Sharing my work!

Hello! I wanted to share the interviews when I shared the airways with legend: AIM Founder Dennis Banks as well as two articles I wrote! 

Thanks for reading & listening! STAY WELL! Tara

1. Dennis Banks AIM Founder & I on the Martha Fast Horse show regarding my work on the I Support The Lakota 57 social media campaign, which exposed to the world the racism to Lakota children by white adults.

2. An article on the Lakota 57 in the Shorthorn-U of TX student paper. 

3. An OP/Ed article I wrote: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide at

4. My article on Lakota comedian, JR Redwater.

Dennis Banks-AIM Founder supported my Lakota 57 social media campaign!

Dennis Banks, Founder of the American Indian Movement (now deceased) & I-on Martha Fast Horse's FM radio show about the racism in Indian country & the horrific racism 57 Lakota kids experienced on a field trip. As well as the I Support The Lakota 57 social media campaign I created that reached the world! 

I was honored when Martha invited me on to her show and I invited Dennis Banks on as he was supporting the kids & their parents. He later told me that he liked the way I wrote and asked me to used my description of the event in his speech at a fundraiser for the kids on Pine Ridge. 

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An Oglala tipi camp is seen in front of a U.S government boarding school for Indian youth in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, circa 1891. Image: John C. H. Grabill / U.S. Library of Congress

Tara Pretends Eagle Weber: History is repeating itself when it comes to genocide

By Tara Pretends Eagle Weber

I am a survivor of genocide. I am a direct descendent of Pretends Eagle, a documented survivor of The Battle at Little Bighorn. My ancestors fought for me to have a better life. I honor them today and the migrant families enduring the unthinkable as they flee to the United States.

I was born during the uprising of the American Indian Movement. I am also a Native American adoptee, one who was adopted by a white family and grew up without my culture. Despite being Indigenous to this land, Native American adoptees are the Lost Tribe of Native America. Our silent place in Native American history is quietly being uncovered…yet, ironically at the same time, our history is repeating itself. The same genocidal elements used on a generation of adoptees are the same ones being used today!

The separation of families was legalized by the Relocation Act of 1956 by Congress which forced Native Americans to assimilate to the major U. S. cities. Since food and resources were no longer being sent to the reservations, people were forced to flee! Once in the city, many were met by culture shock, isolation and more broken promises. The inability to provide for their families led to the forced adoptions of thousands of babies to white families. The lack of documentation was horrendous. Even today, many adoptees do not have their original birth certificate. That is if it even exists. They may never know who they are or where they come from...Genocide.

Not only are migrant children surrounded by human rights violations. Regular contact with their families and a documented reunification plan is mandated by the Flores Agreement. Even with children dying, while detained in U. S custody, attorney, Sarah Fabian from the Department of Justice recently minimized the migrant children’s rights in court! This continuous minimization of basic needs, side tracking to the financial burden of the crisis continues to dehumanize the children. With their parents now homeless and unemployed they can be declared unfit parents by the U. S. Government. The intentional chaos, the secret shuffling of children to different locations has led to a lack of documentation. This will result in children never being reconnected with their families and/or never knowing their true identities, especially those who are alone. Many will be adopted through private adoption agencies and never be reunited with their families....Genocide. The original legalization of the forced separation of families was the Indian Civilization Act Fund of March 3, 1819. It funded the Boarding School era that inflicted genocide in hundreds of church run schools. General Richard Pratt founded, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School to cleanse the Indian and coined the propaganda phrase, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man.” During this time thousands of children were stolen from their families and forced to boarding schools. They all suffered terrible abuse! Some were beaten for speaking their language, all had their long hair cut off and were sexually abused by clergy. Children often died trying to return home. Psychological torture and death were the norm.

Each school had a cemetery yet, the deaths were not properly documented and sometimes the families were not even notified of their child’s death...Just last month, relatives of Carlisle Indian Industrial School students who attended the school over a hundred years ago, finally received their ancestors’ remains for proper burial ceremonies.

