This is a working draft of a reemergence of our Anishinabek Constitution based on Mno Biimaadiziiwin “Living a Good Life” and on our Gi Doodeminaanig “Clan System” where committed Anishinabek Individuals, Clans, Autonomous Camps, Communities, Territorial Council Fires can use as a Governance Model to accurately reflect who we really are as the Anishinabek Nation in assertion of our Title and Jurisdiction within Great Turtle Island.
Many feel we need separate from such colonial forms of governance structures. Current neo colonial assimilated factions of our so called “people” are creating constitutions for their individual colonial created reservations where such constitutions are based upon and give authority to fraudulent treaties, acts and agreements with defacto totalitarian settler governments that give these settle governments legitimacy within our territories; which is not a Constitution but further surrenders. Those committed to rebuilding our Nation must be aware in order to assert who we really are as a Anishinaabek we need to make such actions to remove ourselves from fraudulent and illegal Indian Band Registry, Treaties as well as all ties and benefits of the defacto settler government of Canada and the United States which are only Jesuit Vatican corporations.
A Living Constitution
Our Doodeminanig, Clan Governance is proclaimed by the Peoples, Clans, Territorial Council Fires, Societies and Tribes that encompass the Anishinabek Nation who assert our inherit Title and Jurisdiction passed on through our living Creation Story exemplified by our existence upon these lands of Great Turtle Island.
We are the Anishinabek “Good beings, lowered from above.” We are a part of Turtle Island that is made up of Rock, Air, Fire, Waters, Vegetation, Minerals, Fish, Birds, Four Legged, Crawlers and Clans of Anishinabek that form various Tribes and Nations where we are all interconnected and interdependent as Turtle Island.
Our roles and responsibilities of our Clan System are passed onto us through the stated interconnections and interdependence and also through the act of birth by our Mothers who connect us to an original female and male where we are created by and connected to the spirit, star and earth realms expressed through our spiritual, emotional, mental and physical being as a living Creation Story which is our Law of the Land which is supreme of any foreign and man made law not of Great Turtle Island.
This Law is that of Universal, Spiritual, Natural. Since we are beings that encompass spirit, star and earth realities we must be free of all outside influences such as colonial laws, drugs, alcohol when asserting this law.
ARTICLE 1- Interpretation; In this Law
1.1 “Anishinaabemowin” refers inclusively to all languages of the Peoples belonging to the Anishinabek Nation.
ARTICLE 2 – Official Languages of the Anishinaabek
2.1 Official Languages: Anishinabemowiin is the official language of Anishinabek where we choose to equally recognize all other Nations of Turtle Island Languages as official languages of this constitution. Due to effects of genocide waged on our people we acknowledge the use of English and French language that our people use but do not officiate them. We also acknowledge and make specific point that our current use of english as a common language does not obligate us to their occult origins as we express in english from what comes from our Anishinabek Worldview.
ARTICLE 3 – Relations of the Anishinaabek Nation
3.1 Every person recognized and connected to an Anishinaabek Clan that is tied to an Autonomous Council Fire recognized by a Territorial Council which is connected the Confederacy is member of the Anishinaabek Nation.
ARTICLE 4 – 7 Grandfather/Grandmother Teachings: Code of Conduct
4.1 Nibwaakaawin—Wisdom: To cherish knowledge is to know Wisdom. Wisdom is given by the Creator to be used for the good of the people.
Zaagi’idiwin—Love: To know peace is to know Love. Love must be unconditional. When people are weak they need love the most.
Minaadendamowin—Respect: To honor all creation is to have Respect. All of creation should be treated with respect.
Aakode’ewin—Bravery: “state of having a fearless heart.” To do what is right even when the consequences are unpleasant.
Gwayakwaadiziwin—Honesty in facing a situation is to be brave. Always be honest in word and action. Be honest first with yourself, and you will more easily be able to be honest with others.
Dabaadendiziwin—Humility: Humility is to know yourself as a sacred part of Creation. In the Anishinaabe language, this word can also mean “compassion.” You are equal to others, but you are not better. Some communities instead express this with Bekaadiziwin, which in addition to “humility” can also be translated as “calmness,” “meekness,” “gentility” or “patience.”
Debwewin—Truth: Truth is to know all of these things. Speak the truth. Do not deceive yourself or others.
4.2 Balance in Duality: The Windigokaan and Two Spirit Societies help council and remind us of how dualities work together and being in balance as well as the dangers of giving into excess. We must be aware of this teaching also in working together and understand everything is a teaching but know the dangers of going to far.
ARTICLE 5 – The 7 Structure of Governance
5.1 Spirit Name: A spirit name exemplifies the essence of an individual’s spirit to help give direction. An individual is free to concentrate on skills, roles and responsibilities to express their spirit which may not be that of their clan they are born into.
