A comment excerpted from the blog:
“If it weren’t for Dennis Banks, Ka-Mook never would have had to deliver a baby in jail.~My words.”
“Ka-Mook Nichols’ struggle for AIM and Banks included numerous days sitting in a jail cell in the name of AIM.
Records show Nichols was five-months pregnant with her second child when she was arrested on the Wichita turnpike, Kansas, in September 1975 after a car in which she was traveling with Bob Robideau and other Jumping Bull compound residents exploded.
Nichols’ arm was lacerated and a prominent scar remains. She was hospitalized over night and then escorted to a jail cell where she stayed for three weeks until being released. She returned to South Dakota in October 1975 for a memorial dinner her grandmother had put on for uncle, Buddy Lamont, where she met up with Banks and others.
In November, Ka-Mook and other AIM members including Pictou-Aquash, were traveling in a motor-home belonging to Marlon Brando when they were arrested in Oregon.(When Dennis Banks and Leonard Peltier escaped after a shootout with police.) Nichols refused to give her name but an officer entered the room, lifted her right arm and identified her from the wound from the turnpike accident.
Within a few days she was returned to Kansas where she remained in jail until January 1976, and from there she was transported to Portland, Oregon, where she was incarcerated until February 1976. During her stay in the county jail in Kansas, she gave birth to her second daughter, Tiopa, on December 30, 1975. Nichols prenatal care was done by a doctor who arrived by ambulance to a secure area. She was escorted to the ambulance for her prenatal care. Her daughter was delivered by C-section at a hospital where US Marshals stood constant guard.~From Indigenous Women For Justice.”
If it weren’t for Dennis Banks a lot of things would be different – the same can be said of Russell Means whose lifelong pursuit was “covering” himself and bilking “white people”.
In fact the same can be said of the entire AIM leadership…..if it wasn’t for them.
AIM drones routinely attack Kamook as a “snitch” hoping that will direct attention away from the reality of Banks and the leadership – for those willing to do the research it becomes a near impossibility for any other than these drones to fault a woman for refusing to continue supporting a man actively involved in the murder and mayhem that defined AIM.
If it weren’t for Banks, Means, and the Bellecourts who composed AIM’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Annie Mae Pictou Aquash would be alive, so too would Perry Ray Robinson Jr and a score of other victims.
It’s reasonable to assume the nations would not have been burdened with the likes of a career loser like Leonard Peltier as well.