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'Got land? Thank an Indian' shirts hot commodity after controversy, seller says
TORONTO SUN ^ | JANUARY 17, 2014 | KATE SCHWASS-BUECKERT

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."



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1 posted on 01/17/2014 4:57:00 PM PST by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

No, thank a cowboy.


2 posted on 01/17/2014 4:58:35 PM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: rickmichaels
Land was here before the Indians...


3 posted on 01/17/2014 4:59:32 PM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: rickmichaels

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.


4 posted on 01/17/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rickmichaels

They’re making “land” in India now? What will those guys think of next?


5 posted on 01/17/2014 5:01:59 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: rickmichaels

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.


6 posted on 01/17/2014 5:02:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels

I’m offended.


7 posted on 01/17/2014 5:04:23 PM PST by DManA
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To: rickmichaels

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.


8 posted on 01/17/2014 5:07:34 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: rickmichaels
BTW somebody needs to ask where the indians got the land. In many if not most cases they got it by killing everyone on it.

Saginaw (MI) is an Ojibiwa word meaning "Where the Sauk were. They weren't there because the Ojibiwa killed them and took the land.
9 posted on 01/17/2014 5:10:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: All

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.....


10 posted on 01/17/2014 5:13:44 PM PST by JW1949
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To: rickmichaels

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.


11 posted on 01/17/2014 5:15:05 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: rickmichaels

Got land? Thank plate tectonics!


12 posted on 01/17/2014 5:16:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: blueunicorn6

not


13 posted on 01/17/2014 5:19:37 PM PST by maine-iac7 (Christian is as Christian does - by their fruits)
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To: rickmichaels

You mean some Indian will buy me some land if I ask him?


14 posted on 01/17/2014 5:24:12 PM PST by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: rickmichaels

I’ve got nothing I would consider thanking an indian for!


15 posted on 01/17/2014 5:24:20 PM PST by dalereed
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To: rickmichaels

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.


16 posted on 01/17/2014 5:26:13 PM PST by vpintheak (Thankful to be God blessed & chosen!)
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To: Mastador1

“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!


17 posted on 01/17/2014 5:26:17 PM PST by dalereed
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To: rickmichaels; All

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.


18 posted on 01/17/2014 5:29:48 PM PST by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: rickmichaels
"Got land? Thank an Indian"

Dot or feather?

Seriously though, which Indian should I thank, as they were so busy take it away from each other before Columbus arrived.

19 posted on 01/17/2014 5:33:20 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: dalereed

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....


20 posted on 01/17/2014 5:34:00 PM PST by JW1949
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To: rickmichaels
Son, I'm as old as dirt.

So send me a check.

21 posted on 01/17/2014 5:34:43 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Anti-Complacency League! Baby!)
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To: SampleMan

Most tribes protected the lands they had lived on for thousands of years...There wasn’t much land grabbing until the Europeans came....


22 posted on 01/17/2014 5:36:41 PM PST by JW1949
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To: dalereed

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.


23 posted on 01/17/2014 5:37:54 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels

My family bought their land from the indians fair and square back in the 1620s.

Just a few thousand acres on southern Manhattan Island


24 posted on 01/17/2014 5:39:21 PM PST by digger48
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To: JW1949
Most eastern tribes had lands that they had lived on for thousands of years BEFORE Europeans came here...The same lands....

You mean the Creek and Cherokee didn't fight each other over land? Odd I read different.

25 posted on 01/17/2014 5:41:13 PM PST by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: rickmichaels

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.


26 posted on 01/17/2014 5:42:01 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: rickmichaels

Got land Thank God


27 posted on 01/17/2014 5:42:15 PM PST by tophat9000 (Are we headed to a Cracker Slacker War?)
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To: Wyrd bið ful aræd

Got work?

Thank a white man.


28 posted on 01/17/2014 5:43:24 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: All

Read these:

Valley So Wild, Carson Brewer
Trail of Tears, John Ehle
Cherokee Heritage Trails, Barbara Duncan and Brett Riggs

May you be enlightened.....


29 posted on 01/17/2014 5:44:56 PM PST by JW1949
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

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!


30 posted on 01/17/2014 5:47:10 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: cripplecreek

They did own slaves themselves and did help whites track down runaway slaves as well.


31 posted on 01/17/2014 5:50:31 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

You know, I wonder how well whites would do if they had the current advantages Indians have right now.


32 posted on 01/17/2014 5:51:07 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: LowOiL

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....


33 posted on 01/17/2014 5:52:26 PM PST by JW1949
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


34 posted on 01/17/2014 5:59:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: TigersEye

*winner*


35 posted on 01/17/2014 6:05:59 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


36 posted on 01/17/2014 6:06:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dalereed

And the oh-so-enlightened and mystical Anasazi ate each other.


37 posted on 01/17/2014 6:07:09 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: SampleMan

Thank Kennewick Man.


38 posted on 01/17/2014 6:07:44 PM PST by Salamander (Sleeping don't come very easy in a strait white vest.)
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To: cripplecreek

To think, the Indians wondered then why Americans didn’t want them around.


39 posted on 01/17/2014 6:11:56 PM PST by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: JW1949
Not entirely accurate.

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.

40 posted on 01/17/2014 6:14:46 PM PST by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: CorporateStepsister

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.


41 posted on 01/17/2014 6:15:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Theoria

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.....


42 posted on 01/17/2014 6:20:16 PM PST by JW1949
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To: Theoria
Here's what the "good stewards" of the earth did.

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
43 posted on 01/17/2014 6:20:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rickmichaels
"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."

Proud to have gotten your ass kicked? Smile away, idiot...

44 posted on 01/17/2014 6:21:17 PM PST by Third Person
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To: rickmichaels

Well, gotta give the guy credit for being entrepreneurial!


45 posted on 01/17/2014 6:22:27 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Third Person

You sound to be very proud of your comment................


46 posted on 01/17/2014 6:26:17 PM PST by JW1949
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To: JW1949

That’s not true. Tribes did indeed move around, take, and enslave. The large civilizations acted as imperial masters, and not the nice kind.


47 posted on 01/17/2014 6:27:20 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: JW1949
"I am Ani-Yun-Wiya"

I'm a few parts Cherokee, too, along with a few parts English, Norman, Dutch (and oh, yes, a few Coens) and all kinds of other heritage from nearly 400 years of American ancestors. It's an American thing. The vanities of identity politics are more of a Germanic/Roman thing.

Yeah, there was shame in the past about having Cherokee ancestors. But as one of my great-grandmothers said long ago, "Child, look in the eyes of folks all around us. They's Injuns all over the place, just like my aunts, uncles and cousins in those pictures!"

And if you believe that there are people of pure Cherokee blood, try watching a few old Chinese kung fu movies. Notice the drums, attitudes and customs. And take another look at the big, strong Sioux married into the population of the Reservation (quite a contrast). [Heh. Little humor and reality there.]


48 posted on 01/17/2014 6:30:23 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: JW1949

Get over it.


49 posted on 01/17/2014 6:31:18 PM PST by Third Person
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To: SampleMan

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....


50 posted on 01/17/2014 6:33:22 PM PST by JW1949
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