Sockpuppets of Robert Coltte (Bernard Red Cherries)

August 26, 2012

During the various public discussions in the Spring and Summer of 2009, Robert Coltte/Bernard Red Cherries seemed to have some defenders. Some of these appeared to be family members of Coltte/Red Cherries. Others appeared to be various other people. Closer examination revealed that all but two or three of these “people” were in fact one person: Robert Coltte/Bernard Red Cherries.

I’m not going to give too many technical details of how I’ve arrived at these conclusions. But let’s put it this way: Coltte not only had a very distinctive writing style, he used the exact same computer to post comments in his own defense, under a variety of aliases.  Some of the aliases he used were the names of real people, who were in another state or even another country at the time he posted from this computer, pretending to be these people. Sometimes he even signed with an alias but used an email address known to be his. If I say a particular name is Coltte/Red Cherries posting under that name, I have a very high confidence level that this is true. If the evidence seems ambivalent, I will say so. [NB: I am not an expert at intertextual analysis and the relatively small writing sample sizes of some of these writers makes this a less than ideal method. What I do have is a large and varied selection of original writing definitely by Coltte/Red Cherries for comparison. When combined with internet traffic logging and tracking, I can often be very certain of my conclusions.]

In Part 3: Comments from Pudgy Indian 2 – “We’ve Been Had”, the following people posting are Coltte/Red Cherries: “anonymous…isn’t it a classic” and “anonymous known only to Lois”.  In Part 5: Comments from Pudgy Indian 2 – “Kill the Messenger”,  “Wilbur Hawk,” “A friend of the Red Cherries F,” and “Lori Red Cherries” are all the same person posting, with IP address and intertextual analysis indicating Coltte/Red Cherries as the writer.

“anonymous2 – since everyine el” and “anonymous2 – ” are not obviously Coltte/Red Cherries but the writing contains some of his distinctive stylistic quirks along with further threats to his victims. I lack certain data to reach a definitive ID on these writers but inter-textual analysis indicates they are both probably Coltte/Red Cherries.

While Sandra (Sandy) Lipe, who comments in Part 7: Comments from Pudgy Indian 2 – “Apologies”, and Casandra (Cassie) Mehlow (Part 3: Comments from Pudgy Indian 2 – “We’ve Been Had”) are identifiable real people, in the past Coltte has posted in his own defense pretending to be one of these women. The argument for these two writers/posters here actually being the people they claim to be is that neither post actually defends him. Mehlow’s post in particular simply states that he wasn’t violently abusive to her all of the time (only some of the time), and that he had apologized for some of the abuse. As snapshots of abusive relationships and manipulated victims, these comments are hardly a very good defense or even a very good denial of Coltte’s alleged abusive behavior of other women. Additionally, recent court records indicate that Coltte pleaded no contest to a domestic violence assault that involved one of his known victims. (See updated Arrests page)

This is not an exhaustive examination of the comments “defending” Coltte/Red Cherries. It is clear that in the vast majority of instances, Coltte/Red Cherries is pretending to be different people in order to give the illusion that he has supporters willing to vouch for his character. In reality, he is almost the sole person speaking in his own defense through false accounts and names.


Transcript of Eugene Johnson on WSLR, June 6, 2009: Part 1 of 3

August 3, 2009

Here is a link to a transcript of Eugene Johnson’s appearance on Sal White Horse Serbin’s radio show “Indigenous Sounds” in June, 2009:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/wj0k3k3nj4d/IndigenousSoundsWSLR-EugeneJohnson-June-06-2009-1of2-transcript.txt. I found the entire transcript interesting in relation to this whole discussion so I’m reprinting the transcript here in full. I’ve broken it into three parts because of the length. Note: When Martha Alvarez speaks of “Robert” in part 2, she is referring to Robert Coltte, aka Bernard Red Cherries. This is part 1 of 3.

“Indigenous Sounds”
WSLR, Sarasota, Florida – June 6, 2009
Sal White Horse Serbin and Eugene Johnson

This is a transcript of the first hour of the radio show “Indigenous Sounds” on WSLR, originally broadcast and streamed live on the web on June 6, 2009. “Indigenous Sounds” is hosted by Sal White Horse Serbin. A copy of the .MP3 audio file used for transcription can be found at http://www.mediafire.com/file/zidtozzkhdm/IndigenousSoundsWSLR-EugeneJohnson-June-06-2009-1of2.mp3 The file name is IndigenousSoundsWSLR-EugeneJohnson-June-06-2009-1of2.mp3

TRANSCRIBER’S NOTES: Times are in [minutes:seconds] and within straight brackets []. Times are only accurate in relation to the specific sound file named above. This is NOT an absolutely verbatim transcript. False sentence starts are mostly eliminated as are word fumbles and transitional clauses of basically nil significance to the expressed verbal meaning. Arbitrary paragraph breaks have been inserted for ease of reading. At a few points, I was unable to definitively transcribe particular words. My phonetic approximation is followed by a (?) to indicate this circumstance.

[03:48]
Sal “White Horse” Serbin: …just want to break into the song. As promised, I have on the telephone Eugene Johnson from KBOO in Portland, Oregon. Eugene, you there?

Eugene Johnson: Yeah I am. Can you hear me?

Sal: Yes, we can hear you just fine.

Eugene: OK.

Sal: And there was some controversy between you and Chief Bernard Red Cherries and he came on the radio show two weeks ago and gave his side of the story and we wanted to give you the opportunity to offer your side.

Eugene: OK, sounds good. First I’d like to let people know a little about myself so we can kind of understand who I am and where I’m coming from.

[04:24] My name is Eugene Douglas Johnson. My mother was Joanne Bonnie Brooks who was Finnish, English, Dutch and Scots Irish. My father was Louis Wilbur Johnson. He passed away back in ’81. He was Alsea, Kutcat(?) and Lower Umpqua. My paternal grandparents were Violet Johnson, formerly Smith. She was Alsea and Klickitat. My paternal grandfather was Zulas(?) Johnson and he was supposedly the last Chief of the Lower Umpqua. I’m a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and I’m also a poet, a blogger, a radio show host and a TV show host. I’ve written a book of poetry that is out of print called “Tremble In Fear Before the Soft Pudgy Indian.” I’ve produced a radio show for KBOO in Portland, Oregon for about 14, 15 years called “Mitakuye Oyasin.” I had some really good co-hosts throughout those years. One was James Craven who’s the Solicitor General of the Blackfoot Traditional Government. He’s also the head of the Business Department at Clark College up in Vancouver, Washington. He also indicted the United States and Canada for the crimes of genocide and has been pushing for a hearing at the UN ever since. Another co-host I had was… my wife was my co-host for a while. Another co-host I had was David Liberty who was a former Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon for archeology, anthropology. He resigned about six months before he was going to do his dissertation because of the racism around the Kenniwick Man case, which I’m not sure a lot of people know about but I’m assuming that a lot of people do. Currently my co-host… “Mitakuye Oyasin” is now a collective, the radio show is now a collective and my co-host is Dean Lookinghawk who’s a web designer and an AIM member, and also he’s Lakota.

[06:27] On “Mitakuye Oyasin” we’ve interviewed folks like Vine Deloria Jr, long before he passed away of course, Ward Churchill many times, Andrea Smith author of “Conquest,” a book about sexual violence in Native America, Joy Harjo who is a musician and poet, Arigon Starr who is a Nammy winner and musician, Karen Greenberg who is one of the editors of “The Torture Papers” which is documentation about the torture around the Abu Ghraib story. One of my favorite interviews was a boy soldier from Sierra Leone, his name is Ismael Beah, who wrote a book called “A Long Way Gone.” The TV show is hosted by David Liberty, and I recently got back on there. I was the host for about 5 or 6 years. There’s also a young man named Adam, and I forget his last name. Sorry Adam if you’re listening. I’ve done all sorts of stuff on that TV show. I also write a blog which is pretty much where this problem really started with Bernard, which is called pudgyindian2.blogspot.com, in which I discuss all sorts of topics from fluffy flower photographs to serious issues of genocide, rape, child abuse and so on. I’ve never claimed to be representative of Native Americans, I just wanted to make that clear. That would mean someone would have to have asked me to do that for people and I was never asked. The only person I claim to represent is myself. I am a Native American and I deal a lot with Native American issues.

[08:07] As far as Bernard Red Cherries goes, about two years ago he asked to come on “Mitakuye Oyasin.” He was in search of his daughter Della who had ran away from state custody. He hadn’t found out about it until about 30 days after she had ran away. I didn’t think about it then but a former co-host did and informed me but that would mean that he had no contact legally with Della and the state had no legal recourse to inform him that this was going on. So I didn’t think of that as a red flag or anything at the time. Also when they did find her, Della was 15 at the time, when they did find her, Bernard came back on the show and said that when they asked her whether she wanted to go home, she threw a major fit and refused to go. Those were like little red flags that I see now but didn’t really think about then.

[09:13] So about 4 or 5 months ago, Martha Alvarez who was his stepdaughter started emailing us because me and a former host had put messages up on our blog, looking for Della also shortly after Bernard had come on. Listening to her testimony, at least reading it in the emails, and what she was alleging happened to her when she was in Bernard’s care… A couple of the things I’ve studied for the last 14, 15 years is genocide and child abuse and how it affects people even after it happens, how it affects people intergenerationally. For example, like how do Indians feel now from the genocide that happened to us physically which probably actually the physical part probably ended with the boarding schools which I think were really ended in about 1970. So what happens to the generations and how we act and behave since then.

[10:23] So I’ve made these studies and I’ve read lots and lots of books like “Co-Dependent No More,” “The Verbally Abusive Relationship.” I read lots about various holocausts and genocides all over the world including in Native America.

I thought about it for a while and I started going over in my head all the patterns and everything Martha was talking about and I decided to make a post on my blog because I felt that we’d been had. I felt that Bernard, I believed that Bernard had used the radio show to make his case more legitimate and so whatever the state had against him, which they must have had something against him if they didn’t inform him for over 30 days that his daughter ran away. I had a legitimate… I should have gone to him personally, is what I should have done and I didn’t do that and I regret not doing so. But also I’m glad it’s coming up because it helps deal with abuse in Native America, in Indian Country. It gives kind of a face to it, probably not a face that really should happen but it’s there now. I’m hoping that this will bring up issues about how to deal with it better instead of keeping it quiet because in Indian Country, most people decide just to keep it quiet. I’m finding out that a lot of people I know have done things in the past, I don’t know if they are doing it now but they definitely had done things in the past, and nobody has ever said anything. So I’m kind of hoping that these things will lead to abuse prevention, help for victim survivors and help for people who are abusive also. That will come up with time.

[12:19] So Martha emailed me with these things and I put a post on my blog saying that I felt like we’d been had by Bernard and that he’s been accused of abuse from a former stepchild. At that time I wasn’t using her name because I didn’t really have permission at that time. I left it at that and for a couple of weeks I only got a few comments, I didn’t see anything. That was probably three or four months ago that I put that post up. Then about May 7th I think it was, I got a call from Robert Vanpelt who’s a fellow Siletz tribal member, saying that he was asked by Bernard Red Cherries to talk to me about that post on my blog. I said I hadn’t gone and looked at it in a long time, I didn’t get emails on my comments or anything of what was going on. I said, well, what if I take it off, would that satisfy Bernard? He said he thought it would. He didn’t say it definitely would, he said he thought it would. I said I won’t be able to get onto the Internet until the next day and so I’ll take it done then. When I took it down, there were a lot of comments on there then.

[13:34] Martha Alvarez had submitted comments from emails that she had sent to me and a fellow blogger. And then, after that was all sorts of crazy abusive crap coming at her and her mother and others. And so I read this stuff and thought, OK, they are going to ask me to make an apology and I don’t know if I’m going to do that. Sure enough the next day I got a phone call from Robert Vanpelt and he asked me to make an apology… or he sent me an email, that what it was. He asked for an apology. The demand for the apology was coming from a group called the Red Brotherhood Warrior Society, who I assume is out of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma AIM. I only know of two members of the Red Brotherhood Warrior Society, and that’s Bernard Red Cherries and Ralph Birdshead Jr. Ralph Birdshead I don’t know any other way or anything. I can’t find anything out about Oklahoma AIM. I’ve even asked people who know old AIMsters, who’ve been asking for me these old people and nobody seems to know who’s in Oklahoma AIM or what they do or anything.

[14:52] So I had been reluctant to apologize and so I put a post on my blog calling out these guys, not bringing up the issue. I said let’s not bring up the issue that we have between us. But I put my name and face behind everything I say. That way if there’s something wrong with what I say, things like this will come up. If I’m proven to be wrong, I will admit it. It’s happened several times in the past with the radio show and my blog and other things so I admit it. Because I’m fallible, I make mistakes, I understand it.

[15:28] But Martha kept on emailing us and talking about what happened to her and stuff and I couldn’t bring myself to make an apology for accusations that she’s making. I just brought up the fact that he is accused of being abusive and these accusations have come from Martha Alvarez who is a former stepdaughter of his which was also further proven by some of those horrific abusive comments that happened on the original post.

[16:01] So I did these little battles with folks who were coming up. I believe some of the folks were actually Bernard but I can’t prove that. You can be anybody you want to on the Internet and I’m not a person that does that kind of thing. In fact there’s forums I won’t participate in because I can’t use my name. I will immediately be removed from those groups, or my comments will be, because I use my name. And I just can’t do something like that, it bothers the heck out of me. I tried a few times but it just bothers me so I don’t do it.

(Continues in Part 2 of 3)


Transcript of Eugene Johnson on WSLR, June 6, 2009: Part 2 of 3

August 3, 2009

This is part 2 of 3 parts of a transcript of Eugene Johnson’s appearance on Sal White Horse Serbin’s radio show “Indigenous Sounds” in June, 2009. This is a link to the complete text file of all three parts: http://www.mediafire.com/file/wj0k3k3nj4d/IndigenousSoundsWSLR-EugeneJohnson-June-06-2009-1of2-transcript.txt.

[16:40] Eugene Johnson: So anyways, about May 14th Robert Vanpelt showed up at the radio station where I was answering phones for the pledge drive. And he gave me this letter from Ralph Birdshead Jr. And what I was expecting from Robert Vanpelt was for him to come and say, “This is what’s upsetting Bernard and this what he’d like and what do you have to say to that?” and have him go back and forth until like Bernard and I defined comfortable ground to talk with each other, is what I expected. But what I got instead was the fact that he gave me this letter that was again demanding the apology that I wasn’t about to give. It was signed by Ralph Birdshead and I was supposed to say in my apology that these lies that I’m putting forth are really hurting all these people involved. But I’m not lying. Martha Alvarez, who is willing to come forward, has accused Bernard Red Cherries of abuse.

[17:48] I have an email which I’m going to read a little from in which she describes it but I’m going to continue with what went on at this meeting at the moment. What happened at this meeting, as he handed this to me I was informed that I was now banished from all Native American events and that Portland AIM, who I know some bad stuff about too, which was also covered up by Robert Vanpelt but I won’t go into the details of that, are going to be the ones that enforce this.

