WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO EXIST
A Translation of Aboriginal Thought
The first book ever published from an
421 pp., $16.00, paperback
Wub-e-ke-niew was an Anishinabaeotjibway of the Bear Clan. He was born on the Red Lake Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota, in 1928 and lived there until he died on October 15, 1997. He was raised in traditional Anishinabeotjibway ways by his grandfather, Bah-wah-we-nind. Upon his grandfather’s death he was placed in a Catholic Mission school, where his native language was beaten out of him and taught very little English. At the end of World War II he joined the army and was sent to Germany. He has been a farmer, fire fighter, electrician, truck driver, stevedore, and journalist. He was one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) and wrote a column for the Ojibwe News/Native American Press.
"All people are inherently responsible for their actions. Everyone is put here for a purpose. When people take the responsibility that is theirs, and eliminate the many facets of violence which are entrenched in their culture, then we can all address the health of human society and Grandmother Earth in an effective holistic way, and restore harmony and balance" —Wub-e-ke-niew
"This book in its scholarship and its passion is one of the most powerful indictments ever written about the treatment of original indigenous people, both here and abroad. But it is also a call to a new fairness and equity between peoples, one that can restore autonomy to those cultures upon which our continued life on this planet may depend."
—Jean Houston, from the Foreword
"This study of aboriginal indigenous thought should be read, studied, and pondered by anyone who cares about the civilization and culture of the conquerors, and about the possibilities of human existence, thought, and creative experience that have been marginalized and suppressed—not to speak of the terrible fate of the victims themselves. It is a remarkable contribution."
"Now is the time to set the records straight. The book: We have the Right to Exist, is well written, well researched, a very thorough and sensible approach to the relationship now enjoyed only by the Federal Government with the Indian Tribes. 'Indian is an exploitation word along with the official designations of the Indian Tribes. To change that, it will take a concerted effort by all the Native Americans. This book is a first step."
—Maynard Swan, Columnist Ojibwe News/Native American