Tahlequah Daily Press

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May 14, 2014

Alexie’s observations spot-on

TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

Recently, Coeur d’Alene/Spokane poet, author, and filmmaker Sherman Alexie spoke at Northeastern State University. He vividly described how modern American Indian nations have devolved into banana republics controlled by dictators who stuff their pockets with the tribe’s cash and give their supporters and cousins undeserved and well-paying jobs and appointments.

Alexie partially blamed an influx of casino money for causing Native society to mirror the rest of America in that there is now a clearly delineated 1 percent who control most of the wealth and power, with the remaining 99 percent hoping for some scraps from the 1 percent table. Cherokee Nation’s 1 percent has continued to tighten its stranglehold not only our current resources, but also our collective futures.

Relaxation of tribal oversight of gaming, weakening of the Freedom of Information and Government Records Acts, and the continued gifting of millions of CN dollars to friends for properties we do not need are all symptomatic of a corrupt and ailing system.

Geary Don Crofford



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