Here is why I believe Chief Yonaguska Holloway of the New Jersey Sand Hill Band of Indians (and why I have been covering his story for the past few years) and why I DON’T believe Claire Garland of Neptune who claims to be Sand Hill, despite the plaintive cries of her Ramapough defenders.
In honor of Claire, who loves photos, here is some evidence:
Photos of Chief Crummel, Lone Bear Revey and real members of the Sand Hill taken in the 1940’s, around the time the Smithsonian wrote that they were the only continuously operating tribe of Lenape left in NJ.
More evidence below the fold...
Chief Crummel, seen in the above photos, is the Great Grandfather of Arleen Richards - The Chief Justice and Attorney for the New Jersey Sand Hill Band of Lenape and Cherokee Indians. Why would Arleen Richards defend Holloway in his case unless she was protecting the history of her very own great grandfather and her myriad family who are members of the New Jersey Sand Hill Band of Lenape and Cherokee Indians? In the photos you can also spot Lone Bear – who received his Indian name LONG before he became Chief and was hardly all by himself. Lone Bear himself became Chief – then appointed Sam Beeler to succeed him shortly before his death in 1998. Upon Chief Lone Bear Revey’s death, Sam Beeler was installed as Chief by Tribal Council. This was BEFORE the NJ Indian Commission seated the current crop of characters there now.
Claire Garland actually knew Sam Beeler personally when she stood before the NJ Indian Commission and swore up and down she didn’t know who he was. If she had been sworn in – she could be nailed for PERJURY. Here is the PHOTO of Claire Garland with Sam Beeler at an event. Perhaps if this case is allowed to go to trial someone WILL swear Claire in and she will come clean. God knows she was sweating profusely when she appeared and denied knowing Beeler in front of the Commission.
From Claire Garland’s newsletter summer 2006 when she was just a lady starting a little club to talk about Indians. In black and white, in her own newsletter, Claire Garland openly and proudly acknowledges Sam Beeler as CHAIRMAN of the Sand Hill Band of Indians TRIBAL COUNCIL based in PATERSON (not Monmouth). This was BEFORE she got amnesia and forgot who Sam Beeler was and trashed him at a NJ Commission meeting. What I want to know is, who hit her in the head and gave her amnesia?
This is how Claire started her own little “tribe” established in 2006 – A membership form for a HISTORICAL ORGANIZATION asking for money to join. From the same newsletter where she touts Chief Sam Beeler in 2006:
Apparently, for 10 bucks, Claire will let just about anyone into her “tribe”. Why would a real Lenape Indian Chief “negotiate” with this woman?