My husband looked up from the computer with awe in his voice, “It is still happening,” he said.  “All that stuff you write about is still happening, isn’t it?”

He was reading a comment on a local newspaper site responding to the recent arrest of a former Hoopa Tribal Chairman .   “Anti Indianscum” was upset that he has to live “near those bunches of bum Indian methheads, Indian thieves, and murderers,” and asserted that  “we should annihilate them for good. There no good, or functioning so eliminate them.”  (the misspellings are the author’s).

I would like to think that Anti-Indian is all alone in his prejudice, but other posters shared his hateful sentiments.   

My husband was right.  “Anti Indianscum” bears a striking resemblance to E.L. Davis, who, in 1860, wrote to the state governor complaining  about the local Indians.  He stated very clearly his desire to “exterminate the Indians from the face of the earth as far as this county is concerned.”   Davis lived in Hydesville and was upset because he believed the local natives were killing his cattle.   


Perhaps Anti-Indian is a Davis descendant. Perhaps he is  our neighbor.  I would like to believe that this county’s ugly history is far behind us, but Anti-Indian reminds me it isn’t.    Our history is ancient past, and today’s news.    Many of our local landmarks are named after serial killers and our small town blocks are lined with quaint historic homes where indentured  Indian servants once lived as slaves. Many of us pass the site of a bloody massacre on our way to work  and share offices with Anti Indianscum .


We have much to learn…


5 Responses to Why….

  1. rvewong says:

    I suspect this state of affairs has been going on since the beginning of human social groups.

    American Indians have probably had it worse than some in recent history as there was an active government sanctioned anti Indian program.

    The more light we shed on this the better.

    • lynette77 says:

      Actually a Yale graduate student, Ben Madley, wrote a paper outlining the predicable patterns conquests follow.
      First there is invasion, with the indigenous people too surprised and overwhelmed to respond quickly.
      Second, the natives realize that the invaders (and the abuses) aren’t going away and so they start to fight back.
      Third, the invaders start to realize the original inhabitants aren’t just going to give up their land, resources, women and children– and decide that extermination is the only way to deal with the natives…
      If anyone is interested in the paper, I’ll try to find a copy.
      Madley demonstrates these patterns with the invasion of Australia, South Africa (I think), and Mendocino County.

  2. […] might be drawn into the mystery anyway.  Come help Lynette unravel the past. And be sure and read the first post which points out parallels between then and now. Possibly related posts: (automatically […]

  3. […] While the incident was shocking and sad for all involved, thankfully no one got hurt, physically.  Emotionally it may have been a different story, and not just for the family and the tribal members involved.    Comments from readers of the Times Standard article ranged from sympathetic  to racist and hate- filled.   […]

  4. Lynette, I am enjoying every word and each question that arises as your story of Lucy unfolds. I am also a fan of Kym’s – and glad that she encouraged you in what seems to be a natural gift in you.

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