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A. J. Lufkins: One Lost Indian

by David Yeagley · April 13, 2011 · 21 Comments ·

When an American Indian is mistreated, the general public doesn’t really seem to care. When an Indian turns up missing, there is little concern. Andrew Jon Lufkins (“A. J.”), a Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Indian was reported missing a year ago, April 7, 2010, from Sisseton, South Dakota. There has been no sensational, national media search. There are reasons for this.


Andrew J. Lufkins (“A. J.”), last seen on April 7, 2010, near Sisseton, South Dakota.

Indians were once considered the national enemy of the United States. The grand Sioux people were particularly feared. Indians, in self-defense, killed hundreds of thousands of white people over the decades of war. Indians truly terrorized whites. After the treaties, Indians showed that they were not interested in joining the white society. Indians were completely independent, psychologically as well as culturally. Therefore, when an Indian suffers, the general public is essentially indifferent, if not a bit resentful or even vindictive. “Have it your way!” the white public seems to say. “That’s what you wanted.”

No, that’s not what Indians wanted. But, it’s what Indians got.

A. J. Lufkins, 23, has family, of course, who, along with local media, community organizations and law enforcement (Department of Criminal Investigations), have investigated, searched, and continue to search, both professionally and with volunteers. (Anyone with helpful information is encouraged to call: Roberts County Dispatch Center at 605-698-7667.) Here are two recent local TV (KSFY-ABC) videos:

KSFY Interviews A. J.’s grandfather Carl Lufkins
KSFY Searching for A. J.

It is quite a mystery how a person can disappear ‘without a trace.’ Sometimes, evidence doesn’t turn up until years later. The FBI joined the search in the early summer of 2010. BadEagle.com will now contact major national TV agencies, like Nancy Grace and John Walsh, and pursue the matter of their possible interest and help. (The fact that there are such media programs based on crimes and missing persons only bespeaks the sorry conditions of our society.)

The general American public has been dictated priorities by political concerns. A black victim, if but alleged, is aggrandized to social sainthood, of course, as in the case of Tawana Brawley and her patron Clown Al Sharpton, or Crystal Mangum and lying prosecutor Mike Nifong. But, as noted, Indians were national enemies of the United States. Indians killed white invaders. Indians were bloody about it. This reality American has never forgotten. Indians have endured a great deal of abuse ever since.

The Jesuits were just ordered to pay $166.1 million to some 500 sexual abuse victims, most of whom were Indian. One might conjecture that there was a plan to ruin a people through the irreparable effect and contagion of profound psychological distortion.

Indians are constantly victimized, physically if not financially, individually if not corporately. Over a decade ago, the DOJ release statistics that showed Indians were more than twice as likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the average American; 60% of those crimes were committed by whites and 10% by blacks. In nearly half of all the cases (46%), alcohol was involved. They say the crimes are committed by “poor, drunken whites.”

Indian women, on reservations, are three and a half times more likely to suffer violent crimes, from abuse, to assault, to rape, to murder.

But, again, who cares? Indians are considered riffraff anyway. Always drunk, careless, promiscuous, and generally dissipated. This is the public image of the American Indian. Only blind, bleeding heart liberals look beyond that and talk compassion–while they do nothing to change Indian circumstances, really. Democrats pay Indians with cigarettes and whiskey to vote, together with free food and rides to the polls.

The American people (white people) may pity the Indian, but, they see the A. J. story as just another drunk Indian in a bar fight. They don’t see it as significant or deserving. Family? What family? People with the slightest prejudice against Indians wouldn’t even think of A. J. as a person with a family that loved him and cared about him. The utter discomfiture of the Negro “family” dominates the image of all non-white people in America. Father, mother, brother, and sister, are not terms which are associated with such semi-human communities. We can all thank the Negro for that image. (And who shall the Negro thank?)

This less than human image is what Indians are up against. This is what the Sisseton-Wahpeton face. This is what reservation Indians deal with. They suffer the consequences of the pride of their warrior fathers. Indeed, all Indians suffer those same consequences. Our fathers fought like hell for what they had. They did seem ‘other than human.’ They left an indelible impression of terror on the collective conscious of the American people. But Americans know that Indians were only protecting what was their own–something any people worth their salt would do–and for the failure of which to do Americans are now held in disdain even by the Third World!

