Tim Giago, a well respected journalist, has recently commented about the fiasco
that was Wounded Knee 2-he has done so without vitriol (though I think some would
be appropriate), in doing so he has pointedly asked what liberation eventuated-the
obvious answer as he alludes to is absolutely none.
No one was freed, in point of fact some were held hostage, homes and businesses
were looted and burned, vehicles commandeered and many destroyed as well.
None of which speaks to liberation or liberators-it is in fact nothing less than a criminal activity and Giago is well qualified to address this issue and the murder of Annie Mae of which he has said:
Her abduction and murder “can only be described as a conspiracy and a cover-up by
the American Indian Movement.”
Giago is in fact Lakota and grew up on the PR rez-in 1981 he founded the
Lakota Times only to have the buildings windows shot out on multiple occasions as
well as being fire bombed-that sounds all too familiar for those who speak out against
AIM, the events of WK2, and the murder of Annie Mae doesn’t it?
He received multiple threats on his life and an attempt was made. In 1992 the Lakota
Times was renamed Indian Country Today, and like it’s predecessor a source of integrity
for factual information.
I pose a simple question-who has the greater validity-Tim Giago, Paul DeMain, the
countless other indigenous journalists who concur with Giago’s opinion, the testimony
and eye witness accounts of both WK2, and the abduction and later interrogation of Annie
Mae at the WK defense council office? Or is it convicts like Peltier and Graham, those who
perpetrated the events of WK2, the murder of Williams and Coler, the Murder of Annie Mae, Ray Robinson and others?
Websites, walking and talking, writing books, grinding out pulp fiction in the
form of endless videos, distorting and the out of context selective gleaning of bits
and pieces from court documents, and making the talk show rounds fail to change the
reality of what has happened.
They are an attempt to milk a supportive response from the latent emotion in people to coalesce with the underdog-to be enamoured of those who would present themselves as rebels with a cause, and perhaps some sense of guilt and duty bestowed upon them by their forebearers.
A cause centered on a poverty stricken, long suffering people, who for all intents and purposes are unwilling captives in a land that is their’s.
Nothing could be further from the truth-it has been a road to celebrity and a financial security those they claim to speak for do not enjoy.
It is enough, too much, and those who believe the lies and propaganda,
well intentioned though they may be in their belief, need to re examine their position and transfer their support to the real underdogs-the people who comprise the nations- the untold
tens of thousands whose names they do not and may never know.
The ones who suffer and endure not only at the hands of governmental policies,
but at the hands of those who have enriched themselves at their expense.
I will not resort to the self serving crudeness of saying for a person to
“use your goddam brains”, or to suffer another to rush to my defense in doing
so by saying that’s just the way I speak-but I would say, I would ask, to look further than what is produced by the grist meal, to question and ask, to hear those “little voices”.
In doing so good is served and an opportunity to understand not only the
nations but the good that can be found in each of us who understands there is
more to life than what serves us.
Children will inherit what we leave them and the examples we have set-it is time to think of those things.