So now I’m supposedly not going to be allowed to go to powwows or public speaking events where Indians are speaking because Portland AIM will be banishing me for coming out and saying these things about Bernard, which all I really stated was that he is accused of abuse, which he is, by Martha Alvarez.

Then Robert Vanpelt made these veiled threats at me and if you know me you know I don’t respond to that type of stuff very well. What he said was that he’d hate to see anything happen to me or anybody I know. At that point, I kind of ramped up my stuff on my blog. Which by the way if anybody goes to my blog you’ll see there aren’t any posts about this other than me being on your show because I started getting in fear of the people that I know coming to harm, not necessarily from Bernard but from people in Portland AIM. And so that’s what really got on my nerves.

[19:31] It’s one thing to threaten me, big deal. I don’t care, you can threaten me all you want but sometimes people know where to look for a weakness. And in that case, with me, it’s the ones I know. There were verbal threats on my blog in the comments sections that were starting to come out towards some of the people I know. That’s when I took everything off. Like I said, it really upset me and bothered me.

[20:00] I’m just trying to put this behind me and trying to get into a good space and deal with other issues in my personal life. It’s really hard because this keeps coming up. It would not even be public, Bernard would not even have come on your show had Robert Vanpelt actually been a mediator between us. All this stuff on the Internet and all these people hating me and all this other stuff would not have even happened if we had good mediation between each other, somebody talking. But at the same time, I’m kinda glad it did come up because… I was told in the letter to do my own investigation and I found out all sorts of things. Like Bernard Red Cherries did time in 1986 for kidnapping. It wasn’t really called kidnapping, it was like holding someone against their will or something like that. He did 15 months for that. He was also charged with robbery in that but the robbery charge was dropped. He was also arrested in El Reno [Oklahoma] for drunk driving in January [2009].

[21:01] So I’m finding out all these things and then I’m getting other people, who want to remain anonymous because they’re scared, coming forward and telling me a whole bunch of other things about him that are pretty horrific. And not all of these people are people who’ve been involved with him in his family. But none of them want to come forward and to protect them I’m not going to say anything about their issues because I don’t want anybody going after them for saying anything about this. Because there’s definitely a feeling that people are coming after me or people I know about this issue because I’ve gone public with it.

[21:43] So that meeting ended. I wrapped up stuff on my blog. I’m just pretty tired of this. I’m not one who shies away from controversy either. I’ve been involved with all sorts of stuff like this but this one seems a hell of lot more dangerous than anything else I’ve been involved [in]. My wife joked with me shortly after all this started coming down. She laughed at me and she said “Yeah, you thought that after all this time it would be white people that killed you.” She goes, “White people love you. It’s Indians, Indians who are going to kill you.”

[22:20] I had all this coming up. Then I heard through some of the people that I’ve been talking with that Bernard had been on your May 23 [2009] show. And that he had said that I had been proven a liar, which I haven’t been a proven a liar because Martha Alvarez is till willing to come forward and talk about all the things that he did to her when she was his stepchild as well as things he did to her mother and so on and so forth. She still accuses him of abuse. That’s an accusation. It hasn’t gone to court or anything which all those people are saying “legal proof, legal proof.” Well, testimony is legal proof but testimony doesn’t necessarily get you convicted.

[23:07] So I heard that. Then I also heard that Bernard said we came to some sort of settlement, but we never came to any sort of settlement. All we came to was the fact that all of a sudden I have three different organizations coming after me: The Red Brotherhood Warrior Society, Oklahoma AIM, and Portland AIM. I know some of the people at Portland AIM so I know who to look out for there at least. And so all of these things kind of wretched things up. If anybody wants to email me about this or talk to me about this personally, my email is kbooindian@yahoo.com.

Again, I avoid going through certain details but Martha Alvarez has given me permission to use her name and everything else. She tired of living scared. That’s what happens with victims. A lot of victims… most people will never talk about what happened to them, ever. But there’s a few that finally just get tired of feeling that and they will start talking and Martha Alvarez is one of them.

[24:24] This what she has had to say in one of her emails to me:

[24:30] “Robert was a controlling man. When I was a little girl, I remember him being nice, almost like a savior when we moved to Montana. We were in a group home in Warm Springs and apparently it was Robert’s idea to come and get us. He told my mother to get the kids and bring them back here. She did. After a while that man went away. As to the extent of our abuse, I remember the most because I was older, about 7 or so. My little brothers were 2 and 5 when we moved there. He abused us in every form except sexual. He whipped us with anything, 2x4s, extension cords, belts. And not just our butts. I know the difference. I recall being drug through the house on numerous occasions, pulled up off the ground by my hair, yelled at, threatened, belittled, etc.

[25:24] “The worst for me was the mind games. He would always tell us to go to our room… the back room and we would know what was coming, almost like walking down Death Row. And most of the time we didn’t even know what we had done. On one occasion, my brother Tommy Joe and I were in the back room and Robert walked in with his belt in one hand. We were both crying, of course, and he holds out his finger to me and says “pull it.” Tommy looks at me and vice versa. We look at him. I just stood there looking at him. He turns to my little brother and says “pull it.” Tommy, still crying, put out his hand and pulled his extended finger. Robert farted and started laughing and said “get out of here.”

[26:09] “He also liked to use guns, rifles on my mother. I actually saw this. My mother has never really mentioned anything else but that about what happened to her behind the doors. We were made to call him Dad. I didn’t want to but we didn’t have a choice. When people use the expression “walking on eggshells,” we really did. He would tell us not to go outside when he wasn’t there and we would listen. That’s the type of control he had over us. We weren’t allowed to talk at the dinner table, only he was. We were the family that has been seen and not heard, truly. (This was confirmed by an anonymous source also.) It felt like we were there for appearances. Looking back now, I was always the defiant one. I don’t think I realized that until now.”

[27:01] And that was part of what she had to say about her life with Bernard. But what I really want to point out here is that abuse is, it is rampant in Indian Country. The way Indians have dealt with it for many, many years is to just… They either avoid the person, I’ve heard of about this happening in various places, I’ve had to deal with this in certain forms. They avoid the people. They sometimes, like with this, they go after the messenger. But mostly they know that the one person or another has been abusive and so they basically try to avoid them or have limited contact with the person.

[27:51] What I would like to see happen is, because there are so many damaged Indians from abuse… and a lot of the abuse… I talked with Ward Churchill on “Mitakuye Oyasin” a week or so ago, a week and a half ago, and I asked him to talk on that because he wrote this excellent book called “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” about residential and boarding school abuses of Indians. A lot of abuse stems from that era because of the horrific abuse children had to go through then. And at times, it doesn’t happen with everybody, but at times it gets passed on. One person who was abused will abuse from time to time. There is a percentage of that. Personally, although there’s not any documentation that I have read, I believe that that type of abuse was deliberate because people knew then that it would continue throughout our communities.

[28:52] And so now we as indigenous people, well, not just Indians, it happens to all communities really. But as indigenous people that is where a lot of the abuse behavior that happens now comes from. That’s a big part of the history of what has happened to our people. In my opinion, and I could be wrong because nobody has even… Here at the Bradley-Angle House, I interviewed somebody, a woman, it’s a battered women’s shelter, about 5 or 6 years ago, who had started a program that was specifically designed for indigenous peoples but it could help anybody. I thought that was really good. I plan on hunting that person down again and seeing if I can’t get her back on the air if she still works there. It’s an issue that really we need to find ways of dealing with it. I keep on thinking of abuse prevention programs, teaching our children about it, what it looks like, what it feels like, how to prevent it, where to find support if it’s happening to you. Victim/survivors could… people who are in it need a safe place to go and people who have survived it and are no longer in it definitely need help because there is a psychological damage that is sometimes even physical. There is definitely a psychological damage that goes with abuse, having that terror put into you.

[30:37] If you talk to veterans, you know PTSD, if you talk to vets… I’m listening to a great book right now called “My Father’s Secret War.” It’s about a guy from World War II who was a spy and he didn’t talk about anything he had seen until he was in his 80s and he saw some pretty horrible stuff.

[31:01] I think that what we need to do… What I’d like to see done is programs for… prevention programs, abuse victim/survivors programs to help people that are in it get out or to help people who have been in it to heal because there needs to be a healing process. As my co-host would always say, this should to be rooted in our life ways and culture and try and find healing that way. There should also be programs, in my opinion, for people who do abuse because they need to break that pattern. It’s a pattern. Everything operates in patterns. If you look at people who have been abused, they’ll do things throughout their life that are patterns of… kind of like re-living it but in a lighter form.

[31:57] People have to heal from all this. And the abusers have to heal from whatever has led them to do that because it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s not like some really great, nice guy all of a sudden one day decides, “What the heck, I think I’ll just start beating my wife and kids.” It doesn’t happen that way. There’s roots to it, there’s a history to it. And therefore there is a pattern to it and those patterns are what we need to break so we can heal and move forward and become a more productive and healthy community.

[32:34] So I’m kind of glad, even though this stuff has been so horrifically stressful this last month or so and I haven’t done a whole lot to not stoke the flames on my end either. I want to make people aware it’s there. Most people are aware that it’s there but it needs to be talked about and somehow we need to find solutions to deal with the problem of abuse in Indian Country.

[33:11] If anyone wants to talk or has any great ideas, kbooindian@yahoo.com. My blog is pudgyindian2.blogspot.com. Let’s start a dialogue and try and find ways to make a good, healthy society because I see this type of damage in so many people, not just Indians, but there are certain patterns that need to be changed or broken in my opinion. It would be nice if we started heading that way instead of just saying “Yeah, we know so-and-so is an abuser and what are you going to do about it?” Except avoiding him or her or whatever. I don’t know. I don’t know where we should go from here but I’m hoping somebody has some great ideas. So that’s about it for me, Sal.

(Continues in part 3 of 3)


Transcript of Eugene Johnson on WSLR, June 6, 2009: Part 3 of 3

August 3, 2009

This is part 3 of 3 parts of a transcript of Eugene Johnson’s appearance on Sal White Horse Serbin’s radio show “Indigenous Sounds” on June 6, 2009. This is a link to the complete text file of all three parts: http://www.mediafire.com/file/wj0k3k3nj4d/IndigenousSoundsWSLR-EugeneJohnson-June-06-2009-1of2-transcript.txt.

[34:16] Sal: OK, if I could just offer… I just wanted to make sure you had got all your points across. Just as a third party, I’m not representing you or Bernard Red Cherries. He has, if I remember right, Robert Vanpelt representing him. As a Native American, why didn’t you seek to handle this in a traditional way by going to the Native Chiefs and offering tobacco and stating your case among the other Chiefs and seeing how that would go?

[34:42] Eugene: Well, I saw how… I won’t go into the details of it, but I saw how Portland AIM’s bad behavior was dealt with, which was basically giving people tobacco to not say anything about it and to keep quiet about it. To me, that just wasn’t right. To me… and none of it would have come up in meetings or anything… To me, it should have been handled differently as far as that goes. It should have been “OK, you, so-and-so, you need to take responsibility for your actions, for what you did. And you, you need to take responsibility for these actions that you did. You need to make the proper apologies and make amends for the actions you’ve done that have harmed people on one level or another or have somehow disgraced the organization.” And so on and so forth. And what I saw was basically a cover-up and the use of tobacco to keep people from talking about it.

[35:47] So to go in more traditional manner, the people that I knew of who knew us both, I didn’t feel comfortable with. And so the only thing that I felt to do was to come forward with it. Then, in terms of protection for myself, I thought it was best to bring up names because if any harm comes to me like it was said through Robert Vanpelt, you know, he’d hate to see something happen to me or anybody I know. Veiled threats aren’t anything that police or anybody else knew anything about. I wanted, if anything actually happened, I’d want there to be a trail, people to be investigated. So as a self-defense, I’ve started naming names just to protect those that I know. Not so much myself because as I said I don’t mind putting myself on the line but it’s when I put myself on the line and then all of a sudden other people that I know are targeted, then it makes it like a whole different thing altogether.

[36:56] So I didn’t do it traditionally because I had seen that happen with the Portland AIM issue and the people that I knew that knew us both didn’t seem… I didn’t feel comfortable with. So the only thing that I knew to do, which I usually do, is to open my big fat mouth, which has at times got me in trouble but I still do it. That’s what I do. Like I said, I’m hoping in the long run that what this helps with is to bring about prevention programs and programs to help people get out of abuse, programs to help people who have been abused and programs to help people who are abusers. But I don’t know. I don’t know if anything will even come from it other than a lot of people being pissed off at me. So I don’t know. Maybe what I’ve done has done the complete opposite but that’s how I operate. Well that’s pretty much my explanation.

[38:03] Sal: One other thing too. You mention that Martha Alvarez is his accuser, his stepdaughter… cause so far she hasn’t come forward yet. If she doesn’t come forward, what do you think you might have to do then? Because then it will look like a smear campaign on your part against Bernard Red Cherries. [crosstalk] Because of the work he’s done, that has happened before…

Eugene: She sent me an email. Another person I’ve been talking with said you talked to her and that she recanted. But then I talked to Martha herself and Martha said she didn’t even know who you were at that time. She sent you an email, which also came to me, asking you about that because she had never talked to you. I don’t know if you talked to… somebody or how you got whatever number you had but if you want her to, I’m sure she’d be willing to talk on your show too.

[38:52] Sal: Well, not that, just… Let’s go the police. If there is a case of abuse, then let’s get some charges filed. If there’s abuse, there are other channels of handling this other than just blogging about it.

Eugene: Yeah, well, also I’m not sure what the statute of limitations are on something like that. I haven’t looked that far into the law. So I don’t even know if those type of things can still be brought up at this point. They probably can, I don’t know. But you would have to ask Martha about that herself since she’s his accuser, she’d be the one that would be able to do so. I don’t know if that’s where she wants to go or for that matter if that’s a way she actually can.

[39:37] Sal: OK, well, if she never does comes forward, would you offer any sort of apology or whatever officially to them or no?

Eugene: But she has come forward. Like I said she’d be even willing to talk on your show if you wanted her to.

Sal: [pause] Well, that she’d gone to the police though and talked to them…

Eugene: If she goes to the police?

Sal: Yes.

Eugene: You mean if she doesn’t go to the police, would I offer an apology or anything like that?

[40:04] Sal: Well, yes, because really if there is abuse, that is the proper way to handle it then that you want to go if you don’t want to handle it the traditional way is to go to the police and let’s file some charges and get the man locked up. If he is guilty of abuse, he’s guilty of abuse and should be sitting in a jail cell. [crosstalk] Otherwise then it’s just one woman’s word. I just hope you weren’t being used…

Eugene: [crosstalk] Again, I don’t know the laws that well as far as statute of limitations and stuff like that and what gets a person comvicted… Sometimes people get convicted of crimes they didn’t commit on circumstantial evidence. For example, Leonard Peltier. Sometimes people get convicted on circumstantial evidence when they are guilty. The state laws… That would have to be something you’d really have to bring up with her.

