, 2023-01-04 19:45:00,
There have already been accusations of fraudulent behavior hanging over Kay LeClaire when they have offered their intricate work and basket on Etsy and social media over the past two years. The posts described the “visions” and dreams that led the Wisconsin artist—who identifies as non-binary and Native American—to create the elaborate pieces of art.
But more than once, real creators have applied to work to take ownership of the lots LeClaire, 28, has tried to appropriate, according to a Native American official who has known LeClaire since 2020.
“[LeClaire] “In this way, they did more damage than any European colonists did in the old days,” said John Grinder, health and wellness coordinator for Ho-Chunk Nation, in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.
This week, LeClaire — who has claimed since 2017 to be of Metis, Oneida, Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, Cuban, and Jewish heritage — was accused in an online forum of being in fact white, Madison 365 reported Tuesday.
Grinder, the former chief of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a tribe of more than 8,000, told The Post that members of his community were shocked by LeClaire, who has written academic papers and spoken at conferences, opposing…
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