Another epidemic, Indigenous women of North America are facing is Femicide. The resistance movement for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) first began decades ago in Canada and flourished in recent years in the U. S. Recently, an Inquiry on MMIW concluded in Canada there was genocide. However, the Canadian government has yet to acknowledge the genocide. Presently, in the U. S. there are several legislations that address MMIW. A Senate Committee hearing on Indian Affairs held last month, the Department of Justice, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Trump Administration were not prepared to testify and they failed to submit their opinions on the bills, despite a thirty day notice. These continued government denials are an atrocity! Femicide.

Indigenous people are learning from the past. Research is being conducted on the damage of being raised away from our culture. We know the historical trauma has become embedded in our DNA and is passed on down to the next generation. But we are healing! We are resilient! Yet, it may take generations to heal. This is why the cruelty of the separation of children and parents must be stopped! Unknown to so many, we are seeing Native American history repeating itself. Right before our eyes!

JR Redwater

Lakota Comedian, JR Redwater: Living his dream | March 16, 2011

By Tara Pretends Eagle Weber

Special to the Lakota Country Times

Growing up on the Standing Rock Reservation, JR Redwater endured tough times, but that did not stop him from dreaming…A dream, that he kept a secret, even through his adult years. His dreamto become a comedian. Redwater, demonstrated his gift, of humor at a very early age, where he was the ‘class clown,’ and ‘family clown.” After high school, Redwater, took a chance of leaving the reservation, to serve in the United States Navy. He feels very strongly about being a patriot and loves his country. Serving in the military, helped him develop confidence and belief in himself. “I was in survivor mode. The military made me feel, unstoppable. It makes you feel you can do anything. I knew, I could be a star, that is truly how I felt. I knew I was going to bigger that most,” Redwater explained, after serving in the military but feeling like reservation life, did not have much to offer him.

So, he, decided to take another, brave leap and the chance of a lifetime by hopping on a Greyhound bus with just a duffle bag, to give himself, the chance at his dream-a career in comedy. Once in southern California, Redwater, took it upon himself to call the Irvine, “Improv,” where he pitched himself, to the owner, to try a few minutes of standup comedy on stage. He got the go ahead and with all his co-workers it the audience, in Redwater‘s words, “I bombed! It was the worst four minutes, of my life! It was bad…it was humiliating.’ However, a man stopped him outside of the ‘Improv,” that night and told him that he saw what he was trying to do. He appreciated that Redwater was Native American, because there was no other known comedian, besides, Charlie Hill.

This stranger ended up being one of Redwater’s teachers of comedy. Redwater, stuck it out and then viewed it like a job. He learned the rules of comedy and applied them. And eventually, developed the confidence and skills, where he now is living, that childhood, dream of being a comedian. It was not easy for Redwater to get where he is. But he was never going to give up. He was very determined. Which is why, he carries a strong message for Native American youth, “Look at me! I came from where you did. I went to boarding school and came from an alcoholic family. But that did not stop me. I am living my dream, doing a comedy for a living. Go, for your dreams!”

Presently, his continuous dream, has him, working on the, “Chiefs of Comedy Show,“ which, includes, TV-Movie Star, Adam Beach, making his comedic debut on this tour, along with, seasoned comedians, Jim Ruel and Shishonia . They are touring around the country and with hopes, that it will be broadcast on, “Comedy Central.” Redwater’s future in comedy is very bright. His Manager, Al Miller, believes, “JR is going to be the premiere Native American, comedian in the country. He probably is already!

I see JR, being what George Lopez is to Latinos or Jerry Seinfeld is to the Jewish community, taking the rest of the nation by storm!” For this funny-man, whose sense of humor has gotten him through everything, says what he wants his fans to get from his comedy, “ I hope, I can move their spirit…If they are having a bad day and their life has changed, in some way, after the show…I am happy.”