Sunday, August 18, 2019

Oklahoma Proud Boys Attack Tulsa Rally Hurling Racial Slurs, Commit Multiple Assaults, Including on a 70-yr-old Native Elder

Several members of the Proud Boys showed up to attack the peaceful rally.

On Saturday, a peaceful March Against Fascism in Tulsa was invaded by members of the hate group Proud Boys, who showed up to stand for fascism, hurl racial insults, and assault people.

The Proud Boys try to pass themselves off as a fraternal social club of Western Chauvinists, but their actions belie their public declarations of who they really are.

Disbarred Proud Boys Attorney Van Dyke

Several members of the Proud Boys in New York are already facing criminal charges for attacking people outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan.

Their former attorney Jason Van Dyke is facing criminal charges in Texas for making death threats. Van Dyke threatened this Hate Trackers reporter last year after we exposed the group's Oklahoma members.

Proud Boys' lawyer threatened to murder a black family.

And they were fixtures at the deadly 2017 Unite the Right alt-right attack on Charlottesville, Virginia organized by white supremacist Jason Kessler.

Their record of violence and political terrorism have become significant.

At the Tulsa March Against Fascism gathering, one Proud Boy has been accused of assaulting a peaceful Native American elder, while his associates assailed others, including a transwoman.

The following videos were taken by Lanakay Harjochee, Evelyn Reyes, Henrietta Nelson.

Last year, Hate Trackers identified a number of Proud Boys in Oklahoma and exposed its leadership structure. Yaffe was not a known member at that time.


The new president of Proud Boys of Oklahoma is Glenn Michael Girone, Jr. He is the co-owner of BriteShine Carwash in OKC and Yukon. 
Sean Lloyd a/k/a Jaq Daniel, an EMT trainee at  the Tulsa Technology Center a leader of Proud Boys of Oklahoma.

Kristopher "Tober" Ackerman, a tattoo artist at Mystical Illusions in OKC, is the group's  Sergeant at Arms.  Has long history with drug court and falsely claims military service.  

The Proud Boys attack on Tulsa coincided with a much larger invasion on the City of Portland Oregon where members were bused in from out of state to terrorize the city after two months of promising to commit a premeditated slaughter of that city's antifascists.

Although an American city was targeted by outside hate groups, including neo-Nazis with the American Guard, with premeditated murder on their minds, the ever mentally-deranged and quite racist President Donald Trump has vocalized his intentions to declare antifascists a domestic terrorist group.

This despite the fact that it is Trump's very good people, who are actually committing terrorist acts - be it against migrants in El Paso or Jews in Pittsburgh - and are the ones terrorizing cities like Tulsa and Portland.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

After Swindling Elderly Woman, Hiwaymen's Del Brock Linked to Abusive Group Targeting Hot Springs, Arkansas Homeless Population

James Del Brock, taking from the truly needy

In an epic act of hypocrisy, hate-group leader James Del Brock is now stalking and shaming homeless panhandlers in Hot Springs, Arkansas, while asking for donations on Facebook to fix his trailer house and to finance his activism. Apparently, the Supplemental Security Income check he is drawing from the federal government for disability isn't quite paying the bills.

This after a year of violence towards vulnerable communities and the conning of a senior citizen.

The Hiwaymen, co-founded by Del Brock and Billy Sessions (real name Billy Helton), first got attention in 2017 at the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville where neo-Nazi James Fields, Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters killing Heather Heyer.

The Hiwaymen flashing white power signs.
Yes, there is a black man in the group. That's seen at times. 

They consider themselves a pro-Confederate group, but have expanded into becoming a full-blown hate group after violent attacks on LGBTQ's and harassing mosques.

Mostly, what they're into these days is finding ways to financially support Del Brock and Sessions.

Del Brock belongs to a group on Facebook called 'Keep Hot Springs Free of Panhandlers' that is stalking and shaming the city's homeless population; including children. Although he is not the founder, MAYBE, the Hiwaymen member is helping to distribute the information on multiple Facebook pages.

We're not here to debate how one feels about panhandling. Our focus is on how James Del Brock of the Hiwaymen has found another vulnerable community to bully, while he himself panhandles on social media for his personal benefit.


The Facebook group targeting people says on its about page, "I'm tired of our city being over run by panhandlers it's gone on long enough. They make our city look bad and it's time to take action and run them off. Keep your money and quit giving it to the lazy dope addict."

