Opinion

Steve Russell: I do have a dream -- for the Cherokee Nation





Steve Russell shares his dream speech for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma:
I favor marriage equality in tribal law. It’s one of those rare issues where what is traditional and what is future-oriented are one in the same. That disqualifies me.

I don't support the grief the CN has given the United Keetoowah Band. Fighting among ourselves is idiocy. Here I lose the votes of those who value market share.

I do support the historical and legal claim for citizenship of the former Cherokee slaves. Indian tribes who abrogate treaties are playing with dynamite and giving up moral high ground that is our major asset. Here I lose the racist vote.

I do not have any problem with people living within the Nation having greater rights than outlanders, provided the differences are rational. This is relevant since the only office I could seek would be the outlander seat on the Tribal Council.

I'm generally opposed to per capita payments, but not so opposed that I would allow elders within the homeland to live in squalor.

Get the Story:
Steve Russell: 'I Have a Dream' for the Cherokee Nation (Indian Country Today 8/30)

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