Do you want to know what a person with Native American ancestry looks like?
Exhibit One: Elvis Aaron Presley.
Exhibit Two: My Man Johnny Bench
Exhibit Three: Colin Powell
Exhibit Four: Cameron Diaz
Exhibit Five: Ava Gardener
Exhibit Six: James Garner
Exhibit Seven: Robert Mitchum
Exhibit Eight: James Earl Jones
Exhibit Nine: Kim Basinger
Exhibit Ten: Della Reese
There are millions of Americans who are descended from Native American ancestors who will NEVER be able to prove their genealogy. It is not because they are lying, but because the records simply do not exist, and proving such ancestry is almost impossible.
American cultural history is full of fake Native Americans. There is a difference between someone like Elizabeth Warren who is using family history and lore for a claim and someone like “legendary New Mexico writer” Frank Waters, who outright lied about it.
Frank Waters based his entire career on his father being part Comanche. The Pink Flamingo appears to be the only person who dared question is dubious claims. What I learned was there possible way Frank Waters could even have an ounce of Comanche blood in him. His family did not track in the locals where the Comanche people lived. (This is unlike Elizabeth Warren who has family from locations shared with the Cherokee. Using tried and true genealogical methods, I tracked his family. I also discovered that Waters’ maternal grandmother and the wife of Robert E. Lee were sisters. Having such a “dastardly Confederate” genealogical connection would prove disastrous to his liberal victimization narrative.
Until he penned the slanderous and utterly mendacious The Earp Brothers of Tombstone, Frank Waters was considered a little known hack who couldn’t even attract the attention of a major publisher without going to great lengths. Part of his promotional canard was the fact that his “outcast” father was part Comanche. He used his questionable fame that came from the book of lies about Wyatt Earp. His liberal revisionism turned the stalwart character of Wyatt Earp into a sociopath and a monster. It has only been the past 15 years or so that we’ve been able to begin to undo the damage Waters did.
For Frank Waters, it was about being a fake “Indian”. He fully embraced the liberal victim status, helping to spawn the utterly contemptuous American Indian Movement. He helped promote the almost anti-American activist culture that has once again claimed another unsuspecting and unwitting victim, William Jacobson. Today, the movement Waters helped to create controls the “Native American” narrative to such a point that even conservatives are hoodwinked into believing their truly anti-American, socialist, fascism. Unless you are familiar with the workings of such individuals, it is easy to be swayed by their romantic tales. Unfortunately, they are the ones who are truly harming their own people. And – Jacobson is helping them.
Oh – the delicious irony.
Only a liberal idiot would use a tenuous claim of 1/32 percent of any racial group to claim special circumstances and grasp for free government money, and a minority position. Any self respecting conservative would point this out, and then proceed to discuss the stupidity of quotas, affirmative action, and anything that promotes one group of people over another.
When it comes to the above, Elizabeth Warren is more than fair game.
“...To be sure, the absence of readily located evidence of Native ancestry outside the oral tradition does not mean that Warren has no Native American ancestry. Genealogy is a complicated field, where firm answers are hard to come by quickly. Proof of distant Native American ancestry could yet surface, were Warren to hire a genealogist to do a thorough dive into her own background while she works on riding out the political storm.
But a lack of Native ancestry despite the family stories she’s heard all her life would also be consistent with one of the most common genealogical myths in the United States.
“Many more Americans believe they have Native ancestry than actually do (we always suspected this, but can now confirm it through genetic testing),” said Smolenyak in an email. “In fact, in terms of wide-spread ancestral myths, this is one of the top two (the other being those who think their names were changed at Ellis Island). And someone who hails from Oklahoma would be even more prone to accept a tale of Native heritage than most.”
She added: “There’s also a tendency to accept what our relatives (especially our elders) tell us.”
As for Warren, “I can’t confirm or refute Cherokee heritage without extensive research,” she said. “All I can say is that Ms. Warren’s scenario is a wildly common one — minus the public scrutiny, of course.”
Should the genealogists be unable to find supporting documents, Warren could also quietly pursue familial DNA testing, which might confirm Native American ancestry, even if records of individual ancestors or their specific tribal affiliations have been lost to the mists of time. Her one-time Harvard University colleague Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has promoted such efforts as part of helping African Americans learn more about their mixed ancestry, hosting a series of shows on PBS featuring famous figures tracking down their forebears using genetics and genealogy. (He’s also pointed out that many African Americans erroneously believe they have Native American ancestors, especially Cherokee ones, making it “the biggest myth in African-American genealogy.”) DNA ancestry tests are not dispositive, and even a positive result would not be useful for tribal affiliation or CDIB purposes. But it would silence her critics, and — more importantly — it would help her learn whether what she had spent her life thinking she knew about herself and her family was true….”
