Monumental Monstrosity: The Oklahoma Land Run Monument

In my many years of writing for various publications across Oklahoma City, I have received almost every kind of death threat one possibly can. While they usually elicit laughter more than anything else, it can always get a bit hairy anytime I tempt fate and write about Indigenous issues; then again, intimidation into silence is the point of most threats, right?

From the miffed groupies of a local rock star to an entire angered town of watermelon-pushers, whenever it got murderously bad, I would usually go to my friend, Indigenous activist Frances Danger, for advice on how to deal with this higher level of hate mail. Mvskoke Creek and Seminole—enrolled Mvskoke—she has remained an inspiration to never give up and never surrender regarding the ongoing fight for the long-denied rights of the Native community.

But now, as an advocate and supporter of the Society to Protect Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Treaties—S.P.I.R.I.T.—she is helping to organize a peaceful sit-in rally to bring attention to the Centennial Land Run Monument in Bricktown and the racist history it represents in Oklahoma; it will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 11th, 200 Centennial Ave. at the monument.

In the midst of preparing for Saturday’s event—and the recent disturbing news that right-wing counter-protestors will be there to cause trouble—Danger took the time to talk to me about the need for these protests, the pain of Native history and the overall positive message of the day.

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Louis Fowler: What is the goal of S.P.I.R.I.T. and how did you become involved with them?

Frances Danger: S.P.I.R.I.T. works to educate the Oklahoma public school system on the factual and truthful history of the removal and relocation of 39+ tribes to Indian Territory. We advocate for teaching the truth in schools; the cessation of all Land Run re-enactments and 89er Day Celebrations across the state; the removal of all Indian mascots in the Oklahoma public school system; and the safeguarding of our sovereignty and the education of the meaning of sovereignty for our people.

I became involved when S.P.I.R.I.T. reached out to me after I was publicly vocal about the issues that the monument represents, both past and present, that echo today in the Indigenous experience. I’m passionate about addressing the erasure and silencing of Natives. For far too long we’ve been defined by what the majority of society decided they would allow us to be. They’ve written that into history books and emblazoned it across their chests on sports jerseys. It’s time we were heard.

 With POC coming together all over America to protest racist statues and monuments, what is the aim (and demands) of S.P.I.R.I.T. regarding the Land Run memorial in Bricktown?

We want the monument removed. That’s what we’re requesting. Once removed, we propose that all literature, the plaque, and the website for the monument be updated with an accurate reflection of what really happened that day. Should the monument continue to occupy a public space, then space needs to be made beside it for an Indigenous monument of equal size and stature that celebrates our heritage and history.

There needs to be changes made to the education side of this as well. We’re asking that the state school systems develop and make available accurate, community-informed curriculum for Oklahoma elementary schools about the Land Runs of Oklahoma.

 

In Oklahoma City, anytime I have preached against the Land Run, I’ve been met with arguments, fist-fights and plenty of aforementioned threats. Can you please explain why the Land Run monument is so hurtful to Indigenous peoples?

It’s hurtful because it erases us from existence. This monument is not a celebration of the “pioneer spirit” to us. It represents the Westward Expansion of the settlers that, in their fevered zeal to realize, resulted in a calculated effort to eradicate the tribes. Our numbers didn’t dwindle all by themselves. Our ancestors died because of a concerted effort by the US government to get rid of us.

And make no mistake, it was intentional. The famous smallpox blankets? Given to us in an effort to “reduce” us. Wars, massacres like Wounded Knee and Sand Creek (where disarmed tribes were slaughtered by US soldiers to the tune of hundreds of deaths, most of which were elders, women, and children), removal from our ancestral lands, the culturally destructive “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” policy of assimilation…it’s all genocide. And it’s cast in bronze in Downtown OKC for everyone to enjoy and cheer without a single mention of the murderous means it took to get there. If society at large wants history then they have to take all of history, not just the palatable parts.

Oklahoma is very good at hiding its misdeeds from the history books, from the Trail of Tears to the Tulsa Massacre. What good do you hope will come from showing people the truth about how the Land Run has genuinely hurt the Indigenous Peoples of Oklahoma? Do you think people even really care?

No. People, by and large, don’t care. And that’s the problem. That lack of empathy and search for the truth is why we have that monument instead of well-written, researched curriculum in our schools. People would rather celebrate a lie instead of acknowledge the truth. There’s something really heartbreaking about that in terms of just how far people have gotten from recognizing other’s humanity.

I’d like for Indigenous youth to finally be able to see themselves fully represented in society as human beings, worthy of understanding and mention. Right now, we’re America’s dirty secret. No one should ever be made to feel unwanted but when the entire country is predicated on the systematic killing and subjugation of your people, it’s hard not to. I want to ensure another generation never feels like that again.

