Uploaded on Mar 11, 2009
An attempt by the State of Utah to outlaw the Native American Church and it's ancient ceremonies.
The State of Utah filed over 12 indictments against Oklevueha Native American Church and its American Native Co-founders.
Should have the State of Utah been successful in convicting the Native American Church it would have made American Native Spirituality illegal (Ceremonies) and imprisoned the two co-founders for the rest of their lives.
Behind this particular assault John Echohawk's Native American Rights Fund (National Public Radio (NPR) http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st... Rated F or being a Fraud organization by The American Institute of Philanthropy) profiteering influences that see the inter-mountain native peoples and their beliefs as an impediment to their goals of conquest whether it was to spread their own versions of religious ideology or to control the land and its resources.
Historically speaking the desire to marginalize and suppress indigenous religious beliefs led to four great plagues. American Native inhabitants survived (not to mention the unintentional and sometimes intentional plagues of measles, smallpox and other illnesses that decimated indigenous native populations of North and South America).
FOUR PLAGUES WERE:
1. Orders of extermination, including bounties paid for Indian scalps and/or severed heads by governmental and religious officials which continued until the Wounded Knee Massacre, December 29, 1890;
2. Forced relocation to reservations that were usually not the natives traditional tribal lands and were usually the most desolate or worthless lands the government could find. (When some of these lands were found to contain gold, oil or other treasure, the natives were forced to move again to less valuable land, in direct violation of treaties signed by the government) 1831 1887;
3. A cultural genocide policy of taking American Native Children (Indian Appropriation Act of May, 1882) from their lands and families. They were then forced into boarding schools or communities where their traditions, culture and beliefs were belittled and disallowed to the point of severe punishment when they were caught doing anything not of the white culture; and
4. The denial of First Amendment rights for indigenous spiritual beliefs.
The prevailing Christian-influenced excuse for perpetrating these four cultural plagues was instituted by the U.S. Government in the 1840s as the Manifest Destiny Doctrine (United States was destined to expand from the Atlantic seaboard to the Pacific Ocean. That expansion was not only good, but it was obvious and certain).
Christian churches, because of their arrogance that they had the one and only true way, tried to stamp out the native religion, ignoring that many American Native cultures consider the Great Spirit and the Christian God to be the same being.
The incorporation of the first Native American Church on March 28, 1918 was a two edged sword. While it signaled the eventual end to the first three of these atrocities by granting an official status to the Native American religion, this undeniable recognition motivated a few mainstream Christian Churches and Profiteer groups to use their undaunted financial influences with the States of Idaho, Texas and Utah Legislators and a variety of United States government agencies such as; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to introduce unconstitutional state legislation and federal regulation policies.
For over 90 years, these influences were successful in denying and limiting the growth of American Native spirituality to three generations of United States citizens.