Native Organization Schools Steve Bannon on Native History

Native Organization Schools Steve Bannon on Native History

Posted By Jazmyn Espinoza-Church September 13th, 2017 Last Updated on: February 2nd, 2019

Trump’s former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon recently made an appearance on the popular CBS special 60 minutes. If you’re familiar with him and his views on issues like immigration many of his comments may have come as no surprise. One comment, though, took Indian Country by surprise.

When speaking on the issue of immigration the interviewer, Charlie Rose, brought up the fact that unless you’re Native American your ancestors were immigrants.

The statement seemed to unhinge an anger in Bannon.

His response?

That’s simply “leftist” propaganda.

The official transcript from CBS spells it out for us.

STEVE BANNON: You couldn't be more dead wrong. America was built on her citizens.

CHARLIE ROSE: We're all immigrants.

STEVE BANNON: America was built on her–

CHARLIE ROSE: Except the Native Americans–

STEVE BANNON: –don't– don't g– don't– don't–

CHARLIE ROSE: –who were here.

STEVE BANNON: –don't– don't give me– this is the thing of the leftists. Charlie, that's beneath you. America's built on our sys– on our citizens. Look at the 19th century. What built America's called the American system, from Hamilton to Polk to Henry Clay to Lincoln to the Roosevelts. A system of protection of our manufacturing, financial system that lends to manufacturers, OK, and the control of our borders. Economic nationalism is what this country was built on. The American system. Right? We go back to that. We look after our own. We look after our citizen, we look after our manufacturing base, and guess what? This country's gonna be greater, more united, more powerful than it's ever been. And it's not– this is not astrophysics. OK? And by the way, that's every nationality, every race, every religion, every sexual preference. As long as you're a citizen of our country. As long as you're an American citizen, you're part of this populist, economic nationalist movement.

Economic Nationalism?

His statements unsettled many, including the National Congress of American Indians which sent out a public statement to TheWrap schooling Bannon, who people felt was qualified to help lead the country, on America’s history.


“ ‘America,’ a term Mr. Bannon uses to refer to the United States of America, owes its founding, its place, and its very survival to the original, Indigenous inhabitants of this land – the First Americans. America as a democratic society and government was modeled after the Great Law of Peace, the oral constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy. America grew to its present size and strength by dispossessing Native peoples of their lands and resources against their will.”  

The statement ended with a bang.

“The truth is that we were peoples long before ‘We the People’ — certainly long before the term ‘leftist’ was even coined — and we remain vibrant peoples to this day, peoples who contribute immensely to making this country great.”

What are your thoughts on Bannon’s knowledge of American history?

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“What are your thoughts on Bannon’s knowledge of American history?”
History is propagated by the dominant culture. Facts are supposed to inform history.
“Native”, “Indigenous” are the dominant culture’s words which actually mean something factual.
Being a ‘Citizen’ and being ‘Native’ have not always been seen as the same thing.
Bannon is talking about ‘citizen’. He reacts with (to him) a derogatory term ( Leftist )when the word ‘Native’ is introduced to his history.
Looking back to 19th American society for inspiration?
Maybe to him the two terms can be ‘proven’ to be exclusive and incompatible?
Is it actually ‘Leftist’ to ponder on this guy’s philosophy?

Valerie sosa

Who is the owner of the nonprofit organization for the native American indian?


Accountancy? Paperwork, Numbers is a ‘citizenship’ thing. Indigenous is a Native American thing. Immigration is a Turtle Island thing.

Uno Hoo

Citizenship is about paperwork – nothing else! It is not about family history.
“Leftist” is just a dog whistle term. It pertains to nothing definitive.
Marx, Lenin & Trotsky were “leftist” according to Stalin. They were too liberal.
Economic Nationalists are “leftist” according to Global Economists. They are preventing & curtailing ‘making a buck’.
The term is only useful in a Regressive’s echo chamber.
Bannon refers to 19th Century US economics. Think about those ‘glory days’ and upon whose backs they were won. Who profited & who lost?


It is about time! The American history in the history books was written by immigrants who came to this continent & displaced the people who had been here. Take a look at Andrew Jackson & his making the “Trail of Tears” w/the forced relocation of the rich farmland in the southeastern U.S. He is merely 1 example to give any who are interested a place to start. But even before him, the French, English, Spanish, & other Europeans’ arrival began what has been a story of horrors–murder in the name of God, to name one of the most heinous!
It is a family story that my paternal great grandmother was Cherokee. Whether true or not, I am uncertain but it stirred an curiosity in me to learn what & all that I could. From that, I learned there are more than one side to any story & that the history books are written by leftists historians.

