An Open Letter To Everyone!
- If this letter is off topic I apologize, but I feel
this must be cleared up.
My name is Thomas "Greywolf" Atkins
I am a non-enrolled American Indian.
My father is full Chickahominy and my mother was half Mattaponi & half Dutch as told
to me by my elders..
I did not find out about who I was until I was 30yrs old when my Grandmother passed.
Like a lot of mixed Natives, I was not raised on a rez or in the Native community.
In fact, that was hidden from us. We were raised to think we were white.
This was done out of a fear of being relocated again, after the relocation of many families in the Virginia Tribes back around 1930.
My Chickahominy Grandparents were Adkins and their name was changed to Atkins by the VA BIA upon their relocation.
My Mattaponi Grandfather was a Kite whose name was changed to Kyte. I have recieved very good council from Mattaponi Chief Webster Custalow and Chickahominy Assoc. Chief Gene Adkins on my wedding preparations last year and a few other problems I have had.
I have never claimed to be an American Indian leader or anything like that.
Apparently, there is an effort by a Mr.Frank Farmer aka hermanoindio & kanohesgi along with a Wade Crowe aka quicksilverwade & dakotacrowecreeksioux
to discredit me.
Now I have never claimed to hold any credentials in Native studies. I've never claimed to be a Healer, WisdomKeeper, CeremonyKeeper or any such thing.
These two "gentlemen" do not like the idea of having a Native Television Show.
On several occassions, both of these "men" have insisted that Indian people don't want this and Indian people don't want that. After I explained that neither they or I do not speak for all Native Peoples. It started a big rucus.
So because I will not agree with them on this issue and have
argued back at them with the same zeal they did.
They have publicly stated on another group how they are going to launch a smear
campaign against me on all Native groups.
Mr. Farmer has even went as far to say that just because I
was not raised on a rez or in an NDN community that I
am not Native. I guess the American Indian blood in my veins
So just to make it clear.
I am not enrolled.
Have never claimed to be enrolled.
Have never claimed to have any power anywhere
in any Native Tribe.
Have never claimed to be any kind of ceremony or
tribal knowledge holder.
I am just a carpenter from Baltimore MD who is trying to
find & live my life in the way that was hidden from me.
I am learning my way through my heritage like so many
others who have went through what I am now.
I hope this will show you who I am as a human being
and an American Indian.
(it's a good day)
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