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Scott Lollar
You learn something new every day
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No Shirts, No Shoes? No ceremony.
“By show of hands has anyone ever heard the phrase, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’?” “Are there any of you younger folks in this room who know what that phrase means?” This is how I have begun many a class, teaching about Native Culture to young peop...
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Southern Powwow Flag Protocol
Recently, I
have been asked by numerous folks when I planned on posting again.  My answer was, I hadn’t had anything that
jumped out at me – until now (and it's been a busy year).  I’m going
to talk about Powwow Grand Entries for a bit and explain a little ...
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What a difference a decade makes
I once told a person who asked why I was involved in Boy
Scouting since I have three beautiful, intelligent, and strong daughters.   I told them, among other things, I was
involved because I wanted to help raise a generation of boys who were worthy of
my da...
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I was reminded
Something interesting happened to me today. But, first, what led up to this.  I was asked about 6 weeks ago to give a
presentation about Native American culture at a Boy Scout Troop meeting.  I conferred with the young man a couple of times
about what he wa...
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f you build it, they will come. Won’t they?
I’ve had a lot of conversations lately with many different
people about the Native Programs, and other various programs in the Order of
the Arrow and within our Lodge and Section. 
For years, I have witnessed the belief or philosophy ‘if it’s on the
calenda...
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Humbled
In 2001, I made a conscious decision to re-join scouting as
an adult. I didn't know exactly why at the time. I knew that I mi s sed some of the opportunities,
of course.  Camping, hiking, the outdoors
in general. But, I was kind of floating at the time.  No...
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We Are All The Same
I once learned of a philosophy while I was in the
military.  It’s not something that is
talked about a great deal.  But, the
basic premise of the philosophy is this: “the public’s perception of a
population is defined by 10% or less of that population”.  Th...
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We Are All The Same
I once learned of a philosophy while I was in the
military.  It’s not something that is
talked about a great deal.  But, the
basic premise of the philosophy is this: “the public’s perception of a
population is defined by 10% or less of that population”.  Th...
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Scott Lollar commented on a post on Blogger.
Just this Saturday night, a young man chased me down as I was leaving our Lodge's Annual Dinner.  He told me he experienced something recently he knew I would 'appreciate'.  He began to tell me he visited an out of council wintercamp program the week after Christmas (just a couple weeks ago).  The opening campfire began with a drum, which caught his attention - as is often the case.  Then, as I understand it, several boys in "Indian-style" regalia came out to begin the opening campfire program.  
I'm sure you can use your mind's eye to view the image with me.  Brightly-lit bonfire, cool, rainy weather, hundreds of Scouters, young and old eagerly awaiting the proclamation that camp had begun.  Right?
One of the boys raises his hands, and loudly speaks the following words:
"Greetings pale-skinned scouts!"
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And here is a prime example of what is wrong.
But, it gets 'better'.  In his monologue he said something to the effect of,"...we entrust the land of the Redman to you for the week..."
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Ok, see.  That's a problem.  WE.  DON'T.  TALK.  LIKE.  THAT.
None of us.  Native Americans, non-Natives.  None of us talk that way.  Never mind the claim of who the land belongs to, etc.  I think that kind of literary license even Mark Twain didn't use!  
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I just don't know where to begin.  I know what camp this was at.  I know how to contact the Program Director.  But, I'm not sure how to approach it, honestly.
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