Posted by on Jun 23, 2013 in Featured

Requiem For a Drunken Indian, By John Martin

Requiem For a Drunken Indian, By John Martin

Today is a good day to live! It’s a solemnly beautiful Los Angeles evening. The moon arcs high overhead. A big, bright summer moon shines magnificently- opulent and daunting.  It’s so huge I want to reach out and spin it the way our primordial ancestors must have wanted to do millions of years ago on a desolate subsaharan African savannah. It’s Friday night and I am so thankful to be sober. There are many miles to go and my path is primed with a myriad of life battles left to fight. I am Oglala Lakota, a blessed member of an elite group of human beings. I represent the last vestiges of a once proud and great warrior society. However, I am not a warrior, I am simply a man. I am a drunken Indian. Though I am not currently under the self-destructive influences of wine or spirits, it is extremely critical to remind myself of my faults. They define a personal narrative, one pushed to the limits of alcoholic insanity....

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Featured, News

Presidents’ Day: Mt. Rushmore Voices Etched in Stone -John Martin

Presidents’ Day: Mt. Rushmore Voices Etched in Stone -John Martin

The Talking Heads: Voices Etched in Stone. As another sublime Presidents Day has come and gone. America’s original freedom fighter and human rights advocate/founding father, George Washington’s heroic aura shrouds the ugliness of his reality, the ambivalence of his hidden legacy. Washington was responsible for the inception of military operations designed to massacre Native Americans. In 1779, after juxtaposing Indians to wolves, George Washington instructed Major General John Sullivan to attack Iroquois people. Washington stated, “lay waste all the settlements around…that the country may not be merely overrun, but destroyed.” Slave molester and co-author of the U.S. Constitution, Thomas Jefferson’s explicit hatred of Indians, is a morose historical fact. Jefferson, when he wasn’t displaying his Romanesque architectural prowess, would frequently go on the record publicly espousing his vehement hatred of Indians. Jeffersonian genocidal policy pioneered in the cultural nihilism of Manifest Destiny. Jefferson infamously stated “If ever we are constrained to lift the hatchet against any tribe…in war, they will kill some of us; we shall destroy them all.”...

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