[40:51] But if she even doesn’t go to the police, no, I wouldn’t offer an apology because, again, I’m not his accuser. I just brought up the fact that Martha had accused him of abuse. And even if she can’t bring it up in court or anything like that, she will still continue to accuse him of abuse when she was a child, when she was his stepchild. So I don’t see the fact that whether or not she takes it to the courts, through the court system, would have anything to do with me giving an apology because, again, she’d still accusing him, whether or not it goes through court. She stands by her words and she was actually his stepdaughter.

[41:38] Sal: OK, but like us that just came in as a third party, we’re not really seeing any proof other than what you’re posting about. Or were posting but it’s no longer there. That’s my concern.

Eugene: So somebody accusing somebody of abuse that was actually his stepchild is not considered proof to you guys, that’s what you’re saying. Even though…

Sal: Well, let’s go to the police and do that. That’s my point.

Eugene: … for example in boarding schools and residential schools, most proof in the cases there, especially up in Canada and residential schools, is only testimony. It’s only testimony from the people who have been abused. …

Sal: [crosstalk] Well, could you offer what proof that was offered to you before you posted that?

Eugene: …There is not photographs or physical evidence or anything, it’s just the fact that, yeah, they were at the school and, yeah, they are accusing these people of abuse in various forms.

[42:25] Sal: [crosstalk] Well, could you offer what proof that she offered you that made you post this?

Eugene: Other than that, testimony is considered proof, is that…?

Sal: How about what proof did she offer you that encouraged you to post this?

Eugene: Huh?

Sal: What proof did she offer to you of abuse that warranted you posting all these accusations?

Eugene: For one, her testimony. And, two, she follows the same patterns of having been abused. She was definitely his stepchild. And many other people, like I said, have came forward but they want to remain anonymous, that have dealt with him and/or been abused by him in one form or another. So that is the basic proof at the moment…and… I’m not exactly sure what you’re looking for…

Sal: I’m looking for…

Eugene: Testimony is considered proof but even if it doesn’t go into the court system, it still what it is, it’s still an accusation.

[43:33] Sal: OK, just, to all of us it looks like you’re attacking the man, that’s my point.

Eugene: But what?

Sal: That was my point. It appeared to many of us that you were attacking the man.

Eugene: Oh, attacking him?

Sal: It just appeared, yes…

Eugene: I felt like the show was used as a cover for possible bad behavior on his part, possibly towards Della, after I found this out. But then again that’s just possibilities, I don’t know exactly what. But I do know that Martha has stated that he has abused her and she has stated the same things over and over. Her story doesn’t change and her mother has supported her on this although her mother wishes she wouldn’t come forward because she’s terrified. And so has her grandmother. And other people have come forward as well like I said. That unfortunately kind of leaves me out there as the point person in all this and all I am is the person that’s pointed out the fact that he’s been accused. It may look like an attack but really I don’t care about Bernard one way or the other, other than the fact that he came onto the radio show, that he possibly used it as a form of cover, that he’s never come forward to deny this. That’s another thing: This whole thing, never been a denial, never a rebuttal. All that came forward was the fact, through Robert Vanpelt, that there were three different organizations, Native organizations, coming after me because I brought this up. And so there hasn’t been any like “Oh yeah Martha was then my stepdaughter but I was the model father.” He’s never come forward to say that. He’s never said that through Robert Vanpelt or to me personally.

[45:30] You know, like if someone accused me of something, which has happened in the past, I’d say “Well, no, I never did that. What I did was this.” Or “No, I wasn’t even there. I have no idea what you’re talking about. I was someplace else and I can prove it.” But none of this has been done. This whole month that we’ve been going through this there has been no rebuttal, no denial. I mean, if you were accused… If I came up to you and accused you of beating your dog. You’d say “Well, I don’t have a dog so how can I beat my dog?” You know? Or whatever. You’d have some sort of denial or rebuttal to it, unless you actually did it. Then, if you were man enough, you’d admit that “Yeah, I beat my dog but I don’t beat my dog anymore. I really love my dog. If I lose my temper, I go out of the room” or whatever else. Like I said, none of this has happened. There has been no denial, there’s been no rebuttal, there’s been nothing other than veiled threats against anybody I know. And this invisible army of only whom I know a few people.

[46:37] Sal: OK, did you happen to hear the show when he was on WSLR two weeks ago? [crosstalk] Because that was his offer of his side of the story.

Eugene: I haven’t heard it yet. I have copies of part of it. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and listen to it yet but I’ve been told the things that I brought up, saying that I have been a proven liar which hasn’t happened yet. And that Bernard and I came to some sort of settlement. That has never happened. The only thing that has happened is what I said: The fact that Robert Vanpelt came forward, gave me this letter of which I was supposed to make this apology that was a lie in my opinion. And that I had three different organizations coming after me and that I’m banished from all Native American events and Portland AIM is going to be that banishing arm. That’s all I’ve been getting. And ever since, I’ve been getting harassed. And ever since, my wife has been harassed. All these other people were getting verbally harassed when I had those posts up. That’s all we’re getting. We’re not getting any denials. We’re not getting any “Nuh-uh, that didn’t happened.” We’re not getting any “Well, this person that I’ve known a long time will say I’ve been a fine upstanding great father, who’s seen me father these people joyfully and happily and helped them go through whatever they need to.” None of that has happened. All that has come forward was the use of bullying and force to get me to shut up. And if you’re gonna get me to shut up, that not the way to do it. And so, that’s where I am with that.

[48:18] Sal: OK, are there any steps maybe to move on from this? Put an end to it or something?

Eugene: Yeah, it would be nice if some organizations like AIM would come up with programs to prevent abuse and to help those who have been abused. And to listen to people when they come forward and say “Hey, you know, I was abused,” even if it’s years afterwards. “Hey, you know, my dad used to beat me all the time when I was a kid and he’s a great upstanding guy right now and I still hurt from it and we all need to deal with it.” To come up with programs or something to help people that have been abused or are abusers or to prevent it because it’s a rampant problem in Native America. It’s not just Bernard, it’s happening all over. And so that is what I would like to see come out of that. If something like that would? I kind of doubt it but I’m hoping something like that would. That’s what I’d like to see come out of all this.

[49:18] Sal: OK, well for those that are listening when is your show on again on KBOO in Portland, Oregon? Can you give any web links, maybe they can tune in and listen?

Eugene: Yeah, the web is http://kboo.fm and our next show… We do a show every other week with “Indian World” and our next show will be this coming Thursday, which I believe is the 12th. My co-host lined up Russell Means for that show so that should be an interesting show. Probably talk about Palestinians and everything like that too. That’s one of the things we usually bring up too, is the commonalities between what happened to Palestinians and what’s happening to Indians.

[50:03] Sal: Uh-huh. Is there anything else you’d like to add while you have the stage right now?

Eugene: Um, just if anybody has any great ideas as to what to do with abuse, please move forward with it. Try and help out and it will be challenging, it will be difficult. It won’t be easy. As I’ve tried to start various things throughout my fifteen year career as an activist and Native show host and stuff, usually you get frustrated and stop. But this is an issue that needs to be dealt with and maybe there’s going to be some sort of golden gem that will start opening doors and helping people out. Because that is the main thing we should be doing is helping each other and that would be, seriously, one great way to help people heal from abuse. Like I said, it’s historical. It goes back to the boarding schools, it goes back to the genocides that our people have gone through and all of that is part of it. We need to heal and to, not just move on, but to build something better, to create something more beautiful than we have already. That would be really, really nice. kbooindian@yahoo.com if you want to talk to me.

[51:22] Sal: OK, well, I really thank you a lot for coming on the air and letting us know your side of the story. Hopefully, one day this abuse thing will be taken care of. That’s not just an Indian issue, that abuse is among all cultures.

Eugene: Oh yeah, it happens in… there’s not a culture that I know of anymore that it doesn’t happen. I haven’t read anything or heard any studies that it happened before the colonization started here. Before Christopher Columbus showed up on our shores, I don’t think abuse was anything in our cultures here like it is now, if it existed at all. But it’s certainly here now and we need to do something with it.

[52:01] Sal: OK, well once again thank you for coming on and hopefully we can once and all finally put this behind us and move on to some more pressing issue and always keep this in mind.

Eugene: OK. Thanks Sal.

Sal: Thank you. Good talking to you.

Eugene: Good talking to you. Bye.

Sal: Thank you. Bye. We’ll get back to some music. I’ll start that song that began. This is “My Land” by Lightfoot.

[52:21] (music begins)

(End of part 3 of 3.)


OUTW Archive – Martha Alvarez Speaks of Abuse from [[...]] Bernard Red Cherries

July 27, 2009

[[Cy James notes: This was posted on Once Upon a Time in the West (OUTW) on July 27, 2009. (Google cached version.) A listing of the archived posts can be found at the bottom of my introduction to the series. In particular, note that Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte is not and has never been a "Chief" among the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Ms. Tool was mistaken about this.

Investigation and analysis of the IP addresses of Lisa/ Eaglewingwoman/ Beverly H. and several other participants in discussions eventually showed with a high degree of certainty that they were all the same person: Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte. Some of this evidence is laid out in other OUTW posts.]]

MARTHA ALVAREZ SPEAKS OF ABUSE FROM CHIEF BERNARD RED CHERRIES

To learn more about this issue please read  THE ABUSE PAPERS.

I had to take a break from this issue due to vacation and work issues….plus I have had a lot of personal turmoil about the issue. My head spins sometimes from the multitudes of personalities and lies put forth by Lisa/Eaglewingwoman/Beverly H. I have a tendency to believe people when they comment on a situation not being used to the idea that people are not always as they portray themselves online. Someone has to keep reminding me that I may be dealing with a man who has mental problems and that most of the things that the personalities say is not true. I sometimes feel like there should be a support group for people confused and confounded by Bernard Red Cherries and his supporters.

Martha Alvarez  is a young woman who spent part of her childhood with a man who calls himself Chief Bernard Red Cherries 6th Generation Spiritual Leader and Sundance/Arrow Priest, Chief of the Northern Cheyenne Elk Society
Chief Headsman Northern Cheyenne Elk Society. This is an e-mail that was sent to Eugene Johnson and read on Sal Serbin’s radio show INDIGENOUS SOUNDS onWSLR 96.5 fm in Sarasota Florida.

Robert was a controlling man. When I was a little girl, I remember him being nice, almost like a savior when we moved to Montana. We were in a group home in Warm springs and apparently it was Robert’s idea to come and get us. He told my mother to get the kids and bring them back here. She did. After a while that man went awayAs to the extent of our abuse, I remember the most because I was older about 7 or so. My little brothers were 2 and 5 when we moved there. He abused us in every form except sexual. He whipped us with anything, 2x4s, extension cords, belts. And not just our butts. I know the difference. I recall being drug through the house on numerous occasions, pulled up off the ground by my hair, yelled at, threatened, belittled, etc.

The worst for me was the mind games. he would always tell us to go to our room…the back room and we would know what was coming, almost like walking down Death Row. And most to the time we didn’t even know what we had done. On one occasion, my brother Tommy Joe and I were in the back room and  Robert walked in with his belt in one hand. We were both crying, of course, and he holds out his finger to me and says “Pull it”. Tommy looks at me and vice versa. We look at him. I just stood there looking at him. He turns to my little brother and says “Pull it.” Tommy still crying, put out his hand and pulled his extended finger. Robert farted and started laughing and said “Get out of here.”

He also liked to use guns, rifles on my mother. I actually saw this. My mother has never really mentioned anything else but that about what happened to her behind the doors. We were made to call him Dad. I didn’t want to but we didn’t have a choice. When people use the expression “walking on eggshells,” we really did. He would tell us not to go outside when he wasn’t there and we would listen. That’s the type of control he had over us. We weren’t allowed to talk at the dinner table, only he was. We were the family that has been seen and not heard, truly. It felt like we were there for appearances. Looking back now, I was always the defiant one. I don’t think I realized that until now.

Here is another statement made by Martha Alvarez.

I want to thank Eugene and Rhonda for everything they are doing. Thanks to anyone else that has come forward, for standing up to persons not mentioned. I truely appreciate it.

As to those organizations or persons protecting him I’m not hiding, and why would you conceal something so wrong! I’m not afraid. Why don’t you ask me what happened? This issue truely is one sided, you don’t have my side, my mothers, or even truely my little sisters, if in fact she has been contacted. Every thing I have done is out of love even if you don’t see it that way.

It has been many years but I remember and I’m not a liar. We are not the only family.

Eugene is right I never said anything about sexual assault, I don’t know where that is coming from.

I’m here and I’m standing up for what I know is true. You can’t erase what happened to us, or anyone else for that matter. Your big performance isn’t going to hide the truth much longer. It’s all just an act, a show, and you enjoy it. The thrill, power, and attention. This is truely my life, my memories.

I wonder if you protect all corrupt persons in places of leadership or athority to this extent. Does the issue of abuse of children, women, families mean nothing? No matter how long ago it was. Does his position entitle him to hurt people with out any consequences?

Were we not wronged in all of this? Don’t you even consider all the pain this has done to us and then to insult us by calling us liars, to say it never happened would be the lie. I’ve tried to let it go, live my life, but it still affects me to this day. I’ve never even got an apology or a sign of remorse which confirms he has not changed since then, at all.

I’m not going to stay silent any longer. I played that part of obedient daughter. I’m not backing down. I do have a past and I’m not afraid of it.

My motivation in all this is my family and for me. I’m taking back my power that was stolen from me all those years ago. For every thing I heard, saw, experienced, and for the ones that endured it with me. For those who aren’t strong enough yet.

You won’t scare me away, the pain of that life is to strong to let you!

Martha Alvarez | Homepage | 05.15.09 – 2:34 pm | #

I am adding this because it is a beautiful comment from Martha’s mother.

MAYBE NOT THE FIRST BUT DEFINATELY NOT THE LAST! AS I SIT HEAR AND READ ALL OF THESE PEOPLES TRUETHS AGAIN IN MY MIND – I THINK “MY DAUGHTER MARTHA ONCE AGAIN STOOD UP FOR NOT ONLY HER MOTHER, SISTERS & BROTHERS WHILE LIVING IN BERNARDS HOME IN LAME DEER BUT SHE HAS THE COUARGE TO SHOW ME ONCE AGAIN THAT THIS WAS THE TRUTH AND I DONT HAVE TO BE AFRAID TO SAY IT, PUBLICLY. SORRY I AM NOT VERY EDUCATED, OR INTUITIVE BUT I DO HAVE ALOT OF FEELINGS. I M SORRY TO SAY MY DAUGHTER: DELLA ANN RED CHERRIES IS NOW IN COFFEE CREEK – STATE PRISON IN OREGON. I AM SAYING THANK YOU MARTHA FOR ALWAYS BEING THE LEVEL HEADED, STRONG & PAINFULLY HONEST WOMEN YOU HAVE GROWN INTO. MY GRANDSON IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU HELPING HIM ALONG NOT LETTING ANY HURT HIM FOR ANY REASON.

