November 25, 2010

"Stands with Song" in Thanksgiving parade

Philadelphia held a Thanksgiving parade today. Someone reported hearing ABC announce the presence of Chief David "Stands with Song" Hughes in the parade. Here's the story on him:

Chief David Stands with SongDavid Hughes is Principal Chief of the Eagle Medicine Band of Cherokees (former Chief of The Cherokee Nation of New Jersey). He’s also performed with and traveled throughout the country with Native Nations Dance Theater. David Hughes is a first place champion Men’s Grass dancer. He’s also President and CEO of his own production company, Power Records Production Company, and founder of a non-profit organization Joshua Generation Free Inc. (a community based out-reach program promoting and distributing inspiring original works in the performing and fine arts throughout the Delaware Valley and surrounding areas). David has completed two CD's: "Creator" and "Urban Indian."Comment:  The Cherokee Nation of New Jersey? Are they vying with the Sopranos for control of Atlantic City's casinos?

Needless to say, there aren't any Cherokee tribes in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. These must be two of the hundreds of "Cherokee" groups who claim to be Indians.

Hughes may be a legitimate Indian, but as chief of a wannabe tribe, he's suspect at best. Most likely he's a wannabe too.

And please spare us the phony "Stands with Song" name. That sounds exactly like what an Indian wannabe musician would call himself after watching Dances with Wolves.

As someone noted, Hughes's presence counteracts the good done by the Oneida float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One audience got an accurate idea of who Indians are and another audience got an inaccurate idea.

For more on the subject, see Fraudulent "Cherokee" Organizations and A Lenape-Cherokee Jew.

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