February 3, 2005

Cherokee Wannabe: ".... clues about not only what, but who Ward Churchill Is"

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Found on the AIM Council on Security and Intelligence web page is this 1994 letter from Susan Shawn Harjo of the Morning Star Institute regarding the ethnic identity of Ward Churchill, once a member of one tribe or another, and now fairly exposed as a fake, a phony and a fraud. (This of course will result in his speaking fees increasing faster than his bookings at colleges around the country and in France.)

Still, it is interesting to see that Churchill's poseur status has been known for well over a decade. By everyone, it would seem, other than his employers and publishers.

What follows is a transcription of part of the text of the letter discussing a call Harjo received from one Regina Brave. Ms Brave asserted:

"...that she knew WC [Ward Churchill] when he surfaced in Boulder as an Indian of several other tribes before he settled on Cherokee/Creek/Metis, and that she never bought into his assertion that he was an Indian of any kind; 2) that another of the 'judges in Bellngham, Washington shared her concerns, and another, a woman from Canada, was on a scholarship at the University of Colorado and living with WC and his wife; 3) that she has heard WC claim that he provided firearms going into Wounded Knee in 1973; and 4) that she overheard WC tell another white man ... that he was an expert witness in the Bernard Escamillo trial in Council Bluffs, and that she called one of the men associated with the trial that said WC was not a defense witness, but that he recognized WC's name as a prosecution witness... From the way she relates a story, it could go either way...but it is a lead to follow tht might have documentable clues about not only what but who WC is.

Hope you have enough fax paper for all this."

Other documents of interest reproduced on this site include:

Ward Churchill's 1980 Resume in which he asserts he is "Creek/Cherokee (unenrolled)."
We also learn he claims to hold a 'Master of Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Communication from Sagamon State.

He notes he is married to "Dora-Lee Larson, 30 year old Santee"

The resume states Chruchill served in Vietnam in 1968 as a "Public Information Specialist" writing battalion reports and press releases among other things.

But an interesting passage in this ICC document cites a 1991 resume in which Churchill "indicates he is Airborne/Recondo trained with multiple decorations" during the same tour of duty.

Other interesting reading includes:
1)Press Release on Churchill's brief times as an "associate Keetowah"; and
2) a page from the letter expelling Ward Churchill from AIM in 1993.

"A major agenda item was the need to deal with the wrath of 'wannabees', instant shake and bake shamans, phony medicine men and women, artists, writers, and self-proclaimed 'AIM leaders' who are really non-Indians masquerading as Indian people. These people for various reasons, whether it be romanticism, self grandeur, exploitation, greed, or possibly agents of Operation Cointelpro of the FBI and/or Operation Chaos of the CIA ... infiltrate the American Indian Movement and other organizations for the purpose of misdirecting, disrupting, and sowing division in order to discredit and neutralize the leadership of the American Indian Movement.

Two persons whose method of opertations (MO) fall clearly within this description is, of course, yøurself Mr. Churchill along with Mr Morris..."

There's more, much more, and it is fascinating, if not pretty, reading.

I suppose that during Mr. Churchill's climb to tenure there must have been some vetting of his past, his claims, and his resume. But if that's the case, which set of pasts, claims, and resumes were consulted?
On the main page and also of Interest, if not about Mr. Churchill:
The Choice: Victory or Depravity
School's Out
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"It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood." -- Karl Popper N.B.: Comments are moderated and may not appear immediately. Comments that exceed the obscenity or stupidity limits will be either edited or expunged.

Another sad fantasist. Kerry should sign him up for his next campaign. It might take the attention off the 'lucky hat', 'gun runs to Cambodia', marathon runs...

He even has the chin for it.

Posted by: phil gilbert at February 3, 2005 6:01 PM

If one looks at Mr. Churchill's... scholarly publications, one may note that none of them were via an academic press.

Posted by: P.A. Breault at February 3, 2005 8:29 PM

Saweeeet. Nice work.

Posted by: kobekko at February 3, 2005 10:04 PM

Why the hell does Churchill look like Gloria Steinem in that picture?

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at February 3, 2005 10:40 PM

I commend you for your good work. WC is indeed a fraud and bloodsucker. He was exposed and he has nowhere to run.

