill fear to the people. Tribal Court system was recently adopted but… The tribal council has authority in creating the fundamental of what issues will be tried in tribal court.

Exactly one year ago tribal council purposely discriminated against my family members by directing the Power Company to disconnect electrical service at the pole and then stated they would not allow power to be reactivated until an extortion paper was executed by the allotted land owner. When the BIA was notices about the issue the referred back to the Tribal Council.

With Gaming being so prevalent in our area there is not an attorney that will represent a tribal members against the tribal council. The attorneys only see the opportunities of maybe one day they may be called on by the Tribe. I'm in need of some one who will assist in taking this issue to the courts. Could you please direct me to someone who can assist and practice federal law in CA?

8:42 PM  
Blogger one under god said...

patriarchal invasion hides its invasion by requiring the booty to accept the patriarcal mark ,or name
[thus is the his-story of the invasion hidden]

the slave , woman [is under martime patriarchal law ,she reflects her master rights to control , possess her by using his name

[when she berths [births , her created child from the waters , as salvage [lands a cargo ,births her [husbands] child , it issues from her body yet dosnt bare her name ??

she is forced under juress to name the child by application into birth licence in the masters [patriarchal name

[according a numbered security bond ,birth certification ,naming the cargo [child] under his patriarchal naming ,despite paternal liniage is far from reliable [generally matriarchal liniage is mostly definitave]

note the matriarchal reality, using this slave certificate[berthing number] we are stripped of our god given rights and freedoms and become subjected into patriarchal control[under invading patriarchal [marytime juris- restriction , laws and taxes]
but its all based on deciets ,

fathers dont birth mothers do [why have the fathers name but for deciet ,sure father gave life [a sperm] but mother created the human ,her and god did it in total

any life giver could have donated life , but the mother realised it [how can males get thuier name into the whole deal, when the man was so little [or perhaps not at all]

its about enslaving the new born

under duty of obediance by the lower standing acorded to the birthed entity

[bonded by his birth number ,bith certificate and assosiated applications made under its authority

created by paternal birth regestrations ,that bond us into lesser subversive into patriarchal marytime lower , [under] standing ,

being allways subjected to decievibng patriarchal juristictions linked to our birth bond

5:28 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Have you seen this Article?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080313/ap_on_sc/native_american_dna

Indian DNA links to 6 'founding mothers'
By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer Thu Mar 13, 10:33 AM ET
NEW YORK - Nearly all of today's Native Americans in North, Central and South America can trace part of their ancestry to six women whose descendants immigrated around 20,000 years ago, a DNA study suggests.
Continued at the Above Link
Men need to be grateful to these Mothers for Life. Instead of controlling.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Sorry if my comment is a bit off the subject but I am quite confused as to why there are such racist and highly ethnocentric people so interested in your blog. But I do not judge, for ignorance = racism.

Although I do feel sorry for everyone involved and hope that no offence is taken by the victims in this struggle.

I am a Kiwi, even though I am not indigenous to my country I feel I am beginning to be educated in the similar struggles of all indigenous cultures around the world ... and the frightening truth behind the brutal western domination in their search and exploitation of the world's indigenous resources and theft of their lands.

I commend anyone who stands up for their basic human rights and cultural autonomy.

kia kaha! - stay strong!

5:20 PM  
Blogger wicahpi said...

Russell Means what are you Doing for the Indian People in Wyoming? My mother and me were Recently fired for us being American Indains had Attitudes and were causing problems with this one White woman. Then before that I was dating a young boy and things were great i was gonna meet hi family, but once they found out I was Full blooded American Indain they frbid him and me to be together on the grounds that he would lose his, home, family, job and chance at going to college. Even thoug it was a pain ful experiance for us We both Moved on. Then I am now giving a report on Wounded Knee 1890 nad 1973 in my first year of college in Newcastle, Wyoming for a Microcomputers class on Wednsday. This is a bothersome topic to my classmates and my teacher that when we had time to work on our final projects that my teacher stood behind me watching what i Typed for 5 Minutes, then walked away as i guess i was writing nothing of interest to her. Fo once i saw her heading my way I closed down the AIM website and began to type very slowly constantly stopping after every 2 words to look through a book that i had that i was using for research. Then when i first brought in your book Where White Men fear to Tread she said can't see why you'd find much information that is true in there. so please let me know what AIM is doing for the Indians of Wyoming. My MOther and I are thinking of Moving out of Newcastle wyoming to Either New Mexico, or South Dakota. Please respond to this I know it is small But it is a wonder of mine.
Thank you
sincerely,
Wicahpi Luta We Dawnkiska Scoutt- Scott

11:48 AM  
Blogger mariposa said...

Russell I have been away from your website and have sorely missed your comments. What you say about our society in America is true. Whoever the white man fears becomes his enemy. The Matriarchal society is a more gentle one because women are the ones that bear children and are in kinship with the earth as it gives life also. If we had this kind of society here the wars would be non-existant. Whenever I hear about our country bombing other nations I think of innocent babies and young children being killed, not to mention the adults. Something must change here or we too will be destroyed by the society we live in. We are all brothers and sisters and must care for each other as such.

