Below a response to Memories and Dreams:
“To be the one thing or the other and to make the pray and the offer and to know life is this altar, it is a good thing to say.
Many problems we face and many we have made to be, it is not a thing many would have to be said but it is true and maybe more should speak of this. Maybe these ones who make all the talk and say I am the wise and brave one, and I have written the book and made the movie listen to me and send the money should speak about these things
Maybe it is they would think to speak the true things would not put the money in the pocket and better not do this. These ones do not have the dream and the memory, they have the talk and the walk.”……….Meoquane and Jess
M+J -money and appearances are the motivation, it’s about what will find a sympathetic audience, what will sell, and what will not. Anything that might be perceived as a shortcoming or flaw must either be ignored or minimized in some way.
I take the opposite approach-I think love of a people, of an individual, would be a motivation to say lets sit and talk about this and seek to find a solution for these things, ultimately in doing so all will benefit and a people will be strengthened.
I catch a little heat from time to time for addressing the issues I do, but it doesn’t phase me, nor will it dissuade me, as these are the issues that should be addressed-and will only worsen as long as they are not.
I’ve been accused of lacking respect for the culture of one nation or another in raising such topics-my response is if such things as these are defended as a part of any culture then my alleged lack of respect is an accurate statement.
What is never mentioned though is my so called lack of respect is not only warranted but selective in nature-selective in the context that while I respect all the nations and those aspects based on tradition, I will never condone, accept, respect, or remain silent
about existing aberrations or crimes committed against a people, any people, by their own.
Take the land for instance-I see many grandiose internet statements about the great connection to the land, and the mother the land is- how the land is never for sale-my question is if this is so what virtue lies in littering your mothers body with wine and beer
bottles? Or abandoned vehicles, appliances, plastic garbage bags filled with trash, or smearing the landscape with graffiti?
If the land is so sacred then spend a little time with friends or alone to collect some of the refuse-gather like minded individuals to load and deliver some of those defunct appliances, some of those, broken down rusting vehicles, some of those cans and bottles to recycling centers- might even make a few dollars to contribute to a fund or feed one’s family with.
Why aren’t some of these wannabe leaders organizing such things-if they thought about it they could/would surely find a way to garner a little more of that coveted media attention to feed their addiction.
Is virtue to be found in leasing land to mining companies or other commercial interests who always seek to dilute or evade environmental standards? Is that part of the sacred connection? What examples are set for them to be environmentally concious?
For those who want to “Indian up” and talk all the internet bs better not to speak and just live the things they flood the net with. Better to enumerate the problems forced upon the nations by the entire treaty system, BIA, and DOI, while at the same time enumerating and dealing with those created by ourselves-devote equal air time to both.
The solution is multifaceted-leave any part out of the equation and not much will change. Continue to reject any personal or communal responsibility in favor of blaming everything on others and see how much mileage that translates to in the real world..
Enough is enough-these things have gone on for too long, and the excuses have become embedded and are offered up automatically with no thought to whether they are valid or not, no personal or communal acceptance of responsibility-maybe that works for others, but not for me-maybe that is the new honoring the land, but not for me.
It’s all about taking on the government in the courts, and there is a profound need to do so, but there is also a profound need to take on ourselves. Something wisdom and “warriors” would acknowledge and address.
Something one would think celebrity wannabe chiefs, tribal councils, pipe carriers, and medicine men who prefer to waddle around mumbling incantations in videos targeting foreign audiences would be in the forefront of addressing.