Who gets eagle feathers, big day in top court delayed, election line-up, poet honored
By Gary Fife/Reporter
Okmulgee, Oklahoma —Should members of non-federally recognized tribes be allowed to obtain and possess Eagle feathers? Indianz.com reports that’s a divisive question being pursued at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A leader of the Lipan Apache Tribes, which is not recognized by the U.S. government, is petitioning the fish and feather folks in order for such groups to legally obtain the sacred items. According to a July 2 notice published in the Federal Register, the petition was received in July 2018. voices.
While some non-federally recognized groups do have some history as a tribe, others do not and that’s the part that is raising opposition, some of it quite strong. The National Council of Native American Churcheshas testified about the growing effort for non-recognized groups to try and assume Native identity:”People will fake religious beliefs so that they can obtain feathers for reasons of profit, curiosity, ‘playing Indian’ at ‘Pocahontas pageants,’ or other disingenuous reasons,” the council said in public comments that were presented to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the federal agency handling the petition,
The agency has until July 2020 to decide whether the objections raised by recognized tribes and their citizens outweigh other Indigenous pressure.
Well, the Big Day in the Biggest Court has come and gone. The result? No result. The U.S. Supreme Court was to decide who had jurisdiction here, The Muscogee (Creek ) Nation or the State of Oklahoma? You know, the “Carpenter V. Murphy” case?
The High Court waited until the last day to say, “Not now, in the next agenda this fall.” So, it’ll be late November before we get a decision.
The recent uproar over ‘tweets’ directed at 4 minority Congresswomen by the President has divided Native Representatives on Capitol Hill.
The four minority women have been attacked as by the White House and the word ‘racism’ has been tossed around after comments published by the president.
Native representatives Deborah Haaland and Sharice Davids have condemned such languge.
Oklahoma’s Congressman Markwayne Mullin and Senator Tom Cole have supported the Tweeter but not necessarily that language.
O.K., ready for some more local political information?
With the filing deadlines for Mvskoke tribal offices finishing mid-July, the political candidacy battles are on. There are number of familiar names on the list coming back. Here are the candidates for Principal Chief and Second Chief.
For Principal Chief:
Lucian Tiger III
Joseph Rogers, Jr.
Timothy Good Voice
For Second Chief:
Adam Jones III
There are another 25 people contending for District Council seats.
If you aren’t concerned about the elections, how ‘bout taking a second to consider what they’ll be controlling: (This from the Public Relations Department)
“TULSA, Oklahoma – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation had an economic impact of $866 million in Oklahoma in 2017, supporting 8,700 jobs that paid $303 million in wages and benefits to workers, according to a new study released recently.”
That was in 2017, now that amount is even bigger and this tribal government ‘ain’t goin’ anywhere.’ This is home, Creeks are here to stay and keep contributing to what makes us tick.That should make us kinda proud.
That’s a pretty big chunk of change going into the state economy. It represents the jobs, but also the infrastructure, services and the other stuff supporting our citizens and the local community.
The hot blast of summer has come and it seems hotter than ever, doesn’t it? Whatever your views are on global warming, it dang sure feels a lot hotter than years past.
You have probably all heard this stuff but you got to take the heat seriously. Lots of water, light clothes, limited outside activity and all of that. MCN Social Services has things that can help out seniors who may be suffering. Keep an eye out for folks who may be needing help.
Just in case you haven’t heard by now, Mvskoke Poet and Author Joy Harjo has been named United States Poet Laureate. She’s the first Native American to be named to such an honor.
Lifting a phrase from Wikipedia”, during their term, the Poet Laureate seeks to raise the national consciousness to a greater appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry.
Harjo said she would be working on a project to be announced later and is proud to represent Native American people. National and local news agencies fell all over themselves with the story. That’s a nice trend I’m glad to see.
Imagine! A national poet laureate that also plays a mean jazz sax!
Hvtvm cerecares—I’ll see you again.