Skip to comments.'Got land? Thank an Indian' shirts hot commodity after controversy, seller says
Posted on 01/17/2014 4:57:00 PM PST by rickmichaels
The Manitoba man who started selling clothing that says "Got land? Thank an Indian" has had interest from potential customers all around the world after a Grade 8 student wearing one of his sweaters made headlines this week.
Tenelle Starr, 13, wore a pink hoodie bearing the slogan to her Saskatchewan school, but was told to take it off because it could offend someone. After a meeting between her parents and school officials, the matter was cleared up and she was permitted to wear the sweater again.
But the story made headlines, and now Jeff Menard says he's getting requests from around the globe.
On his Facebook page, people from other provinces, as well as from far away as New Zealand, are eager to get their hands on the shirts, hoodies and even baby bibs.
"It's going like crazy," Menard said Friday. He has been selling the shirts through his Facebook page, but said he's working to get a website.
He said he heard the phrase while on a visit to the U.S. In 2012, he created the shirt.
"I knew this would make our people proud to wear something like this," the member of the Pine Creek First Nations said. "It put a smile on my face."
He said he sold more than 1,000 shirts before this week, but now he has more requests than he's been able to keep track of, and the calls keep coming in.
"I had people calling me from Baltimore," he said. "Who knows what the final numbers are going to be."
No, thank a cowboy.
Thank a Chinese. The DNA tests show the Indians are just Chinese who went out for some General Tso’s Chicken and took a wrong turn.
They’re making “land” in India now? What will those guys think of next?
Indians did plenty of wheeling and dealing of their own contrary to the popular fantasy that they were ignorant primitives who didn’t know what ownership meant.
RIGHT!!! Like the Indians spontaneously sprung from the earth in America and Canada (or the North American Continent if you will), and God knows there were never any territorial wars or slaves among the Indians and they were all wonderful stewards of the Earth and, sorry I have to go puke now.
I am Ani-Yun-Wiya...(look it up if you don’t know)
The saying exactly true pertaining to my people.
We had adapted very well with the Europeans and then the Americans...My ancestors even saved the reputation of one of the white mans heroes and future president, only to have him
turn and treat us like dirt...
The saying is very accurate.....
The Indians took the land from the Clovis people who were here before them, and there’s strong evidence that there was a group of caucasoid people in North America who preceded them.
This crap is just so stupid, and I say that as someone who’s got Indian, European, and African ancestry.
Got land? Thank plate tectonics!
You mean some Indian will buy me some land if I ask him?
I’ve got nothing I would consider thanking an indian for!
I think I will thank God who created the heavens and the earth instead. People come and go. Strong overtake the weak all the time.
“they were all wonderful stewards of the Earth”
They were nomads and when their crap stunk so bad they couldn’t stand it, they moved to a new location!
How about just thanking someone long dead who used to carry a spear? Everyones got ancestors who used to, and the ones who figured out the next snazzy killing stick usually got a leg up on everyone else until the next bright killologist came along.
It’s the Human Condition.
Dot or feather?
Seriously though, which Indian should I thank, as they were so busy take it away from each other before Columbus arrived.
Try reading a little history...Only some of the western tribes were nomadic in the sense that they followed the migration of buffalo and moved to sheltered valleys during winter...
Most eastern tribes had lands that they had lived on for thousands of years BEFORE Europeans came here...The same lands....
So send me a check.
Most tribes protected the lands they had lived on for thousands of years...There wasn’t much land grabbing until the Europeans came....
Apparently someone has never heard of “Buffalo Jump” in Canada. Its where the natives drove buffalo over a cliff by the thousands and left most to rot after taking what they could.
Lewis and Clark restocked their supplies of meat with buffalo left to rot by the natives.
When we were arguing over wolf hunting here in Michigan a few years ago a tribal authority up north spoke in favor of wolf hunting. He slapped the liberals for pushing a fantasy that the natives didn’t kill wolves. He pointed out that the wolves were a threat and they were competition for food so they did kill wolves to keep them at bay.
The earth worshiping hippie fantasy of the indians is a leftist creation.
My family bought their land from the indians fair and square back in the 1620s.
Just a few thousand acres on southern Manhattan Island
You mean the Creek and Cherokee didn't fight each other over land? Odd I read different.
Thanks for the advice, Mr. Menard. Your advice is much appreciated however, I’ll just thank God, as should you and whichever Indian you feel that I should thank.
Got land Thank God
Thank a white man.
Valley So Wild, Carson Brewer
Trail of Tears, John Ehle
Cherokee Heritage Trails, Barbara Duncan and Brett Riggs
May you be enlightened.....
In addition, I think that Mr. Menard should thank ME (and millions of other Canadian taxpayers), as our tax dollars provide free education, welfare, housing and venture capital to ‘First Nations businesses(like that required to start and expand a t-shirt business).
Mr. Menard, you are welcome!
They did own slaves themselves and did help whites track down runaway slaves as well.
You know, I wonder how well whites would do if they had the current advantages Indians have right now.
The Cherokee and Creek tribes battled during the War of 1812 at Horseshoe Bend where the Cherokee fought alongside Americans and saved Andrew Jackson’s butt....
One of my distant ancestors was captured by natives in frontier NH twice as a child. The first time he was “rescued” when another tribe attacked to capture slaves (including him) and they sold the boy back to his parents.
A few years later the same tribe that had “rescued” him captured him again as a slave. He escaped a few years later at 15 with nearly a dozen of the tribe. They intermarried with the local whites and lived as whites do.
See my tagline.
It references a case where British troops left wounded American militia in the “care” of British allied indians who proceeded to slaughter them in their beds.
And the oh-so-enlightened and mystical Anasazi ate each other.
Thank Kennewick Man.
To think, the Indians wondered then why Americans didn’t want them around.
For example, the Cherokee. They were not originally a SE tribe, Carolinas, Tenn. They were from the Great Lakes region and migrated over time.
The human condition is expansion and movement. For survival or the something else within us all. We all moved.
Sure there were injustices done but it was hardly a one way street. Its human nature.
My family comes from Germanic Barbarian stock. I’m sure they committed injustices against others just as others did to them.
True...Ani-Yun-Wiya are post Iroquois....They split from the nation ten’s of thousands of years ago...For a good history of tribal migration, read People of the Lakes.....
Proud to have gotten your ass kicked? Smile away, idiot...
Well, gotta give the guy credit for being entrepreneurial!
You sound to be very proud of your comment................
That’s not true. Tribes did indeed move around, take, and enslave. The large civilizations acted as imperial masters, and not the nice kind.
Get over it.
I am Ani-Yun-Wiya....I am of the Bird Clan, Eastern nation...
My tribe was on the SAME lands for thousands of years and moved nowhere until Andrew Jackson and the US government betrayed my ancestors...
Now, I am also an extremely proud American and served two combat tours in Vietnam for my country...I justify our action in Vietnam by the simple fact that the US government signed over 1200 treaties with native tribes and never fully uphel any....In 1953, the US government signed the SEATO Pact (treaty) with South Vietnam and finally upheld a treaty....