Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

August 30, 2019

Hitler's Blueprint: Indian reservations and US genocide

Dine' and Apache children in the prison of Fort Sumner, N.M. during Longest Walk

Starvation and cold at the prison camp of Fort Sumner, New Mexico
after the Longest Walk

Apartheid and the Holocaust: 
Genocide of American Indians

From the Censored News archives, the words of Russell Means and Louise Benally, first published in 2014. Operation Paper Clip is one of the least reported U.S. spy operations. A second U.S. spy operation, Operation Chaos, targeted Russell Means, the American Indian Movement, and their supporters in other countries. A third spy operation, at the Denver, Colorado Police Dept., spied on AIM, resisters at Big Mountain, supporters of Leonard Peltier, attorneys, grandmothers, and many others. Then, in 2014, the Stratfor files were exposed, revealing private spying on Mohawks, the Cochabamba Mother Earth conference and more. These files also revealed Native American involvement with the U.S. Fusion Centers. While much has been written about COINTELPRO, much less has been written about these other spy operations. Ultimately, Wikileaks and The Intercept further exposed the U.S. and private corporation spying. -- Censored News
By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Nov. 2014
Updated Aug. 30, 2019

Russell Means spoke a great deal about how Hitler used the genocide of American Indians -- starvation on long walks, and slow death on reservations -- as a blueprint for the Holocaust. Russell's words often focused on Dineh and the Long Walk to the prison of Bosque Redondo in Fort Sumner, N.M.

On Big Mountain, Louise Benally was censored by Indian Country Today when she compared that Long Walk to Fort Sumner and this genocide to the U.S. war in Iraq. After I was censored, and terminated, by Indian Country Today, I posted Louise's words uncensored:

“The U.S. military first murders your people and destroys your way of life while stealing your culture, then forces you to learn their evil ways of lying and cheating,” Benally said. Read more here.

Russell Means said, "Hitler wrote that the American policy of creating reservations for the unclean and the unwanted was the perfect solution for race, and (using) that example he created the concentration camps for the gypsies, Jewish people and homosexuals. The Bantu Development Act of 1964 which institutionalized apartheid in South Africa is a copy of the Indian Reorganization Act of America which was passed thirty years before. What happened to us was the genesis and example for all land appropriations the world over—that includes Palestine. Our people are being exterminated, much like the African slaves were exterminated from their homeland and separated from their way of life. The apartheid system is the most lethal colonial policy ever created, and you have to hand it to the United States of America. They are very good at eradicating human beings in all ways physically, spiritually and economically."

While much has been written about COINTELPRO, less has been written about Operation Paper Clip, Operation Chaos, and the Denver Police spy files.

"Operation Paperclip was a secret program of the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA) largely carried out by Special Agents of Army CIC, in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 rocket team, were taken from Germany to America for U.S. government employment, primarily between 1945 and 1959. Many were former members, and some were former leaders, of the Nazi Party.[1][2]" Read more:

Operation Chaos targeted American Indian Movement

Attorney William Kunstler with Russell Means
Photo by Maddy Miller
Operation Chaos targeted American Indian Movement

Russell Means said Indian Nations are "living in the belly of the monster, and the monster is the United States."

By Brenda Norrell

Censored News
English and Dutch
Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS at:

In 1967 President Johnson created Operation Chaos to spy on the American Indian Movement, Black Panthers, student movements and anti-war movements.
The CIA operation gathered documents on 7,200 US citizens, tracking their contacts with so-called 'dissidents' in other countries.
Although a great deal has been exposed about COINTELPRO, very little has been written about Operation Chaos.
There is only one mention of Operation Chaos spying on the American Indian Movement in Wikileaks, and the document is not available online. 
However, other documents on the Internet reveal the purpose of Operation Chaos, a highly classified, secret intelligence project of the CIA. 
Agents targeted US activists interaction with people in other countries, stating they were suspicious that the unrest at home was coming from abroad. However, in the end, agents discovered there was plenty of unrest originating within the US, including the movement against the Vietnam War.
The agents were segregated from other CIA agents and the first targets were the Peace Movements and African American movements. Then, the American Indian Movement and occupiers of Wounded Knee were targeted. 
The report below reveals how the CIA exceeded its authority with domestic spying of Operation Chaos in the 60s and 70s.

AIM focus of US government spying prior to Wounded Knee

American Indians involved in the anti-war movement were targeted by spying during the 1960s and 1970s. The US carried out domestic operations, as revealed when the US targeted Buffy Sainte Marie. There were also foreign operations, which focused on AIM and travel to Europe.

