What exactly is accomplished in avoiding the truth?
I was sent an excerpt by a friend from an LRI article regarding the one year anniversary of the passing of Russell Means.
With LRI as an AIM adjunct it was predictably effusive in praise citing Means as “one of the great warriors of our time” and how Russell fought, beat, and fought again the cancer that took his life on “indigenous terms” with ceremonies and herbs.
No mention that while Crow Dog was probably consulting his Ouija Board and New Age followers he quickly gave up the “indigenous” approach and segued into a more exotic “western medicine” direction- a complete reversal of his for the public self aggrandizing statements-which I can’t really blame him for given his position.
Interesting that during the time period when Russell was fighting cancer a medicine woman told me our ways would not work for him if he failed to make a clean breast of it and accept responsibility for his actions over the years.
She also went onto say that the whiteman’s medicine might because it was based on deception just as Russell’s life had been, but if so, only for a time…..a traditional woman speaking a traditional truth.
No mention either of the “great warriors” assault on his then eighty year old one armed father in law when married to a Dine woman and his subsequent attempt to kick sovereignty for every person of any of our nations under the bus with his Chinle defense.
No mention of the “great warrior’s” history of scams, nor his leadership role in the Reign of Terror within WK2 where multiple victims lost their lives at the hands of AIM- at the Massacre of Pine Ridge.
If Russell Means is to be perceived and promoted as a “last real Indian” it is as much a revision of history as was the effort to portray Chivington and Custer as heroes.
An attempt that failed almost immediately for Chivington, but took a while longer for Custer.
This is the internet, most everything ever posted is archived and can be found- a good way to begin learning the truth is to do the research work rather than relying on AIM promo sites.
I can’t help but wonder if this is what Chase Iron Eyes and LRI think are attributes of a “great warrior”, or if the AIM agenda being such as it is if it even matters to them ?