5:38 AM  
Blogger Sweet P. said...

Thank you Mr. Means! This couldn't be more perfectly put! I just wish there more of our youth who understood this. At times you would think they would be the easiest to communicate these things to, but in many instances they can be more resistant!
I am so glad to hear of of your total immersion school, my generation (6th) and the 7th to need leaders such as you now more than ever.
Once again thank you!

9:26 AM  
Blogger j&m williams said...

Mr. Means....
Please help me to be the oglala women i have felt inside of me. please lead me to the right path. .love and friendship miriam

5:24 PM  
Blogger one under god said...

dear Oglala woman host you have been selected for your part [the oglala spirit inside you had to chose wisely her servant[you].

SHE now thinks SHE is you [this ois why selection must be so carfull ,anyhow you are her means [just as russel is our means]

what this all means is you need to remember WHO YOU are [who you were from before you were made FLESH, you chose ito incarnate AT THIS TIME
in THIS BODY
now just remember WHY you chose YOU as the vessel[what skills and talents YOU have for the mission?

quote[rote] earlier]
[listen to TODAYS alex jones 3 rd HOUR
Our children are infertile [why is this]
we are aborted at conception [why is this?]
we are FUNdead to set up abortion CLINics by the genocider [no funds but to anilate the people [or vacinate them with cancer producing carconogenes
ANYBODY SUPPORTING MURDER OF THE UNBORN is a murderor ,all life is sacred
ONE life giver gives us all our life
we serve the life giver [or the life taker ]
abortion clearly SERVES EUGENICS [death cults

IF the MOTHER can care THEN the TRIBE cares
its the trible way, at birth the children would be abandoned [to the GRANDMOTHERS ;oglala women WOULD Raise them as best they could [even returning the child [abandoned] for feeding and nurture

A child belongs to the tribe
to kill a tribe member is a spi-ritual poisen
to kill one the LIFE GIVER GIVES TO LIVE IS MURDER

give up your children to the oglala women
STOP the genocide

7:24 PM  
Blogger one under god said...

addendum eugenics quotes

So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations. It’s real, and that’s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts, and that’s why this is so important."
- Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, April 28, 1997, Testimony before Congressional Committee

“And advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target” specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”
- The Project for a New American Century, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, p. 60

"IN THE 1920s and 1930s, scientists from both the political left and right would not have found the idea of designer babies particularly dangerous - though of course they would not have used that phrase. Today, I suspect that the idea is too dangerous for comfortable discussion, and my conjecture is that Adolf Hitler is responsible for the change.

Nobody wants to be caught agreeing with that monster, even in a single particular. The spectre of Hitler has led some scientists to stray from "ought" to "is" and deny that breeding for human qualities is even possible. But if you can breed cattle for milk yield, horses for running speed, and dogs for herding skill, why on Earth should it be impossible to breed humans for mathematical, musical or athletic ability? Objections such as "these are not one-dimensional abilities" apply equally to cows, horses and dogs and never stopped anybody in practice.

I wonder whether, some 60 years after Hitler’s death, we might at least venture to ask what the moral difference is between breeding for musical ability and forcing a child to take music lessons. Or why it is acceptable to train fast runners and high jumpers but not to breed them. I can think of some answers, and they are good ones, which would probably end up persuading me. But hasn’t the time come when we should stop being frightened even to put the question?"
-
Richard Dawkins

MARGARET SANGER QUOTES, Founder of the Birth Control League (which later became Planned Parenthood)

"No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child… without a permit for parenthood."
- Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) in her proposed The American Baby Code, intended to become law.

"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
- Margaret Sanger (editor). The Woman Rebel, Volume I, Number 1. Reprinted in Woman and the New Race. New York: Brentanos Publishers, 1922.

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
- Margaret Sanger. Woman, Morality, and Birth Control. New York: New York Publishing Company, 1922. Page 12.

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
Margaret Sanger’s December 19, 1939 letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, 255 Adams Street, Milton, Massachusetts. Original source: Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts. Also described in Linda Gordon’s Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America. New York: Grossman Publishers, 1976.

"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need … We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."
- Margaret Sanger, April 1933 Birth Control Review.

"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems."
- Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives."
[no source available at this time...]

"As an advocate of birth control I wish … to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit,’ admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation…. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective."
- Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics."
Margaret Sanger. "The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda." Birth Control Review, October 1921, page 5.

"Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying … demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism … [Philanthropists] encourage the healthier and more normal sections of the world to shoulder the burden of unthinking and indiscriminate fecundity of others; which brings with it, as I think the reader must agree, a dead weight of human waste. Instead of decreasing and aiming to eliminate the stocks that are most detrimental to the future of the race and the world, it tends to render them to a menacing degree dominant … We are paying for, and even submitting to, the dictates of an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all."
- Margaret Sanger. The Pivot of Civilization, 1922. Chapter on "The Cruelty of Charity," pages 116, 122, and 189. Swarthmore College Library edition.

