Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Rudy Youngblood

Awww... Isn't he just the handsomest new actor on the block? He's Rudy Youngblood in Mel Gibson's Apocalypto.

Already, we have some haters who are so jealous of him. David "the bigot" Yeagley is one. He's so resentful that a person of color is making it in Hollywood and is good-looking. He make so much of his race that he's blind to see talent when it's in front of him. So resentful that he writes not one, but two articles disparaging him.

Memo to Dave: If you don't have anything nice to say, be quiet and keep your evil thoughts to yourself. He's going to be a bigger star.


Ann said...

Yes, Stephanie, I went over to Yeagley's site.

He and his commentors were so vicious in their attacks on Rudy.

As if he does NOT have Native American blood in him, via some "proof" of blood quantum from a CIB card, so what? Yeagley never met a black American who did not have Native American blood in him?

But, time and time again I have seen where Native Ams. have opened their arms to whites who have native blood in them, but many times have rebuffed and rebuked those black people who have native blood in them.

The Cherokee and Seminole of late come to mind.

And, WTF, when white people have claimed native blood, I do not hear half the screeching, boo-hooing and caterwauling that I hear when a black person claims what they have a right to claim.

We black people are a "mixed-blood race" of people. Genetically we cannot really call ourselves "black", since in addition to black blood, we have native and white blood flowing in our veins.

But, many of us claim the black blood, because unlike the other blood, when half-caste children were forced on us, the black community accepted them.

And in this day and age, we still do.

If any race has shown itself to be more accepting of ALL those who are a part of its race, it is black people, more so than white people, or native people have ever done.

Kudos to you, Rudy.

Keep on truckin'.

Stephanie B. said...

Thank you Ann. And, you know what, he's going to become a greater celebrity while right-wing haters such as Yeagley and Sailer bites the dust socially and politically.


Stephanie B. said...

Also, Ann, there's a pattern by conservatives and the right wing of attacking Black celebrities and political figures.


Anonymous said...

My mind told me...don't let him get to you; he's a fricken nut job. He is only one person. But I folded. I lashed out at the ridiculous rhetoric he throws out there. Now, I've found myself being his latest target. The man's an idiot so I have decided to let it go because it's not worth it.

But, I have to say, I was happy to find your blog. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad someone said this..
He seemed to not only call into his question Rudy's Native American heritage, but disparage any Latino or African heritage he may have.

I read those comments and felt so disheartened. I am one of those "African-Americans" who can specifically point to the European and Native American ancenstors included in my history, but have never tried to claim to be either one. Its important to me to be able to teach my daughter about all of her heritage.

I would love to see others speak out about the fact that the term African-American (a misleading one) often means a person of African, European and Native American heritage.

Michelle Shining Elk said...

Since Mr. Yeagley has left me know choice (because he won't post my comments on his website), I offer the following rebuttal and comments to Yeagley's accusations and nonsense that he has written.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

In response to DAVID YEAGLEY attacks on RUDY YOUNGBLOOD

I cannot sit idle or silent any longer while David Yeagley continues to pontificate over what he thinks he knows about Rudy Youngblood. Mr. Yeagley is a man that is clearly jealous, ignorant, obnoxiously obsessed and eager to engage in over the top pettiness. Frankly, I am sick and tired of his outlandish comments and accusations. Just who does this man think he is to pass judgment on people he knows nothing about?

I have tried to post my own comments to the BLOG/ARTICLEs Yeagley posts, but of course, they do not get posted – not that I am surprised.

Mr. Yeagley imagines himself to be journalist (among the many other professions he claims he is experienced in??). However, he clearly has no ability to remain objective – he has no understanding of fair balance – his own monitoring of the comments attempting to be made in response to his BLOG/ARTICLEs, and his posting only those he approves of is a prime example. Somewhere along the line, this man, under delusions of grandeur, came to believe and oddly enough believes, he is the authority on ALL THINGS – literally, ALL THINGS???

