Monday, January 15, 2007

Michelle Shining Elk: "Yeagley...Has No Idea What Being Indian Means"

"That yahoo Yeagley is at it again with his latest "Power in the Blood, Not Youngblood"

For crying out loud. Just stop the insanity Yeagley. For the sake of what little ounce of dignity or self-respect you MIGHT have left.

Anyway, as it goes, Yeagley continues to show what a buffoon he is with his accusations and writings -- always failing to back up his claims, always quick to point out his own neurotic perceptions sans any facts, truths or realities. But, like always, his writings are greatly misleading and chock full of inaccuracies. When he does try to cite facts that support his claims, he continues to rely on Wikipedia?

Yeagley talks about conversations he has had with the Screen Actors Guild and with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission and others in his quest "to expose the truth." He has been contacting these people and agencies trying to find out how and what consequences Rudy should pay because in Yeagley’s mind he thinks that Rudy “acting as an Indian” took the role of “Jaguar Paw” away from another Indian. That claim of Yeagley’s just screams “I AM DAVID YEAGLEY AND AGAIN I DON’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT, BUT I AM GOING TO PRETEND I DO BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I DO!” Silly man, silly, silly, silly little man…

Another prime example of Yeagley grasping at straws, Yeagley, you just need to GET OVER IT!
I am certain that all Yeagley has managed to do here is add to his ever growing and never ending list entitled "PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT THINK I AM NUTS." Which, based on Yeagley's past actions, will eventually become his "PEOPLE I WILL 'EXPOSE' AND SUE LATER" list.

Later he starts in on me again...making claims that I have never responded to his accusations or queries. Of course, what he fails to mention is that he has blocked me from adding any comments to his site. So, what he is doing is using that as a crutch to continue his weak and pitiful attempts to attack me and mislead readers into believing that what he is saying, or implying about me, is in fact the truth. His pathetic claims and silly little quips about me are juvenile and further demonstrate what a weak man he is. He so desperately wants me to publicly say how my last name changed, why I now use Shining Elk – he wants to claim that it is because I’ve “adopted” it and use it as some sort of “fantasy.” This cracks me up to no end. I am not hiding anything, but Yeagley wants to make himself look like the big bad man who is “exposing the truth.” Laughing… It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out how it changed…

Yeagley continues to obsess over Indian blood, about the Indian blood of others, but continues to demonstrate that he has no idea what being Indian means, or is about – it's not always about blood quantum but that ding dong doesn't get it. Just I have have stated in my past responses to Yeagley’s crap that he writes - there is so, so, so much HE JUST DOESN'T GET!! And yes, I use the word “crap” because that is what it is. He makes claims about the dishonest and misleading modus operandi of others but fails to step back and see that his own dishonesty and lies are proof that he lacks any amount of dignity or level of self-respect.

So, again, as in the past (as always),Yeagley continues to alienate himself everywhere -- including Indian country and around the world as he continues to spew poison and fist fight with himself and show the world the type of man he really is -- weak, pitiful, sad..."

Friday, January 12, 2007

Member of Yeagley's Church Pities Yeagley for His Bigotry


David Yeagley, known to many as a columnist for David Horowitz's, delivers a bizarre anti-Muslim tirade in his latest blog post. I find this very hard to believe. This is not the guy I used to know back in the late 70s and early 80s when we both attended the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist Church--when he was working on his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School(!). I really feel sorry for him. "

Friday, January 05, 2007

Comanche Nation Backs Youngblood, Not Yeagley

It's become a predictable pattern. Yeagley does his best to disrupt, destroy, or tear down Native people and Native causes. Natives once again reject Yeagley, causing him to whine and squawk about how no one loves him or accepts his "great wisdom" of believing in white supremacy and the turning of Natives into pets for their white masters.

Let's review just how many times the Comanche Nation has rejected Yeagley:

1. Yeagley tried to get on the Comanche Nation's Business Committee. They rejected him.

2. Yeagley tried to get on the Comanche Nation's committee revising their constitution. They rejected him.

3. Yeagley tried to give a speech at the Comanche Nation's tribal college about his support for "Indian" mascots. They refused to let him speak there.

4. The Comanche Nation invited a friend of this site, Brent Michael Davids, to a music festival. Yeagley did his best to block their invitation. They rejected him. Only a prior commitment kept Brent from accepting their kind invitation. They invited him back for a different music event and he has accepted. Yeagley has utterly failed in his efforts to block Brent from coming. Several members of the Comanche Nation have told me amusing anecdotes of Yeagley's angry phone calls. The simple fact is that no one at the Comanche Nation listens to or respects Yeagley's opinion. He's a joke to some and a nutcase to others. Some Comanches regard him as I do, as a threat to Indian people.

