There’s a saying that goes along the lines of “with friends like these who needs enemies” that seems to sum up a good number of Annie’s so called “friends” within AIM.
Another would be to refer to them as “fair weather friends”.
Friendships in AIM in the majority appear to have been predicated upon who might have been in favor at the moment and who wasn’t, and that having to do with the leadership.
The rez has also been something of a closed society, and as such gossip has found a place, add to that a gestapo like organization that ruled by force, innuendo, and rumor such as AIM did and there isn’t a lot of room for diversity of thought or expression.
That’s changed to an appreciable degree as the AIM leadership attempts to remain relevant in an increasingly futile effort to take ownership of issues such as the environment and culture in lieu of murder and mayhem.
Too little too late as the history they created continues to haunt them and the bully boys have aged finding comfort only in the lies and propaganda they fomented sharing among themselves and talking about the good ol’ days – perhaps those padded Depends provide an element of comfort as well as they twist and squirm in their chairs when the hard questions that they have no answers for come as they’ve surely been incontinent verbally and physically for decades.
Relevance, part of a triad that included money and power – as the relevance has declined the focus has been to concentrate on commercialism.
A commercialism that has offered up traditions, culture, and ceremonies.
There have even been the equivalent of most favored trade partners like Japan and European nations where a romantic interest in all things “ndn” has created an easily exploited market.
To facilitate this global marketing endeavor I suspect there are more chiefs, medicine men/women, more headdresses and titles than during the combined history of all our nations – and let’s not forget the Star Knowledge crowd that has blended a variety of ingredients into what amounts to the GMO product they promote for fun and profit.
In a way you can’t help but feel a little sorry for the marks the grifters have targeted but then they have the same access to the truth via the net if nothing else that others do, so in the end all you can say is its on them.
A great deal of this has been fueled by various AIM centric sites that have conducted themselves like the three monkeys of hear no, speak no, and see no evil – they’d rather eat their shoe than break ranks and acknowledge what stares them in the face.
Some of these sites present themselves as indigenous media, and while they may perform a credible journalistic job when it comes to reporting news it’s as though they are corporate owned like the mainstream media and will only report what ownership wants when it comes to AIM, the fix is in and has been for decades.
You can only be a last real Indian if you buy into the AIM/Peltier bullshit, if not then be grateful it isn’t two or three decades ago or you’d be well on your way to becoming an AIM target.
You could wind up in an unmarked grave with Crow Dog keeping an eye on things, or your throat slashed in an AIM flop house.
Bank$ and cronies could issue one of their fatwahs.
Maybe have your office or home set on fire, your family and children threatened, or wind up with a bullet in the back of your head while kneeling and praying for your children as Annie Mae Pictou Aquash did after being abducted, raped, and brutalized.
A really bizarre meme related to all this, “in the spirit of Crazy Horse”, as though Crazy Horse would have engaged in such things.
Yet we have the word of the leadership and “dumb as dirt” Peltier that indeed he would have, not only that but Crazy Horse will be waiting for them when they pass on to honor them with an eagle feather and welcome them into the fraternity of legendary warriors.
I find it difficult to imagine they actually believe that, but if they do I suspect they’re in for a rude awakening, and that too will be on them.