The nations have divided themselves in the past due to the observance of traditional values, power struggles, and differing opinions, and though it is a sad thing when it comes to that if it is what is required to maintain a distinct cultural identity then I am in favor of it.
A current example can be seen among the Hopi-lines have been drawn between the so called “progressives” and those known as traditionalists.
Each village has it’s own leadership and values, values that may or may not be reflected in other villages.
In the 1930’s a Hopi Tribal Council was created composed of representatives from the various villages, and which as a matter of course has ignored traditional leaders and spiritual cultural values. Whether the council is in fact representative and inclusive is arguable as several villages are without representation.
Does that sound familiar? It should as that has also been the hallmark of AIM, who formed what they refer to as a “Grand Governing Council”…with the same results.
Such a division center on concerns directly related to traditional cultural identity-but more than than that the welfare and balance that would exist as a result, at the center of it is a communal desire to live and raise families in an hospitable tradition oriented environment.
I don’t tolerate drugs or alcohol around me in any manner, neither do I, or would I tolerate liars, thieves, abusers, murderers, or rapists, and I can see no reason why any person, any community should.
Since tribes have split into various bands throughout the nations history for a variety of reasons, I believe ample reasons exist presently to draw lines and create separate communities in this day and age, doing so could solve a lot of problems and result in cultural strongholds where REAL last Indians could remain exactly that.
Not a bogus faux republic nor a head count for bogus organizations, just a community of people who know, respect, and understand who they are-who have a working tradition based value system.
Some may initially take issue with this idea but I would say to those who do to consider some of the benefits-to begin with corruption and nepotism in tribal government would not exist, neither would organizations like AIM.
There would be no gangs, no drugs, no alcohol, no rape or abuse of women and children. What would eventuate would be strong productive communities that could serve as role models and become havens.
Divisions exist as it is-a result of the wedge AIM has driven within communities, the stake they have plunged into the heart of tradition.That being the case they should be acted upon.
The fabric of the nations is becoming a tattered remnant of what once was, it is assaulted on a daily basis and there are only so many threads binding it together-threads that have been stripped away to fashion the AIM banner, and the banners of gangs, alcohol,drugs, and abuse.
The dream for the nations has been unity, but increasingly that doesn’t seem possible…too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
Maybe what is left and should be pursued is unity among traditionalists, at least as a starting point.