Armed right-wing counter-protestors have announced they’ll be there to “protect” the monument. How does S.P.I.R.I.T. plan on dealing with them and how should protestors act around them?

We are going to do exactly what we’ve announced we’re going to do: conduct a peaceful sit-in. There’s no need for anyone to “protect” the monument because there are no plans by anyone involved to topple, destroy, deface, or defile it. We may use some strong words when speaking about it, but I’m confident the monument can handle that all on its own without an armed presence.

If people want to get involved with Saturday’s sit-in, what can they do to ally themselves with S.P.I.R.I.T. and this important cause?

Join us on Saturday, July 11, at the monument from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to peacefully have your voice heard. Like and follow the SPIRIT Facebook page. Do the same for Black Lives Matter OKC, who are our co-sponsors and invaluable allies to Indigenous peoples. We’re also accepting donations of water, snacks, ice, and coolers to ensure everyone is safe from the heat.

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79 Responses


  1. Man it is getting deep in here.


    1. Crap……seems she just found out…..the Indians…Lost


      1. The Tribes have provided more than $1.6 billion in exclusivity fees to the state since 2006, of which $1.3 billion have been transferred to the HB 1017 Education Fund to support statewide education programs. We’re still sending those revenues despite Gov. Stitt and his complete lack of understanding of how the Gaming Compact works. We’ve employed over 75,000 Oklahoma workers, paying out wages and benefits of $4.3 billion. We’ve invested $200 million in roads and bridges. The Chickasaw Nation opened COVID-19 testing sites and made them available to all Oklahomans, providing much needed results where the state government fell short. This is in addition to the tribal healthcare provided in rural communities that are woefully underserved. We bring in millions of dollars in tourism revenue.

        Oklahomans sit in our casinos, plug quarters in our machines, and take advantage of our resources, resources we are under no obligation to provide. Without us an our largesse Oklahoma would flounder in the areas of education, tourism, healthcare, and jobs. *You* depend on *us*. We are thriving while the state waits for our checks.

        But please, do go on about how we “lost”.


        1. I’m so curios about your age. I can tell…you weren’t there. Gaming was voted upon by the people of Oklahoma, to help both the tribes and education. The tribes wanted it. Everybody is so butt hurt about their station in life they can’t move to the future, they have to burn down the past. Your attitude sucks


          1. Sweetie, if you could move to the future yourself you wouldn’t support building monuments to the past in the first place.


    2. Thank you, Mr. Fowler for your courage presenting the “wrenching pain” of our collective history.


  2. my great,great grandfather & family made the run…Leave it the hell alone ..


    1. My great great grandfather and family were forced off their ancestral lands because of your family’s American Exceptionalism. If you’re so interested in preserving your family history then preserve all of it, including the Westward Expansion that ended in Indigenous genocide.


      1. This week’s episode of Family Feud is proudly sponsored by … (fill in the blank).

        Funniest one wins the internet for a day.


        1. Well, it won’t be you.


          1. I’m an equal opportunity ally. Can’t be the funniest one here all the time.


            1. Now Janet, you’re getting carried away again. Return to your laughing gas. It’s…suck…so….suck…funny!


      2. got a casino??? BTW your favorite liberal, ole Kal named his bar “The Run of 89″…but thats different, isn’t it??? give him hell..he had a choice..I didn’t!!!


        1. Yeah. Give me hell. Why? Native Americans and white folk, plus a few black folk, and other kinds of folks, made the land run. My great grandfather bought the land in 1889 where the Run of 89 Club was built in 1976 from the fellow who homesteaded it first……an Indian named Jackson. Story goes he was hid out on the place the night before the real run began. That’s ingenuity, creativity and the great American spirit. We used to drink in his honor every night. Me lemonade of course. Here comes the criticism now if not about The Run then it will be The real Run of 89 or my drinking, or something else. Cool. Like Lincoln said to the press “boys, I don’t care about what you write about me; just write about me”. And like Donald Trump I think I am related to Lincoln and like Trump probably a better politician than Lincoln, and other extraneous bullshit just like everything Trump says. Take that MAGA heads. BTW The Run later became a church until the preacher who bought it from me was caught stealing the donations and now it is a day care center so all things are good things that end well. I know we’ll all drink to that. Hey kids. Do you want some milk?