(As far as I know, they invited Brent based on their high opinion of his musical talent. The fact that their invitation infuriated and irritated Yeagley was just a lucky bonus.)

And now the Comanche tribal chairman rejects the falsehoods Yeagley has been spreading about Rudy Youngblood.

In what must be especially galling to Yeagley and his white racist supporters, Youngblood's family came forward to support him and also confirmed that he is NOT adopted.

This is something Yeagley's own alleged blood relatives have NEVER done. They are deeply embarassed by him, and by the account of an old neighbor, Yeagley's brother and nephew both identify as white anyway.

"Statement from Comanche Nation Chairman Coffey regarding Rudy Youngblood – after Rudy’s visit to the Comanche Nation in November 2006.

Rudy Youngblood came to Lawton, Oklahoma at my request. He is from the Tahchawwickah family and his father is the late Preston Tahchawwickah. On behalf of the Comanche Nation we are quite proud of him and several of our members know him from the powwow circuit.

We were proud to welcome him home and had a wonderful cookout for him on Sunday evening."

"Lance Tahchawwickah’s statement on behalf of the Preston Tachchawwickah Family regarding David Yeagley’s speculations on Rudy Youngblood.

It seems that the matter of my brother, Rudy Youngblood, is of great importance to David Yeagley Please allow me to settle this once and for all. Rudy Youngblood is, in fact, my brother. He is family! What Rudy has said is absolutely TRUE.

Unfortunately, Mr. Yeagley, perhaps out of jealously or some other personal vendetta, is trying to discredit him. Why? I do not know.

Instead of attempting to taint his reputation, we, as Indian people, should encourage him. He is an asset to our race. He got where he is through hard work, determination, and dedication. Instead of knocking our youth down, we need to help them. We need to see to it that they accomplish more than the previous generations. So many bad things plague our race...alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. Here is a young man that is trying to break that vicious cycle.
But, instead of supporting him, Mr. Yeagley tries, and tries to enlist others, to make trouble for him. I have asked Dr. Yeagley…if that makes any sense?

So, this, is all I have to say...I hope that this statement answers any questions or concerns Mr. Yeagley, or anyone else has, with respect to my brother.

Now, moving forward, I only ask that Mr. Yeagley and others respect my family and our privacy. My father, the late Preston Tahchawwickah rests in peace, I have pleaded with Mr. Yeagley to please stop and respect that he has gone to the other side -- to stop speaking of him, about him, and talking about his family. My father is not here to respond to Yeagley’s attacks against my family and it is dishonorable of Mr. Yeagley to keep speaking of my father and his family. I only ask for respect -- for him and my family. Please hear me Mr. Yeagley.

Thank you for your time. I wish all a happy new year and nothing but the best for you and yours
Lance Tahchawwickahon behalf of the Preston Tahchawwickah Family"

I'm sure everyone would join me in hoping that Yeagley has respect enough for the family to cease his attacks on their father who has passed on.

But somehow I doubt he will. Yeagley has shown his lack of character with almost every word out of his mouth and every action he takes against Indian people.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Michelle Shining Elk Takes On Yeagley For His Attacks on Youngblood

There's more than a little irony in Yeagley attacking Rudy Youngblood and attempting to claim he's adopted, given Yeagley's own lies about his claimed heritage. Michellle Shining Elk, a Colville woman and friend of Youngblood's, took Yeagley to task. Naturally, Yeagley refused to allow her comments on his site.

Here is what Yeagley censored. I think Ms. Shining Elk did a particularly good job in pointing out how little Yeagley understands about what it means to be Indian, how Yeagley constantly fails to live up to Indian values, and his lack of manhood and courage.

My last and only response to Yeagley's attacks against Rudy Youngblood -- setting the record straight.


I cannot sit idle or silent any longer while David Yeagley continues to pontificate over what he thinks he knows about Rudy Youngblood. Mr. Yeagley is a man that is clearly jealous, ignorant, obnoxiously obsessed and eager to engage in over the top pettiness. Frankly, I am sick and tired of his outlandish comments and accusations. Just who does this man think he is to pass judgment on people he knows nothing about?

