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Larry Lewis AKA Mashu White Feather
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:00:09 pm »
OPINION: ‘Mashu White Feather’ isn’t Cherokee
10/27/2017 10:30 AM
In his response to Luke Mason’s apology, Larry J. Lewis, aka “Mashu White Feather,” using his Two Feathers International Consultancy identity via his public relations officer Daris Reno Blickman, who claims to be a citizen of the Cherokee Nation but is not, made this statement: “He (Luke Mason) is certainly not privy to Mashu’s family history or genealogy.”

While Luke may not have the skills to determine Lewis’ family history or genealogy, he can use other factors about “White Feather” to determine if he is what he claims. But a team of genealogical researchers does have the skills to trace Lewis’ genealogy, using public information about him. A lot of this information was placed in the public forums by Lewis.

In researching “Mashu White Feather,” genealogical researchers found that this was one of four names that were used by the same person. His birth name was Larry J. Lewis. His “papered name” now is Larry J. White Feather. Then there is the TFIC, which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of which he is the founder and board chair. A Google search for “Mashu White Feather” gave the name “Larry White Feather.” This gave the name of his parents, Jo Marie and James Orville Lewis. This was verified by the obituary for Jo Marie Lewis, which lists Larry White Feather as one of her sons. It also lists the names of her parents. More verification was given in a post by Doreen Bennett where she talks about the loss of their mother and names “Mashu White Feather” and his siblings listed in the obituary.

As “Mashu White Feather,” Lewis has claimed that he is a Cherokee elder and that his mother and her family raised him as a Cherokee traditionalist. But the genealogical research of Jo Marie Johnson Lewis found no connection to the Cherokee people at all. Her family consists of white people who came to Boone County, Missouri, from Kentucky, Virginia and Europe. Lewis also made the claim that he is part Osage. Since his mother’s side consisted of all white people, he must be making that claim for his father’s side. But like his mother, his father’s side is also white people who came to Missouri from Kentucky, Virginia, and Europe. His father’s maternal grandmother was born in Osage County, Missouri, from parents that were born in France. So, both of these claims are proven to be false by the actual records of his family.

Also, there are pictures of Jo Marie and James Orville on the top shelf of a bookcase in the house at 1509 June Lane in Columbia, Missouri. This is the address that was listed as both an address for Larry White Feather and the TFIC. This is all information that is available to anyone that searches for it because it is all public information. All of this evidence will be available to view at the web address below, where it will be archived for public view, as well as in a blog away from Facebook. It is enough information for any genealogical researcher to find the ancestors of Mr. Lewis. A team of researchers worked on this information independently and each found the same results.

In researching Jo Marie Johnson’s family and that of her husband James O. Lewis, the researchers found one consistent fact about each generation. Each generation were people that were honest, hardworking people that ensured the survival of their family no matter how tough the times were. They were the type of people that anyone would be proud to call their ancestors. One can only wonder why Lewis saw fit to recreate them into something they were not.

TFIC claims that Lewis has never claimed to be a Cherokee elder, but the photo that accompanies this article, which appears on the TFIC page online, is proof otherwise, as he certainly has control of what is printed about him there.

There was nothing false or misleading in what Mason wrote. Mason showed courage and integrity by telling the truth.

Lewis is claiming to be a Cherokee elder, and has traveled around the world, dressed as a Cherokee, speaking about Cherokee history, culture and current events, when he is not a tribal citizen, has never lived among us, is not involved in any of our communities, has not contributed anything towards the betterment of our lives, is not a member of any of our ceremonial grounds, is not a fluent Cherokee language speaker by any means, cannot vote in our elections and is claimed by none of us. This man takes selfies at the United Nations dressed in regalia when, as a non-tribal citizen, he has no voice there.

According to Manta, the TFIC had estimated revenue of $108,862 in 2016, employs a staff of five and shows an North American Industry Classification System code of 813211, “Grantmaking Foundations.”

“When these frauds ‘teach’ who we are to non-Cherokees, they are implementing the final stages of our genocide. “People see the fake history and perverted culture and then have no room to learn or respect what is real and so it is pushed that much more out of the way,” said Jared Edens, Cherokee.

Cultural misappropriation harms legitimate Cherokees and Cherokee tribes. The history, language and culture are often distorted by those appropriating Cherokee culture for themselves, silencing true “Cherokee voices from speaking of our culture, history and language. “Those misrepresenting themselves as Cherokees confuse the public and lawmakers when issues arise that should solely be resolved with the legitimate Cherokee tribes, and directly impacts tribal sovereignty,” said David Montgomery, Cherokee.

“When non-Cherokee people willfully, fraudulently usurp Cherokee space and voices, then attempt to bully us into silence for pointing it out, it is nothing less than the continuation of the genocide of our people,” said Lianna Costantino, Cherokee.

