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Frauds / Re: Jose Arnaldo Rivera & Laralyn Davis AKA Joseph & Laralyn Riverwind
« Last post by educatedindian on January 12, 2022, 11:27:25 pm »
https://www.pppdetective.com/ppp/tn/elizabethton/firekeepers_international
Firekeepers International
1815 Gap Creek
Elizabethton, TN 37643

Firekeepers International is a Other Individual and Family Services Non-Profit Organization located at 1815 Gap Creek Elizabethton, TN 37643 with 1 employee.

# of employees 1
Average salary $33,331.00 /yr
Business type Non-Profit Organization

Loan Details
During round 1 of the paycheck protection program, Firekeepers International requested a PPP loan for $6,944.00. They were approved on 6/26/2020 by the SBA for an amount of $6,944.00. The loan was facillitated by Eastman Cu. Of the approved amount, Firekeepers International has received 100% of the approved amount.

Approved $6,944.00 Disbursed $6,944.00

Originating Lender Eastman Cu
Servicing Lender Eastman Cu

SBA Code 474

Demographics
Race Unanswered Ethnicity Unknown/NotStated Gender Unanswered Veteran Unanswered

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https://hi-in.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=453362469124950&id=346096246518240
https://www.facebook.com/The-RiverWinds-a-case-for-fraud-101535405503226/?fref=mentions&__xts__[0]=68.ARA4PYE8h7j-78f6m6oDxbAgI_3Eg7pGhKKfbhlSw9ZIO7K_mRqEKOhIqdHCJAUR5NkPsrMiJwYTCNJ-jmNOjJ19T_Q-SDzsyVofwdhNHmHq0WS0DkEdYe6e2PhbfHkWfZAHfwUJil2BXerf1BjFi7ElbuevTG-ilGd3chwxoz4Ba9i-qRoydRLeZRtd_C7Jeexe0SUrO3sPGwrXmGS7EOnF8SZvrrV0bJBMuSfOOzSjl1z2WCs6DRm-o-fXTzQWsPL25E3q0fJYCwVUOe5iqfJrlEhVB2VYJnkwoR1whbNhEYD5qpw

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https://www.reddit.com/r/HighStrangeness/comments/eziava/800_ancient_stones_with_hebrew_writing_in_puerto/
daemos360
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2 yr. ago
Yeah... this source is incredibly spurious. Before buying into anything on their website, including this article, you might be interested to find out that the site runners, "Chief Joseph & Dr. Laralyn RiverWind" have both been long considered frauds.

For one, "Chief" Joseph RiverWind was born Jose Arnaldo Rivera, and has claimed a variety of indigenous tribes as his own over the course of his lifetime while his wife, "Dr." Laralyn RiverWind received her doctorate from a known diploma mill. They've been at the forefront of numerous failed enterprises and and subsequent rebranding efforts, including two name changes each as far as I've discovered, partly in an attempt to suggest descent from a lost tribe of Israel.

In addition to fluffing up his military record, claiming a MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) that has never existed, they have a history of close relation with a variety of far-right organizations.

For anyone more interested in their colorful history, here's a link with years of compiled efforts to discern the truth surrounding the couple.

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sobakablack
OP
2 yr. ago
Thanks daemos360, I'm rather skeptical about this particular claim. I see this story crop up too many times in my search for stuff about native americans both in Canada and the U.S. I didn't really trust the website but I did get this info from a credible source.

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bananafishandchips
2 yr. ago
So actual reporting and quoting of researchers in the Miami Herald explicitly state they are not Hebrew, nor even writing:

Christopher Rollston, a professor of Hebrew, Phoenician and Aramaic at George Washington University:

“[T]here aren’t enough [symbols] to think of it as an alphabet or even a complex non-alphabetic writing system.

My sense is that these [symbols] are not Mesoamerican writing — they’re not Aztec or Mayan — they’re definitely not that,” he said.

And later, from Rollston:

And contrary to what Father Nazario believed, the symbols aren’t Hebrew or Phoenician brought to the New World by one of the Lost Tribes of Israel.

The story: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article235714732.html
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by educatedindian on January 10, 2022, 06:45:08 pm »
Chapman looks much like RBSL. Here he claims Cheyenne descent.

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https://www.devanstuartlesley.com/touching-indian-ways
....His own forebears include legendary frontier scout Amos Chapman and Mary Chapman, also known as Long Neck Woman, the daughter of Southern Cheyenne Chief Sleeping Bear and adopted daughter of Chief Stone Calf.

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But here he claims adoption.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/dec/15/society
....For most of the year he lives near Bear Butte, the sacred mountain of the Cheyenne, and has an adoptive Cheyenne "mother", educator and campaigner Dr Henrietta Mann. But his accent has a mid-Atlantic twang, and he cheerfully admits that he was born and raised in West Yorkshire.