Therefore, since he refuses to post my comments on his website, I will post them here. For it is only fair, as in all debates and in journalism, that rebuttal and responses be allowed into the equation. Like Mr. Yeagley, I will use this medium to exercise my own "freedom of speech."

Following is the last post I attempted to make, in response to his BLOG/ARTICLE of December 26, 2006 -- included herein below.


Comment by Michelle on December 26, 2006 on

Mr. Yeagley you are a bandwagon, party of "ONE (1)." I have found myself disturbed with the slander and libel you continue to put out there regarding people and matters you know absolutely nothing about. I have sought and received counsel from many on how to deal with your antics, including many from my own tribe. With respect to myself, I have been advised, and encouraged, to leave this alone and let you fight this fight because you are fighting with yourself, that you are disturbed. However, I have sat idle for days watching you attack and attempt to disparage my client and my friend. I cannot do this any longer. I have to stand up for what I feel is right – to get some realities and truths of these matters out there. To bring to light the things and issues that you do not seem to want to acknowledge or admit – let alone report on.

Mr. Yeagley, you have far too much time on your hands -- have you ever heard the phrase "those who cast stones should not live in a glass houses." As an American you have the right to "freedom of speech," with this right you have found a conduit in which to be bitter and spiteful towards others. What you DO NOT have the right to do is engage in slander and libel. You should be very careful with your words Mr. Yeagley; you are walking on a thin line with respect to libel and slander issues.

For this post, I will start with your attempts to defame me. Not that I owe you any explanation about who I am, or where I come from. BUT, I have to say, I find it interesting that you enjoy digging and digging and reporting your "findings and facts" when they are in your favor. HOWEVER, when you learn truths, you conveniently forget to post that information. You write with only the information you want in making your "informed decisions" to cast stones at others.

For the record, I just got off the phone with one of my tribal councilmen (you know who he is). He informed me he has been in contact with you; and, that have been enlightened by the fact(s) as they relate to my Indian affiliation and blood quantum, and you learned that: 1. I am an enrolled Colville tribal member (proudly I can say, my father was a full blood and my mother is over ¾); 2. I was raised and lived on the reservation my entire life; and, 3. I come from four of the largest families on my reservation.

How convenient it is for you to forget to post that information? So, contrary to what you want to say about me, which I am sure you will…at the end of the day, I rest assured that you got a dead end here pal and I have more Indian blood in my little finger than you do in your entire being and body. So say what you will. You will only bore me.

Moving on...with respect to Rudy Youngblood.

This is for your readers, I want to point out the following:

On the subject of the surname Gonzales. Since you keep hanging on this subject, I would like to point out to your readers, your very own writings, wherein you state the truth -- investigated and reported on by…YOU!@#?

"BadEagle has also been informed that "Gonzales," Rudy's legal name, is in fact an adopted name. It was his Mexican step father's name." Yeagley readers: You can see it yourself at:

Mr. Yeagley, perhaps you should go back and re-read your writings and posts before contradicting yourself, as you seem to do more often than not.

AGAIN, neither my client, nor I owe you any explanation for who is he, or where he comes from. You are obviously fueled by jealousy and rage because you know, at the end of the day, very few (if any, including your own Comanche nation) will (or would) come to your defense or support any of your endeavors as they have for Rudy. Rudy has done good things, is doing good things and you can't stand that, get over it!

Here is what I know. I know, and have been a witness to the strong support system Rudy has in Indian country, coast-to-coast, and it is much larger than you could ever wrap your head around, or imagine having for yourself. What's more, it has nothing, whatsoever, to do with a casino in trouble, or whatever weak excuse(s) you orchestrate in further attempts to support your asinine assaults. You are grasping at straws here. Mr. Yeagley, regardless of what you think, or say, my client has a solid grounding in his tribal identity. He has listened and learned from many aunties, uncles, grandparents, family members and elders -- he knows his Indian ways, culture and traditions. I have been a witness to his knowledge and the respect he has for his people, cultural and traditional ways and families (extended and immediate). He is mindful and very respectful in every way. How about you Mr. Yeagley?

