An article of mine titled "Changing The Racist Name Of The Knights Of Columbus" was posted on Indigenous Peoples Literature. It can be viewed by clicking Changing The Racist Name of The Knights of Columbus

This article was also posted on the very popular Indigenous Peoples news website - My Two Beads Worth. Click My Two Beads Worth to view and read the My Two Beads Worth post.

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota nation's on-line newspaper editor also recently posted this article.

Shortly after Indigenous Peoples Literature posted my article titled, Changing The Racist Name Of The Knights Of Columbus, Tony Castanha (Taino), an internationally renowned leader of the movement to put an end to the glorification of the colonial pirate Christopher Columbus, contacted me and said that I am doing "great work" and to keep him "updated". More recently, after I sent him a link to my youtube.com video, titled: "Protesting The Racist Name Of The Knights Of Columbus" Mr. Castanha contacted me and said: "time to go after these 'Knights' guys..." This new video of mine can be watched by clicking Protesting The Racist Name of The Knights of Columbus

Note: When I wrote this article I mentioned in it that I was a Roman Catholic. I am now a New Age Syncretist.

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Changing The Racist Name of The Knights of Columbus

By Thomas Dahlheimer

I am spearheading a local, national and international movement to revert the faulty-translation and profane name of Minnesota's "Rum River" back to its sacred Dakota Indian name Wakan, which translated means (Great) Spirit. After sending MN Representative Mike Jaros my draft bill to change the name of the "Rum River" as well as 13 other MN geographic site names that are offensive to American Indians, he slightly edited it and then with the consent of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council he introduced it to the MN legislature.

Anoka, Minnesota is located at the confluence of the Wakan/"Rum" and the Mississippi rivers. During the summer of 2007 Jim Anderson, the Cultural Chair for the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community and a leading Minnesota Dakota activist, and I gained permission from Anoka's Mayor, president of the Anoka area chamber of Commerce and the executive director of the Anoka County Historical Society to set up a tepee at the Anoka County Historical Center (located in the City of Anoka) during an Anoka County sesquicentennial event for the purpose of teaching the Dakota people's history in Anoka County.

During the event Jim Anderson brought awareness to the effort to change the profane Rum River name as well as to our plan to establish an Anoka Dakota Unity Alliance. We later met with the Mayor of Anoka and discussed our plan to establish an Anoka Dakota Unity Alliance. He is now helping as to establish an Anoka Dakota Unity Alliance. In the near future we will be meeting with him again. During our first meeting we told him that Columbus was a genocidal maniac Indian killer. And I told him that during a meeting with the pastor of the Catholic Church of Saint Stephen in Anoka I told the pastor that Columbus was a "genocidal maniac who was following the edicts of a genocidal maniac pope" and that he then said "YES". Before our meeting the pastor had read articles of mine about Columbus and I had also sent him the Transforming Columbus Day Alliance website address.

However, when I later asked the pastor if he would help me "put an end to the Knights of Columbus organization in Anoka he said "NO", and then gave some lame excuse as to why not.

If their bishops are not asking them to take a counter cultural position on an issue, it seems like most priests will always go along with the majority position in their church and nation. Like when German Catholic's went along with Hitler's madness and also when priests went along with their bishops who bought and owned American Indian slaves as well as black African slaves. In my opinion, they do not listen to the Great Spirit calling them to "come out and be separate, and protest". And I also believe that most present-day Catholic priests are conformist, not Christians, they go blindly in the way of the many, they're, as a former MN Governor once said, "weak mined people who need strength in numbers", and so are most of their fellow parishioners. When they were young and vulnerable they were led into the "conformist box" and then had their consciouses sheard.

And I recently spoke on the phone with a prominent member of Anoka`s Knights of Columbus. He called me to see if I, a new member of the Church of Saint Stephen in Anoka, would like to join the Church of Saint Stephen's Knights of Columbus. We had a fifteen minute conversation wherein I told him about my international movement to change the profane name of the "Rum River" back to its sacred Dakota name. And I also told him about my draft bill that Rep. Jaros introduced to the Minnesota legislature.

