Only "Whites" can be "Indian"?
- In the below article is the mention of a "Frank Farmer", a supposedly
"perfectly proud black man". However, this is an individual who in his
own words, depending upon the occasion, is anything from being "half
black (mixed French/Anglo Saxon)" to only having "traces" of "Black"
(as stated on the BlackIndians list). Until a couple of weeks ago, he
had been on the BlackIndians yahoogroups list before being kicked off
for sending offensive mail to members offlist and expressing the very
same racist disposition onlist as in the article below. He had been
kicked off under the name of "Frank Kanohesgi", a name he used upon
returning to the list after a two month absence. This absence had been
preceded by his attempts to get members banned or silenced for
expressing social views differing from his own. Upon failure to have
things his way, he started his own unpopular list (NAARA), insulted the
BlackIndians list owner (pertaining to his entrepreneurial endeavors),
and declared his conviction to leave. Why he had returned (assuming he
had ever really left) after being so "deeply offended" is anyone's
guess. Why (after being kicked off the list) he is only now going out
of his way to provide information to Yeagley about Jerry Eaglefeather is
also anyone's guess.
Black Men Indians
The Lastet Act
by David Yeagley
Its the ultimate act, a Negro playing Indian. It is the grandest
aggression yet of this irrespressible African race. Jerry E.
"Eaglefeather" Monroe not only calls himself Chief, but has invented his
own tribe as well. Hes peddling Indian arts and crafts, and a new
video Black Indians narrated by James Earl Jones, (who once played the
part of Alex Haley, author of famously fake American Negro history,
Monroe is enormously popular, with nearly a dozen web sites. Why so
popular? A whole lot of black people want to be something other than
black. They just dont like being American Negro. They cant
successfully assimilate with the white culture, at least visually, but
they think they can be Indian. They can escape the curse of being black
by pretending theyre Indian. Why, they have Indian blood in them, they
say. Therefore, they are Indian. Theyre not black at all.
Monroe even has aspirations of becoming a black Indian actor. Think of
ita Negro playing an Indian on the great silver screen. Just what
everyones waiting for.
I first found out about Monroe through a perfectly proud black man named
Frank Farmer, who is deeply offended at Monroes fakery. I do not
believe that he is Native, says Farmer, nor do I believe that this is
anything more than a marketing device aimed at black people who want to
Its happened before, the marketing thing. The Indian grape vine says
Monroe is planning a casino for his tribe, as soon as they can get
federal recognition. Remember Aurelius H. Piper, who calls himself Chief
Quiet Hawk? Hes been trying to get a casino in Connecticut for a
number of years now. He's almost there.
Ah, but black Piper didnt invent his own tribe. Hes chief of a modern
band (Golden Hill Tribe) of Paugussett Indians, a once-existing tribe of
Many if not most of the Indians of the famed Foxwoods Casino tribe
are in fact black also. They all claim to be Mashantucket Pequot
Indians. Of course, these black people are rarely featured as
important figures in the tribe, lest the whole enterprise be
scandalized. Yet, theres something about darker skin, from any race,
that tends to make people that have it think theyre more legitimately
Indian, no matter what race they actually are.
When I lived in Connecticut, (attending the University of Hartford) I
saw lots of Indonesian male students that grew their hair long, down
their backs. For them, it was all about trying to feel more
American. For blacks, however, its more about feeling something,
anything other than black. In either case, being Indian is the
The first black Indian I ever knew is Hugh Wyatt, of New York City. Hugh
operates the largest medical newspaper in the city, The Medical
Herald. I met Hugh back in the early 80s. He is a truly creative
person, and fascinating to be with. He looks like Bill Cosby with
strait hair. Hugh is from a Cherokee family. Ive seen his pictures.
Hes the only black one in the bunch.
Back then, I suggested to him the idea of a black Indian
organization. No, he said, that defeats the whole purpose. I took
that to mean that if a man is not accepted as Indian, hes not
Indian. If black Indians have to start their own tribe, then theyre
not Indian. That tribe is not Indian.
So why are black people less accepted as Indians than white people?
Easy answer. Black people have their own history in America. It is
wholly distinct from Indian history. Indians are very independent in
spirit. Most blacks are the opposite, and compensate by continual,
slavish yearnings to identify with any race but their own.
Indians dont want to identify with any race but our own.
As Morris K. Udall observed, The Negro and his defenders today look to
the time that the Negro will be assimilated in white society and all
barriers and distinctions will seem to disappear. Not so with the
Indian. He doesnt wish to be other than an Indian.
(Speech, American University, October 4, 1965).
But today, it seems everyone wants to be Indian. Its the most American
thing you can be. It will authenticate whatever youre trying to sell.
Just change your name, thats all it takes.
Dick Gregory (Nigger, 1964) suggested that removing the word nigger
from the language would mean there wouldnt be any more niggers. So,
call yourself an Indian instead.