January 4, 2007

STATEMENTS FROM
LANCE TAHCHAWWICKAH AND

COMANCHE NATION CHAIRMAN
WALLACE COFFEY

Blog Report, 1/4/07


LANCE TAHCHAWWICKAH’S STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF THE PRESTON TACHCHAWWICKAH FAMILY REGARDING DAVID YEAGLEY’S SPECULATIONS ON RUDY YOUNGBLOOD

It seems that the matter of my brother, Rudy Youngblood, is of great importance to David Yeagley. Please allow me to settle this once and for all. Rudy Youngblood is, in fact, my brother. He is family! What Rudy has said is absolutely TRUE.

Unfortunately, Mr. Yeagley, perhaps out of jealously or some other personal vendetta, is trying to discredit him. Why? I do not know.

Instead of attempting to taint his reputation, we, as Indian people, should encourage him. He is an asset to our race. He got where he is through hard work, determination, and dedication. Instead of knocking our youth down, we need to help them. We need to see to it that they accomplish more than the previous generations. So many bad things plague our race ... alcoholism, drug abuse, etc. Here is a young man that is trying to break that vicious cycle. But, instead of supporting him, Mr. Yeagley tries, and tries to enlist others, to make trouble for him. I have asked Dr. Yeagley…if that makes any sense?

So, this, is all I have to say ... I hope that this statement answers any questions or concerns Mr. Yeagley, or anyone else has, with respect to my brother.

Now, moving forward, I only ask that Mr. Yeagley and others respect my family and our privacy. My father, the late Preston Tahchawwickah rests in peace, I have pleaded with Mr. Yeagley to please stop and respect that he has gone to the other side — to stop speaking of him, about him, and talking about his family. My father is not here to respond to Yeagley’s attacks against my family and it is dishonorable of Mr. Yeagley to keep speaking of my father and his family. I only ask for respect — for him and my family. Please hear me Mr. Yeagley.

Thank you for your time. I wish all a happy new year and nothing but the best for you and yours.

Respectfully,
Lance Tahchawwickah


STATEMENT FROM COMANCHE NATION CHAIRMAN COFFEY REGARDING RUDY YOUNGBLOOD — AFTER RUDY’S VISIT TO THE COMANCHE NATION.

Rudy Youngblood came to Lawton, Oklahoma at my request. He is from the Tahchawwickah family and his father is the late Preston Tahchawwickah. On behalf of the Comanche Nation we are quite proud of him and several of our members know him from the powwow circuit.

We were proud to welcome him home and had a wonderful cookout for him on Sunday evening.

As for his performance in APOCALYPTO, "he is superb, exemplifies tribal teachings, and possesses wisdom and strength of character to make it as an Indian actor."

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