Skip to comments.Ward Churchill Exploits Indians-The pampered liar is anti-American and anti-Indian.
Posted on 02/28/2005 5:36:26 AM PST by SJackson
|Ward Churchill Exploits Indians|
First of all, Indian identity as a legal status is in the hands of the government. Only a federally recognized body of Indian people has that status. Of course, the Indian casino boom has blurred the requirements of federal recognition, or at least the definition and application of those requirements. Indian casinos have brought into question the reputability of the Bureau of Indian Affairs when recognizing new tribes today. Under enormous financial and political pressure, the BIA continues acknowledge tiny groups who, with federal recognition, can produce enormous gambling revenue. The contemporary groups historical relations are no longer essential.
Secondly, there is significant precedence for confusion and uncertainty regarding Indian identity. Particularly is this true in Indian Territory, which later became the state of Oklahoma (1906). It is precisely this century-old ambiguity in Oklahoma that afforded Churchill the opportunity to make the effective claim he has.
Being Indian was hardly an advantage back then. Though there were treaties which guaranteed land and provisions for Indian people, the experience of many Indians with broken treaties caused them to have deep distrust. Some Indians came to believe that they would actually better off not identifying themselves as Indian at all. Being Indian might get them a small allotment of land, but it was like being imprisoned in a land ghetto. Some Indians actually refused to enroll themselves as members of their tribes.
Much of this can be traced directly to the Dawes Act of 1887. The reservations were to be divided up into individual land allotments, given to heads of families. Congressman Henry Dawes believed that private property was the key to induce civilization in Indian people. To be civilized was to "wear civilized clothes...cultivate the ground, live in houses, ride in Studebaker wagons, send children to school, drink whiskey [and] own property."
Obviously, many Indians did not wish to be civilized, (except maybe for the whiskey part). To be a legally enrolled member of a tribe meant to be further subjugated than they already were. The fact is many Cherokee people, even full-bloods, did not enroll.
Ironically, today, the Cherokee Nation has no blood quantum requirements for membership. To be recognized as a member, one proves genetic relations with someone who was in fact enrolled during the 1899-1906 census. That is the sole requirement. This is why there are so many white people who are members of the Cherokee Nation today, and why many real Indians are not. It was all about law and land.
Interestingly, Ward Churchill never sought membership in the Cherokee Nation. Though he claims his mother was Cherokee, she apparently wasnt on the 1899-1906 rolls. The Keetoowah Band of Cherokee however, a separate and federally recognized group (as of 1950), offered Churchill a chance to make good his claim. Although their membership requirement was enrollment on the 1949 lists, which Churchill and family apparently werent, the Keetoowah were issuing honorary tribal membership cards in the 1990s, and Churchill got his then, the same year Bill Clinton got one. John Ross, chief at the time, later decided the program was inadvisable, and in 1996, all such memberships were revoked, and the records were destroyed. This, according to Keetoowah tribal employee Marilyn Craig, is the state of affairs.
Churchill doesnt believe in blood quantum requirements anyway. You don't measure identity by either pounds or percentage points unless you're some kind of Nazi, he said in 1994.
Always concerned about Nazis, this Ward Churchill, but its clear he is functionally anti-Indian, as well as anti-American. According to Churchills definition, youre Indian if you want to be. Its about knowledge, culture, and tradition. Its a like a religion. Its not a race at all. Churchill despises Indian blood.
This is truly outrageous. Ward Churchill has made a career out of accusing the United States of committing genocide against Indians and other minorities, but he advocates the non-existence of the Indian race. Sounds like a genocide to me.
There are many, many Americans of Indian descent who haven't a prayer of proving so. I'd say an individual who can prove his Indian ancestors is likely more an exception than the rule. Most efforts at geneology require some literate ancestors--and you don't go back very far in early frontier America without illiteracy. Without literacy, you don't have documents or even a coherent verbal history.
Ward Churchill is STILL misrepresenting himself as a native American."Ward Churchill (Keetoowah Band Cherokee) is one of the most outspoken of Native American activists and scholars in North America and a leading analyst of indigenous issues." says his bogus resume (with an unususal new photo) at his lucrative speaker's bureau website. Check it out, it is very interesting at
You can run, Ward, but you can't hide!
nothing less......nothing more.
Its an interesting anedote when sitting with buddies in a bar and I occasionally used it to good effect on girls in college. And thats about it. When asked about my nationality I'm proud to say I'm an American, if pressed I'll proudly claim the title of US Marine, and if really pressed I'll own up to being a New Yorker (with a bit of shame). However the distinction of race, religion, nor the shape of my ear lobe affects my pride in who and what I am.
Characters like Wardie are sad. They define who they are by what their ancestors were.
"I once met a small salamander who bragged his mother was half dinosaur. I didn't say anything since he so obviously had nothing else to be proud about." -Robert Heinlein
Why has he gained so much fame? We should all just ignore him. O'Reilly and others have given him too much prominence and he's loving every minute of it.
A simple DNA test can remove all doubt.
I like that quote.
Consider it stolen! :-)
I'd love to see Dr. Yeagley and Churchill in a debate. Churchill would never agree to it cause he knows he's toast in that argument.
What a fraud. Greg Sarris should be taking notes. ;)
I've been eagerly waiting for Dr. Yeagley's take on the Churchill affair. Thanks for finding and posting.
In the words of Buzz Lightyear Ward Asshill is a "sad little man".
You got that right!
Dr. David would melt him into a puddle within minutes.
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