Louise Davies

How this man gained prominance is beyond me. He talks about the 19th century and then speaks of Hamilton who was dead by 1804, hardly a man of the 19th century. I don’t understand his view of American history. The first immigrants only survived because of the generosity of the Native Americans.

Brenda Llanas

Talk about rewriting history, oh that was a pun-His Story! He has no clue nor does he have a life. “None are so blind as they who will not see.” Mister Bannon welcome to the dream world.

Daniel Rosenthal

Yes and we have a lunatic in the White House, and his lunatic counterpart in North Korea,
The two of them may start World War III.

Shawn Bivens

Africans who entered America were NOT immigrants to this land !!!!!!

Debra Hall

What were they then? Not all came on slave ships

David Lively

Native Americans were here first and I’m proud to be a part of that.

Wm. A. "Bill" Fisher

I for one, am sick and tired of leftist-Marxist-socialist diatribe trying to infect everu aspect of communication, thought and life.
And if this is the BS Powwow.Com is going for, you’re done.
First place, it’s entirely doubtful that any Native Americans were Native Americans! You’d have to be thousands of years old to acutally have been one of the first people to come here. Huh-uh.
In the grammatically correct (NOT “politically correct”, for some reason “feel-good” mindset) and politically scientific correct term, if you were born here, you are native, no matter what tribal grouping your ancestry descended from.
Second, archeologically speaking, the original tribal groups who migrated across the Bering Sea land bridge originally are no longer with us, having been supplanted by subsequent tribal groups with their own familial DNA, which is discernable cross Tribally.
Tribes after tribes were rubbed out by other tribes in the way of our fathers as Warriors.
That was going on as a way of life and death long after the Europeans and their African slaves came here.
The “Athapascan Invasion” which took place about the same time here in the U.S. as did William of Normandy’s invasion of Britain
That was a recent event archeologically, and about the same time as the “Pit Dwellers” of the Southwest started building defensive communities in the cliffs of the Southwest as the “Anasazi, Mogollon and Hohokan” ancestors of the Hopi and Pueblo peoples in efforts to save their lives from the Athapascan ancestors of the Navaho, Paiute, Crow, Comanche, Apache, Kiowa, Utes, etc.
And the Pueblo people weren’t being killed and sometimes eaten by the English or even the Spanish back in A.D. 1066.
My Cherokee ancestors were fighting against the English Colonists (including 13 different great+grandfather ancestors who served in the Colonial Army) when my Cherokee mother fell in love with and married a son of Daniel Boone. She moved into life with him in Boonesboro, having English/Cherokee children before the War ended.
Her family members subsequently killed her husband in battle.

The concern now is that illegal aliens, drug dealers and Islamic terrorists are pouring over our porous borders, some from Canada but many more via Mexico.
That has to be stopped.
The various Tribal Confederacies tried to defeat the nascent Americans” in Black Hawk’s war, in Oceola’s war and even combined Lakotan and Cheyenne peoples in the north, with their signal victory being at Little Big Horn, where they rode off before wiping out the entire 7th Cavalry though they chopped up Custer’s Command portion.
But then again, Custer was a pompous, arrogant ass who. ALMOST had his scalp handed to him at the battle of the Washita, and would have if not for a rather unique, freezing inclusion of wet air dampening the sounds of battle with Black Kettle’s village.
The 7,000 to 10,000 estimated warriors just down stream a mile or two couldn’t hear the gun or artillery fire.
Custer escaped from that battle claiming a great victory over the Southern Plains Tribes, even though 28 of the Seventh’s Troopers who he had sent swinging around downstream to stop the refugees, wound up getting rubbed out by warriors investigating the first arrival of refugees from upstream.
Customer left them to their feet and rode back through the snow northwest to Camp Supply. Guster should’ve been imprisoned on many counts long before Little Big Horn.

But the point is, that communist philosophy based political groups, imperial Moslems, and the illegal invaders from Central America and Mexico are putting our nation and homes at risk.
And that includes every last person reading this. The whole stupid idea of racism is bogus both by its proponents and its opponents.
There is only one race and that is the human race. Obviously we have lots of tribes but just one race.

After all, there ain’t any Klingons running around!

And I would like to watch a football game a political event a powwow a hurricane without all of this mindless political crap from the left trying to take over or intrude in every aspect of life.
And I’ve seen it too, and power.com so, “Adios, I’m out of here!”
I’ll not open the email again.


Thank you, Mr. Fisher, for your thoughtful, thorough, and informative reply. I am going to save it, as I believe your references in it will help guide me to ferret out truth about the history of this continent.

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