Indeed, our young people don't need some 'romanticized' version of AIM fed to them such as the patronizing propaganda found in the novel, "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse." However, for all the "the widespread exhilaration among Indian people" Giago missed, one thing Giago did do was mention the ending legacy of AIM that haunts them to this day: "Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was violently raped and murdered near Wanblee two years later." The disappearance of Civil Rights activist Ray Robinson at the Wounded Knee occupation is also a question that must always be brought up, lest we conveniently white wash history to conveniently mold to our POV. Not that Mr. Trimble did so, but to dismiss what Giago was conveying as not having any merit would be a mistake. Otherwise, passing on intellectual dishonesty is not the "kind of perspective we need in telling our history, especially to our young people" just so we can pretend to feel good about AIM without questioning some of the things they did. We young people - I was born years after the siege - must also learn from the previous generations accomplishments as well as mistakes. If we don't it will cloud our better judgments, and we'll all begin to think that what AIM did to Annie Mae is excusable because she was a "pawn" in an endgame for promoting social injustices, and we won't be able to look past the irony of how Native women are still being treated the same way in our midst today.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 05:06