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Research Needed / Re: Hakomi Method
« Last post by cellophane on May 05, 2022, 11:27:57 pm »
In the US trademark registry (there's no permanent link that I could find. You have to search under "HAKOMI")

Word Mark   HAKOMI
Translations   "HAKOMI" is an ancient Hopi Indian word which means "who are you?".
Goods and Services   IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Educational services, namely, providing seminars and workshops in the field of psychotherapy. FIRST USE: 19810201. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19810201
Mark Drawing Code   (1) TYPED DRAWING
Serial Number   76049880
Filing Date   May 16, 2000
Current Basis   1A
Original Filing Basis   1A
Published for Opposition   September 18, 2001
Registration Number   2516748
Registration Date   December 11, 2001
Owner   (REGISTRANT) Hakomi Institute NON-PROFIT CORPORATION COLORADO 1485 Sumac Avenue Boulder COLORADO 80304
Attorney of Record   David A. Weinstein
Type of Mark   SERVICE MARK
Register   PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text   SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20210325.
Renewal   2ND RENEWAL 20210325
Live/Dead Indicator   LIVE

The translation apparently comes from the glossary in Frank Waters' 1963 Book of the Hopi.
Research Needed / Re: Grace Dillon
« Last post by Diana on May 05, 2022, 10:20:31 pm »
Here is Lou Laponsie's grandmother and Grace Dillon's great grandmother. This is her Marriage License. For some reason it mistakenly says Isabella's Birth place is Bay Mills Michigan. Also I'd like to point our that there are lots of other Laponsie family members that are on the Ancestry.Com message board that are looking for the mysterious Indian in their family. There must be over 50 messages going all the way back to 2000. Michigan is kind of like Oklahoma every white person has a great great grandmother that was Indian.

Isabella Morris
in the Michigan, U.S., Marriage Records, 1867-1952

Michigan, U.S., Marriage Records, 1867-1952
Purchase Certificate
Name:   Isabella Morris
Gender:   Female
Race:   White
Age:   18
Birth Date:   abt 1874
Birth Place:   Bay Mills
Marriage Date:   6 Jun 1892
Marriage Place:   Sault Sainte Marie, Chippewa, Michigan, USA
Residence Place:   Bay Mills
Father:   Joseph Morris
Spouse:   August Lapensee
Record Number:   42

This is the 1900 census. Isabella's Birth place is Canada and gives her Immigration Year 1881.

Bella Leponsia
in the 1900 United States Federal Census

Bella Leponsia
[Bella Laponsie]
Age:   24
Birth Date:   Feb 1876
Birthplace:   Canada
[Canada English]
Home in 1900:   Superior, Chippewa, Michigan
Sheet Number:   7
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:   100
Family Number:   101
Race:   White
Gender:   Female
Immigration Year:   1881
Relation to Head of House:   Wife
Marital Status:   Married
Spouse's Name:   Angus Leponsia
Marriage Year:   1896
Years Married:   4
Father's Birthplace:   France, Canada
Mother's Birthplace:   Canada, France
Mother: number of living children:   4
Mother: How many children:   4
Years in US:   19
Can Read:   No
Can Write:   No
Can Speak English:   Yes
Neighbors:   View others on page
Household Members   Age   Relationship
Angus Leponsia
34   Head
Bella Leponsia   24   Wife
Clara Leponsia
6   Daughter
Zellice Leponsia
4   Daughter
Regnald Leponsia
3   Son
Joseph Leponsia
1   Son

Lou Laponsie died in 1910 and Isabella briefly remarried a man by the name of James Cameron. They had a son James Jr. 2 years old at the time of this census. I've also have been looking at the Indian census for this time period and I did find a Cameron James with a brother named Angus on the census but the birthdate was much younger than the white James Cameron. This might be where the Laponsie family may think they're Indian. Stranger things have happened.