"The undeniably feeble-minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind."
- Margaret Sanger, quoted in Charles Valenza. "Was Margaret Sanger a Racist?" Family Planning Perspectives, January-February 1985, page 44.

"Give dysgenic groups [people with 'bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization."
- Margaret Sanger, April 1932 Birth Control Review.

"As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Margaret Sanger, our outrageous and our courageous leader, we will probably find a number of areas in which we may find more about Margaret Sanger than we thought we wanted to know…"
- Faye Wattleton, Past-president of Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, proposed the Population Congress with the aim, "…to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization."

9/11 Chronicles Part One: Truth Rising


extracted from
http://www.infowars.com/?p=4348

5:13 PM  
Blogger jesherel said...

There is a discussion about Russell Means' article on the Hall of Ma'at discussion forum under the thread: http://www.hallofmaat.com/read.php?4,492641.

The consensus seems to be that there is little evidence for some of the concepts expressed in the article, the existence of matriarchal societies being one such concept.

4:55 AM  
Blogger Angela "Raven Heart" said...

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5:05 PM  
Blogger kaykay said...

russel means you are nothing but an indian ben laden your rhetoric and leadership took young urban lost nieve indian women and children and taught them to be intolerant and hateful against america. you are responsible as the the shooter who killed my father a man of honor who served his country without prejudice lawrence lamonte your as bad as ojay hiding behind race did you know my fathers last mission was to save the pow's one being a man who will bring change and unite a people and protect america from terriost like you john MCcain its destiney the universe has away of righting itself he was preserved for this day in our vision of one people one heart one nation. you are as ignorant as any other terriost your trying to kill an idea a vision read the constitution its a nice vision you probably can't comprehend this. you have no right to speak for women and you have sexually exploited them from age 8 page 38 of your earliest memmorie in your book of showing your chi chi in the bathroom you are a cowardly arrogant bastard and my natural enemmie I am lawrence lamonte"S daughter the reason I fooled you all my dad said give your enemmies the higheest honor so I was turned into heyokah but now i am one with the sun and this is my day you will be held accountable for I know the truth rick white confessed to shooting me for you but i am greater then a bullet and I will see justice just like anna mae recieved justice so will I his blood is a curse upon you and your remenant. you know of kharma but did you consider dharma i am his .the fbi believe also you are responsible and one day it will be proven just like anna mae pictou i will not give up till i am dancing on your grave and may it be a cruel death long and painful or I will see you raging from a cage where you belong right beside leonard peltier another fraud the american indian movement was a cult and a terriost organization who bread hatred and fed intolerance if you want freedom you must learn to walk in harmony with nature thats for all. just wanted to let you know i will not be silenced and justice will prevail. your good friend stockey charmicheal kidnapped me when i was 6 and I remember uncle ted your brother getting me across the border to canada why he drinks now cause when i came home and all the lies would be revealed remember london ontario and shelia aquash you knew anna mae better then most everytime I looked at you I knew isaw the future and I knew one day i would grow now i am a women and fear nothing or no one including you soon the whole storie will be told remember when stockey was your security in wakapala on how I got stolen I do you remeber joanne Noheart my auntie she told me you shot buddie on her death bed in 93 and spottedhorse confirmend it
maybe europe or chilli be a place to hide cause the feds will prove it. with all my blessings Dave baldeagle also told me and all they have to do is have a grand jury hearing and the truth will be known he is the witness scared yet




buddy lamonte was a soldiers soldiers and many of his units still live you might of forgotten they have not he was on active duty when he came to wounded knee thats why you killed him he thought of you as a brother thats how you got to him how brave of a deed to shoot a man in the back. when I was in wounded knee and sat on his grave waiting for you so I could drop kick you to the grave but you came with a gang so I sat in my car and prayed you may fool the holywood crowd but not the true dakotas you speak fancy words from your head but have no true spirit of a lakota to me you are just a domestic terriost more wars have been caused because of truth stand alone it stands on its own it has intolerance and you breed that seed sow what you reap, and a trail of bodies leads to you a true patriot serves his country first without prejudice as my father did. truth stand alone it stands on its own it has no defence and needs no debate you shame your mothe violet my auntie told me everything befor she died remember joanne NOheart she told me about wakapala and I remeber stockey and ted your brother driving me across the border i remember you but you forgot me should of silenced me then cause like i said when i was a child one day i will grow and the whole world will know the truth you are a fraud and a liar hiding behind the noble red man

12:52 PM  
Blogger Angela "Raven Heart" said...

responding to Kaykay--I dont know your life or history, but your hate comes across loud and clear. It never makes the world better to carry hate. Carrying hate an revenge in your heart just keeps things going the way they are. Nothing will change until we learn that. I wish you peace on your journey to YOU.
Blessings
Angel Raven~Hawk Cartee

5:09 AM  
Blogger Angela "Raven Heart" said...

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5:20 AM  
Blogger NickyJett said...