He is receiving $100,000 per year only from U. Co.
That is not including grants from foundations and speaking fees.

Why anyone should be a mathematician or a biotech developer if you can get by like WC without doing ANYTHING good?

Posted by: Sushizero at February 4, 2005 2:06 AM

looks like a michael moore wanna be what next a movie. lots of money being a fake revalutionary

Posted by: yochanan at February 4, 2005 7:04 AM

He's Micah Wright with a Billy Jack complex.

Posted by: SarahW at February 4, 2005 7:12 AM

So he served in Vietnam too? Aha! He's a war criminal too then, pace Mr. Kerry.

Posted by: David F. at February 4, 2005 7:18 AM

More biographical information about Prof. Churchill. Great, he grew up in the town I live in (Elmwood, IL) I am thrilled.


Posted by: Michele M. at February 4, 2005 8:46 AM

Sangamon U was an "experimental" college in the 70's. As far as I can tell it was accredited, but I'm flummoxed by his majors. What does someone with a BA in Communications know that a non-BA in Communications knows? And how did he get his Masters in just a year?
I have a blood grandfather who came from a half-breed family in Georgia. Where's my job & title?

Posted by: Terry at February 4, 2005 8:54 AM

It's Métis, not "Matis". The term refers to a mixed-race group of people in western Canada who have in many ways formed a culturally distinct society there. There's a relevant website at http://www.metisnation.ca/ . I nit-pick only because this is otherwise a great post. Exposing these destructive wannabes is good for everyone. Rock on.

Posted by: CJ at February 4, 2005 12:41 PM

Noted and corrected. Thank you.

Posted by: Gerard Van Der Leun at February 4, 2005 1:29 PM

Manufacturing a weak integrity argument to justify free speech violations...

It started in a federal Court in Pittsburgh and has moved quickly to Colorado Universtity and Iraq. It's a stretch, but political hacks have besieged first amendment free speech protections.

They attempt to combine a provacative essay comparing victims of 911 with Nazi criminals and an emotionally charged General's comments on war, questioning whether such is permissible when the comments may cause damaged to an institution's integrity.


Because in a Pittsburgh federal court a well connected corporate crony has suggested the novice argument, and the legal question is waddling without any legal precedent in need of an activist court.

Thus the current unexplained campaign against “free speech” appears to be little more than a Madison Avenue scheme to control any discussion of the President’s desire to privatize higher education.

That is, a number of for-profit colleges have faced inquiries, lawsuits and other actions calling into question the way they inflate enrollment to mislead/increase the value of their parent company’s stock.

In the last year, the Career Education Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Ill., has faced lawsuits, from shareholders and students, contending that, among other things, its colleges have inflated enrollment numbers. In addition, F.B.I. agents raided 10 campuses run by ITT Educational Services of Carmel, Ind., looking for similar problems.

But in a Pittsburgh federal court there is a bigger can of worms.

Kaplan, Inc., is wholly own by the Washington Post Company. For-profit postsecondary education has turned the company around and individuals far more powerful than Martha Steward have made millions. However, there is a nominal “Watergate” styled federal court proceeding (scandal) involving campus “free speech,” that could expose the administration’s violation of public trust

In short, I provided the S.E.C., Department of Education, and federal courts information that appears to prove Kaplan inflated the Concord School of Law enrollment, telling investors that the “flagship” of its higher education division has as many as 600 to 1000 or more students.

I also provided evidence to prove apparent violations of sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.

However, in an attempt to protect important icons of the Washington and New York financial/political circle, hacks have been hired to stir a free speech controversy.

But even Stan Chess (En Passant http://lawtv.typepad.com/en_passant/2004/a_question_of_l.html) innocently questioned the obvious - a clear violation of the federal securities laws.

“Kaplan’s Concord School of Law says it’s one of the largest law schools in the country, yet for each administration only about 25 of its graduates sit for the bar exam. What happens to the hundreds of other students in each class?”

What are you willing to do?

Posted by: kstreetfriend at February 5, 2005 9:53 AM

Are you the same Gerard van der Leun from Houghton Mifflin circa 1983? When The Commissar's Report was published? Surely there couldn't be two of you.

Posted by: Martyn Burke at February 6, 2005 6:24 AM

One and the same, and are you -- yes, you are -- the author of that great satire? There really, really can't be two of you.

