“My love is expressed in my paintings for the whole Indian world, but especially the future generations. We are the caretakers, we have to make a world worthy of them. The love of my people is why I was at Jumping Bull that day — to protect them.” Leonard Peltier
Always the selfless warrior, a manidoowag, something spiritual.
Who exactly was Peltier “protecting” his people from – was it that two man invasion armed with short range revolvers who were looking for Jimmy Eagle related to multiple felony warrants and didn’t even know Peltier was around?
Was he protecting his people when he interrogated Annie Mae Pictou Aquash at gunpoint and later undoubtedly signed off on her abduction murder?
Did he protect his people, more specifically women, one pregnant, when he fled leaving them to fend for themself during the Oregon RV stop?
Was he a protector when he interrogated Minnie Two Shoes a year earlier?
Or does it ultimately come down to the following statement by Peltier that he was shooting at the agents because they were coming to arrest HIM?
If Peltier as a “caretaker” is the definition and provides an example to follow then the nations are not only in serious trouble but decline as well.
Is he taking a “warriors” stance when he now “begs like a mfkr” for others not to allow him to die in prison?
“Especially in this system, I can’t tell the system I was shooting at their police officers that WERE TRYING TO ARREST ME. They’ll hold that against me. I’VE GOT BE CAREFUL ABOUT THAT STUFF. ( Caps mine).
“WERE TRYING TO ARREST ME.” Nothing about they were trying to arrest “his people” – nothing about an imminent threat posed by two men against “his people”.
Nothing about an “invasion” …. a person would think it reasonable if that were the case Peltier would have said so from the get go. But no, all that bs would come later in an attempt to obscure the fact that Peltier did indeed just as he said mistakenly believed they were coming to arrest him on a Wisconsin fugitive.
The truth is Peltier endangered “his people” – among them elders, women, and children when he opted to “protect” himself from a perceived threat that didn’t exist.
I knew people who were doing legal work for the “defense committee” early on who left and told me years later when I met them they knew by the preponderance of what they were seeing and hearing that Peltier was in fact guilty – some of these people were of the nations and some were not, but they shared a common denominator, integrity, and chose to shake the dust from their feet and move on.
Their departure was more than a glitch, some bump in the road, it has been something of the norm over the years with insiders referring to Peltier as delusional and a egotistical loud mouth having come to believe the myth created for him and attacking anyone who doesn’t do his bidding or questions something he says.
You know, it’s too bad Peltier wasn’t arrested at some point prior to Jumping Bull, if he had of been this decades long dog and pony show would have never taken place, and those who lie in graves would have gone on to live their lives…..among them Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.
A few more years at most and the myth will implode as the truth will have been exposed, and having been shown to be the fools they were his supporters will begin to deny they ever were….or perhaps attempt to cobble together some follow up myth.
Allowances can be made when people are uninformed, possess an ignorance of the realities related to specific events through no fault of their own, not a one of us knows everything.
But the facts are available, the lies repeatedly exposed posed and transparent – ignoring them is “ignant”, and that’s an entirely different matter.
Peltier’s doing time for “his people”? Give me a break, he’s doing time for murder – it isn’t like he just stepped up out of the blue and for no reason said lock me up I want to “sundance” for my people.
Take a look at Peltier’s history as an AIM thug then somebody point out the expressions of love for me.