I have tried to post my own comments to the BLOG/ARTICLEs Yeagley posts, but of course, they do not get posted – not that I am surprised.

Mr. Yeagley imagines himself to be journalist (among the many other professions he claims he is experienced in??). However, he clearly has no ability to remain objective – he has no understanding of fair balance – his own monitoring of the comments attempting to be made in response to his BLOG/ARTICLEs, and his posting only those he approves of is a prime example. Somewhere along the line, this man, under delusions of grandeur, came to believe and oddly enough believes, he is the authority on ALL THINGS – literally, ALL THINGS???

Therefore, since he refuses to post my comments on his website, I will post them here. For it is only fair, as in all debates and in journalism, that rebuttal and responses be allowed into the equation. Like Mr. Yeagley, I will use this medium to exercise my own "freedom of speech."

Following is the last post I attempted to make, in response to his BLOG/ARTICLE of December 26, 2006 -- included herein below.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Comment by Michelle on December 26, 2006 on

Mr. Yeagley you are a bandwagon, party of "ONE (1)." I have found myself disturbed with the slander and libel you continue to put out there regarding people and matters you know absolutely nothing about. I have sought and received counsel from many on how to deal with your antics, including many from my own tribe. With respect to myself, I have been advised, and encouraged, to leave this alone and let you fight this fight because you are fighting with yourself, that you are disturbed. However, I have sat idle for days watching you attack and attempt to disparage my client and my friend. I cannot do this any longer. I have to stand up for what I feel is right – to get some realities and truths of these matters out there. To bring to light the things and issues that you do not seem to want to acknowledge or admit – let alone report on.Mr. Yeagley, you have far too much time on your hands -- have you ever heard the phrase "those who cast stones should not live in a glass houses." As an American you have the right to "freedom of speech," with this right you have found a conduit in which to be bitter and spiteful towards others. What you DO NOT have the right to do is engage in slander and libel. You should be very careful with your words Mr. Yeagley; you are walking on a thin line with respect to libel and slander issues.

For this post, I will start with your attempts to defame me. Not that I owe you any explanation about who I am, or where I come from. BUT, I have to say, I find it interesting that you enjoy digging and digging and reporting your "findings and facts" when they are in your favor. HOWEVER, when you learn truths, you conveniently forget to post that information. You write with only the information you want in making your "informed decisions" to cast stones at others.For the record, I just got off the phone with one of my tribal councilmen (you know who he is). He informed me he has been in contact with you; and, that have been enlightened by the fact(s) as they relate to my Indian affiliation and blood quantum, and you learned that:
1. I am an enrolled Colville tribal member (proudly I can say, my father was a full blood and my mother is over ¾);
2. I was raised and lived on the reservation my entire life; and,
3. I come from four of the largest families on my reservation.

How convenient it is for you to forget to post that information? So, contrary to what you want to say about me, which I am sure you will…at the end of the day, I rest assured that you got a dead end here pal and I have more Indian blood in my little finger than you do in your entire being and body. So say what you will. You will only bore me.

Moving on...with respect to Rudy Youngblood.

This is for your readers, I want to point out the following:On the subject of the surname Gonzales. Since you keep hanging on this subject, I would like to point out to your readers, your very own writings, wherein you state the truth -- investigated and reported on by…YOU!

"BadEagle has also been informed that "Gonzales," Rudy's legal name, is in fact an adopted name. It was his Mexican step father's name." Yeagley readers: You can see it yourself at:

Mr. Yeagley, perhaps you should go back and re-read your writings and posts before contradicting yourself, as you seem to do more often than not.

AGAIN, neither my client, nor I owe you any explanation for who is he, or where he comes from. You are obviously fueled by jealousy and rage because you know, at the end of the day, very few (if any, including your own Comanche nation) will (or would) come to your defense or support any of your endeavors as they have for Rudy. Rudy has done good things, is doing good things and you can't stand that, get over it!

Here is what I know. I know, and have been a witness to the strong support system Rudy has in Indian country, coast-to-coast, and it is much larger than you could ever wrap your head around, or imagine having for yourself. What's more, it has nothing, whatsoever, to do with a casino in trouble, or whatever weak excuse(s) you orchestrate in further attempts to support your asinine assaults. You are grasping at straws here. Mr. Yeagley, regardless of what you think, or say, my client has a solid grounding in his tribal identity. He has listened and learned from many aunties, uncles, grandparents, family members and elders -- he knows his Indian ways, culture and traditions. I have been a witness to his knowledge and the respect he has for his people, cultural and traditional ways and families (extended and immediate). He is mindful and very respectful in every way. How about you Mr. Yeagley?