To: Angel Raven ~Hawk

Blessed Be. Thank you for the gorgeous poem and post. I can feel the loving healing energy in its words.

6:50 AM  
Blogger kaykay said...

i don't use hate for fight i don't use hate for might idon't use hate for right i use my skills and abilities and all my god given mysteries and when you offen all sensibilities i just go craZZZy. injustice makes me crazy and extremist like Russel Means makes me crazy seeing him speak for the Native people when he caused so much pain and sufferin makes me crazy but I've been crazy befor I will be crazy again my sanity will come when justice will be served..

1:35 PM  
Blogger God Is Red said...

Russell Means caused "his people" so much pain and suffering? I am Ojibway, so you can count me as "one of his people". It never ceases to amaze me how these white xtian biggots arrogantly step forth and suddenly annoint themselves experts on Native history, culture, and affairs.

Russell Means makes all of us with real Native hearts and minds proud, and to all you biggots, wanna be Indians, and other sordid ignoramuses, don't you forget it.

5:20 AM  
Blogger Granny Longhair said...

You are so right, and I'm not just saying that as a female, life is equal and alive untill its tilted.
Much more can be accomplished on a
balance of harmony, many people cannot function when their life is unbalanced. As for religion I see that as one great excuse for control. But in a Spiritual sense each is to their own and life is one long learning process, to follow the Great Spirit is to reach Peace of Mind.

3:08 PM  
Blogger chu-uck d (no relation to Public Enemy Rap group, except as a human!) said...

I'm noting how some people are coming in here and putting words into Russell's mouth. They're not responding to the actual thread, but are acting more like people mobilized to attack with the usual character-assassination hype and so on. The usual pattern for anyone who starts to gain any ground as far as promoting independent approaches to thinking things through.

At the risk of going off "too far" on a tangent, i want to share the following, in order to perhaps seed a more effective approach...for those who want to try to bring all of this to merely a "white against red" thing (and in so doing *try* to discourage solidarity across color lines as much as possible).

i want to say, i'm a "white" person, and while i don't agree with characterizing the systematic oppression foisted upon the oppressed as "white", i can see why so many accept that simplistic approach. BECAUSE it "works" to mobilize people.

The problem is, while it seems to "work" in the short run, it comes back to haunt in the long run.

We should be characterizing oppression more clearly. One approach would be to demystify the *chain-of-command* game. And so i think using the term "formal" and "informal" makes a lot of sense. Thus, something like *formal reps of the status quo do what they can to mobilize their informal masses so that they can carry through their mandate and orders from on high*.

This doesn't "work" so expediently for those who believe they must play propaganda games (including many "well educated" ndnz, apparently); but it DOES go to the heart. It DOES bring integrity to any group.

Of course, the political police everywhere will try to turn this to their advantage too; the thing of it is, can they really do that? How? If people are learning to think things through, if people start to see how the chain-of-command works on a systematic basis, can their seemingly limitless resources dupe so easily?

Now, on matriarchy. i agree, generally. The thing i want to question is when any one group gets hierarchical status OVER others. i suspect that Russell's project is one of the leading examples of such an excellence, even tho he's likely bombarded with all kinds of obstacles, daily. So i want to support it, even tho i have misgivings about the re-curring challenge of "power over" others simply because of a portion of who they are. So i want to watch and listen, and not let my knee-jerk reaction (recalling the Politically Correct movement in the 1980s) get the best of me!

Finally, it would be interesting to learn where many of the anti-type posters are getting their "information". I would assume, based on what i've seen so many times, that many of them are coming directly from a riling-up speech made by someone they trust. Perhaps a Rush Limbaugh-type puppet. It looks obvious to me!

The big question is, do informals/average janes and joes, realize the value of looking beyond such confines and try actually wearing empathy (and follow their own alleged beliefs, i.e. "do unto others as you would have them do unto you.").

Feel free to discuss this kinda stuff with me at my blog!

12:58 PM  
Blogger chu-uck d (no relation to Public Enemy Rap group, except as a human!) said...

Sweet P.,
Just wanted to respond to your belief that youth can be more resistant to such ideas as matriarchy. i suspect that what they may be saying BEHIND such alleged truths is that THEY would like to be listened to, truly encouraged, and meaningfully allowed to lead in their intuitive capacities.

And if they aren't experiencing the excellence of matriarchal ideas directly, they rightly question and challenge.

Then again, THEY are being programmed, via all the media from the status quo, to trust in martial ways of relating rather than matriarchal ways. So that's a biggie.

To get around this, you might want to explore the ideas shared here:
http://media.portland.indymedia.org/images/2007/01/351877.gif
(my art, so no copyright issues; pass around freely, if unedited!)

and here:
http://media.portland.indymedia.org/images/2007/01/351878.gif

Enjoy!

1:19 PM  
Blogger chu-uck d (no relation to Public Enemy Rap group, except as a human!) said...

