‘That’s one way to get the country back: one bankruptcy at a time.’
Gary Fife/Radio Specialist
Names, election turn out, Creeks in nation’s capital
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Word has it that the red-headed guy in the White House inquired about changing the name of the country’s tallest mountain from its Native name “Denali,” back to the name of a guy who never set foot in Alaska but had it named after him, ‘Mt. McKinley.’
Alaska Natives have long chafed about the name of the man from Ohio having his name on the “Great One.” Nobody asked them to change it in the first place. According to www.nativenewsonline.net, a gold prospector took it upon himself to make the change.
President Barack Obama changed it back to the Athabascan word, “Denali” in 2015. In October, the red-headed guy asked the two U.S. Senators from Alaska, Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, if they wanted to change it back to the Ohio guy’s name.
To their credit, both nearly leaped over the Presidential desk, declaring “No.” Ohio is still p.o.’ed about the change.
Maybe we could push to change the name of the whole country back to “Ours?”
Closer to home, there’s talk of some name changing right here in good ol’ Oklahoma. This time it’s not Confederate generals, but a Yankee one: George Armstrong Custer.
A ‘Tulsa World’ Letter to the Editor back in November said the name of Custer County should be changed because of that guy’s record in attacking the Indian camp at the Washita River.
Another ‘TW’ Letter at another time said Confederate general and Cherokee Stand Watie’s name should be left alone. The Cherokee Nation said they don’t have any discussions of changing that one. In fact, their PR department told me that the City of Tahlequah owns that.
An old friend of mine made some news headlines recently, by threatening to quit his job as a professor. Mark Trahant, (Sho-Ban) has been holding one of those fancy endowed professorships at the University of North Dakota.
Trahant wanted to hold a series of seminars on the subject of the Dakota Access Pipeline opposition by local tribes and supporters from across the nation, including this tribe.
The school said no, so according to the ‘Grand Forks Herald,’ Trahant was thinking maybe it’s time to go. But UND brass said maybe it was a good idea for the balanced and open discussion Trahant had in mind. To complete this story: Trahant did say he might re-think about leaving, but after he ends this term as an endowed professor. Kind of softening the blow, eh Mark?
While we’re wandering around up north, a financially troubled town in Montana could end up in the hands of the Blackfeet Nation.
Browning, Montana has a made a deal with the tribe, says ‘The Missoulian,’ to turn over its municipal assets. That includes, water and sewers, roads and sidewalks, water rights and land — lock, stock and barrel. The town is located on the Blackfeet lands and owes a pile of cash — a couple million — to the tribe.
That’s one way to get the country back: one bankruptcy at a time.
The National Museum of the American Indian in Disneyland-On-The-Potomac will be marking the “No DAPL” effort by the Standing Rock Sioux and supporters who opposed the oil pipeline in North Dakota.
An 11.5-foot-tall mile-marker post created by activists who came to North Dakota has been brought to the museum and it will go up among their exhibits.
A NMAI press release said the mile-marker post was constructed by many of the protesters to show how far they had traveled. Kevin Gover, director of the museum said, ‘As the largest gathering of Native Americans in protest, it was truly a historic event and one that should be addressed in the National Museum of the American Indian.’
A delegation of Mvskokvlke traveled to the D.C museum to share our culture with residents and visitors in the nation’s capital. They are demonstrating the arts and music of our tribe, giving those folks a look at a tribe that was not the stereotypical images of Native Americans.
A couple of our newer Mvskoke Media staffers made the trip and should be bringing back a unique perspective on this cultural event and that town. I used to live there in a different time, different age, so I tried to coach them on watching their backsides in a very unique, urban environment. Let’s see what they bring back.
Did you vote? Election Board numbers indicate we had over 3,000 citizens vote in the General Election. Mvskoke Media worked hard to bring citizens coverage of the candidates and give voters up to the minute results. I don’t think any other tribe has done that. (I’m guessing!)
The recent election saw some changes in who’s going to be sitting on the National Council. Some new faces will be joining our legislators, a few familiar faces aren’t. OK Creek Council, show us what you can do.
A number of Creek agencies are looking for your support for our community members who may need a bit of help this holiday season. If you can, check them out and give them a hand. You just might be putting a smile on a little child’s face, plus giving their parents a chance to smile too.
Afvcke Nettvcakorakko—Merry Christmas!