A Harsh Reminder of What Really Happened to Native Americans as we Stand With Standing Rock


The events that are occurring at Standing Rock are just the most recent in a history of violence and genocide from the European settlers over the Native Americans.




Before the 'discovery' of America, is has been estimated that there were as many as up to 100 million indigenous people living in America, American anthropologist and ethnohistorian Henry F. Dobyns has estimated that more than one hundred and twelve million people lived in the Americas before the European arrival



Although we may never know the exact number, we know that there was a lots of people inhabiting this land, a number that was dramatically reduced in the short period after the Europeans arrived, people who had lived there happily, an advanced people with knowledge of the stars, and medicine, experienced hunters.

What happened when they white settlers came into contact with these people is perhaps one of the sharpest declines in a race of people the world has ever known. The white people enslaved the Native Americans, they disrupted the society and economy and brought diseases with them that the Natives were not immune to. All of this had a dramatic effect of the population.

It is thought that the number of indigenous people went from around a hundred million to just a couple of hundred thousand in just a few years.

The Europeans came over with the idea that the Church and the State were  one body, and that anyone who did not comply with their rules was deemed a heretic, and they were killed for breaking the rules. In Canada, “residential schools” were set up, which were government-sponsored religious schools with the purpose of changing the aboriginal children into Euro-Canadian culture.

The Native American children were abused, raped and killed in these 'schools'. Here are three statements from children at the schools:

    “I was just eight, and they’d shipped us down from the Anglican residential school in Alert Bay to the Nanaimo Indian Hospital, the one run by the United Church. They kept me isolated in a tiny room there for more than three years, like I was a lab rat, feeding me these pills, giving me shots that made me sick. Two of my cousins made a big fuss, screaming and fighting back all the time, so the nurses gave them shots, and they both died right away. It was done to silence them.”

    – Jasper Jospeh, a sixty four year old native man from British Columbia, speaking while his eyes filled with tears. (source)

    “We do know that there were research initiatives that were conducted with regard to medicines that were used ultimately to treat the Canadian population. Some of those medicines were tested in aboriginal communities and residential schools before they were utilized publicly.”

    – Chief Wilton Littlechild of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. (source)

    “We believe that what’s already been exposed represents only a fraction of the full, true and tragic history of the residential schools. There are no doubt more revelations buried in the archives.”

    – Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Bill Erasmus (source)

In Canada, the mortality rate in residential schools is thought to be more than fifty percent, that is more than 50,000 native children across Canada, possibly more. (source)

As these details come from Canadian records, one can only imagine the extent of what went on in the U.S. The government are in the habit of keeping information from the public. The United States classifies more than 500 million pages of documents each year, making some information impossible to obtain.

The events at Standing Rock are only highlighting what has been a non-stop campaign against the Native Americans to diminish them, to ignore their needs and treat them as second class citizens. We need to stand with the Native Americans, to encourage them to keep on fighting for what is right as we fight with them. 


Read this courageous message from Chief Looking Horse:
We are part of Creation, thus, if we break the laws of Creation we destroy ourselves. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here. Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self destruction. This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few. In addition, these activities and developments continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life.






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