Posted by: Gerard Van Der Leun at February 6, 2005 7:04 AM

If he lied about his "Native ancestry" , has he lied about his service in Vietnam , if indeed he even went?

Posted by: John Penhall at February 6, 2005 11:37 PM

If you look at the this link you see Ward Churchill is not an Indian, but descendant from an Indian killer of Creeks.
The same tribe he first said he was from when he first started his masquerade.
He stole Indian identity to make big bucks as a professor and stealing a job that should have been for a American Indian professor.
For that he should be fired if he lied on his application to get that job. For Indian Identity theft against the Indian people.



Posted by: LeCaire at February 7, 2005 11:01 PM

To have this lunatic receive one dime of public funding is the real crime! Certainly he’s free to espouse his ultra left wing drivel but surely not with taxpayer’s hard earned cash.
Not only is he now being exposed as a fake, phony and utter fraud he’s threatening to sue CU if he’s fired. If his credentials are indeed phony the university has every legal right to terminate his contract. He’s about as much American Indian as the pope! What a joke. To think pea brained radical students are actually listening to this lunatic is even more frightening. This man clearly hates America, the American people and lives in a fantasy world. The less we hear from this hate filled garbage mouth the better off we’ll be.

Posted by: CEL at February 9, 2005 8:00 AM

Should Know About Vietnam Shortly

Subj: Re: Ward Churchill
Date: 2/9/2005 2:27:07 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: TownsendL
To: info@pownetwork.org

Dear Mary:

I have just finished reading every document on the AIM website AIM Council on Security and Intelligence concerning the subject and they are many. I have copied a few links below which would be of interest, if you don't already have them. The one item that is missing and is of utmost importance is his 1991 resume that states Airborne/Recondo w/ multiple decorations; however the following mentions it. ICCNews_Churchill_02.jpg>

I look forward to your receipt of his records. Interesting enough, AIM states that he is a "wannabee" also as concerning being an Indian! I believe his records will show he will qualify for the "Wannabee" Medal with two stars!


Brock Townsend

Cointelpro49.jpg A year in combat

DisrupternotifyChurchill_01.jpg> A disrupter

churchill_resume_80.jpg 1980

DisrupternotifyChurchill_02.jpg> SOF and Highway patrol

ICCNews_Churchill_03.jpg> infiltration SOF

ICCNews_Churchill_03.jpg> 52k More on Vietnam

NFIC_ChurchillDeMain_01.jpg> Same as above

ChurchillInter8_20_9..> Vietnam ChurchillInter8_20_9..> Marxism and the Indian movement

Subj: Re: Ward Churchill
Date: 2/5/2005 7:31:29 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: info@pownetwork.org
To: TownsendL@cs.com

At the moment, all we can confirm is he was an E4, CPL, heavy truck driver and has no combat awards (CIB, Purple Heart or Bronze/Silver Star).

His records have been requested and we will see what his units were, where they were and what they did as soon as possible.

Mary Schantag

At 12:47 PM 2/5/2005 -0500, you wrote:
To Whom It May Concern:

I am trying to find out if the subject was actually in Vietnam combat. Do you have any more information?


Brock Townsend
RVN ( Military and civilian, 10/67 - 04/75 except for '71 &'72)

Subj: Ward Churchill (Fake Indian & Fake Vietnam Combat Veteran?)
Date: 2/5/2005 12:17:09 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: TownsendL
To: TownsendL

DenverPost.com - FRONT PAGE
"......as a U.S. soldier in Vietnam I witnessed and participated in more violence than I ever wish to see." (Prove it - WBT)

US Government War Against AIM
"The ringleaders of this conspiracy are two wannabees, white men masquerading as Indians, who are very deceitful and treacherous individuals by the name of Ward Churchill and Glen Morris"

The Real Question About Churchill - Paul Campos, Rocky Mountain News

Mary and Chuck Schantag

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Posted by: Brock Townsend at February 9, 2005 1:13 PM

Suggest you google the meaning of "ad hominem"

i.e. you have NO point, you just spew.

Shouldn't you be working to complete your G.E.D?

Posted by: IrateMoFo at February 10, 2005 12:10 AM

Ward Churchill's ancestors were slave owners and Indian killers.

