Gary Fife/Radio Specialist
DAPL protest children’s book, Native activist thief, Native candidates, Redbone
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — If you’re wondering what this column is doing in this part of the month, instead of at the beginning, Mvskoke Media is a bit short-staffed and in need of material to put in this edition of the paper.
Sound good to you? Well, I guess I got drafted to do my part, so here goes.
The stand of the Water Protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota a couple of years ago, undoubtedly spawned many stories, photo collections and video productions about the event.
According to Rhiannon Johnson (Anishanabe) of the CBC News, one of them was an eight-year-old Lipan Apache boy named Aslan Tudor. The young author has produced a children’s book about his experiences, ‘Young Water Protectors: A Story about Standing Rock.’
Tudor and his family were at the camp twice during 2016 and the boy’s mother, Kelly remembers one day when young Aslan said “I should write a book,” so children could understand what the environmental action was all about. So he did.
Now, for a bit of the down side of Indian stories.
It’s always painful to have to report an incident when a Native person, especially when they are in a position of leadership, gets caught doing something really stupid and greedy.
Here’s today’s: One of the prominent faces protesting against the ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo of the Cleveland Indians baseball team pleaded guilty to stealing federal funds meant to assist Natives. Cleveland.com reported that Robert Roche admitted to taking the funds for personal use.
A photo of Roche was circulated nationally in 2014, showing him berating a non-Native ‘Indians’ fan wearing face paint and a scraggly version of a war bonnet.
According to the article, one local American Indian Movement member said, “Roche’s actions deeply hurt the public’s view of Native American activists.”
Sounds like something that might have happened recently here in Creek country.
Have you been paying attention to the elections going on around the nation? Probably not, you say? You don’t even pay attention to our own tribal elections, you say?
You better fix that ‘cause our people are getting more and more involved.
I’ndian Country Today’ is keeping a tab on all the Native candidates for office at:
That list shows Native people running for office in nine states, 84 in all. Most likely, that’s the highest number of Native candidates ever seen.
Here’s a quick look at some of those races: Kevin Stitt (Cherokee) is a Republican, running for Oklahoma governor; Idaho’s Paulette Jordan (Coeur D’Alene) is a Democrat, also running for that state’s governor; Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) is running for congress in New Mexico; and Sharice Davids (Ho-Chunk), a Democrat, is also contending for a congressional seat in Kansas.
Dates for MCN elections:
Candidate Filing Period: July 15, 16 and 17, 2019 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day – Location TBD
Primary Election: Sept. 21, 2019
General Election: Nov. 2, 2019
Were any of you around when the band Redbone first came on the national scene in the 1970s? The California band broke into the rock scene and was the first Indian band to ever ‘make it big’ and get onto the national charts.
If you weren’t, one of their tunes has made somewhat if a resurgence lately. The first ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie uses their song, ‘Come and Get You Love’ in an early sequence. And…you can hear it as background music under a J.C. Penny’s commercial. Still sounds good.
How many of you Indian girls are still saying: “Ooo…My Song?”
OK, that’s it for me. I’ve used up the stuff I was saving for Otowoskv Rakko—October.
Hvtvm Cehecares—I’ll see you again.