Good Afternoon Sisters and Brothers,

Saturday’s first public meeting went well and I received an education that I wasn’t expecting. Among those attending was a respected elder. An elder who had fought for our right to elect a chief instead of the U.S. government appointing us a leader.

It was fascinating to me to hear about the legalities of our very recent history. It was only a few generations ago that we and all other tribes had no sovereignty. Our ancestors were considered not smart enough to take care of our own affairs. We were not allowed the same rights as U.S. citizens. We could not worship unless it was the religion chosen for us. We could not vote in any elections local, state or national because we were not citizens of any nation. We could not be recognized citizens of our own tribal nation nor were we recognized as U.S. citizens.

Those before us such as Randy Jacobs, David Gardner, Muriel Wright and so many others started the original Choctaw Indian Rights Movement. They should be thanked, honored and what would honor them more than protecting our sovereign right to VOTE.

Our members heard stories of corruption and abuse (no surprise there). Our respected elder told us of praying for our people to realize what is going on and for someone to come along and make a change for the Chahta people as he once did. There is no one person who can do this. Change can only be made by the people.

Thank you Laura and Kitty for the banaha and peach cobbler! Chi pisa la chike.

YOU ARE THE PEOPLE AND WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THE CHANGE.

Yakoke
MW/CW

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