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anti-Columbus Protest 10/12

by atlachinolli_front Monday, Oct. 02, 2006 at 8:46 AM

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Contact: Aaron Carapella, Aniyunwiyah Nation (714) 858-4926 carapellaaaron@yahoo.com , Naui Huitzilipochtli (949) 254-3146

WHEN: October 12th, Thursday 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE: San Juan Capistrano Mission, corner of Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano

WHO: Native Americans, Atlachinolli Front, Cal State Fullerton students, Santa Ana College students

WHAT: Indigenous people revisit scene of crime of continuing genocide in 5th annual event

WHY: Columbus Day was terminated as a national holiday in the 1990’s. Nevertheless this flagrant celebration continues to flourish within American culture and the private sector. Columbus Day signs and imagery pervade at this time of the year while Native Americans mourn his horrendous legacy. Locally, the Ajachamen people were brutalized by the Spanish mission system. The Ajachamen people continue to experience this torment as one of their sacred burial sites is being built upon as we speak, right next to the San Juan mission.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – Members of the Native American community are offended by the perpetual honor given to Christopher Columbus, a man who initiated genocide against millions of Taino and Arawak people in the Carribean in the late 1400’s. Columbus and his subordinates systematically invaded islands and planted crosses and Spanish flags on them, declaring these lands as part of Spain. He believed that non-Christians and non-whites had no rights to claims of their ancestral lands, and instituted a system of slavery for purposes of collecting gold and other precious metals, as well as of stealing land. Tens of thousands were outright-murdered by Columbus’s men. Some were massacred, some were crucified upside down in groups of 13 to represent Jesus and the 12 apostles, some were driven off of cliffs to their deaths, all in the name of greed. * Today, this man is honored by many Americans as a hero. Today’s Native Americans see him as the initiator of the deaths of 95 million indigenous peoples throughout the Western hemisphere. In the 1700’s the Spanish created the California mission system as a way to subjugate California nations. Father Junipero Serra was in charge of this system and mostly resided locally at the San Juan Capistrano mission, where he committed atrocities against local Ajachamen people.** We acknowledge that both of these men are icons of the holocaust against our peoples.


* Stannard, David. American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World. New York: Oxford University, 1992.

** Margolin, Malcolm. The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs & Reminiscenses New York: Heyday Books, 2001.

Contact: Aaron Carapella, Aniyunwiyah Nation (714) 858-4926 carapellaaaron@yahoo.com , Naui Huitzilipochtli (949) 254-3146
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