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A big thank you to you!

A big thank you to you!


In keeping with the celebration of love, described by Brother Ghost Dancer,  I wanted to thank all the People of One Fire members, who have made my survival possible over the past nine years.  Many of you made generous donations, when I was desperate for money to pay utilities and buy food in that old hovel of a cabin.  Many more of you have kept in touch with me via telephone and emails.  That meant a lot, because I was intentionally isolated from other humans.

Today marks the ninth anniversary of one of the most traumatic experiences, one could imagine . . . Being given three days notice to be homeless on Christmas Eve.  It’s been a long climb out of that situation, but your donations and moral support made it possible.  I have a borderline poverty income now, but with no debts and modest lifestyle, I feel like royalty.  Of course, I can’t hop on a jet plane to go skiing in the Alps, but the situation is so much better this year than last year, it feels like heaven.  Geez . . . this is the first time in 9 years that have slept in a bed, had a working stove, had a working furnace and air conditioner, had a washer and dryer, etc.   And there are no rats!  During the last six months I lived in the hovel, I killed 127 rats.  I heard a lot more rats being killed in the walls by snakes!  LOL

This was not happenstance situation, but a long drawn out attack by the “powers and principalities of Satan.”    It began at sunrise on my birthday in 1997.  I was startled awake by an unmarked black helicopter, hovering about 50 feet over my house.  Since then I have talked to several men and women, who were Choctaw, Creek, Seminole, Lakota or Apache and had a background in military intelligence, special ops or progressive politics.  They all have had similar experiences or worse.  One of them said that her fiance’ was a junior grade officer in the US Army. He was having similar strange experiences to her, but suddenly disappeared from the face of the earth about three months before the invasion of Iraq and never heard from again.

It would take a multi-volume book to tell you everything that happened to me after August 1997, so we will just stop there.  Things look very grim for this nation right now.  Native American elders fear the worse.  I do know that the bad guys have been practicing night-time attacks for a long, long time.  They plan to knock out the electrical grid.   I have a lot of experience living off the grid.  Dried beans, grits, oat meal, BROWN rice and freeze dried potatoes containing cheese are the easiest non-perishable food items to cook over hot coals. If you don’t have a wind-up flash-light and radio, you need to purchase them immediately.  Again . . . I would not have survived the past nine years without your help . . . and for that I thank you.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    You’re very welcome Richard. I enjoy reading all of your posts and the books I bought from you. I grew up spending most of my time in the woods alone and have a real appreciation of the natural world. I believe it is the reason I’m drawn to learning about native american history. It has been a while since I’ve donated but when I get my next check I will contribute again. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and am so happy you are in a better home with your puppies. Keep on doing what you’re doing and take good care of yourself and your pups. Wishing you a Happy New Year too! Oh, I am waiting for more of your old slides to be posted too….they are very interesting.

    • I am already using the old slides in the videos in my Youtube Channel. Thank you personally for purchasing the books. Right now I am just flabbergasted that a flirtatious comment from a Svenska Flicka so long ago in a letter I long forgot that she had written was the key to unlocking the riddle between the Southeast and Sweden.


    May angels wrap their wings around you tightly. . . .


    After I returned from Vietnam and became actively involved in veteran’s rights issues otherwise known by others as “subversive activities” because we utilized our Constitutional right to the judicial system (Rhodes v United States & Veterans Administration, 9th Circuit; Marozsan v United States and Veterans Administration, 7th Circuit) our home, although we were actually ahead in monthly payments, was foreclosed on. After threatening an armed conflict to avoid forced eviction, a “clerical error” was conveniently discovered…this was the late 1970s.

    Less than a decade ago when I was editing (Vietnamese) government mass media articles-while securing medical treatment for herbicidal poisoning (Agent Orange) that I cannot get in this country; my American based retirement auto deposit was suddenly stopped playing havoc to my automatic bill paying system ruining my credit. I asked my senator, via the US Embassy, to investigate and it was learned one “anonymous” individual had made a note that I had gone to Vietnam to “renounce my citizenship” and “plot against the United States government…” WTF This took a few months to sort thru- this in spite of the fact that TWICE I was a US State Department Fulbright educator to Vietnam! Apparently the truth counts for nothing?

    • Oh I know. Some idiots in Jasper, GA decided that I was a “draft evader” because I worked six months in Sweden. They physically attacked me several times, but quickly went away with squeaky voices. YET . . . they repeatedly elected rich Republican draft evaders to the House, Senate and now the White House. As I told you, I am not a veteran, but I signed a document at age 18, which allowed the US Navy to call me to active duty any time up to age 65. They just never called me. Actually, I was disappointed, because I was looking forward to being a SeaBee officer.


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