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Group plans to walk between Ohio's Native American ceremonial sites


Bill Cohen
Ohio has no Indian reservations, but it does have ancient Native American ceremonial sites. And tomorrow, about 25 people will begin a 60-mile walk from one site to another. It's being billed as the first such walk in 500 years.
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SB149 is a sham. My hope is that it will never get out of committee. This bill is a slap in the face of those who are true Native Americans. No person in Ohio can prove their so called Indian heritage. If they could, they would be members of Federally recognized tribes.The GOP led committee and full Senate should reject this bill for what it is and what it means as far as expansion of the Ohio Civil Rights Committee. This is not a civil rights issue. The Senate Black Caucus has been mislead. These members of so called tribes are mislead by their leadership into thinking they are something they simply are not. It is all a money scam designed to enrich the leadership.State recognition of any type has no meaning. Only federal recognition has any meaning at all.

Posted by: Mark (Ohio) on December 25, 2009 11:10AM
My people were forced out of the Ohio valley region, it was a removal of all Indian peoples, my ancestors were forced into Kansas and later into Oklahoma.

My people were hated because we are Indian, our lands were taken because we are Indian, our culture is being robbed because we are Indian, our ceremonies are being made jokes about because we are Indian, nothing is left for the true desendants of the people who were ONCE in the Ohio Valleys.

Today, we find all kinds of non Indians claiming to be Indian, suddenly the pop out from everywhere, claiming their family "hid" from the removal... as if Indian people could blend into the white society...

One person even has stolen my ancestors names, and has claimed them for their own, this person is not related to my family, the names were taken and this person is basterdizing my family...

Why? What do these people want? To be recognized? As what? Not one of these people can actually PROVE they are what they claim..

Is the State of Ohio going to have criteria set forth for these people to prove they are what they say they are? All they have to do is claim it and suddenly a magic wand is waved?

The true Indian peoples of this land are suffering at the hands of these non's who are making these false claims. Our children have a hard time getting a education, what few grants are there are being stolen by nons making false claims, we dont have free health care, but nons are in line trying to take what little is offered to us...

Indian people, from all Nations, are being stolen from... This bill will allow more to be taken from the true First Nations people of this country.

Say NO to S. B. 149

Jerry Pope, I have his genealogy... documents as well... his claims of being Shawnee can no doubt, be proven, as false...

People make these false claims to gain money... and the walk on the real desendants in the process..

Shame on them! Shame Shame on the supporters of this bill...

Posted by: Keely (Kansas) on December 24, 2009 4:59PM
SB 149 should die in committee...It is my understanding that Indian Persons in Ohio, always have and still do oppose others making laws to invent Indian Tribes..Please know that just as I cannot have the Ohio Civil Rights Commission make me an African- American nor an Asian, it would be blatant discrimination to pass a law that allows them to make NON-Indians into tribes...Indians are born Indian and that's the only way, by birth..

Posted by: kay (Ohio) on December 23, 2009 12:48AM
Ohio Senate Bill No. 149

To enact sections 185.01, 185.02, 185.021, and 185.03 to 185.07 of the Revised Code to establish procedures for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission to extend state recognition to native American tribes, native American groups, and native American special interest groups, and to specify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of any native American tribe that the Commission recognizes and to extend such state recognition to the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band.

Ohio Senate Bill No. 149, State of Ohio Recognition for Native Americans

Quinton Fears
Notoweega Nation
Tribal Head of Restoration
and Liaison for the BIA

Posted by: Quinton Fears (Cleveland, Ohio) on November 22, 2009 2:45PM
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