Talk:Brooke Medicine Eagle

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I am taking a course in American Indian Religions and Philosophies. In my research of Brooke there seems to be questions about her enrollment in the Crow Tribe. Has anyone confirmed her enrollment in an American Indian Tribe?

Wildrock (talk) 22:42, 19 March 2013 (UTC) Here is an image of her Enrollment Certificate from the Crow Tribal Council. I suggest you check with the Crow Tribe to verify, if you are concerned.

Incorrect information Correction[edit]

This article is factually inaccurate and incomplete and does not meet basic criteria. Three main policies cover content: neutral point of view (all articles must take a fair, balanced and neutral stance), verifiability (facts in articles must be verifiable from reliable sources), and original research (users' and editors' opinions and "popular knowledge" are not suitable for encyclopedia articles).

It is very negative and not neutral. Reference number 1 charges "Members of the Crow Tribe say these are forged documents." This links to a dead link, it is not not verifiable. Reference number 2 links to and opinion article in the Senoma County Free Press an online newspaper and is not even opinion of the paper. Reference number 3 while quoting a published source infers AIM (American Indian Movement) sanction and contains a threat that can not be verified as the quoted source does not now or never did officially exist. (SW AIM) I do not object to the article reference only the inference of official AIM censure and threat.

I would like to insert the following revision and remove the inaccurate and unverifiable charges.

Brooke Medicine Eagle is a non-traditional Métis Earth Wisdom teacher, singer/songwriter/recording artist, author, sacred ecologist, Earth-healing ceremonialist, and catalyst for wholeness. Although she is an enrolled member of the Crow Indian tribe, her primary identification is as an Earthkeeper along with a global family of Earth caretakers and healers. She has blood lines from other native tribes as well as European and Scandinavian ancestry. Her offerings have generated controversy among fundamentalist Indian circles, yet she firmly believes in sharing vital knowledge about living well and sustainably on this sweet Earth with all peoples in this critical, chaotic, and transformative time.

Brooke was raised in a half-breed rancher subculture on the Edwards family ranch in the high mountain country of the Crow reservation – an off-grid homestead where water was carried from a spring, horses were used for farming and transportation, and food was produced through gardening and hunting. She attended school in nearby Bridger where she was valedictorian of her high school class, and went on for the BA from the University of Denver, where she was a Centennial Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, and graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors. She pursued doctoral work in Somatic Therapy at the Humanistic Psychology Institute in San Francisco during the consciousness awakening of the early 70’s. Brooke has contributed chapters to many books, and hundreds of articles (see bibliography and current information about Brooke at She is the author of her spiritual autobiography Buffalo Woman Comes Singing, and a book of deep history and inspiration for this awakening time, The Last Ghost Dance.

Her formal education was enhanced by study with native elders and master teachers across the United States and around the world. She vision quested under the guidance of the Keeper of the Sacred Hat Lodge of the Cheyenne’s; trained with amazing Israeli healer and body therapist Moshe Feldenkrais in his first organized program; received Permaculture certification from Bill Mollison; learned Neuro-linguistic Programming from Bandler and Grinder; spent time with sustainable builders like the famed EarthShip creator Mike Reynolds (architect); studied the profound Somatic Experiencing trauma release work of Peter A. Levine; and carries a Peruvian Incan energetic healing way called Healing the Light body.

Although she is a Montana native and still considers that home, Brooke lives a quiet life at her FlowerSong orchard/garden sanctuary in the Okanogan Valley area of north central Washington, where she raises food and flowers and creates waterfall beauty.

Rickgmt (talk) 17:34, 17 March 2013 (UTC)


I've raised the issue at WP:BLPN#Brooke Medicine Eagle where you might want to respond if no one posts here. (I am an Admin but this really isn't an issue for an Admin at the moment). Dougweller (talk) 17:50, 17 March 2013 (UTC)

WTH is half-breed rancher subculture? I probably don't want to know. I would hold off on the above addition for now. --Malerooster (talk) 02:53, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

1984 Southwest AIM resolution[edit]

From a Native Son: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1985-1995 By Ward Churchill has a copy of the resolution on page 364. It refers Edwards (under another of her names, "Brooke Medicine Ego) as a non-Indian woman.[1]. The A to Z of Shamanism" by Graham Harvey, Robert James Wallis mentions the resolution, adding "Native American groups and websites such as "Gohiyuhi/Respcct" and the Center for SPIRIT cite her as a "fraud" and unlikely to be enrolled as a member of the Crow Nation."[2] Dougweller (talk) 15:44, 18 March 2013 (UTC)

Wow quoting a Ward Churchill article about whom is Indian enough is amazing considering flack he has received. (I admire most of his work) I just want to get correct information about Brooke and her 35+ years of work. The hostility about racial and traditional purity appalls me personally. I do not care if the AIM statement remains but I am going to remove the threat contained in the article. Brooke is controversial in some circles as is every spiritual teacher in Indian Country. She also has many friends and supporters and defenders. Calling her a fraud for violating a tradition she never claimed to to teach or follow is just plain wrong. Rickgmt (talk) 02:13, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Since you and others edited this article, it now gives no context or explanation about why the resolution was passed. I don't mind the threat being removed, but I can't see how any reader will understand the reason for the resolution. Dougweller (talk) 09:18, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Outdated information Correction[edit]

This information is many years outdated. Edwards is based in Montana, where she lives with her partner Sunny Baba.[citation needed] Brooke is a Montana native and still considers that home, Brooke lives a quiet life at her FlowerSong orchard/garden sanctuary in the Okanogan Valley area of north central Washington. No Partner Rickgmt (talk) 19:00, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

If you don't have a published source for this, don't add it. As per the message at the top of the article. Obviously it was fair to remove the outdated information, because that wasn't sourced either. Sionk (talk) 17:56, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Thank you Rickgmt (talk) 19:00, 20 March 2013 (UTC)

Taken to BLPN (again)[edit]

As we have an editor unhappy with a source, I've raised the issue at BLPN. I've also raised an issue about a claim for documentation of her name and ancestry as there doesn't seem to be any such documentation. Dougweller (talk) 06:08, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Just realised that the bit about documentation was added by the same editor, who also added material (now removed) from [3], the "American Buddha Online Library". I can't follow the reasoning that makes that a reliable source and Center for the SPIRIT (Support and Protection of Indian Religions and Indigenous Traditions) not a reliable source. See for instance [4] and for the center's director John P. Lavelle[5]. Dougweller (talk) 06:17, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

What is her tie in to yoga?[edit]

The largest frequency of hits for her name seems to be to yoga related mags. Whats her deal in that sphere? or is that just where she advertises?

and not that this is a reliable source but she seems to have some connection to Neuro-linguistic programming if we can appropriately document it. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 20:22, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Maybe [6]? Saybrook University is the old Humanistic Psychology Institute. Also [7] and more. Dougweller (talk) 20:49, 14 April 2013 (UTC)