War Against Christmas 2006 Competition [IV]: War On Christmas Is War On Indians, Too

II ] [ III ] See also: War Against Christmas 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
American Indians, the removal of Christmas from American
culture is very much like removing the

Indian names and logos

American universities.
 Americans can`t celebrate
Indians in public, and now Indians can`t celebrate
Christmas? True, Americans aren`t Indians, but

Indians are Christian.
 This is an agonizing irony.
First America forces
Indians to be Christian,
and now Americans don`t
want to see


in public.

They forced us to be Christian. Now they want it

If the civilization that forced Christianity upon us
is now ashamed of Christmas, it makes mockery of

Indians who believe in Christ
—which is most Indians
in America. Indians are not ashamed of Christ. Indians
should defend Christmas with savage
devotion, just like

Indians defend the America flag
and the

land it waves over.

Few people actually think of American Indians as
Christians. Yet, for us,

removing Christmas from American society

another ethnic cleansing
—of who we are, and what we

Indian pow-wows, family gatherings, and Comanche
tribal meetings always begin with prayer. I have never
been to any Indian meeting that did not open with
prayer. I have never eaten with Indians before a

prayer was offered over the food
—in the

name of Jesus Christ.
 Whether the prayer is offered
in Comanche, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Apache, or Choctaw, you
can always hear the name of “Jesus”.

Christian Indians today fulfill the historical vision
of every

Christian missionary
in Western Europe. The fact
that Indians are Christian is colossal social memorial
to the

early Christian missionaries made to

their beloved gospel
to the
dusky heathen
. Indian Christianity is the
inheritance of the church of Jesus Christ in America.

I am a Comanche, but I`m Christian. The Comanche were
commonly known as the most fierce, brutal, and warlike
of all Indians; but my family has been Christian since the
1850`s, when young

Bad Eagle,
my Comanche ancestor, was captured by the

Spanish military
while he

was on a raid.
 He was later adopted by one
Capitán (Luis) Portillo


Spanish Catholic
, christened “Cruz Portillo”,
and witnessed by the godfather Señor Capitán Don
Antonio Ponce de León
, in the military
establishment, El Conejo, Coahuila, Mexico.

Of course, “Cruz Portillo” later returned to
the Comanches, to his relatives Mumsekai and Ishatai,
and himself became a band headman among the Quahadi
[Antelope] Comanche. But the family story says that Bad
Eagle died, in 1906, while chanting the words

“going home to Jesus”
. I was told that story
when I was five years old.

In the late 1890s,

Seventh-day Adventism
came into Oklahoma. In the
1930s it grew in southwest counties. The descendents of
Bad Eagle all became Seventh-Day Adventist Protestants
by the 1940s. These included his grandson George
Portillo and all George`s children, one of whom was my
mother, Norma Juanita Portillo Yeagley.

American missionaries,


, left their mark on American Indians.
Sometimes it may look like a deep, ugly scar; sometimes
it left permanent wounds; but, the elders of Indian
country to this day pray in the name of Jesus. It is

part of Indian culture.
It is part of what it means,
historically, to be Indian.

Yes, we have our tribal customs, sentiments,
practices, and ceremonies. Sometimes they`re a bit
secret. Sometimes we

do things that Christians don`t do.
(Hey, sometimes
Christians do things that heathen do!) But, the leaders
of our people, the elders, the councilmen, are almost

. It`s something we wear, like some
general`s coat we took in a battle.

Is it the white man`s religion?

Not really.
He simply brought it to us with his
packaging, but worship of the Creator has always been an
Indian thing.

Orthodox Christians believe Jesus Christ is
the Creator. (
). Indians don`t have a problem with that.
Seventh-Day Adventism, with its recovery of the ancient
Hebrew sabbath—the day that honors the Creator—is

especially suited to Indians,
in my opinion. That`s
what I grew up believing. I was baptized in my mother`s
womb, nine months pregnant as she was. I was later
baptized at 13. (It was a macho thing. Any man who

went through what Jesus did
, for me, deserved my
full devotion. Anything less, and I was less than a man.
Less than a


Those who want to remove Christmas from America want
to make fools out of Indians. These same people, the
liberals, have already taken

Indian names
off schools and off clothing. But to
take away Christmas, that`s taking our manhood.

They`re saying the Indians who became Christian were
all wrong. That it was all a mistake. That we mustn`t be
Christian anymore. We lost to a Christian
civilization—and we shouldn`t be Christian?

This insults the dignity of our wars. It denies our

honest defeat
, and dishonors our spilled blood.

The war on Christmas is also a war on Indian pride.

Dr. David A. Yeagley [email
is an enrolled member of the

Comanche Nation
Elgin, Oklahoma. His articles appear in


and on his own Web site

and he is a regular speaker for

Young America`s Foundation
David Yeagley`s columns for VDARE.COM include

An American Indian View of Immigration, and

To Deport or not to Deport.
David Yeagley is the author of Bad Eagle: The Rantings of a Conservative Comanche.