Sunday, February 13, 2011


The video above sent shivers down my spine as it recounts the memories of an old man from the Lakota Sioux Tribe talking about the Old Europeans who stole Native American land.

It appears they are making those from another tribe just as unhappy today as they did all those years ago. They want to enforce different cultural values on the Seneca Nation of Indians who don't want them and want to be left alone to decide their own policies for their own land and the people who inhabit it.

I often wonder what sort of place the US would be today if our former ancestors had not gone over there. I'm sure this modern paranoia and anti-smoker zealotry wouldn't exist because the Indians discovered the herb and used it to their advantage. They knew how to gain beneficial qualities from it.

Had the old Europeans not invaded the Indian Nations and claimed the land as their own, then there would have been no meeting of white men back in the 1960s with this vision of a smoke free America by the year 2000. There would have been no Surgeon General's Report kicking the whole thing off, and no scare-mongering campaigns to back it up and get the wider public onside while forcing smokers into a minority where they could be legally abused.

We can't go back in time but I honestly feel the Native Americans got a very raw deal out of it. I feel for those people of America whose lives are still affected by what happened to their ancestors and I wish that "fairness" "equality" and "justice" would stop being bandied about as "important" by those who actively work in the opposite.