This is a story that could have only come out of Madison. Okay, maybe Portland, Seattle, Austin and San Francisco. I can’t remember how many of these I’ve come across over the years. In a political system where you gain special privileges by identifying as a minority member, a whole lot of wokes, including a lady named Liz Warren, will try their hand at pretending to be an American Indian. That’s one reason why quite so many radical lefties identify as American Indian and why activist Indians are often white lefties.
Early in 2020, an Indigenous artist urged the owners of a new music venue in town to change its name.
It was called The Winnebago, after the street on which it stands. Many Indigenous people and allies let the owners know that wasn’t the best name for a white-owned music venue. One of them was nibiiwakamigkwe, also known as Kay LeClaire, a founding member and co-owner of the queer Indigenous artists’ collective giige, and budding leader of Madison’s Indigenous arts community.
It took several months, but the venue eventually relented and rebranded as The Burr Oak.
After a ridiculous bout of cancel culture and senseless virtue signaling berating an establishment for using the name of the street it’s on, Kay turned out to be as white as Warren.
“I’m glad the owners have decided to no longer profit from the identities of Indigenous peoples,” LeClaire wrote in an editorial for Our Lives Wisconsin. “I’m glad the name is going, but I’m not happy the institutions that allowed it to be stolen in the first place remain. For over 500 years, Indigenous Peoples have not controlled our narratives and representations. Our exclusion has been built into inclusion for others.”
Since at least 2017, Kay LeClaire has claimed Métis, Oneida, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Cuban and Jewish heritage. Additionally, they identify as “two-spirit,” a term many Indigenous people use to describe a non-binary gender identity.
Lately, it seems as if we have almost as many fake Jews as fake Indians. And Cuban isn’t that hard to pull off.
Two-spirit has been added to the list of infinitely expanding gender identities But beneath all the identity politics masks, Kay was just a white woman looking to be exotic. But the lefties all but admit that they wanted to be fooled.
“There’s this appetite in Madison to just really want (diversity) and want to believe it so badly,” she said. “It’s like a craving for it. We’re craving culture here. And so then when someone like Kay comes forward, dressed as she did, and, you know, really being a loud voice for Native issues, it was fully consumed.”
And that’s why they’ll get fooled again.
They apparently attended the University of Wisconsin and in the summer of 2018 married fellow Hamilton alum Adam Pagenkopf, a research specialist at UW. In a post on their now-deleted Facebook account during the wedding planning, LeClaire referred to themself as “a 20-something white woman.”
So much for the non-binary Indian stuff.
It’s not as if these people are especially convincing. They literally walk around in a costume.
“I thought it was interesting how (they) often wore, it wasn’t like full regalia, but (they were) often wearing furs and clearly Indigenous-made clothing and it was almost like flying a flag. ‘Hi, I’m an indigenous woman.’ You don’t see that very often,” Goforth said. “Really, I don’t see that in my circles. I chalked that up to part of (their) role at the UW, bringing the exposure of culture forward, but now I look at it, and it was literally like a costume. It’s just so painful.”
But people want to believe. And there’s a lot of them out there.
They noted that the self-identified Native American population grew by 85% between the 2010 and 2020 census, from just over five million to well over nine million.
“That’s not population growth,” they said. “It’s a major issue. The government needs to ask if you are an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.
That’s a whole lot of fake Indians.
And the Dems are reluctant to do that because they want to create more minorities while undermining the established tribes.