“The United Nations has issued a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to guide member-state national policies to the collective rights of indigenous people, such as culture, identity, language and access to employment, health, education and natural resources. Estimates put the total population of indigenous peoples from 220 million to 350 million”.[
“The UN describes it as setting “an important standard for the treatment of indigenous peoples that will undoubtedly be a significant tool towards eliminating human rights violations against the planet’s 370 million indigenous people and assisting them in combating discrimination andmarginalisation.”
I am an African-Native American and my genealogy and family history has been documented by the Smithsonian Institutions Researchers, my family’s story appears in their book and exhibit ,entitled : “African-Native Americans in the Americas”. It is currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. on the Mall.
I respectfully, as a Proud American submit my thesis. I appear in the photo above ,(far rt.), I am a non-veteran who was married with children during the Vietnam War. However, I did with a spirit of “What can you do for your country” quit a Civil Service job with full benefits and became a “Soldier in the War on Poverty” being waged by President Johnson’s Administration during the 1960’s. I’m from Watts ,Ca., therefore I returned to the Watts Rebellion Target Area and worked to help re-build my community.
For the last fourteen years, I have been a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry. It is an Official U.S. Army Unit Association. I am the Bugler who at every meeting plays the National Anthem and for 13 years I have been a member of the Color Guard.
I am and have been for 18 years, since discovering my personal genealogy, A Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist. I have shed light on the History of America in connection of it’s treatment of Native Americans, Enslaved Africans and African-Americans. I usually don’t attack current administrations (and never when abroad) but I always attack the Founding Fathers and subsequent administrations up to the modern. not contemporary era.
Here is my thesis : ” It is my contention that since African-American’s Ancestors originally were forced to inhabit America, essentially brought here as kidnap victims, having their History, Culture, Language , Genealogy and Indigenosity destroyed, that their Descendants should be granted “Indigenous Peoples Status” as African-Americans indigenous to the United States.
I am a Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act and I suggest that every known area where African/African-American Ancestors were Enslaved should be recognized as a Historical Landmark that is registered under the United States Department of the Interior/National Parks Service. The National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom managed by Diane Miller should be allowed to catalog and classify each site connected with the destruction of African and African-Americans Indigenous Status.
I further contend that since there were “Special Circumstances”, in the 1st degree murder of African-Americans status as Indigenous People that it can only begin to be repaired by finally giving African-Americans a “Special Coming to America” . History has proven that the 13th,14th and 15th amendments provided essential progress but History has also shown us that the “Soul of a People whose sense of belonging has been so utterly destroyed, needs some official sign of true acceptance “. True ,this is only a ceremonial solution, but it gives a “just starting point” in lieu of therapy without legitimate official recognition.
Honor and Respect,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Activist and Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act.
Photo” 1. Trooper Walter Brady (Iraq War Veteran) 2. Trooper Ron Jones (Vietnam War Veteran) 3. Trooper Lennister Williams (Vietnam and Korean War Veteran) 4. Trooper Phil Fixico, ( War on Poverty Veteran)