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Sioux Battle Hippie “Fruitcake People”

Sioux Battle Hippie “Fruitcake People”

In the war of cultural appropriation.

As summer officially opens, battle lines are being drawn in the war against “cultural appropriation”.

This particular engagement pits Sioux Indians against a counter-cultural group that loves Native Americans a little too much.

The peace and love were interrupted by profanity Monday as Rainbow Family members confirmed their plan to congregate an estimated 5,000 people July 1 to July 7 somewhere in the Black Hills, but were immediately confronted by opponents of the gathering.

…The Rainbow Family of Living Light is a loose association of people who’ve been gathering since 1972 around the ideals of peace and healing. Some Native Americans have expressed concern that the gathering is not appropriate for the Black Hills, considered sacred Indian lands.

Before the indoor meeting began, Native American activist James Swan, of the United Urban Warrior Society, parked a pickup west of the building, planted two flags and used a portable sound system to berate the Rainbow Family contingent that was gathered under a light rain on the west lawn of the visitor center.

I must admit, having your culture appropriated by The Rainbow Family of Living Light would be disturbing, as this video clearly shows:

As a citizen activist, I am fascinated by how the local Sioux are fighting this continuing inanity. James Swan, a member of the Lakota band of Sioux Indians, is leading the effort to end this annual gathering.

He clearly does not appreciate the hippie homage to Native Americans.

To some Lakota, the love fest threatens to desecrate the sacred Black Hills National Forest, where 5,000 to 20,000 hippies are expected to dig trench latrines, fire pits and kitchens. Swan and his band of activists with the United Urban Warrior Society say they’re planning a blockade and will remove the bums.

Swan said Rainbow Family adherents tried to soften him up by saying, “We’re just like you, [but] the government doesn’t recognize us as a tribe.”

“You’re not a tribe,” Swan added. “You’re fricking fruitcake people.”

Frankly, he might have more success arguing about the adverse environmental impact from this event. That being said, we’ve rarely seen a clearer example of cultural appropriation.

However, someone should really let Swan know that trans-race identification is the hottest new trend!

My question of the day is this: Given that the Sioux were famed as warriors on the Great Plains, why are they the focus of worship for “peace and love” hippies whose ranks are comprised of beta males?

Neither Elizabeth Warren or Rachel Dolezal were available for comment.


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A couple of decades ago the Rainbow loons set up shop in one of the nearby national forests. The squalor, drug use, ER visits, destruction of natural habitat, child neglect, and general mayhem was astounding. Child Protective Services, with the help of the sheriff department, took their kids away from them but gave them back when they left the state. They haven’t been back. Many, at that time anyway, were observably psychotic.

    TommyTooter in reply to Elliott. | June 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    it seems to me that you have convinced yourself to believe things that are not likely to be true, particularly if it was ‘two decades’ ago. may I know what gathering you refer to ?

      scooterjay in reply to TommyTooter. | June 25, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I recall when the Rainbows camped at Lynches River State Park in Florence, SC and proceeded to make a huge mess, participate in illegal drug use, cut down standing trees to make huge bonfires and leave enough stinky body odor lingering that the park staff gagged for months after the event. Besides, who calls themselves names like “sparkle” and “splash” to celebrate Native Americans?

DINORightMarie | June 25, 2015 at 7:58 am

The answer to the last question is, of course, because these yoots (and not so yoots) have bought into the lies of the revisionist historians about Native Americans being helpless, etc. etc. etc.

Hoist on their own petard.

The Rainbow family is just another #OWS.

    TommyTooter in reply to Stan25. | June 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

    nothing could be further from the truth. firstly, the rainbow family was founded in 1972 and if it is most honestly described, it is no more than an agreement on how to hold a peaceful assembly to pray for world peace together from year to year, just a statement of purpose, council process and set of recommended does and don’ts from people coming to gather.

    the process and guidelines were modeled after hopi society by the founders who had actually sat and learned from the hopi elders.

    OWS was a political movement, financed and executed by mostly non-heterosexual neo-liberal fascists with the most ridiculous parliamentary process I have ever seen in over 50 years of political activism

      Char Char Binks in reply to TommyTooter. | June 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      So…. fruitcake people. Got it.

      Stan25 in reply to TommyTooter. | June 25, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Have you ever been to a location where they were after they left? I have. The area is totally polluted with huge heaps of discarded paper trash, empty cans, rotting food, and piles of human waste all over. They even leave stuff in the lakes and streams where they swim in, when they get to stinking so bad they can’t even stand themselves. The Forest Service and BLM have banned them from the public lands here in Wyoming, because of their disgusting messes.

