An article on the ILPDC site asks the rhetorical question “when is enough enough” related to Peltier’s imprisonment.
I wouldn’t think it a difficult question to answer for the survivors of Peltier’s victims, and I can imagine they might reply when their dead have come back to life.
That isn’t possible though as we all know, a secondary response might be when Peltier comes clean and accepts responsibility.
Not much likelihood of that either as Peltier is fully involved in the myth created for him, and when you think about it that’s all he has ….. the myth, even down to being Lakota which he is not.
Peltier was never anything more than a thug, never a person of “consequence” within AIM, that is until he became a cold blooded killer.
The same article includes a quote or two, one claiming we as a people and nations have no heroes, with Peltier being the exception as he was “fighting for treaty rights” – which to put it bluntly is pure unadulterated bullshit.
Peltier’s “fight” was about falsely assuming that two federal agents who were looking for someone else had come to arrest him on a fugitive warrant from Wisconsin.
More than a little difficult to somehow convert that from a thug referred to among his cohorts as “dumb as dirt” to a “political prisoner.”
The reality is AIM’s politics led to a reign of terror that included multiple murders, and in creating a smoke screen it became necessary to turn Peltier into a “hero”.
Another quote says that “Peltier” belongs to the nations and “we” don’t want our brother to die in prison like Geronimo”
To begin with Peltier belongs to AIM, he’s their boy and they are saddled with him as a man who would commit cold blooded murder, interrogate women at gunpoint, and make a career of lying.
Peltier is no Geronimo, not even close, nor does he or has he ever spoken or done anything “in the spirit of Crazy Horse” .
If any comparisons are to be made attempting to liken Peltier in any way with the Apache or Geronimo better to liken him to Mickey Free, a child of mixed Mexican Irish ancestry by the name of Felix Ward who was taken and basically raised by Apaches, no more an Apache than Peltier is Lakota.
As to heroes the nations have many both past and present – neither Peltier nor a single member of the AIM leadership qualify.
Peltier has become a long running media and internet meme sustained in large measure by the uninformed, the misguided, and those who basically don’t give a damn what he or any other “political prisoner” has done.
How many lies they’ve told, or any part of their history – for those who fall into that category while talking about “healing” I would have to say they don’t have a clue and they should stop pretending that they do.
If they believe their “indianness” whether in this life or a “previous life” is defined or dependent upon advocating for a thug they’ve been hanging around the AIM fort for too long.
The above photo is Felix Ward/Micky Free.