Interview with David Yeagley -- conservative Comanche activist

"Now that we are well informed about David Yeagley's views on sociopolitical matters, along with his stunningly varied career as an artist and scholar, what about his relationship with fellow Comanches?

What do they think about Dr. Yeagley? Has he ever officially worked for the tribe? How, specifically, does he contribute to his people?

In this penultimate segment of our post-interview question-and-answer session, one of America's foremost voices in Native American conservatism explains.


Question: Let’s talk about the Comanche people, and your relation to the tribe. What do Comanche people think about you, or, is that a fair question?

Answer: David Yeagley: It is a fair question. I started professional commentary on Indian affairs before very many Comanche people knew exactly who I was. They knew who my mother was, and her family. My mother grew up in southwest Oklahoma, where our Comanche land allotment is—on Beaver Creek, near Walters.

I, however, was born and grew up in Oklahoma City; and then I went to school at Oberlin (Ohio), Yale (Connecticut), Emory (Georgia), Hartt (Connecticut), and University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ). I was a Ford Fellow, a Kellogg Fellow, and had an art/lecture show on my Comanche family. I was the only Indian artist to create a genealogy in portraiture of five generation of a single Comanche family. It was shown at Yale Peabody, Andover Peabody, Boston’s “Presidents Church” in Quincy, and the National Hall of Fame for American Indians in Anadarko, Oklahoma.

But, this did not make me well-known among the Comanche people of the Lawton, OK area."

Get the Story:
A man and his tribe: On David Yeagley and the Comanche people (The Washington Times 7/13)

Related Stories:
Interview with David Yeagley, the conservative Comanche activist (7/9)

Join the Conversation