The sole voice of validation, attempted validation, for Rudy Yo Blood (Youngblood) having any Indian blood in him at all, comes from Lance Tahchawwickah. Rudy, of course, was the star of the rather primitive (but naturally popular) movie by Mel Gibson, Apocalypto. Rudy told Gibson that he was Sioux, Cree, Yaqui, Comanche, whatever. Rudy was Mr. Indian, Mr. North American Indigenous. All Indian, all the time. Why, he could even dance.
Okay. Bad Eagle investigated all this. Why? Rudy didn’t look like he was Indian at all. He looked like a black hispanic, which is what he is. Bad Eagle posted considerable commentary on the story, offended Rudy’s circle of friends and promoters of course, but never heard a word from Rudy. And neither did his supporters contradict anything Bad Eagle reported. They merely attacked me, personally.
I first heard from Lance Tahchawwickah on December 24, 2006. He offered to straighten out misinformation about Rudy. He wrote again December 26, informing me that “Rudy Youngblood is in fact my brother. My father and mother took him in many years ago. He is family! So what he said is absolutely TRUE.” Lance justified the success of Rudy, and held him up as a role model. Lance also requested that everyone should respect the privacy of him and his family.
The comment Lance made about his father, Preston Tahchawwickah, is critical. “My father and mother took him (Rudy) in.” This is the direct confession that Rudy is no blood relation whatsoever to the Tahchawwickah family. Of course, what Lance means is that Preston had some kind of positive regard for Rudy, some kind of concern. It’s called, “Indian way.” It does mean alot, among Indians. But, considering Rudy’s age, this relationship simply could not have been that extensive or serious. It was a temporary thing. Rudy claimed the same type of relationship with a Cree family, the Slimjohns, (from whom Bad Eagle has also heard, January 18–who have not vouched for any Indian blood in Rudy). Rudy also claims it with an Oto family in Oklahoma. It becomes rather meaningless the way Rudy boasts, but it proved an effective manipulation, at least until this point.
Lance then went to Michelle R. Hall (“Shining Elk”) and offered the same implication–“Indian way” validation of Rudy. He did not, however, say the truth, as he had to me. (Michelle is the professional manager of Rudy). Michelle then posted Lance’s less than truthful statement on her blog, and that was to be the end of it. Since Lance went public, after asking me to keep things private, I therefore have to reveal the truer statements he made to me.
Lance, a real Indian, is one of Preston Tahchawwickah’s legally adopted children. This information comes from Bobbie, a sister of Preston’s. A blood son of Preston, Rodney, who lives in the Cache, OK area, knew nothing of his supposed “brother” Rudy. Rudy met the Tahchawwickah’s in the Dallas area. This is because Preston lived there. None the Tahchawwickah’s in Oklahoma knew anything about Rudy’s claim. Furthermore, there are Tahchawwickahs in the Dallas area that know nothing of Rudy–who have written Bad Eagle and said so. In fact, as recently as January 24, a personal letter from a Tahchawwickah thanked me for honoring their true family, and respecting their name. (I have not asked permission to release their names, but, I will if they allow.)
Nathan Tahchawwickah, for instance, knows nothing of Rudy. Nathan, a powerful football star for the Irving Tigers, is a real Tahchawwickah, and deserves to be recognized as a Comanche man, not Rudy. Nathan is a star linebacker, who recently was honored with the Tuff Tiger Award by Joe Barnett, Director of Athletics for the Irving Indpendent School Districts. (Irving is a northern suburb of Dallas. I have Comanche family there myself, half a dozen or so.) Barnett said, ” Thank you Nathan for your contribution to the athletic program and for representing Irving High School and the community of Irving in such a positive manner.” I’d say this represents real, legitimate accomplishment, far more worthy than playing in a movie.
Tiger linebacker coach Shay Fanning with Nathan Tahchawwickah and the
Tuff Tiger Award, January 20, 2007.
Unfortunately, Rudy was lauded in the January edition of The Comanche Nation News. Interviewed by Jolene Schonchin, Rudy is hailed as a Comanche, with “relatives on his Comanche side.” Rudy “gets his Comanche blood from his paternal side,” Ms. Schonchin says. Well, she has obviously researched nothing at all. Of course a lot of Comanche people, the younger set, and some kakus, were all excited to have a movie star visit the Complex. No one even thought he might not be Indian at all, of any kind. They’d rather be proud that a “Comanche” made a movie.
To make matters worse, Michelle R. Hall (“Shining Elk”) has posted (January 4) an alleged spoof of BM Davids, a travesty about me, a complete and libelous lie, from a July 28, 2006 post on a past site called “Bald Beagle.” The site was taken down in October, and is no longer available. (Good thing. It was full of homosexual pornography. I made many screen shots for evidence. I meantion this only to point out the character of BM Davids and those he apparently attempts to influece.)
Michelle posted a piece about me being bannished by the Comanche Nation. The piece is a complete spoof, with many false pieces of information, like, naming a man as chairman who wasn’t, and never has been, etc. Of course, Michelle would have no way of knowing any of this, and would never research it. It looks as if BM Davids (or someone else) has provided this past Bald Beagle post to Michelle, to watch her run with it, and make herself as foolish and libelous as he is. Poor Michelle! She is really being taken advantage of. It is easy to do, of course, since she has to defend Rudy as his manager. She is completely vulnerable to the truth. Alas, one faux pas leads to another. She is only getting in deeper. (By the way, I’ve been to at least two major General Council meetings of the Comanche Nation, to vote, since the July spoof. My name is certainly on the rolls. I couldn’t vote if it weren’t.)
So, what’s wrong with the truth? Why do some people delight in lies? Why do they try to perfect their lies as if their lies are actual truth? Why the intense effort to counterfeit? They seem to find life in lying. They love and crave pretense, as if it is a magic trick routine, a magic act, a piece of entertainment or something. This is pernicious, and misrepresentative of all Indians, it seems to me. These people are aggressive distortionists. BM Davids has denigrated the Comanche Nation in this, as has Michelle. They don’t see it that way, because they apparently have no respect for Indian people, at all. This is profound. This is what the behavior tends to indicate, anyway.
So, just to keep everyone informed, Rudy Nathaniel Jamal Gonzalez is, according to all available evidence, not one drop of American Indian blood. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with that. What is offensive is the professional advantage he has procured by claiming he is Comanche. He has never spoken of his real mother, or real father. He has never defended them, or even identified them. He may have his reasons, but, this is not reason to claim Comanche blood, or any Indian blood, if you don’t have it. This is offensive. This says Indian blood is nothing. It’s yours for the claiming. Indian blood has become like the blood of Christ. Just claim it. It will save you. It’s yours for the asking. Blasphemous? Indeed.