Heart Hays (Katheryan Shay Greer) is not Indian. She likes playing Indian. She is just beginning her career as an “Indian” singer, model, and who knows, actress? BadEagle.com has already offered suggestions about how to interpret and how to handle the situation. She is not significant as a professional, yet, but the critical elements are burgeoning: fraud, disrespect (for Indians), and defiance. For this cause, we again assert solutions, as well as warnings.
Katheryn Shay Greer is not Comanche, not enrolled, and, to our current knowledge, is not related to anyone who is. Her family genealogy, by name anyway, has been traced by those who object to her pretenses, and there are no members on either side of her family (mother or father’s grandmother as she apparently claimed) who are related to any Comanche people–that we know of. Inside sources say she claimed lineage to Comanche (Quanah Parker) through her father, and she actually claimed to be half Comanche. She claimed to have received an enrollment card, etc., and defied any questioning about her blood line. As BadEagle.com stated before, there is no such name as “Katheryan Shay Greer” on the Comanche rolls (as of April 4, 2012).
So, for starters, if she is going to claim Indian, she’d best claim to be of a different tribe, a tribe without federal recognition, like the Lumbee, the Ramapo, or the even the American Yakki. That way it wouldn’t really matter. She might claim, say, Apache. That tribe never followed the enrollment process other southwest tribes did. Usually, when someone out in that area wants to claim Indian, it is easiest to claim Apache. That way, you can think you don’t have to provide any evidence of your claim. Even the Mexican Al Carroll has claimed that tribe. (No disrespect meant to Apache–whom we all love and admire. But, the record keeping history is what it is. Unanticipated false claimants are a result of certain tribal choices made many years ago.)
Jana, famous female Indian singer, songwriter,
actress, author, philanthropist, etc.
Those in the entertainment business in Los Angeles (or anywhere else) are fantasy-minded, of course, and except for the real Indians in that business, the white professionals are inclined to accept anything anyone says. They know the Indian thing is a good sell. After all, they had great success with “Jana,” the girl who says she is Lumbee and Tuscarora. Of course, Lumbee is not federal recognized, and is a historical mix of Negro, white, and some Cherokee. It never was considered a legitimate identity by other Indians, but just an aggrandized “Ramapo” bit. There are bands of Tuscarora people scattered in the Carolinas, but none are federally recognized. Only the New York group has that status. It is a long, complex history for the Tuscarora. But none of that mattered with Jana. The entertainment industry scooped her up quick. She certainly and obviously looked more Indian than many who claimed to be. Jana is quite attractive.
So why can’t Heart Hays get by with claiming to be Comanche? First of all, she doesn’t in any way look Indian. Secondly, she has provided no historical evidence that she is. Yet, she is already modelling for an Indian store in Texas–the same store that promotes Jana, by the way. That a white girl from Texas should have a career as an Indian, knowing she is not Indian, when there are real Indian girls who might want a shot at that same career, is a serious offense. Even if there were no Indian girls in the market, Katheryn and her manager(s) would still be grossly offensive.
Being Indian is not something you can just make up. It is not an identity up for grabs. Professional fantasy land (Los Angeles entertainment) can never accomplish that, much as it may want to.
It is remarkable, to Indians, that such a statement would ever have to be made! Is identity that fluid? Is identity theft that rudimentary in America? Has Negro hysteria and racism opened the door for any person not black to claim to be anything besides black?
Yes, the American liberal media is willing to call Indians white, but that doesn’t mean it can call whites Indian!
To whip up black emotions into hysteria, the media is willing to call anyone “white” who is not black; this helps minimize the overwhelming black crime statistics against whites. But the media in entertainment business is willing to call anyone Indian who wants to be, if it means a hit, or success. Both of these circumstances reveal the utter fraud of what we call media. It is an inevitably biased business, and there should no longer be any doubt that, as a free enterprise effort, media is basically irresponsible. Much like law and politics, media has a choice of but two sides. It chooses whichever side is financially more successful.
In a sense, media shows one of the most corrupting aspects of capitalism. Yet, any alternative appears worse.
Finally, I say, again, let Katheryan express all the love for Indians she wants (if she really has any). Let it be known that a white woman loves to play Indian. She reaches for the roots of the land. She wants that ultimate sex appeal: mother nature. On this continent, the American Indian woman holds that place, psychologically. Let Katheryan be known as a woman honest enough to demonstrate that, and not fraudulent enough to claim to be Indian.
I thus present to her manager Andrew Gora (at 818 919 6404 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com) a marketing plan that promises far, far more success than any scheme of fake-Indian identity could every bring. Katheryn could become a kind of white, female cultural hero, if properly manged. As it stands, in due time, she will crash, suddenly. The truth will see to that.
White girl Katheryan Shay Greer, as “Heart Hays,”
the “Comanche Indian” girl. Not a good thing.