Statement of Purpose

From the About page:

American Indian/Alaskan Native Attack the System is a newly founded organization dedicated to a pan-tribal secession from the United States government and the establishment of truly independent and free tribal nations throughout the North American continent. In the spirit of the American Indian Movement, the Pueblo Revolt and the wars of the Great Plains we carry on the proud tradition of American Indian resistance against imperialism and genocide. We are many tribes, many nations, but all share the common American Indian experience of theft of our land, assassination of our culture, and outright murder of our people.

Our goals are:

  • Continued rebirth/growth of our respective cultures through song, dance, art, storytelling, ceremony and prayer
  • A reorganization of modern American Indian/Alaskan Native economic, social, and cultural life around tribe, clan and family. These are the societal forms that have sustained our respective peoples over thousands of years. We must embrace them.
  • A rebirth of our warrior spirit through the establishment of active, independent resistance movements on every reservation and in every village, town and city with a large American Indian/Alaskan Native population.
  • Economic independence. As proud nations of people we do not depend on others to support our poor, our elders or our children. We and only we can and will take care of our own. We are no longer wards of the state.
  • Overthrow of those tribal governments that are in the pocket of the United States government. Many, but not all tribal governments have become clearing houses for capturing federal dollars to pay bloated tribal salaries. The people who work for these tribal governments represent a privileged class among us that has no place in our traditional ways of governance.

Our enemy is the most powerful tribe on earth, the United States Government. Right now, it wages its war of imperialism with a military presence that spans the entire globe with nearly 800 admitted military bases in the indigenous home lands of millions of people. Let us not forget that this began with forts in Indian Country. We have been fighting this empire for nearly 300 years.

The battle ranges on to this date. We are proud of our warriors who have and continue to fight as soldiers for the US Government. But now it is time for us to give proper cultural context for these warriors. The battle for the survival of our people is not in the native homeland of others. That battle is in our own communities where American Indians and Alaska Natives exhibit outrageous rates of poverty, substence abuse, depression, suicide and domestic violence.

With this movement we seize control of our own destiny. This generation marks the high water mark of the empire’s war against our survival. Today we push back against our enemies, but more important, we push forward our people!

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About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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  4. John Hughes says:

    Very interesting information on separation from sofisticated genocide. Where do I join?

    • Vince says:

      Hi John. You’re Tlingit, right? I definitely recognize you and have seen you carving downtown, love your work!

      I used the term “organization” here loosely. It’s not so much an organization as it is a group of people who are looking at sovereignty and tribal identity from a new angle. For instance, Ishmael Hope (Kiks.ádi, X’aaká Hít) and I are discussing setting up a very informal Tlingit language only preschool for our little ones (he has a 3 year old, I have a 4 year old, we both have a baby on the way.) This would hopefully evolve into what I call tribeschooling (like homeschooling, except the whole tribe/clan participates.) The Tlingit model of apprenticeship/mentorship would be paramount, and the special relationship of aunts and uncles to children would be emphasized. As an artist I’m sure you know what I’m talking about, here!

      Nahaan (Dakl’aweidí, Kéet Gooshi Hít, living in Juneau) is really active in SE Alaska all the way on down to tribes in Washington. He’s trying to get a tribal house started in Juneau.

      We’re all reconnecting with our traditional clan structures. I personally am advocating for a return to our clan structure as the primary social, political and economic unit of the Tlingit, or at least a return to something like that. Andrew Hope III advocated for something similar, with clans electing representatives to tribal councils, his writing, republished at Ishmael’s website, has been very inspirational for me. I’d also like to see ANCSA corporations mirror Tlingit economic values of old. I see their role as investing in sustainable, bottom-up business models in our communities. We have that to varying degrees already.

      The more radical of “us” (and I use “us” very loosely) call for true secession of the Tlingit people into a federation of Kwaan’s or clans, each with its own territorial fishing waters and forests.

      Each tribe really needs its own approach, as we are all in unique situations. Right now I think we’re in the networking phase of something bigger as far as a pan tribal movement goes. There’s a lot of new and exciting projects starting up. I’m sure there’s a lot of stuff going on that I don’t even know about (I’m living in Portland, OR, at the moment and try to get back to Juneau 3 months each year.)

      I run another blog that is specific to Tlingit issues: http://lingitlatseen.wordpress.com

      See also Ishmael’s website: http://alaskanativestoryteller.com/blog/
      And Jennifer Hanlon’s from Yakutat: http://aandeiyeen.wordpress.com/

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