Gary Fife/Radio Communications Specialist
Pueblos kick out Spanish again, how do you like it, gaming and luck
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Ready for some uplifting news?
The end of July brought an end of an event that had been a painful memory for the peoples of the Pueblos of New Mexico.
Major newspapers and a TV station in that state reported the “Entrada,” a celebration of the return of the Spanish to the area after the Pueblos had kicked them out in 1680 will no longer be a part of the Fiesta de Santa Fe.
The Entrada has been celebrated as a return of the Spanish in an amicable restoration of their presence in the area.
Pueblo activists say, ‘not so’ and that their people had suffered for decades at the hands of the Spanish. Pueblo activists and their allies disputed the accuracy of the Estrada and frequently protested the event.
In July, the Santa Fe ‘New Mexican’ reported Fiesta officials were dropping the event from their program.
In the latest uproar over the logo of the professional football team in Disneyland-On-The-Potomac there’s an interesting twist.
In a recent edition of the ‘Huffington Post,’ a story ran reporting a man had worn a jersey similar to the ones worn by that team, but with an interesting twist. Instead of the usual Indian head, it bore the profile of a white guy with the word “Caucasians” emblazed on it.
As expected, he did get a lot of nasty reactions from many passersby. In his own reaction, the guy said, “I’ve never seen white people do the same when people are wearing “R-skins” apparel, which is actually racist versus the word “Caucasians” and a white man logo.”
A case of hypocrisy on-the-hoof?
Newsok.com reports that a monument honoring the Choctaw people has been completed in Middleton, County Cork, Ireland.
It’s a circle of steel feathers 20 feet tall in remembrance of an 1840 act of compassion by the Choctaws, when they raised money to help feed the Irish.
They were suffering from a blight of their potato crops which wiped out a major food source for the Irish. The Choctaw had just finished their portion of the Trail of Tears but cared enough for their fellow human to share what they could. Sculptor Alex Pentek said, “… it represents this great moment of compassion, strength and unity.”
“Baby needs a new pair of shoes — or maybe moccasins!” a gambling phrase slightly modified to usher in the new gaming opportunities available in Oklahoma. Ball and dice games are now available in this state.
A new state law, recently approved, allows the games of craps and roulette to be played in tribal casinos.
The Choctaws and the Cherokees are the first tribes to get the games going in their houses of chance. Oh yeah, the Ft. Sill Apache are part of the deal, too.
Still speaking of gaming, the Poarch Band of Creeks just got nipped for $193,000 from their casino.
An employee left a set of keys on a slot machine while working on them and two other employees nabbed them. The pair hit two cash storage boxes for stacks of $100 bills.
But it looks like the casino got it back. The house got lucky, huh?
Someone else who got lucky recently was Jr. Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation Louisa Harjo. She and other students were asked to evacuate the Idyllwild Arts campus, in Idlyllwild, California due to a wildfire, according to MCN Public Relations.
Harjo got a scholarship to the two-week fashion design intensive program.
As the wildfire got closer, the students had to walk a mile-and-a-half to escape, leaving their belongings behind.
Harjo is now back in school in her hometown of Okemah, with a summer break story that’s pretty hard to top.
It looks like the Tulsa School Board finally took action to honor the real Tulsa founders by changing the name of the former Robert E. Lee Elementary School to Council Oak. The ancient oak tree sits in a downtown Tulsa park and was the site of the first gatherings of the Mvskokvlke after their arrival on the Trail of Tears.
Mvto TSB! Hvtvm Cehecares.