Della Cameron
in the 1920 United States Federal Census

Name:   Della Cameron
Age:   47
Birth Year:   abt 1873
Birthplace:   Canada
Home in 1920:   Superior, Chippewa, Michigan
Street:   Cameron Road
Residence Date:   1920
Race:   White
Gender:   Female
Immigration Year:   1900
Relation to Head of House:   Wife
Marital Status:   Married
Spouse's Name:   James Cameron
Father's Birthplace:   Canada
Mother's Birthplace:   Canada
Native Tongue:   French
Able to Speak English:   Yes
Naturalization Status:   Naturalized
Able to read:   Yes
Able to Write:   Yes
Neighbors:   View others on page
Household Members   Age   Relationship
James Cameron
50   Head
Della Cameron   47   Wife
Reginald Lapensie
23   Stepson (Step Son)
Joseph Lapensie
21   Stepson (Step Son)
Angus Lapensie
18   Stepson (Step Son)
Beal Lapensie
16   Stepson (Step Son)
Louise Lapensie
14   Stepdaughter (Step Daughter)
Edward Lapensie
11   Stepson (Step Son)
George Lapensie
8   Stepson (Step Son)
James Cameron
2   Son

In 1930 Isabella again remarried an Andrew J. Hill. Her son by her previous marriage James Cameron took Andrew J. Hills name. Also she names her parents who are also Canadian. Her mother's last name is Barrette, mis- spelled.

Elizabeth M Laponsie
in the Michigan, U.S., Marriage Records, 1867-1952

Name:   Elizabeth M Laponsie
[Elizabeth M Morris]
Gender:   Female
Race:   White
Age:   50
Birth Date:   abt 1880
Birth Place:   Staynor, Ont
Marriage License Place:   Chippewa
Marriage Date:   6 Jan 1930
Marriage Place:   Brimley, Mich, Chippewa, Michigan, USA
Residence Place:   Brimley, Michigan
Father:   Joseph Morris
Mother:   Annie Borrette

Spouse:   Andrew J Hill
County File Number:   232
State File Number:   17 846

Frauds / Re: Turtle Island Tribal Nation
« Last post by educatedindian on May 05, 2022, 07:58:36 pm »
TITN seems to be pretty much dead. There's not even an archive of the old site, which lasted only a few months. If it weren't for Barker joining up with the Pembinas, there'd be little concern about that group.

Barker also says he's descended from Pocahontas. Really. Bolding is mine.

Chief Midegah Mide Ogichidaa Winini is a Hereditary Chief of the Adik Songab Doodem (clan) of the Ojibway of the Anishinaabeg people. Midegah is also a direct lineal descendant of Chief Miscomukquoh, Sub Chief Joseph Montriel, and Red Lake Principle Chief Old Chief Medweganoonind, all signers of the 1863 and 1864 Old Crossing Treaties. All 3 of Chief Red Bears sisters are Chief Midegah's grandmothers (Techomegood Margaret Bottineau wife of Charles Bottineau; Utinawasis Margaret Grant wife of Cuthbert Grant; and Machequayaince Margaret Bottineau wife of Chief Pewanakum a signatory on the 1789 Treaty at Fort Harmar). Utinawasis in Cree means Sky Child; Techomegood in Assiniboine means Clear Sky Woman; Machequayaince in Chippewa means Clear Sky Woman.

Chief Midegah is also a lineal descendant of Metis Chiefs Joseph Perronteau, Jean Baptiste Paul Charette, and Francois Desjarlais "Chief Peaysis"; additionally through his mother, Chief Midegah is one of 100,000 lineal descendants of famed Indian Pocahontas or Amonute Matoaka. Midegah's family maintains the grave location of Chief Little Shell I who died in 1813. Midegah also descends from Chief Tabashaw the oldest son of Chief Little Shell I.

Websites: [the militia]

There's at least one person disputing Barker's claim of descent.