MY NAME IS LOIS AND I AM MARTHAS MOM.

BERNARD HAS NEVER EVER SAID HE WAS SORRY TO ME OR MY CHILDREN AFTER ALL THE FIVE(5) YEARS WE SUFFERED FOR “THE CHEYENNE PEOPLE” LIVING IN LAME DEER, MT.

THANK YOU WE ALL NEED PRAYERS…

ONE OF THE EX’S | 04.26.09 – 3:00 pm | #

And this precious thank you.

I’m really taken back by what one little e-mail has generated. Honestly I’m shocked people took time to listen. It’s been many many years coming and I’m glad people are finally seeing what we saw all those years. Thank you, all of you. I never thought of my self as a strong person I’m only doing what I thought was right for my family. For me it is justice just having people acknowledge what he has done not only to my family but others as well. I can remeber one to many times people of authority turned their backs on us because Robert was a medicine man to his people. To young children it destroys a sense of trust in those figures. Any of those who know him like I do understand it’s not easy facing those memories but I’m not seven anymore and I’m not going to let him have that hold on me any longer. I will never forgive or forget but I will pray for him. As to my little sister I’m only sorry I couldn’t help her more than what I’m doing right now. To my mother, wow, I never knew you saw me like that. To Rhonda thank you once again for seeing both sides of the story. For everyone else thanks for outing Bernard Redcherries, Robert Coltte, or whatever name he chooses to go by now or in the future.

Thanks once again for simply listening

Martha | Homepage | 04.28.09 – 3:02 am | #

This entry was posted on July 27, 2009. It was filed under ABUSE, ANATOMY OF A THREAT, domestic violence, Indians, spouse/child abuse and was tagged with Bernard Red Cherries, Beverly H, Della Red Cherries, Eaglewingwoman, Elk Society, Eugene Johnson, Indigenous Sounds, Lame Deer Montana, Lisa D, Martha Alvarez, Northern Cheyenne, Rhonda Baseler, Robert Collte, Sal Serbin, Spiritual Leader, Sundance/Arrow Priest, The Abuse Papers, WSLR.

5 Responses

  1. flashy Mc loop

    Im searching for sites related to this. Glad I found you. Thanks

    December 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

  2. Anonymous Woman

    I know you are telling the truth. He hurt me, and other women too.

    September 9, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  3. elizabethtool

    I’m sorry Anonymous Woman for your experience. If you are so inclined write your story if I can vet your existence with someone like Martha I would publish it as anonymous if you fear retaliation. Woman speaking out against abuse is the only way it will stop. One woman wrote me that she had looked up Bernard Red Cherries on the internet and found nothing negative…he was a well respected Indian Chief. Since Martha Alvarez has been brave enough to speak out, people either wanting to date him or hire him for a religious ceremony now have a red flag. The more red flags people raise the more people that will be warned.

    September 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

  4. Shadowomen

    I know (a) Bernard Red Cherries… but I want to know if this is the same person. How old is “this” Bernard Redcherries? Is he still in Lame Deer??

    March 9, 2011 at 7:44 am

  5. elizabethtool

    Probably it is the same person he is an Indian Chief/medicine man from Lame Deer. Lately he has been traveling between Oklahoma. Last I heard he had a couple of arrests in Oregon for public drunkenness. That was about six months ago.

    I pray he finds the help he needs for his sake and the sake of his future victims. The cycle of abuse does not go away in a day or a week and his victims suffer years later.

    I am so proud of Martha for speaking out.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm


Part 11: Pudgy Indian 2: Custer Work

June 22, 2009
As far as I know, this was the last post Eugene made about the Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte abuse allegations which he then deleted after publishing.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Custer Work
I love driving down I-5 in the early mornings to see the morning star on the eastern horizon. When the moon is waning and sharing the horizon with the star it looks like it is trying to catch it as it slides across the horizon.
The morning star is also the nickname of a famous American Hero, “Son of the Morning Star Who Attacks at Dawn,” aka, George Armstrong Custer (shove those awls in a little deeper to help solve that hearing problem of his, ladies).
Custer is known for his bravery in the field of murdering women, children, elderly, and an occasional warrior. He loved the early morning surprise attacks because it is easier to catch folks unawares. A chicken shit method mistakenly called “bravery,” but very effective when using this method of genocide.
Now George Custer couldn’t have done all this glorious slaughter without some help. Like the “Apache Attack Helicopter,” George Custer needed Indians to help find and attack their fellow Indians. Indians still do this today, though with kinder gentler methods. This is called, “Custer Work.” I’ve also heard Indians who do this referred to as “Custer’s Scouts” and doing the work for “COINTELPRO.”
No doubt that many of the male Indians involved in the defense (as it were) of Bernard Red Cherries (aka Robert Coltte) consider the fact that I helped expose Bernard’s abusive behavior as “Custer Work.” But let’s take a closer look.
I have never attacked Bernard. I exposed the fact that he has been accused of child abuse by his former step-daughter, Martha Alvarez. I did this because Bernard came on the “Mitakuye Oyasin” radio program looking for a daughter who escaped from state custody, Della Redcherries. He was not informed of this until 30 days after it had occurred, which means he was not allowed contact with her. The state must have a reason for such action, don’t you think? Then Martha came forward with the accusations and I made a post on my blog about it.
Then a week or so after I took the post off in order to calm the situation, Robert Vanpelt, the alleged mediator between Bernard/Robert and I came to KBOO and we had a meeting. During this meeting I was informed of a large invisible Indian army out to get me for exposing Bernard/Robert’s past abuses. That army includes Indian groups like: the Red Brotherhood Warrior Society, Oklahoma AIM, and Portland AIM. I was also informed that I was banned from all Native American events and that Portland AIM would be the enforcement arm of this banishment. Knowing that Robert Vanpelt has helped cover-up past bad behaviors on the part of Portland AIM, I come to the conclusion that he is doing the same thing with the Bernard/Robert issue. He is like the Colin Powell of the Native world. Robert has also, to his credit, brought a powwow to Mt. Hood Community College. Robert also made the veiled threats that he would hate to “see anything happen to [me] or anyone I know.”
The leaders of Portland AIM are James Logan, Sgt. @ Arms, and Patrick “Little Buffalo,” spiritual leader. As stated previously, I point these things out in self-defense, not as an attack. If anything happens to me or anyone I know, the people who need to know will know who to investigate.
During this whole issue, so many people have come forward, almost all of them too terrified to let us expose their names. Some abused directly, others having worked with him and finding Bernard/Robert a rather horrifying person to work with and often have witnessed the effects of his abusive behavior. But I think people are becoming more brave and willing to stand up against him and others like him. It’s just a matter of time. To overcome such terror is very hard even if the threat no longer exists directly. Abuse does that kind of thing.
While co-hosting the local Native TV show, “Native Nations,” with David Liberty, I was told by one of the young men, Adam, who helps with the show and is a member of Portland AIM that he has been hearing a lot about me. What he has been probably hearing is most likely not the whole story. During my meeting with Robert Vanpelt, I was also informed that Portland AIM has been having meetings specifically about me. Not about Bernard. Not about investigating the accusations. Not about the women and children. They’ve been having meetings on how to best shut me up, I assume.
Then Bernard appeared on Sal “White Horse” Serbin’s show, “Indigenous Sounds” on WSLR in Florida. Sal and Bernard made up lies about me saying that I was “a proven liar.” Yet, oddly, Martha still accuses Bernard of being an abuser and is willing to come forward. Sal was called by a person and asked if he talked to Martha Alvarez. Sal said that he had and that Martha recanted her story. Oddly, Martha says she never talked to Sal and has been e-mailing him about this lie. Whose the proven liar, here, again? It was also said on this show that Bernard and I have come to a settlement. We did? I am not aware of this. In fact, we haven’t. Another lie! Who is the liar here?
Since this show, 5-23-09, Sal and I have been bantering back and forth and on his 6-6 show, he is going to have me on to tell my side of the story, with a guest who will talk afterwards about this, I guess. I thought Sal was going to broadside me, and he got all butt hurt when I mentioned this. He obviously has not been following this other than what Bernard/Robert is telling. Sal also informed me that he is a long time good friend of Bernard/Robert and an admirer of his work. Since it is proven in this area that there are many organizations willing to protect Bernard/Robert and not women and children victim/survivors, and many are willing to bully me into shutting up instead of bravely investigating the issue, I had absolutely every reason to believe that Sal was going to broadside me. He, however, has stated that he will not do so and allow me the time to tell my side of the issue. WSLR 6-6 3-5pm PST. I’ll be on early in the show.
Given all of this massive amount of terror handed my (and by extension, those that I know) way by my fellow Indians, I chose to take down my previous posts on the issue. This was done not of fear for myself, but due to the threats to those that I know.
Phil Sheridan said once during his slaughter of Indians, “Kill the women and children first. They’re easier to kill and it strikes terror into the hearts of the men.” These folks knew what they were doing when they told me through their mediator, Robert Vanpelt, that they’d hate to see anything happen to anyone I know. “Kill the women and children first…”
Here are a couple of things to look at as far as these men are concerned. One, they have NEVER investigated these accusations. Two, they have gone on a kill the messenger campaign. Three, the have NEVER mentioned any concern for the women and children. Four, their have been NO DENIALS. Five, they are making no attempts to deal with abuse issues in Indian Country. Six, they are having secret meetings about me. Seven, most of these “warriors” do not come forward and put their names and faces behind their words.
So, tell me, who do you think is doing the Custer Work, here?
Posted by Eugene at 8:14 AM

As far as I know, this was the last post Eugene made about the Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte abuse allegations which he then deleted after publishing.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Custer Work

I love driving down I-5 in the early mornings to see the morning star on the eastern horizon. When the moon is waning and sharing the horizon with the star it looks like it is trying to catch it as it slides across the horizon.

The morning star is also the nickname of a famous American Hero, “Son of the Morning Star Who Attacks at Dawn,” aka, George Armstrong Custer (shove those awls in a little deeper to help solve that hearing problem of his, ladies).

Custer is known for his bravery in the field of murdering women, children, elderly, and an occasional warrior. He loved the early morning surprise attacks because it is easier to catch folks unawares. A chicken shit method mistakenly called “bravery,” but very effective when using this method of genocide.

Now George Custer couldn’t have done all this glorious slaughter without some help. Like the “Apache Attack Helicopter,” George Custer needed Indians to help find and attack their fellow Indians. Indians still do this today, though with kinder gentler methods. This is called, “Custer Work.” I’ve also heard Indians who do this referred to as “Custer’s Scouts” and doing the work for “COINTELPRO.”

No doubt that many of the male Indians involved in the defense (as it were) of Bernard Red Cherries (aka Robert Coltte) consider the fact that I helped expose Bernard’s abusive behavior as “Custer Work.” But let’s take a closer look.

I have never attacked Bernard. I exposed the fact that he has been accused of child abuse by his former step-daughter, Martha Alvarez. I did this because Bernard came on the “Mitakuye Oyasin” radio program looking for a daughter who escaped from state custody, Della Redcherries. He was not informed of this until 30 days after it had occurred, which means he was not allowed contact with her. The state must have a reason for such action, don’t you think? Then Martha came forward with the accusations and I made a post on my blog about it.

Then a week or so after I took the post off in order to calm the situation, Robert Vanpelt, the alleged mediator between Bernard/Robert and I came to KBOO and we had a meeting. During this meeting I was informed of a large invisible Indian army out to get me for exposing Bernard/Robert’s past abuses. That army includes Indian groups like: the Red Brotherhood Warrior Society, Oklahoma AIM, and Portland AIM. I was also informed that I was banned from all Native American events and that Portland AIM would be the enforcement arm of this banishment. Knowing that Robert Vanpelt has helped cover-up past bad behaviors on the part of Portland AIM, I come to the conclusion that he is doing the same thing with the Bernard/Robert issue. He is like the Colin Powell of the Native world. Robert has also, to his credit, brought a powwow to Mt. Hood Community College. Robert also made the veiled threats that he would hate to “see anything happen to [me] or anyone I know.”

The leaders of Portland AIM are James Logan, Sgt. @ Arms, and Patrick “Little Buffalo,” spiritual leader. As stated previously, I point these things out in self-defense, not as an attack. If anything happens to me or anyone I know, the people who need to know will know who to investigate.

During this whole issue, so many people have come forward, almost all of them too terrified to let us expose their names. Some abused directly, others having worked with him and finding Bernard/Robert a rather horrifying person to work with and often have witnessed the effects of his abusive behavior. But I think people are becoming more brave and willing to stand up against him and others like him. It’s just a matter of time. To overcome such terror is very hard even if the threat no longer exists directly. Abuse does that kind of thing.

While co-hosting the local Native TV show, “Native Nations,” with David Liberty, I was told by one of the young men, Adam, who helps with the show and is a member of Portland AIM that he has been hearing a lot about me. What he has been probably hearing is most likely not the whole story. During my meeting with Robert Vanpelt, I was also informed that Portland AIM has been having meetings specifically about me. Not about Bernard. Not about investigating the accusations. Not about the women and children. They’ve been having meetings on how to best shut me up, I assume.

Then Bernard appeared on Sal “White Horse” Serbin’s show, “Indigenous Sounds” on WSLR in Florida. Sal and Bernard made up lies about me saying that I was “a proven liar.” Yet, oddly, Martha still accuses Bernard of being an abuser and is willing to come forward. Sal was called by a person and asked if he talked to Martha Alvarez. Sal said that he had and that Martha recanted her story. Oddly, Martha says she never talked to Sal and has been e-mailing him about this lie. Whose the proven liar, here, again? It was also said on this show that Bernard and I have come to a settlement. We did? I am not aware of this. In fact, we haven’t. Another lie! Who is the liar here?

Since this show, 5-23-09, Sal and I have been bantering back and forth and on his 6-6 show, he is going to have me on to tell my side of the story, with a guest who will talk afterwards about this, I guess. I thought Sal was going to broadside me, and he got all butt hurt when I mentioned this. He obviously has not been following this other than what Bernard/Robert is telling. Sal also informed me that he is a long time good friend of Bernard/Robert and an admirer of his work. Since it is proven in this area that there are many organizations willing to protect Bernard/Robert and not women and children victim/survivors, and many are willing to bully me into shutting up instead of bravely investigating the issue, I had absolutely every reason to believe that Sal was going to broadside me. He, however, has stated that he will not do so and allow me the time to tell my side of the issue. WSLR 6-6 3-5pm PST. I’ll be on early in the show.

Given all of this massive amount of terror handed my (and by extension, those that I know) way by my fellow Indians, I chose to take down my previous posts on the issue. This was done not of fear for myself, but due to the threats to those that I know.