Posted by: Indian joe at February 10, 2005 6:50 PM

As a supplement, please note the following.

Introduction: In a Pittsburgh federal court a well connected corporate crony has suggested a novice "free speech" argument and the legal question is waddling without any legal precedent in need of an activist court.

Creating the free speech crisis is a "red herring" to draw attention away from the plain and clear evidence of the Pittsburgh Federal Court proceeding (best example of the corruption).

Ward Churchill was a relatively unknown professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, until Bill O'Reilly reported a piece about him and requested his audience to make a fuss. His provacative essay was written more than three years ago.

The connection:

Ms. ElizaBETH Hoffman is the President of Colorado University. Go to http://www.hss.caltech.edu/Photos/Alumni/HoffmanElizabeth.jpg and/or http://www.colorado.edu/Carillon/volume47/images/1.jpg to view her picture.

Ms. BETH (Rue) Kotcella Buchanan is the U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania. Go to http://www.pittsburghlive.com/photos/2002-02-26/PH_2002-02-26_iattorney-b.jpg to view her picture.

Background: I attended undergraduate school with Ms. Buchanan. At the Pennsylvania University I succesfully re-established (and served as president) the pre-law society and graduated in 1983. Here Ms. Buchanan would become interested in the law. She graduated after me in 1984.

In addition, I was listed in Whose Who Among American Colleges and Universities, and given the 1983 Progressive Leadership Award, and 1983 Distinguished Honor Award.

Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1988 Ms. Buchanan secured a clerkship with U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

Judge Cohill is the Western District Judge responsible for enforcing a consent decree governing United States of America v. Port Authority of Allegheny County, Docket No. 91-CV-1694. However, he turned a blind eye to my case Docket No. 95-CV-00339. I had organized (secure a union) a political sub-division.

During that same year members of the state judiciary were charged and convicted for violating my civil right (fixing cases against me in retaliation of Docket No. 95-CV-00339).

In a case related to Docket No. 95-CV-00339, an alleged EEOC investigative file was prematurely purged and the U.S. Department of Labor refused deliver its copy despite a subpoena, FOIA Request and Motion to Compel. See Docket No. 98-CV-230. That is, the Department of Labor closed its investigation based on the alleged EEOC decision. But, I had proffered to the court EEOC's writings that demonstrated no investigation was conducted.

Discussion: At issue is the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The Bush administration is attempting to change the 50 percent rule. That is, financial aid is available for postsecondary education provided at a college or university that has at least 50 percent of its students campus-based.

Corporations have paid Senators and Congress men and women well, attempting to change the 50 percent rule. The rule is necessary to prevent fraud (absentee students and/or diploma mills).

It appears at least three corporations have abused the administration's Distance Education Demonstration that wavied the 50 percent rule.

The Career Education Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Ill., has faced lawsuits, from shareholders and students, contending that, among other things, its colleges have inflated enrollment numbers. In addition, F.B.I. agents raided 10 campuses run by ITT Educational Services of Carmel, Ind., looking for similar problems.

Nonetheless, the S.E.C. and FBI investigation is just spin to make it appear the administration is doing its job.

The Pittsburgh case involves Kaplan, Inc., who is wholly own by the Washington Post Company. For-profit postsecondary education has turned the company around. Individuals far more powerful than Martha Steward have made millions.

Thus the current unexplained campaign against “free speech” appears to be little more than another Madison Avenue scheme to control any discussion.


Posted by: kstreetfriend at February 12, 2005 1:16 AM

While it isn't getting much press he admitted yesterday that he is NOT an American Indian....

Churchill did address the issue of his ethnicity,
admitting that he is not Native American.

"Is he an Indian? Do we really care?" he said, quoting
those he called his "white Republican" critics.

"Let's cut to the chase; I am not," he said.

His pedigree is "not important," Churchill said: "The
issue is the substance of what is said."

He went on to explain that the issue of whether he is
Native American has been blown up by sloppy reporting
and reporters quoting other reporters.