To Lorena,
the idea that the status-quo society is a war society really makes a lot of sense to this white man (me). I see all throughout "our" society, a chain-of-command mentality, where people accept the idea that they are "laypeople" while others, because they have a piece of paper from the Wizards of Is, are "experts" and have to be subordinated to. That's just one truth that lays the basis for the war society that is this society.

Take any new idea that comes along. In the science community, new ideas have to FIGHT to be even mentioned. Come over to my blog (click on my name) and i'll give you some examples. It's true on alternate cancer cures, the social sciences, and its true in the scientific methodology itself (i.e. what constitutes "objectivity"; namely, no empathy, and objectifying everything).

Or how about compulsory schooling, or the Nuclear Family with Father as the Head of the House? These are all forms of warfare, even tho not as intense as what is called "conventional warfare". Women have to subordinate, and so must children. If children don't, they are psychiatrickeryly labeled and then their inarticulate, intuitive rebellion warred upon via the coercive use of drugs and "behavior modification".

This is all just the tip of the ice berg. Take a look at my blog (see the comments section under my post on the "strategically challenged").

1:48 PM  
Blogger Granny Longhair said...

Hi I have just been totally lost by the first line of chuuck-ds post, was it a play on words or am i just ignorant, sorry I am not used to reading something that seems like it has just come from the solicitors, could you please break it down for me, as I should imagine what you are saying is quite interesting,
Thanks
Granny Longhair

1:56 PM  
Blogger chu-uck d (no relation to Public Enemy Rap group, except as a human!) said...

Lorena, i forgot to add this link, which has some excerpts of the book in it:

http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/jacunl.html

This is a link to an important book for those who seem to so easily buy into the idea that indigenous peoples were basically "just as warlike as today's society" and sometimes allegedly even worse. It's called:

UNLEARNING THE LANGUAGE OF CONQUEST: Scholars Expose Anti-Indianism in America, 2006; published by the University of Texas Press

I'm sure there are other scholarly books out there which attempt to refute the propaganda getting into the heads of everyone these daze, so maybe some of you should post them?

2:00 PM  
Blogger chu-uck d (no relation to Public Enemy Rap group, except as a human!) said...

Sweet P,
Ooops, just noted that the links I gave you got somehow cut off, so again:
http://media.portland.indymedia.org/images/
2007/01/351877.gif

and:
http://media.portland.indymedia.org/images/
2007/01/351878.gif

And, sorry, Russell, for having to post this again! (and, yes, i'm open to any dialogue from anyone who thinks these ideas may be off-the-mark)

Hope this works better. Too bad blogger doesn't allow editing of our posts...

2:09 PM  
Blogger Author said...

To readers of this blog:
Honestly, there are no full blood Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Like Russell, everyone is mixed blood. Mixed with French, English, Mexican and Blacks.
Honestly, it would be hard for you to find a person under 30 years of age who can speak Lakota.
Like the rest of us, people on the Pine Ridge are flooded with English: TV, radio, and newspapers.
Honestly, the BIA schools on the reservation teach English.
Russell has preached about starting a Lakota school in Porcupine, South Dakota, for years.
He has received thousands of dollars in donations and has earned millions as an actor, but still no school.
Russell might be of more use by building an economy on the reservation.
Honestly, 75% of the people there are unemployed and live in poverty: substandard houses, black mold infested houses, and drink contaminated water caused by the Air Force bombing range on the northern half of the reservation.
Honestly,this recession hasn't affected the Pine Ridge. A recession is a way of life there.

2:35 PM  
Blogger docgary said...

Thanks for explaining matriarchal vs patriarchal society. It certainly is something to think about.
Gary

2:28 AM  
Blogger andrea renee said...

Dear Mr. Means, I appreciate your golden heart. You stand for many good things in this world, where most fall short, stand in fear, and make excuses for doing nothing. How convenient for them...

I am looking forward to a better way of living in this world. I hear the Phoenix as she begins to rise, already the world is turning inside itself, and the only thing that really matters in this ending, is love...

Maybe someday soon, the government will have the guts to realize how wrong they are in sooo many ways, and set dear Mr. Peltier #89637-132, free.

Much affection...

Tuseu

6:14 PM  
Blogger Judith said...

Mr Means, As a person that appreciates words as well as actions, I can say you are very poetic with your wisdom. You have always spoke well as I recall seeing several media footage of you as you have spoken up for the justice of your people. Your loyalty to your people is admirable. I see you as a brave man that has lived his life with purpose. Those who have made negative comments towards your words have catergorized themselves in the society that is not open to the truth.There is so much history that religon of white man has swept under the rug to conform people to belief system that has little truth to it, and it still continues with these blinders on to this day. I believe white man came here and did some horrendous things to the Native people. My heart aches and angers with stories of then and even now of the injustice. My Native American heritage is many generations ago - my ancestor was Mohawk,a woman. I am a white woman,But the spirituality and beliefs of the Native American lives strong in my heart. I see many of your people that do not practice the ways of their ancestors and it saddens me. My hope for Native people is that things turn around and that many return to their roots where there is the balance To believe in God,as the great spirit.To respect Him in nature has always been what I look up to in the Native Americans of yesterday and today, and I hope for tomorrow. It is such a heritage to treasure. My hope is also that the injustice towards the redman that still lingers on today is soon demise.
With much respect,
Jam