Phil Sheridan said once during his slaughter of Indians, “Kill the women and children first. They’re easier to kill and it strikes terror into the hearts of the men.” These folks knew what they were doing when they told me through their mediator, Robert Vanpelt, that they’d hate to see anything happen to anyone I know. “Kill the women and children first…”

Here are a couple of things to look at as far as these men are concerned. One, they have NEVER investigated these accusations. Two, they have gone on a kill the messenger campaign. Three, the have NEVER mentioned any concern for the women and children. Four, their have been NO DENIALS. Five, they are making no attempts to deal with abuse issues in Indian Country. Six, they are having secret meetings about me. Seven, most of these “warriors” do not come forward and put their names and faces behind their words.

So, tell me, who do you think is doing the Custer Work, here?

Posted by Eugene at 8:14 AM


Part 7: Comments from Pudgy Indian 2 – “Apologies”

June 13, 2009

Again, there seem to be a couple of sockpuppets of Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte commenting here: “Lori Red Cherries” and “Wilbur Hawk.” It is less clear whether the other two people who speak up for Red Cherries (“Sandra Lipe” and “A Northern Cheyenne”) are sockpuppets. If they are real people, it looks as if they were specifically told to come to the discussion by Bernard. This is sometimes called “meatpuppeting,” getting real people to provide more voices under the direction of one person. A hallmark of this behavior is the new people being unfocused on the actual discussion or being tangential in their contributions.

“Sandra Lipe” only comes in to provide support that the “Lori Red Cherries” posting is indeed who she says she is and since my analysis indicates this is unlikely, it’s hard to give “Sandra Lipe” credibility. She provides no meaningful denial of the allegations.

“A Northern Cheyenne” provides a small history lesson on Red Cherries’ ancestry but, again, no meaningful rebuttal to the central allegations of abuse in the present day.

[July 8, 2009, Edited to add: I've seen more writing examples from Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte since my original post. The more I look at the comment below by "A Northern Cheyenne," the more it appears to have the qualities and quirks of Bernard Red Cherries' writing style. The phrasing and punctuation, while somewhat moderated from more extreme examples of his writing, still show very distinct hallmarks and particular mistakes.  -Cy James]

PS Thank you Shusli for all of your insight and advice, it is much appreciated and I hope I have put it to good use.
Eugene | Homepage | 05.19.09 – 5:34 am | #
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You still have not offered an apology to my dad, that is fitting and appropriate to address the “damage” you have caused by perpetuating the “allegations” made against my dad. I am not a Lawyer by no means, but have learned about my basic rights as an individual. And of those are the “Freedom of information”, so please before you go offering what appears to be an apology by force or under duress, please look inside your heart and read your “Supposed apology” and put yourself in my dads moccasins! I have not spoken to my dad in a few days, but to your inter-net audience I assure you he is in a good place, and is going to give a “Statement” when he’s ready. He is not in Portland, but will be so soon. And to Robert Vanpelt, you deserve an eagle feather for defending my dad, you can represent our family anytime, again, Thank you from myself, dads grandchildren, sonny (Bernard 3rd) and all his Red Cherries clan. You Rock “dad”. I know my dad better than this he will speak when he thinks “folks” are ready to liston. Thank you Again for reading my words,

Lori Red Cherries-Proud daughter of Chief bernard Red Cherries
Lori Red Cherries | 05.19.09 – 11:31 am | #
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Hi, Lori
If you will be so kind, please contact me. moonshadows111@juno.com

Thank you.

Shusli
Shusli | 05.19.09 – 12:44 pm | #
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You and Eugene must stop already, please. Enough said, I will not contact you or anyone else on anysite. Just stop now please?! Leave my dad alone now. I will defend my dad and little sis della with my life. When you stop, some other person or group will only start again. So you’ve had your opportunity to make my dad out to be a monster and from what I can see failed , so lets go on please, again thanks for reading my words. Once again a proud daughter of Bernard Red Cherries-Lori
Lori Red Cherries | 05.19.09 – 2:47 pm | #
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Shusli and Eugene you have done all you can this is not about an apology this is about exposure. This behavior is not indicative of truth. You have made no mistakes you have given everyone a voice. There is rarely evidence in cases of abuse and it is convenient that this person wants you to provide it. I am in no way making a judgment on any of the parties. Just a gut instinct and a view of abuse statistics in the native community would lead one to believe otherwise. I truly pray that this family works out its obvious issues.

You were right about the sex abuse issue I read every single thing that you wrote and could find no mention of it.Perhaps they are confused by a previous accusation leveled at him?

I have never heard your radio show but you have to remember that even Walmart doesn’t ask for proof when a mother is looking for her child. You let this man on your show with the best of intentions…don’t let it affect your future decisions. Some child may need your voice one day.

The very best to the both of you!
LIZZY | Homepage | 05.19.09 – 3:37 pm | #
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You are one helluva man, Eugene!
I do hope more of our people read you, and the young men follow your example.
From an old lady in the Arizona desert.
NC RunningWolf | 05.19.09 – 5:41 pm | #
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Actually, it appears the discussion should be between Della and the Red Cherries family.
And not twixt Eugene and them.
Eugene posted in good faith.
Domestic violence is a BIG problem with our peoples, whether we want to admit it or not.
That Eugene would stand up and talk is to his credit.
You others, take your bitch up with Della, and whoever else.
And you people of AIM, Red Warriors Society, instead of castigating and threatening Eugene, start teaching our men TRADITIONAL ways, in which sexual and domestic abuse has no place.
NC RunningWolf | 05.19.09 – 6:16 pm | #
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Thank you, NC Runningwolf. I appreciate your compliments.
Eugene | Homepage | 05.20.09 – 8:44 am | #
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Eugene gave me permission to post my comment here. I want to respect the fact that this is his blog.

To Lori, if you are still checking in here: I am sorry you have been caused additional pain in your life by this discussion. You obviously love your father and want to protect him. Speak to your former stepsisters and stepmothers in your search for “proof“. They are the ones who made statements about your dad on this blog and on my old blog. Do you actually think that they are lying? Or maybe they and others have been hurt by your father. We are all women, and beyond race or age or economic class, are the ones who are consistently oppressed earth wide and have been oppressed for centuries. This needs to change. Trying to shut up these women and Eugene and I is all about sexism.

Any “statement” your father could make here in Portland now can not undo the “damage” he has approved of and caused by threatening Eugene, and by extension, me, by letting gangs of thugs do his talking, and finally, by allowing his loving daughter defend him. He should do all those things himself. Being a spiritual person certainly does NOT relieve one of these duties in life. He, AIM, and the RedBros need to make amends and apologies to a lot of people.

Someday, I hope you will see that there are two (or more) sides to every story.

Thank you Monica, Lizzy, and Ms. Runningwolf for your supportive words. They have really helped get us through this.

Blessings and forgiveness to all. Shusli
Shusli | Homepage | 05.20.09 – 11:12 am | #
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Thank you Beautiful! You are so awesome! I Love you!
Eugene | Homepage | 05.20.09 – 11:57 am | #
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Hey Eugene,

As a listener and a frequent lurker, I just wanted to throw out my support for you on handling this very VERY delicate issue.

I have no idea what the truth is on this matter and I make no accusations.

My partner was a victim of horrible abuse as a child, her parents were brought to the courts and though there was proof of abuse and neglect, they managed to convince a judge that a 5 year old child was just a manipulative liar and the abuse suffered was either her fault or the result of her brothers.

Many in her family knew of this abuse yet few had the courage to speak out on her behalf. Each witness found it easier to believe a lie to “help” the parents keep their child. They feel it now though, regrets abound.

Be strong.
bp | 05.20.09 – 12:47 pm | #
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Lori,

What is the truth here?? Are you ACTUALLY Bernard Red Cherries’ BIOLOGICAL daughter — or are you an “adopted” daughter but actually his niece?? Have you ever even LIVED with Bernard Red Cherries??

Shusli
Shusli | Homepage | 05.20.09 – 1:19 pm | #
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Shusli,

Stop now please…..If you have anything further please feel free to contact dads Lawyer Theresa Soto there in Portland. Thank you.
Lori Red Cherries | 05.21.09 – 12:43 pm | #
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Shusli?

What is your real “Birth name”?
Wilbur Hawk | 05.21.09 – 2:31 pm | #
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Rhonda Loene Fry

Shus li Che dut nah is a Chetco name
given to me in a ceremony by Karuk/Chetco elders at the site of an old sweathouse near the Rogue River.

Thank you so much for asking!!

And is Lori “Bernard Red Cherries” (which, as I understand it is not HIS birth name) biological daughter? Or a niece?
Shusli | Homepage | 05.21.09 – 3:39 pm | #
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Lori, I have no intention of “stopping”. I am, however, encouraging Eugene to file a police report for the threats leveled against him by Robert Van Pelt, your uncle’s spokesman.

Tell that to your uncle “Bernard.”

(For further discussion of domestic abuse, please visit my blog. I intend to offer a great deal of information there in the near future.)

(shuslichedutnah.blogspot.com)
Shusli | Homepage | 05.21.09 – 3:43 pm | #
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How may I contact these elders of yours? To verify your name giving. Thank you in advance. Wilbur
Wilbur Hawk | 05.21.09 – 4:02 pm | #
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I have to protect my elders from you and the other ilk of Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte. Your lot have already threatened my husband, and “anyone close” to him. If you think I’m going to give you contact information to these elders, you are crazier than I thought. Because, I know you or someone from the gang of thugs protecting Bernard Red Cherries/Robert Coltte will threaten and/or hurt them.

Shusli
Shusli | Homepage | 05.21.09 – 4:18 pm | #
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And, Wilber, how ’bout providing some contact info for the people who gave Bernard Red Cherries HIS name? No? Well how ’bout some contact information for the big man himself?

That coward has yet to speak up about this. Sends thugs to do his work or lets his niece defend him online.
Shusli | Homepage | 05.21.09 – 4:24 pm | #

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Wilbur, no doubt in my mind you are a brave man. So far, out of all the people I’ve accused of being cowards and not coming forth with their names and such, you and Lori have been the only ones (with the exception of Lori not being Bernard’s actual daughter). I admire that. Lord knows far beyond you all, I have battled many anonymous assholes who attacked me and paid dearly with my words.

No doubt in my mind, Wilbur, were you in a battle, you would be one of the folks who would be hard pressed to retreat and would probably stake yourself out and fight until you die. I can just read that in your words. I admire that.

Now, none of this would be public anymore were it not for the threats offered me by Robert Vanpelt. I expected Robert to be a voice between me and Robert Coltte, aka Bernard Redcherries, aka Bernard Red Cherries, and I. Instead, he came with an army of invisible folks, the Red Brotherhood Warrior Society, Oklahoma AIM, and Portland AIM. Later, he even e-mailed me that Dino Butler wanted to get involved in this, but Dino has not contacted me, in fact, I have a feeling he just wants to stay out of this. Should Robert have actually been a speaker between Bernard/Robert and I, I would not have posted this other stuff, and I was not even using his or Della’s names because I felt it was inappropriate. It was Lori that brought their names back into the public eye, and I haven’t deleted them.

That said, you have a very important piece of information at your disposal. Knowing you are a brave man, I know you are capable of a simple request of a loud mouth asshole standing down a large group of mostly nameless and faceless threats by discussing this issue publicly. This is my simple request:

That you take tobacco to Bernard/Robert and ask three questions individually and out of respect.

1) Robert/Bernard, have you ever physically abused any children?

2) Robert/Bernard, have you ever abused any women?

3) Robert/Bernard, have you ever raped any women?

If he lies, there will be spiritual consequences that he will have to pay. If he tells the truth, and that truth is something you don’t want to hear, are you brave enough to hear it. If he actually hasn’t done these things, Shusli and I will be more than proud to offer an apology. Simple request from a loud mouth asshole.

My concern is not for Robert/Bernard’s reputation. My concern is for the women and children. The survivors and victim/survivors. No one thus far except the elder women and Shusli who commented here have had ANY concern for them.
Eugene | Homepage | 05.21.09 – 4:47 pm | #
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Wilbur, at least you sign your name.
The point I must have not made is this.
Eugene was asked by someone to help them. He tried to do so.
He then was asked by someoneelse to post another side of the story, to be fair, he did so.
He did not ask to become embroiled in this mess.
Then another chimed in.
And now, he has threats, his wife has insults about her name.
Incidentally, before you ask, my name is the name of my father.
He blessed me with that name by birth well over 70 years ago. And the first names of my grandmothers.
Domestic abuse on the reservations is horrendous, which Eugene has tried to address outside of the personal issues brought to him.
If you truly care about the people, then perhaps you shoulddo as many of us have tried to do, change it.
This abuse is an intergenerational problem, caused, I believe by the old boarding school system which taught us nothing but abuse.
As an “alumni” of that vicious system, and knowing the havoc wreaked upon us of my generation, I think I have a right to speak of it.
It is not just men abuses women, women also abuse.
We do what we know.
It is up to both men and women to stand up and say ENOUGH!!!
Leave what the Euros have taught us, and return to our own ways.
And those ways are respect for BOTH men and women.
Women give life, men protect it, and them.
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Lori, I know you are Bernard’s daughter and Della’s sister and I am proud of you for speaking up. I stand with you. I know you father to be a true spiritual leader who is always there when people need him.
I will not respond to the others using this forum. I know the truth because I was there.
Sandra Lipe | 05.21.09 – 8:21 pm | #
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There is more info I have received from people who are afraid to speak up because they have learned to live in fear. I will protect the privacy of these.

I have my opinion about what has happened. I believe that what has happened in the past is much worse than has come to light here, because of the information I have been told.

I forgive all of you. I forgive myself.

Now I am choosing to spend my internet time in better ways than arguing here. I will highlight the issues of domestic violence and rape on my blog “Spring Thunder’s Blog” at shuslichedutnah.blogspot.com

Thank you for you very wise words, Ms. Runningwolf. I will do my best to follow them.

Healing to you. Healing to me.

Shusli
Shusli | Homepage | 05.21.09 – 9:31 pm | #
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I want to clarify that when I said “I forgive all of you”, it means those who have attacked me and Eugene on his blog here.

Shusli
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I know Bernards people very well. He comes from the Chief Littlewolf lineage. As you may or may not be aware Chiefs Littlewolf and Dullknife fled and led our Cheyenne people out of exile in 1878-79. Little is told about this eye-sore to the Federal Governments defeat. Dullknife surrendered at Fort Robinson, and Broke out and fought to get back home in Jan 1879. Littlewolf Bernards Grandfather, subsequently made it home and won our homeland that we will “Keep forever”. Littlewolf sits among the “Most revered” in Cheyenne history. Another of Bernards Grandfathers was a man named “Wildhog” a Dogsoldgier, who was with Dullknife and helped incite the “Historical breakout” at Ft Robinson. To the best of my knowledge Bernards father comes from that lineage and it goes as such..

Chief Littlewolf Headsman-Wildhog.

