Anyway, the article is a fake, and it’s clear for several reasons. First, if John Soto is supposed to be a full-blooded Native American, then I’m a Samurai. The photo of the little kid is obviously Photoshopped. A little Googling showed that the spa where Smith and Soto supposedly stayed was closed during that time for rennovations.
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a long thread in which the participants discuss the evidence against the hoax.
So far the evidence is inconclusive. If the story is a hoax, you gotta admire the Phoenix New Times for constructing a story rich with details that people, even Native experts, can't knock down easily.