I totally support the Sioux on this issue, but is there any land in this country that is not “sacred”? It seems to be the catchall to deny any sort of progress. Strange how casinos don’t offend the Spirits. One of the latest designated National Monuments is the Organ Mountain Desert Peaks in New Mexico, a nearly 500,000 acre area in the vicinity of Las Cruces. As the government continues its land grab this “sacredness” is too often the reason, right up there with protecting the habitat.

    Anchovy in reply to gasper. | June 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I refuse to buy into this “sacred” thing. To acknowledge some site or this or that as “sacred” is buying into an irrational superstition and no amount of political correctness will convert an irrational superstition to a rational superstition.

      Ragspierre in reply to Anchovy. | June 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

      OK, I’m a bit conflicted on this. Things that are sacred to people are at least “respected” by me. I wouldn’t use Holy Water in my squirt gun, for instance. (Unless assailed by a particularly nasty succubus.)

      On the other hand, there are extremes. The “sacred rock” that is part of the xeriscape at the Chevron at Mountain View and Santa Fe

        Anchovy in reply to Ragspierre. | June 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm

        I should have been clearer. I will not take action to disrespect the “sacred” beliefs of others, but I will not acknowledge the Saguaro cactus growing in my yard in Tucson is sacred and is the sprit of someones ancestor.

        Nor will I believe Allah wants infidels beheaded.

        I feel no obligation to give credence to irrational superstitions.

        It is funny…. often when there is a dedication of some public project the government, which would never consider having a Catholic priest bless it, will have an Indian give some kind of blessing. I guess they don’t really consider these beliefs a true religion either.

          DaveGinOly in reply to Anchovy. | June 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

          I’m in the same tin with you, Anchovy. Although I feel for the Indians and think the hippies disgusting charlatans, I also don’t have a lot of sympathy for their “sacred lands” crap. As you mentioned, they don’t seem to have any trouble with building casinos on their sacred lands. Also, I object to the unstated premise that a belief in the land’s “sacredness” creates an exclusive claim that bars others from also recognizing the land’s sacred nature. It’s all superstitious foolishness, but everyone is entitled to their foolishness so long as they are not harming anyone. If the hippies think the Black Hills are sacred too, then they have a right to their own activities in recognition of their beliefs. (Indeed, if the Black Hills are actually sacred, it would be unsurprising that sensitive people other than Native Americans would also be capable of detecting and recognizing their sacred nature.)

    Phillep Harding in reply to gasper. | June 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Yeah, well, it sure is funny how seldom “sacred” or historical use land has been selected for tribal lands here in Alaska under ANILCA. Claim this acerage for economic use and claim that acerage at a later time as “sacred” or “traditional”.

As “fighting words” go, this seems about as unambigious as they come.

A group of white people showing up on sacred Indian land and claiming it for themselves? Wars actually started over a lot less.

    hillbilly grandpa in reply to clintack. | June 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Today is the 139th anniversary of justice carried out by Lakota, Arapaho and Northern Cheyenne warriors against the Seventh United States Cavalry at the Little Big Horn. This was just one response to the US government’s systematic violation of the Treaty of Fort Laramie of 1868, which stated in part that “no white person or persons shall be permitted” to enter the Black Hills. These violations were part of the campaign of the administration of Ulysses S. Grant to pressure the Lakota to sell the Black Hills–the equivalent in the Lakota religion of Jerusalem or Mecca–to satisfy the greed of mining companies and land speculators. Custer had it comin’.

Now is our chance to make up for past sins. Send the Sioux a trainload of Henry rifles and ammunition. Or, if you prefer a less direct solution, give their tribal police and courts roving jurisdiction over any chunk of federal land where these loons decide to set up camp.

    rinardman in reply to xdevildog. | June 25, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Perhaps a small microaggression, like Little Bighorn?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to xdevildog. | June 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Oh Lord! You’re gonna give the Sioux a box full of Confederate flags, and send in Cherokee re-enforcements too aren’t ya? Fess up!


Ahh, seven days of non-stop drum circles.
My head aches at the thought.

Hell, I’ll sign up for the Pay-Per-View of THAT…!!!

Are these people subject to reservation laws and punishment while on the reservation?

