Forming an alliance is a commonplace occurrence, sometimes between friend or foe, but always predicated upon being advantageous.
The reasons for doing so can be laudable or nefarious – corporations do so seeking to throttle competition and increase their market share, nations for economic or geopolitical purposes including war.
As individual nations we have formed alliances at times to face a common enemy, had we of been attentive to that setting aside tribal animosities the story might be markedly different than it is today.
The federal government formed a defacto alliance with one time OST president Dick Wilson, about as dubious a character as you could find and a marriage made in hell.
I assume they saw a benefit in using Wilson to violate the law while turning a blind eye to the crimes he committed during his tenure.
In response a measure of the Pine Ridge population formed an alliance with AIM, another marriage made in hell they were soon to find out.
Wilson was the governments Uncle Tomahawk, their bully boy, operating with a sudden and unheard of “sovereignty”, a free hand that came to no good that much is rightfully made of.
The AIM leadership has made this the basis of the defense they offer for the events that occurred within WK2 authored by the leadership – events that included the total destruction of the village and multiple murders.
The leadership doesn’t want the media or public to examine or be aware of these events or the alliances they formed.
But I’m of the opinion that what’s good for the goose is good for the gander and all have the right to know the truth.
A truth that speaks to alliances formed with the CPUSA, drug dealers, common criminals, and despotic heads of foreign oppressive nations.
There is a saying that a man is known by the company he keeps – the same can be said of “movements” and agencies.
In the final analysis it all comes down to credibility, cross a certain line and you have none. WK2 was not a shining act of ” liberation ” , it was a fiasco characterized by goon squads on both sides of the aisle.
In the aftermath one seeking to blunt efforts to acquire FOIs and the other the discovery and repatriation of the remains of their victims. If not an alliance in itself a shared desire to avoid accountability.
WK2 was in fact another defeat – a defeat that produced nothing but continued hardships and generational poverty.
A defeat that has led to the further decline of communities, the selling of ceremonies accompanied by a “new age” invasion, rampant drug and alcohol abuse, gangs, and criminal activities while the AIM leadership have stuffed their pockets and like George Jefferson “moved on up”.
They’ve got their equivalent “deluxe apartment in the sky”, their “piece of the pie”, and they ain’t looking back.
I guess in a sense one could say they’ve been “liberated”, which apparently was their ultimate goal all along.