Indigenous struggles must be the starting point for liberation – it’s the only way to truly undermine worldwide capitalism and colonization
Churchill 97 Ward, Suppression of Indigenous Sovereignty in 20th Century United States, Zmag Online http://www.zmag.org/ZMag/articles/may97churchill.html
The route leading to an alternative destiny for native people is just as clear as that prescribed for us in the newly revised Draft Convention. By relentless and undeviating assertion of the basic rights of treatied peoples—at all levels, through every available venue, and excluding no conceivable means of doing so—we can begin to (re)secure them, restoring to ourselves and to our posterity our/their rightful status as sovereign and coequal members of the community of nations, free of such pretense as IRA-style "self-governance" and subterfuges like the 1975 "Indian Self-Determination" Act. Only by achieving success in this enterprise can we eventually position ourselves to tangibly assist our relatives in other quarters of the globe, untreatied and thus presently unrecognized as being imbued with the same self-determining rights as we, to overcome the juridical/diplomatic quandary in which this circumstance places them. Any such progression, of course, serves to incrementally disempower nation-states even as it steadily (re)empowers those upon whose subordination statism depends most heavily and directly for its very existence. This,for its part,undermines a cornerstone on whichthat rapidly metastasizing malignancy described by U.S. President George Bush in 1991 as constituting a "New World Order" is designed to rest. The inestimable benefit to all humanity deriving from a trajectory of this sort should be readily evident to anyonenot already vested in the perpetuation of planetary business as usual, and may serve to explain why the agenda of indigenous liberation deservesthe broadest imaginableprioritization and support among those who profess commitment to constructive sociopolitical and economic change.