CIReport.com, (Canadian Immigration Report) did some individual interviews at the American Renaissance Conference (2012), held in Nashville, Tennessee. The following interview is with me, Dr. David Yeagley (Comanche), on the lake of Montgomery Bell State Park. I was asked about my thoughts on immigration.
We sincerely thank Canadian Immigration Report for the opportunity to share these ideas. I believe American Indians, particularly Comanches, have important things to say to all people concerned about the preservation of nations.
American Renaissance has also posted portions of speeches given at the conference, all to be available in their entirety soon. Here is the beginning of my speech (introduced by Jarod Taylor, president of American Renaissance):
These are very important matters, race, nationhood, and the future. I have tried to established some American Indian talking points–conservative points–during the last ten years. I am willing to speak to non-Indian people about nationhood because I believe Comanches (and most other American Indian tribes) have essentially things to say about the subject. We have historically important points to make.
I did sue the enemies of American Renaissance for their interference with the conference the last two years. This action no doubt puzzles many who are unfamiliar with my positions, and those of American Renaissance. It’s all about racial integrity as pertains to nationhood. Race is the most essential component of nationhood. Even in America, the most unusual nation in the world, still, the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant is the foundation of the country, and all deviance from this foundation puts the nation of America in peril.
As I have begun my campaign for chairman of the Comanche Nation, I have emphasized the importance of our full-bloods. I have pointed out that our remaining full-blood Comanche people are the source of our tribe, the foundation of what we have left. They should be honored above all other tribal members. This platform has offended many, especially among the younger, 1/8 blood population, who are more or less unfamiliar with their own identity and the history of the tribe, or even with the modern history of the tribe. I have no intend to offend, but to educate. The very first lesson in nationhood, even according to the Bible, is to honor the elders. In our case, we associate our full-bloods with “elders.”
Deuteronomy 32: 7-10 says it all:
Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask they father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
The source of identity derives directly from the past.
Being Comanche is not some club membership; it is not belonging to some special “bad-ass” gang. Being arrogant, disrespectful, contradictory, vulgar, and loud, does not constitute bravery, strength, or wisdom. I cannot say that our modern tribal members have set the best example for our new youth (–those who are recently added since the grandmothers forced the tribe to lower the blood quantum so that their grandchildren could be on the rolls). There is often great and dramatic conflict between the people and our leadership.
However, the older crowd has a right to speak and be heard. The younger crowd–important as they are to the future, need to listen and learn. Because they will definitely affect the future, they need to be prepared. They need to be humble, and reasonable. There are many examples set before them, by Comanche people, that are not worthy. But, as is the case for most youth, they do not know the difference. They have not been taught.
Lowering our blood quantum was essentially a form of immigration of foreigners. It functions the same way. The sudden influx of members who are completely unfamiliar with the Comanche way suddenly have a right to speak and to vote, because of the much-abused idea that everyone is equal in every way. These is the plague of modern American society, and it has affected most Indian tribes. It is particularly problematic among the Comanches, since personalities are especially strong, naturally.
The basis of nationhood is blood, and old blood. Elders. Those who know the history. These members should be cherished above all others. American conservatism professes to honor the American Constitution, supremely. The least Comanche people can do is to honor our elders. It may be true that the elders have not taken the role of leadership as they should have, or might have; even as American congressmen have demonstrate complete betrayal of the American people. Elders are not fool-proof in judgement, wisdom, or even knowledge. But, they should be.