Alonzo Quixana
April 21 at 9:11 PM ·

A man under the various guises of David Taylor, David Taylor Barker, Mide Ogichidaa Winini, Midegah Ogichidaa ~
and possibly others has been perpetuating an active fraud against the Indigenous Peoples throughout Canada & the United States by falsely claiming historical Tribal right of succession and leadership.

To assist him in bolstering these fraudulent claims he is using stolen property in the form of STOLEN UNPUBLISHED manuscript proofs from a project that was dropped when his scheme was discovered in 2019.

When proof of actual authentic Anishinaabe leadership was established in 2020, the original manuscripts were purged, corrected and finally published for distribution.
Research Needed / Hakomi Method
« Last post by fairbanks on May 05, 2022, 07:13:15 pm »
There has been controversy over this popular "mindful somatic psychotherapy" practice called Hakomi Method, because 'Hakomi' is a Hopi word. The name supposedly came in a dream by a anthropologist student of Hopi Elder, David Monongye. This person (David Winters) then supposedly asked for permission from David Monongye to use the name for their psychotherapy practice and was granted it. This isn't the first time a non-native has made claims through David Monongye. Now it's of course impossible to verify any of this since Monongye passed away years ago. This is a Buddhist/Taoist inspired body-based psychotherapy practice with a Hopi name. I'm wondering if anyone has anything else on this Hakomi Institute. Thanks!
Frauds / Re: Turtle Island Tribal Nation
« Last post by educatedindian on May 05, 2022, 02:44:43 pm »
This might be a record, four angry delusional emails within minutes of each other. First four are his, last response is mine. The typos are his. He even is claiming injury from posting his side of the story.

You are incorrect. The Delormes were cleared by the FBI and that other
group were people from Florida not related. The ADL never updated their
site and that is being addressed as well.

In case you werent aware I am a lineal to Joseph Montriel and Red Bear,
signers of the 1863 Treaty at Old Crossing and in February of 2014 was
requested by Judge Thomas F. Hogan in DC Court to address the issue, and
I did. Ie I am actually an indian and you are a hate group. [Says the man working with white supremacists.-Al]

I will be contacting you via lawyer next.
My family is enrolled at Turtle Mountain and Red Lake and with the
Treaty Tribe who in 1964/65 won original title and occupancy in the US
Court of Claims as the Little Shell Band of North Dakota.

Get a lawyer, you will need it as I am suing for damages.

Let me rephrase,
People use your site thinking what is posted is valid. When it is
invalid you do not update your site.

The Delormes are grandchildren of Karyence Delorme who was a Grand
Councilman of Chief Little Shell III, half their family is enrolled at
Turtle Mountain and Half their family is with the Treaty Tribe.

Karyence Delorme and Little Shell III were first cousins, both going
back to Little Shell I and his brothet Joseph Little Thunder Gourneau.

So I am not sure what you need clarified, I am with real indians with
real indian cards and you are a hate group spreading lies about people
and you dont care when you are wrong.

You know nothing about anything factual related to our issuez.

Since you do not seem to be aware,
Posting emails is against the law. The e-mail contains intellectual
property and it must not be published without asking permission.

You prove, you do not know the law, or care if whom you harm are actual
indians or not.

I have my membership record from the BIA, my fathers, my grandparents
and my pedigree from the BIA.

Porter Wright is helping me find a firm in your state, as they prior
assisted us with the Federal Hearing in DC regarding the Pembina
Judgment Settlement.

I have screenshots of what you just posted and I inform you that you are
going to have to deal with this in court.


See attached. [Screenshot of German site attached.]
You also violated GDPR and European law, which I am
protected by as I am currently in Germany caring for my sons (split
Learn the law.
We have identified a firm in your filed city.

[This is me responding.]

Still waiting to hear if you claim to be part of the Pembina militia and sovereign citizens group or not.

We get threats to sue every month or so. Hasn't happened yet. This is because truth is an absolute defense to libel.

