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1866 Treaties-Ethnic (Black) Indians and Freedmen
Malcolm J. Rogers
Confrimed Historic Presence of Australo/African Indians
Announced Discovery of Black Aborigines Indigenous to North America
Modocs in California Prior to Removal
[Winema (standing Center) and her Caucasian Husband]
It does not take a great leap of faith to grasp the reasons why Malcolm J. Rogers, known as the “Dean of Southwest Archaeologists,” may have noted and embraced “the developments and consideration of International standards contained in the Indigenous and Tribal Populations Convention and Recommendations, adopted in 1957, removing the assimilationist orientation of earlier standards, affecting indigenous and tribal peoples in all regions of the world, impacting their aspirations to exercise control of their institutions, ways of life, economic development, languages and development within the framework of the States in which they live…”
Shortly thereafter, in 1958, Malcolm J. Rogers announced publicly, that he had confirmed the historic presence of Australo/African Aboriginals as Original Indigenous Peoples Native to the soil of North America, and had (in fact) been The First San Diegans.
For 18 years, Malcolm J. Rogers served as Director of the prestigious Museum of Man in San Diego, California. He was famously known and sought by peers as the “Active Dean of Southwest Archaeology.” Aside from conducting studies upon Aboriginal remains (Native American and Australian) imported and harvested for study in the repository of the Army Medical Museum. However, his most brilliant claim to fame was to have also conducted a 40 year Forensic Archaeological Study of “The First San Diegans” in North America.
Tasmanian Aborigines at Oyster Cove, 1800s
[Similar To Modoc Photo]
After uncovering numerous sites containing ancient aboriginal remains and culling through the copious notes of Spanish Padres from Mission Settlements, and others, regarding eyewitness accounts with the Indigenous People of the Americas that were “Hairy and Black” like “Australian Blackfellows.” Included by Rogers were, La Jollans, San Diegans, Tribes in Escondido, Encinitas and other numerous other areas as “Black.” He identified them as “Pericu” and “Dieguitos.”
Other explorers having incursions with the same tribal peoples left confirmed accounts the Black aboriginals self-identified as indigenous and were regarded thusly on account of their descent from populations inhabiting the country from a remote age, prior to conquest, colonization and establishment of present state boundaries.
A public accounting of Roger’s findings were provided by Bryant Evans, a Science-writer for the San Diego Union Newspaper. At the time, Malcolm J. Rogers indicated to Evans that he found ancient Australoid-Africoid skeletal remains, stone implements and other articles belonging to the Pericu Peoples in Loreto, Mexico; Baja, California and from a wide range of areas across the breadth and width of the entire State of California, into Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Oregon.
Malcolm J. Rogers was heavily affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and even conducted several exhibits from the Smithsonian inside San Diego’s Museum of Man.
Further, after the U.S. Congressional implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) hundreds of Rogers Archaelogical Sites became the subject of notifications of remains protocols and/or alerts issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, yet curiously no Black Tribal Peoples were ever consulted upon the removal or reburials of the Ethnic (Black) Aboriginals.
Therefore, it becomes an undisputed truth that the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Smithsonian Institution had open knowledge of the ancient inhabitance of Black Aboriginals in North America since 1958, as the result of a 40 year study conducted by Malcolm J. Rogers.
The Department of the Interior also knew of the continued existence of Black Tribal peoples removed and placed among Interior Tribes in Arkansas and Oklahoma (like the Modocs), as well of the Ethnic Protectorate of the 5 Civilized Tribes, yet discounted their African Ancestry as "Tainted Blood" entitling them to nothing in the way of Civil, Human or Treaty Rights.
The Department of the Interior also aided in efforts and enforcement of a systemic, deeply-ingrained program of race bias, ethnic exclusion, exile and disenfranchisement of the entire class, even in the face of Treaties and assignment of Federal Stewards charged with protecting their immutable Treaty rights.
These facts have become important in providing a preponderance of evidence in Deprivation of Nationality by obliteration of the rights of Ethnic (Black) Indigenous Native Americans with forced racial reclassification and failures in Federal Fiduciary Responsibilities, to the descendants of Black Aboriginals based purely on their African Admixture.
(see, Rogers’ 1958 San Diego Union Article, “Who Are The First San Diegans?”; NAGPRA-DOI Bulletins and Roger’s Identified Sites)