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IS Hilltop Times LIFETIMES Nov. 1, 1991 DI ust sfeireofiypes White House as the "American Indian by Rudi Williams storyteller's storyteller." But the stories she tells are true. American Indians are the most misunderstood people in America, and it's time to start setting the record straight, said Jordan, national chair of the American Indian Cultural Exchange. Her organization, based in Alexandria, Va., promotes the culture of American Indian tribes. Jordan also works to keep the oral traditions of American Indians alive. American Forces Information Service Nothing riles Thomasina Jordan more than stereotypes about American Indians. All her life she has heard inaccurate, insulting stories and jokes about Indians; seen outlandish, be littling motion pictures; and read derogatory books. Jordan has told so many stories herself around the world that she is known from Indian reservations to the non-prof- it "People should restudy history during American Indian Heritage Month to find out who we are," said Jordan, recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution's 1991 Medal of Honor. She was cited for her contributions to minority groups, children, her community and the American political system. "Fc instance, every television and radio station and the print media should give at least one positive fact a day about American Indians," she said. "Every schoolchild should be iitx v ssssgC" , , ggsmsk ssr " U Month something positive to help dispel some of the misconceptions about America's indigenous people." For example, Pocahontas wasn't a woman who danced on tables semi-nudShe was a preteen Chickahomi-n- y Indian who did nothing of the kind, Jordan said in refuting a national magazine's account. And although many people claim to be her direct descendants, Pocahontas died childless in London, England, at an early BE ass 1 e. age. Also, East Coast Indians wouldn't have brought turkey for Thanksgiving rk-i- S 3f mini dinner. They still serve fish for Thanksgiving. Sitting Bull wasn't on the front lines during the Battle of little Bighorn. He was the medicine man and strategist who stayed in the rear. Crazy Horse was the chief. Indians didn't circle covered wagons. "That's the dumbest way to fight a battle," she exclaimed. "Indians didn't sit around saying, 'Let's go attack those settlers.' I've always been amazed that when the settlers won a battle, it was a victory. But when the Indians won, it was a massacre," said Jordan, a member of the 1 i Wampanoag Algonquin-speakin- g ; tribe. She said society's view of Indians won't change as long as people in authority never visit an Indian munity, reservation or home out of fear of catching some dreaded disease, or never send their children to school with Indians because they're afraid of social contamination. "If they don't, then they don't care as much as they profess to," added Jordan, who is often called to the com- $$$$$$ $ $$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ $r 1 A.S.A.P. LOANS $ $ 'i $ $ $ $ $ $ ) $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ MILITARY-CIVILIA- 4 $ If i This offer good for all $ N PERSONNEL 4 in East Coast Indians wouldn't have brought turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. They still serve fish for Thanksgiving. "The Wampanoag tribe and the settlers had a good relationship as long as the early people were alive. But as more settlers came, people became greedy. That's when the problems started. "Why were the colonies successful?" she asked. "Because they had Indians there to help them." Indians are still helping, according to Jordan. She said there's an alliance between American Indians and the Defense Department. "We've served each other well. Whether it be World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf there has always been a relationship. The bridge has never been burnt. "Some people ask, 'Why would Indians defend a country that's done so much wrong to them?' Why wouldn't they?" Jordan asked. "This is our country. Why wouldn't we defend it?" Editor's note: NovembeFhas been designated as American Indian Heritage Month. HillAFB will recog- nize the month with a luncheon at the NCO club Nov. 20. Tickets for the luncheon go on sale Monday and are available by calling Jacque Laursen, Ext. 52351, or Jolene Arave, Ext. 76808. Barbara Crosby, Ext. 75568, is the point of contact for ticket sales for the hearing impaired. mm&mmni Layton Hills Mall Convenience Center SIGNATURE LOANS 546-650- 0 $100, $200, $300, $400 I universities, civic groups, congressional groups, military installations and to groups overseas. 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