And from AIM
He's Been Fraudulently Representing Himself as American Indian for Years
By Dennis J. Banks, Ojibwa Nation and Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung, 2/23/2005 9:50:53 AM

Editor's note: Controversial Colorado University Professor Ward Churchill spoke at the University of Hawaii Feb. 22, 2005, continuing his rhetoric that Americans got what they deserved on Sept. 11, 2001, when "gallant combat soldiers" blew up the World Trade Towers, killing innocent soliders. At first he claimed to be American Indian, but many American Indian groups came forward to set the record straight that he is not one of them. The issue of whether he is an American Indian is important because professors at Colorado University say they gave Churchill special treatment and quick tenure because they thought he is an American Indian. He also has used his claimed ethinicity to forward his academic career, claim expertise and to enhance his credibility on Native American Issues. Churchill, when questioned by Hawaii Reporter at a press conference Monday, at first would not answer questions about his heritage, saying it is not relevant, and becoming highly aggitated as he was pressed, ultimately leading to him ending the press conference. Seconds later, he marched back to reporters, claiming he is an American Indian, but at his speech at the University of Hawaii the following day, for the first time, he admitted he is not American Indian and accused his white critics of a racist attack on him. Here is a statement from the American Indian Movement about Churchill found at mailto: http://www.aimovement.org/moipr/churchill05.html

Ward Churchill was scheduled to speak at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York on Feb. 3, 2005. His appearance was canceled by the college after he caused a public furor over his loathsome remarks about the 9-11 tragedy in New York. The American Indian Movement's Grand Governing Council has been dealing with Churchill's hateful attitude and rip-off of Indian people for years.

The AIM's Grand Governing Council representing the National and International leadership of the American Indian Movement once again is vehemently and emphatically repudiating and condemning the outrageous statements made by academic literary and Indian fraud, Ward Churchill in relationship to the 9-11 tragedy in New York City that claimed thousands of innocent people’s lives.

Churchill’s statement that these people deserved what happened to them, and calling them little Eichmanns, comparing them to Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who implemented Adolf Hitler’s plan to exterminate European Jews and others, should be condemned by all.

The sorry part of this is Ward Churchill has fraudulently represented himself as an Indian, and a member of the American Indian Movement, a situation that has lifted him into the position of a lecturer on Indian activism. He has used the American Indian Movement’s chapter in Denver to attack the leadership of the official American Indian Movement with his misinformation and propaganda campaigns.

Ward Churchill has been masquerading as an Indian for years behind his dark glasses and beaded headband. He waves around an honorary membership card that at one time was issued to anyone by the Keetoowah Tribe of Oklahoma. Former President Bill Clinton and many others received these cards, but these cards do not qualify the holder a member of any tribe. He has deceitfully and treacherously fooled innocent and naïve Indian community members in Denver, Colorado, as well as many other people worldwide. Churchill does not represent, nor does he speak on behalf of the American Indian Movement.

New York’s Hamilton College Kirklands Project should be aware that in their search for truth and justice, the idea that they have hired a fraud to speak on Indian activism is in itself a betrayal of their goals.

Dennis J. Banks, Ojibwa Nation, is Chairman of the Board of the American Indian Movement and Nee Gon Nway Wee Dung, aka, Clyde H. Bellecourt, Ojibwa Nation is the National Executive Director of the American Indian Movement

HawaiiReporter.com reports the real news, and prints all editorials submitted, even if they do not represent the viewpoint of the editors, as long as they are written clearly. Send editorials to mailto: Malia@HawaiiReporter.com


Posted by: Questioning at February 23, 2005 9:27 PM

I'm from England and i think... no in fact i know you american "idiots" are missing the point. this guy was at the wounded knee incident in 1976 circa. and by the sound of things has done a tone for the AIM progression in the U.S - it doesnt matter whether your a majority black indian or chinese indian, the fact is you fight that course. Whether he lied or not to a university is irrelevant, i can think of hundreds of "evil" white americans that have stole and lied to the "real" indians. The fact is he spoken up, more that can be said for any of you ccc's.

Do more responsible voting/thinking. And get rid of those sambo type degrading sporting "mascots" -can you imagine if i set up a football team called wigga's or 'onkey's. I'm already thinkin' of setting up a clothing line with a image/"mascot" of a whiteman with a small penis. Excellent just what the doctor ordered.

Please think history before voting, for gods sake i know more about your history than you so called jesus believing christians do, and i was never taught about this issue. By lord you idiots don't 'alf make me mad.

Posted by: Michael at January 16, 2006 11:26 PM
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