As seen in recent years, when the homeless are targeted, things can get very nasty; including when incited parties set them on fire.

The page's founder is unknown as they will not disclose that information.

The only video made available by the group is one recorded by James Del Brock Saturday, August 10th. Hate Trackers has decided to show just a portion of the over twenty minute video, so as not to fully identify the victims of Del Brock's stalking.

In that video, Del Brock complains of the littering. That's ironic, as one of the complaints about the Hiwaymen is that they throw down their trash and lit cigarette butts wherever they're protesting. It's a pattern we've seen frequently monitoring their videos.

Regardless of one's personal opinion, panhandling is a Constitutional Right according to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to the ACLU, "The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment covers “charitable appeals for funds.” Because of this, panhandling, solicitation, or begging are protected speech under the First Amendment."

Del Brock calls them criminals for exercising their Constitutional rights, while at the same time he is exercising his right to panhandle on Facebook. He is that dense.

And as for the drug use? Both Del Brock and his one-time associate Kevin Holland have been alleged to be meth dealers in the Hot Springs area. In fact, some of the Hiwaymen have drug convictions.

One such Hiwaymen is Travis Rail, who Del Brock was seen with in Oklahoma City protesting a mosque.

The abusive group is, also, showing the faces of children on their Facebook page. Likely, those children have to go to school in Hot Springs. Having their faces plastered on Facebook will no doubt lead to bullying and shaming.

Although we've blurred out faces here, the original photos being
published by Del Brock's group openly show the children.

The causes of homelessness and panhandling are myriad. One can point and claim lazy or drugs, but this doesn't give anyone the right to stalk and bully them and their children.

And that's another curious factor in this.

Master schemer Del Brock began a fishy anti-bullying campaign earlier this year where he and his brother-in-law began showing up across the street from schools trying to lure children over with balloons. This was done under the auspices of bringing attention to bullying in long as parents and teachers weren't around.

Del Brock has been under the influence of the QAnon conspiracies, which include a lot of ones surrounding pedophilia. The FBI has concerns those conspiracies will fuel extremist violence.

Already, Del Brock has been involved in acts of violence with his hate group.

The Hiwaymen brutally attacking a Transgender Day of Visibility
gathering at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.

Ending pedophilia is a lofty goal, but, when it becomes an obsession, there tends to be some deeper meaning to it.

When you start hanging out across the street from schools with balloons, then it becomes alarming.

Del Brock's getting around children, while making sure their parents aren't nearby, has been raising some eyebrows. With his now focusing his camera on vulnerable homeless children, those concerns are even more dire.

It should be noted that in the video above Del Brock says he was just returning from Little Rock. He and the Hiwaymen were on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol protesting Child Protective Services, who they believe are sex trafficking children.

By the way, the shameless Del Brock tried to raise funds for the anti-bullying campaign and the CPS protest too.

An anti-bullying campaign is certainly greatly suspect considering Del Brock and his fellow Hiwaymen are known bullies, who have attacked LGBTQ venues and harassed mosques.

After their attempt on February 25th to enter an LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign meeting in Little Rock was stopped by security, the group seemed to become more focused on anti-gay activities.

Hiwaymen Billy Sessions is currently raising funds to travel to Boston for Straight Pride. However, he's having a rough time obtaining money right now.

Back in May, news blew through the Hiwaymen that Del Brock and Sessions swindled an elderly woman out of her life savings.

They had her believing that in order to continue their mission of saving the Confederacy, they needed $8,000 to purchase a used van. The con men bought a $1,200 clunker to show her that her money had been spent for such, then split the remaining $6,800.

It was during a time, when Sessions was desperate for money to keep Lauren Order's habits satisfied.

As soon as that money was gone, so was Lauren Order. 

That resulted in a plunge in donations going to the pair, leading the duo to find new ways to avoid employment and get money. Sessions went on a major tirade during a live stream about how the Hiwaymen's supporters weren't doing enough for them, while Del Brock has pursued one scheme after another.

Disabled, huh? Let's check into that. 

While Brock likes to scream "Get a job!" at the homeless, he fails to mention he won't work.

The 46-year-old Brock actually draws Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - a form of social security that requires a physical or mental disability.

