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Text of a Christian Poster distributed to American Indians in the past

I was just going through some files and find this text that I don’t recall where I found it but it is rather chilling, especially when you know lots of people like I do who were brutalized in their youth due to this mentality.

CHRISTIAN POSTER GIVEN TO INDIANS

LET JESUS SAVE YOU.

COME OUT OF YOUR BLANKET, CUT YOUR HAIR, AND DRESS LIKE A WHITE MAN.

HAVE A CHRISTIAN FAMILY WITH ONE WIFE FOR LIFE ONLY.

LIVE IN A HOUSE LIKE YOUR WHITE BROTHER. WORK HARD AND WASH OFTEN.

LEARN THE VALUE OF A HARD-EARNED DOLLAR. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON GIVEAWAYS. BE PUNCTUAL.

BELIEVE THAT PROPERTY AND WEALTH ARE SIGNS OF DIVINE APPROVAL.

KEEP AWAY FROM SALOONS AND STRONG SPIRITS.

SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR WHITE BROTHER. SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL TO DO LIKEWISE.

GO TO CHURCH OFTEN AND REGULARLY.

DO NOT GO TO INDIAN DANCES AND MEDICINE MEN.

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104 thoughts on “Text of a Christian Poster distributed to American Indians in the past

  1. Marsha Kelly

    What’s amazing is that white people thought they could eradicate thousands of years of culture and tradition with flyers like this one. Oh no, that’s right. They used smallpox and guns too. You gotta hand it to those Christians. They didn’t do anything halfway–including oppression.

  2. Paul Visser

    excuse me, I am a human. (less white than Michael Jackson was though)(peach is what you could call the colour of my skin), but I see christianity ad the root of all evil.

  3. Frisco the Navajo

    I should check each item too see if they fully “Christianize-d me”

    LET JESUS SAVE YOU. (I’m an Atheist)

    COME OUT OF YOUR BLANKET, CUT YOUR HAIR, AND DRESS LIKE A WHITE MAN. (darn, they got me on that one)

    HAVE A CHRISTIAN FAMILY WITH ONE WIFE FOR LIFE ONLY. (hey, wasn’t that the way it was before the white man came)

    LIVE IN A HOUSE LIKE YOUR WHITE BROTHER. WORK HARD AND WASH OFTEN. (Hogan counts like a house =)

    LEARN THE VALUE OF A HARD-EARNED DOLLAR. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON GIVEAWAYS. BE PUNCTUAL. (the dollar is Ka-Putt … thanks a lot Bush)

    BELIEVE THAT PROPERTY AND WEALTH ARE SIGNS OF DIVINE APPROVAL. (still live on the rez)

    KEEP AWAY FROM SALOONS AND STRONG SPIRITS. (Translated Bars and Booze got it.. =)

    SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR WHITE BROTHER. SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL TO DO LIKEWISE. (get me there too)

    GO TO CHURCH OFTEN AND REGULARLY. (ha… Atheism rules)

    DO NOT GO TO INDIAN DANCES AND MEDICINE MEN. (Why, I just went to a NDN dance the other weekend.. The Fenders II was playing.. LOL)

  4. steve Post author

    Thanks for such great responses. The one that I find most ironic is the one about washing as I’m sure the first words spoken by the first tribes people to see the first Europeans landing in North America was “what’s that smell” because white European’s hygiene was awful in those days and adding to that many weeks at sea… phew I bet that was one funky boat. Actually that made me think to post a funny video that is on youtube, check the next post.

  5. Nicholas Sinclair Schrage

    Truly, this [“Solving the Indian Problem – White Rules for Indians”] is just another example of white washing over the course of a millenium. I am almost finished writing an epic novel, written over the course of five years, about such perverse crimes such as this blatant disregard for anything that would get in the way of the phallic manifest destiny.

    It is repulsive what has happened during the 1800’s along with this ‘regulatory statement’ which is not only one-sided, but collusive to the master plan that went all the way back to George Washington, ‘get the Indian out of the way.’

    When the Sioux (Lakota) children were shipped off to Pennsylvania for ‘reeducation’ programs such as this one, the results were astonishing, repulsive, and otherwise underhanded. The white man took what he wanted, without thought of what might happen to the people he destroyed.

    Fast forward to 1990 and the invasion of Kuwait, which the same country that condemned such actions carried out their perverse plan.

    In 1845, a phrase was coined by a New Your Journalist, John O’Sullivan, who wrote, “it was the nation’s Manifest Destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence had given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.”

    It was also in that same year, President James Polk announced to Congress that the Monroe Doctrine should be strictly enforced and that the settlers, the newcomers to the North American continent, should expand West by any and all means necessary. Unfortunately, had Mr. O’Sullivan been aware of the outcome, the tragic things that happened to the indigenous people in this country, he might not have been so quick to provide the ammunition that is still taught in today’s society.

    Originally coined as a rhetorical term, at such a time when American Natives were being persecuted to near-extinction, it was used to justify the encroachment of pseudo-classes who were determined to start again; essentially, at its core, they escaped one form of tyranny, only to be the catalyst for another.

    Although intrinsically genocide and racist in its purest form, this is equitably comparative to the downfall of other races, which are not considered to be actual people, including the African people, who were not responsible for their emigration from their homeland, or the people from the Far East, the Middle East, and the Europeans who arrived since that period. Since early times, the white man has been steadfast in his stalwart claim that he is the superior, and is the master race.