I also told him about the UN's World Conference Against Racism document that identifies two Papal Bulls as the source of white racism associated slavery, genocide, ethnic cleansing, grand theft of the indigenous peoples of the Americas homelands, denial of these indigenous peoples' fundamental human rights, including the right to have absolute root ownership of land, full independent nation sovereignty rights and religious freedom. I also told him about Columbus and his knights' evil exploitation of the native people whom they came in contact with.

In addition, I told him about the bicentennial national debate wherein some American Indian leaders were trying to influence the leaders of the Knights of Columbus to change their organization's racist name; and that I have received support for my effort to change the profane "Rum River" name from national and international renowned American Indian activists, and that I have been corresponding with national and international renowned multicultural educators and social activists who have given their support for the effort to change the profane Rum River name.

I also told him that I believe that the Knights of Columbus name is a white racist name; and that I was trying to influence the pastor of the Church of Saint Stephen as well as other members of the Knights of Columbus in Anoka to leave the Knights of Columbus and start up a similar organization, and then write a letter to the leaders of the Knights of Columbus, a letter wherein they would inform them as to why they left the KC's, and that after they change the racist name of their organization they will rejoin the organization.

I also told him that I would like to address Anoka's Knights of Columbus and personally present information to the Knights of Columbus about Columbus and his knights as well as about my plan to put an end to the Church of Saint Stephen's Knights of Columbus; and then, later, after the leaders of the Knights of Columbus change their organization's white racist name, reestablish a chapter in Anoka. I also told him that I had met and spoke with the pastor of the Church of Saint Stephen and that he agreed with me when I said that: "Columbus was a genocidal maniac following the edicts of a genocidal maniac pope".

The prominent member of Anoka's Knights of Columbus then told me that he would inform the other members of Anoka's Knights of Columbus, especially including the pastor of the Church of Saint Stephen, about our conversation. I then told him that there is a "problem" and what the problem is. I told him that it is very difficult for a pastor to tell his congregation that they might, because of a unique situation, "have to do something different". He agreed with me.

I also told him that Jim Anderson and I had met with the mayor of Anoka and that he understands that the Dakota people are coming back to Anoka; and doing so, because it is a part of their homeland. And I told him that the mayor is helping us to establish an Anoka Dakota Unity Alliance, so that the residences of Anoka and the Dakota people can participate in Anoka pow wows, intercultural education classes and blend spiritually services, etc.. I also told him that I thought that Jim Anderson, the Historian and Cultural Chair of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community and leading Minnesota Dakota Indian activist, would also like to address Anoka's Knights of Columbus.

Rum River name change website

Name changing MN bill

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council draft resolution

Flier that Jim Anderson pasted out during an Anoka County sesquicentennial event

Genocidal Maniac Christopher Columbus

Combating White Racism Against Indigenous Peoples

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Correspondance with an internationally renowned indigenous activist:

On October 4, 2007, I sent an e-mail to Tony Castanha, an internationally renowned indigenous activist who is leading the international campaign to revoke two 15th century Papal Bulls that were primarily responsible for the atrocities committed against his descendents when Columbus and his knights invaded his peoples homeland in 1492. My e-mail to him and his response e-mail are presented below.

More about Tony Castanha:
Tony Castanha is a representative of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP) and he is this coalitions focal point for the campaign to revoke two 15th century Papal Bulls. The members of this internationally renowned indigenous peoples advocacy coalition are the descendants of the first "American Indians" to encounter Columbus in 1492. A picture of Mr. Castanha along with some information about him can be found at: http://www.uctp.org/hawaii. htm

Video of Roberto Mucaro Borrero, president of United Confederation of Taino People, interviewing Tony Castanha about his people's annual protest against the 15th century Papal Bull Inter Caetera.



