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Suspected Groups and Individuals

What Is Fraud?

Fraud is defined to be "an intentional perversion of truth" or a "false misrepresentation of a matter of fact" which induces another person to "part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right".  To win a suit for fraud, you must show that you were truly deceived by the misrepresentations given and that you reasonably relied on the statement or act to your detriment. In other words, your reliance on the action or statement affected your course of action.  Proving all the elements of fraud may be a major hurdle because dishonest people are very skillful and ingenious at disguising their statements, knowing the "fine line" to avoid legal trouble or face any scrutiny.

Suspected Fraudulent Organizations and Individuals In Arkansas and Missouri. 

There are at least 21 different fraudulent or suspect "American Indian" tribes and organizations that are established and operating in Arkansas and Missouri.  While some are currently rather harmless, others are more active in the exploitation and misappropriation of Indian culture and traditions.  Below is a list of those identified at this time.  There might be more being organized or that have not come to our attention.  If you know of a tribe, organization, or individual that is not listed, and you suspect that the group or individual might be fraudulent or exploitive, please contact us.    

Don’t be misled by claims that federal recognition has been applied for. A common ploy that allows such claims is to file an original intent with the B.I.A., then never follow through. Remember that no real American Indian tribe will ask for a fee or a donation for joining.

Don't pay for any type of ceremonies, including "Vision Quests" and "Sweat Lodges". This includes "donations".  Do not contribute to anyone who can't prove a legitimate tribal connection and a legitimate entitlement to conduct ceremonies.

The American Indian Heritage Support Center urges all people, whether they are American Indian or not, to boycott the activities of these groups. Participation in their activities gives them a measure of respectability, implies approval of legitimate tribes, and further supports them in the exploitation of the American Indian peoples.

If any organization or individual listed below feels that they are included in error, AIHSC will remove them from the list upon valid documentation and proof that their inclusion is improper.

Suspect "Tribes" or Other Organizations Operating in Arkansas:

American Metis Aboriginal Association Lodge
Headquartered in Wilkesville, Ohio

Amonsoquath Tribe of Cherokee
Mammoth Springs AR

Arkansas White River Cherokee
Operated out of Lady Lake, FL

Central Tribal Council
Mammoth Springs, AR
Corporate headquarters is in Illinois

Cherokee-Choctaw Nation of St. Francis and Black
Rivers
Paragould, AR

Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri
Split into two factions, one in Conway and one in
Dover, AR

Manataka American Indian Council
Aand it’s branches - The Bear Clan Society of
Arkansas, Wolf Clan Society of Arkansas. See our
website about this organization at http://aihsc.info

Neches Tribe - Cherokee Nation
Hot Springs, AR

Ocali Nations Intertribal, Inc. and it’s Wolf Clan of
Arkansas
Headquartered in Silver Springs, Florida

Old Settler Cherokee Nation of Arkansas
Timbo, AR

Ozark Mountain Cherokee Tribe of Arkansas and Missouri
Melbourne, AR alt address Alton, MO

Western Cherokee Nation of Arkansas and Missouri
Paragould, AR

United Lumbee Nation of North Carolina and America,
Arkansas Red Wolf American Native Band”
Hot Spings, AR

United Metis Tribe
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana

Neches Tribe - Cherokee Nation
Hot Springs, AR

Red Nation of the Cherokee
Headquartered in Kansas, but has operations in
Arkansas.

Sac River and White River Bands of the Chickamauga
Springfield, MO

Turtle Island
Yellville, AR  

Individuals Operating In Arkansas:

The following individuals, who either live in Arkansas or travel to the state for various events, are suspected to either exploit, misappropriate, or otherwise mislead the public on their backgrounds or qualifications.  Not included in this list are the numerous officers and officials of the suspect "tribes" and organizations found in the state.  It is advised that before you have any dealings or associations with these individuals, check their claims carefully and in depth.

Arthur Medicine Eagle Sonier (Travels nationwide, has been associated with Manataka)

Dennis Black Hawk (Hoffman) (Cherokee Village, AR area)

Johnny "Two Hawks" Hill (Eureka Springs, AR area)

"Chief" Robert Woableza LaBatte (Travels nationwide, has been associated with Manataka events)

Warren Big Eagle (Travels nationwide, attends New Age fairs, has been associated with Manataka events)

Lyman Weasel Bear (Has been associated with Manataka, but scammed them on a “Sundance”)

Mary "Thunder Woman" Grimes (Operates out of Texas)

“Grand Chief” Robert Grimes (Son of Mary Grimes, Fox, AR)

“First Lady” Starr DaVee Grimes (Wife of Robert Grimes, Fox, AR)

“Sparky Shooting Star” (Works out of South Amherst, MA)

Suzanne Day (Fox, AR)

Rick "Wind Call-er" Porea (Little Rock, AR) (Associated with the fake Ocali Nation and Manataka)

Erick Gonzalez, AKA Omeakaehekatl (Fake Mayan priest, travels nationwide, associated with Manataka)

Anita Mimms-Ganglauf (North Little Rock, AR)

Valerie Goetz  (Bigelow, AR)

S.D. Youngwolf (Winslow, AR)

Jim "Two Feathers" May (Eureka Springs, AR, associates with John Two Hawks)

Suspect "Tribes" or Other Organizations Operating in Missouri:

Arkansas Band Of Western Cherokee (formerly Western
Arkansas Cherokee Tribe)
Noel, MO

Cherokee Nation West of Missouri and Arkansas
(Formerly Cherokee Nation West - Southern Band of the
Eastern Cherokee Indians of Arkansas and Missouri)
Seneca, MO

Northern Cherokee Tribe of Arkansas and Missouri
Clinton, MO

Northern Cherokee of the Old Louisiana Territory
Columbia, MO. Also has presence in Batesville, AR

Ozark Mountain Cherokee Tribe of Arkansas and Missouri
Melbourne, AR alt address Alton, MO

Prophecy Keepers (Mostly an internet organization.
Operated by William “Blue Otter” Anderson)

Sac River and White River Band of the
Chickamauga-Cherokee Nation of Arkansas and Missouri
Fair Play, MO

Saponi Nation of Missouri (Mahenips Band)
Willow Springs, MO

Southern Cherokee Tribe
Newburg, MO

Thunderbird Society
St. Charles, MO

Western Cherokee of Arkansas/Louisiana Territories
Ellington, MO

Wilderness Tribe of Missouri
Alton, MO

Suspect "Tribes" or Other Organizations Operating in Oklahoma:

The Ani Tsi Na District of the Northern Cherokee
Nation Of The Old Louisiana Territory
Cleveland, Oklahoma

Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri
Dover, AR faction under Dub Maxwell

Southern Cherokee Nation
Webber Falls, OK

Red Nation of the Cherokee
Agusta, Kansas

Suspect "Tribes" or Other Organizations Operating in Kansas:

Awi Akta District of the Northern Cherokee Nation of
the Old Louisiana Territory
Topeka, KS

Red Nation of the Cherokee
Agusta, KS

Shawnee County Allied Tribes, Inc.
Topeka, Kansas
Originally a good organization, has virtually been
taken over by NCNOLT’s
Awi Akta District members.

Links on Cultural Theft, Fake Medicine People, and Frauds

A Line in the Sand - A compilation of web sites and articles on American Indian cultural property and it's misappropriation. 

Our Red Earth Observations On Internet Exploiters Of American Indian Spirituality

The Plastic Medicine People Circle by Helene E. Hagan

The Mascot Issue - A compilation of web sites and writings on the issue of Indian mascots used by sports teams.

Wall of Shame - Great site with information on women frauds and exploiters

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