He appears capable enough to travel long distances, stand, march, walk, and brawl, so his desire to not work and let the government support him may have to do with mental health issues. Even that, however, seems odd with his being cognizant enough to do activism.

SSI requires recipients to report any additional income they receive, as it is based on all resources one has. Brock's receiving donations under the table would fall under those reporting requirements.

The Hiwaymen have lost a lot of members in recent months over infighting. That internal turmoil now seems to have caused friction between Sessions and Brock. After Sessions live streamed in drag, Brock showed his disfavor.

Sessions is quite egotistical. It's almost certain he's not taking the directive from Brock very well.


"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Two Illinois High School Students From Notorious Bigoted Town Suspected of Being Behind Incredibly Racist Video

UPDATE: The two have been identified as Macy Castleman & Jayde Landers

Note: There are two Auburn High Schools that have Trojans as their mascot - Alabama and Illinois. After researching the hoodies worn by the females in the video, we have concluded it is the high school in Illinois. The gray hoodie has the logo of IESA, which is the Illinois Elementary School Association. The logo incorporates the shape of Illinois state. The black hoodie links to Auburn High School. 

Two young girls, who appear to be students of Auburn High School (AHS) in Illinois are going to have quite a rude awakening this morning, as a video they made has gone viral.

When the video was made is a big question. Right now it's unknown if it's recently made or from years past. Regardless, from what we've learned of Auburn the town it's a good time to focus some attention on an almost all-white town that rid itself of African Americans years ago. Clearly, the legacy of that town has affected new generations.

In the video the girls are heard rapping, "We hate ni**ers cause they smell. They don't work. So we should bring back slavery to whip them ni**ers."

They appear to be under the influence, but that's not going to be an excuse, as they will now suffer the consequences of their behavior. A Twitter account used by Auburn High School is already being hit with posts by an enraged public.

The black hoodie worn by the girl on the right clearly shows it to be from Auburn High School. However, it's yet to be confirmed that they are students there.

The internet is wide reaching and doesn't forget. They'll quickly be positively identified and their reputations ruined. Their futures of getting into college or landing a job are now quite shaky.

These two racist girls appear to be residents of a historically racist town. The racial disparity in the town where AHS is located is staggering.

Auburn, Illinois is a town with a population in 2009 of 4,445. Demographics show it to be 98.36% White, 0.30% African American. That works out to 13 African Americans in the whole town facing 4,372 whites.

Auburn is noted as being part of a system that rid towns of black residents, which explains why they have such a low African American presence.

A story on racism says, "...numerous small Illinois towns with few Black residents – such as Alton, Auburn, Thayer, Girard, Pawnee and Taylorville – as well as Evansville, Indiana, did make major efforts to expel Black residents. These expulsions were often enacted through brutal violence and threats made by white supremacist mobs."

An article that ranks Illinois' most racist cities has Auburn at #17 and alleges that a Ku Klux Klan klavern (chapter) was once in the town.

Auburn is noted as being a sundown town in the book Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Sundown towns, also known as sunset towns or gray towns, were all-white municipalities or neighborhoods in the United States that practiced a form of segregation historically by enforcing restrictions excluding non-whites via some combination of discriminatory local laws intimidation, and violence.

As with all high schools, drugs and alcohol are strictly forbidden. As it's a criminal act, whether an arrest is made or not, the girls could be hit with a school violation, if they were indeed under the influence. The school that appears to be connected to the girls specifies that a conduct violation can occur even if not on school grounds.

AHS has an all-white male school board.


The Board of Education has determined that a safe school environment facilitates learning. Accordingly, it is the policy of the Board of Education that aggressive behavior of students of the District shall not be permitted. 

Aggressive behavior is defined as: Any behavior that may cause physical or emotional harm to someone else and/or urging other students to engage in such conduct. Prohibited aggressive behavior includes, without limitation, the use of violence, force, noise, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, bullying, or other comparable conduct. 

The main types of aggressive behavior are: Physical (hitting, kicking, grabbing, spitting, etc.) Verbal (name calling, racist remarks, person to person or through use of social media, etc.) Indirect (spreading of rumors, wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice, etc.) 

