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:
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.