Canku Ota Logo
Canku Ota
Canku Ota Logo
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
pictograph divider
'Thank An Indian' Shirt Creator Says Orders Flooding In

The Winnipeg man behind "Got land? Thank an Indian" shirts says his phone has been ringing off the hook since a Saskatchewan girl helped make the phrase famous.

"Orders are just coming here left, right and centre," Jeff Menard told CBC News. "I'm being flooded with calls."

Tenelle Starr, 13, recently ran into opposition wearing her pink "Got land?" sweatshirt to school in Balcarres, Sask., although people at the school eventually relented.

Since Tuesday, her story has been on headlines and broadcasts across Canada.

Menard, 37, a member of Manitoba's Pine Creek First Nation who's on disability from his regular job as a letter carrier, started selling shirts with the slogan in 2012 after spotting it in the U.S.
"The reason why I started this was to bring awareness to the Canadian natives and to unite our people and make them proud of who we are," he said. "I'm not in it for the money."

The message he wants to get across is that aboriginal people were in North America first, but they shared their land, signed treaties and want everyone to prosper, he said.

Although the term "Indian" is considered out-of-date by some people, Menard said he's fine with it.

"I love the word Indian. I love being called an Indian," he said.

He said about 1,000 t-shirts and hoodies have been sold so far, but with the recent publicity, orders are really starting to pick up.

"It's not bad for sales," he said.

Menard said he's been in contact with Starr's family and let them know he fully supports Tenelle in her effort to express her views.

"What I would say is, ‘Stand up, be proud of who you are, keep wearing your t-shirt."

Menard said he is in the process of obtaining a trademark on "Got land? Thank an Indian".

pictograph divider
Home PageFront PageArchivesOur AwardsAbout Us
Kid's PageColoring BookCool LinksGuest BookEmail Us
pictograph divider
  Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.  
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000 - 2014 of Vicki Williams Barry and Paul Barry.
Canku Ota Logo   Canku Ota Logo
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the
Copyright © 1999 - 2014 of Paul C. Barry.
All Rights Reserved.

Site Meter
Thank You

Valid HTML 4.01!