Our Native American Brothers and Sisters are like us made in God’s image. Yet for the entire history of our nation they have been for the most part treated as disposable, non-essential and evil. The result was a genocide of the American Indians to take their land and resources and then the interment of the remainder in concentration camps. The late Floyd Red Crow Westerman called it a holocaust.
Just as the Puritans succumbed to their evil age so have we and we continue to do so. The sins of pride and greed among others led the Puritan’s into killing and promoting slavery in the name of God.
I have included in this article three videos that give us some insight into what people like Floyd think about the past and the present. Floyd died in 2013 and did not live to see the nose dive into depravity and evil that how seems to hang over our nation like a cloud. But he did understand a lot more about how the world and tribes and groups of people change over time, a much better understanding than many of us have.
The first video is: Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman - American Indian Prophecy and includes quotes in the introduction from the video. The following is one of those.
He said:“Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman (Kanghi Duta): "We were told that we would see America come and go. In a sense America is dying, from within. Because they forgot the instructions on how to live on earth."
Video from Matheus Van den Berghe
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman - American Indian Prophecy
This video includes quotes from Floyd Red Crow Westerman made in the video, many of them very profound and telling.
The second video is a clip from one of my favorite x-files episodes “The Blessing Way.” In one of his many performances as Albert Hosteen his introduction is an accurate description of who we are today in America.
Video from Buddah Stalin
The X-files (Blessing Way) clip.
"There is an ancient Indian saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it. My people have come to trust memory over history. Memory like fire is radiant and immutable while history only serves those who seek to control it, those who would douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth. Beware these men for they are dangerous themselves and unwise. Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth."
The third video is: RED CROW WESTERMAN - Speaking to the World - AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT
Video from aimovementmedia
"This is an excerpt from a 2005 interview of Red Crow hosted by Vernon Bellecourt. It was recorded at the Wolves' Den coffeehouse on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. Topics include: The Reservation as Concentration Camp, The role of the Christian Churches in the Theft of the Land, Boarding School Life, Andrew Jackson, the Historians Whitewash of Colonial Genocide (with an excellent example from none other than Jimmy Carter) and more. To access additional archives of free programs like this clip visit the webcast page at WWW.AIMOVEMENT.ORG and/or the "Free Streaming Media" category at WWW.MOTHERSWORLDMARKET.COM." from video introduction.
In this video Floyd tells us that Indians had to pretend they were Christians to survive in the world of the White Man. This is yet one more sin that our ancestors perpetrated and his a blaspheme in that the Good News was perverted in such a way.
Native Americans and Christianity Today
The spirituality of Native Americans is paganism and is closely aligned with many things in our world that depart from Christ and the Gospel. Their attitude toward Christianity and the Church is understandable. All of us today must show not only Native Americans but the world what true faith really is.
"At least 100,000 Native Americans live in 14 states across USA. Less than 30% of the them live on reservation lands. The rest live in large cities, assimilating somewhat to the culture of the city or town where they live.
A high percentage (90%) “have minimal or no connection to Christianity”, Gary Hawkins, the executive director of Fellowship of Native American Christians (FoNAC), told Baptist News.
Though the largest numbers of Native Americans live in New York City, Phoenix and Los Angeles, the two states with the largest numbers of churches are in Oklahoma (200) and North Carolina (70), Hawkins reported....FoNAC's mission is "to serve as a catalyst, seeking and praying for a movement of God starting among the indigenous people of North America and extending to all nations." from the article: Christianity grows among Native Americans
"FoNAC’s vision is to be an integral part of developing a network of people, places, and partnerships working together to see a movement of God beginning among the 574 tribes of the United States and the 634 recognized First Nations governments or bands spread across Canada, then extending to the indigenous people around the globe!" from the website: Fellowship of Native American Christians
Today we are in general treating not only the Native American peoples with contempt but those at our borders as well. As a nation comprised of strangers we are evil and selfish in our attitudes. God will judge us for this.
We grieve God's heart as we turn away families with children and the elderly at our borders. As Christians we must speak up and extend our hand to those in need as our Lord requests.
Matthew 25: 35-40
35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
Native American Spirituality (link)