It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish our own communities from those of any other-same problems, same attitudes, same lack of vision and sense of direction.
Squalor, poverty, alcohol, drugs, rape, abuse of women and children, feral wannabes roaming the communities in gangs and calling themselves warriors that will even emblazon that in ink across their body to proclaim it to be so as the only visible sign of the fantasy they indulge.
War and warriors, for too many their vocabulary centers on those words, when the truth is any fool can pick up a gun or exchange blows with another, or talk all the bs. A further truth is the warriors of old would not only be disgusted with this rendition but would also hand them their ass if they got stupid.
The battlefield today isn’t some isolated locale on the prairies but in the communities, the courts, and individual lives that have taken the wrong direction. The weapons needed to prevail on this battlefield are neither guns, fists, or video commentaries-they are education,
pride, communal, and individual responsibility.
They are mothers and fathers who parent, adults who provide positive examples, leaders who are actually qualified to lead and selflessly dedicated to the welfare of their people rather than themselves.
Those who have the necessary skills and abilities to lead aren’t the ones flooding the net with their wisdom and solutions, yet they exist on every rez and in every community, if people will only look and listen they will find those who can truly lead.
Leadership is about more than elections and campaign rhetoric-both of which are a foreign intrusion, and yet have become as entrenched in the “political process” on the rez as they have anywhere else.
Next tribal election pay attention to these things and ask yourself what tradition it represents? Take note as well who is the most adept at it-who makes the most promises and who uses the word I the most, or the euphemism “we”, when the intent is to convey I.
Perhaps most importantly as a man or woman lead in your home in the things that you do-lead as a mother, lead as father, lead as a care giver and a provider in the traditional way you would speak of-it is the key to change and restoration.
That is the way of the warrior-not just to fight, but to provide and care for. In that men and women become true warriors-the rest is little more than mimicry, hollow words, and the stuff of youtube videos.
There is a sad humour that exists in rhetoric and titles now-and should be recognized for what they are- one of the countless symptoms of the destruction of tradition. I can’t imagine of a time or a reason when Roman Nose, Gall, Quanah, Geronimo, or any other would have referred to them self as a chief facilitator, minister of information, national director, or any of that. If I’m wrong about that I await correction.
Neither can I imagine a time when they would have elevated their physical comfort above those among them. Maybe they just weren’t the real warriors and patriots some claim to be today. Maybe they just weren’t acculturated enough to see the benefits of speaking one way and living another.
Maybe they didn’t have “elk medicine” or Face book friends and fans enough to know what’s really important-guess maybe they were just “primitives” and “archeological” enough to be out of the mix.
Welcome to the rez indeed. At times it is a profound burden to watch some of the videos that abound, or read the latest verbal renderings of those “liberators”. Counterfeit stories, counterfeit deeds, and counterfeit lives, as if the nations haven’t enough to wade through as it. Their voices sound like the words of the treaties and outdo them with the lies told and the manipulations affected.
Ever faithful, ever concerned with the welfare of the people, wanting only the best for us-and will educate with their brand of truth, spiritualize one and all with their example and their particular spiritual beliefs. What do they bring, what have they brought, that in the final analysis has been any better, or more of a truth?
Did they teach us respect for tradition with drunken parties called ceremonies-did they provide a positive example to the young in dealing or using drugs, or respecting women and elders? The truth is only one thing has been missing-they forgot to put on a blue coat and carry a sabre-somehow Top hats and the Club Med stingy brim hats don’t suffice, and I wonder if Bermuda shorts and suspenders are in the offing.
What has been created are personal fiefdoms-it has always been about that, and decades of history verifiy it is so. A deaf, dumb, and wilfully blind “leadership” that hears no evil, sees no evil, and cannot bring itself to speak of the evil long associated with the murder of Annie Mae-the murder of Ray Robinson and others.
Blind mice carrying a plague of their own creation and like that song about Yankee Doodle sticking a feather in their cap and bestowing names and titles on themselves.
Below I have included an excerpt from a article that illustrates the typical generic misdirection that is too often published and consigns itself to speaking of half the issues.
PRESS RELEASE BY THE
American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council
The American Indian Movement Peace Statement
September 15, 2001
The American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council vehemently condemns the recent acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated against innocent civilians in the United States. We condemn similar acts of violence and terrorism perpetrated by all governments and organizations against innocent civilians worldwide.
“Yes, terrorism on American soil is anything but new. And while there are clear and important differences between the twisted Taliban or al-Qu’aeda network on the one hand, and this nation’s founders, like Jefferson on the other, the fact remains — as mentioned previously — that dead is dead. To the victims of the latter, it hardly matters that in his better moments, he might have waxed eloquent about representative democracy.
And just as the heinous destruction of 6,000 or so lives at the hands of hijackers this month will be remembered forever, so too must these other acts of terror. That individually they may have involved lower body counts, and that we didn’t get to see the damage done on live television seems fairly irrelevant. Terrorism is not defined by the enormity of its death toll, after all.”
In this remembrance let there also be a remembrance regarding the historic acts of terrorism perpetrated against our own, at the hands of our own-such as Annie Mae and Ray Robinson, address that as well -let “The Grand (gotta love the abject misnomer of Grand) Governing Council” speak of the terrorism that has, and does exist among our own.
Let them address the daily shame of terrorized, abused, battered, raped, and murdered women and children, and the growing abuse of our elders-because as has been said “Terrorism is not defined by the enormity of it’s death toll…..after all.”
Acts of terrorism go beyond body counts, and survivors must contend with their experience each day-it is the role of leaders to tend to the aggrieved-to address the issues that have led to their misery, not to give greater importance to themselves, prairie dogs, or syrup pots.
I say there are greater crimes than the theft of pots and prairie dogs doing what they do-and ask why they are not addressed with the same force and public display of videos, rewards, and hand delivered documents? In truth though, in the asking, the answer is already known.