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Ward Churchill's Blood (Purity) Libel By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 30, 2005


Leftist pseudo-Indian Ward Churchill is a cause célèbre for hating America, but I seem to have threatened that cause by pointing out his faux Indian bloodline. The Left is now attacking me, a conservative Indian, claiming I’m not Indian, either. An far-Left fake Indian who hates America can’t tolerate a real Indian who loves America. The Left has now launched a vicious, libelous campaign against me and my family, stating I am not really an Indian—inoculating Churchill against the seriousness of his deceptions.

Since my C-SPAN appearance, May 28, 2005, the Democratic Underground website has identified me as "the right’s counter to Ward Churchill." The site notes my association with FrontPageMagazine, and Young America’s Foundation, and also suggests some mysterious "connection with the CIA's Pahlavai family/foundation." The first two associations are certainly accurate; the third is wholly fictitious and inflammatory. My interest in Iran and her people is purely historical and personal.

The C-SPAN appearance was a taped speech I gave at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst, on March 29, 2005. I decry the artificial Communist image that left-wing Indian spokesmen have created over the last 35 years, citing people like Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt and Dennis Banks. I called for a positive attitude for the future, in which Indians embrace America as our stepchild—for whom we are responsible.

Then my mother passed away, April 9, 2005. One month later, almost to the day, Cinda Hughes, Miss Wheelchair 2004, posted a note on the notorious forums of Indianz.com, in which she claimed that I am an adopted child, and not a Comanche Indian. This note was posted May 6, the Friday before Mother’s Day. Miss Hughes declares me a fake, and a white man.

Miss Hughes, a member of the Kiowa nation, is a nationally known advocate for handicap concerns. She is the first Indian woman to be named Miss Wheelchair, and has devoted her notoriety to the cause of the Left. She continued her libel against me until it reached Native American Times, the premiere newspaper for Oklahoma Indians. An entire article appeared June 14, in which her libel is increased: "According to sources at the Comanche headquarters, David is not Comanche. His adopted mother is Comanche."

When contacted, Native American Times immediately removed the link, but various replications were made, including computer screen shots. In fact, Indianz.com actually reproduced the whole article on its forums, and even referenced it on the frontpage of the Indianz.com website, in "The Hoop," May 19.

The Left has shown more than disrespect. Indian people have been induced to lie about other Indians. Mine is a closed case of cruel libel. To wait until my mother had passed away, and then to assert the libelous claim that I am adopted, not only shows the black heart of many Indians but the shameless desperation of the Left—willing to use anyone for anything, at any cost, as long as it suits their agendas. In this case, they've attacked my family, because they hate America and I don't. It's that simple (and that despicable).

I possess historical records of his family line dating back to the mid-19th century, as well as my own birth certificates, original and renewed. The Comanche records are not open to the public, but any inquirer will be told "Yes," or "No" if they ask whether I am an enrolled Comanche. Of course, I’m enrolled. I have the older BIA card and the newer tribal ID.

However, the question of adoption is one that could be asked of any person, at any time, for the purpose of casting aspersions, or doubt, upon an opponent's credibility. The shadow of doubt now hangs over all Indian people. The fraudulence of people like Ward Churchill and the black casino groups in Connecticut and New York has set a terrible precedent. The very idea of claiming to be Indian is suspect now. The concept of being Indian is up for grabs, as "wannabees" claim possessing Indian blood doesn’t make one a carrier of "Indian culture" (which they read a lot about in college). They all despise the blood, and despise anyone who has it and does not hold to their party line. Woe to any Indian who is a conservative! Anyone who’s concern about Indian blood is a Nazi, according to Churchill.

The Left has no alternative but to desperately lie, and to claim I’m not Indian. If they can’t have their fake Indian preaching hatred of America, then they cannot afford to let me, a real Indian, openly love America. If the Indian voice is not employed in the liberal cause, then the liberals must destroy it. Leftist white racists are still telling Indians how to be Indian. But in my case, I already know what it means to be Indian—and what it means for the good of America.


Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at badeagle2000@yahoo.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.


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