To begin with I would commend Paul Demain for bringing this to attention and Lt. Gerald Couch and the Hall County Sheriff’s office for their persistence and determination.
I think it will only be natural for some in seeing Juanita Adams name in the same article featured in the Rapid City Journal being associated with AIM and The Longest Walk to speculate a connection, but I think it’s a little early for that and would caution a measured
Juanita’s cousin, Roxanne Two Bulls, states in the article that after returning home for a few days Juanita left with friends she had met along the walk-that’s a good starting point if the friends have been identified, and undoubtedly if they have they are being questioned for possible leads that could result in resolution.
The fact that it has been thirty years or so, and thirty plus for Annie Mae, and yet efforts continue is a positive statement and should send a message that in this country our women can no longer be seen to be of lesser value-they are no longer disposable statistics or a single one of them forgettable.
A corner is slowly being turned and the recognition that they all have a singular value and importance that is not to be dispensed selectively is resulting from that.
It is not, nor will it ever be, enough to drone on either verbally, literarily, or visually, about matriarchy without addressing individual and specific examples like Annie Mae and now Juanita Adams.
Apparently Russell’s sense of an overwhelming burden to dispense his peculiar brand of wisdom excludes any mention of Juanita so far, either on the RoL or his endless video commentaries, website, or elsewhere-after all, like Annie Mae, she is just one woman, and
there are more important things to talk about………like himself.
The difference may be this time she is of his own nation and there are relatives in proximity-he may feel compelled. But in doing so if he remains silent, and by extension doesn’t offer some token gesture regarding Annie Mae, the silence will roll like thunder.
I thought it was nearly impossible for the RoL website to make itself any more irrelevant than it is-but even a cursory examination proves me to be wrong.
It is ultimately little more than a self constructed monument to it’s founder, and in that laughable to the extreme.
It is a profound ignorance for any to say of any victim she’s just one woman, as some have said-in the strictest sense each has been just one woman-but it is a ignorance, and unforgivable stupidity to consider that each in their being just one woman have an undeniable value and an impact on a larger scale-an image projected onto a growing collage that demands recognition of the individual and the circumstances of their death.
Such a statement is not only disgusting, but to me characterises the one who gives it voice as being equally disgusting regardless of how many feathers they would stick in their hair, or how much internet “Indianese” they attempt to speak.
Now another indigenous family is able to lay a loved one to rest after decades-and they too wait for answers. I would say to them your loved one was not just another woman-she was a person of great value not only to you, but to all the nations-as all our women should be.