There is every possibility that during the time it has taken a person to read this a child, a young girl, or a woman will have been sexually or physically abused on a reservation-there is an even chance that it will have been by a family member or relative, and while these things are not restricted to demographics consider that in composing only roughly one and half percent of the population these offenses are statistically higher than among any other demographic.
Remember this the next time you hear someone extol the virtues of matriarchy and how enamoured they are of it. Remember this when you hear someone place the blame everywhere except with the offender. Remember this when you hear someone speak of tradition and any and everything but this. Remember the many good people, men, women,
and children who live and struggle in the midst of this.
Remember as well that the nations are a great people who have fallen on a bleak and hard time that have it within them to overcome these things, and if you would have compassion and a desire for them to heal and resume their rightful place know that it will not come from misguided loyalty or allegiance to celebrities who spend their days making videos, promoting themselves, and disseminating misinformation, or fund raising behind bars, the nations are more deserving and better than this, just as you are.
Let these celebrities walk, let them make movies, let them write books and create foundations, let them talk until they run out of words, let them call themselves land warriors, or say their life is a sundance, but give them neither your respect or your money-and if you do, demand an accounting. Direct your support to the people, anywhere but to them if your intent is to have the nations succeed.
An estimated three thousand missing indigenous women in Canada alone-how many of these will be found to have been beaten, murdered, and raped as Annie Mae was? How long before it is enough? How long before men become protectors and providers again?
Dennis Banks said that the men at wk2 became warriors again-this following the senseless destruction, the abuse of the aged like Gildersleeve and Riegert, and a later statement attributed to Crow Dog that three women lay buried there. In view of these things, the case of Annie Mae, and the realities women and children face I say this statement made by Banks is a damn lie.
I say his well known penchant for abandoning women in times of trouble, or what he percieves as a personal threat makes not only the title of his book Ojibway Warrior a lie, but also anything he says suspect. I say when a man makes a statement that “all hands” were turned against him and Kamook after having received ten thousand dollars from a celebrity benefactor and the use of an RV, that he does not then turn his hand against the woman with him to flee and leave her behind-I say to do so is yet another lie and enough to thoroughly discredit him or any man.
One need only look at a child, a young girl, a woman, to see how vulnerable they are when a man turns his hand against them-it is beyond my understanding that any man would.