The Blackwolf Clan of the Ridgetop Shawnee Tribe of Indians, a Veterans group, has been activated. The Blackwolf Clan were instrumental in the passing of anti artifact hunting ordinances in Harlan County in 2006 and the establishment of the Harlan County Native American Site Protection Office. The Blackwolf Clan also gathered information and performed surveillance work on Pine and Big Black Mountains in Harlan and Bell Counties documenting illegal digs.
They were also the leading force combating a carnival sponsored by multiple KKK groups that was scheduled to be held in Bell County in 2008. That event was ultimately cancelled. The Chief of the Blackwolf Clan, who wishes to remain anonymous said "We fought fire with fire but a different kind of fire, violence solves nothing. We always taught our younger members that there's more than one way to skin a cat."
The Blackwolf Clan announced they have a change in mission, the Clan Chief said; "In the Past we were mainly concerned with illegal digging and looting of our sacred places, our Native American Grave sites. We are still very concerned about those things but we are more concerned with what is happening to our communities. The ravages of drugs is destroying everything and it's getting worse."
The Clan Chief also added; "There's some confusion I want to clear up. We are not affiliated with the Black Wolf Clan Warriors Society of the SECCI in Georgia who operated in Harlan for years. I was very fond of their old Chief Wilma "Peaceful Heart" Boggs, a fine lady. She passed the torch some years ago to the Ridgetop Shawnee and we honor her memory, no finer woman has ever walked this planet. That group was deactivated in 2010 to our knowledge and the SECCI has said they do not operate in this region, known as the Sacred Valley, any longer."
For more information on the Blackwolf Clan please visit their information page located HERE