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Frauds / Re: The Indian Arts and Crafts Act - How to Report a Fraud
« Last post by Defend the Sacred on September 21, 2021, 11:01:29 pm »
It doesn't really circumvent if consumers/marks/patrons know the difference between actual Natives and nons who are just making claims of some kind of heritage (whether true or false, still not the same as being Native). But of course, they count on people not knowing the difference.

Online retailers like Etsy and eBay do know the difference, though sometimes they'll pretend not to. I've seen them let the reported frauds keep their shops up as long as they change their wording from "Native American" to "Native American style", for instance.

But there are still hideous shops on those sites using names of actual Nations, but that are totally white run. A bunch of us have reported them and nothing has happened. I think it's going to take a major lawsuit to change this.
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Frauds / Re: The Indian Arts and Crafts Act - How to Report a Fraud
« Last post by green_grow_the_lilacs on September 21, 2021, 07:10:58 pm »
If anyone says they are of Native American, American Indian, or a specific tribe's "descent", "ancestry", or "heritage," IACA can't touch them. Same with saying someone is "Indigenous." A mind-numbingly easy way to circumvent the law.

If anyone is putting out a call for arts, scholarship, or grants, please use the terms "American Indian" and "Native American," since these actually have some legal standing.
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Frauds / Re: Frauds and illness
« Last post by Sparks on September 21, 2021, 04:16:32 pm »
Tonight I was reading through some old threads, and found this post from Moma P that spoke to me. Maybe it will give some others I know some things to think about as well. I'm only re-posting part of it. The whole post is further up thread.

[Click the link and read the whole post where it appeared. — Sparks]

Stuff to bear in mind when someone that may in other ways seem legit is living off the rez, doing ceremonies for people not of their culture, and who are flying free from any traditional system of checks and balances. Sometimes even good people can get seduced by money and fame, and harm themselves, and everyone around them, in the process.

I wholeheartedly agree, and therefore I want this thread to come uppermost again.
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Frauds / Re: James McCaskie & One Living Earth Foundation
« Last post by Sparks on September 21, 2021, 01:03:58 am »
https://www.facebook.com/sacredlifenonforprofit/

Sacred Life Foundation — March 7, 2020
JUST A REMINDER THAT THIS PAGE IS NO LONGER ACTIVE…
If you want to stay connected with our work please like our new page ONE LIVING EARTH

https://www.facebook.com/Onelivingearthfoundation/

So that's where you have to look to see what they are up to by now. For example, look at this post of September 5, 2021:

https://www.facebook.com/Onelivingearthfoundation/posts/416411036494469

Here they quote a "LAKOTA CODE OF ETHICS" from another Facebook page (20 bullet points), and then there is a photo with Leonard Crow Dog, Frank Fools Crow, and Henry Crow Dog.
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Frauds / Re: James McCaskie & One Living Earth Foundation — Australia
« Last post by Sparks on September 21, 2021, 12:34:50 am »
James McCaskie in NSW, Australia is holding men's groups, ceremonies, drum circles, and recently said he was on a vision quest including a sweat lodge.

From recent post by McCaskie:


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I have been very blessed to spend time close to one of North Americas most renowned Medicine Men…
I am fortunate as we would say in the west, to have been through ‘my ceremonies’ or ‘initiations’ with this man…
.

In case it goes away, I will link to that post and quote it:

James McCaskie January 1, 2019
We see many people in the West wanting to be the “Medicine Man”, “The Shaman”…?
We even have courses to become a certified Shaman in Australia…?
I want to share some of my story as I have been very blessed to spend time close to one of North Americas most renowned Medicine Men…
I am fortunate as we would say in the west, to have been through ‘my ceremonies’ or ‘initiations’ with this man….
Learning from a Great Medicine Man however is not what some may think…
?I did not learn to be a Shaman.
?We did not spend our days, singing, taking plant medicines and doing ceremony…?
We spent most days working, helping people with things…?We would wake up early and go to bed late…
?I learnt to be a Man. I learnt to work. I learnt to look for what needs to be done and do it. I learnt to stop making excuses for myself or to others, to learn from my failings and get on with what is needed….
?I learn to take care of my relatives, my responsibilities and my community…?
Why in the west is there such a draw to be a Shaman?
?It is much easier to do a course to become a Shaman than it is to work everyday at being a Man…?
With the people of whom I have been through ceremony. We honour humility. We constantly remind ourselves in our ceremonies that we are all common people…?
Men, just men…
Good men and women is all that is needed…
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Frauds / Re: Many Birds Lodge, Michael Borg AKA "Walks the Wind," Joanne Proctor
« Last post by Sparks on September 21, 2021, 12:26:34 am »
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They incorrectly believe we are a cult you see, they are too far away from us here in Australia to see the truth.