During an interview at Dine' College, Buffy Sainte Marie said President Johnson put her out of the music business because of her stance against the Vietnam war and song, 'Universal Soldier. '

The US cables reveal that the State Department was focused on spying on Russell Means.
The US State Department took notice and sent out a cable when Russell Means, Lakota, said a delegation to Eastern Europe planned to "ram the human rights issue down President Carter's throat."
Means promised to expose the genocide of American Indians in Europe and seek support for the ongoing "foreign occupation" in the US. The US was also concerned that the delegation to Europe in 1977 would use "Iroquois passports," according to the US spy cable.
One document in Wikileaks shows that after Wounded Knee, the American Indian Movement was planning an Indian Treaty Convention near Mobridge, South Dakota, in 1974. The US was concerned that Bolivia and Mexico would attend. "The USG (United States government) would regard official participation in this event by any foreign government as inappropriate." The US continued to try and find out who was coming.
The US State Department was monitoring Russell Means, as shown below.
The American Indian Movement's relationship with Libya also created alarm and accusations in the US State Department, as revealed in the cables.
Earlier, in 1973, the Six Nations Iroquois Confederation engaged the UN and responded to the request from Wounded Knee to serve as peace mediators during the Wounded Knee occupation. 
These words ring true today as the mainstream media presents a biased version of the real story in Palestine.
In January of 1974, the US State Department became alarmed when Soviet journalists were planning to travel to Minneapolis. The US tracked them to see if they were there to cover the trial of those who occupied Wounded Knee. Once again, the US feared the American Indian Movement's ability to gain global support and contacts. The US also tracked unfavorable news coverage on Indian and human rights issues published in other countries.
One Wikileaks document is from Geneva in 1977, the statement on Discrimination and Indigenous Rights, which also refers to the sterilization of women without consent. The cables also show that the US tracked comments of Russell Means regarding the sterilization of Indian women in the US without their consent.

Denver Spy Files
The year was 2002, and the city was Denver. Documents in a court case revealed Denver police had been spying on AIM, Big Mountain resisters, their attorneys, grandmothers with Free Leonard Peltier bumper stickers, and a long list of others. News leaked that spying for the U.S. and its corporations would now be contracted out to private contractors, to carry out spying. Years later, TigerSwan at Standing Rock, was the proof.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Texas spies ponder the Mohawks: The Stratfor files

Mohawks with Marcos on Yaqui land,  northern Mexico
Censored News photo
The Stratfor files: Texas spies ponder the Mohawks, expose Tohono O’odham fusion center and call Cochabamba conference ‘trippy'

By Brenda Norrell
President Evo Morales Cochabamba 2010
Photo Brenda Norrell

Wikileaks exposed the Stratfor intelligence files in Texas two years ago. Many of the facts about spying on Native Americans, however, have remained hidden away in the five million e-mails, until now.

The Mohawks were of particular interest to the Texas-based spies, just as they were to the US State Department, as revealed in the diplomatic cables.
Stratfor spies pondered what the Mohawks might do to oil companies. There’s a discussion of Mohawks at Oka, blockades in Manitoba and the Cree.
Stratfor analyst asks, “Any links on their behalf to other Native American radicals like Free Leonard Peltier crowd of Wounded Knee fame?”

When Bolivia President Evo Morales hosted the Conference for Climate Change and the Protection of Mother Earth in Cochabamba in 2010, Stratfor spies were watching. Stratfor referred to the statement for the protection of Mother Earth as "anti-capitalist" and called it, “trippy.”
Stratfor also sent big oil executives at ExxonMobil an e-mail discussion about the Cochabamba climate summit, centered on speakers and impacts.
Although the Stratfor spy wished for the abject failure of the conference, it proved otherwise, bringing together Indigenous Peoples from around the world who composed a guide, chartering the course for future generations in the Protection of Mother Earth.

Danny Glover with Govinda/Earthcycles and friends
at end of Long Walk 2. Photo Brenda Norrell

Actor Danny Glover's attendance in Cochabamba is pointed out in the Stratfor file to big oil. In fact, Glover is someone the US spends a lot of time watching, according to Wikileaks exposures. The US is concerned over Glover's support for Indigenous Peoples.