Grounds for disciplinary action apply whenever the student's prohibited aggressive behavior is reasonably related to school or school activities, including, but not limited to: 

1. On school grounds before, during, or after school hours or at any other time when the school is being used by a school group; 
2. Off school grounds at a school-sponsored activity or event, or an activity or event which bears a reasonable relationship to school; 
3. Traveling to or from school or a school activity, function, or event; or 
4. Anywhere, if the aggressive behavior may reasonably be considered to be a threat or an attempted intimidation of a student, a visitor, or staff member or an interference with school purposes or an educational function.

Hate Trackers has reached out to AHS and will have more details as they become available. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Racist "negro babies" sign pops up on building front in Rush Springs, Oklahoma

Photos via Okla Moni on Facebook

A building in the town of Rush Springs, Oklahoma is letting their hatred of Democrats and Planned Parenthood known, while invoking "negro babies".

The structure looks like a bar with signs in the window, but we're being told it is not one. Enlarging the photo shows the signs say "Ford" "Open" and such.

Locals have told us that the building is a shop of some sort that isn't a public business. The owner uses it mainly as a gathering place for friends and to tinker on old cars. They also said the city manager and city attorney have investigated, but due to free speech issues their hands are tied.

Rush Springs is the site of a popular annual watermelon festival, which is happening today. It was founded in 1899 and has about 1,300 residents.

Hate Trackers is gathering more details and have reached out to the witnesses taking the provided photographs, as well as Rush Springs City Manager

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Of dead Indians, forced removal, weeping children, broken treaties, raccoon hats, and the Great White Satan laughing in delight

Another Indigenous child separated from their family.

Photo Credit: KNOE, because one damn sure
doesn't want to steal anything from the white man.

Yesterday's raids on the Indigenous by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Mississippi really bothered me, so let me give you some history, a repeated history.

First off, those people are Indigenous, as am I. 

Chikasha saya.
I am Chickasaw.

Mississippi (along with Tennessee and Alabama) was part of the Chickasaw homeland in the Southeastern Woodlands where we lived after coming from the Land of the Setting Sun, which would be Mexico and Central America. That was over a thousand years ago.

In 1830, the U.S. government came out with the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Whites stole our land and forced us on a Trail of Tears into Indian Territory, present day Oklahoma, beginning in 1832 after the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek. 

That was courtesy of Andrew Jackson, whose portrait hangs in the Oval Office at the Great White Satan's request. 

When that portrait was brought back out by the mad man Trump, we knew the years ahead would get even worse for the Indian. 

In 1832, as part of the Indian removal, the Treaty of Pontotoc Creek took 6,283,804 acres of the remaining Chickasaw homeland in Mississippi and promised an equal land mass in Indian Territory.

Of course, as with all their treaties, the fork-tongued white men broke this promise too. For no sooner than we were settled onto the red dirt, then they began taking that land away too.

At first, no whites wanted Indian Territory. It was bad lands. Only good enough for Indians...send them there, so whites get the best lands across America.

First, they brought in more tribes from the North and West taking our land for them. There were conflicts between the various tribes, but we learned to co-exist and rely on each other. 

George Armstrong Custer
Son of the Morning Star
Many tribal differences were put aside after the whites started building their forts and interring Indians inside their concentration camps, while beasts such as George Armstrong Custer - he spent a lot of time killing  in Indian Territory - attacked our villages and slaughtered women, children, and the elderly. 

Custer and his ilk first assured no warriors were around. They'd have the men come to the fort to talk or their spies would let them know when the men would be out hunting to feed their tribe. 

Then the whites would come in as villages slept and kill.

The coward Custer was known by many names among the Indigenous, including Yellow Hair and Son of the Morning Star, which came from his pre-dawn raids on the Indigenous linked to the Christian term for Lucifer or Satan.

On November 27, 1868, Custer led a pre-dawn raid on a Southern Cheyenne camp
in Indian Territory. It was one of many massacres the Son of the Morning Star conducted.

In the late 1880's, an unquenchable lust to take and take and take led white settlers to demand more land, so they could farm and ranch. That came after sixty years of the Indigenous working the land to where it could be farmed and grazed. 

The Boomers petitioned their white government to take from the Indians. Once that was approved, the Sooners came in to steal the prime land ahead of the other land grabbers.

Stealing land from the Indigenous is celebrated
at every University of Oklahoma football game.
Boomer Sooner!

The Land Runs would begin in 1889 and little-by-little Indian lands were whittled down to nothing.

I won't even get into what happened, when oil was discovered, only to bring up the evil of white men marrying Osage women, obtaining their land, and then murdering them, so they'd be free to go back to marrying white women.

