By: Indigenous People’s Liberation Party
“We demand an immediate end to all deportations and the dissolution of all European borders on Indigenous land.”
-from Indigenous People’s Liberation Party Platform
Since the invasion of our land in 1492, European imperialists have used borders to tear rifts in our people, confound our traditions and ideas, and steal our goods and labor.
Originally, Turtle Island was inhabited by thousands of culturally diverse people grouped into tribes, city-states and kingdoms. Our cities were some of the most advanced centers of science and trade in the world. We had extensive trade networks spanning the entire land, complex forms of government (which afforded more democracy than current-day systems), and full sexual and gender equality.
The first European imposed borders on our land were used by the Spanish and Portuguese to illegitimately claim ownership the on top of the bones and ruins of former autonomous empires and governments. With the help of biological warfare, our land, natural resources, and people were now exploited by an onslaught of European systems of colonization and imperialism.
The imperialist invaders attempted to destroy our languages and culture by the forced learning of European languages in order to survive. Like modern-day religious mission trips, Indigenous people were forced to “Sing and pray for their supper”, because the concept of private property had been imposed on our people. With our homes occupied by a foreign army, we had no choice but to resist or play by the oppressors’ rules.
In dire straits, our people over the next hundreds of years were subjected to this cultural genocide all while fighting back. Our traditions and stories are filled with valiant resistance by Indigenous people against the colonizers. Warriors like Toypurina, Emiliano Zapata, Sitting Bull, Tupac Amaru, Russel Means, and many others who European history books have left out, fought courageously against imperialist oppression.
Today, the effects of European imposed borders are still evident by violent deportations and kidnapping between the colonial occupation and the original inhabitants in all imperialist colonies. In the United States, many of our families have to cross through hundreds of miles of desert through an unforgiving landscape without water, surrounded by colonial amed forces known as the Border Patrol and their fascist goon squad known as the Minute Men. Violently patrolling an illegal European imposed border from Indigenous people on Indigenous land is truly a crime.
Impeding movement was wrong then, it’s wrong now. Legally, the story is the same. September 17, 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution: Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Article 37 of the declaration asserts the freedom to travel to all Indigenous people on Indigenous land for any reason. The border policing is illegal as current-day Mexicans are indigenous to the region.
The Indigenous Peoples Liberation Party says that from Alaska to Argentina, we are one race, one people! We will work with anyone courageous enough to join us to stop ALL deportations and to tear down ALL European imposed borders on our continent! Let’s get organized to defend our community, let’s get organized to take control of our land, let’s get organized to smash Imperialism, Colonialism, and Capitalism! Join the Indigenous Peoples Liberation Party and together we will push the occupation out!