Every effort to exonerate AIM and lay all the blame at the feet of the feds wilfully overlooks two crucial elements- one being that betrayal at governmental hands is old news-not acceptable, and needs to be addressed, but a known commodity with a long history.
That history is tailor made for AIM to avoid admitting and accepting their own responsibility, and they have clung to it like a life raft.
The second is that to be systematically betrayed at the hands of our own is something new and presents a very real danger-the effects of which we have seen play out over the last four plus decades.
Having to contend with two adversaries simultaneously is clearly more difficult than contending with one-it is within that context and the proximity that exists that I say the focus should be on the enemy within our midst.
What has enabled us as nations to endure are the traditions and beliefs we have held-they are vital assets AIM has sought to undermine at every opportunity-when these assets are gone nothing will be left to fight with.
If AIM is confronted, exposed, and held to account a domino effect will ensue making it easier to confront governmental misconduct, if we reverse the process it will serve to extend the immunity AIM already enjoys and allow them to entrench themselves even further—and that is the strategy they have employed.
I think the choice is obvious- a choice that allows no one off the hook, a choice that proactively addresses issues staring us in the face, and once having done so strengthens us as a people to confront other adversaries.
A simple analogy would be if your house is on fire and down the road a neighbor’s is as well which would you choose to address? Which would you be compelled to address?
In an imaginary perfect world it might be possible to give equal attention to both simultaneously,but we don’t live in an imaginary perfect world do we? And here’s an update for those who missed it-our house is on fire, our children are endangered, and it is the work of arsonists.
A national all encompassing movement is needed-AIM isn’t it, the original acronym of CIA (Concerned Indians of America) should have been retained as the most appropriate for the secrecy and “black ops” they have engaged in.
For the assassinations and focused efforts to discredit and remove those who opposed them.
A movement where everyone has a voice, input in the decision making process, a movement characterized by transparency, a movement where if leadership positions are a necessity it is accomplished by an electorate composed of the people, all the people- and any leader who doesn’t have the good grace to perform in the best interests of the nations should voluntarily step down or be subject to a vote of confidence and stripped of their
Corrupt tribal governments or politicians, organizations, and “charities” collecting donations should operate openly and be able to account for what went where and why-if not they should be viewed as thieves stealing from and infringing on the welfare of all, but more pointedly that of our children. And if such is the case they should be dealt with accordingly.
If a mission statement is required or desired let it be one that clearly affirms no single nation, no person has ascendency over another, that poverty is a manifest reality among all the nations and will be dealt with as such.
That every child is of equal importance-that every rape victim is a sister or daughter not just to a few but to all.
That the murder of anyone will not be tolerated, as was the case in former times.
That what and who we are belongs to us and are not commercial products. That our communities belong to us and should be a safe haven from the enemies beyond our border.
If anyone feels AIM meets this most basic of criteria then feel free to comment and demonstrate it. If they cannot then perhaps they should consider the alternative.
A lot of racism exists on the rez -due to that for many the murder of Ray Robinson isn’t of much importance to them-they never consider that all life has a value, and that to deny that allows a foothold for this sort of opinion in other areas. Like the murder of Annie and those in unmarked graves at WK2.
We are all related becomes a cliche-something “Indians” are supposed to say, but what results is a reduction in the application.
It is whittled down to we are all related within the realm of the nations, and then only a small step to a single nation, and now a qualifier has been introduced that restricts it to whether you support AIM and Peltier or not.
This has taken place in the span of only a few short decades-there are many still with us who remember how it was-they are known as elders, and it would behoove us to remove AIM’s boot from their neck, listen to them, and heed their words.