12:46 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

I understand Russell's comments, I would like make some comments regarding the bible.
The bible originally came from the Hebrews, a society that was part patriarchal and part matriarchal - it's hard to see today because it has become so Europeanized.
Think about, the Israelites were a tribal people that were invaded by Europeans (the Romans and Greeks), the process of change was called "Helenizing".
In Judaism between the Babylonian captivity and the time of the Romans brought it to a more maternal society.
Even today, in Judaism a persons heritage is proved by the Maternal side of the family line. A person who is paternally Jewish but not maternally undergoes a conversion, those who are maternally Jewish but not paternally are automatically considered Jewish.
A thinblood Jew has to covert back to Judaism.

They have had deal with the blood quantum issue as well for more than a millenia.

The women in the bible have a purification to go through, however the reasons and meaning behind it are different that the Lakota reasons.

The bible has a lot of good things in it but has been misinterpreted by European culture for many years.

8:55 AM  
Blogger HandonHeart said...

To avoid errors I want to inform you, that in Europe not only exist the Katholic Church or the English Church.
There are a lot of differences inside the Christian Churches.
Concerning the translation oft he bible:

„ Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 – February 18, 1546) changed the course of Western civilization by initiating the Protestant Reformation.
As a priest and theology professor, he confronted indulgence salesmen with his 95 Theses in 1517.
Luther strongly disputed their claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money.

His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of
Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms meeting in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.

Luther had published his German translation of the New Testament in 1522, and he completed the translation of the Old Testament in 1534, when the whole Bible was published

His translation of the Bible into the language of the people (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. (Luther used, like the Humanists, Hebrew und Greek original texts and handwritings of the Masoretes, to enable an allmost direkt translation).

It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation.
His hymns inspired the development of singing in churches.

and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. „
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther

„James VI & I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scots as James VI from 1567 to 1625, and King of England and Ireland as James I from 1603 to 1625.

A notable success of the Hampton Court Conference was the commissioning of a new translation and compilation of approved books of the Bible

to confirm the divine right of kings to rule and to maintain the social hierarchy,

completed
in 1611, which became known as the King James Bible, considered a masterpiece of Jacobean prose. „
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_I_of_England

The difference between the two translations:
The englisch translation of the bible was meant to support the designated and devine status of the king and to confirm and stabilize the social hierarchy.
The german translation was meant as enlightment, clarification and as an assignment of cultural education for everyone of the german „Stadtstaaten“(city states )- people, (-allmost descendants of Germanic, Teutonic tribes).

The german „Reformation“ was a resistance against the corrupt papacy and against the stultifycation of the people by the selling of indulgences and the exploitation of german land and people for the building of St Peter's Church in Rome .

The fundamental patriarchal religions are fearbased and conserve their hierarchical structure of rights with violence and with a claim to imperial supremacy.
We all live under the same Sun, the same Moon and the same Stars on the same Earth.
So we have to share and to care but not to devide and not to destroy!

Greetings

Gisela

8:52 AM  
Blogger Spiritbear418 said...

Mr Means,
I just read this today for the first time. Luther Standing Bear wrote: circa 1900:"when a man fears the forest, he will want to control the forest, and what he can’t control, he will want to destroy."
That is something I have said for a long time. When man fears something he trys to control it if he can't control it he will destroy it. Hense the American Indian past with white man. Interesting that Luther Standing Bear back in 1900 said the same thing that I have been saying. HHHMMMM can spirits speak to us from the grave.? This is very interesting. Actually, this is why American Indian history etc interests me. I have never really read that much about the teachings and way of life of the American Indian. But, I have always had compassion for and liked the teachings and laws that I did read. I have always felt even when I was a little girl that the American Indian had been and still are being treated unfairly. We should all have respect for one another. No matter what color, race or creed we are. We are all here together. Our purpose is to take care of Mother Earth and the creatures placed here. If we focused on that instead of other things this would be a better place.
Just my opinion.
Anita

10:14 AM  
Blogger Dancing Wolf said...

May I clarify a few points according to my understanding.
1) Catholics are not purely patriarchal and ruled by fear - though it was Jesus, a man, who died on the cross to atone for our sins and save our souls - we revere and honor his mother the Blessed Virgin who intercedes for us and visits regularily to warn us and save us from our own destruction, since many have strayed
2) The English who settled this country are Protestants, as was my mother, who became Catholic when she married my father. I found much more love and acceptance of others through my father.

I am not a historian or a theologian, but from what I have experienced through my childhood and into middle age there is a definite destructive clash between the people of the two cultures. The middle ground is acceptance and respect, where do we find that?

7:34 AM  
Blogger haynie said...

Mr. Means, Thank the Great Spirit for you and all you do!