If you look up a Book titled “People of the Sacred Mountain” Author Peter J. Powell it will give you an exact and accurate history of Bernards history. In 1995 Bernard was selected by a group of elders many who are now deceased to the position he now holds, as Chief of the Elk society, a position held by his grandfather Littlewolf, after 103 yrs it was brought back to the family, of which Bernard is 6th generation, Lori, Bernard 3rd and Della are the 7th generation. So there goes a brief history, and we love him and honor him.
A Northern Cheyenne | 05.22.09 – 10:14 am | #


Part 6: Pudgy Indian 2 – “Apologies”

June 12, 2009

This post on PudgyIndian2 was also taken down. Eugene Johnson obviously seems under a lot of pressure from various groups and people to drop the whole thing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Apologies

After discussing this issue with Shusli, I have decided to apologize, but NOT under the terms DICTATED by Ralph Birdshead, Jr. in his letter to me. I still have no idea who that fella is.

To Bernard Red Cherries:
I apologize for bringing up this issue in public. In hindsight, I should have handled this differently. I should have tried to make contact with you when the accusations first came up and discussed those with you first hand. I guess I reacted out of anger feeling that when you came forward with Della’s case, that you used the show to legitimize your case. I could be wrong, and if so, I apologize. You have, however, chosen what must be one of the lousiest moderators I have ever dealt with, and there seemed to be no real communication between you and I through him. That was what I expected. Instead, I got bullied, which I don’t appreciate and puts me heavily on the defensive. I do not apologize for accusing you of abuse, I did not accuse you of abuse. You have been accused of abuse by a former step-child. There is something to be dealt with there, and I pray that you are able to do so.

To Della Red Cherries:
I apologize for any undue hardship this whole issue has given you.

To Lori Red Cherries:
I apologize to you for any undue hardships this has caused you. I have not been attacking your father, however, I have been defending myself and my family and friends. After receiving the veiled threats from the mediator chosen by your father (“We’d hate for something to happen to you or someone you know,” is basically what I was told), I wanted to make sure there was a public notice should anything actually happen to me or someone I know. The mediator was never a voice for your father, all he ever did was extend many various forms of threats my general direction from the Red Brotherhood Society, Oklahoma AIM, Portland AIM, Dino Butler, and various unnamed (until recently) lawyers. I don’t cower under that type of pressure. I get bolder. I had to face down I have no idea how many faceless enemies in this issue, an issue that could have been settled easier should I have handled it in a better manner to begin with and should the appointed mediator have actually been a voice between Bernard and I instead of a bully. Indeed, no doubt in my mind, that Bernard has done many good things in his life. That does not mean, however, that he has never abused anyone. We are all human beings and we all make mistakes or take inappropriate actions. If that were the case, I have done many good things with my blog and public works on the radio, it does not excuse my behavior in coming forward the way I did. I could have handled it differently, but did not.

To “Friend of the Red Cherries:”
You seem to be a literate moron. Proof? I never asked for proof when Bernard came forward asking for his help with Della. And yet, his accuser keeps posting on this blog. You can write…can’t you read? Hello! And really, all those attacking insults designed to further fan the flames of the battle going on here. You are a coward and stupid. To you, I offer this:
May your words come back and bite you. May the creator see fit that you learn a lesson from all the attacking of me on this blog. May you see that lesson clearly, and may you learn to behave in an appropriate fashion after being bitten.

To Portland AIM:
I have indeed been bashing on you folks. I guess I expected something better, but we are all human beings. I apologize for bashing on you folks publicly, but you don’t seem to take it well privately either when issues come up involving your behaviors. When you are a public organization, you are open to public scrutiny. That means your behavior is gonna be monitored by many more people than those that come forward such as myself. You are supposed to be the best of what is Indian in this modern society. Not doubt some of you folks are, having met many of you. However, some of you folks aren’t and I am not the only one noticing this. Like I am taking responsibility for my actions here, I expect you to do the same only better. Will it happen? I have no idea, nor do I care anymore. There are individual AIM members I would charge side by side into battle with, there are others I would have nothing to do with. I guess that’s the way with all organizations, however, so there you go.

To the Red Brotherhood Warrior Society and Oklahoma AIM:
I have never seen your faces, cowards, and yet you come forward to defend your brother having my face, name, and general location. However many of you faceless/nameless folks against…me. That is not bravery. Dictating to me the terms of this issue when I have no idea how or WHY you all are involved, and am still unclear, is not a way in which to deal with me. It is ALSO cowardly. Like I said, I have two gangs of what are apparently thugs trying to dictate to me the terms of this agreement and apology without names, faces, or mention of why the hell you are all involved. I thought this was an issue between Bernard and I, and instead a whole army has been unleashed against me. That’s not bravery.

To the Mediator:
You suck! You have got to be the lousiest mediator I have ever dealt with…You ARE the lousiest mediator I have ever dealt with. I have not heard any of Bernard’s words come from you. I have heard only bullying and strong arming. I have no idea if that is what Bernard wanted you to do, I have not heard Bernard speak through you at all. That is why I went public with the treats that started coming my way. In my opinion, and I know you are respected in the community, and I know you have done good things in the Native community, however, you are a lousy mediator. You should learn to do this better before sticking yourself in the middle of these issues. This whole thing could have been handled better if you helped create communication between Bernard and I instead of fanning the flames of a battle.

There are things that need to be dealt with, here. Things from the past, things from probably before most of us were born, patterns that have been followed through generations of oppression. We are human beings. We need to learn to deal with these things better in a world that is honestly crazy and insane. Not gonna be easy. We may hurt each other. But as we learn to handle these issues in a healthier fashion and relearn to be good human beings, I can’t see anything but good come from it all in the long run.

Posted by Eugene at 1:32 AM


Part 3: Comments from Pudgy Indian 2 – “We’ve Been Had”

June 11, 2009
That sucks, eh? Well, Eugene, we’ve all been taken for a ride at some point.
Your heart was in the right place.
Dade | Homepage | 03.25.09 – 11:28 am | #
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Thank you.
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It does suck, Dade, but it also has to be made right. It sucks we’ve been had, but now that we know, we need to make things right on our end, as Shusli has demonstrated on her blog.
You’re welcome, anonymous.
Eugene | Homepage | 03.25.09 – 3:17 pm | #
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For the record, this guy also spells his name “Bernard Red Cherries” and uses the alias “Robert Coltte” or “Robert Oliver Coltte”
Anonymous | 03.25.09 – 4:24 pm | #
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Thanks again, anonymous, those words are very helpful in getting the information out about this guy.
Shusli had good instincts about the guy. I missed it completely, I guess wanting to believe. I should have recognized something in the behavior of Della. I apologize for not, and hope this is making amends for it.
I apologize to my wife, Shusli, too, for not paying more attention to her excellent instincts. She does indeed have excellent instincts. Teach me for not listening.
Eugene | Homepage | 03.25.09 – 7:51 pm | #
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I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment on Shusli’s blog, so I’m posting it here, hoping maybe Martha will see this page too.
Martha, I am so grateful to you for speaking out about this, and to Shusli for posting your letter.
You probably know it already, but you and Della and the rest of your family were not Bernard’s last victims. He has harmed others. I am one of the people he assaulted.
It’s going to catch up to him. Legally, spiritually, however. The man is a criminal and he can only run for so long.
Bernard/Robert has fooled a lot of people, but those of us who’ve had the bad fortune to live with him know the truth about what he is.
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Wow, anonymous. I’ll make sure Shusli knows about this comment and reads it and can reply to Martha’s e-mail. Holy shit! Much healing to all of you, and much justice to Bernard/Robert.
Eugene | Homepage | 03.26.09 – 11:51 am | #
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Should I feel guilty that I wished my child’s rapist dead…fantasized about killing him…prayed for justice…and then he died of an epileptic seizure in his mid 20’s?
Well, I don’t. I’m glad he died. I consider it justice from a higher source, as does my now-grown child. The law would not help me when I sought justice.
You are right, Anonymous, when you say it will catch up to Bernard Red Cherries.
Shusli | Homepage | 03.26.09 – 12:59 pm | #
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Yeah…I thought that name sounded familiar. I remember 12 or 15 years ago, something called the “Lakota Declaration of War Agains…” was floating around Portland. I was regularly going to sweats over at Dorothy A.’s place and people were worried; some of the guys who’d just come out of OSP were frothing at the mouth over the “exploiters,” and threatening all kinds of stuff. Some of my level-thinking friends knew Bernard and were surprised to see him involved in this. Now, it kind of makes sense: people who scream the loudest about one thing or another are too often trying to silence their own consciences—like the preachers yelling about sin and who mess around with kids.
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Shusli has taken down her blog. I hope it’s temporary. But I’m reposting Martha’s letter and some of the comments here: This is Google’s cache of http://deathandconscience.blogsp…tories- and.html. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 19 Apr 2009 02:21:50 GMT:
Hi I am Della’s older sister Martha and I just thought you should know some of the facts about this case. Della is not missing she is in state custody. At that time she was missing but Bernard was under strict instruction not to be anywhere near her or have any contact with her, he had a restraining order for the things he had done to his daughter. Being his step-daughter at one time I know them not to be false. I myself, my two younger brothers, mother, and Della went through a great deal of abuse by this man. These things I will never forget, all though I’ve tried. As of right now Della is waiting to go to court for a measure 11 offense she committed. I don’t blame anyone but Robert for the way she is, I couldn’t image everything that she had to endure living with him but I had a small taste of it compared to my little sister. Next time I will hope you check your facts or at least your source. This man is not to be trusted in any degree. The last I heard he had a warrant in the Portland area for some of the same behavior I’ve seen from him during my years in his house. Thanks for your time.
Martha
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You are my hero, Martha. I applaud you for coming forward, for Della, for you and the rest of the family, and for everyone who has been harmed by this man. I pray for your healing, and for justice.
Thank you, Rhonda, for posting this. It’s very important that people know Bernard Redcherries (aka Bernard Red Cherries aka Robert Coltte) is not what he pretends to be. Like Martha said, he cannot be trusted, his word is worth nothing. He is abusive and dangerous.
March 30, 2009 4:25 PM
lisa said…
Dude belongs Back in Jail: Bernard Red Cherries aka
Robert Coltte prison record: http://dcs-inmatesearch.ne.gov/C…let? DcsId=37720 and http://lancjes2.lincoln.ne.gov/ L…Case=1986100043
Those poor kids.
April 2, 2009 1:11 PM
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I can confirm that Martha is who she says she is, and that what she says is true.
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MAYBE NOT THE FIRST BUT DEFINATELY NOT THE LAST! AS I SIT HEAR AND READ ALL OF THESE PEOPLES TRUETHS AGAIN IN MY MIND – I THINK “MY DAUGHTER MARTHA ONCE AGAIN STOOD UP FOR NOT ONLY HER MOTHER, SISTERS & BROTHERS WHILE LIVING IN BERNARDS HOME IN LAME DEER BUT SHE HAS THE COUARGE TO SHOW ME ONCE AGAIN THAT THIS WAS THE TRUTH AND I DONT HAVE TO BE AFRAID TO SAY IT, PUBLICLY. SORRY I AM NOT VERY EDUCATED, OR INTUITIVE BUT I DO HAVE ALOT OF FEELINGS. I M SORRY TO SAY MY DAUGHTER: DELLA ANN RED CHERRIES IS NOW IN COFFEE CREEK – STATE PRISON IN OREGON. I AM SAYING THANK YOU MARTHA FOR ALWAYS BEING THE LEVEL HEADED, STRONG & PAINFULLY HONEST WOMEN YOU HAVE GROWN INTO. MY GRANDSON IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU HELPING HIM ALONG NOT LETTING ANY HURT HIM FOR ANY REASON.
MY NAME IS LOIS AND I AM MARTHAS MOM.
BERNARD HAS NEVER EVER SAID HE WAS SORRY TO ME OR MY CHILDREN AFTER ALL THE FIVE(5) YEARS WE SUFFERED FOR “THE CHEYENNE PEOPLE” LIVING IN LAME DEER, MT.
THANK YOU WE ALL NEED PRAYERS…
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Dear Lois, I am so moved by reading your words. I thank you and Martha for your courage. You have helped me and I pray for you now.
I am another Ex who was badly abused by Bernard Red Cherries. He convinced my family to take him in, with his claims of visions and all the ways he needed me to help “save the Cheyenne people”. He lured me in with prayer and songs, but I wound up with rape, battering, my savings stolen, and him still stalking me, threatening to kill me and my family. I pray he gets arrested soon. I now realize that pretty much everything he told me is a lie.
So much of what he told me about his past relationships and children, and who was whose mother, even how many children and exes he had, makes no sense now. He told me all his children had the same mother, and he didn’t tell me he’d done hard time in prison for harming others. No surprise; he’s a liar. He cares about no one but himself. He lied about EVERYTHING. And his big PR move about “Protection of Ceremonies” was just that – a PR move to try and cover the fact that he has been selling ceremony, abusing ceremony, and trying to sell out to new agers. I would love to talk to you if Eugene could set up some way for us to exchange contact information in private. I know of other victims, too.
Lois, my prayers for you, for Della, for Martha, for all of us who have been harmed by this evil man. This man who plays the victim and “spiritual leader”, but who lies constantly, violating everything he claims to stand for, desecrating the memory of his ancestors. Abusing women and children, stealing from elders, selling ceremony while claiming to fight the very abuses he engages in. He even claims to have volunteered at Youth organizations!
I hope he tries to pray or do ceremony, and Maheo and all his ancestors give him what he deserves. This is my prayer.
Yet another Ex who suffered | 04.26.09 – 5:45 pm | #
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I’m really taken back by what one little e-mail has generated. Honestly I’m shocked people took time to listen. It’s been many many years coming and I’m glad people are finally seeing what we saw all those years. Thank you, all of you. I never thought of my self as a strong person I’m only doing what I thought was right for my family. For me it is justice just having people acknowledge what he has done not only to my family but others as well. I can remeber one to many times people of authority turned their backs on us because Robert was a medicine man to his people. To young children it destroys a sense of trust in those figures. Any of those who know him like I do understand it’s not easy facing those memories but I’m not seven anymore and I’m not going to let him have that hold on me any longer. I will never forgive or forget but I will pray for him. As to my little sister I’m only sorry I couldn’t help her more than what I’m doing right now. To my mother, wow, I never knew you saw me like that. To Rhonda thank you once again for seeing both sides of the story. For everyone else thanks for outing Bernard Redcherries, Robert Coltte, or whatever name he chooses to go by now or in the future.
Thanks once again for simply listening
Martha | Homepage | 04.28.09 – 3:02 am | #
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This is an interesting thread on Red Cherries, and I appreciate some information being here to substantiate some of the claims.
What I am hoping to find is some information of who can I contact in the Northern or Southern Cheyenne Nation, in regards to his leadership credentials that he claims in his statements. At least someone with credibility and will speak with me
I am the kind of person that needs facts to make a determination, and I met Bernard in Seattle right after they lifted the border closings in 2001. I enjoyed his company and we discussed the exploitation of Native spirituality. Later, he was campaigning on the protection of ceremonies. And I didn’t have any contact with him until earlier last year.
I got him invited to an event in West Yellowstone and we spoke about frauds and exploitations of ceremonies. When we left, I thought things were good for us, but I learned recently that he is “supposed” to have written a statement against me last September, which only materialized recently. I sent him a message, but have yet to hear from him.
In trying to locate him, I hear that he is in Oklahoma drinking. And then I hear that the titles he has claimed has been stripped from him some time ago.
I haven’t seen this particular thread before, and there seems to be some effort at stating facts and personal experiences. We had heard some things before about his relationships, but only from his point of view. Now I can see there is an obvious pattern emerging from all of his relationships. I’m sorry that some of you had to go through all this. I wished that you didn’t have to.
If anyone is interested in contacting me, I can be reached bencarnesdoteaglecouncildotcom. Thanks, Ben
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Psst…..hey knucklehead, Eugene…..where’s your proof? Consider the sources, and NO… statements from scorned new age white women will not work either. Present your evidence…re.”Legal decisions and sentencing dates”. Until then practice being a skin.
It is not your fault that you are obviously suffering from survivor decendents syndrome.
Until you are able to prove any alledged retoric, I suggest you stick to the issues you most claim to represent,…(ie. Genocide).
In response to the unproven responses by these in question to this group listing I say……to use this public forum to attack the character of a well known spiritual leader without proof, today makes me ashamed to be white.
Honor and Integrity?????
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Lois is a liar. And so are those who continue there attacks on Mr Red Cherries….without a thread of proof. In Indian country we call it welfare and commoditie cheese syndrome. I was one of the guys that bedded down Lois when she convinced me that she was single, and gave me a hardluck story of abuse,,,,,I was infected by her with syphilliss. You know me lois, and martha….sad but after years I apologized to Bernard finally. And he prayed with me. So maybe pudgy lil Indian and his captured white wife need to consider the source? huh? fairs fair…And then life goes on…..
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And so Bernard continues his verbal abuse via the Internet. Those of us who know him recognize his speaking, writing and lying style all too well. We know his style of abuse. There is plenty of hard evidence of what he’s done, and he is on the run from it. He knows where to turn himself in when he’s ready to “man up”.
This has always been his pattern: rather than seek healing through traditional means, rather than apologize to those he has harmed and seek a way to make restitution, he continues his abuse and attempts at intimidation long-distance. A woman’s past sexual history, if any, and her religion, if any, is never an excuse for physically assaulting her.
And women who reject a man and leave him after he physically assaults them are hardly “scorned”.
If the above “two” posters are not him, which I seriously doubt, they are those who barely know him. They’ve certainly never been married to him, though I assume that’s the next lie he will post, pretending to be a “supporter” of himself.
As to his statements of being, “a well known spiritual leader,” I suggest you talk to those in his former home community in Lame Deer. I think you’ll find that what the traditionals and elders there have to say about him is starkly different from his claims about himself on the Internet.
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And so Bernard continues his verbal abuse via the Internet. Those of us who know him recognize his speaking, writing and lying style all too well. We know his style of abuse. There is plenty of hard evidence of what he’s done, and he is on the run from it. He knows where to turn himself in when he’s ready to “man up”.
This has always been his pattern: rather than seek healing through traditional means, rather than apologize to those he has harmed and seek a way to make restitution, he continues his abuse and attempts at intimidation long-distance. A woman’s past sexual history, if any, and her religion, if any, is never an excuse for physically assaulting her.
And women who reject a man and leave him after he physically assaults them are hardly “scorned”.
If the above “two” posters are not him, which I seriously doubt, they are those who barely know him. They’ve certainly never been married to him, though I assume that’s the next lie he will post, pretending to be a “supporter” of himself.
As to his statements about himself being “a well known spiritual leader,” I suggest you speak with the traditionals and elders in his former home community of Lame Deer. I think you’ll find that what they have to say stands in stark contrast to his claims about himself on the Internet.
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I have to agree with the above poster who asked the question:”Honor and Integrity”?
Lisa posts links to Bernard’s “prison record”, a record from when he was 24 years old. I think that everyone who knows Bernard knows about that particular event from Bernard himself. Perhaps those of you who do not know (those charges stemmed from him helping out a skin that was being beaten by some whites guys) should take the time to do the research and learn about the facts before posting as if you are a “know-it-all” and that he is some sort of “vile criminal”. Besides, those charges do not in any way relate to these lies nor can they be used to prove these lies. That in itself is laughable.
A good number of the people pointing fingers at Bernard in here also have prison records, juvi records, etc. Maybe we should make those peoples “records” available on here as well? Maybe we should begin with posting Lois and Martha’s “criminal records”?
Ben Carnes is asking for verification from the Cheyenne on Bernard, maybe we should be asking for his own “verification of leadership credentials”, as I was told that this Mr. Carnes claims to be a spiritual leader himself and apparently has some fingers pointing at him as well. And maybe Mr. Carnes “criminal record” should be made available here as well?
My point being that there is a lot of innuendo flying around in here as if it were fact. Where are the facts? Where are the links to Bernard being charged with all this alleged abuse, all these alleged rapes? Where are the “criminal records” to prove these allegations? Oh wait, we have a link to a “driving under the influence” charge in Oklahoma recently, that must prove all these lies to be truth huh? How many of you have a DUI somewhere in your past or present? Truthfully, I do not know very many skins that do not have one! Sadly alcohol is a problem, I think we all know that.
I guess that I am saying: take a good long hard look at yourselves before pointing fingers at another. I do not think it is very smart to try to discredit this man when you have way worse skeletons in your own closet. Martha and Lois should think about what is in their own closets before telling these lies. And they should remember that there are those of us who do know the truth.
Maybe someone should be asking what Della thinks about all these lies about her Dad. I do know what Della thinks, not only about her Dad and the deep respect she holds for him, but also the utter lack of respect she holds for her “by birthright only” mother (her own words) and her half sister Martha. I also know that Martha and Lois’ only motivation in doing any of this is: money. I know this from Della’s own words.
So, some of you have indeed been duped. Not in the way that you think though. Just some food for thought. Personally, I am sick of this sort of thing and sicker still by the people that will jump on the bandwagon to attack good people without even knowing any of the facts
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This is simply ridiculous. Shame on you all.
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to:”Yet another Ex who suffered”
(and yes we know who you are)
You are so wrong in your assumptions, just as you are in your lies. I know for a fact that Bernard did not write either of those posts, he was on the phone with me when they were being posted! And here are a few more facts for you: he has no internet access where he is, he was just informed of this blog, or whatever it is, yesterday evening, and he will issue a statement as soon as he is able to.
He asked me to tell you all that he is deeply saddened by all of this. But that he will not quit and will not back down. He will continue to be Della’s Dad and will continue to fight to get her sentence reduced and to support her in every way that he can. Something that her “other” family has never done and still is not doing.
This attack on him is without truth, without proof and is deplorable. Especially as it has come on the heels of a number of deaths in our family this past year. He lost his daughter in June, his mother in November, and his sister very recently! My brother is still grieving and mourning these losses and trying to heal.
All of this, is just a bunch of wild, ugly and unfounded allegations, that will be proven to be lies in the end. None of you have any facts, just a bunch of ugly lies. Again I say, shame on you all.
For reasons none of you need to know, that is all I will say on this for now.
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Are not all of you being abusive? When you point fingers that is abuse. I have never been into the gossip, pointing fingers, or try to disrespect anyone , and I know better to disrespect a leader.I met Bernard and Della in 2001 and was with him until 2005,left then he wanted me back in 2007 and I left him again May, 6th 2008. We had our fights and arguements like anyone else and yes somethings got out of hand but it didnt last.
He didnt choose to be who he is, his elders did long time ago. No one has been in his shoes.no one knows his pain he has carried all his life. He has cried for his people, I have witnessed him saving people’s life, I cant even count.I witnessed him helping ppl in need in money, food, work on their home or property without asking for anything in return. He has always fought for his ppl. He has had many deaths come his way, let him mourne in peace!He has a beautiful heart. I last seen him in Dec 08. He had called me and asked me to meet him and I did. He asked me to just listen. First thing He did was apologize for everything. he went into detail of everything he was apologizing for.He cried alot and one of the things he said to me thats he has alot of pain and does not want to live with the pain anymore and asked me to help him. He will heal when he is ready just like anyone else.
This is very very sad. I will pray all of you will heal from all ur pain and find answers and peace from your Creater. Think positive always
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My statements are only by my personal witness.
One thing I would like to say is that Della was always a beautiful, smart, and lovely girl the time I had known her. She just wanted someone to love her unconditionally. I was blessed to have been in her life.
Casandra Mehlow | 05.16.09 – 1:20 am | #