    TommyTooter in reply to rjriley5000. | June 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

    yes. a summons has been issued against people gathering on the site by the treaty council and there will be arrests if the site is not evacuated. also, the grandmothers of the warrior society, cantetenza, have issued sanctions against native people who visit the site.

both the rainbow family and the UUWS are coopted by agent provocateurs and it is alleged that the white house has ordered the forest service incident team manager to ensure violence that is hoped to spread nationwide so the country can be placed under martial law.

part of the disinformation campaign was to smear one of the spiritual leaders of AIM, chief leonard crow dog as a sellout. AIM and RFOLL had been allies from the beginning, with the aim of teaching forgiveness and reconciliation with recovery through a blending of the best of all cultures. instead this has been replaced with extremist apartheid exceptionalism, with rhetoric clearly designed by the zionist jewish mafia, looking the same as Israeli hasbara with the names changed

old family objected vigorously all year to gathering in the black hills , but an elite group of scouts, backed by the hippie mafia that suborned the family’s vision, beginning in 1985, forced the consensus on south Dakota at the spring council that began june 17.

after a year of digging through a mountain of lies, it was only recently, when crow dog’s family spotted me in the fray that I was finally able to get to crow dog, who was unaware that he was being smeared. he has since talked to james swan about the true nature of the original family as opposed to what it has begun and swan has softened his position some when he realized his enemies are also ours.

I am working with first generation family and crow dog’s family to find a workable solution. we understand that the site selected is far too sensitive archaeologically and must be evacuated. we are prepared to stand with the warriors in the road blocks, directing traffic away from it to a number of other regional gatherings around the nation.

it is hoped that all who remain in the black hills to gather will be directed to a site that will be acceptable to the treaty council.

    Phillep Harding in reply to TommyTooter. | June 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Considering historical behavior, a sanitary land fill would be more appropriate.

    Milhouse in reply to TommyTooter. | June 25, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Get lost, antisemite.

    Stan25 in reply to TommyTooter. | June 26, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Yeah and both of these groups want the convicted killer Leonard Peltier out of Leavenworth. I followed that case. Peltier, along with Russell Means, should have gotten the death penalty.

    churchill in reply to TommyTooter. | June 28, 2015 at 11:06 am

    why do you hippies; use the internet ,drive a car or do anything that might harm your mother earth. you are a bunch of phonies and i see you are a Jew hater on top of all that. you and your tribe sucks.

Lizzie Warren was unavailable for comment.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Paul. | June 25, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Guess Lizzie was too busy making land-crab salad…..

What is the jurisdiction of tribal courts?
Generally, tribal courts have civil jurisdiction over Indians and non-Indians who either reside or do business on federal Indian reservations. They also have criminal jurisdiction over violations of tribal laws committed by tribal members residing or doing business on the reservation.

Under 25 C.F.R. Part 115, tribal courts are responsible for appointing guardians, determining competency, awarding child support from Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts, determining paternity, sanctioning adoptions, marriages, and divorces, making presumptions of death, and adjudicating claims involving trust assets. There are approximately 225 tribes that contract or compact with the BIA to perform the Secretary’s adjudicatory function and 23 Courts of Indian Offenses (also known as CFR courts) which exercise federal authority. The Indian Tribal Justice Act of 1993 (P.L. 103-176, 107 Stat. 2005) supports tribal courts in becoming, along with federal and state courts, well-established dispensers of justice in Indian Country.


What is not clear, doe they have authority to punish non tribal members who break their laws.

    dunce1239 in reply to rjriley5000. | June 25, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    The tribes do not want them in their jails, they would soon be over whelmed. they do not have means to collect fines from so many outsiders. They just want them gone.

Henry Hawkins | June 25, 2015 at 11:16 am

Pffft. Looks like any Saturday night in Chapel Hill or Ashville NC.

“Are these people subject to reservation laws and punishment while on the reservation?”

The video states that the group meets annually on national forest lands, as well as James Swan of the Lakota mentions in his quote in the article referencing this years gathering at Black Hills National Forest. So it would not seem to involve tribal laws, rather ancient claims of the tribe to the lands as sacred.

Is Chief Dropping Bull-Fauxcahontas Warren leading the proceedings at this gathering?

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to guyjones. | June 25, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Yeah, Lizzie Borden, er Warren, said she’d provide the nuts and flakes – for a real crunchy hippie cereal!

Char Char Binks | June 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I love that the Sioux heap abuse on the Rainbow Family, and the hippies have no choice but to applaud and encourage them.

Why is this a big deal?

Are the “Sacred Lands” on the reservation, or not?

If they are, the Sioux can do pretty much anything they want with them, short of letting the Russians put in a missile base. The reservations are products of treaties, signed in good faith (well, approximately) by long-gone US administrations, but still in force.

Outside of the reservation, the Sioux have no more control over the area than I do.

What really bugs me is this junk concept “cultural appropriation”. What is that? Can I object if someone who lives on a reservation buys some modern pharmaceuticals, or uses a calculator with logarithms, or can read printed English, or have Internet service? None of those things came from any aboriginal group. Neither did pickup trucks or bullhorns. It sounds to me like the fruitcakes are more in “tune with nature” than anybody claiming to be Sioux.

Answer to your question: “Dances With Wolves”; Longer answer: They lost so they must have been gentle pacifists.