Tohono O'odham fusion center
Meanwhile, in the Stratfor files, there is also an alarming description of how the Tohono O’odham Nation became a fusion center of Homeland Security. It was the first Indian Nation to be a “fusion center," and share data with all US law enforcement agencies.
In the Stratfor files, there are also details on an El Paso, Texas restaurant near the Interstate that was running guns to Mexico and other details of the United States ATF running guns to the cartels in operations Gunrunner and Fast and Furious.
In the Stratfor files, there’s also an article detailing how US Border Patrol agents steal, take bribes and run drugs.
As for those fusion centers, the extent those have been used for illegal spying and wiretapping while violating O’odham rights is still unknown.
Even Tohono O’odham Chairman Ned Norris saw the potential for abuse. Chairman Norris told a Congressional committee in 2009, “I support fusion centers but I emphasize that we must ensure that all of our citizens' privacy, legal rights, civil liberties, and information privacy are protected. This is particularly critical in Indian Country.”
Norris pointed out that tribal members have a separate set of civil rights, the Indian Civil Rights Act (1968 25 USC 1301-03.) “Fusion center architects must be made aware of the ICRA and its application,” he said.
Whether those words made any difference is not known.
Homeland Security said in 2009, that it met with other Indian Nations regarding fusion centers, and sharing data on tribal members. "Department officials also have met individually with senior representatives of the Navajo Nation, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Communication, and the Chickasaw Nation, among others."

US Border Patrol's spy cameras pointed at traditional O'odham home 
on Tohono O'odham Nation. Censored News photo, copyright by photographer.
Marcos 'sexy novel'

Meanwhile, there’s a reference to the Zapatistas Marcos’ “sexy novel" in the Stratfor files.
“Man in the mask returns to change world with new coalition and his own sexy novel.”

As for the Stratfor files, Wikileaks said, “The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods."
In the Stratfor files, as in the US State Department cables, the condescending tone and arrogance is obvious. Read more about US spying on American Indians and First Nations at:

Copyright Brenda Norrell, Censored News
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Saint Howard (a.k.a. Howard the Great) said...

In regards to the continued genocidal activities of the US government, this new testing facility in Washington will be a hazard to the residents of the area:

Jesse Taylor said...

Thanks for sharing - so important for people in the US to realize how many of the genocides that they are appalled by today were actually modeled on the genocide of Native Americans ... In regards to Hitler's inspiration coming from this:

"Hitler's concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in South Africa and for the Indians in the wild west; and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America's extermination—by starvation and uneven combat—of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.

He was very interested in the way the Indian population had rapidly declined due to epidemics and starvation when the United States government forced them to live on the reservations. He thought the American government's forced migrations of the Indians over great distances to barren reservation land was a deliberate policy of extermination. Just how much Hitler took from the American example of the destruction of the Indian nations is hard to say; however, frightening parallels can be drawn. For some time Hitler considered deporting the Jews to a large 'reservation' in the Lubin area where their numbers would be reduced through starvation and disease."

-- John Toland in his biography "Adolf Hitler"

Unknown said...

I took a lot of American lives to stop the Nazis.

Too said...

FYI the American's didn't fight ww2 by themselves just like ww1 they waited until the last minute to enter the war...

Lloyd Vivola said...

Succinctly well put, Too. But while we are at it, let us name some of the other combatants: like colonized African and Asian fighters who joined the ranks of the Allies; the French Resistance and Dutch Underground; the Warsaw Uprising; the Yugoslavian refusal to capitulate to Hitler, an act of unexpected defiance which forced the Nazis to redirect their military might toward the Balkans and away from the bombing of Great Britain; the Soviet Army and Russian people who lost untold millions of lives among them.

We might also recall that President Wilson's late intervention into World War I - against broad-based opposition by diverse sectors of the American citizenry - helped make another World War inevitable, League of Nations or not.

For a more contemporary example of US genocidal policies posing as defense strategies or liberation projects we might today look to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and the refugees that are stranded or incarcerated at our southern border.

Certainly, the US is not alone when it comes to abusing human rights or facilitating "holocaust", but enough of this washing the blood from our hands by citing reductive historical myth and legend.

Unknown said...


Lloyd Vivola said...

To my above comment, let me add that as we rightly honor all Americans who risked their lives to help defeat fascism during the Second World War, so we must include among them the Native American warriors who joined the cause serving a government that continues not to honor treaties and make legitimate payment of owed monies while imposing unjust cultural, spiritual and ecological policies on First Nations peoples and their homelands.