To view the facts of Lewis’ genealogy, visit:

Lianna Costantino, Cherokee Nation

Kurt West, Cherokee Nation

David Cornsilk, Cherokee Nation /United Keetoowah Band

David Montgomery, Cherokee Nation

Neta McMurrian, Cherokee Nation / United Keetoowah Band

Chris Penick, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Jared Edens, Cherokee Nation

Kathie Forbes, Cherokee Nation

Reggie Gregory, Cherokee Nation

Amy Alexander, Cherokee Nation

Rhonda Earp, Cherokee Nation

Rashele Martinez, Cherokee Nation

Raymond Pettit, United Keetoowah Band

Richard D. Teel, Cherokee Nation

Ashley Borden Price, Cherokee Nation

Harold Colvin, Ally

Donna Smith, Ally

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Re: Larry Lewis AKA Mashu White Feather
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 03:11:37 pm »
International lecturer on our Indigenous Cultures
Company NameIndigenous lecturer
Dates Employed1971 – Present  Employment Duration46 yrs
LocationAll over the country as well as internationally
I lecture to schools, colleges, universities and service organizations about growing up with our tribal traditions. I bring many things to show as I tell about the history and some of the Cherokee traditions I grew up with....

Mashu White Feather or Ugidahli Unega says his people have walked "the Trail of Tears" of colonial holocausts and broken promises.
He was raised in traditional Ani Gaduwa Tsalagi ways, but Tsalagi was misheard and became Cherokee.
Twenty years ago, he was adopted by Ngapuhi when he went to Taheke, Northland, and they gave him the name of Kahu o Taku Manawa.
White Feather's family is Bird Clan, one of the seven sacred clans of his tribe from the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in Alabama.
White Feather wears a nose ring and four piercings in each ear, which are recognised as belonging to the Cherokee Warrior Society.
He was a medic in the Vietnam War and his 90-year-old father Grey Eagle is a decorated World War II veteran...
He is a lecturer, based in Columbia, Missouri, on International Affairs. Also involved in Awake
Previously he was with Divine Savior Healthcare, Madison Area Technical College.

Central YMCA Community College.
NZ connection

"I have been coming to Aotearoa since 1984 and have been fortunate to have been lecturing on our people throughout Turtle Island and Canada." Turtle Island is the name the indigenous people call the United States.
White Feather is working with Doreen Bennett from Wanganui to establish a cultural exchange at whanau level throughout the country....

Working with Doreen Bennett

In December 2014, a Maori health worker embarked on a 12-month tour of North America, visiting native communities to give a presentation on restoring traditional practices.
Doreen Bennett works with native American leader Mashu White Feather for an indigenous organisation called Two Feathers International with the "Tribes helping Tribes" project.
She said 2015 was going to be a busy year as she travels across the United States and to Canada speaking to tangata whenua about the negative effects of drugs and alcohol and the importance of re-learning traditional practices.[3]
Russia trip

In 2012 River City Press interviewed Mashu White Feather of the Cherokee tribe from Southern USA who was travelling and meeting with Maori groups, along with Doreen Bennett from Wanganui. Doreen and Mashu later founded the company “Two Feathers International,” in the USA.
In July 2016, the two of them were invited to Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia, Russia. They were invited by the regional government and hosted by the President of ‘Save the Ugra,’ an indigenous non government organisation and his team

Board Chair & Executive Consultant
Osiyo (Hello) My name is Larry J White Feather, better known as Mash. I am a non-federally recognized Indigenous American of Cherokee and Osage descent, and my upbringing has followed my Cherokee heritage. 
I am retired as a healthcare professional, was a Native American Student Advisor at a community college for two years, was Coordinator of Indian Education for a public school system for two years. My family and I attend many Pow-wows as drummers and dancers and I also do some art work for relaxation.
 ....I am a member of several Indigenous American organizations such as the National Native American Veteran’s Association, Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post and our Cherokee Warrior

LETTER: Apology to Cherokee community
In 2016, I was part of a “cultural exchange” trip to New Zealand.  I made a mistake.  I spoke indirectly on behalf of Cherokee people.

Those in charge of this trip were a Maori woman named Doreen Bennett and a man who claims to be Cherokee named Mashu White Feather, aka Larry Johnson.

At that point in time, I barely knew Mashu and was unaware of his past. The Cherokee Nation, UKB and EBCI have confirmed that he is not a member of any of their tribes.

He is not Cherokee, nor a speaker for Cherokee people and neither am I.

I was mistakenly identified in a news story as a Cherokee Nation member by the Te Karere news service.  At that time, I believed I had Cherokee ancestry.  However, I have since learned there is no proof of that.  I mistakenly referred to myself as Cherokee.

Someone at Te Karere misinterpreted this to mean that I was a Cherokee Nation member, but that is not what I said.

With regard to Mashu, considering he had me convinced that he was a “Cherokee elder” at that point in time, I did not see fit to correct the many inaccuracies and misunderstandings that he delivered as a public speaker.

I received no financial compensation whatsoever for going on this trip.

I want to apologize and make amends for what I have done. I hope in the future I can be a good ally.

Luke Mason
Cherokee, NC