“From the pages of Lastrealindians: We are getting messages that some AIM members are not welcome at the #Elsipogtog Blockade and have been told to leave the blockade by Mi’kMaq warriors. [can anyone confirm/deny this] Everyone everywhere who was born in the 1970s or after needs to own our struggle; we cannot be diverted from this powerful responsibility of our time to restore balance on Mother Earth and with humanity. We would certainly hope AIM is not being asked to leave #Elsipogtog because now more than ever we need each other; from the Atlantic to the pacific, from the arctic of TurtleIsland to the southern tip of Abyayala this land is our land. From Tecumseh to SittingBull our great warrior-philosophers have counseled us to lay aside our language & territorial differences to fight the common enemy greed that has attacked the peace in our hearts & minds since contact. We pray the AIM members already on their way to #Elsipogtog are welcomed as relatives the same as we will welcome Mi’kMaq in the NorthernPlains when that time arrives here. It matters not what we call the movement and it’s warriors be that AIM, NYM, Warrior Society, Tokalas, Stronghearts, DogSoldiers, we are all creeks flowing into the same river. This is not the century for division. Purify our atmosphere.”
The above a copy/paste from http://nativeamericannewstome.tumblr.com/
If the nations are to be compared to an ecological system then with the growing awareness of the environment that is taking place and the emphasis on cleaning up the waterways, lakes, and ground water, the known toxicity of any “creek” should be of primary concern-that it should be understood that every effort must be made to avoid allowing it to contaminate others, and it is indeed time to “purify our atmosphere”.
As to welcoming the Mi’kmaq to the Northern Plains LRI would do well to remember and admit that the welcome given to Mi’kmaq Annie Mae Pictou Aquash by AIM and it’s so called warriors culminated in her abduction and murder.
LRI would also do well to remember that rather than promoting AIM and parroting their version of every event Annie’s family and the Mi’kmaq as a nation would “welcome” something other than their pandering to AIM.
The “responsibility” to restore balance is an inclusive one-one that prioritizes justice for victims and their survivors “from the Atlantic to the pacific, from the arctic of TurtleIsland to the southern tip of Abyayala.”
If the concern expressed in the above quote is truly about the welfare of the nations, of the individuals that compose them, then LRI needs to be as vocal in promoting justice for Annie, Ray Robinson Jr. and and AIM’s WK2 murder victims as they are in avoiding such a position.
Anything less is smoke and mirrors regardless of the name dropping of past warriors and leaders who would undoubtedly be shamed by the current state of affairs.
If greed is a common enemy as LRI asserts then the need to confront it would require confronting not just the criminal acts of AIM but their greed as well.
In the name of common sense and the common communal welfare of the Mi’kmaq I applaud their efforts to drive the cancerous entity that AIM is from their midst .