For the AIM leadership it is about marking territory-what they believe belongs to them-never more clearly illustrated than by Clyde in his 3-13-11 radio address-even to the point of taking repeated issue when his self serving personal introduction was interrupted.
AIM, entity that it is, with all it’s governmental entitlements, grants, and financial solvency has become a corporate entity to protect-anything viewed as disruptive to that is considered an attempt at a hostile takeover.
Truth is AIM should have been taken over decades ago, and then the leadership should have all been sent packing-some did and started rival groups like Autonomous AIM, that was from the moment of it’s inception to the present day- a media event for celebrities that has accomplished little other than providing a stage for them.
I was listening earlier to Denise’s presentation on the net and found it compelling and undeniable-if anyone has a right to denounce AIM in it’s entirety it is Denise and her family-yet even she acknowledges that many good people compose the rank and file.
I agree with that and have stated such numerous times, but it is these very people who must understand that the undermining effect of the leadership and their association with them negatively impacts the good they would do. They should be leaving AIM in droves, a mass migration to something that serves an encompassing welfare and has no place for individual claims of ownership, lies and deceit.
It is a matter of honor and respect for the good they attempt to do that should compel them to disassociate themselves from the autocratic bureaucracy AIM has become.
None of the AIM leadership is the voice or face of the nations-AIM is a career for them, a livelihood, a stepping stone to celebrity and what that affords.
Without AIM as a vehicle none of these would have even been heard of-no books, no movies, no videos, no websites, no foundations, no ranches, no opportunity to attach names to themselves, no flying first class, none of that.
Truth and public awareness poses a threat and so in a frenzy born of that they run around scent marking what that claim as their’s.
AIM-American Indian Movement-that is inclusive, that speaks to ownership by those it claims to serve-and yet we see it has never been the way of it. If indeed it is a representative movement then those in leadership need to step aside and find another source of income rather than model it after a governmental entity that claims to be of, by, and for a people
who have only the appearance of influence and markedly less than those who “serve”.
A peoples movement would serve all the people-all the people would be enriched in some manner-it would not be a “movement” by a select few who would fail to rigorously pursue justice for all-a justice inclusive of Annie Mae.
It would not be a movement that supports convicted murderers and rapists, or one that would diligently avoid addressing the rape and abuse of it’s women and children.
I would say Denise kicked some much deserving ass today, and if the AIM leadership are anything resembling leaders or “patriots” let them jointly participate with her in a similar broadcast or give everyone a break and shut the hell up.