You claim you are the "first conservative American Indian in the American media," when the truth of the matter is that you are merely a predator who is using (and abusing) the terms "Indian" and "Comanche" in your neurotic quest to harass my client (and countless others) with your pervasive and negative rhetoric.

Here are a couple realties for you to muse on (for your benefit Mr. Yeagley: reality [re•al•i•ty] - 1.the state or quality of being real. 2. resemblance to what is real. 3. a real thing or fact.).

--> -->1. Unlike you, my client continues to work to give back to his community, all communities -- to continue living and nurturing his vision for the future of Tribal America and other indigenous peoples – with a good heart and good intent.

--> -->2. Unlike you, my client refuses to be a victim and live in a defensive mindset; instead, he is proactive and a visionary about what he, as a person (a human being) and as an artist, has to offer as a continuation and revitalization of the indigenous cultures of the Americas and other countries.

I do not believe the same can be said for you…you just want to point fingers and take what you can get and ultimately make a nuisance of yourself – failing to see how the words you throw out there represent you. For the record, it is not in a good way -- stop trying to fool yourself and others into believing that you are really a "do-gooder."

I know I have said this once, but I will say it again…Mr. Yeagley, you "might" be an enrolled Comanche, but it is clear you do not have the first clue, or any understanding of what being Comanche or Indian truly means. You should be honored that you are so lucky to belong; and hence, represent such in more positive ways. There is enough negativity out there in the world and in Indian country – the Indian community is a small community, we should be working together, not against one another. You do not get that.

Being Indian is about giving back when you have received; it is about living with dignity and having a respect of all things and people – that is what we are taught and how we are raised…to always keep in mind, in everything we do, those who have come before us, and those who will follow. You do not get that.

Clearly, you do not have an understanding of these basic ways, let alone live by any of them. How do you sleep at the end of the day? You have to know your ancestors are saddened by your negative actions and reactions. As for those who are to follow you...well, another sad state of affairs and I will just leave it at that - enough said.

Mr. Yeagley, you are clearly lost and uncomfortable in your own skin. If you want to attack people, be a man and engage in objective verbal warfare, fairly. You must stop using the veil of being Indian and a Comanche to get attention under false pretenses, and to beat on people you do not know, and know nothing about, including our culture and traditions.

Which brings me to my next point. Being the "super sleuth", you think you are. You know how my name change came to be (it is not difficult to put it together), but you fail to write on that because that would lessen the juice and weaken the reality of your stories. I am not Michelle "SHINING ELK," a supposed "Colville." I am MICHELLE SHINING ELK and I AM COLVILLE! I don't need to give any explanation to you about how my name change came to be – that's my personal life and contrary to what you say, I didn't and do not need to publicize why it changed. Not only do you disrespect me when you do not address me incorrectly you are disrespecting a person, and people you do not know, or know nothing about (yet again…). All par for the course, I guess, since the meaning of "respect" obviously eludes you.

Another point I'd like to make to your readers.

I find it interesting that you continue to use as one of your "reliable" sources, "Wikipedia," when you, yourself, have had your own issues with Wikipedia and has stated that it is an unreliable source as it can be edited by anyone.

"The new (my original) Wikipedia post, "David A. Yeagley" is not exactly what I put up. THere have been edits, and there are therefore some inaccuracies. I will BLOG/ARTICLE? on this tommorrow, if I have time before I have to leave. Otherwise, I will BLOG/ARTICLE? on it later, when I get to a computer. As I said, I don't know how long this present Wikipedia post will last. The enemy never sleeps.
Posted by David Yeagley at November 15, 2006 10:45 PM"

In closing: At the end of the day, Mr. Yeagley, I take great amount of relief in knowing that all anyone has to do is read your writings. Your writing speaks for itself. It says loads about who you are, what you are about and the troubled and fixated ill-willed paths you are headed down. Period.