For example, I challenge you to say where we have claimed you are or are not NDN.

It's irrelevant. What we have shown repeatedly is that the Pembinas are a dangerous bunch of terrorists, the Delormes letting themselves be used by white supremacists and an Indonesian who tried to carry out a coup.

And that you are not a "chief." You just play one on the internet.

But I do thank you for admitting that your claim of having a law firm representing you was a lie.

I'm sure you will have as much "success" as other sovereign nuts.
Frauds / Re: Margaret Noodin, Professor
« Last post by MilkyWayKwe on May 05, 2022, 02:34:23 am »
The website called "Humans and Nature" has a copyright of 2022, indicating it's an updated and/or active website.

Margaret Gives-Herself-An-Anishinaabe-Last-Name-For-Fun has a bio on it whereby she "identifies as American, Anishinaabe, Irish, and Metis."

Frauds / Re: Turtle Island Tribal Nation
« Last post by educatedindian on May 04, 2022, 02:52:56 pm »
These are the so called Pembinas, a militia group mentioned many times before.

 Little Shell Pembina Band

Little Shell Pembina (was One of the Most Dangerous Fraud Groups)

Little Shell Pembina Band & Sovereign Citizens Movement

Two men plead guilty to selling Tribal Memberships

Self-proclaimed court can't enforce rulings

HealthFreedom.Info and Sacred Tree Society

Allen Becker AKA Allan Aslan Heart AKA White Eagle Soaring

Dale Norton & Wampanoag Tribe of Greyhead Wolf Band, Order of White Light
Frauds / Re: Turtle Island Tribal Nation
« Last post by educatedindian on May 04, 2022, 02:30:23 pm »
David Taylor-Barker sent this email. The law firm he claims to have specializes in corporate law, finance, banking, and antitrust suits. No mention of handling libel or even non corporate clients.

First his email, then my response.

I have retained Porter, Wright, Morris and Arthur.

This is the initial request that will be followed by legal notification.

Despite being informed I am actually an Indian, as well as with
documentation from the Great Plains Director of the BIA, you have
allowed your thread to contain false information about me. Which due to
your site name causes confusion with people doing background checks.

You additionally inspired, with false information, multiple
investigations by the FBI which cleared me in full,
the undue harassment you are liable for.

Additionally, people have contacted speaking events and employers due to
your false thread causing undue harassment and hardship.

You are liable. Your false site played a part in my divorce and caused
undue hardship that was overcame, but not without much stress.

Additionally, you defamed my twin sister who is transgender and despite
a genealogist posting she is in fact native, you kept it up, causing
undue hardship in her personal life with harassment.

I am now a Chief in my traditional tribe and the administrator on 10
Facebook groups with over 500,000 members.

Not only am I sueing you for damages but I will make this public this

Provide your point of contact.

David Taylor-Barker
Midegah (Mide Ogichidaa Winini

No "ownership." We are not a business. We are a forum for over 3,000 activists from dozens of tribes and supporters worldwide.

Never heard a thing about you from the BIA or FBI.

Never heard a thing about your divorce before this.

I see that you are sending this email from the "Little Shell Pembina Nation" website of, the militia and sovereign citizen group. Have you now joined them?

I see also that your claimed law firm specializes in banking and antitrust law, and typically only represents corporations.

We always seek more information and would be glad to post any statement of yours to clear these matters up.

We'll post this email of yours. Would you like to make clear your relationship with militias and sovereign citizens?
Etcetera / Comedy Site and Star Trek Voyager's Imposter Consultant
« Last post by educatedindian on May 02, 2022, 08:30:00 pm »
This is old news for many people, almost 30 years ago. STV used an exploiter and imposter, exposed a decade earlier, as their consulant for the Nuage "Indian" Chakotay.

