Remembering a great warrior for truth, peace, justice and resistance to tyranny

I lost a dear friend and brother last week who was a great inspiration to me, and I am still coming to terms with the loss. He was a man for whom I had the deepest love, admiration and respect; a man for whose personal life history I had the most sympathy; a man whose spirit, courage, dedication, knowledge, understanding, passion, humility and compassion I stood in awe of.  The world, and in particular, those seeking truth, peace and justice for all mankind has lost a great warrior; a man whose life was dedicated to resistance to tyranny and oppression, and to exposing and confronting those who are our global controllers, oppressors and enslavers, and who are the global purveyors of exploitation, death and destruction.  This man knew who they were. He outed them and he confronted them, and he refused to knuckle under, to submit and to sell out to them. He refused to live in fear. He knew well the price of freedom, but also the cost of silence and complacency and this meant complicity.  Yet, he was also a very humble and spiritual man.  He once said:

“I don’t see myself as a hero. I don’t think of myself as a hero. I think of myself as a human being that was posed with a dilemma. Either I intervene, or I don’t. There is no time for heroes! I don’t believe in heroes!… I look at the reality of who we are, what we are, and what we’ve gotta do! I don’t get lost in egos, and about being ‘this’ or ‘that’. I’ve got a job to do. And either I’m gonna do the job and I’m gonna look at myself with integrity, or I’m not gonna do the do, and sit there, and say “geez!”, and I am gonna be just as frightened as the next human being, when there is an all-out police state unleashed upon the population….And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way! Because we can re-empower ourselves and we can take control of our own destiny!” ~ Dacajeweiah (Splitting the Sky), April 11th, 2009

He was a man with a mission, and I share that mission. He and I were also of one accord with regard to how we can defeat the New World Order agenda, in that we must love and respect ourselves and each other; respect each other’s nations and cultures; support one another, and work together to overcome the common enemy which divides us; to educate ourselves and do our civic duty to inform and educate others, and to take responsibility and action when those who have been entrusted with responsibility fail to take the necessary and appropriate action on behalf of the people.; to speak truth to power, to ask the questions which need to be asked, and to say what must be said!

His passing is a great loss to all who knew him and who had experienced him. No one who ever heard him speak could walk away untouched or unmoved by his words; the truths which he spoke, with such clarity and precision, and the power, emotion and conviction which emanated from the very core of his being.

I pray that many others have been awakened by him and that they will rapidly come forward now to take his place, that his wonderful legacy and shining example will be remembered and honoured, and that it will inspire future generations eternally.

Thank you and rest in peace my brother Dacajeweiah;  Splitting the Sky

Chase resident who tried to arrest George Bush, and led the 1972 Attica Prison riot

Political activist John Boncore, whose native name was Splitting the Sky, was found dead near his home in Chase, near Salmon Arm last week.

By Mike Youds, Kamloops Daily News, March 19, 2013

His native name was Dacajeweiah, or Splitting the Sky,
and it was a name that John Boncore took to heart
through his lifetime of political activism.

Boncore, 61, was found dead last week on a path on the Adams Lake Indian Reserve near his home in Chase, near Salmon Arm. He is believed to have fallen on cement steps and may have suffered a blow to the head.

Also known as John Hill, or Dac, Boncore will be remembered as a man who stood up for all that he saw as tyranny and injustice. He principally shouted from the ramparts for native peoples, and made headlines four years ago as the man who was charged after trying to make a citizen’s arrest of U.S. President George W. Bush on a visit to Calgary.

More recently, Boncore galvanized native resistance to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in northern B.C. to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline.

“Believe it or not, a lot of people in Alberta are very concerned about the pipeline,” said Larry McKillop, a Calgary friend. “John was a bit of a hero to us.”

According to a biography written a decade ago by John Steinbach, Boncore’s early life sowed the seeds of his activist spirit. He was born in New York City of Mohawk/Cree and Italian-American parents. His father, a painter, and 11 other co-workers died in 1958 after they were sent into a storage tank at U.S. Rubber without respirators. The family was left destitute. Boncore and his five siblings were forcibly removed from their mother and sent into foster care.

Boncore found foster care degrading and oppressive, and was soon branded as incorrigible. He wound up living in the street, robbed a store in desperation and was sentenced to four years in prison on his first conviction.

At age 19 he landed in Attica Prison, notorious for brutality and overcrowding. There he became the leader of the bloodiest prison revolt in U.S. history in 1971 — 43 people were killed, with 29 inmates and 10 hostages shot during the retaking of the prison by authorities. Boncore was sentenced to another 20 years and narrowly escaped execution over the death of a prison guard, and survived several assassination attempts on the inside before being pardoned in 1979.

He continued his activism in the U.S., and was active in the anti-nuclear and American Indian movements in the 1980s and ’90s. In 1993, Bonocore was invited to a conference in Edmonton to speak about native American sovereignty. It was there that he met Cree woman Sandra Bruderer, whom he married.

Bonocore told his story in The Autobiography of Splitting the Sky: From Attica to Gustafsen Lake, which he wrote with Bruderer a few years ago.

Bonocore was also an actor in recent years, with roles in the TV series Men In Trees and Da Vinci’s City Hall, and in films The Last Rites of Ransom Pride and Deepwater, shot in Clearwater in 2005.

Boncore is survived by Bruderer, six children, and five grandchildren.

© Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun


from his blog:

We owe it to him to be suspicious and to be vigilant:

“While it is still early and we do not have many details beyond what was reported in the newspaper, we owe it to ‘Dac’ and to his family to be suspicious and vigilant; to ask questions and demand answers and accountability, IF they are not forthcoming in full detail.

He said on several occasions over the years:

“Please – If someone tells you that I died from a slip and fall – don’t fall for it!”

So I must say that I am suspicious of his sudden death in EXACTLY this manner!”

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3 Responses to Remembering a great warrior for truth, peace, justice and resistance to tyranny

  1. VIDEO: Splitting the Sky – A Lifetime of Resistance to Tyranny and Oppression

  2. PinkLady says:

    Thanks for this intro to Splitting the Sky and to his website. I have told others; what a great tribute you have written about him, which seems to be very fitting, J4G

  3. ron bankley says:

    good words my friend. Dac would have appreciated it. I tried to get us over to your country for a tour several years ago, but it didn’t work out. I’m glad that we had a chance to hang out with quality time, and record. ‘Anthem for Dissent’ was recorded in his basement in Chase, I taped the mic to a pool cue while he read the words. It was done in 2 takes. The 1st being a warm-up. The rest of the sound I added later back in Quebec and featured it on my ‘Insurgent Sun’ album.
    I just found out about his passing yesterday and was saddened. Yet I remember the humour which tempered the fiery passion, and smile. I’ll try to get back out to BC later this year to pay my respects and walk again where we walked in the woods outside of town. Dac has blessed the world with his undying dedication to truth and justice. He will be missed.
    Ron Bankley

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