The Lone Faker & Tonto

The Fantastic Fogey
3 min readMay 11, 2023

Tonto, the fictionalized longtime companion of the Lone Ranger, referred to his masked partner as “Kemosabe” which means “trusted friend.”

In the case of a Californian college professor it appears fictional Indians can be found in academia as well as books. In her case she can’t be trusted, and her friends are deserting her.

Elizabeth Hoover is a UC Berkley professor who is an expert in environmental health and food justice in Native American communities. She has claimed to be a Native American throughout her career, but she isn’t Native American.

This Ivy-League educated fraud, apologized to Native American communities for, “uncritically living an identity based on family stories without seeking out a documented connection to these communities.”

In laymen’s terms Hoover is not, nor has she ever been, Native American. She is possessed of no Indigenous people’s blood and despite her burning desire shares no DNA with the original inhabitants of the Americas.

In her own words Hoover is a, “white person who has incorrectly identified as Native my whole life.”

To assuage her conscience, she is turning in her “dance regalia, ribbons skirts, moccasins, and Native jewelry,” giving away “these things to people who will wear them better.”

In her apology Hoover is proving to be the exact kind of academic and intellectual fraud that so many of us rightly fear make up most collegiate instructors.



The Fantastic Fogey

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