At this URL: https://www.facebook.com/998738110140282/photos/a.1004895996191160/

James McCaskie in NSW, Australia is holding men's groups, ceremonies, drum circles, and recently said he was on a vision quest including a sweat lodge.

From recent post by McCaskie:


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I have been very blessed to spend time close to one of North Americas most renowned Medicine Men…
I am fortunate as we would say in the west, to have been through ‘my ceremonies’ or ‘initiations’ with this man….

I don't know who McCaskie is referring to.

Here, many comments: https://www.facebook.com/james.mccaskie.1/posts/2858597080832610

(Hoping that someone will ask who the "Medicine Man" is …)

The first Facebook URL I link to has gone away. The second one is still there.

James McCaskie recently got his own thread, started by educatedindian:

http://www.newagefraud.org/smf/index.php?topic=5560.0 [James McCaskie & One Living Earth Foundation]

So "one of North Americas most renowned Medicine Men" is [Leonard] Crow Dog, then, according to that topic.

There is also the reference to "Uncle Leonard" in the previous post by Piff, in the present thread.
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Frauds / Re: James McCaskie & One Living Earth Foundation — Australia
« Last post by Sparks on September 21, 2021, 12:12:54 am »
James McCaskie was mentioned in another thread about frauds in Australia ["Many Birds Lodge, Michael Borg AKA "Walks the Wind," Joanne Proctor"]:

James McCaskie in NSW, Australia is holding men's groups, ceremonies, drum circles, and recently said he was on a vision quest including a sweat lodge.

From recent post by McCaskie:


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I have been very blessed to spend time close to one of North Americas most renowned Medicine Men…
I am fortunate as we would say in the west, to have been through ‘my ceremonies’ or ‘initiations’ with this man…
.

I don't know who McCaskie is referring to.

Here, many comments: https://www.facebook.com/james.mccaskie.1/posts/2858597080832610

(Hoping that someone will ask who the "Medicine Man" is …)

As educatedindian indicates, "one of North Americas most renowned Medicine Men" is [Leonard] Crow Dog.

This is also hinted at in the other thread, where the teachings of "Uncle Leonard" is referred to.
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Frauds / James McCaskie & One Living Earth Foundation
« Last post by educatedindian on September 18, 2021, 09:08:05 pm »
Got a request about him. White Australian, one of Crow Dog's franchisees claiming to be a medicine man and doing ceremony.

https://www.facebook.com/james.mccaskie.1
https://www.facebook.com/sacredlifenonforprofit/

OLEF claims to be nonprofit but you don't see much charity except for a toy drive. They do have ads for a masseuse and Chinese herbal medicine.
Ceremony selling claiming to be "Andean alchemy."
Ceremony selling, white Australians doing a "vision quest" intended for Native adolescents.
Plenty of photos of white Australians playing Indian in tipis, and doing sweatlodges in plastic tarps.
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Etcetera / Re: Hey, You in the Headdress! Do You Know What It Means?
« Last post by Sparks on September 18, 2021, 02:59:08 am »
The exact link to the original article at the bottom of the first post in this thread is not clickable, so I post it here:

https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/news/opinions/hey-you-in-the-headdress-do-you-know-what-it-means/

The URL has changed, and by now the article is in this archive. Still a good read!

https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/hey-you-in-the-headdress-do-you-know-what-it-means

Still a good read, and right now it comes in handy in a certain ongoing discussion in Norway.

"The ongoing discussion in Norway" (which lasted at least half a year) is explained here:

https://sputniknews.com/20171017/norway-fancy-dress-controversy-1058312871.html
https://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/10/17/sivs-pocahontas-stunt-backfired/
See also: https://www.newsinenglish.no/2017/10/27/indian-costumes-sell-out-for-halloween/
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Etcetera / Re: Oh my God — Germany's Far-Right Extremists
« Last post by Sparks on September 17, 2021, 04:14:07 am »
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,798682,00.html

The title of this NAFPS topic says nothing about the contents of this ten years old article, which is:

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Hidden in Plain SightFacts and Myths about Germany's Far-Right Extremists

This summer, the New York Times published this comprehensive article, which I post as an update to the topic. The article also gives the historical background, starting with the aftermath of World War I.

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/25/world/europe/germany-nazi-far-right.html

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On the Path to Day X: The Return of Germany’s Far Right
Produced by Lauren Jackson and Tara Godvin
Reporting by Katrin Bennhold, Melissa Eddy and Christopher F. Schuetze
Edited by Peter Robins
Published June 25, 2021 Updated July 6, 2021

I note that the 'Nazi' word in the URL seems to have been removed from the article's title.

Quoting from the above article:

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In our new audio series, Day X, we explore the recent resurgence of the far right in Germany. It’s a story about a changing national identity — and the backlash against it — raising a question that democracies across the world are waking up to: What happens when the threat is coming from within?

Link to the audio series: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/podcasts/far-right-german-extremism.html

One example: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/19/podcasts/far-right-german-extremism.html
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