You can read about that in Killers of the Flower Moon.  

It should be noted that, as Indians learned to prosper in Oklahoma, the state's new governor is leading a campaign to force the tribes to pay 25% of what they earn on sovereign Indian land. Fifteen years ago the tribes agreed to pay from 6-10%. Gov. Kevin Stitt, unsurprisingly a man with a history of business corruption, wishes to end that compact/treaty and take more.

That's just to let you know that even in 2019 the white men won't cut their shit out and you can never trust them at their word. 

White man's lust for what the Indian has never ever ends.

Anyway, in 1890 Indian Territory became Oklahoma Territory to denote it was no longer for Indians.

In 1907 it became the State of Oklahoma. There's even a Broadway musical and movie about it.

Brand new state, Brand new state, gonna treat you great!
Gonna give you barley, carrots and pertaters,
Pasture fer the cattle, Spinach and Termayters!
Flowers on the prairie where the June bugs zoom,
Plen'y of air and plen'y of room,
Plen'y of room to swing a rope!
Plen'y of heart and plen'y of hope!
Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain,
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky.
We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say, yeeow-yip-i-o-ee ay!
We're only sayin' You're doin' fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, okay
Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein Ii / Richard Rodgers
Oklahoma lyrics © Concord Music Publishing LLC

Never shown in any romantic musical production are the weeping and starving Indians, who had once again lost everything they had to the white man. 

Indian Territory, the end of the Trail of Tears, became the love story of Laurey and Curly.

I am Iksa' Shawi' (Raccoon Clan). That has historical significance to this story as well. 

In pre-colonizer times, the Mayan salt traders came to the Southeast on long established trade routes. 

They wore the raccoon hats you associate with Daniel Boone - the legendary frontiersman of Kentucky and the Southeastern Woodlands. 

Daniel Boone was a man,
Yes, a big man!
He was brave, he was fearless
And as tough as a mighty oak tree!
From the coonskin cap on the top of ol' Dan
To the heel of his rawhide shoe;
The rippin'est, roarin'est, fightin'est man
The frontier ever knew!
Daniel Boone was a man,
Yes, a big man!
And he fought for America
To make all Americans free!

To be fair, Daniel Boone wasn't as nearly bad to the Indian as others were. Still, give the hat back, Danny. Not your clan. 

As the Mayan salt traders married into the Southeastern Woodlands tribes, special clans were named in their honor. Their wearing of the raccoon hat made them an obvious pick to be called the Raccoon Clan - Iksa' Shawi' in Chickasaw.  

I am a descendant of such a clan.

On Saturday I watched my people be gunned down in another massacre. 

A curious scene. As Indigenous grieve, a shrine bearing the colors
and flags of colonizers becomes overwhelming.

Photo Credit: The Washington Post, because one damn sure
doesn't want to steal anything from the white man.

Wednesday I watched my people rounded up for another relocation. 

White men with their guns round up Indigenous again.

Photo Credit: Fargo Morehead News, because one damn sure
doesn't want to steal anything from the white man.

I saw children weeping at being separated from their families, while they were at school, reminding me of my grandmother and uncles being taken to residential schools and never seeing their mother again.

This isn't a matter of immigration. This is about right and wrong.

Isn't it funny how white men have set up all their laws to guard their stolen land? And how all whites sit around debating those laws and how they're to be enforced? Republican or Democrat you are still deciding where Indigenous can be.

This is a matter of continuing Indigenous relocation, which is part of genocide. 

Those Indigenous rounded up in Mississippi belonged there.

Those Indigenous gunned down in Texas, because a white man considered them invaders, belonged there.

So, as you whites debate immigration, we Indigenous continue to be at the mercy of your guns, as seen in El Paso, & your government soldiers, as seen in the ICE raids.

You've changed nothing. You still possess Indigenous land. You still keep the Indigenous from their homeland. You still massacre the Indigenous.

Stop debating our existence and our right to dwell on our land.

Stop laughing in delight as we die and are rounded up again.

Great White Satan laughing in delight

Stop talking about how whites used to be horrible to Indians and stop being horrible to Indians today, because you've never stopped. Not once.

I am furious with you today. I see no change in you. I see devils still committing genocide on my people, as they dance in delight to the cries of Indigenous children.