I will pray that one day you find the right path and find comfort in who you are and not who you feel you need to attack.

Michelle R. Shining Elk at December 26, 2006 06:47 PM

Stephanie B. said...

To Michelle,

Thank you so much sistergirl for exposing the bs hatred of "Dr" David Yeagley and his jealous, racist cronies. He cannot say anything about anything without resorting to insults.

You are welcome to respond to my forums and his hatred must not be unchallenged.

Yours Truly,

Stephanie B.

Michelle said...

Thank you Stephanie for your support and kind words.

Anonymous said...

This comment is for Michelle Shining Elk...Hi Michelle, I read through all your comments and I know we're on the same page. Rudy is a very special person who is being persecuted unfairly. He won't let you post because he is being very narrow
minded. I think he doesn't understand the spiritual experiences in the way you and I do. I think it's sad. I also think it's a little scary. I hope Rudy isn't reading any of that.

Jeanne said...

Rudy rules!

TV said...

Yeagley is just making a mountain out of a molehill. Does it really matter if someone claims to be part native indian or aboriginal or some other indegenous race? So what if Rudy claims are fake? Who knows for sure, other than himself, anyway? Does everything really have to become an argument?

Some people just have too much time in their hands... They ought to get themselves a job or something.

TV said...

Yeagley is just making a mountain out of a molehill. Does it really matter if someone claims to be part native indian or aboriginal or some other indegenous race? So what if Rudy claims are fake? Who knows for sure, other than himself, anyway? Does everything really have to become an argument?

Some people just have too much time in their hands... They ought to get themselves a job or something.

sakdal_dilag said...

He's soooooo cuteeee...... I'm INLOVEEEEE!! waaaaaah :))

sakdal_dilag said...

He's so C U T E!!!

i'm L O V E S T R U C K!!!


Rena said...

(I may be late but...) I must say that I'm absoulutely floored with the negativity energy that this man has shead on Rudy, Michelle, and any other person in America for that matter! This man looks like all he did was dream up of things just to put in his blog. Such ignorance indeed! This man had the audacity to try and use the word "dignity" against said people.

Being of mixed Race myself (Mexican and Black) and I take offense to what this man is putting out there. It's shedding a negative light on everyone of ethnic background.

I won't spend too much time on ignorance. Rudy, you keep on doing what you're doing (and stay cute btw...). Michelle, don't let this mand get under your skin...that's just what he wants, to create an outrage to shead some publicity on what he has to's ignorance and selfishness.

Anonymous said...

i think rudy youngblook is an excelent actor, indian or not! this Daniel got to find something better to do, than to write sh*t about others.. Please behave.. Rudy, I love you no matter what! no one could have done a better job than you in apocalypto.. amazing..

Suzana said...

rudy is one of the very few actors who have "something" in his eyes...that's what makes him a good actor.

Anonymous said...

Hey i just saw your comments and I thinks Rudy is an great actor i bet that that person whos talkin shit about him is just stupid he can't even compare to him he has so much talent not only in acting but sports and all the stuff...he's great! the way his not mixed w/ African American or anything like that nor he had cancer as a kid ...i thought you might wanted to know that...He said it on his own words to :)

Anonymous said...

Rudy youngblood, hmmm.... he's the cutest and most handsome guy I've ever seen.. If I were ever to meet him and get to know him..ooohhhhh.. I can only hope


(dreams become reality... ONLY IF YOU LET THEM)so I will let them lol

Tina said...

I believe what some of you said. Like the fact that Rudy is being persecuted unjustly. It's obvious to me that his friend, who knows him, would know better than some random guy.
Regardless of it all, like most of you said, it doesn't matter. He's got it all: talent, looks, etc. and isn't that what Hollywood is looking for?

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