Of all the words spoken over the years, everything that has been written and not written, what is said in the below copy/paste in the latter part of this blog is as conclusive a statement as has been advanced.
In talk of copyrights and ownership it should be understood that in raising these issues as some quasi legal basis for the theft and manipulation of Annie’s legacy that the only copyright AIM owns is the one they are incorporated under-that’s incorporated
under, as in commercial venture.
I will allow though that if a copyright could be issued for authoring and complicity in the abduction, rape, and murder of Annie Mae they would hold that one. And I would say that Graham’s conviction, Thelma’s confession, witness testimony, and evidence would bolster any copyright application they would make in that regard.
AIM has always attempted to propagandize issues and portray themselves as comic book heroes of the faith, the front line in the defense of all things cultural, led by some near mystical imbuing of spirit, grand warriors, and wise elders.
One need only look at the history, the destitute character of the hierarchy, the silence, the lies, and the money grubbing ways to realize that the only thing AIM owns is a soiled reputation and a singular obsession to survive as a corporate entity at all costs.
In consideration of that and a history of malfeasance how could any be surprised that they would reject a request to observe culture, and display any understanding of the tradition of respect in honoring the request of Annies family to refrain from attempting to capitalize on her name?
They are who they are and have been-that isn’t going to change, and the greatest of sign posts along the highway they travel that indicate this are the ones that say Peltier, Graham, Means, Banks, Bellecourt-no where is the same effort made to advance or introduce in any manner other than a generic one the names of those who do the good work and whose concern is directed to that.
They have some ownership of Annie, some right to her name or legacy? Maybe when pigs fly-in the interim they need to take ownership of what is truly theirs-that would be the murder of Annie Mae, Ray Robinson, unmarked graves, the destruction of WK2, the misappropriation of funds, fire bombings, the coercion of intimidation and threats, and every morally corrupt and criminal act they’ve had involvement in.
The “elders” AIM seeks advice from are attorneys-the culture and tradition that is their base, the one they rely on are the laws and legalese of the “colonial powers” to advance THEIR corporate agenda- I think that says it all.
The AIM hierarchy has periodically attempted to make an issue of what they refer to as “mongrelization”, the mixing of blood among the nations. This from those who in making such a statement qualify themselves in being mixed blood as mongrels.
They would have us believe this is a game of cowboys and Indians, a game whose origins lie among children and should remain there-the real game for them is playing both ends against the middle- a game they author and make the rules up for as they go along.
The truth is nothing, none of the issues the nations are involved in are a game, or should be treated as such. This game they play with Annie’s legacy and her family is shameful and a mongrelization not of blood and ancestry. but of tradition and culture.
To the best of my knowledge no one had either input or control over the conditions or nature of their birth-they do over the things and words they do and utter. What I think we do all know though is that if you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas.
Is it as Means has said that intermarriage weakens and produces a lack of respect for traditions, undermining the clarity of mind and spirit? Is that AIM’s excuse? Or is it greed and the complete embrace of those attributes of colonial powers that serve them? For I see little if any clarity of mind or spirit in anything AIM has done.
“Mean’s forgets he’s at least 1/4 white”- Mean’s apparently “forgets” a lot of things, never knew them, or has elected to ignore them. Minor things like attending Annie’s funeral, Ray Robinson, the unmarked graves and those women he would pose as champion for in the matriarchy ramblings who wait in silent suffering to know the truth and the hidden location of the remains of their loved ones.
Not just Means, but Banks and Bellecourt etal who find a selective amnesia, a loss of the ability to speak, and an abject and deliberate spitting on tradition more constructive than the truth. Leadership for the ages?-maybe the Dark Ages, but in no way for this day and time.
I’ve always found it intriguing how easily after having victimized so many AIM can segue into claims of being victims at the hands of AIM “haters” whenever they are confronted with their deeds. That standard defense tactic favored by “colonial law” attorneys-accuse the accuser.
I’m not sure who to give attribution to for the statement that follows but will gladly do so if that information is provided to me.
“Puowini’skw, Annie Mae was a Pictou and L’Nu long before the
incarnation of AIM. When your hierarchy first whispered about her
removal months before her death, any positive association with your
organization ended. You have no claim to her. None. It ended in the
spring of 1975 with whispers, not in the winter with the explosion of
a gun. You disrespect her, her family and her community by choosing
not to honor her family’s wishes. Once again, there goes AIM, bad
jacketing members of our community. Sorry, our women are no longer
expendable to you. It is no longer (not that it ever was) acceptable
for you to deny us our Traditions when it comes to one of OUR own. The
fact that Annie Mae’s daughter wants justice, accountability and the
truth is not bad mouthing AIM. It is standing up against something
very very wrong. How you cannot see that is thankfully beyond me. The
hierarchy of your organization took someone very precious from us,
and, like the exploiters you oppose who claim our Traditions for their
own, YOU decide to claim her for your own, appropriating the good
things and throw out the bad with little consideration for those that
your appropriation impacts. Top that off with, while decrying
assimilation, refusing to honor Tradition unless it is fluffed up by
colonial law. Ain’t that just the icing on the cake. Annie Mae is
ours, she is L’Nu, she is a Pictou. She is not AIM, that ended with a