If you are lucky to rid yourselves of the Great White Satan Trump, the Indigenous will still have the rest of you to contend with. Most of you refuse to see that. Most of you will still debate where you want to locate the Indigenous.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

31 dead shooting victims were to be grieved, instead low class MAGAs gave Trump an assault rifle and held a rally

A flag identical to this one was seen on the side of a bus
promoting Trump in Dayton's memorial for shooting victims.
Shooting victims. Trump with a gun. 

From our Have You Lost Your Fucking Mind? department.

Today, August 7th, President Donald J. Trump, who many are blaming for radicalizing the monster who massacred Indigenous People in El Paso, visited both that city and Dayton, Ohio where another mass shooting occurred.

Leave it to the extremely low-class MAGAs to turn a memorial in Dayton for a combined 31 dead victims into a tacky celebration of the egotistical, white nationalist Trump.

Video via Twitter @MoBill

Take note that on the side of the first RV is a flag showing Trump, stylized as Rambo, welding an assault rifle.

Again, this was for a memorial for shooting victims.

Meanwhile, in El Paso, Thomas Bertram of Sugar Land, TX, showed up armed with a gun and knife, wearing latex gloves, terrorizing people. His truck was covered in Trump fandom, like the flag seen in Dayton. Police let him go, because he hadn't started shooting yet.

You'll note that he's flashing a white power sign in this photo.

No class.
All trash.

Monday, August 5, 2019

St. Louis Rabbi Susan Talve Culturally Appropriated Sacred Indigenous Practice During Fort Sill Visit

Rabbi Susan Talve

This is a follow up story to a broader one dealing with the serious disrespect the St. Louis Jewish Community showed to Native Americans on their day trip to the Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma, which was at one time a concentration camp where many Indigenous suffered and died.  

Whether it's doing a tomahawk chop, donning a war bonnet for Halloween, going to a New Age sweat lodge, or more, the Indigenous are often subjected to the racist practice of cultural appropriation.

That theft of our ways often greatly disrespects the sacred traditions the first inhabitants of this land have held for thousands of years.

Rabbi Susan Talve - seen in the video above waving around a sage smudge stick during her visit to Oklahoma - has a website where she proclaims:
Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation located within the City limits of St. Louis. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Talve joined with a small group to keep a vibrant presence in the city to be on the front line of fighting the racism and poverty plaguing the urban center.  Today she performs life cycle events, leads worship services for the seven hundred fifty plus households that comprise the congregation, and is actively involved in the teaching of young and adult members. She also teaches courses on Jewish life and thought and in both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
Rabbi Talve has led her congregation in promoting radical inclusivity by developing ongoing relationships with African-American and Muslim congregations, and by fostering civil liberties for the LGBTQ community.  Today CRC serves as a home to generations of LGBTQ families and to many Jews of color of all ages.  She has performed same gender marriages since she arrived in St. Louis in 1981 and was on the first Marriage Equality bus to Iowa where she married her first legal couple and has since had the privilege of marrying more LGB& T couples than she can count! The core value of radical hospitality has made CRC a safe home for many individuals and groups that have been marginalized, including the opportunity to serve as a site for and support the ordination of Roman Catholic Womenpriests in 2007.  As part of a committed pro-choice congregation, Rabbi Talve continues to stand on the front line of abortion and reproductive rights issues.

Her heart seems to be in the right place, but note there is no mention of any work she's done with the Indigenous or an explanation as to why she feels qualified to engage in leading Native American religious practices.

Indian Way is not her way and she has no right to pretend it is. 

Cultural appropriation is a method of a dominant group (usually whites) stealing from a minority culture. Those of us living under colonial rule suffered the loss of much of our culture, as tribes were wiped out or Indigenous children had the Indian beat out of them at assimilation school. Even today they still bulldoze our sacred sites and upend the graveyards of our ancestors. What practices we managed to get through to modern times have now been taken and sanitized so that whimsical whites can play cut-out Indian.

Sacred religious ceremony, not a New Age gimmick.
Those practices are sacred to us. They're not for entertainment. Believe me, no matter one's motivations, they're not honoring our ways by lessening them or deciding their racial superiority allows them the right to appropriation.

Whites took everything from us. Now, they want to take our prayers.

The use of sage is a very sacred practice of SOME Indigenous People. Rabbi Talve cheapened that sacred practice, which is a serious offense.

