Author Topic: Andrea Smith  (Read 20061 times)

Offline CrystalClear

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Re: Andrea Smith
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2020, 03:27:28 am »
Hoping to ask some questions about this as I am researching this same time period of the Smith sisters' fraud (late 80s/early 90s). I sent a personal message to you here on this platform and hope to hear back from you. I can give my full name and #, etc.

I actually met Andrea Smith through her sister Justine Smith. I embarrassed to say I was also fooled by the sisters. Justine Smith entered the Milwaukee Indian community via United Indians of Milwaukee and came with a strong background in Native activism.
Justine had been a member of the Chicago American Indian center and had a child with a member of that community, and also claimed to be involved with AIM and she said she was present at the Oka conflict. She also told us all she was Cherokee, so I thought I had finally met my first Real Cherokee and years later I find out I was wrong. She worked at an American Indian high school, and ended up marrying and having a child with one of the students there. She later hung out at the UWM American Indian Student Services office and graduated from there.
Then I lost track of her. Needless to say i abhor her actions and deceit at representing herself as a Native person in our communities.
https://www.facebook.com/FirstAmericanUnitedMethodistChurch/


Offline CrystalClear

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Re: Andrea Smith
« Reply #32 on: October 23, 2020, 02:33:47 am »
The Indigenous women's open letter was published in Indian Country Today, but the venue revamped their website a couple years ago, and inadvertently lopped off the names of all who signed the letter). Here's a repost so you can see the letter + names of those who signed: https://historynewsnetwork.org/article/159925.

And here's the new link for the Cherokee women's statement:
 https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/cherokee-women-scholars-and-activists-statement-on-andrea-smith-Rrpr-cK1CkKz6LaAZlecgw.

And David Cornsilk's essay: https://indiancountrytoday.com/archive/an-open-letter-to-defenders-of-andrea-smith-v-GFYv6jsU200EUt4SMJeA.
 
In response to all of this, here’s what Andrea had to say for herself (nothing but doubling down) on her blog site (which she has since taken down, but here’s an archive of the post): 

https://web.archive.org/web/20200516080442/https://andrea366.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/my-statement-on-the-current-media-controversy/

 

Offline Sparks

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Re: Andrea Smith
« Reply #33 on: October 23, 2020, 04:19:43 pm »
She has posted a response, she insists she is Cherokee.
https://andrea366.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/my-statement-on-the-current-media-controversy/

No more available at that URL, luckily CrystalClear has found it archived:

In response to all of this, here’s what Andrea had to say for herself (nothing but doubling down) on her blog site (which she has since taken down, but here’s an archive of the post):
https://web.archive.org/web/20200516080442/https://andrea366.wordpress.com/2015/07/09/my-statement-on-the-current-media-controversy/

The two other new links provided by CrystalClear today were already posted in my previous post on September 24, 2020.

Offline Sparks

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Re: Andrea Smith
« Reply #34 on: October 26, 2020, 03:15:07 pm »
Revising this topic, I found a substantial 2017 article that has not been posted before:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/meet-the-native-american-rachel-dolezal

I quoted part of this article in 2017. It's interesting that very little has been added since 2015, except a couple of recent books in the "Selected publications" section:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Smith_%28academic%29