Note: OK, OK, we should have posted this
yesterday, on Columbus Day. But, as a bonus,
David Yeagley`s Indian perspective on Columbus Day.
belated Happy Bad Eagle Day to all our readers!]
As an Indian – a
direct descendant of the Comanche warrior Bad Eagle,
1839-1906 – I`ve always been fascinated with foreigners. I`ve admired their great
courage and determination. They made a perilous journey
from their homeland. They learned a new
language, and new ways, all in a new land. They
brought the world to me.
(“Indian”? Naturally, most tribes prefer their own
name. But that`s in their own language, and no one but
themselves would know of whom they speak. There is no
collective name for “Indians” in any tribal language.
The modern term "Native American," created in the 1970s
by leftists, is ambiguous. Most Indian people don`t use
it – only what I call the "university tribe,"
college-educated Indians led by white radical
professors; and the would-be politically correct media.
The name we first held, in the white man`s eyes, was
"Indian." That`s what we have been since Columbus.
That`s what our most famous warriors were called.
Believe me, Indians prefer the name “Indian.” It is
historically specific, whatever its origin. The name
holds the emotional, psychological associations of the
warrior. The Left, of course, wants to remove that.
Hey, call me savage!)
Playing host to strangers has
always been an Indian tradition—as the
Pilgrims so famously learned. However, some might
say that we Indians were too hospitable for our own
America today is making the same
we Indians made nearly four centuries ago. America
is letting in too many foreigners. And we Indians could
end up losing this country all over again. It may come
as a surprise to
many white people
who have been brainwashed by the media to see Indians as
ultimate liberals, but there are few groups in
America today who take a dimmer view of mass immigration
than the American Indian.
According to ProjectUSA.org,
the U.S. population will double within the lifetimes of
our children, as a direct result of the massive,
uncontrolled influx of foreigners who began flooding our
land after passage of the 1965 Immigration Act.
All Americans will suffer. But
Indians will suffer most of all.
I`m not talking about competition
land, housing, energy, water and other finite
resources—though these are all important. I`m talking
about something deeper. The
demographic destruction of Anglo-America will bring
the final catastrophe on our people.
What catastrophe? The catastrophe
of waking up one day and realizing that white people no
longer control this country.
Now why should an Indian care about
that? After all, white people are supposedly our
Well, yes, they were. But, as
warriors, we found them to be worthy and formidable
adversaries. Defeat is bitter. But when you respect your
conqueror, it is a lot easier to swallow.
If Anglo-America turns this land
over to blacks, Mexicans,
Middle Easterners and other foreign peoples, for the
Indian, it will be like losing this country for the
second time. We have had generations to reconcile
ourselves to white America. But we do not know
these new people who are coming. We fought no
battles with them, made no treaties with them, and have
no reason to accord them any special respect.
If things keep going the way they
are, we Indians could find ourselves bowing down to
foreign peoples who never defeated our forefathers in
battle—and who certainly never could!
Comanches were one of the most intolerant of all
Indian peoples. We had no use for anyone else, white,
Mexican or Indian. When we came thundering down on the
southwest plains, we
took the land we wanted and ran everyone else off.
We created the life we wanted, at the
expense of other people.
The white man did the same. Only he
did it on a grander scale.
In the old days, Comanches were
known to honor strength in other people. Comanche
warriors even adopted white captive boys, if they
happened to show courage and fight.
In many ways, Indians see the white
man as a kind of adopted son—naïve, reckless and
destructive, at times—but nevertheless cut from the same
warrior cloth as we were.
We do not see blacks, Mexicans,
Asians, Arabs and others in this light. These peoples
may have their own virtues and traditions, but they have
no history with us. They are strangers.
If they want to rule us, they must
conquer us the way the white man did—on the
battlefield, by force of arms. That is the only
honorable way for a warrior.
The white man seems to have lost his spirit, and we
Indians see it. We see that he is
giving this country away to others. And this fills
our hearts with fear. For we are part of the land he is
giving away. He is turning us over to strangers the way
medieval barons turned over their serfs when they sold
But we are not serfs. We are
warriors. And we will not be ruled by people who have
never fought us.
The white man must regain his
warrior soul and take back his land.
In that fight, I will stand by his
side and offer whatever strength I have to ensure his
victory. Ha tu vi chat! *
* Comanche for, “It will all
Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
him] is an enrolled
member of the
Comanche Nation, Elgin,
Oklahoma. His articles appear in
and on his own Web site
BadEagle.com, and he is a
regular speaker for
Young America`s Foundation.
David Yeagley`s columns for
An American Indian View of Immigration,
To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche.
October 15, 2002