Not surprisingly no mention of the blood sweat and tears of AIM’s victims at WK2, the “sacrifices” those victims made did not push us forward.
Four plus decades of AIM’s Reign of Terror or the subversive nature of their AIMINTELPRO fail to qualify as advantageous.
No AIM victim deceased or extant has been monetarily enriched or live in comparative mansions with all the toys, or own horse herds.They didn’t murder anyone, nor rape and pillage.
CIE closes this homage in saying he likes to take the positive from all things, perhaps he could tell us what positives are to be taken from the scams Russell and his cohorts ran, what positives should be taken from the unmarked graves of AIM’s victims at WK2?
Where is the eulogy, the gushing homage for them?
At what point do the negatives overcome the “positives”?
Is it a positive that at least one of the AIM leadership promoted the use of drugs among our youth and was subsequently arrested and charged as a major drug dealer?
A promotion and example that has led to the rampant drug and alcohol addictions among the very youth said to be CIE’s “focus”?
What positives are last real Indians to find in the way AIM ignored the ’99 Oyate statement, the way they systematically went about corrupting traditions, ceremonies, and marginalizing traditional leadership and women?
There was only one Russell Means, one Vernon Bellecourt, one Carter Camp – and there will be only one Clyde Bellecourt, one Dennis Banks, one Crow dog – and I say that is more than enough, we don’t need another “hero” the likes of such as these.
There is no vacant throne to be filled, no mantle to wear, only a gaping wound in the body of the nations that desperately needs mending…that is where the focus should be, and it can only be done by admitting and addressing all the issues rather than lionizing everything that is anathema to the nations.
“focusing on the positives” sounds like lawyer talk for let’s not discuss the real issues, the associated crimes and guilt. An attempt to portray perpetrators as upstanding members of the community and they themselves the real victims.
It sounds like the affects of colonization, of assimilation into the “melting pot”.
The nations are the victims, it is they who have been raped by the likes of Russell Means and the AIM leadership – the “defense” tactic of attacking or ignoring the integrity or the reality of the rape victim has no place among last real Indians.