The post from PudgyIndian2 I reproduced in my last post generated a lot of comments when it was originally up. What is particularly notable is the level of virulent and vicious response brought to bear against these women who spoke about their experience. Unsurprisingly, some of these women were posting anonymously because of fear.

Also notable is that there were distinct similarities among some of those attacking the women, suggesting at least some sockpuppeting going on from that quarter.

My own research is conclusive that Martha (Alvarez) was indeed Bernard Red Cherries’ stepdaughter and it actually was her posting in the comment thread. Likewise, Lois, an ex-wife of Robert Coltte/Bernard Red Cherries, was really who she said. [June 22, 2011, edited to add: My conclusion is that "anonymous...isn't it a classic" and "anonymous known only to Lois" are both Coltte/Red Cherries. "anonymous2 - since everyine el" and "anonymous2 - " are not obviously Coltte/Red Cherries but the writing contains some of his distinctive stylistic quirks. I'm planning a fuller analysis of sockpuppeting by Coltte/Red Cherries in various discussions.]

Note also the implied threats used in an attempt to silence those who were speaking about their experience : “(and yes we know who you are)”

Please be aware that there is some language and attitudes in the following text that may be triggering and/or offensive to some people, particularly people who have been abused.

That sucks, eh? Well, Eugene, we’ve all been taken for a ride at some point.

Your heart was in the right place.

Dade | Homepage | 03.25.09 – 11:28 am | #

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It does suck, Dade, but it also has to be made right. It sucks we’ve been had, but now that we know, we need to make things right on our end, as Shusli has demonstrated on her blog.

You’re welcome, anonymous.

Eugene | Homepage | 03.25.09 – 3:17 pm | #

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For the record, this guy also spells his name “Bernard Red Cherries” and uses the alias “Robert Coltte” or “Robert Oliver Coltte”

Anonymous | 03.25.09 – 4:24 pm | #

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Thanks again, anonymous, those words are very helpful in getting the information out about this guy.

Shusli had good instincts about the guy. I missed it completely, I guess wanting to believe. I should have recognized something in the behavior of Della. I apologize for not, and hope this is making amends for it.

I apologize to my wife, Shusli, too, for not paying more attention to her excellent instincts. She does indeed have excellent instincts. Teach me for not listening.

Eugene | Homepage | 03.25.09 – 7:51 pm | #

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I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment on Shusli’s blog, so I’m posting it here, hoping maybe Martha will see this page too.

Martha, I am so grateful to you for speaking out about this, and to Shusli for posting your letter.

You probably know it already, but you and Della and the rest of your family were not Bernard’s last victims. He has harmed others. I am one of the people he assaulted.

It’s going to catch up to him. Legally, spiritually, however. The man is a criminal and he can only run for so long.

Bernard/Robert has fooled a lot of people, but those of us who’ve had the bad fortune to live with him know the truth about what he is.

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Wow, anonymous. I’ll make sure Shusli knows about this comment and reads it and can reply to Martha’s e-mail. Holy shit! Much healing to all of you, and much justice to Bernard/Robert.

Eugene | Homepage | 03.26.09 – 11:51 am | #

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Should I feel guilty that I wished my child’s rapist dead…fantasized about killing him…prayed for justice…and then he died of an epileptic seizure in his mid 20’s?

Well, I don’t. I’m glad he died. I consider it justice from a higher source, as does my now-grown child. The law would not help me when I sought justice.

You are right, Anonymous, when you say it will catch up to Bernard Red Cherries.

Shusli | Homepage | 03.26.09 – 12:59 pm | #

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Yeah…I thought that name sounded familiar. I remember 12 or 15 years ago, something called the “Lakota Declaration of War Agains…” was floating around Portland. I was regularly going to sweats over at Dorothy A.’s place and people were worried; some of the guys who’d just come out of OSP were frothing at the mouth over the “exploiters,” and threatening all kinds of stuff. Some of my level-thinking friends knew Bernard and were surprised to see him involved in this. Now, it kind of makes sense: people who scream the loudest about one thing or another are too often trying to silence their own consciences—like the preachers yelling about sin and who mess around with kids.

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Shusli has taken down her blog. I hope it’s temporary. But I’m reposting Martha’s letter and some of the comments here: This is Google’s cache of http://deathandconscience.blogsp…tories- and.html. It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 19 Apr 2009 02:21:50 GMT:

Hi I am Della’s older sister Martha and I just thought you should know some of the facts about this case. Della is not missing she is in state custody. At that time she was missing but Bernard was under strict instruction not to be anywhere near her or have any contact with her, he had a restraining order for the things he had done to his daughter. Being his step-daughter at one time I know them not to be false. I myself, my two younger brothers, mother, and Della went through a great deal of abuse by this man. These things I will never forget, all though I’ve tried. As of right now Della is waiting to go to court for a measure 11 offense she committed. I don’t blame anyone but Robert for the way she is, I couldn’t image everything that she had to endure living with him but I had a small taste of it compared to my little sister. Next time I will hope you check your facts or at least your source. This man is not to be trusted in any degree. The last I heard he had a warrant in the Portland area for some of the same behavior I’ve seen from him during my years in his house. Thanks for your time.

Martha

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Ann said…

You are my hero, Martha. I applaud you for coming forward, for Della, for you and the rest of the family, and for everyone who has been harmed by this man. I pray for your healing, and for justice.

Thank you, Rhonda, for posting this. It’s very important that people know Bernard Redcherries (aka Bernard Red Cherries aka Robert Coltte) is not what he pretends to be. Like Martha said, he cannot be trusted, his word is worth nothing. He is abusive and dangerous.

March 30, 2009 4:25 PM

lisa said…

Dude belongs Back in Jail: Bernard Red Cherries aka

Robert Coltte prison record: http://dcs-inmatesearch.ne.gov/C…let? DcsId=37720 and http://lancjes2.lincoln.ne.gov/ L…Case=1986100043

Those poor kids.

April 2, 2009 1:11 PM

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I can confirm that Martha is who she says she is, and that what she says is true.

