Editor’s Note: The following is presented in keeping with CRE’s commitment to ensuring that all viewpoints on contraband tobacco are fully ventilated.
In the end, no police raids actually took place on either Native territory. That elected and appointed Native officials had to take to online recorded statements shows the other side of Operation MYGALE, which was alternately known as Operation TARANTULA. The web that was weaved here was partially fictional and partially epic.
From a human interest perspective, the desire to rise above average means drives the prosecution of these same instincts. I still call these traits rugged individualism (Rugged individualism was the phrase used often by Herbert Hoover, a famous mining engineer by trade, during his time as president 1929–33. It refers to the idea that each individual should be able to help themselves out, and that the government does not need to involve itself in people’s economic lives nor in national economics in general).