THE LAST TOMAHAWK
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the local Indians run an Indian art market every year for a few days in August. It is called the Southwestern Indian Market and it’s administrated by a board of Indian tribal members. This small Indian art market has grown over the years to become the third largest art market in the world. How that happened isn’t nearly so important as what is happening to this market right now.
What is happening in New Mexico this year has every application to what is just at the beginning of development in Lake Geneva. What happened at this year’s board meeting was a quiet takeover of well-funded Indians coming in from distant tribes up in Alaska and over in California. The old nearby pueblos tribal members, who had families that have had tables and booths at the Santa Fe Indian Market for generations and were promised tenured positions have been quickly and firmly voted out by the new board. The new board is bringing in the Sioux, the Inuits and the Inupiags, using the nomadic tactics of old to vanquish the Pueblo tribes and bring in the Nomads.
They want the money. The jewel of the Santa Fe Indian Market was looked at from afar, studied, and then gone after. Representative governmental board positions have been usurped by foreigners coming in to fill seats nobody was running for anymore. Apathy had come to the Indian Market when it came to administration. Things were just expected to go on like it always had. And now the result is a complete rollback of the old rules, sort of like what the U.S. Senate did it in with the filibuster Congress. This successful and financially rewarding raid on the Santa Fe Indian Market should give anyone living in Lake Geneva a good case of the shivers.
Apathy in holding office in Lake Geneva is at an all-time high. Most current representatives of Lake Geneva’s city council have been elected unopposed, and with less than five percent of the vote. Lake Geneva is an “emerald city” of beauty, comfort, convenience and rural purity. It’s as big a prize for a nearby voracious nomadic culture, as the Santa Fe Indian Market was in New Mexico. The battle’s over there, and the City of Santa Fe and the citizens will lose. They’ll lose their culture, their monetary return from the sales of art and the ancillary profits brought about by all those local concerns buying and producing their original products locally.
What is going to happen when Chicago finally figures out that the Dells might serve as an outstanding example of how a quality country environment can be converted into a cash machine with relatively little cost? Although the people of Chicago have come to Lake Geneva for years to great acceptance and welcome, what’s going to happen when they want to build those water parks, water shows, boat tours and other typically cheap but exciting activities all around Geneva Lake? The Geneva Shore Report was called to investigate what was happening in Santa Fe. The first call the GSR made was to the Santa Fe, New Mexico newspaper in that city. The GSR publisher was told that the paper didn’t care what happened to the Indians one way or another.
The newspaper business is all about reporting the news, not making it. They said they had no opinion because that would not be right. The GSR publisher told them that they were about to get what they deserve, but it was a shame that the citizens would have to pay such a huge price, as well. The GSR is not built that way. What’s happening in Santa Fe is news and what’s happening in Lake Geneva is news too, and without apology the GSR lets you know right up front that there is no news without opinion. It is the expression of opinion by the editorial board every week that decides what stories to cover, because there are always too many. Santa Fe does not have a GSR, but Lake Geneva does. The Geneva Shore Report staff covers all the really important news, and that’s pretty good for Lake Geneva and the other communities around the lake or so the GSR staff believes.