You claim you are the "first conservative American Indian in the American media," when the truth of the matter is that you are merely a predator who is using (and abusing) the terms "Indian" and "Comanche" in your neurotic quest to harass my client (and countless others) with your pervasive and negative rhetoric.

Here are a couple realties for you to muse on (for your benefit Mr. Yeagley: reality [re•al•i•ty] - 1.the state or quality of being real. 2. resemblance to what is real. 3. a real thing or fact.).

--> -->1. Unlike you, my client continues to work to give back to his community, all communities -- to continue living and nurturing his vision for the future of Tribal America and other indigenous peoples – with a good heart and good intent.

--> -->2. Unlike you, my client refuses to be a victim and live in a defensive mindset; instead, he is proactive and a visionary about what he, as a person (a human being) and as an artist, has to offer as a continuation and revitalization of the indigenous cultures of the Americas and other countries.

I do not believe the same can be said for you…you just want to point fingers and take what you can get and ultimately make a nuisance of yourself – failing to see how the words you throw out there represent you. For the record, it is not in a good way -- stop trying to fool yourself and others into believing that you are really a "do-gooder."

I know I have said this once, but I will say it again…Mr. Yeagley, you "might" be an enrolled Comanche, but it is clear you do not have the first clue, or any understanding of what being Comanche or Indian truly means. You should be honored that you are so lucky to belong; and hence, represent such in more positive ways. There is enough negativity out there in the world and in Indian country – the Indian community is a small community, we should be working together, not against one another. You do not get that.

Being Indian is about giving back when you have received; it is about living with dignity and having a respect of all things and people – that is what we are taught and how we are raised…to always keep in mind, in everything we do, those who have come before us, and those who will follow. You do not get that.Clearly, you do not have an understanding of these basic ways, let alone live by any of them. How do you sleep at the end of the day? You have to know your ancestors are saddened by your negative actions and reactions. As for those who are to follow you...well, another sad state of affairs and I will just leave it at that - enough said.

Mr. Yeagley, you are clearly lost and uncomfortable in your own skin. If you want to attack people, be a man and engage in objective verbal warfare, fairly. You must stop using the veil of being Indian and a Comanche to get attention under false pretenses, and to beat on people you do not know, and know nothing about, including our culture and traditions.

Which brings me to my next point. Being the "super sleuth", you think you are. You know how my name change came to be (it is not difficult to put it together), but you fail to write on that because that would lessen the juice and weaken the reality of your stories. I am not Michelle "SHINING ELK," a supposed "Colville." I am MICHELLE SHINING ELK and I AM COLVILLE! I don't need to give any explanation to you about how my name change came to be – that's my personal life and contrary to what you say, I didn't and do not need to publicize why it changed. Not only do you disrespect me when you do not address me incorrectly you are disrespecting a person, and people you do not know, or know nothing about (yet again…). All par for the course, I guess, since the meaning of "respect" obviously eludes you.

Another point I'd like to make to your readers.

I find it interesting that you continue to use as one of your "reliable" sources, "Wikipedia," when you, yourself, have had your own issues with Wikipedia and has stated that it is an unreliable source as it can be edited by anyone.

"The new (my original) Wikipedia post, "David A. Yeagley" is not exactly what I put up. THere have been edits, and there are therefore some inaccuracies. I will BLOG/ARTICLE? on this tommorrow, if I have time before I have to leave. Otherwise, I will BLOG/ARTICLE? on it later, when I get to a computer. As I said, I don't know how long this present Wikipedia post will last. The enemy never sleeps.Posted by David Yeagley at November 15, 2006 10:45 PM"

[My note: Actually, not a single thing Yeagley put up of his original vanity vita on Wikipedia has survived. The editors at Wikipedia chose to avoid controversy and post primarily about Yeagley's musical "career," or what remains of it. The editor at Wikipedia, far from being "left wing" or biased against Yeagley, describes himself as a fan of Ann Coulter.]

In closing: At the end of the day, Mr. Yeagley, I take great amount of relief in knowing that all anyone has to do is read your writings. Your writing speaks for itself. It says loads about who you are, what you are about and the troubled and fixated ill-willed paths you are headed down. Period.

I will pray that one day you find the right path and find comfort in who you are and not who you feel you need to attack.

Michelle R. Shining Elk at December 26, 2006 06:47 PM