FW: [NativeNews] How to Scalp an Indian

Craven, Jim jcraven at clark.edu
Thu Jun 21 13:03:08 MDT 2001

 ("Akwesasne Notes", vol I, No. 7.  July 1979)

   Methods must coincide with the type of problem and, in
 the case of human rights, the reception or resistance which
 the majority have toward your aims. The Indian has problems
 peculiar to *Indians alone* and deals
 with a very receptive society.

 The Indian's problem in solution has much of its roots in
 a lack of communication. As soon as the Indians become
 articulate enough as a people, and signs indicate they are
 fast becoming that way, their aims will become clear and
 society will become receptive to our wants.

 One fact is clear to the Indian. He does not go where he
 is not wanted. You can't force people to accept you. Nothing
 is ever gained by anything destructive. At least, if acceptance
 is what you are seeking.

 The Indian's interests are locked within himself, his
 proud past, his country, and his own destiny as shaped by

 Being other than white isn't common cause enough to
 justify civil disobedience.

 The art of denying Indians their human rights has been
 refined to a science. The following list of commonly used
 techniques will be helpful in "burglar-proofing" your reserves
 and *your rights*.

 Gain the Indians' cooperation. It is much easier to steal
 someone's human rights if you can do it with his OWN cooperation,

  1. Make him a non-person. Human rights are for people.
  Convince Indians their ancestors were savages, that they were
  pagans, that Indians are drunkards. Make them wards of the government.
  Make a legal distinction, as in the Indian Act, between Indians and
  persons. Write history books that tell half the story.

  2. Convince the Indian that he should be patient, that
  these things take time. Tell him that we are making progress, and
  that progress takes time.

  3. Make him believe that things are being done for his own good. Tell
  him that you're sure that after he has experienced your laws and actions
  that he will realize how good they have been. Tell the Indian he has to
  take a little of the bad in order to enjoy the benefits you are
  conferring on him.

  4. Get some Indian people to do the dirty work. There
  are always those who will act for you to the disadvantage of their own
  people. Just give them a little honor and praise. This is generally the
  function of band councils, chiefs, and advisory councils: They have little
  legal power, but can handle the tough decisions such as welfare,
  allocation of housing, etc.

  5. Consult the Indian, but do not act on the basis of what you hear.
  Tell the Indian he has a voice and go through the motions of listening.
  Then interpret what you have heard to suit your own needs.

  6. Insist that the Indian "GOES THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS". Make the
  channels and the procedures so difficult that he won't bother to do

  7. Make the Indian believe that you are working hard for him, putting
  in much overtime and at a great sacrifice, and imply that he should be
  appreciative. This is the ultimate in skills in stealing human rights:
  When you obtain the thanks of your victim.

  8. Allow a few individuals to "MAKE THE GRADE" and then
  point to them as examples. Say that the "Hardworkers" and the "good"
  Indians have made it, and that therefore it is a person's own fault if
  he doesn't succeed.

  9. Appeal to the Indian's sense of fairness, and tell him that, even
  though things are pretty bad, it is not right for him to make strong
  protests. Keep the argument going on his form of protest and avoid
  talking about the real issue. Refuse to deal with him while he is
  protesting. Take all the fire out of his efforts.

  10. Encourage the Indian to take his case to court.
  This is very expensive, takes lots of time and energy, and is very
  safe because the laws are stacked against him. the court's ruling will
  defeat the Indian's cause, but makes him think he has obtained

  11. Make the Indian believe that things could be worse,and that,
  instead of complaining about the loss of human rights, to be grateful
  for the human rights we do have. In fact, convince him that to attempt
  to regain a right he has lost is likely to jeopardize the rights that he
  still has.

  12. Set yourself up as the protector of the Indian's human rights, and
  then you can choose to act on only those violations you wish to act
  upon. By getting successful action on a few minor violations of human
  rights, you can point to these as examples of your devotion to his
  cause. The burglar who is also the doorman is the perfect combination.

  13. Pretend that the reason for the loss of human rights is for some
  other reason than that the person is an Indian. Tell him some of your
  best friends are Indians, that you too have some "Indian Blood", and
  that his loss of rights is because of his housekeeping, his drinking,
  his clothing. If he improves in these areas, it will be necessary for
  you to adopt another technique of stealing his rights.

  14. Make the situation more complicated than is necessary. Tell the
  Indian you will have to take a survey to find out just how many other
  Indians are being discriminated against. Hire a group of professors to
  make a year-long research project.

  15. Insist on unanimity. Let the Indian know that when all the Indians
  in Canada can make up their minds about just what they want as a group,
  then you will act. Play one group's special situation against another
  group's wishes.

  16. Select very limited alternatives, neither of which has much merit,
  and tell the Indian that he indeed has a choice. Ask, for instance, if
  he could or would rather have council elections in June or December,
  instead of asking if he wants them at all.

  17. Convince the Indian that the leaders who are the most beneficial
  and powerful are dangerous and not to be trusted. Or simply lock them up
  on some charge like driving with no lights. Or refuse to listen to the
  real leaders and spend much time with the weak ones. Keep the people
  split from their leaders by sowing rumor. Attempt to get the best
  leaders into high-paying jobs where they have to keep quiet to keep
  their paycheck coming in.

  18. Speak of the common good. Tell the Indian that you can't consider
  yourselves when there is the whole nation to think of. Tell him that he
  can't think only of himself. For instance, in regard to hunting rights,
  tell him we have to think of all the hunters, or the sporting-goods

  19. Remove rights so gradually that people don't realize what has
  happened until it is too late. Again, in regard to hunting rights, first
  restrict the geographical area where hunting is permitted, then cut the
  season to certain times of the year, then cut the limits down gradually,
  then insist on licensing, and then Indians will be on the same grounds
  as white sportsmen.

  20. Rely on reason and logic (your reason and logic) instead of
  rightness and morality. Give thousands of reasons for things, but do not
  get trapped into arguments about what is right.

  21. Hold a conference on HUMAN RIGHTS, have everyone blow off steam and
  tension, and go home feeling that things are well in hand.

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