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Christmas Stories About Two North American Genocides: Minnesota’s Mass Executions of Lakota Defenders of Their Sacred Homeland

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strip bannernew-logo25Gary G. Kohls, MD,  and Rev Kevin Annett’s “Nativity”

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“I have the honor to inform you that the thirty-eight Indians and half-breeds ordered by you for execution were hung yesterday at Mankato at 10 a.m. Everything went off quietly and the other prisoners are well secured.” Respectfully, H. H. SIBLEY, Brigadier-General.”

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On the first day of Christmas, 1862, 38 Lakota warriors that had participated in the so-called “Sioux Uprising” were hanged at Mankato, Minnesota, without benefit of a jury trial. The hangings were considered to end of the brief US-Dakota War of 1862.  The mass executions had been approved long distance by President Abraham Lincoln. To his credit, Lincoln, who had very little idea of what had happened in the Minnesota territory, had commuted the death sentences of several hundred other native men who had been captured after the final battle.

The hundreds of imprisoned native survivors, along with the thousands of other tribal members who had not been hanged that day had also – unbeknownst to them at the time – been condemned to exile from their homeland, a slower kind of death, for they were denied their liberty and they were imprisoned, starved to death and ultimately banished from their ancestral home to concentration camps on desolate land that the US government had no use for. The tradition of hunting and gathering that had sustained the First Nations for thousands of years was denied them and then, to make matters even worse, the later discovery of gold on some of that reservation land would result in yet another round of treaty-breaking and ethnic cleansing.so that white European immigrants could occupy and exploit their land. Much of that exploitation was for the economic benefit of land speculators like the future Governor of Minnesota, Alexander Ramsey. More

The hidden Canadian holocaust

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Publisher’s note:   This article will be only one in a series on the genocide of tens of thousands of Indian children held hostage in Residential Schools run by the Catholic Church in conjunction with the Canadian government.  For decades, parents were forced to surrender their young children to the guardianship of priests, or go to jail.  Once housed in the schools, the children were tortured, abused, had medical experiments conducted on them and were subjected to infection from tuberculosis and small pox.  Eventually, more than 50% of all the children held captive in these church run schools died, many of them murdered outright by the priests, nuns or medical personnel.  Rev. Annett discovered his church’s activities and begged the church to do the right thing…….instead…..they threw him out of the church.  Steven Harper, Canada’s PM, says it is simply an old “wound”.  Case closed.  Where are the bodies?  This outrage continued into the 80’s.  Those who survived this horror committed by the Catholic church suffer today.  Many of those who dared to speak out have been murdered or died suddenly.  Marti

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Ricky Lavallie: 1960-2012
By Kevin D. Annett
www.hiddennolonger.com
www.itccs.org

Is it Nothing to You? Another Hero Falls

Ricky Lavallie is dead.

He was a 51 year old native man, and was the sole witness to the murder by three Vancouver policemen of another key aboriginal activist in our network, Johnny Bingo Dawson.

The sudden death of Ricky Lavallie on January 3 has wiped out the last of my original core supporters among urban native people in Vancouver and Winnipeg. Our original nucleus of the Friends and Relatives of the Disappeared (FRD) has been extinguished.

See this introductory video on The Canadian Holocaust:

In barely two years, all of our strongest activists, and those who forced the missing residential schools children into national and world consciousness, have died: Chief Louis Daniels, Elder Phillipa Ryan, Johnny Bingo Dawson, William Combes, Harry Wilson, and now Ricky Lavallie.

These deaths follow on the earlier, equally sudden demise of key eyewitnesses to murders in Indian residential schools: Archie Frank, Willie Sport, Joe Sylvester, Virginia Baptiste, Nora Bernard, and Harriet Nahanee.

These witnesses, and the dead native leaders of our FRD, were instrumental in publicly naming the churches and government of Canada as being guilty of crimes against humanity. And they have all paid the ultimate price for doing so.

I charge these religious and state organizations with their murders. More

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