Subscribe to Original Pechanga

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Civil Rights Leader Lehman Brightman Suffers Stroke and Needs Your Help

Dr. Lehman Brightman, founder of the United Native Americans, Inc, and Civil Rights Leader for many Native Americans needs help to pay for his medical care.   His son, Quanah Parker Brightman, asks for you prayers as he was rushed into emergency surgery today.

Please Donate to the Lehman Brightman Healing Fund

 
As many of you are aware, Indigenous Scholar, Korean War Veteran, Professional Football Player, & Resistance Leader: Lehman L. Brightman suffered a stroke this past July 22, 2011 and is currently recovering in the hospital.

Dr. Brightman's bio:

Lehman L. Brightman is a Sioux and Creek Indian who was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Professor Brightman is the founder and National President of United Native Americans, Inc. an Indian organization formed in 1968, to promote the progress and general welfare of American Indians. In his capacity as President of UNA, Mr. Brightman has testified in two U.S Senate Hearings on the deplorable conditions of Indian boarding schools and hospitals on reservations. He led investigations of seven Indian boarding schools and three Indian hospitals due to the poor service and abusive treatment of Indian people. He is a former football and track star at Oklahoma State University where he earned a B.A. degree, and he has an M.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Mr. Brightman is an ex-Marine and served one year in the Korean conflict where he was wounded in action. Professor Brightman established and coordinated the first Native American Studies Program in the United States at UC Berkeley in 1969, and has since taught at the University of California in San Diego, Sacramento State University, D-Q University, and Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California.   Brightman is the author of numerous articles on the history of Indian education and federal boarding schools.

He is the former editor of the first International Indian newspaper called Warpath, and was involved in the occupation of Alcatraz, and the takeover of Wounded Knee, and led the takeover and occupation of Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota in 1970. He was one of the national coordinators of the Longest Walk in 1978, and the Long Walk for Survival in 1980. At the present time, Mr. Brightman is writing a book on the history of the Indian Civil Rights Movement from the 1960's to the present.

Dr. Brightman is in need of financial assistance in paying his medical expenses, back taxes, and his mortgage. Any monetary gift is generous and is greatly appreciated.


Kindly mail your donation to:

United Native Americans, Inc.
2434 Faria Avenue
Pinole, California 94564.
The entire U.N.A. family would like to personally thank you for assisting us in helping Lehman Brightman during this difficult time.

Your continued prayers for his health and welfare are greatly appreciated.

For more information, please contact unitednativeamericansinc@gmail.com or (510)672-7187



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I will Pray for Peace among all at this time

Polysqwalis

Anonymous said...

A leader by example, doing the work while most others try to reap the benefits. Our prayers are with you

smokeybear said...

QUESTION: IS BRIGHTMAN A MEMBER OF A NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE? AND DO THEY HAVE A MEDICAL PLAN FOR HIM? OR IS HE A DIRT POOR RENEGADE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN THAT IS FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL OF US THAT HAVE BEEN OPPRESSED? WHAT'S HIS STORY? OR IS HE ONE OF US THAT HAVE BEEN ILLEGALLY DISENROLLED FROM HIS TRIBE?

Anonymous said...

one who fought for self reliance is now asking for handouts????? a korean war vet probably gets a pension with heath coverage.

Anonymous said...

back taxes? medical ? house? Ex vet ,I am one step from living on the street sorry can't help.

smokeybear said...

Anonymous said...
one who fought for self reliance is now asking for handouts????? a korean war vet probably gets a pension with heath coverage.

WHY ARE YOU SO INSENSITIVE TO THE PLIGHT OF THIS MAN THAT HAS DONE NOTHING BUT FIGHT FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS? YOUR EITHER OUR DISFUNCTIONAL, RESIDENT HECKLER, OVERVIEW, OR FROM THE SAME CAMP. NOW IF HE HAS BEEN DISENROLLED FROM HIS MEMBERSHIP ILLEGALLY AS WE HAVE, THEN THERE IS A GOOD POSSIBILTY THAT HIS MEDICAL HAS ALSO BEEN TERMINATED. AND WITH HIS ADVANCED AGE, THEN THE POSSIBILITY OF HIM NEEDING HELP IS "VERY REAL." NOW REALISTICLY HE COULD GET HELP FROM THE V.A. ALL HE HAS TO DO IS FILE. BUT YOU NEED TO WALK A MILE IN HIS SHOES BEFORE YOU COME ACROSS WITH THIS "HANDOUT" STATEMENT. THAT IS SO LAME AND HAS NO PLACE IN THE REALITY OF HIS SITUATION. YOU OBVIOUSLY DON'T CARE ABOUT WHAT IS "BROKEN" IN INDIAN COUNTRY. IF YOUR A MEMBER OF PECHANGA, AND GETTING A PER CAP CHECK, THE YOU SHOULD KNOW AND REALIZE THAT ONE DAY MARK AND HIS HENCHMEN COULD CON-SEEV-ABLY COME AFTER YOU TOO. THEN WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF DISENROLLED AND NOWHERE TO GO? THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE YOU SAY STUPID STATEMENTS ABOUT A FELLOW NATIVE AMERICAN. "SHAME ON YOU!?

smokeybear said...

WHAT IS THE MATTER? NO MORE LAME POSTS ABOUT A MAN THAT HAS CHAMPIONED THE CAUSE OF NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS AND SUFFERING AT THE HANDS OF DECEITFULL AND CORRUPT TRIBAL LEADERS, AND MAY I ADD, THEIR AGENTS, THEIR PARTONERS IN CRIME "THE GOVERNMENT (INDIAN AFFAIRS). WHICH IS IT? WHAT IS HIS STORY?

'aamokat said...

The person who is implying Mr. Brightman is a free loader is probably one of the people who were telling 80 and 90 year elders who were disenrolled from Pechanga to go get a job.

Some people are just greedy and heartless!

skyshrouder said...

Some of these comments are just heartless. I for one know him and He has been fighting for not only Native Indian rights but for rights of all citizens. They should be ashamed.
class action attorney

criminal lawyer san diego said...

Regardless of what he was, I think Brightman needs all the help that he can get because of his condition. We can question him later when he is better.