Americans don’t even protect their own now. Why would Indians expect Americans to care about one lost Indian in South Dakota?

How about it, A. J.? Can you believe this? We care about you. Indians care about you. We don’t have power now, like we used to; but, we will find you. It may take a good while, but, we will find you. I doubt anyone will learn any lessons about the ills of alcohol, reckless living, or disrespect; but, maybe you will teach us a lesson about ourselves, and where Indians are today, socially and psychologically. We can hope for that much.

Posted by David Yeagley · April 13, 2011 · 12:31 pm CT · ·

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  • 1 David Yeagley // Apr 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm   

    I would add, if Filipino Michelle Malkin is in any way frustrated at a lack of national interest in her lost cousin, Marizela Perez, perhaps some of what I said in this blog also applies to her, if not more so. Hers is a foreign race. There is no historical basis for any particular social concern over Filipino immigrants. Only common, human concern.

    And everyone knows, human concern involves priorities. There are only so many resources for searching. Only those persons who are important to society, who have money, or who are in some way critical to present reality, are searched for with relentless rigor.

    The rest of us have to be more patient, more prayerful, shall we say.

  • 2 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm   

    This is a powerful piece. I have no easy answers.

    Honestly, I was not aware of the high numbers of crimes being committed against the American Indian — mostly by Whites. To be sure, most of my time is spent in books and music, so I’m not surveying these matters very often. (I never really turn on the television.)

    What strikes me most in this is that average Whites would still be vividly picturing to them-elves the slain Whites during the wars of conquest — that this would live on in people’s memories. Obviously, such wounds run deep in both communities — Indian and White.

    The only explanation I can think of is that these injuries of the past make their way into the very genes and are passed on to the generations to follow. Some psychologists tell us that we do in fact literally carry the memories of our ancestors, physically, within us.

    Since, in my particular case, none of my ancestors were ever at war with American Indians, this particular genetic content has not been passed on to me.

    Here is how this news strikes me:

    A young American Indian man gets into a fight at a bar, most likely with a white customer (probably much older than himself). Both men are much the worse for drink. Young A.J. walks out of the bar and is pursued by the other patron, who murders him and disposes of the body. The family is grief-stricken and needs to find the body to get a sense of peace and closure.

    It definitely is true that were this a white-on-black crime, the matter would be front-page news across the country.

    So Dr. Yeagley’s observations are right.

    What remains, then?

    In addition to solving this mystery, there is another issue: How can a population group recover from its history — its wounded collective unconscious? What can be done to help heal the wounded psyche of the white population, so that Whites will no longer be inclined to acts of violence against the American Indian?

    One of the greatest problems of human nature is how to make forgiveness a reality. Most of our psychological disturbances are related to injuries whose roots are in the soil of the past. It is often very difficult to resolve those feelings. They are deep in the psyche.

  • 3 Pamela K. // Apr 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm   

    Statistics aside, why do you naturally assume AJ was the victim of a white criminal? While you are right to say that most people just don’t disappear into thin air, AJ was hanging out at a bar that night, most likely a local watering hole frequented by more Indians than any other ethnic group. This is just my speculation, but maybe AJ witnessed something going on that he shouldn’t have, like a drug deal that went bad, and as a result was made to “disappear without a trace” not by a white criminal and a stranger, but by someone he was familiar with and who lives in his community. Someone like this young man with family and friends who love him and are deeply concerned about his whereabouts as his grandfather and family are would have definitely tried to contact them by now if this was humanly possible, don’t you think so?
    Furthermore, I cannot agree with your statement that the only white people who care about trying to stop the terrible poverty and abuse on Indian reservations in America are bleeding heart liberals with ulterior political motives. What about charity organizations like the Native American Heritage Association? What about people who are not politically well-heeled or famous and far from wealthy, just ordinary people who donate money, food, and clothing every month to try and help at least one family on a reservation in South Dakota have winter coats to wear or enough food to eat or a donate a child’s backpack loaded with supplies for school? These donations are often made by white people with no underlying motive accept the burden that God has placed in their hearts(“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren you have done unto Me”) to give to the poor and help their fellow human beings live better lives.

