“In my mind histories written a generation from now will say he was the only significant figure to emerge in the postwar period of Indian history”.
A statement made by Vine Deloria, an iconic figure in his own right in reference to Hank Adams.
That’s Hank Adams, not Russell Means, Dennis Banks, either of the Bellecourts, Crow Dog, nor a single one of their cronies.
Adams is cut from an entirely different cloth, a man who genuinely cares about the nations and has their best interests at heart – a man who has devoted his entire life to that end never seeking recognition or personal fame and fortune.
That alone is sufficient to elevate him head and shoulders above would be pretenders like the AIM leadership.
But if any among the nations are worthy of being referred to as a “statesman” it is Adams.
There may never be a monument erected to Adams, nor a “library” built in recognition, but his legacy needs no such artifice, it will stand as monument enough.
A monument to a man whose hands are clean, no bloodstained skeletons in the closet, no self promotion, no need to excuse misdeeds, criminal acts, or revise history by saying Adams was a “controversial figure”…. that is unless being a man of integrity and honesty has become controversial.