12:54 PM  
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12:43 AM  
Blogger cody said...

same old sad sad card being played by you mr. means. ah yes the good old race card that is played by a "minority"(or any one who isn't white) time and time again to emphasize their own racist flaws. get a life, stop bitching, and try to do something productive in life!!!

12:30 PM  
Blogger one under god said...

http://www.loveforlife.com.au/node/1125
has an idea for prisons

join that to alex jones report on the prison industry in montana.on an injun res...thus they dont need licence from the state

my suggestion was laycota create debitors prisons..without bars..forming cooperatives that inprove all our lives...

an open air redemption,or debt or obligation..based of trust...where say one serving time via mining/panning silver..gets an equal fair share..[or logging..or building..or cropping etc..

..im needing to rewrite the origonal post that disapeared..during log in process

dont you have an easier to acces forum?

commenting here is too difficult
google format/suck's

7:30 PM  
Blogger Jordi said...

Mr.Means, you are right. There is a group of christianslike me who believe in matriarchy as the model of society that Jesus wanted to restore. The Church is patriarchal, but Jesus wasn't. This truth should be known by all christians, but unfortunately many of them still live under patriarchal manipulation and wrong theological interpretations on the figure of Jesus. He always rejected fatherhood and held a great respect for women and his own mother.
I'm glad to know people like you.
Jordi (Spain)

3:57 AM  
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5:07 AM  
Blogger andrea renee said...

I was raised RC. I had not paid attention to North American Heritage until I did my first proper inpi ceremony with dear friend, Lakota Chief of Sans Arc five years ago. It cracked my head open so to speak. Made me see clearly the truth about most things. The bible historically was written in medieval era by men of that culture. Truth. Beautiful stories, but if you were to read "The Other Bible" stories left out of the original text, you would find information deliberately excluded by it's authors. Just like our history books today! They deliberately leave out truth about North American peoples because they are "ashamed" to tell the entire truth. But it will be known in my life time. I am 51 and plan to be around a long long time. Before you defend truth, you better know it in it's entirety..

5:15 AM  
Blogger indigirl said...

Very wise words of your uncle.
My tribe is also of the matriac belief. My concern with a lot of native people is the distain for whites only. I have experienced the power of white judgement, however, in my observation, we have a new enemy of the African Americans. I have seen so many of our native people infiltrated, marrying and imitating our so called "friends " the African American. I think we need not keep our eyes straight ahead on the white man so much but also pay attention to whats going on around us. I see no difference in replacing one for the other. Its still the demise and genocide of our people, either way you look at it. I hope that is being taught in your school as well. I'm not anti African American, just pro Native American.

6:42 PM  
Blogger andrea renee said...

Black, white, red, yellow. Like the color of skin, and
the four directions, there is no difference. There is only ignorance and bigotry to fear. I am not full blooded, but so what. I feel in my heart for mankind, and mother earth, and the desecration and disrespect is carried on both fronts.

You waste too much time with "hatred" and one sided issues. Russell points out issues with our government that have long been the same common thread. They lie to all Americans... All of us are being lied to, take advantage of, and we need to wake up, work together and honor the web.....of life. Phrophecy Hopi, 2012... Thank you

10:48 AM  
Blogger Allan said...

sir I wish that I could come to your lands and live in a society like the one you describe. I thank you for standing up for your people. I am a white man but feel that my people came here and stole what did not belong to anyone except the mother earth. I hope for your success.

2:14 PM  
Blogger John said...

Mr. Means, thank you for your honest and heartfelt article. I only have to look at the world today, my own life experiences and compare this against my own deepest wisdom; and I know what you say is true. From a white man with an indigenous heart.

7:30 PM  
Blogger eclipsiay said...

For one moment, before I decided to post on your blog, I had the fear of being put on a terrorist list. I over came that programed thought and posted anyway.

I heard you on Alex Jones show.

I find in my heart everything you said to be truth, not just my heart; but you have proof to back up what you said,

Medevil is the kind word to call this.
We must not forget our own history ..

Our American eagle is now an ostrich..
We need to make some t-shirts on that one..
I am more then honored to call you my brother, thank you for giving us a platform to spread our wings.

A member of the humankind of this planet.

3:08 AM  
Blogger Jaine said...

Kia ora te whanau (hello family)

What you write is so true
I hope what that one day humanity can find the balance again.

6:25 PM  
Blogger andrea renee said...

The Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Eagle Butte, SD is where my dear friend Harry(Chief) Charger, his beautiful wife Cynthia, and sons live. They are and have been preserving the Lakota ceremonies like Sun Dance, and very active in preserving the original Lakota language. I am so deeply honored that I have had the opportunity to meet this man who is now 80 years of age. He is a dancer, a chief, and until recently, he has traveled here to the east coast, Wake Forest University, and has worked on an extensive DVD collection all about his culture, language, schools, education on the Cheyenne.

3:47 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

I agree with you 100%.

7:09 AM  
Blogger mary beth said...

