NOT ALL INDIANS GO FOR HIPPIES
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - The Indians have gotten together with the hippies.
"When I saw those long-haired people, I knew they had lost their greed," said Chief Rolling Thunder Wednesday after a visit of several days with hippie leaders.
"These people are our children, and we are going to adopt them as blood brothers."
Rolling Thunder, chairman of the traditional tribal council of the Western Shoshone nation, came here to join a caravan of 32 Indians who have crossed the nation from New York.
The caravan has been visiting tribes and preaching "red nationalism," or Indian unity, in a fight against a bill pending in Congress.
Last week 300 hippies gathered in what they call the Straight Theater with Rolling Thunder and Soldier Woman, a leader of the Winnebagos, and some others.
"It was a beautiful weekend for everybody," said Ron Thelin, a prominent hippie figure.
But Indians from some other tribes were not so pleased with the hippies, long fascinated with the Indian way of life and given to wearing Indian garments and jewelry.
Chief Beeman Logan of the New York Tonowanda-Seneca shunned invitations from the flower children after observing their stormy meeting in Golden Gate Park with Michigan Gov. George Romney.
"They just read about the Indians," Chief Logan said. "They don't know the Indians personally."
And after sleeping a few nights on the floor of the house here of the Grateful Dead, a hippie rock band, Rolling Thunder's son, Spotted Eagle, 14, said, "I think they are a little lost.
"They dropped out of society and are trying to find a free one and they are still looking."
But the hippies passed around petitions to protest the pending Congressional proposal, the so-called omnibus bill, which would allow Indians to borrow money on their lands.
"They won't be able to pay back the loans," said Rolling Thunder. "It's a trick to get the last remaining Indian lands."
"The stealing of our lands by the whites is still going on," he told the hippies.
(from the Capital-Journal (Salem, OR), 28 September 1967)
Thanks to Dave Davis.
A 1981 interview with Rolling Thunder: