The place in which the nations find themselves is far from enviable, it is the proverbial rock and a hard place.
The bottom line is law enforcement is the only vehicle that can and has brought any degree of closure- far from being perfect as the years and history of foot dragging and suspect performance have so painfully illustrated it is nonetheless the horse that can’t be changed in midstream.
AIM is a cheap ill fitting suit that should have been discarded long ago for a real people’s movement based on and seeking input from the nations to define the conditions, goals,and desires – the direction taken.
Instead it has been little more than a good ‘ol boys club bullying and intimidating it’s way across the soul and landscape of the nations. Bubbas in buckskin pantomiming something they can never be.
AIM has a proprietary sense of ownership, with various factions constantly squabbling over territory and who is the “real” AIM.
Yet when it comes to the “real” deeds of murder, rape, theft, and general mayhem it becomes a different story.
Suddenly they are innocent victims and not the perpetrators they are in reality. Each with a different alibi, each with a version of woe and injustices visited upon them, and each counting on a gullible audience to buy into it.
They are not only cultural thieves selling tradition and ceremony but language thieves as well who will attack words like “squaw” for the sole purpose of making a buck.
Squaw is an Algonquin word lacking any negative connotation-if you doubt that look up the definition and origin.
If it has been abused by others how far should the nations go to strike it from the indigenous lexicon? Should we at all? Should we allow the usage of others to dictate the language we speak?
This coercion of language sounds like government policy and the boarding schools doesn’t it?
The truth is the nations have picked up a lot of bad habits-many of them traceable to AIM and the examples they set.
I don’t believe we can ever be a hundred percent of what we have been, but we should remain faithful enough to the legacy to not allow AIM or the government to cast us in the mold they would have us to be.
That is what native pride is about.
We are eager as a people to point out injustice, the murder of women and children at Sand Creek, Camp Grant, Big Hole, Washita, and Wounded Knee, and yet many will not express the same outrage, the same grief, for the murder of innocents at WK2, or the murder of Annie Mae in the aftermath-events that took place in THEIR lifetime.
To me this failure speaks to decline, how far the nations have fallen, and the utter lack of a true warrior spirit that would never find such things acceptable….native pride?
AIM as an entity has fed upon and slain our own people, assisted by a cadre of Renfro’s willing to do their masters bidding. Some afraid to speak for fear of being the next victim, fear for the safety of their children and relatives, and some merely because they have their head stuck so far up AIM’s ass they neither care to nor are capable of seeing anything else….native pride?
The AIM banner is a tattered filthy rag soiled in the blood of the people representing nothing more than greed, oppression, and empire-all that is missing is a swastika-as such it should be burned . Either that or raise the American flag next to it.