Been thinking about an opinion I happened across recently expressing awe that while doing his one year of “hard time” Russell Means was out daily working at a U.S. Senators office, that of James Abourezk – an emphasis was placed on the fact that Means was the only convict ever to engage in such, how impressive that was.
Yeah, all things considered I’m a little awe struck and impressed myself, about as much as I would be to learn that thunder and lightning usually accompany rain.
Such an anomaly can’t help but raise questions, especially in view of the thicker than thieves relationship that existed between the Abourezks ( father and son) and the criminal element of the American Indian Movement.
Doesn’t help either that Charles Abourezk the son and attorney has been named as being present at Bill Means house when the call came to execute Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, nor that Abourezk the younger inserted himself into the defense of Arlo Looking Cloud,who was convicted for his role in the abduction murder of Annie, and prosecution witness against her shooter John Graham as a “psychodramatist” to walk Looking Cloud through the events and “optimize” his memory.
Arlo represented a very real potential threat to AIM – that would be the same AIM the Abourezks were so tight with, and who in fact counted various members as clients at their law firm – a clear conflict of interest, and yet what better way for the Abourezks, for AIM, to learn what Arlo knew and would testify to?
Pardon Peltier? What for? If we’re going to be pardoning convicted people involved in murder how about a pardon for Looking Cloud who then could and should blow the lid off the over the hill gang and might well do so if free to protect his family from the AIM flying monkey hit squads.
How much behind closed doors influence did James Abourezk have in Washington? What deals had taken place that would have endowed him with such influence? That would have emboldened the son enough to violate the most obvious of procedure and ethics rules to such a degree and get away with it?
Does it have anything to do with land and resource grabs – with “essential” defense materials like uranium?
And if so what the hell was Mean’s doing cozying up to this father and son tag team? What did he know, and more to the point since the metric Russell employed was always personal profit what was Mean’s cut?
Impossible you say-Means was too much the warrior, too much cast in the mold of Crazy Horse (an image he attempted to promote) to do such an underhanded thing?
To that I would respond with an emphatic bs – this was the man who after running his mouth at every opportunity about sovereignty kicked it under the bus for all the nations in his Chinle defense.
The same man who stole half of a bogus thirty five thousand dollar “settlement” for a nine million dollar claim brought against the Cleveland Indians – the same man who commodified a corrupted version of matriarchy while attempting to portray himself as an authority.
An incorrigible serial liar and con artist whose only talent was fleecing people.
So do I think Means would have involved himself in anything so underhanded? Absolutely, just as I believe he wouldn’t have hesitated to roll over and inform on anyone if it served his purpose.
Again some would say Russell a “snitch”? Never. Yet by his and AIM’s own standard when applied to others that’s exactly what he did in co opting Bob Branscombe’s press conference to point the finger at Vernon Bellecourt and away from his own families involvement.
Or would these naysayers claim Means did a public service, his duty? If so they need to be careful because they then become obliged to say the same of every person who revealed anything related to AIM’s criminal activities. They can’t have it both ways.
Now in this bizarre and convoluted world of AIM and associates the idea is being floated to construct a Russell Means Library, another albatross to hang around the neck of the nations.
If this ill advised and asinine idea ever comes to fruition who will be the master of ceremonies at it’s dedication…..the Abourezks?
Will Crow Dog waddle out to give an invocation and maybe offer to sell some licenses to conduct sundances?
How about Banks, will he set up a kiosk hawking casino carpet cleaner, maple syrup, drums, and his book A Good Day To Lie? Maybe Clyde can put in a appearance with a sign taped to his forehead saying he is AIM Inc. and pass out recruitment flyers?
Hey, if that doesn’t work maybe he can launch into his seventh generation spiel or do one of his floor flops usually reserved for the mall.
However it plays out it will be a big enough circus to make the Ringling Brothers envious.