PAUL DEMAIN: I don’t think the FBI played any role in the death of Perry Ray Robinson.
HULETT: Paul DeMain is CEO of Indian Country Communications, which publishes news from Indian country. He spent two decades investigating what happened on the Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s.
DEMAIN: I think that was an internal murder of an alleged informant. He wouldn’t pick up a gun in Wounded Knee.
We’ve been told he was loud. Frankly, he was described to me as a loud-mouth (bleep) who wasn’t part of the game plan in Wounded Knee, wouldn’t pick up a gun, and therefore became suspected of being an informer.
HULETT: But DeMain says he doesn’t doubt there were AIM members who were feeding information to the FBI. And he says, that could be why, after 40 years, no one’s been prosecuted in the Robinson case.
DEMAIN: That if they did go after some leadership members, that there would be revelations in regards to FBI complicity that would be exposed during that time period.
HULETT: DeMain says the American Indian community needs to do the right thing in the Robinson case and get the family the answers it deserves.
DEMAIN: When I go to Wounded Knee, South Dakota, I says look at how atrocious the U.S. government can be toward Indians and look what they did. And then they turn around say, and you know what, American Indians can do the same thing to people, because they can shoot a black man and bury him here and they don’t care about him because he is a black man.
The above excerpted from the below linked article. For more related links see the blog AMERICAN INDIAN BOWEL MOVEMENT.
In more ways than one this summarizes the issues related to AIM’s murder of Perry Ray Robinson Jr.
What impacts me the most is the last paragraph, the truth of it, a truth that disallows us from being better than what we ourselves have experienced.
A truth in which we cannot claim the higher ground of moral ascendency.
It is to me another example of assimilation, a gradual erosion of our culture that was already under way, then to be accelerated by the likes of men such as Russell Means, Dennis Banks, Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt, Leonrad Crow Dog, and Leonard Peltier among others.
We can all posture, some can continuously loop the AIM party line, but the reality is whether all are willing to accept and admit neither the feds nor AIM have told the truth.
To admit only one half of that equation is a game best confined to a playground, not the real world where so much hangs in the balance.
Supporting liars and criminals regardless of which side of the fence they are on is nothing short of folly, for justice can never be attained if only in half measure.
Such a selective justice may in fact be a greater injustice than none at all.
Wearing a badge doesn’t of itself translate to being right, neither does sticking a feather in your hair.