Did you know that Cameron Diaz is one eight Indian? Evidently you can’t have blond hair, blue eyes, and be successful in life and still be Native American. Elizabeth Warren does not fit the profile, right? I guess neither does Colin Powell, Val Kilmer, Johnny Depp, or John Herrington. Neither does Elvis, nor Wayne Newton or Jim Hendrix. Johnny Cash, today, would receive the same nasty treatment Elizabeth Warren is. His ancestry has not been proven. Then again there is My Man, the greatest catcher the game has ever known and ever will know. He’s Choctaw. I once shared a banana split with him while doing an interview.
Let’s be a little rational about the list:
Billy Bob Thornton
Brian Austin Green
James Earl Jones
Lou Diamond Phillips
Richard Dean Anderson
Tommy Lee Johns
HISTORICAL RECORDS 101:
(The following is copyright by SJ Reidhead and cannot be reproduced in any way without my written or expressed permission. It is excerpted from TRAVESTY: Frank Water’s Earp Agenda Exposed)
Fact and Accuracy in Research1139
(Pages 295, 296)
PRIMARY RECORDS: Birth, marriage, divorce, death certificates, tax records, deeds, wills, military, bank, business and court records, and any official and legal record. They should be accepted as established fact unless a mistake is known and found, then backed up by the use of another record. These records are absolutes. Examples: A canceled check is a primary record. A tax bill can be a primary record. A birth certificate is a primary record. An entry in the family Bible is not. A family genealogical book, if it is footnoted with primary records is considered a primary record in itself, as long as the material used is considered verifiable fact. Minutes of a town council meeting are primary records. The Congressional Record is a primary record. Correspondence between government officials stating provable fact are primary records. A notarized bill of sale is a primary record. The rule of thumb for primary records is the record must be official and legal, if not, it becomes secondary.
SECONDARY MATERIAL: Census, church records, court testimony (this can also fall under the category of hearsay) diaries, journals, business records, bank records, cemetery records, grave markings, notarized statements can be both primary and secondary records. A police report can be either. A police report can also be hearsay. A report by an officer outlining exact fact can be either primary or secondary material. A family Bible, written in several different handwritings, with different inks, some of them faded, obviously aged, with a progression of different styles with each new entry is considered secondary. A non-notarized bill of sale is a secondary record. In weight of accuracy, secondary records are ‘almost’ as good as primary records. Journals and diaries are acceptable, as long as there is a pattern of frequent entries. If someone only writes in a journal once in a while, it’s hearsay.
TERTIARY MATERIAL: Newspaper articles, hand-written notes and interviews, memoirs, some diaries and journals, some family Bibles, some church records, histories, court testimony that is hearsay and objective, transcripts of interviews, historical interviews, books with footnotes, footnotes that are traceable, letters, some official documents, business documents, transcripts. When using tertiary material, back it up with another document, which can be tertiary, also.
HEARSAY: Newspaper articles, family Bibles where there are relative few hand-writings and inks for records, some court-testimony, second person accounts, oral traditions, books which are not footnoted, old-timers remembrances, memoirs, letters, notes, this sort of thing.
When Frank Waters wrote The Earp Brother of Tombstone, he ignored the primary record, using, instead tertiary and hearsay material, with limited amounts of secondary material. If, when working with this sort of thing, one isn’t sure how to proceed or judge, check out the sourcing of the material. Is it primary and secondary, or tertiary and hearsay? The weight of decision must be givento Parson’s journals, which were a daily, religious practice, over the remembrances of Judge Hancock or Melvin Jones, which were dictated later in life. Practically no weight should be given to Frank King, Franklin Reynolds, or Pink Simms. They weren’t even there. The information they contain is second-hand or even third-hand hearsay. When dealing with the later letters of Wyatt Earp, John Clum, Fred Dodge, or George Parsons, one must take into consideration the distance removed from the incidents and their mental capacities at the time.1140 If the stories they tell are all the same, the incident is most likely true.1141
When dealing with researchers and writers, handle with care. Know your source. There are some excellent Earp and Tombstone researchers today.1142 They also are fairly straightforward, not giving in to the cult of hero worship on either side. Beware the writer who tells
1139 I have followed the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) standards for authenticating source material. For well over a century the DAR has set the standard for dealing with historical documentation and authentication. Their methods are not always popular because they are so rigid, but that is what gives their record-keeping and genealogical lineages validity. It should also be noted that there are different forms of fact be it legal, scientific, or historical. This chapter deals with the handling of, writing of, and interpreting of history, and was written in consultation with the lineage research department of the NSDAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution) in Washington, DC.
1140 Here, we are fortunate, because all four men retained their mental abilities until the end of their lives.
1141 In one of Stuart Lake’s letters to his publisher, he told of a formula he used in determining if an
“old Tombstoner”was telling the truth. He said there was a specific thread of information that wove its way through Parsons, Clum, Earp, and Clara Brown’s writings, and could even be found in Breakenridge at times. Unfortunately, he never told what it was.
1142 Casey Tefertiller, Gary Roberts, Jack Burrows, Jeff Morey, Tim Fattig and Allen Barra are amongst the foremost Earp researchers of this era.