5.2 Gender Roles: Females roles and responsibilities are to protect, nurture and carry the sacred gift of water and life whose helper is Grandmother Moon. Males are helpers to Women who carry and nurture the sacred gift of fire whose helper is Grandfather Sun. Two Spirited People’s role and responsibility is to be reminders of balance and looking at things from another perspective.
5.3 Clan: An extended family group with roles and responsibilities to the community and Nation that exemplifies characteristics of a clan’s specific animal where each Clan is also responsible through interconnection and interdependence to protect the animal representative of their clan and it’s environment.
5.4 Council Fire: An autonomous group of three or more Doodemag tied to a Territory and Territorial Council Fire
5.5 Territorial Council Fire: A group of Council Fires that represent a Territory through this Territorial Council Fire.
5.6 Nation: A Group of Territorial Council Fires that represent a Nation such as Ojibway, Odawa, Potawotomi, Mississauga, Algonquin, Menominee that have a specific role and responsibility within the Confederation.
5.7 Confederacy: A confederated assembly of Nations. Confedercy will meet regularily to address affairs of the Nations and to read and agree to this living Constitution that is our Way of Life.
7 Doodemag and their Traditional and Modern Roles and Responsibility
The responsibility for International communications and Nation Building because they are said to be echo makers, the most vocal that are heard are the Crane, Hawk, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, and Thunderbird Clans. These Clans observe the outside world and are known as the Outside Chief. These Clans are responsible to facilitate Territorial Council Fires, Confederacy, Inter-tribal Relations, International Issues and External Communications Initiatives. These Clans also must know the roles and duties of the other Clans, the History, Laws and Ceremonies of the People.
The responsibility for Internal/Domestic Affairs and Communications, facilitating and organizing the community Council Fire to facilitate dialogue on all internal/domestic issues. These are the Loon, Goose, Duck, Snipe, Raven, Kingfisher Clans. These Clans are known for their voice as they fly around or dive and see the happenings inside the water in this way they are known as the Inside Chief. These Clans also must know the roles of the other Clans, the History, Laws and Ceremonies of the People.
The responsibility for Justice settling disputes between the Chiefs and People and who are considered our Intellectuals are the Water Clans, the Whitefish, Sturgeon, Otter, Sucker, Mud Turtle, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Frog, Snake, Mermaid Clans. These Clans are astrologers who watch the sky and have the knowledge of the sun, stars and moon to predict events here on earth. In this way the Fish Clan hold the most intelligence and are the peoples philosophers. They are also advisers to the Chief Clans and help solve problems of the Nation. In this modern time we add on Finance and Treasury to this responsibility.
The responsibility for implementing protocols, community patrol and medicine people is the Bear Clan. They are known to protect with ferocity, to be short tempered and live on the outside of the village to ensure the safety. This Clan was so big at one time that it was divided up into sub clans from various parts representing the Bear. This Clan is also our medicine people for they know the healing ways of the plants. Their duty is to implement community patrols, protocol implementation, and organizing ceremonies and healing and wellness initiatives.
The responsibility for a national defense, emergency response and preparedness are the Wolf, Lynx, Martin, Beaver, Otter, Fox who are the Warrior Societies. These Clans are known to be master strategists, organizers and planners and also known for their fierceness, loyalty and bravery. Responsible to ensure we are well stocked in food, arms, resources and plans of action.
The Moose, Elk, Caribou, Deer, Buffalo Clans are responsible for scouting, hunting, gathering, building and artistry. They are known for their resourcefulness, kindness, artistry and being poetic in nature. They are very creative and make music, stories, art, games, using colors and making beautiful things.For these reasons in this modern time they would be very good administrators of Community Infrastructure, Scial
The responsibility of teaching and carrying on spirituality as well as looking after seeds and gardening are the Bird Clans. They are known to predict the future. There are different types of birds in this clan such as waterfowl, land fowl insect eaters and seed eaters.
Council of Grandmothers: Each Clan will have a Council of Grandmothers to select a Clan Mother.
Clan Mother: A Clan Mother will be someone who is the eldest woman within the clan who has a strong knowledge of the people, history, language, ceremonies and laws and who also nurtures and protects these things so we may live. A Clan Mother does not submit and enforce foreign laws over this law of the land. A Clan Mother helps choose a Clan Headmen to speak on behalf of the Clan.
Ogema: A Male Ogema for each Clan will be selected by a Clan Mother and group of Grandmothers who are of the same Clan.
Roles of each Nation in the Confederacy
The Ojibwe were addressed as the “Older Brother” and are the “Keepers of the Faith”
The Odawa are the “Middle Brother,” and are the “keepers of trade.”
The Potawatomi are the “Younger Brother” designated as “keepers/maintainers of the fire”