By:Ryan Menezes
May 02, 2022
Star Trek Voyager Got Scammed By A Native American Imposter

In 1995, Paramount debuted Voyager, the fourth big Star Trek series. Like its predecessors, Voyager would bring new races into the fold—alien races and human races. It introduced Chakotay, Star Trek's first Native American main character. The writers debated among themselves exactly the best way to portray this commander's culture.

Should they send him on vision quests? Should they give him a 'medicine wheel'? Should they leave his actual tribal affiliation as vague as possible? The answer to all these questions would ultimately be yes, but the journey there was not easy. The writers knew they needed guidance, and the actor, Robert Beltran, offered little, being the son of Mexican parents.

Enter Jamake Highwater. This man had written several books on being a Cherokee and had hosted multiple TV documentaries on the subject as well. Voyager took him on to advise them on how to write Chakotay. He didn't offer very good advice, says consensus. Chakotay's constant babbling about mysticism and spirit guides annoyed viewers, annoyed the actor, and was eventually dropped in later seasons.

Highwater was a bit vague when it came to the specifics of his own native heritage, almost as vague as Voyager was about Chakotay's. Sometimes, he said his father was Cherokee and his mother Marcia was half-Blackfoot. Other times, Marcia was the Cherokee one. Still other times, he said that Marcia and her husband Alex were white but had adopted him, the son of Indians.

Marcia and Alex were indeed white, but they hadn't adopted him. Jamake Highwater was actually Jackie Marks, who had no Native American ancestry of any kind, since his bloodlines could be traced quickly to Europe on both sides. He'd started out as a California dance instructor, but the authorities shut his dance school down for giving out fake degrees. Over time, he reinvented himself as a "Native American expert," even getting inducted into a Canadian Blackfoot tribe ... through a tourist ceremony, which we thought was the sort of thing only non-natives do, but what do we know, we're not Native American Experts.

If the truth came out years after Voyager, that would have been a bit of an embarrassment for the folks behind the show. Here's the really weird part of this story, though: The big exposé on Jackie Marks came a decade before the show debuted. First an Assiniboine-Sioux researcher looked into the guy's claims and debunked them, and then the Washington Post covered the story, and the National Congress of American Indians kicked him out. Jamake responded by walking back some claims initially, but later claiming that he was suffering discrimination for being adopted or being mixed race.

In fact, even when he died in 2001, the press gave him obituaries that took him at his word. One paper called him "an award-winning American Indian writer" and declared the following, falsely: "Mr. Highwater was born to an illiterate mother, who was a Blackfoot, and a Cherokee father, who was a rodeo rider and stuntman. The impoverished parents soon deposited the boy in an orphanage." Which newspaper was that? Oh, just the Washington Post, the same one who'd broken the news of his fraud 17 years before.
Research Needed / Re: Grace Dillon
« Last post by advancedsmite on May 02, 2022, 06:53:23 pm »
I agree with the findings of Diana and Cellophane regarding the direct lineal ancestry of Grace Dillon (GD).

For the sake of thoroughness, I have worked through some of the extended branches of GD's family tree. I have found distant cousins that have married members of the Bay Mills and Sault Ste Marie Tribes. I'm not going to post the detailed information on these individuals as they are still living and not complicit in potential false claims made by GD. I'd be happy to provide the detailed information to a NAFPS board moderator for additional verification if they send me a message. By searching the Laponsie and Forgrave surnames with the tribe name, you will get results that seem to show a connection. The only connection is that GD has distant cousins that are tribal members through their mothers (unrelated to GD) but inherited surnames linked to GD through non-native fathers. I believe there could be more relatives of GD that have married tribal members that I haven't found yet. This information doesn't impact GD's direct lineal descent which has been shown to be from white settlers.

Maternal Side: 1st cousin, 2x removed (male Forgrave) married a Bay Mills Tribe member.
Paternal Side: 1st cousin, 1x removed (male Laponsie) married a Sault Ste Marie Tribe member
Paternal Side: 2nd cousin (male Laponsie) married a Sault Ste Marie Tribe member
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