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Mann, to put it wildly, is very well known. Chapman's work would be very laudable. So would RBSL (if he's not the same person) if it weren't for the name and his cosplay causing some deliberate confusion. He (they?) aren't anything like the usual exploiters we look at. There is some self promotion getting in the way, drawing attention away from pretty damn important issues. But you can't point to direct profiting or harm as we're used to seeing.
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by Smart Mule on January 09, 2022, 06:32:58 pm »
I've been told this is him, https://www.theguardian.com/books/2001/dec/15/society Serle Chapman, a white guy from England who was "adopted".
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Frauds / Re: Gregg Braden
« Last post by Sparks on January 09, 2022, 03:56:11 am »
Gregg Braden has authored more than a dozen pseudoscientific books:

https://www.amazon.com/Gregg-Braden/e/B001IYZHWI/

He has a comprehensive website, endorsed by none less than Deepak Chopra (a red flag and a warning to me):

https://www.greggbraden.com/

There is a Facebook page with a claim of more than a million followers (!):

https://www.facebook.com/GreggBraden [Gregg Braden 1.1M followers • 177 following]

I have found a lot about his involvement with 'shamans' and 'shamanism'. Sorting it out and will come back with more.

BTW, Gregg Braden is featured at two of my favourite sites:

https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gregg_Braden
http://americanloons.blogspot.com/2013/04/515-gregg-braden.html
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by cellophane on January 08, 2022, 03:18:56 am »
GOAL, dedicated to protecting Grizzly bears, was founded by the late Don Shoulderblade, of the Northern Cheyenne, together with Rain:
https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/09/05/new-fire-in-the-battle-for-yellowstones-grizzly-bears/

Rain has referred to Don Shoulderblade as his uncle, for example here:
https://aplaceforgrizzlies.com/grizzlies-lost-a-champion-this-week/

Rain says that Don Shoulderblade has bestowed his own name on him:
https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/northern-cheyenne-sun-dance-priest-don-shoulderblade-leader-of-grizzly-bear-struggle-passes
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Uncle Don’s contributions will live on in the community, and his cultural knowledge will reverberate for generations,” film director Rain told Native News Online. Shoulderblade bestowed his traditional name, Náhk?xho’óxeóó’?stse (Bear Stands Last), upon the filmmaker when they worked side-by-side on the grizzly issue.

Rain is not among the list of nephews or other relatives in Shoulderblade's obituary:
https://stevensonfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/donald-shoulderblade-of-lame-deer/

I am allowing myself to guess that if Rain had biological Native American ancestry, he would have mentioned it. I hope someone more knowledgeable than me could explain if and how Rain might be acknowledged as a member of the Northern Cheyenne.
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by cellophane on January 07, 2022, 02:54:57 am »
He also seems to be behind https://www.alter-nativemedia.com (unrelated to www.alter-native-media.com). More self-promotion. Most of the website is placeholder text. It promotes this book (with over the top testimonials):
https://www.alter-nativemedia.com/copy-of-psychopathogen
It gives a contact address as "Box 101, Billings".
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by cellophane on January 06, 2022, 07:05:47 pm »
A Google search shows nothing of him under that name before 2014. In 2015 he appears as a co-founder of "Guardians of Our Ancestral Legacy" (GOAL).
https://wyofile.com/tribal-alliance-fights-to-maintain-yellowstone-grizzly-protections/

The webpage for goaltribal.org appears to empty throughout its existence, since 2014.
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by Diana on January 06, 2022, 04:43:20 pm »
On several sites he describes himself as Romani, even wearing a t shirt saying Gypsy. Lame Deer is the Northern Cheyenne rez. Perhaps he married into them. Dressing up like Billy Jack is strange, though. Here he says he is Cheyenne and Arapaho also.

Hmmm, I'm not sure about that. From what little I could see of him on the Dr. Phil show, he wore a ton of eyeliner and mascara. He appeared very feminized.
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by educatedindian on January 05, 2022, 09:24:48 pm »
On several sites he describes himself as Romani, even wearing a t shirt saying Gypsy. Lame Deer is the Northern Cheyenne rez. Perhaps he married into them. Dressing up like Billy Jack is strange, though. Here he says he is Cheyenne and Arapaho also.
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Research Needed / Re: Rain Bear Stands Last, MMIW Filmmaker
« Last post by Diana on January 05, 2022, 06:47:51 pm »
Yeah, who is this Rain person? I saw him on the Dr. Phil when they did a show called Missing and Murdering Montana. S20 E40. He was on there and seemed to dominate the conversation. He claimed to be Tribal and from the Romany Tribe..? that's what he called them. Even though he had blond hair and blue eyes. He came across as very strange and seemed to be trying to hide his identity with his big hat. I really couldn't see his face. He was dress kind of weird. Like he was at a circus. Anyway that's the impression I got. He was very out of place for something like that.

I tried to look him up after the show and couldn't find anything about him. What gives about this guy? And who is he and where does he come from? It's like he's a ghost. Why is this white guy attaching himself to this very devastating situation to Native Americans?
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