[News] Requiem of the American Indian Holocaust
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Requiem of the American Indian Holocaust
Norrell - May 27, 2008 at 3:27 pm
The Transformation of Scott Mandrell: When the
requiem of the American Indian Holocaust
transformed 'Lewis' of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
By Brenda Norrell
WOOD RIVER, Illinois When Scott Mandrell walked
onto the Earthcycles radio bus on the Longest
Walk, there was a surreal moment. Could this be
the same person that was dressed in those funny
clothes, as Carter Camp called them, and
postured as Meriwether Lewis on the Lewis and
Clark Discovery Expedition in South Dakota.
Was this the same Mandrell that sat in a circle
of Lewis and Clark re-enactors as Lakota, Ponca
and Kiowa delivered a requiem, recalling the
holocaust and genocide of American Indians.
Yes, it was the same Mandrell and memory served
up the legacy. Carter Camp, Ponca, and his son,
Vic Camp, had revealed that Mandrell had left the
Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition after that
fateful encounter on the banks on the Missouri
River in Chamberlain, South Dakota, in September
of 2004, when an American Indian delegation
delivered an ultimatum to the expedition.
What had happened? Here, four years later in the
relentless rain of Illinois in May of 2008,
Mandrell dipped into memory and poetry.
The hoop has come full circle," Mandrell said.
Mandrell described his transformation, from Lewis
re-enactor to the host of the Longest Walk
Northern Route at Camp Dubois, near the
confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi River
in Illinois. In a beautiful land now saturated
with toxic spills and asbestos, with most its
Native people long gone, Mandrell welcomed the
Longest Walkers who spent three months walking here on their way to Washington.
As Mandrell, a science teacher, sat in the
Longest Walk radio bus, I read the words
delivered to the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Lakota, Ponca and Kiowa in 2004.
Surrounded by a heavy buildup of federal agents
and police, Carter Camp told the Expedition in
2004 that Lewis and Clark were harbingers of the
Holocaust. What they wrote down was a blueprint
for the genocide of my people. You are
re-enacting something ugly, evil and hateful. You
are re-enacting the coming of death to our
people. You are re-enacting genocide.
White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge gave the
expedition a symbolic blanket of small pox.
Another Lakota woman from Pine Ridge said she
carries the DNA of the Lakota women who survived
the slaughters that Lewis and Clark opened the
door to. She said she is prepared to die for this
cause.I believe in armed struggle, Wicopy Wakia
Wi of Pine Ridge said. The act of genocide stops
here. We are tired of living poor. We are not
afraid to die. I am willing to die.
She told them they would not proceed up the river.
You are not going on. I will organize every
sister from here to Oregon to stop you.
After that day in 2004, Mandrell did stop. He
left the Lewis and Clark Expedition and formed
his own journey, his own adventure that included
American Indian friends that he made along the way.
Seated on the radio bus, Mandrell remembered
meeting with Carter Camps son Vic Camp from Pine
Ridge, on that day in 2004. I still have his number on my speed dial.
Earlier, Vic Camp had remembered the victory of
hearing Mandrell had left the Expedition. During
an interview in April, 2005, Vic Camp said, That was a great victory for us.
But on the banks of the Missouri River in South
Dakota on that day in 2004, Lakota elder Floyd
Hand, among four bands of Lakota spoke from the
well of Holocaust that was chilling.
We are the descendants of Red Cloud and Crazy Horse.
I did not come here in peace.
Hand said they would not smoke the pipe and if
the expedition continues up the Missouri River,
the families of the expedition members would
suffer the spiritual consequences of small pox.
Referring to the tribal governments who welcomed
the expedition, Hand said those tribal
governments reflect the same type thinking as the
re-enactors and are not the voice of the grassroots people.
The tribal governments are not a voice for us.
They are imitating us, like you are imitating Lewis and Clark.
We want you to turn around and go home, Alex
White Plume, Lakota from Pine Ridge, told the
expedition.White Plume said Lakota are here on
this land for a reason.We were put here by the
spirits. He said the Lakota never lost their
language or ceremonies and now they are making
these requests: Lakota want their territory back,
their treaties to be honored and to be able to continue their healing ways.
White Plume said many Indian people have become
assimilated and colonized. We pray for our own
colonized people. We say they are in a prison in
the white mans world. White Plume said there
was no point in the expedition coming here.
All you did was open up these old wounds.
Carter Camp warned the expedition to halt or they
would be stopped. He said the expedition has been
told lies and are spreading lies.
Camp said Lewis and Clark are a part of the American lie.
They had no honor. They came with the American
lie. They murdered 60 million people.
Read more from that day on the Missouri River of
the Stop Lewis and Clark movement in 2004,
including the words of Russell Means and Alfred Boneshirt:
Listen to Scott Mandrell (Earthcycles, Longest Walk Radio May, 2008)
PHOTOS: Scott Mandrell welcomes the Longest Walk
to Camp Dubois at Wood River, Illinois in May,
2008. Photo 2: Deb White Plume delivers symbolic
blanket of smallpox to the Lewis and Clark
Discovery Expedition in Chamberlain, S.D., in 2004. Photos by Brenda Norrell.
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