THE UNITED CONFEDERATION OF TANO PEOPLE (UCTP) is an international coalition of Caribbean Indigenous Peoples dedicated to the promotion, and protection of the cultural heritage and spiritual traditions of their aboriginal ancestors for their present and future generations. With the historic establishment of the UCTP, the descendants of the first "American Indians" to encounter Columbus in 1492 now have a forum to present a unified voice to address the many issues concerning contemporary Indigenous Peoples throughout the Caribbean and the Diaspora. ~ The UCTP has been represented in various international, national, and local forums and currently has regional representatives in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia and honorary membership in Cuba.
Ref: http://www.uctp.org/English Ver.htm
Ref: UCTPs home page can be found at: http://www.uctp.org/index. html

Roberto Mucaro Borrero, the president of UCTP, wrote a UCTP letter of support for the work that Mike Graham and his Unite Native America organization (an organization with over 30,000 registered members) are doing to put an end to Columbus Day as a federal holiday.

Roberto Mucaro Borrero wrote: On behalf of the United Confederation of Taino People (UCTP), please allow us to commend you and United Native America on the composition of your petition calling for a National Native American Holiday in the United States. We recognize it is an important step in promoting the rights of Indigenous Peoples; therefore we wholeheartedly put forth our support for the declassification of Columbus Day as a federal holiday.
Ref: http://www.unitednativeamer ica.com/tribal/atl2.html

King Ferdinand's letter to the Taino Indians http://www.uctp.org/KingFer dinandLetter.html Note: The Taino people were not a barbaric nation Because of a 15th century Papal Bull Columbus felt justified and righteous to write in his journal that the Taino people were "very friendly", "an inoffensive people", "they could be much more easily converted to our holy faith by gentle means than by force", "weapons they have none", and that "with weapons and 50 men I could enslave the entire population". He later wrote: "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."
Ref: Columbuss log http://www.franciscan-archive. org/columbus/opera/excerpts.html
Ref: http://www.towahkon.org/Col Genocide.html

My e-mail correspondence with Tony Castanha:

On Thu, 4 Oct 2007, I wrote:

Dear Tony Castanha,

I support the work you are doing. Indigenous Peoples Literature recently posted an article of mine titled, Changing The Racist Name Of The Knights Of Columbus. Ref: http:// www.towahkon.org/Changeknights.html

I am spearheading the local, national and international movement to revert the faulty-translation and profane name of Minnesota's "Rum River" back to its sacred Dakota Indian name Wakan, which translated means Spirit or Great Spirit. I am also try to change 13 other derogatory geographic site names that are offensive to American Indians.

After MN Representative Mike Jaros received my draft bill to change the name of the "Rum River" as well as 13 other MN geographic site names that are offensive to American Indians, he slightly edited it and then with the consent of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council he introduced it to the MN legislature.

I am also trying to influence the Catholic Church to revoke the 1493 papal degree "Inter Caetera."
Ref: http://www.towahkon.org/ SEED.html
Ref: http://www.towahkon.org/ ColGenocide.html

You could help me to influence the leaders of the Knights of Columbus to change their organization's racist name by giving your support for this mission of mine.

Best wishes,

Thomas Dahlheimer
Director Of Rum River Name Change organization, Inc.

Tony Castanhas response e-mail to me:

This is great work you're doing. Please keep me updated. Best regards, Tony

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Tony Castanha e-mail address:
castanha@hawaii.edu

United Confederation of Taino Peoples website page
about Tony Castanha
http://www.uctp.org/ hawaii.htm

United Confederation of Taino Peoples website
http://www.uctp.org/index.html
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Blessings,

Tom

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Kevin Annett, an internationally renowned indigenous peoples rights activist recently sent me an e-mail in response to the information I sent him about Tony Casyanha contacting me. Mr. Annett wrote:

Thanks Thomas, this is crucial work. I should contact Tony directly and interview him, and link our work. I'll send you some recent updates, Kevin ps: see our film on genocide in Canada here:

The recent update information Kevin Annett sent me:
update

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