The issue is the pernicious transformation of tribal government into a model based on the federal government. It has predictably led to the same corruption, nepotism, and ascension of those who are patently unfit.
In that the rez has become a microcosm of the larger world that surrounds it and suffers the same ills-only intensified by the pre-existing conditions of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of a tradition based leadership, and what is essentially our own version of self serving would be autocrats who purposely elect to point out selected ills rather than actually contribute to functionally address them all.
The inevitable rate of decline as a result of this type of tribal government has been almost geometrically accelerated with the advent of AIM in 1968-any influence traditional leadership and elders possessed prior to that was systematically, intentionally, eroded by the AIM leadership.
They pointedly ignored any calls to account for their actions or to refrain from them, while making claims they enjoyed the full support of traditionals and elders-that they spoke as consensual representatives.
In that climate they sought bogus advisers and “spiritual” leaders in an attempt to validate themselves-a full blown effort was made to create an illusion as a “spiritually based” entity populated not by thugs, but instead warriors who only had the interests of the people in mind.
This is so laughable and propaganda laden that each has laid claim to a personal epiphany and being the driving force to implement such a transition.
Now in the passage of time it is their base, their “authority” that erodes-the legacy they leave will be one of corruption on an epic scale and the damage they have done in terms of a traditional leadership and the influence of elders may be insurmountable-like a cancer not fully cured, only in remission.
There is a necessary distinction to be made between the good hearts who labor in anonymity that comprises the majority of AIM members and those who have corrupted the intent-I hope all are able and willing to make that distinction. You don’t throw out an entire basket of eggs because a few are rotten.
The real joke is that now as they enter their elder years they seek to be seen as traditional elders with wisdom and compassion to dispense-this often accompanied by statements that they are not the man they used to be, they have grown and become a better person. That they love all women, uphold the value of matriarchy- and yet cannot bring themselves to facilitate justice for Annie or the countless thousands of other women who have been victims,
and are victimized daily.
My response to this is-if that is so then address the issues of the past, speak the truth of all it, account for all the donations collected that were never assigned to the purpose-and most of
all speak the truth about Annie Mae, Ray Robinson, and WK2. And maybe, just maybe, for a moment shut the hell up and turn the microphone over to women for change.
I think Bank’s should be asked to reveal the findings of his for show AIM based “investigation” of ’76 (?) into the murder of Annie Mae that apparently evaporated, if it ever existed. I think it should be asked if it is ongoing and something more than putting a fox to guard the hen house and damage control?
“It is a good day”-I would say since ’68 forward that is highly arguable. Again-it is enough of this.