For many the words woman warrior conjure up an image of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, and deservedly so.
It isn’t a stretch to image that if Annie were alive even as a grandmother she would be at Standing Rock fighting for the rights of indigenous people.
Warrior women weren’t uncommon among the nations, and there are some legendary ones , a great many can be found at the DAPL protest – I believe Annie provided a model in this modern era.
Dennis Banks has said he’s never seen such a gathering involving representatives from so many nations as the one at Standing Rock – of course he’s correct in saying so, one of the few times he’s ever been.
But the backstory is AIM wasn’t a unifier, it was divisive, and the leadership a gathering of thugs intent on murder and mayhem – a leadership locked in a rictus of squabbling over the spoils and who received the most air time.
I’ve watched a couple of Bank$ made for media videos of his appearances at Standing Rock, listened to his disjointed ramblings and attempts to resurrect AIM of yesteryear as THE entity, the awakening from which all things sprang.
It’s a pathetic performance, no less so than attempts to weave Leonard Peltier and the bloody rag banner of AIM into the equation.
Standing Rock is about the common welfare of the nations – Bank$, AIM, etal was about the personal welfare, as in self enrichment, of the leadership.
Bank$ has played on his ndness for decades now – from the “warrior” Good Day to Die to the current made for public consumption wise elder and “spiritual leader”.
Amazingly it’s all worked for him, from ordering underlings to dispose of bodies at Wounded Knee 2 to being able to identify the body of a murdered woman days before anyone else could without actually being there to view the remains.
Bank$ isn’t going to change, he isn’t going to switch horses in midstream when the one he’s ridden has stood him in good stead – he’s found his groove as they say thanks to a pandering media and a misinformed public with romantic delusions.
It wasn’t but a few short years ago I stated my belief that Russell Means was a snitch by the very definition AIM employed to direct at others – more than a few people were aghast, surely I was a hater, a sellout, and undoubtedly a fed.
Well the proof was in the pudding as they say and Means was exposed as a snitch – but I’ve also said I believe the entire AIM leadership and minions like Dave Hill also rolled over when it served them.
You don’t walk from the federal and state charges like Hill did just because they like you – you don’t serve a mere eighteen months in prison when charged and convicted as a major drug dealer as Clyde Bellecourt did just because they like you, and you sure as hell don’t get caught on tape ordering someone to dispose of a body or are able to identify the remains of a murdered woman without being there and never face a single related charge just because they like you.
Born under a lucky star? I don’t think so.
Water is life, women are life givers – in my opinion Bank$ resume precludes him speaking about either, he should confine his snake oil show to foreign countries where they still want to believe his particular brand of bs.
In wrapping this blog up I want to address something else – the forgiveness ceremony presided over by Leonard Crow Dog – I’m all for forgiveness when warranted, and I believe it was the right thing to do with the vets who came to Standing Rock – the issue I have is Crow dog forgiving anyone when he hasn’t atoned for his role as the grave keeper of those AIM murdered at WK2, for his role in contributing to the murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash by labeling her a snitch, for the corruption and marketing of culture which has become a cottage industry for him, for the drunken ceremonies he held at “paradise”, and for the manner in which he went about “forgiving”.
And that is to sit as though on a throne and lay his hand on a kneeling person as though he’s a Pope granting absolution or offering a blessing.
There wasn’t a vet there that isn’t head and shoulders a better person than Crow Dog is, and I’d give odds there were more than a few vets who are more sincere and more spiritually inclined than he.