Greetings Grandfather!

i am honoured to have been given the link to your blog and agree with you that Matriarchy is more in harmony with our Mother Earth.

we have lived far too long in the shadow of the Patriarchs dysfunctional society, now it is time for the pendulum to swing once again into balance.

if we are sensitive to the heartbeat of the earth, we will know that these days are upon us. when the labour pains of Our Earth birth a new day, those with hearts full of Love will travel to the Fifth World and begin again walking in Truth and Harmony.

Grandfather, with all my Respect, i would like to bring to your attention the meaning of Hollween as i understand it.

Holloween or Samhain (saw-win) is an ancient holy day of the Celtic Peoples. many of these societies were Matriarchal, as they believed in the God/Goddess as Life Givers in all Creation around them. the early peoples were Indgenous People much like the American Indians, living close to Mother Earth in Harmony with All.

Samhain is a three day celebration of honouring those who have passed into the Other World before us. at this time of year, they believe that the Veil between the worlds is at its thinnest and one can communicate with their relatives on the other side.

on the first day, they honour all the Plants which nourished and healed them in the past year. on the second day they give respect to all the Four Leggeds who gave their lives for the Human's sustenance. on the third day all relatives who have passed to the Spirit Land are Honoured.

the Roman Church also slaughtered and defiled these People in the name of God, taking their Culture and Casting it down as evil. They burned Men, Women, and Children in the name of Purification.

it is my understanding that Holloween is not a fabrication of the Roman Church, but a reverent celebration of the Celtic Tribes.

"Wakan Tanka, onshimala ye oyate wani wachum cha!"

In Oneness and Gratitude,

Mary Beth
TwoHats Woman

10:39 PM  
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11:56 AM  
Blogger ccbates53 said...

Mr. Russell Means, as a woman of valor and survival, I am honored to be on your blog.

In very ancient times, matriarchal society kept humans safe in a non judgmental loving way. This is clearly written in the book, "The Chalice and the Blade," by Riane Eisler. THIS IS OUR HISTORY AND OUR FUTURE. Magic and spirit were common place in Equalitarian life style in Crete an in Neolithic life.

The Lakota know this, the powerful environmental global organizations emphasize this. Sadly Eisler said that there is a backlash of patriarchy when we get near to having a balance. Her message is to be vigilant and to continue to forge on.

Thank you,
Catharine

7:04 PM  
Blogger larry said...

Dear Mr Means,
I have seen and enjoyed your work in the film industry. I recently watched you interview "Welcome to the reservation. I found it very informative and factual. There were a few topics that I was not taught in school. I agree that there has to be something done to bring back balance to this nation and the world as a whole. Thank you for your work and may the Blessings of the Great Mystery shine upon you and your family.

5:14 PM  
Blogger kakahoas said...

Hi Russ,
We met years ago when you came to my rez in Maine. I hope you are feeling well and continue to express yourself. I read it and am only left with one question...would your views be different before the colonization of our indigenous people. We need to remember that a lot of what we are has been influenced by non-natives, media, etc
Kathy Paul
Penobscot Elder

7:02 AM  
Blogger kakahoas said...

I forgot to add that your understanding of harmony and balance is crucial to those who do not understand the native thought. I recommend to those who talk about the bible to watch and view zeitgiest...I think a lot will be understood by all humanity if they would just accept the cultural lenses we all wear. take care my friend

7:08 AM  
Blogger Kevin Two Feathers said...

Hello Brother. You are so right on.I hope you are well. Mitaku Oyasin. Hoka hey. Today is a GOOD day. Wowahwa. Kevin Two Feathers.

2:59 AM  
Blogger Noah Benzing said...

Mr. Means, Wado (thank you) for your inspiring words. I have truly found a treasure this morning in what I had thought was a blind search for uplifting wisdom. Now I have eyes and can see clearly.

~Noah Benzing (Cherokee Nation)

4:29 AM  
Blogger Noah Benzing said...

Mr. Means, Wado (thank you) for your inspiring words. I have truly found a treasure this morning in what I had thought was a blind search for uplifting wisdom. Now I have eyes and can see clearly.

~Noah Benzing (Cherokee Nation)

4:29 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

JESUS IS THE TRUTH THE LIFE & THE WAY! NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY HIM. YOUR MOTHER NATURE & ANIMAL SPIRIT WORLD IS UNTRUTH TO THE REAL GOD. MAY YOUR HEARTS BE OVERWHELMED WITH HIS LOVE, GRACE & MERCY FOR YOUR LIVES!

JOHN 3:16-21
PSALM 25
JOHN 14:27

4:34 AM  
Blogger J E H said...

...Mitaku Oyasin,
Your spirit is free now...your battle is over. You have done well in the hearts and minds of many men.
I honor you.
MOGA
www.thePlanetPrisoner.wordpress.com

5:08 AM  
Blogger Kim Holleman said...

@ Lorena: your bible is very evil. in it I can show you: incest, child rape, slavery, child murder, hatred of people who are not christian, hating women and more. You are also misspelling entitled. I think you should go back to school and learn something beyond the bible.

3:50 PM  

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