  • 4 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm   

    “Someone like this young man with family and friends who love him and are deeply concerned about his whereabouts as his grandfather and family are would have definitely tried to contact them by now if this was humanly possible, don’t you think so?”

    Yes, he would certainly contact his family. Unless, of course, he had committed a serious crime and had fled the country to escape being found out.

    All of my thoughts on this are the purest speculation.

    I thought the crime may have been committed by a white person simply because no motive for the crime was provided, or even suggested, in the news report.

    If it had been a bar-room brawl, and if the bar were in a predominantly white community, then it was indeed by statistics alone that I made that guess. I simply figured that, if the crime had been racially motivated, then the assailant was statistically likely to have been white.

    On the other hand, to conjecture further, if the crime had been a crime of racial passion, it would seem to me that the family would raise this question, be angry or suspicious of it, and pursue the racial angle in the investigation.

    Obviously, I have too few concrete facts to do anything other than wild guessing. Your theory, Pamela, may very well be correct.

    My prayers are with the family. May the truth come to light for their sakes.

  • 5 David Yeagley // Apr 13, 2011 at 5:20 pm   

    No details of the incident are given, that I can find.

    I never meant to imply that it was a white against Indian crime. I merely quoted government statistics.

    Indians often wander, drunk, and get hit by cars.

    I wasn’t thinking about ‘historical wrong,’ nor did I mean to imply it.

    Charities for Indians are rarely operated by “conservative” groups. Churches tend to be very liberal in their approaches.

    This article was not meant to be a complaint, but just to expose certain socio-psychological conditions inherent in the circumstances. There was no intent to blame anyone for anything, but merely to explain the situation a bit. That’s all. Not meant to offend.

  • 6 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm   

    “Democrats pay Indians with cigarettes and whiskey to vote.” — David Yeagley
    ———————————————–
    Politics today has become corrupt beyond belief! The system is desperately in need of reform. A powerful revival of true Christianity is the only salvation for this once-great nation.

  • 7 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm   

    Believe me, sir, there was no offense in the article! Rather, it was the U.S. government statistics that caught my notice:

    “[T]he DOJ release statistics that showed Indians were more than twice as likely to be the victims of violent crimes than the average American; 60% of those crimes were committed by whites and 10% by blacks. In nearly half of all the cases (46%), alcohol was involved. They say the crimes are committed by “poor, drunken whites.”

    This is remarkable, because Blacks are often victims of other Blacks and their crime rate is considerably higher than that of Whites.

    If crimes of violence against Indians are 30% by other Indians (or Mexicans et al?), 10% by Blacks, and 60% by Whites, then I’m left wondering about the circumstances in which these take place — particularly in cases involving Whites.

    The question I have is: Are low-life Whites getting intoxicated, and then trespassing onto Indian lands and attacking people? That’s what the government statistics suggest, at first glance. Then I think that perhaps there are more “neutral” geographical areas where both Indians and Whites who are intoxicated are encountering one another and getting into fights.

    When I was growing up in the 70s, the “race talk” among Whites was always about Whites and Blacks. Well, not always — sometimes other races were mentioned — but the issue was primarily a black / white question. The one thing that was conspicuously absent, in my area at least, was the nursing of grievances against the American Indian!

  • 8 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm   

    Even more alarming to me is the finding that in 56% of the cases alcohol is not a factor.

    Since the media love to tell white people of their sins and wickedness, I am surprised — well, I don’t really tune in directly to the media very often, though — that the phenomenon of crimes against Indians by non-Indians is not more widely known. This inclines me to agree with your observation that the media are not much interested in these, as a matter of priority. I suspect that the liberal elites basically view the American Indian as an outsider — except when it comes to election-time.

    Just how the corporate media set their priorities, and why, is a subject of much debate. I only know that the owners of the media strongly favor liberalism.

