Canadian Indian women "are tired of what's happening"

alan maki vavbred at
Wed Jan 3 07:05:15 MST 2001

Having lived in Manitoba, Canada for ten years I am
thoroughly familiar with this organization referred to
in this newspaper article.

This so-called "graft fighting" organization gets its
support from the most conservative elements in Canada
and had the full support of the racist
Filmon-Conservative government that was outed by the
pro-socialist NDP government put into power through
the work of the Manitoba Federation of Labour.

The organization referred to does raise some- not many
but some, arguments that have merit, however, the main
purpose of this organization referred to is to divide
the Native peoples of Canada and weaken their
struggle. Many of the chiefs being attacked by this
organization are mobilizing their communities in a way
very similar to the civil rights movement in the USA.

It is no wonder that the New York Times would give so
much print to this right-wing organization aimed at
destroying the unity of Native peoples. Where is the
Time's coverage of what the "Assembly of Manitoba
Chiefs" organization and the NDP government are doing
in Manitoba with and for Native People?

Where is the Time's coverage of the Aassembly of First
Nations, THE national Native organization which has a
very progressive and militant leader, Matthew

Just because the New York Times decides to hold
someone or an organization up doesn't mean that they
are partt of anything "progressive" just because they
say they are against corruption...

As Marxists we need to have a little better
understanding of issues, don't we?

I happen to know several of the chiefs attacked by Ms.
Freed, on a very personal level and have worked with
them on a variety of issues, and I can assure the
readers of this list that there isn't a corrupt idea
in their head let alone anything they have done that
amounts to "corruption". The real crime that many of
the chiefs that Ms. Freed refers to often is that they
are very good at organizing their communities to fight
for that to which Native people are entitled and using
those resources to build, homes and bring electricity
and heat and food to Native communities in Manitoba.

The readers of this list may not know it, but many
Native people in Manitoba live in very isolated
communities under very harsh and extreme conditions of

I would suggest that this list use any one of the
excellent Native publications printed across Canada as
a source of reference and not the New York Times when
it comes to problems Native people experience.

In fact, Ms. Freed is far from what we would call a
"radical"; she is in fact a "reactionary" in every
sense of the word.... politically and economically.

Alan Maki

PS- please note I had to change my e-mail address for
this list because there is just too much for my
regular e-mail box: alanmaki at

--- Louis Proyect <lnp3 at> wrote:
> NY Times, January 1, 2001
> Canada's Tribal Women Fight (Mostly Male) Graft
> DAKOTA PLAINS, Manitoba — Against a winter prairie
> backdrop of bare trees,
> honking Canada geese, and four-wire fences, Leona
> Freed stands out larger
> than life. Eyes blazing and firing verbal buckshot,
> she is a new kind of
> Indian radical.

Yours in the struggle,
Alan Maki
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