The burning of a sage smudge stick in and of itself is not Native American. It's a practice for specific tribes. We're many nations. In Oklahoma alone, there are 39 federally-recognized tribal nations, all with their own ways.  Some prohibit the use of sage altogether. Some use cedar. Others the herbs found within the areas they originally populated.

One wonders if the rabbi believes all Indians lived in tipis and hunted buffalo too.

First Nations and the Indigenous have diverse customs according to their own beliefs and traditions. They're as varied as the wide land they reside on. From one end of Europe to the other, cultures are different. So too are they with the Indigenous here. Yet many want to lump them all into being identical. based on something they saw on a television western or came across at a New Age fair.

They live on this land, but can't be bothered to learn about the very people they took it from. Such is their feeling of white supremacy.   

What Rabbi Talve did was engage in a racist stereotype. She couldn't be bothered to talk to the Indigenous in the heart of Indian Country about if what she planned to do was correct and allowable. The rabbi committed a serious faux pas. I can't say for certain she has ever been around Indigenous before. She and her group certainly managed to avoid them during their visit to Indian Territory.

Were they sincere about learning Indian Way they were in the right place to do it. The Indigenous concentration around Lawton/Fort Sill is pretty thick.

In fact, a great many religious leaders, including medicine men and women, could've been invited to do the ceremony correctly and in regard to tradition.

Tactless Talve never afforded them that opportunity or respect.

The Comanche Nation headquarters is just a few miles north of Fort Sill. They would've graciously sent someone qualified to do the ritual. The Fort Sill Apache Tribe (who barely survived the concentration camp) was near them too. As were the Kiowa, Wichita, Delaware, Lanape, and Caddo. Further north, they could've called in the strong medicine of the Cheyenne and Arapaho.

It's damn hard to avoid the Indigenous in the area. You pretty much have to go out of your way to do so.

It does appear the rabbi came across a few Indigenous, who should've directed her to respect our ways. Perhaps they weren't around during her sage burning or they could've steered her to the understanding that what she was doing was wrong.

However, that would be unlikely. The way of the Indigenous isn't always to correct the white man. That can be dangerous. Some feel it's better to let slights go. Just as some found it easier to speak English than have one's fingernails pulled out by a nun or priest.

Now, wouldn't it have been beneficial for all had a Jewish rabbi invited the descendants of those who were interred at the fort's concentration camp to come do the sacred ceremony?

Almost unbelievably, Rabbi Talve cheapened a very sacred practice near the hallowed grounds of a concentration camp.

Being a religious leader for a people accustomed to such camps, you'd think she'd have known  better.

While waving the smudge stick around, Talve shouted a false definition of the practice. She maybe got that definition off the package, as it was stunning in its inaccuracy.

The Indigenous, who practice smudging (an Anglo term), do so as a form of prayer and blessing.

It's a purification act for people and places. It can also be used as a form of exorcism to repel bad spirits and influences. Eagle feathers and pipes are purified by the burning smoke.

Buying a spiritual medicine is highly taboo among most the Indigenous. When you buy a commercial smudge stick to mimic an Indigenous religious act, you've committed a horrible offense.

Further, those commercial smudge sticks are never going to measure up to what the Indigenous regard in a ceremonial burning. A lot goes into it. As many of those commercial bundles often include other herbs than sage, it should not be burned for ceremony. The herbs may not be native to this land, it may not be the right sage, it may not have been properly harvested. It may not have been collected by a religious leader entrusted by a tribe to do so.

It certainly can not have been purchased at a New Age shop and waved about haphazardly by someone not considered to hold the appropriate position to practice the ritual. Many tribes restrict the practice to only those who have gone through their own purification process and been deemed fit to carry it out. Among many, the smoke should first purify the one welding the bundle.

Talve did not come anywhere close to properly conducting the sacred act.

She committed blasphemy...or at least the Indigenous form of it.

The racially insensitive Rabbi Talve needs to lose her New Age books and learn some respect for the Indigenous People on whose stolen land she walks.

For a person whose own religion has been oppressed and whose own people have faced genocide like the Indigenous have, you'd think she'd know better.

Talve, go rub your crystals or prepare for Passover. Our ways are not yours, nor are they yours to steal and disrespect. Just don't worry about us Injuns going to Auschwitz and pulling the crap you did here. We're better than that.