  • 9 Pamela K. // Apr 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm   

    There is clearly a racial bias when it comes to justice being served in America today. You mentioned Tawana Brawley and Crystal Magnum, both black women who made up outrageous stories about being raped and ruined the lives of their white accused attackers. Neither women has ever been held accountable for their actions, nor were they ever forced to publicly apologize to their victims. Not so, in the more recent case of Bethany Storro, a clearly disturbed young white woman who splashed her own face with drain cleaner and then claimed a black woman attacked her with acid.

    http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Suspended-sentence-for-woman-in-acid-attack-hoax-1329464.php

    Not only did Bethany receive a one year suspended jail sentence for making a false statement to a public official, the court made her publicly apologize to all African-Americans!

  • 10 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm   

    “[T]he court made her publicly apologize to all African-Americans!
    ————————————————-
    The African-American has become an idol — an object of obligatory social worship — not in a religious sense, perhaps, but certainly in terms of social status. There’s an underlying assumption in all this that, if you’re white, you’re guilty until proven innocent — of “racism.”

  • 11 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm   

    What strike me in all this is just how fragile human life is. I am amazed at this, given the truth of Hamlet’s proclamation:

    What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason!
    how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how
    express and admirable! in action how like an angel!
    in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the
    world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me,
    what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not
    me: no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling
    you seem to say so.

    Of course, the beginning of the speech uses “man” as any “human being”; then, towards the end Shakespeare plays on the alternate meaning of the word.

    My point is this:

    Our creator has made us in His image — and yet, so fragile! Our lives are so astonishingly brief, even at the longest! The Bible puts it this way:

    “He [= man] springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.” — Job 14:2

    Why? Why is our life — all of us — something so easily hurt? So rigorously subjet to “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”? A mystery indeed!

  • 12 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm   

    When you say, “Indians often wander, drunk, and get hit by cars,” my immediage reaction is, “There, but for the grace of God, goes Thrasymachus.”

    God has established a contradiction and enigma in creating us: we are designed as works of art — and yet God has not seen fit to make us strong and lasting!

  • 13 Thrasymachus // Apr 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm   

    Alcohol is a poison. I would ask any American Indian to think of it as a poison and to shun it. There are many Indians who do this, and they are wise in this. Join them in this wisdom!

  • 14 David Yeagley // Apr 13, 2011 at 9:51 pm   

    In Arizona, it was against the law to sell liquor to an Indian–up until 1954! Then they changed the law. A lot of good that did us!

    Indians don’t do sugar. For a time we were the highest lactos intolerant group; we have I think the highest cases of diabetes, Indians losing feet, legs, often, especially up in the Dakotas; and Indians obviously cannot handle alcohol.

    This is all related to SUGAR. We just don’t do sugar well.

    I am always greatly disappointed when I see Indians drinking, even a beer. I think drinking alcohol is the most humiliating, denigrating, and positively the WORST think an Indian can do, for himself, for his family, for his people.

    Yet, that’s what so much of Indian life is all about.

  • 15 Edwin M. Wright // Apr 14, 2011 at 12:56 am   

    David I agree mightly with you on the alchol.

    I see Alcohol as a tool/weapon that was used against all of US.

    Movies The War’s of 1898, and 1917, for US in that tragedy of August 1914 help to demoralize US much worse than the suffering of the criminla job done on US from April 12, 1861 through 1865.

    Drinking and demoralizing Indian’s and Whites started in ernest at the end of the WW 1 and the Swine flu epedemic of the same time.

    The with Prohibition and drugs pushed on U.S. the real war to annihilate US was on IMO.

    Look at the filth that was taught and pushed on US in US public colleges of the late 1960′s and through the 1970′s.

    Look the Hollywood movies to stir hatred up and guilt in ignorant pliable naive Whites.

    Bottom line is drinking sucks because I say 90% don’t handle it well, and makes them full time A Holes.

    I never had a problem drinking problem as my use was small, but I gave it up over night with out any trouble after having troubles for the last time with con men who were drinkers.

    All my life it was drinkers and closet drunks who caused me troubles.

    So I depise drinking and I see the corporations and military wanting US to be hooked on drinking or some kind of dope legal or illegal.

    War has many avenues that a enemy of a free people can take to rob and vangish them.

    IMO.

