The nonprofit council offers educational lessons about Native Americans, as well as offers spiritual healing to those who need it. However, many are unaware of the council's local headquarters.By Sandy McGee
Aquidneck Island is part of Rhode Island. With that in mind, let's look at the litany of mistakes and stereotypes:
I don't know if Sly is really a Comanche. My guess is that he told the reporter he's Comanche and she assumed he was a member of the tribe. What he may have meant is that he's a tiny part Comanche but mostly white. He may "feel" Comanche even though he's never been within 100 miles of the Comanche tribe.
Sly may be teaching "Native American culture and traditions," but they don't seem to be the Comanche traditions of Texas or the Narragansett traditions of Rhode Island. They sound like a generic, partly stereotypical mishmash. I'm guessing Sly got most of his "education" from books, videos, or New Age ceremonies. I doubt it comes from a real understanding of a real Native culture.
Below: "From left to right, South Kingstown resident Kicking Horse and, on right, 3 Horses Sly Fox, chief and chair of the Aquidneck Island Intertribal Council." (Sandy McGee)