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The Indians Strike Back...at the PC Left By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The leftist campaign to remove Indians from the American public continues its relentless course. From Oklahoma’s Bill 567 (Racial Mascot Act), which would remove the names “savages” and “redskins” from 22 Oklahoma public schools; to Oregon’s Curry County Commissioners, changing the name of Squaw Valley Road to “Cedar Valley Road”; the leftist scourge on all Indian names, logos, and images in the country has left a trail of outrage. It has also deeply scarred the image of American freedom.

What can the public do when a few elected officials act with total disregard for the community that elected them? How shall a school community react to a board or a supervisor who inflict coercive measures against the expressed will of the majority?


Consider the community reactions of Nyack, New York. In 2003, the Nyack School Board, under the leadership of Dr. Don Hammond, decided that the 75-year-old tradition of the Nyack Indian logo must be ended. The Nyack High School could no longer use the image, nor would it be allowed on the senior class rings. This decision was made despite the public outcry and disapproval. (Of course, the greatest irony in the story is the fact that there are no Indians of any kind living in Nyack, today, or for 350 years past. It was all based on the theoretical offense of imaginary Indians, and it was really a totally unnecessary, self-indulgent power play on the part of the school leaders.)


With no apparent recourse, the people of Nyack set upon their own solutions. They formed a foundation, the Nyack Indian Foundation, Inc. They immediately produced Nyack Indian clothing with the traditional logo, and procured a new ring company to provide Nyack Indian rings for the students. The Foundation has been a telling success.


There is a special website now, The Nyack Indian Foundation. A major accomplishment, the site should fast become a guide, a “how-to” handbook, for all other local communities resisting the fascism of megalomaniac superintendents and run-away school boards. The site gives the full history of every aspect of the Nyack story, and the community reaction. Other communities can find encouragement and direction when facing the same kind of oppression.


The only public recourse is to organize and to counteract the subversion of American freedom. The education system is under the control of the Left, and the American public’s first line of attack, or should I say, defense, must be to resist the onslaughts of freedom which begin in the school system.


And who knows, maybe Indians will support such an effort. Contrary to the leftist-trained Indians who aggrandize the imaginary offense of Indian names, logos, and mascots, real Indians (83 percent) are not offended, if they care at all. That’s what the one and only professional, scientific survey of Indian opinion revealed. (That survey was conducted by Peter Harris, for Sports Illustrated, on March 4, 2002.)


There is more encouragement from Nyack on this.


Back when the school board disallowed the use of the Nyack Indian image by the high school, the board also peremptorily effaced the school monument with the Nyack Indian image and the name engraved upon it, covering it with a Formica sheet. This eye-sore, this hack job of dictatorship remained effective for nearly two years, when all of a sudden, earlier this month, March 12, the covering was found broken away, leaving the monument exposed for all to see. It delighted the town’s residents.


The local newspaper immediately assumed “vandalism,” and Nyack spokeswoman Gail Fleur said, “It looks like somebody ripped it off, because the screws were still there.” “This is the first act of vandalism—the first of its kind—involving an Indian head,” she said.


This is also called irresponsible representation and biased reporting. The school board committed the first act of vandalism, by effacing (covering) the image the town had paid for, against the town’s wishes. And who’s to say the weather did not finally have an effect on the Formica-like panel used to cover the image? And who is Gail Fleur speaking for? It certainly isn’t the community of Nyack, but more likely the school board.


Maybe there was another voice heard in this, not the board, the town, nor the Foundation, but the Nyack Indians. After all, the Formica covering apparently broke away the night of the new moon, March 10. Maybe the fathers who fished on the Hudson riverbank, the Nyack Indians, let it be known that they’d like to be remembered.

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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