  • 16 David Yeagley // Apr 14, 2011 at 8:50 am   

    Both Jefferson and Franklin knew the effective use of alcohol to subjugate Indians, and instructed its use theretoward. Nevertheless, one is encouraged to look at the larger picture, not the devils in the details. Right?

  • 17 Thrasymachus // Apr 14, 2011 at 11:14 am   

    When studying History, we need to look at the larger picture of life.

    [An aside: A proof that very very few Whites hate American Indians lies in our naming so many things after them. I have before me now a food product labeled "Big Chief," with an Indian brave proudly pictured. This is clearly a sign of admiration of and respect for the American Indian. Even if he had formerly been the national enemy, he is nevertheless regarded with enough respect to use his image, in a positive way, in advertising! The company for this food product is in Bay City, MI, and is almost certainly white-owned.]

    Let us, for example, look at the European invasion from the Indian point of view.

    Suddenly, these previously unknown people are appearing on Indian lands, and, using powerful, deadly weapons, are threatening the very annihilation of the people! Their appearance is also accompanied by new and deadly sicknesses among the Indian population. Hardly something I’d expect the Indians to find tolerable.

    Of course, in desperation, the American Indian would strike back, hoping to drive the invaders out and back to the place whence they came. The Indian would fight back, using any means available to him. To me, this is perfectly understandable.

    If Earth were invaded by hostile and determined “little green men” from Mars, would we not feel terrified and fight back? To resist an invasion is entirely natural.

    Looking again at the big picture: Jefferson and Franklin were probably hoping to save white lives. In times of war and grave danger, people’s need to protect their own may greatly interfere with their general sense of compassion. Survival tends to occupy Life’s stage, front and center, and people find it expedient to put survival needs above other considerations. Remember, in times of war, people are living and thinking in a way that is dormant in times of peace. The conditions of war bring out different elements of human nature — some admirable, others otherwise.

    In the Bible, we see God Himself making war! One battle is recorded in which God, unaided, takes on 1,000,000 enemy soldiers and slays them!

  • 18 Thrasymachus // Apr 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm   

    Look at this astonishing passage from the Bible:

    “8 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an army of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and he came unto Mareshah.” — 2 Chronicles 14

    One million three hundred chariots gather to attack Ancient Israel! That’s an astonishing number!

    Now:

    “11 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.
    12 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar; and there fell of the Ethiopians so that none remained alive; for they were shattered before the LORD, and before His host; and they carried away very much booty.”

    None of the enemy survived! God saw to it!

    2 Chronicles Chapter 14 דִּבְרֵי הַיָּמִים ב
    .

    I’m citing this passage to demonstrate that even God is not above making war. So how can we condemn mere mortals acting in self-defense? Though God prefers peace, He makes allowance for war and suffering. Just food for thought and meditation.

  • 19 Thrasymachus // Apr 14, 2011 at 12:13 pm   

    Heredity and its link to alcoholism:

    “Heredity is a major cause of alcoholism and genetics determine whether an individual becomes an alcoholic or not. This is because there is an abnormality in the body chemistry of an individual predisposed to alcohol. Alcoholics have a substance closely related to heroin in their brain called THIQ.”

    More here:

    What Causes Alcoholism?

  • 20 Thrasymachus // Apr 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm   

    Alcoholism is a problem in Θρασύμαχος’ family, and it would not surprise me in the least were a blood-test to reveal that Θρασύμαχος has THIQ in his brain. So alcohol is to be avoided.

    I do not know if this is the cause of alcoholism in the American Indian or not; but certainly the cause of this condition in the Native American population is hereditary, in one way or another.

  • 21 Thrasymachus // Apr 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm   

    THERE IS HOPE for the American Indian and others who suffer from the disease of alcoholism.

    “Orexin reinforces the euphoria felt when drinking alcohol, so if a drug can be developed to block the orexin system in humans, we should be able to stop an alcoholic’s craving for alcohol,” Lawrence told the BBC.

    Brain chemical linked to alcohol desire
    .

    It is possible that more lives will be saved, if a medicine that can neutralize the craving for alcohol can be developed. I pray that this will indeed be achieved.

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