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Old 04-22-2010, 12:54 PM   #6
lostsalt
One more push-up,Please!
 
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If you think Zeke is way out in left field on this one (which his is not), then take the time to inquire with anyone from Pine Ridge.
At least it has been my experience in talking to folks from that community, they have much the same opinion of the Peltier/A.I.M situation.
Many different people expressed to me extreme disgust for the A.I.M. people.
One elderly lady actually gave me a very funny Acronym for AIM. I remember how funny i thought it was listening to this old lady "Going Off" on AIM.
This was in 1990, it forever changed my opinion of the whole issue. I read most of the documents, seen the documentaries, and talked to the people in the community.
Somehow, Peltier has turned into an "Icon" , usually for folks that are at somewhat of a distance from the the NDN community or folks that have a super "idealized" idea of the savage, unjustly persecuted NDN. Peltier seems to embody that for some folks. Furthermore, it captures their emotions so much that they get angry if you try to give them the truth of the situation. MAybe he is a symbol of how the Goverment has mistreated NDNs.
Well it is true the Government did mistreat the Native Americans........
But Leonard Peltier is not a direct victim of this. He is a criminal that is serving time for a crime a judge and jury found him guilty for. No different than a drunk driver or a tax evader.
Just my $0.02
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