The United States has been at war with people living within its borders since the day the country was founded. Systematically the government has stripped them of their land, denied them of basic human rights, and tried to steal from their tongues the very language they have spoken for thousands of years. When they or allies have had the nerve to protest they are declared enemies of the state and treated as such.
If you thought acts committed under auspices of Homeland Security were new, its only because the majority of the population of the United States has not been subject to them before. Welcome to a small taste of what it's like to be an Indian in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
Only a small taste however; the government isn't quite stupid enough to think that the majority of people would tolerate being treated like they still treat Indians today. Heck, they never even treated the Blacks this bad – but of course they were an essential ingredient in keeping the economy going, slave labour to pick the cotton and minimum wage slave labour to keep the service industry turning over.
But what damn good is an Indian? They don't make good slaves 'cause they just die, which is why we had to import the Africans in the first place, and you can't teach him to be civilized either – look at how long we tried with residential schools. Not them, nope, they'd rather keep speaking their own heathen languages no matter how much we beat, raped, or generally abused them. Well, if the stubborn bastards don't want anything do with our way of life than screw 'em is what I say, and let them rot on their reservations.
That might not be written down anywhere as official government policy, but it's certainly been the way the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have conducted themselves when it comes to their treatment of American Indians and their supporters. The Unquiet Grave: The FBI And The Struggle For The Soul Of Indian Country by Steve Hendricks is the latest book to try and waken the American public to the criminal behaviour of their government toward its own citizens.
Published by Thunder Mouth's Press, an imprint of Avalon books, and distributed by Publishers Group Canada and Publishers Group West, it joins Dee Brown's Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee and Peter Matthiessen's In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse as attempts to counter the lies and bullshit that have been propagated as the truth about events of the last thirty years and beyond.