Proud of my Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band association

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to Mary Annette Pember’s letter in the March 17, 2008, edition of NFIC.

I wonder too about her “agenda.” First of all, why all the bashing of the SNURB? In that same issue, there is a group of Native Americans that are offering “memberships” to illegal aliens to get them citizenship status. There are always arguments over who is truly “Chief” of various Nations. She seems to only concentrate on one group, Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band.

I have lived forty-seven of my fifty-two years in Cincinnati. Why is nothing said about all the “fake” Germans every Octoberfest. Or all the “fake” Irish people who guzzle green beer every St. Patrick’s Day?

As for “ceremonial resolution” and “purely ceremonial,” if I’m not mistaken politicians have a “swearing-in ceremony.” I was married at a “wedding ceremony.” Are these ceremonies considered worthless? Native Americans consider ceremonies, evidently, in a different light.

I, for one, am proud to be associated with the Shawnee Nation Remnant Band. We exist. We do ceremonies. We have powwows. We do not have a casino. We merely are trying to do things as our ancestors wanted, and care about each other, as families should. Is that such a concern? Megwich.

Randy Bales
Goshen, Ohio 45122