Fulfillment of Prophecy: the Eagle and Condor and Embracing Our Indian Children by Matt Remle
Prior to European colonization, indigenous peoples throughout the lands we now call the Americas existed as originally free peoples. We were allowed to live as free peoples to follow in the ways of our ancestors spiritually, culturally, economically, linguistically and geographically with no restrictions to rigid ideologies, or borders.
Vast trading networks stretched well across Turtle Island with various tribal Nations trading medicines, ceremonies, goods, and knowledge. While inter-tribal conflicts would occur from time to time, usually due to encroachment on traditional hunting grounds, rarely, if ever, would conflict arise between tribal Nations to the point of campaigns of mass extermination.
Charles Eastman (Dakota 1858-1939), a noted author, wrote that inter-tribal conflicts were often settled by what we would describe today as contact sports. Certainly a look at one of the historical uses of the sport we now call lacrosse is one such example. Albert White Hat Jr (Lakota), wrote that one of the reasons the Hunka, making of relations ceremony, was created was to make relatives with other families, tribes, or bands that one may be in conflict with.
Colonization, slavery and genocide radically altered the traditionally free movements of indigenous peoples of this land. As I hear the reports of Indian children fleeing their violence ridden homelands of Central American only to be imprisoned, and usually deported, by the descendants of illegal European immigrants I am reminded of this new, and restricted, reality.
By the thousands, Indian children from Central America have risked their lives to escape their violent homelands in attempt to cross into the United States. Once across the US/Mexico border, these children find themselves held in detention centers where they await to either be united with family members currently living in the US, or face deportation.
I have little interest in the rhetoric of the colonial settlers with their talk of strengthening border security and closing the borders, which is of course spoken in the upmost of hypocrisy given that they themselves are descendants of illegal immigrants. Rather we, as indigenous peoples and peoples of conscious, should be looking at the influx of Indian children through the lens of both tribal cultural values and the fulfillment of prophecy.