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Pretendian Hunters

Update: 2024-06-041
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This episode of Pretendians delves into the controversial work of Jacqueline Keeler, a journalist who has made it her mission to expose pretendians, individuals who falsely claim Indigenous identity. Keeler has been successful in getting offensive mascots removed from major sports teams and exposing individuals who have misrepresented their heritage. She has also created a list of suspected pretendians, which has been widely circulated and has led to accusations of harassment and bullying. The episode features an interview with Curious Hold and Pomanky, a member of the Pomanky Indian tribe, who was included on Keeler's list. Pomanky argues that Keeler's methodology is flawed and that her work has created an environment of fear and paranoia within the Indigenous community. The episode explores the ethical implications of Keeler's work and the potential harm it has caused. The hosts discuss the importance of tribal governments taking the lead in investigating claims of Indigenous identity fraud and the need for journalists to be more careful in their reporting on this sensitive topic.

Outlines

00:00:00
Introduction

This Chapter introduces the topic of pretendians and the work of Jacqueline Keeler, a journalist who has dedicated her career to exposing them. The episode also introduces the hosts, Robert Jago and Angel Ellis, and their perspectives on the issue.

00:01:33
Jacqueline Keeler's Work

This Chapter focuses on the work of Jacqueline Keeler, a journalist who has been instrumental in exposing pretendians and fighting against offensive Native American stereotypes. The chapter discusses her work in getting rid of offensive mascots and her efforts to identify and expose individuals who falsely claim Indigenous identity.

00:06:52
The Pretendians List

This Chapter delves into the controversy surrounding Keeler's list of suspected pretendians. The chapter discusses the creation of the list, its impact on those named, and the ethical implications of publicly releasing such a list.

00:14:34
The Impact of Keeler's Work

This Chapter explores the impact of Keeler's work on those she accuses. The chapter features an interview with Curious Hold and Pomanky, a member of the Pomanky Indian tribe, who was included on Keeler's list. Pomanky argues that Keeler's methodology is flawed and that her work has created an environment of fear and paranoia within the Indigenous community.

Keywords

Pretendians
Individuals who falsely claim Indigenous identity for personal gain. This term is often used to describe people who use their false claims to gain access to opportunities, resources, or recognition that is reserved for Indigenous people.

Jacqueline Keeler
A journalist and author who is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is known for her work in exposing pretendians and fighting against offensive Native American stereotypes. She is also a co-founder of the group Eradicating Offensive Native Masquerade, which has been successful in getting rid of offensive mascots from major sports teams.

Indigenous Identity Fraud
The act of falsely claiming Indigenous identity for personal gain. This can include claiming tribal membership, using Indigenous cultural practices for profit, or misrepresenting one's heritage for professional or academic advancement.

Tribal Enrollment
The process by which individuals are officially recognized as members of a specific tribe. Tribal enrollment is typically based on blood quantum, which is a measure of an individual's Indigenous ancestry, and other factors such as residency and cultural affiliation.

Native American Lifelines
A non-profit organization that provides support and resources to Native American communities. The organization offers a variety of programs and services, including housing assistance, job training, and cultural preservation initiatives.

Indian Country
A term used to refer to the lands that are held in trust by the United States government for Native American tribes. It is also used more broadly to refer to the Indigenous community as a whole.

Racial Integrity Act of 1924
A law passed in Virginia that defined race in a rigid and discriminatory way. The law was designed to maintain racial segregation and prevent people of color from passing as white. It was later declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

Jim Crow
A system of racial segregation and discrimination that was enforced in the Southern United States from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. Jim Crow laws were designed to disenfranchise and oppress African Americans.

Doxing
The act of publicly revealing private information about an individual, often with the intent to harass or intimidate them. Doxing can include sharing personal details such as addresses, phone numbers, or social security numbers.

Guillaume Carl
A person who was the subject of a previous episode of Pretendians. Carl was accused of falsely claiming to be a member of a fictional Indigenous nation.

Q&A

  • What is the main focus of this episode of Pretendians?

    This episode investigates the work of Jacqueline Keeler, a journalist who has dedicated her career to exposing pretendians, individuals who falsely claim Indigenous identity for personal gain, and the impact of her work on those she accuses.

  • Who is Jacqueline Keeler and what is she known for?

    Jacqueline Keeler is a journalist and author who is a citizen of the Navajo Nation. She is known for her work in exposing pretendians and fighting against offensive Native American stereotypes. She is also a co-founder of the group Eradicating Offensive Native Masquerade, which has been successful in getting rid of offensive mascots from major sports teams.

  • What is the controversy surrounding Keeler's list of suspected pretendians?

    Keeler's list of suspected pretendians has been widely circulated and has led to accusations of harassment and bullying. Critics argue that the list is based on insufficient evidence and that it has created an environment of fear and paranoia within the Indigenous community.

  • What are the ethical implications of Keeler's work?

    The episode explores the ethical implications of Keeler's work and the potential harm it has caused. The hosts discuss the importance of tribal governments taking the lead in investigating claims of Indigenous identity fraud and the need for journalists to be more careful in their reporting on this sensitive topic.

  • What is the perspective of Curious Hold and Pomanky, a member of the Pomanky Indian tribe, who was included on Keeler's list?

    Pomanky argues that Keeler's methodology is flawed and that her work has created an environment of fear and paranoia within the Indigenous community. He believes that tribal governments should be the ones investigating claims of Indigenous identity fraud.

  • What is the hosts' perspective on Keeler's work?

    The hosts acknowledge that there is a problem with pretendians taking opportunities and speaking over Indigenous people. However, they also express concern about Keeler's methods and the potential harm she has caused.

  • What is the hosts' criteria for investigating pretendians?

    The hosts have established a three-part test for investigating pretendians: 1) They are not Indigenous, 2) They are prominent enough to have an impact on the interests of actual Native people, and 3) Their community rejects them.

  • What is Keeler's criteria for identifying pretendians?

    Keeler defines pretendians as professionals in their field who seek to be Indigenous spokespeople, have monetization schemes based on their false claims, and cause harm to Indigenous people.

  • What is the hosts' conclusion about Keeler's work?

    The hosts acknowledge that Keeler is doing important work in exposing pretendians, but they also criticize her methods and the harm she has caused. They believe that her contributions could be much greater if she were to change her approach.

  • What is the overall message of the episode?

    The episode highlights the complex and sensitive issue of Indigenous identity fraud and the need for careful and ethical reporting on this topic. It also emphasizes the importance of tribal governments taking the lead in investigating claims of fraud and the need for journalists to be mindful of the potential harm their work can cause.

Show Notes

What happens when Pretendian investigations go wrong? Robert talks to Jacqueline Keeler, the person behind the “Alleged Pretendians List". Then, he talks to Kiros Auld, whose name appeared on that controversial list. The problem? Kiros is legitimately Native.


Editors Note - An earlier version of this episode stated that "the Pamunkey Indian Tribe is the only federally recognized tribe in the state of Virginia" Since publishing it was brought to our attention that The Pamunkey Indian Tribe is one of seven federally recognized tribes in the state of Virginia.



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