And so the occupation has ended with a whimper and not a bang, now the question is what was accomplished other than the death of Lavoy Winnicum?
The sought after support and sympathy were never forthcoming, interest has waned with the occasional spike such as the one generated by the surrender of the remaining occupants at the Malheur Refuge.
There will be additional spikes as court appearances come and go and conspiracy sites do what they can to keep the events relevant, but all in all this was ill advised, poorly planned, and miserably executed from day one.
The support the occupiers believed would materialize never did, fellow “patriots” didn’t flood the Bundy recruiting station, and ultimately even Cliven Bundy patriarch of the Bundy clan was himself arrested.
In speaking of ill adivised it brings to mind Chase Iron Eyes of Last Real Indians attempt to ruminate and pose a completely illogical question whether the nations should view all this with a sympathetic eye and ponder whether or not we should be supportive?
The question is disengenous at face value – should we support would be occupiers of
Paiute land that has already been occupied? As if to muse that perhaps somehow this
would be advantageous not only for the Paiute but all our nations?
Did Chase actually believe there was a chance in hell the occupiers would prevail or was it merely viewed as an opportunity to issue a sound bite or two?
Was he of the opinion that if they did they in turn would return land to the nations?
Chase came across as being totally out of touch in much the same way the AIM leadership has been – for them it has always been an attempt to gain attention from current hot button issues.
If the media is there and coverage ramped up then the leadeship and now Chase will
likewise seek some portion of the attention regardless of how inane or inept the attempt to do so may be.
A glitzy bling ladened site is no assurance of wisdom or leadership abilities, nor even common sense for that matter – if it’s all about attention plenty would be generated by LRI and CIE becoming an advocate for justice for Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, murdered by AIM, likewise for other AIM victims like Perry Ray Robinson jr. and those who lay in unmarked graves at WK2 rather than going the AIM route of acting as defense counsel for a convicted participant in Annie’s murder like John Graham.
Chase issued a mea culpa that he isn’t a member of AIM but has family members who are, in issuing this mea culpa during a conversation with Annie’s daughter Denise he didn’t really want to hear the facts, spoke of his focus being on our youth, then excused himself from the conversation.
One could speculate that this family influence is such that it isn’t necessary for Chase to be a card carrying AIM member to conduct himself as though he is, and people should bear in mind that when it comes to politics nuances should be looked for in the rhetoric and what actually transpires ….. and yes I believe Chase is a politician who at some point won’t be satisfied in “leading by reputation” and seek a tribal or state elected office.
In the aftermath an investigation into whether any indigenous artifacts or burial grounds have been damaged or disturbed is/will be conducted and that’s where my focus lays, if so I expect prior LRI statements may be walked back or spun and replaced with a “press release” about the sacredness of such things and heinous nature of the offense.