Following the death of Dennis Bank$ a member of the notorious American Indian Movement leadership complicit in the murder of Robinson and Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, Cheryl Buswell, the widow of civil rights worker and AIM murder victim Perry Ray Robinson jr. has renewed her call for those left standing to reveal where Ray’s body is buried and to assist in the repatriation of his remains.
A call that will fall upon deaf ears just as it has for the past several decades – instead what will in all likelihood happen much as was the case in the passing of Russell Means is that Bank$ will be lauded as a “great statesman”, a “spiritual leader”, and what it means to live one’s life in the now thoroughly corrupted invocation of “ in the spirit of Crazy Horse”.
I suspect as was the case with Means opportunities will arise for a time to generate a little revenue, opportunities that will not be ignored.
When Vernon Bellecourt passed on Russell Means made the statement that while he took no joy in Bellecourt’s passing he would rather Vernon had been held to account and sent to prison first.
I echoed that sentiment in the passing of Means- no joy, only that I wished Means would have been held to account first and gone to prison.
Once again I offer the same opinion related to Bank$ – no joy, no celebration, no ridiculous claims that after decades his passing is somehow evidence of Creator’s retribution, only that like Bellecourt and Means justice would have been served had Bank$ been held to account.
Clyde Bellecourt is essentially the last man standing of the original leadership with Leonard Crow Dog hovering on the periphery as he always has hawking his wares in the role of one time AIM plastic shaman.
Following the business model of AIM, it’s various “chapters” and financial goals of his fellow “leaders” Clyde incorporated AIM some years ago claiming as did his cohorts and business rivals that he alone was the embodiment of AIM, that he alone was the voice.
As fate would have it Clyde’s claim may be coming to fruition, but the truth of the matter is there is no honor to be found in assuming the blood stained mantle of what was a criminal organization that consisted of petty fiefdoms, contentious warlords with their own goon squads, and a laundry list of crimes large and small that did not exclude murder.
And so another chapter has been closed and in the closing I take note of the existing contrasts – when Means became ill while staying in role he gave forth with an indictment against “western medicine” verses our own traditional ceremonies and approach, in that venting he was adamant about he would pursue a traditional cure.
This of course was part of the normal Means bullshit as he actively sought treatment at a cutting edge facility in Arizona while pleading for donations.
Bank$ was able to avail himself of the expertise of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and while I understand the direction both he and Means took I am struck by the inability of the huge majority of the rest of our people who cannot seek out the best and of necessity must settle for whatever is within their reach.
In view of this inability and glaring contrast perhaps it could be said that crime does pay to one degree or another.
The third link is to an opinion piece written by Steve Hendricks that for all intents and purposes refers to Bank$ as a coward – I include that for the simple reason that AIM trolls have always quoted excerpts from Hendrick’s book and that of In The Spirit of Crazy Horse when they felt they were supportive and gone silent when countered with others from the same books that decidedly are not.