Anonymous | 04.26.09 – 5:03 am | #

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MAYBE NOT THE FIRST BUT DEFINATELY NOT THE LAST! AS I SIT HEAR AND READ ALL OF THESE PEOPLES TRUETHS AGAIN IN MY MIND – I THINK “MY DAUGHTER MARTHA ONCE AGAIN STOOD UP FOR NOT ONLY HER MOTHER, SISTERS & BROTHERS WHILE LIVING IN BERNARDS HOME IN LAME DEER BUT SHE HAS THE COUARGE TO SHOW ME ONCE AGAIN THAT THIS WAS THE TRUTH AND I DONT HAVE TO BE AFRAID TO SAY IT, PUBLICLY. SORRY I AM NOT VERY EDUCATED, OR INTUITIVE BUT I DO HAVE ALOT OF FEELINGS. I M SORRY TO SAY MY DAUGHTER: DELLA ANN RED CHERRIES IS NOW IN COFFEE CREEK – STATE PRISON IN OREGON. I AM SAYING THANK YOU MARTHA FOR ALWAYS BEING THE LEVEL HEADED, STRONG & PAINFULLY HONEST WOMEN YOU HAVE GROWN INTO. MY GRANDSON IS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU HELPING HIM ALONG NOT LETTING ANY HURT HIM FOR ANY REASON.

MY NAME IS LOIS AND I AM MARTHAS MOM.

BERNARD HAS NEVER EVER SAID HE WAS SORRY TO ME OR MY CHILDREN AFTER ALL THE FIVE(5) YEARS WE SUFFERED FOR “THE CHEYENNE PEOPLE” LIVING IN LAME DEER, MT.

THANK YOU WE ALL NEED PRAYERS…

ONE OF THE EX’S | 04.26.09 – 3:00 pm | #

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Dear Lois, I am so moved by reading your words. I thank you and Martha for your courage. You have helped me and I pray for you now.

I am another Ex who was badly abused by Bernard Red Cherries. He convinced my family to take him in, with his claims of visions and all the ways he needed me to help “save the Cheyenne people”. He lured me in with prayer and songs, but I wound up with rape, battering, my savings stolen, and him still stalking me, threatening to kill me and my family. I pray he gets arrested soon. I now realize that pretty much everything he told me is a lie.

So much of what he told me about his past relationships and children, and who was whose mother, even how many children and exes he had, makes no sense now. He told me all his children had the same mother, and he didn’t tell me he’d done hard time in prison for harming others. No surprise; he’s a liar. He cares about no one but himself. He lied about EVERYTHING. And his big PR move about “Protection of Ceremonies” was just that – a PR move to try and cover the fact that he has been selling ceremony, abusing ceremony, and trying to sell out to new agers. I would love to talk to you if Eugene could set up some way for us to exchange contact information in private. I know of other victims, too.

Lois, my prayers for you, for Della, for Martha, for all of us who have been harmed by this evil man. This man who plays the victim and “spiritual leader”, but who lies constantly, violating everything he claims to stand for, desecrating the memory of his ancestors. Abusing women and children, stealing from elders, selling ceremony while claiming to fight the very abuses he engages in. He even claims to have volunteered at Youth organizations!

I hope he tries to pray or do ceremony, and Maheo and all his ancestors give him what he deserves. This is my prayer.

Yet another Ex who suffered | 04.26.09 – 5:45 pm | #

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I’m really taken back by what one little e-mail has generated. Honestly I’m shocked people took time to listen. It’s been many many years coming and I’m glad people are finally seeing what we saw all those years. Thank you, all of you. I never thought of my self as a strong person I’m only doing what I thought was right for my family. For me it is justice just having people acknowledge what he has done not only to my family but others as well. I can remeber one to many times people of authority turned their backs on us because Robert was a medicine man to his people. To young children it destroys a sense of trust in those figures. Any of those who know him like I do understand it’s not easy facing those memories but I’m not seven anymore and I’m not going to let him have that hold on me any longer. I will never forgive or forget but I will pray for him. As to my little sister I’m only sorry I couldn’t help her more than what I’m doing right now. To my mother, wow, I never knew you saw me like that. To Rhonda thank you once again for seeing both sides of the story. For everyone else thanks for outing Bernard Redcherries, Robert Coltte, or whatever name he chooses to go by now or in the future.

Thanks once again for simply listening

Martha | Homepage | 04.28.09 – 3:02 am | #

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This is an interesting thread on Red Cherries, and I appreciate some information being here to substantiate some of the claims.

What I am hoping to find is some information of who can I contact in the Northern or Southern Cheyenne Nation, in regards to his leadership credentials that he claims in his statements. At least someone with credibility and will speak with me

I am the kind of person that needs facts to make a determination, and I met Bernard in Seattle right after they lifted the border closings in 2001. I enjoyed his company and we discussed the exploitation of Native spirituality. Later, he was campaigning on the protection of ceremonies. And I didn’t have any contact with him until earlier last year.

I got him invited to an event in West Yellowstone and we spoke about frauds and exploitations of ceremonies. When we left, I thought things were good for us, but I learned recently that he is “supposed” to have written a statement against me last September, which only materialized recently. I sent him a message, but have yet to hear from him.

In trying to locate him, I hear that he is in Oklahoma drinking. And then I hear that the titles he has claimed has been stripped from him some time ago.

I haven’t seen this particular thread before, and there seems to be some effort at stating facts and personal experiences. We had heard some things before about his relationships, but only from his point of view. Now I can see there is an obvious pattern emerging from all of his relationships. I’m sorry that some of you had to go through all this. I wished that you didn’t have to.

If anyone is interested in contacting me, I can be reached bencarnesdoteaglecouncildotcom. Thanks, Ben

Ben Carnes | 05.02.09 – 4:31 pm | #

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Psst…..hey knucklehead, Eugene…..where’s your proof? Consider the sources, and NO… statements from scorned new age white women will not work either. Present your evidence…re.”Legal decisions and sentencing dates”. Until then practice being a skin.

It is not your fault that you are obviously suffering from survivor decendents syndrome.

Until you are able to prove any alledged retoric, I suggest you stick to the issues you most claim to represent,…(ie. Genocide).

In response to the unproven responses by these in question to this group listing I say……to use this public forum to attack the character of a well known spiritual leader without proof, today makes me ashamed to be white.

Honor and Integrity?????

anonymous…isn’t it a classic | 05.06.09 – 10:15 am | #

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Lois is a liar. And so are those who continue there attacks on Mr Red Cherries….without a thread of proof. In Indian country we call it welfare and commoditie cheese syndrome. I was one of the guys that bedded down Lois when she convinced me that she was single, and gave me a hardluck story of abuse,,,,,I was infected by her with syphilliss. You know me lois, and martha….sad but after years I apologized to Bernard finally. And he prayed with me. So maybe pudgy lil Indian and his captured white wife need to consider the source? huh? fairs fair…And then life goes on…..

anonymous known only to Lois, | 05.06.09 – 4:49 pm | #

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And so Bernard continues his verbal abuse via the Internet. Those of us who know him recognize his speaking, writing and lying style all too well. We know his style of abuse. There is plenty of hard evidence of what he’s done, and he is on the run from it. He knows where to turn himself in when he’s ready to “man up”.

This has always been his pattern: rather than seek healing through traditional means, rather than apologize to those he has harmed and seek a way to make restitution, he continues his abuse and attempts at intimidation long-distance. A woman’s past sexual history, if any, and her religion, if any, is never an excuse for physically assaulting her.

And women who reject a man and leave him after he physically assaults them are hardly “scorned”.

If the above “two” posters are not him, which I seriously doubt, they are those who barely know him. They’ve certainly never been married to him, though I assume that’s the next lie he will post, pretending to be a “supporter” of himself.

As to his statements of being, “a well known spiritual leader,” I suggest you talk to those in his former home community in Lame Deer. I think you’ll find that what the traditionals and elders there have to say about him is starkly different from his claims about himself on the Internet.

Yet another Ex who suffered | 05.06.09 – 6:05 pm | #

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And so Bernard continues his verbal abuse via the Internet. Those of us who know him recognize his speaking, writing and lying style all too well. We know his style of abuse. There is plenty of hard evidence of what he’s done, and he is on the run from it. He knows where to turn himself in when he’s ready to “man up”.

This has always been his pattern: rather than seek healing through traditional means, rather than apologize to those he has harmed and seek a way to make restitution, he continues his abuse and attempts at intimidation long-distance. A woman’s past sexual history, if any, and her religion, if any, is never an excuse for physically assaulting her.

And women who reject a man and leave him after he physically assaults them are hardly “scorned”.

If the above “two” posters are not him, which I seriously doubt, they are those who barely know him. They’ve certainly never been married to him, though I assume that’s the next lie he will post, pretending to be a “supporter” of himself.

As to his statements about himself being “a well known spiritual leader,” I suggest you speak with the traditionals and elders in his former home community of Lame Deer. I think you’ll find that what they have to say stands in stark contrast to his claims about himself on the Internet.

Yet another Ex who suffered | 05.06.09 – 6:16 pm | #

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I have to agree with the above poster who asked the question:”Honor and Integrity”?

Lisa posts links to Bernard’s “prison record”, a record from when he was 24 years old. I think that everyone who knows Bernard knows about that particular event from Bernard himself. Perhaps those of you who do not know (those charges stemmed from him helping out a skin that was being beaten by some whites guys) should take the time to do the research and learn about the facts before posting as if you are a “know-it-all” and that he is some sort of “vile criminal”. Besides, those charges do not in any way relate to these lies nor can they be used to prove these lies. That in itself is laughable.

A good number of the people pointing fingers at Bernard in here also have prison records, juvi records, etc. Maybe we should make those peoples “records” available on here as well? Maybe we should begin with posting Lois and Martha’s “criminal records”?

Ben Carnes is asking for verification from the Cheyenne on Bernard, maybe we should be asking for his own “verification of leadership credentials”, as I was told that this Mr. Carnes claims to be a spiritual leader himself and apparently has some fingers pointing at him as well. And maybe Mr. Carnes “criminal record” should be made available here as well?

My point being that there is a lot of innuendo flying around in here as if it were fact. Where are the facts? Where are the links to Bernard being charged with all this alleged abuse, all these alleged rapes? Where are the “criminal records” to prove these allegations? Oh wait, we have a link to a “driving under the influence” charge in Oklahoma recently, that must prove all these lies to be truth huh? How many of you have a DUI somewhere in your past or present? Truthfully, I do not know very many skins that do not have one! Sadly alcohol is a problem, I think we all know that.

I guess that I am saying: take a good long hard look at yourselves before pointing fingers at another. I do not think it is very smart to try to discredit this man when you have way worse skeletons in your own closet. Martha and Lois should think about what is in their own closets before telling these lies. And they should remember that there are those of us who do know the truth.

Maybe someone should be asking what Della thinks about all these lies about her Dad. I do know what Della thinks, not only about her Dad and the deep respect she holds for him, but also the utter lack of respect she holds for her “by birthright only” mother (her own words) and her half sister Martha. I also know that Martha and Lois’ only motivation in doing any of this is: money. I know this from Della’s own words.

So, some of you have indeed been duped. Not in the way that you think though. Just some food for thought. Personally, I am sick of this sort of thing and sicker still by the people that will jump on the bandwagon to attack good people without even knowing any of the facts

anonymous2 – since everyine el | 05.06.09 – 7:20 pm | #

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This is simply ridiculous. Shame on you all.

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to:”Yet another Ex who suffered”

(and yes we know who you are)

You are so wrong in your assumptions, just as you are in your lies. I know for a fact that Bernard did not write either of those posts, he was on the phone with me when they were being posted! And here are a few more facts for you: he has no internet access where he is, he was just informed of this blog, or whatever it is, yesterday evening, and he will issue a statement as soon as he is able to.

He asked me to tell you all that he is deeply saddened by all of this. But that he will not quit and will not back down. He will continue to be Della’s Dad and will continue to fight to get her sentence reduced and to support her in every way that he can. Something that her “other” family has never done and still is not doing.

This attack on him is without truth, without proof and is deplorable. Especially as it has come on the heels of a number of deaths in our family this past year. He lost his daughter in June, his mother in November, and his sister very recently! My brother is still grieving and mourning these losses and trying to heal.

All of this, is just a bunch of wild, ugly and unfounded allegations, that will be proven to be lies in the end. None of you have any facts, just a bunch of ugly lies. Again I say, shame on you all.

For reasons none of you need to know, that is all I will say on this for now.

anonymous2 – | 05.06.09 – 10:19 pm | #

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Are not all of you being abusive? When you point fingers that is abuse. I have never been into the gossip, pointing fingers, or try to disrespect anyone , and I know better to disrespect a leader.I met Bernard and Della in 2001 and was with him until 2005,left then he wanted me back in 2007 and I left him again May, 6th 2008. We had our fights and arguements like anyone else and yes somethings got out of hand but it didnt last.

He didnt choose to be who he is, his elders did long time ago. No one has been in his shoes.no one knows his pain he has carried all his life. He has cried for his people, I have witnessed him saving people’s life, I cant even count.I witnessed him helping ppl in need in money, food, work on their home or property without asking for anything in return. He has always fought for his ppl. He has had many deaths come his way, let him mourne in peace!He has a beautiful heart. I last seen him in Dec 08. He had called me and asked me to meet him and I did. He asked me to just listen. First thing He did was apologize for everything. he went into detail of everything he was apologizing for.He cried alot and one of the things he said to me thats he has alot of pain and does not want to live with the pain anymore and asked me to help him. He will heal when he is ready just like anyone else.

This is very very sad. I will pray all of you will heal from all ur pain and find answers and peace from your Creater. Think positive always

Casandra Mehlow | 05.16.09 – 1:04 am | #

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My statements are only by my personal witness.

One thing I would like to say is that Della was always a beautiful, smart, and lovely girl the time I had known her. She just wanted someone to love her unconditionally. I was blessed to have been in her life.

Casandra Mehlow | 05.16.09 – 1:20 am | #


Part 2: PudgyIndian2 – “We’ve been had”

June 10, 2009

The second post on the subject of Bernard Red Cherries was on the blog Pudgy Indian 2 on March 24, 2009. A copy of the text can also be found on alt.native here.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
We’ve Been Had

Shusli received an e-mail from a former step daughter of Bernard Redcherries concerning Della Redcherries. For those of you who don’t remember, Della Redcherries was a young woman who had gone missing from state custody and her father, Bernard, asked us at “Mitakuye Oyasin” about a year and a half ago to help find her. We did a few shows about it. From the e-mail Shusli received (you can read about it on her blog), it is clear that we’d been had.

According to Bernard’s former step daughter, he was abusing Della as well as his step children and their mother. That explains Della’s behavior.

Shusli suspected something right off. I figured he was a soft spoken spiritual leader who seemed rather genuine. I didn’t gather much information about him from the community, and I had never heard of him other than when he asked for our help.

May Della find healing from her ordeals and be blessed with a good and healthy life. May justice be served where it needs to be served.

I apologize for the disinformation we had set out there. It was our intent to help. We didn’t have all the information we needed to make good decisions.

Posted by Eugene at 7:43 PM Comments (9)| Trackback (0)

Although the post was taken down, the comments remained up. I’m going to reproduce them in the next post.


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