Mexican Americans are Natives

We Are Protesting to Being Mislabeled & Denied Our Homeland

WE ARE NOT ALLOWING INVADERS TO IDENTIFY US


By letting the settlers identify you, you give up your identity and shame your ancestors. If the pilgrims can trick you into believing you're Latino, Hispanic, illegal, immigrant, mestizo, metis, etc. and that you aren't Native American, they erase your ties to your own homelands. This is how they attempt to maintain possession of your own home! 


WE ARE NOT BEGGING FOR RECOGNITION BY THE OCCUPIERS 


We never asked the wasicus (white man) to tell us who we are. So why are we letting them decide who is Native American and who is not? We are the only ones who can call those shots on our ancestral land.

We are reclaiming our right to self identify as Native Americans again. Who are these immigrant Europeans to break into our homelands, attempt to seperate us with borders, and begin to rename us and reclassify us? That's why many of us are falsely labeled with Latino, immigrants, Latinx, Hispanic, foreigners, mestizo, illegals, aliens, and other low caste or half caste terminology to erase us from our roots. This is how the Euro-Americans fool us into not claiming our lands. We are Turtle Islanders, Anahuacans, the original native inhabitants of the Americas. We do not claim the European blood in us because of the way it was forced into us - by rape.

We know who we are! Stop begging the wasicu to let you stay in your own homeland; stop allowing them to label you as the foreigner, while they label themselves as "American" and claim the land as theirs. 


Start demanding the right to be in your own homelands as living, breathing Brown Natives. We are the majority in our homeland and have the power. We just have to act like it!


WE ARE RECLAIMING YOUR HOMELAND FROM THE SETTLERS 


We are not going to continue to be tricked into accepting a fake identity! Our homelands extend from Inuit Lands to Mapuche Lands; from Alaska to Patagonia! You get to claim this only if you claim your Native Identity!!  If you consider yourself Hispanic, Latino, Mestizo etc., you are calling yourself an immigrant from Europe! You have no land rights here. You are homeless! You are a sellout to wasicus and inviting them to manipulate and abuse you and your family and steal your homeland. And you are leaving the weight on the rest of us to fight the fight.


- Inspired by: Brown Continent and Choose Native 2020 Census

You do NOT need to be recognized by the BIA to be Native!

The Bureau of Indian Affars is known by many Native Americans as playing a police role in which the U.S. government historically dictated to tribes and their members what they could and could not do in accordance with treaties signed by both.

"Card Carrying Indians vs Those Who Don’t"


In the Indian world, those who have BIA “cards” are considered “real Indians” and those who don’t, aren’t.  It’s a sad commentary, really, because it draws a line in the sand and actively, systematically encourages both discrimination and the eventual elimination of Indian tribes, well, of government sanctioned Indian tribes, as we know them.  Why?  Because unless the tribal members “marry native,” eventually, their blood quantum, the percentage of Indian blood they carry, will be reduced to under the amount required for tribal membership, a percentage established by the tribes themselves.  Then there won’t be issues about obtaining that precious BIA card from the government that identifies them as “Indian,” and entitles them to a number of services, because there won’t be any more “Indians.”  They, along with the BIA who issues the cards, will have legislated themselves into the group of “have nots,” the “not real” Indians that the card carrying Indians so often disdain.  Indeed, the line in the sand that includes/excludes the BIA card and tribal membership encourages discrimination both inside of and outside of the Native community.


I have often wondered if this is just another kind of long-term institutionalized genocide, one that Native people and tribes have bought into in order to obtain the services today that their people need.  In time, the “Indians” will be gone, in another generation or two, which was, after all, the original intention of the government – to exterminate the Indians one way or another – through death, sale into slavery, religious conversion, assimilation – anything to make them non-Indian and to “go-away,” of course, leaving their precious land behind.  By the tribes’ own definition of who is and is not an Indian, they will shrink their own numbers until they become extinct or so small as to be inconsequential.  So the government doesn’t have to do anything, except wait, because the “shrinking” criteria for being “Indian” has been established and agreed to by all parties involved.


Why, you ask, wouldn’t the Indian tribes simply change their definition of blood quantum to include more people?  That is a political question, and the answer even more so, but in essence, there is a pot of money, often including casino revenue, and the pot must be divided by the number of tribal members.  Some tribes have actually tightened their membership requirements.


by Roberta Estes

Native Herritage Project 

Your Indigenous Rights

Your Rights to Cultural Expression

Nobody has the right to force you to call yourself by your slave name. It is not a crime to change your name to a tribal name, calling yourself anything you desire, So “fake“ name is not really “fake”. Governments look at you as sheep and want you tagged with their names just as a farmer does with his cattle. 


