Gary Fife/Radio Communications Specialist
Sacred relic, Murphy, health, Jim Thorpe movie, Ol’ Hickory
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Lots of ramblings to share this month, but here’s some good news that Native folks will enjoy: an anonymous donor purchased a sacred relic and returned it to its tribe of origin.
‘Native News Online’ reports, in Welch, Minnesota, southeast of Minneapolis, a sacred pipe sold at a Boston auction recently for nearly $40,000 was returned to its tribe of origin by the individual who bought it.
When the Mdewakanton (Lower Sioux) people found out about the pipe’s whereabouts, they had tried to halt the sale.
Prairie Island Tribal Council President Shelley Buck said her tribe learned that the buyer had purchased the pipe, “for the sole purpose of returning it to the Dakota Oyate (people).”
However after the purchase was made, the anonymous donor repatriated the ‘canupa’ to the tribe and remained anonymous.
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear the ‘Murphy’ case that could decide if the Muscogee (Creek) Nation retains jurisdiction over a big chunk of Oklahoma. The case involves a Mvskoke citizen charged with murder and whether or not his arrest by Oklahoma law enforcement was legal or not. Will the tables turn or not? If the high court rules in our favor, what a scene there will be!
Lands sakes! According to ‘Indian Country Today,’ there’s going to be an Indian to help the strange guy in charge of the nation to cut national Indian health programs, plus Medicaid and mutate the government-to-government relationship, because he says, ‘it’s based on race.’ The Indian is Seema Verda and if you want to find her tribe, you’ll have to go to the Asian country of India. (Ironic, huh?) She says (on behalf of you-know-who), the relationship is one of race, rather than governments.
So, it’s OK to ignore the U.S. Constitution, treaties, federal statutes and other federal laws? The future looks Stormi, huh Prez?
There’s a new movie version of the story of Jim Thorpe in the works, this time under the guidance of film star Angelina Jolie. This time, it’s actually going to have an Indian actor, Martin Sensemeier (Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan and Irish descent) playing the lead. Remember the Indian guy in the latest version of the “Magnificent Seven?” That was he.
According to ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’ the flick will be called, “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story.” Bright Path is the English translation of Thorpe’s Sac and Fox name, “Wa-Tha-Huk.” In the 1912 Olympics, Thorpe won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon — that’s fifteen sporting competitions.
No date for the movie’s completion and release.
I’ve seen the 1951 version of the film starring Burt Lancaster, which is OK, but I had always wished it were an actual Indian playing the part.
Now it is.
But one thing always bugged me when hearing about Thorpe’s baseball career.
Thorpe played professional baseball for the New York Giants in 1913, but Jackie Robinson (bless his heart) played for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Robinson is usually given the credit for ‘breaking the color barrier’ in the sport. Was Thorpe not considered a ‘man of color?’ Why?
While we’re kicking around in the world of sports, the philanthropic Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (yeah, the Band-Aid people) will no longer consider sports awards to teams with racist names and their players. Their president apologized for having honored those that “denigrated Indian people.”
Mvto RWJF! If you’re wondering whom the RWJF is, just ask any Native non-profit with a focus on health issues. Big health grants there.
Hey, CNN says, ‘Ol Hickory’ is being sent to the back of the $20 bill and Harriet Tubman will take the place of Andrew Jackson’s place on the front. No date when the change will take place. Salute that, red-haired guy.
Strike two for Ol’ Hickory: The ‘Tulsa World’ also reports the Tulsa School Board took his name off an elementary school in Tulsa. It will be called Unity Learning Academy. The Board wimped out on Lee, too. They dropped the Robert E. part, keeping just the Lee part.
Now, let’s see if Christopher Columbus Elementary is next!
More from the ‘TW’: the Choctaw Nation will be helping put more drones and technology into American skies.
Over the next couple of years, the tribe will be flying and testing the unpiloted aircraft for all kinds of reasons.
OK finally, was or was it not time to call ‘time out’ at the MCN Scholarship Pageant
Reports on the event say there was about a 30-minute gap in the program before the final results were announced.
MCs were desperately trying to fill the time, using a lot of speeches and having previous royalty sing three unscheduled songs while judges deliberated. They could have called an intermission and saved themselves a whole lot of awkwardness.
You know, that’s the second time a foul-up has occurred. The other one was about two years ago, when they announced the wrong winner.
Thumbs up to the winners and a thumbs down on the planning.
Get ready for Festival.
Hvtvm Cerecares—I will see you again.