Eastern Band Establishes Cherokee Identity Protection Committee

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There are three federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the United States including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (NC), the Cherokee Nation (OK) and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians (OK).  According to a list compiled in March by the Cherokee Nation, there are 212 fabricated groups claiming to be Cherokee tribes. “Fraud List” compiled by Cherokee Nation

Some of those groups are from areas thousands of miles from traditional Cherokee territory including the Northwest Cherokee Deer Clan in Oregon.  And, several aren’t even in the United States at all such as the Chewah Cherokee Nation in Manitoba, Canada.

The EBCI Tribal Council passed a resolution – No. 6 (2011) – during annual council on Thursday, Oct. 13 to establish the Cherokee Identity Protection Committee.

“It’s something that we’ve had an ongoing issue with and it’s something that’s important,” said Big Cove Rep. Perry Shell who submitted the resolution passed on Thursday.  “Many times people are taking our identity.” Continue reading

Indian Fraud Alert: Neal v. Arizona

Here is yet another effort by people claiming to be Pembina Nation Little Shell Band of North America: Neal v Arizona.

An excerpt:

Plaintiffs are members of the Pembina Nation Little Shell Band of North America (“Little Shell Band”). Plaintiffs action stems from the Defendants’ refusal to recognize the validity of the Little Shell Band’s transportation code. Specifically, Plaintiffs allege that Defendants refuse to recognize drivers licenses, motor vehicle registrations, and motor vehicle license plates issued under the Little Shell Band’s transportation code.

Indian Frauds: United States v. Reed

Here is the opinion — US v Reed

An excerpt:

Suffice it to say the pleadings filed by Reed to date are plagued with vagueness, confusion, and indecipherable gibberish. Reed appears to be arguing that he is a sovereign, namely that he is a member of the “esens-tribus-family” or the “Little Shell Nation” Indian tribe, and, therefore, he is not subject to the laws of the United States. See Docket Nos. 25, 32, and 34. The indictment alleges that the acts occurred in the District of North Dakota and that he violated federal law.

Latgawa Indian Tribe Sued

Here is a complaint filed in the federal court in Oregon, Airport Chevrolet v. Davis — Airport Chevrolet v Davis

An excerpt:

Plaintiff is an Oregon corporation authorized and licensed to do business within the State of Oregon. Defendants Richard L. Davis aka Richard Red Hawk Davis aka Red Hawk (“Davis”) and John Newkirk aka John Grey Eagle Newkirk (“Newkirk”) are residents of the State of Oregon. Defendant Confederated Tribes-Rogue-Table Rock & Associated tribes is a not-for-profit organization, organized and existing pursuant to the laws of the State of Oregon; this organization conducts business under the name of the “Latgawa Indian Tribe.” These organizations will hereafter be collectively referred to as the “Tribe”.

Defendant Davis claims membership in the Tribe. Defendant Newkirk also claims membership in the Tribe, and also claims to be a “Latgawa Tribal Judge.” The Tribe purports to have established the Latgawa Indian Tribal Justice Court in Central Point, Oregon. Continue reading

MSU Conference: Neocolonial Inscription and Performance of American Indian Identity in American Higher Education: Oct. 16-17

The conference will attempt to address and review issues of American Indian identity in higher education.  Through this process, we hope to create and expand inter-community, inter-institutional and public dialogue on American Indians in higher education.  The two day conference will examine key issues such as tribal sovereignty, faculty hiring, current university practices allowing self-identification, and explore who should represent American Indians in American Indian higher education programs and departments.

As a result of this conference, we hope to make MSU a better community, a more honest community, a place where diversity engenders not only inclusion in name, but where diversity includes, reflects and respects diverse ways of knowing and thinking, as well as diverse means for reception, delivery and acceptance of cultural competencies and production.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy

The Honorable Steve Russell


Indian Fraud Violates RICO

From Indianz:

Three men who created a fake tribe at an Arby’s restaurant are guilty of violating federal racketeering laws, a judge ruled last week.

The “Wampanoag Nation, Tribe of Grayhead, Wolf Band” and its founders filed numerous legal claims against officials in Utah. The targets responded with a countersuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Judge Stephen P. Friot agreed that James W. Burbank, Martin T. Campbell, Dale N. Stevens, and Thomas Smith violated the law. He said the men used their fake tribe and other organizations to try and intimidate government officials. The group is not in any way affiliated with the two federally recognized Wampanoag tribes in Massachusetts.

We’ve written about these guys before (here).

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Indian Frauds: Alternet on “Love and Consequences”

From Alternet:

Last month, it was revealed that the New York Times and Manhattan publishing world were deceived by Love and Consequences, a faked memoir by a white girl who claimed to live the life you only hear about in Dr. Dre songs. The damage control was so good, the book never saw daylight, and we never knew how big of an embarrassment this cartoonishly racist gangster fantasy should have been. But last week a copy arrived at my doorstep.

Supposedly written by gangsta moll Margaret B. Jones, Love and Consequences turned out to be the work of middle-class liar Margaret Seltzer. She had invented the tale behind a laptop at Starbucks, tricking not only her publisher, but also her fans at the Times, which graced the memoir with repeated coverage.

After it was revealed her work was a forgery, the damage control was swift and successful. On March 5, with the book just out the door, the New York Times revealed the hoax, if not just how bad it was. Her agent, Faye Bender, told the paper, reassuringly, that “there was no reason to doubt her, ever.” And that set the tone for the coverage. Love & Consequences, wrote the L.A. Times, must have seemed “edgy, sexy, cinematic.”

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Indian Literary Frauds: David Treuer on “Going Native”

From Slate:

In 1930, shortly after the studio release of his movie The Silent Enemy, Buffalo Child Long Lance’s Indian identity began to crumble. He was a celebrity by that time, having boxed Dempsey and dated movie stars, but he was not, it turned out, a full-blooded Blackfeet Indian who had been raised on the plains, as he had claimed. He had not hunted buffalo from horseback as the prairie winds blew through his hair. And his name was not actually Buffalo Child Long Lance. His real name was Sylvester Long. He was from Winston-Salem, N.C. He was African-American. And his father was not a chief but, rather, a janitor.

Margaret B. Jones, the author of Love and Consequences, is hardly the first person to have invented an Indian self and a past. Her memoir tells of her upbringing as a half-white, half-Indian foster child by a black family in South Central L.A. In fact, Jones’ real name is Margaret Seltzer, she did not grow up in South Central, she’s never been a foster child, and she’s no more a Native American than Sylvester Long was.

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Literary Fraud: “Love and Consequences”

From the NYTs:

In “Love and Consequences,” a critically acclaimed memoir published last week, Margaret B. Jones wrote about her life as a half-white, half-Native American girl growing up in South-Central Los Angeles as a foster child among gang-bangers, running drugs for the Bloods.

The problem is that none of it is true.

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