You do not have to identify as “Hispanic” or “Latino” as the government desires. These labels depict you as an alien from Spain or Rome And not Native American. They want you to remain ignorant of the fact that you are Native American, and therefore don't have a stake or say in the continent of America that they have ceased illegally or illegitimately thru war, rape, slavery, and their made up laws and treaties that they have violated 100% of the time.

It is not illegal to assume a cultural identity or identify with a tribe of your ancestors. The government attempts tribal genocide by saying you must have certain amounts of blood and a paper trial of your tribe to be enrolled in "their" list of recognized tribes. This is tribal genocide!

As indigenous people to this land, “America”, we DO NOT seek approval of the European Occupiers to express our indigenous unity, our indigenous identity, and to practice our indigenous culture! indian tribes mexican americans

Our Rights to this Land as Indigenous People

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIPS)

These articles basically state that WE as indigenous peoples of THIS LAND we call AZTLAN (CA, NM, NV, AZ, UT, CO, TX) Have HISTORIC rights to live and thrive on it without being forced to assimilate (8. 1 and 8-2(a))   

 

This is probably why the U.S. voted against it in the first place, also the fact that it doesn't state who is an indigenous person. Another reason could be “What the states have been saying is, ‘This is not your land anymore,’ but the declaration is saying, ‘Yes, this is their land, and you have to deal with it.’ “quoted from the article below. 


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/16/obama-adopts-un-manifesto-on-rights-of-indigenous-/  


This spells out a huge victory to all of us to be acknowledged us as Indigenous and Native to these Southwestern, North American lands.    

Link to the U.N. document in PDF. 


http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf  


Article 8  


1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture. 


2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for: (a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities; (b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources; (c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights; (d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration; (e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.  


Article 26  


1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. 


2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired. 


3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.  


Article 27  


States shall establish and implement, in conjunction with indigenous peoples concerned, a fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process, giving due recognition to indigenous peoples’ laws, traditions, customs and land tenure systems, to recognize and adjudicate the rights of indigenous peoples pertaining to their lands, territories and resources, including those which were traditionally owned or otherwise occupied or used. Indigenous peoples shall have the right to participate in this process.  

CULTURAL ASSIMILATION


The cultural assimilation of Native Americans was an assimilation effort by the United States to transform Native American culture to European–American culture between the years of 1790–1920. George Washington and Henry Knox were first to propose, in an American context, the cultural transformation of Native Americans. Since those days, things have changed and we are now free to be ourselves again and reclaim our identity without any threat of penalty by the European occupiers. 


 The American Indian Religious Freedom Act: Public Law No. 95-341, 92 Stat. 469 (Aug. 11, 1978) (commonly abbreviated to AIRFA), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 1996, is a United States federal law, enacted by joint resolution of the Congress in 1978. Prior to the act, many aspects of various Native American religions and cultures had been prohibited by law. It was enacted to return basic civil liberties, and to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom to believe, express, and exercise the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians.  The Act required policies of all governmental agencies to eliminate interference with the free exercise of Native American religion and culture, based on the First Amendment. It also acknowledges the prior violation of that right.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIPS)

These articles basically state that WE as indigenous peoples of THIS LAND we call AZTLAN (CA, NM, NV, AZ, UT, CO, TX) Have HISTORIC rights to live and thrive on it without being forced to assimilate (8. 1 and 8-2(a))    This is probably why the U.S. voted against it in the first place, also the fact that it doesn't state who is an indigenous person. Another reason could be “What the states have been saying is, ‘This is not your land anymore,’ but the declaration is saying, ‘Yes, this is their land, and you have to deal with it.’ “quoted from the article below. 


http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/dec/16/obama-adopts-un-manifesto-on-rights-of-indigenous-/ 


This spells out a huge victory to all of us to be acknowledged us as Indigenous and Native to these Southwestern, North American lands.    Link to the U.N. document in PDF. 


http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/documents/DRIPS_en.pdf


Article 8  


1. Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture. 

2. States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for: (a) Any action which has the aim or effect of depriving them of their integrity as distinct peoples, or of their cultural values or ethnic identities; (b) Any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources; (c) Any form of forced population transfer which has the aim or effect of violating or undermining any of their rights; (d) Any form of forced assimilation or integration; (e) Any form of propaganda designed to promote or incite racial or ethnic discrimination directed against them.  


Article 26  


1. Indigenous peoples have the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired. 

2. Indigenous peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired. 

3. States shall give legal recognition and protection to these lands, territories and resources. Such recognition shall be conducted with due respect to the customs, traditions and land tenure systems of the indigenous peoples concerned.  


Article 27  


States shall establish and implement, in conjunction with indigenous peoples concerned, a fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process, giving due recognition to indigenous peoples’ laws, traditions, customs and land tenure systems, to recognize and adjudicate the rights of indigenous peoples pertaining to their lands, territories and resources, including those which were traditionally owned or otherwise occupied or used. Indigenous peoples shall have the right to participate in this process.