events and news of the Inali Dancers, an intertribal native dancing, singing, and culture group in western illinois

Wednesday, March 29, 2006


I think some of you may have heard about this already. I just got this email with the story. I think I'll just let it speak for itself.

From: Becky West []
Sent: Friday, March 24, 2006 9:10 AM
>Subject: spread the word
>Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2006 16:30:17 -0600
>Just got off the phone with Don Drefke. Mike Russel was fined $500 for
>wearing Eagle feathers.(had possession) The Feds kept the bustles (they
>belonged to Robert Soto). Robert lost his roach Eagle feathers but was not

>fined. The agent is said to have stated that he had a list of the powwows
>and planed on being at them. THEREFORE LEAVE YOUR GOOD FEATHERS AT HOME.
>The Fed feels that you have to be a card holding Indian in order to have
>Eagle feathers. Also that feathers can NOT BE LOANED OR GIVEN to a Non
>Card Holding person. PLEASE FORWARD TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. I plan on
>making a donation to Mike to assist in this matter.


I'm not sure if Robert Soto is card carrying or not, but this whole thing makes me wonder even more about the Feds. Are they really out to get all native people? We all know some tribes were regulated out of official existence. Does this mean they can't have ceremonial regalia? If ANYBODY has any questionable feathers, leave them at home!
Don't forget practice Friday evening at Ellens. It'll probably be the last we have there for a while, she's going to New Mexico. More on this later.
Also, I'm going to try to get a couple mor links up real soon.


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