We all know that the history of the United States is fraught with atrocities. For all its beatific notions of freedom and liberty, it nonetheless had to grow from the same dark soil of every other human chronicle.
We all know that the original inhabitants of this land were driven away, assimilated, or even annihilated, in order to make room for the American way of life we are familiar with today, leaving only the small numbers of which you yourself may very well be a part.
Everyone knows that when the white man first came to these shores with the intent of staying, the wellbeing of the first people was a secondary concern, if indeed it was a concern at all.
Those who sought to expand the empire of the colonies believed in what was called “manifest destiny”. According to this once widespread belief held by many white Americans right up until the twentieth century, settlers were destined, or even appointed by God, to expand the dominion of the United States by any means necessary, and that doing so was both justified and inevitable.
Interestingly, however, this philosophy was not unanimous among white Americans or even politicians, at least not in the beginning. Manifest destiny was, more often than not, thought of as a Democrat ideology, with parties like the Whigs, and, of course, Republicans, rejecting it.
As we mentioned in a previous article, Ulysses S. Grant was among the first “pro-Native” presidents, and among those who rejected this notion, and even Lincoln, a man whose prejudice against the American Indigenous extended beyond mere arrogance and ignorance (and who may very well have acted upon that very prejudice more than once), did not believe it was the responsibility or even right of every white American to take native land simply because it was there.
The same could not be said for the likes of Democratic presidents like Andrew Jackson, whose uncompromisingly expansionist policies typified the current understanding of United States-indigenous relations of dark days past which usually falls from the mouths of contemporary Democrats and “liberals” themselves, generally in a way that both obscures any involvement their party of choice might have had in such things, and attempts to subtly pin it on anyone who might disagree with their manufactured guilt-trip, particularly Republicans.
Nevertheless, whether as part of some goal, or an interplay of misunderstandings and sporadic lust for power, it would seem that manifest destiny eventually won out, with the American Natives being completely disenfranchised and their numbers dwindling to all-time lows in the face of ever-increasing numbers of foreigners from any land but this one, and their territories engulfing what had once been tribal lands from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Perhaps it truly was “inevitable”.
But what is “manifest destiny”, really? What does it actually mean? Why was it called that in the first place…and was it truly accomplished?
Essentially, manifest destiny was perhaps the world’s first documented self-fulfilling prophecy. In the eyes of those who believed it, the land which sprawled before them “from sea to shining sea” was theirs for the taking, “manifest”, as it were, before their very eyes; so obvious was the course of action which was to be taken, so clear that God himself had laid before them a bounty of endless acres as far as the eye could see, and that all they need do is remove, assimilate or annihilate the “heathens” which stood in their way.
So obvious. At least in their eyes.
Still, while it is easy for any of us to look back on different times, considering the acts of anyone’s ancestors and say “I would have done differently”, we who look back now, whether native or non, cannot help but notice that no such thing could have seemed so obvious to them without a healthy dose of arrogant wishful thinking.
Their dream was to expand. They certainly did. Their desire was to establish. Again, this much is “manifest”. And their ultimate goal was to conquer. To assimilate or otherwise expunge all trace of any culture that was not theirs. Did they do this?
Though embattled to no end, though beset by addiction and attrition, the Native American cultures survive to this day in the United States of America.
All these things we are aware of. All these things the powers that be want others to know.
But there are things that they…be they faux “liberal” or sellout Republican politicians, or simply crooked tribal officials, don’t want you to know.
Many of these people may not be capable of seeing them themselves, and in fact believe that they are somehow on the right side of history, all while making a tidy profit. Others, however—those in charge of the grand scheme, they with legacies stretching back to the oldest of injustices—know very well of their existence, and strive with all their wretched being to obscure them from those who might one day seize upon them; radical, yet vital truths that would turn the world they have fought so hard to cause to serve them on its head.
One of those truths is the true and only “manifest destiny” that exists in the United States today…
The manifest destiny of Native Americans.
