Give Thanks for Native Resistance
By the Red Guards - Los Angeles (NCP (LC))
Every year, around this time of Thanksgiving, we as communists within the settler-colonialist capitalist-imperialist nation of the United States come together with our native and indigenous brothers and sisters who mourn for the war waged against their people by the settler-colonialists.
The third Thursday of November is known as the National Day of Mourning, called forth by the Wampanoag Nation in 1970.
We as anti-imperialists, anti-colonialists, anti-racists, as proponents of national liberation for all oppressed nationalities, we as communists highlight our political agitation work around several points:
1.) This country’s founding was on the genocide of this land’s original inhabitants, the native and indigenous peoples and their nations.
2.) This genocide, the American Holocaust, contrary to mainstream education and rhetoric, did not end; there was no time during our history, including the present, where the settler-colonialists ceased in attacking the indigenous and native peoples. Instead, what happened were the implementation of more covert genocidal ways of destroying the native and indigenous peoples. Through the policy of "Kill the Indian, Save the Man," proposed by Capt. Richard H. Pratt, focused more on the annihilation of the education and culture of native and indigenous peoples. This policy continues in the U.S., most evident in the native and indigenous peoples of the Lakota whose children are systematically kidnapped by state forces who then send their children to Euro-American foster homes where they are brought up detached from their cultural and national identity.
3.) The land and territory of the native and indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada is still being stolen and under attack by outside forces. Most famous is the Keystone XL Pipeline/Tar Sands. However, President Obama earlier this month said that his administration would not go ahead with the construction. This is just one area of struggle. Another area of land under attack is the Black Hills - He Sapa in Lakota - where the U.S. illegally seized the land after the discovery of gold. Till this day, the Black Hills remains an area where its native and indigenous people were displaced, having refused a federal settlement in lieu of that land actually returning to its people.
4.) The native and indigenous people of the U.S. (and elsewhere) have the right to self-determination up to and including secession. Whether their struggle will manifests itself in this way, we do not know. Currently, native and indigenous people are at the forefront of revolutionary movements, including women’s rights, environmentalism, anti-gentrification, anti-capitalism, human rights, etc. Our duty as communists is to be with them in arms.
Long live the native and indigenous peoples of the U.S., Canada and the world!
Long live the native and indigenous resistance!