    A comment I thought worth mentioning about such things is from the Prologue of my book:

    ** “The Trail of Tears (1838-1839—Nunna dual Isuny—The Trail Where They Cried) was an example how power and corruption intoxicates men, driving them to carry out the unthinkable without rancor or regret. Culpable of these crimes was the white man. Unfortunately, the civilizations they conquered suffered and paid the ultimate price. Thousands died when tribes were marched at gunpoint to leave their homes and livelihood, relocated to lands that were again taken from them. However, that’s only part one of this saga.”
    “On December 29, 1890, guns of the Seventh Cavalry extinguished the lives of more than 150 unarmed Lakota Sioux, men, women and children, because a deaf man, Black Coyote, would not relinquish his firearm at the Pine Ridge Reservation, Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. The Lakota had been chanting the Ghost Dance for days, a religious expression: “The earth will be destroyed, making the way for the new planet. A messenger will repeat the words of the Great Spirit, ‘I will return the Indians and the buffalo to their rightful and maternal parent, Mother Earth. Before this comes, I will remove the white man by my hand or by his own hand.’” Considered by the white man as bravery, as a result, the Seventh Cavalry was dubiously awarded twenty Medals of Honor for this insidious act, while corpses of the victims were left to rot on a frozen field.”
    “White men man feared the words of the Sioux, so they tried to extinguish their faith by killing them. Dismissed as witchcraft, captive Native American Indians were only asking for divine guidance and intervention, as other religions were free to do. Rites and rituals that existed long before the white man’s belief system were considered savage, rude, vulgar, and uncivilized.”
    “With narcissistic mendacity, white men claim they have done all they can, yet, separatism, racism and persecution continue to this day. When I look at what has been recorded, it is incomprehensible to recount the viciousness cast upon Native American Indians. If the extinction of a single race of men is reprehensible, caused by an evil man, then the Ghost Dance is not only plausible, but also inevitable. The holocaust and events of that type only pale when compared to what happened to the indigenous tribes of North America for a thousand years.”

    ~ Nicholas Sinclair Schrage (www.nickschrage.com)

    ** excerpt from Trees Weep (They Don’t Cry) © 2007, 2009 Nicholas Sinclair Schrage

  6. Sharon R.

    .. and the very sad thing is, some of these attitudes aren’t just from a poster in the past.. they are still being distributed today~

    Blessings of Peace.
    In Unity, Love, & Respect~

  7. DJ TR-ONE/Fly Joint Productions

    My mother’s going to be 61 in a few weeks. When she was born, she learned mixture of Anishinaabemowin, Cree, French, and Mitchif (already a mixture of the previous 3 languages). She didn’t know a single word of English. When she was 5 years old, she was sent to a Catholic orphanage. By the time she was 10 years old, she could only speak and understand English. As destructive as Christianity has been to us, Western Civilization in general has wrecked more damage on us… still continues to do so. Christianity is not the offender, it’s only one of too many tools used in the genocide of our people. Apegesh Ki’je Manitou jawenimig.

  8. stacy jones

    i live where the christians are plentiful.it’s kinda funny when i think about the first year moving in this neighborhood.the church sent invitations that went in the trash.my children..had already been educated about christianity.they soon started knocking..lol,and one by one..well..now they dont bother me.. and knowing the foundations that it was built upon, i just cant see how they can tell us we will burn in hell if we arent a born again christian.none of them are grounded or even spiritually connected,at least not in the way that “i would think” ..because i know for a fact,if they were..heh heh..they wouldnt be calling themselves christians. thanks for this op. to speak my thoughts on this..with all my love to my beautiful native friends,stacy

  9. Raven Hughes

    I’m Cherokee, Siletz, and Irish. I was raised Catholic. My experience was very positive. I love my Catholic faith. All the Catholics I’ve ever met have been excellent people. I love my Native heritage as well, and never had a conflict with the two. I know hurtful things were done in the past, but I’ve never personally been exposed to them………Not all Natives hate Christians or the Catholic Church.

  10. Marcia LaDue-Hebert McMahon

    I have a wonderful solution…Please give us our land back..We will ask for nothing else..and if you would like to purchase Indian land ..than get in line..and for God’s sake ..use deordorant(you guys smell and bathe infrequently)…It is a tarnish on the white community that the USA….NEVER honored one treaty…Being Catholic has never interfered with Native beliefs..Matter of fact most Mohawk people are Catholics…The Jewish people talk about their Holocaust…Ours were more like “extermination”..The annilation of almost 1000 nations of people….(maybe 30 million)…………..

  11. StevenLewisSimpson Post author

    The sad thing is though theoretically land can be returned, the damage to families, cultures and entire nations from the destruction created by the boarding school system can never be returned. Sadly all the land in the world cannot return to my Lakota friends in the plains what was stolen, raped, beaten and ripped from them.

  12. StevenLewisSimpson Post author

    I hear what you are saying about Catholics. My point with this is these are the words from the church, nowhere else. Much of the genocide in the America’s was done in the name of the Catholic church and these are the facts of the actions of the church, not the message of Christianity. I have too many friends beaten by nuns at school as children to feel happy about the relationship. The other thing I keep wondering is why Christians in the US (not in the rest of the world) support the use of war and torture more than the non-Christians I meet.

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