The world of the metaphysical has changed so much since the days of traditional medicine and the Western hegemony of the likes of the church, freemasons, and secret societies alike. Today, there are hundreds of philosophies and systems which any person can pick up, study, and integrate into their own practice with little or no fear of being ostracized.
But one theme that is paradoxically both timeless and subject to the whims of mortals is that of “fate”.
. In any culture, “prophecy”, as western terminology would have it, is the highest form of divination, with the recipients claiming direct knowledge of future events from an otherworldly source or sources. First nations the continent over have long traditions of receiving prophecy from the source of life itself. Prophets, or seers, of the Lakota, according to modern keepers of their wisdom, are said to have predicted the coming of nuclear warheads at least fifty years before such a thing had even been conceived of by other nations.
In contemporary occult and mystical circles, a concept known as the “law of attraction” is said to power both fate and “magick”. This idea became widespread after the release of the book entitled “The Secret” in the early two thousands. According to this theory, reality is determined not only by what one says or does, but how they think as well. That it is literally possible to attract feelings, fortunes, or even people to oneself, simply by thinking of them, or acting in ways which reflect those things.
Whether you choose to believe this way or not, it is an interesting way of looking at our relationship with the world around us, and with our own fates.
With this in mind, if you are Native American, we ask you to look around you. What do you see?
Tens of different locales, districts, and peoples, each with their own laws, and even cultures. Cultures that prioritize strength, freedom, and equity. With most offering prayers and thoughts to a great Creator being. Connected and ruled by only faith and ideas, with each ready to defend their homes, families and friends from danger from without or from within.
Ask yourself: is it any accident that a group of eagle-revering foreigners came to this land, of all places, and quickly divided themselves into colonies and “states”?
We do not believe so. Nor are we the first to think this way…
The great activist and founding father of the United States, Thomas Paine, in addition to tirelessly stressing the intrinsic humanity of America’s indigenous in the face of English exploitation, also based much of his ideas for the budding new nation which threatened to absolve itself of all European ties, fitfully, on the societal structures of the first American peoples who were all about the colonies.
Indeed, in the eyes of Paine, as well as his friend, Ben Franklin, the American Indian was more an example of what was to be desired, not despised, as their father nation of England had.
The Iroquoian Confederacy’s “Great Law of Peace” is commonly believed to be the spiritual (if not actual) parent of the constitution everyone knows about, with its notions of individual freedoms of religion and association for its members, ensuring the welfare of those involved, and talks of councils in which the opinions of designated members held equal weight, as well as voting (all things which were virtually unknown to seventeenth and eighteenth century Europeans), all composed of individual national entities which were allowed to remain such in the absence of the great council, but, when together, were greater than the sum of their parts.
While the United States of America is barely more than two hundred and forty years of age, the American way of life is much, much older.
This is the land of your ancestors. Of your forefathers and mothers. Of an amazing and illustrious legacy spanning thousands of years. A legacy that not only influenced, but built the modern notions of freedom and liberty in not just the West, but the entire world. None will ever truly know of these truths if you do not proclaim it, do not take your place as the true warriors and guardians of this land among those who seek to protect and promote what it always has been: a place for human beings to explore their humanity under the banners of peace and freedom.
Though you have suffered, though you continue to suffer, you nonetheless endure, for your spirit is as old as Turtle Island herself, and you must, for the sake of all her inhabitants and all of Mother Earth’s inhabitants, raise your voice and claim your birthright.
More than ever, non-native people are enamored of your culture, heritage and traditional ways of thinking. And it makes sense, for the medicine circle of the plains nations, which includes within it the four main colors of humanity, has come full circle in all that we have shown and in other historical examples that your true enemy—those who exploit your heritage, who seek to use you, who repress your freedoms, who seek to keep you weak, all while having the audacity to claim they are your friend—the left, desperately hopes that you do not discover.
We invite you to join us in the American Indigenous movement, among which there are many natives and non-natives alike, supporting a new vision for America, in paving the way for not just a better country, but a better world through the ancient and contemporary teachings of the very people who granted her such a boon: that of freedom itself.
The destiny of the American Indigenous is manifest before you. You have but to reach out, and claim it.