Having spoken previously about the growing number of indigenous sites, which I’m pleased to see, it strikes me that some are beginning to look like a PAC -a political action committee-testing the waters, floating words like leader, and making sure the results of photo ops are duly exhibited.
An “exploratory committee” if you will, like the one Banks announced a while back related to tribal leadership at Leech Lake, only to discover people didn’t exactly have that deer caught in the headlights look upon the announcement.
The advantage of having your own site in the political arena is the exposure it affords- in the digital age politicians have become acutely aware of this.
Not only can you control the conversation, but to a degree create the issues as well, and publish glowing reports about yourself.
Rallies designated for any purpose can also be turned to a candidates advantage merely by putting in an appearance or attaching their name as an organizer or sponsor.
They also present an opportunity to kiss the babies, hug grandmother, and present that human side-that man or woman of the people thing.
Associations and endorsements are what politicians scramble for-“celebrities” are a must have and require reciprocity-they expect to have input, especially if they are organizational celebrities.
I’d be the last to say the nations don’t need leaders, but I would qualify that by saying we need the kind of leadership that doesn’t seek to be front page, that neither seeks nor desires AIM’s endorsement, pro active leadership willing to confront and deal with ALL the issues.
The kind of leaders that would be raising hell when a young mother is killed and children are left orphaned, when a woman is raped, or a child is abused. The kind of leaders that would address gangs and crime instead of making excuses for them.
AIM isn’t Boss Tweed, neither the candidates or results of elections on the rez should come from Tammany Hall.
Until the time when a leader or leaders such as this arise all we will have is business as usual and pretenders to the throne verbally wrapping themselves in the blanket of the nations.
I think we’ve had enough of that.