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they speak of terrorism
coming from other places
no one would think
to look here
to see the terrorism
here at home
where it has continued
for many years
look to the northeastern corner
of arizona on the hpl
look at the threats faced daily
by those on the land
hopi rangers forcing signatures
on accommodation agreements
threatening those who have not
with arrest for noncompliance
forcing many hardships
with confiscation of vehicles
many dollars needed
to retrieve them
though unlawfully taken
but still this is their way
the BEAST'S way
confiscation of tools
necessary for firewood
during the cold winter months
but they say they are stealing
from the hopi people
this is what they are told
when the wood is cut
for the fires needed
in hogans with no heating
when a few sticks
of willow are taken
needed for ceremony
but left behind
because of these threats
signers threatened to stay away
from those who haven't signed
traditional hopi threatened
to keep them from helping
their diné neighbors
neighbors with whom
they have no problems
neighbors with whom
they empathize
but others must keep
this "dispute" going
this is part of the way
the BEAST works
this is the terrorism
right here at home

they speak of terrorism
coming from other places
no one would think
to look here
to see the terrorism
here at home
where it has continued
for many years
the constant harassment
at a gathering held for the elders
htc warnings to all here
this gathering is illegal
the only support from the navajo nation
another letter saying to leave
all who come here in peace
to allow this gathering
hopi ranger drive-bys
once twice many times
each day using yet another
to instill the fear
the fbi all lying as always
speaking a language unknown
to the Grandmothers
asking about "squatters"
saying they had heard
they were here asking
about permanent structures
erected on the land
all of these fbis and rangers
armed to the hilt
in constant surveillance
the grandmothers
and their supporters
unarmed threatened
lack of balance
hanging in the air
followed the next day
by yet another denying
he knew the fbis were coming
saying he came to check on things
that he didn't know until
returning to the office
extending the lies
saying they were looking
for a female felon
all knew was nonexistent
this is part of the way
the BEAST works
this is the terrorism
right here at home

they speak of terrorism
coming from other places
no one would think
to look here
to see the terrorism
here at home
where it has continued
for many years
Elders who have been raised
here at this sacred Altar
threatened through these actions
of others, those who act always
without thinking, only puppets
doing the dirty work of a select few
while the Elders whose ancestors
have lived here on this land — their homeland
long before any "land dispute" arose —
burying their dead in a traditional way
this tradition being their lives
yet this tradition is ignored
because those who have been buried
in this way in their homes
as always has been done while
their families moved away
or sometimes buried under a tree —
these burial sites others see
as no more than abandoned homes —
so these burial sites are desecrated
these final resting places dismantled
all carted away all, disrespecting
those here in their final resting place
an Elder asks, how can they do this
"what do they do with the bones?"
these places should not be disturbed
so now quietly Elders remove the walls
to keep these others from taking away
the whole site, yet still these puppets
rummage through landfills nearby
ones not used for many many years
and objects are planted, pictures taken
these puppets looking for information
to use against the Elders and their families
harassments, threats, thefts continue
always trying to break the resistance
those who have fought long for their existence
their right to remain on their homeland
this is part of the way
the BEAST works
this is the terrorism
right here at home

they speak of terrorism
coming from other places
no one would think
to look here
to see the terrorism
here at home
where it has continued
for many years
some in the form
of modern-day witch hunts
with the indignant furor
that has arisen suddenly
over the words of Ward Churchill
written not long after 9/11 —
a date burned into our brains
scaring our memories forever —
but misinterpreted by those
who raise their voices in protest now
in 2005 — three and a half years later —
not when the essay first came out
or when it went through revisions
like most writing always does.
so Ward Churchill is attacked
his identity is questioned
by those with high security clearance
with the department of defense
plants by the government
that seeks to stop all opposition
first amendment rights forgotten
or perhaps just not worth the paper
they are written on for they say
he has no right to speak
speaking engagements canceled
to stop the free flow of ideas
those diametrically opposed
to what the BEAST will allow
totalitarian is this handling
politicians jumping into the fray
demanding he be removed
from his post as professor
though he has already resigned
his post as chair department head,
nothing more than a headache anyway
but this sells newspapers
this is "hot" news
they are after his head
this is the way
the BEAST works
this is the terrorism
right here at home

they speak of terrorism
coming from other places
no one would think
to look here
to see the terrorism
here at home
where it has continued
for many years
over 500 years worth
with no end in sight
this is the way
the BEAST works
this is the terrorism
right here at home

 

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