          1. you should have stuck to milk…


      3. Frances can you elaborate on why the Muscogee Creek Freedman descendents are being denied their rights by the Creek Nation?
        Your ancestors kept and married, ( often raped and brutalized) African American slaves and even after relocation, treated them as “property”
        The Creek Nation ratified a new Constitution in 1979 , making it easier for your people to deny the birthright of Freedman descendents.
        When you place these ” plaques” as SPIRIT calls them, make sure they document what was and continues to be done to persons of African decent by your own people.


        1. Red herring.


        2. Bam!


        3. Absolutely. When you are Native you must prove you are Native by having your blood quantum certified by the government, much like horses and show dogs. You get a card called a CDIB that lists exactly how much Native blood you have.

          There are a few problems with this. Many denied their tribal affiliation back in the day due to antiNative sentiment or distrust of the government so that makes these measurements inaccurate. Blood quantum is an issue as it dwindles our numbers, a construct put into place for that very purpose. The less of us there are the less the government has to give us in healthcare, etc, which I can assure you is already scraping the bottom of the barrel.

          With resources stretched tight a lot of tribes bought into the colonized mindset of blood quantum. It’s easy to say that you don’t meet the standard of being Native when that’s the standards Natives must meet

          The thing is though it’s not
          about blood. It’s about being connected to your culture and carrying it on. I’ve known full bloods who know less than people who are 1/16. Blood Quantum is accomplishing exactly what it was supposed to do: make the tribes smaller at the expense of our people.

          I personally don’t support disenrollment. Once you are of the tribe you are of the tribe. To deny that is to deny our way.

          The Mvskoke Creek Nation has its issues. I do not always agree with the leadership. I am just as outspoken about that as well.

          There are many dark chapters in our history. We must own them as we expect others to do as well. I support whatever the descendants of the Freedman need us to do as a tribe to atone and help them heal from historical and intergenerational trauma. If that means adding that to a plaque or building another monument then we should waste no time doing it.

          I practice what I preach, Justin.


    2. we still live on farm homesteaded by family….guess Indians could have it back if consider trading for casino…


      1. Do you only have the farm if the monument stays where it is? I’m not seeing the explicit connection there.


      2. Indians are from India.


        1. “Indians” is the name mistakenly given by Columbus to the indigenous people who discovered him lost at sea. He thought he must be in India. He was only wrong by one hemisphere.


      3. How did the “homesteaders” get the land in the first place?


        1. The government posted land runs, legally run and binding to anyone in the world. They staked their claim and the land was theirs


    3. So did my grandmother. Leave it the hell alone, or we will establish our own organization if families of land runners!


  3. Some people prefer the warm fuzzy lies of the past to the cold, hard brutal truth. Give ’em Hell Louis!


  4. In 8th grade ( the same year ( the same year Kennedy was shot,) in Oklahoma History, we were taught about The Battle of The Washita. Clearly, it was no battle, it was a massacre. Where has S.P.I.R.I.T. been all these years since I asked teacher about it in 1963? Read a biography of that madman Custer and you will read in detail of the lengths he went to so he had a “victory.” N I what is some Oklahoma History I would be PROUD to change!


  5. page views and clicks have been down the past several days judging by the lack of comments.


    1. What are you talking about?


      1. Every time there is a lag in views and comments, TLO trots out something like this to get the rubes riled up and commenting. Works like a charm i must say.
        It helps to sell ads and it’s an easily discernible pattern if you are paying attention. Apparently Louis is the go-to guy to post such things. He’s got cred you know.

        the recent posts about peacocks and hot dogs ain’t paying the bills.

        Or do you really believe TLO is doing this out of some sort of altruistic search for justice?
        its all about views and sponsorships.
        Capitalism at its finest. TLO likes money too.


        1. Hard for you to grasp perhaps, but some people actually do care about justice and not only about money.


        2. I completely agree. TLO isn’t running a charity. They’re here to make money. Don’t kid yourself.


        3. You’re giving us way too much credit! I wish we were that sophisticated.


        4. Okay, but also because this is an event happening this Saturday .


  6. Thanks for this article. This white guy has a lot left to learn.


  7. Hey Louis, I really miss hanging out with you. I’ve been wondering whether this discussion might pop up. I wrote a column about this conflicted history a couple of years ago. One thing to consider is the monument itself, with some additions and tweaks, may do more to tell the Native American history and do away with the white-washed version. Here is what I wrote… tell me what you think:
    I’ve been wondering whether this discussion might pop up. I wrote a column about this conflicted history a couple of years ago. There may be another way to address this


  8. There’s a simple solution to all this=just relocate it to the Cowboy Hall of Fame.


    1. Or move it across the river to the First Americans Museum and let patrons rent paint paintball guns.


  9. I forgot the link to the column: https://oklahoman.com/article/5552594/okc-central-the-case-against-and-for-land-run-park-in-oklahoma-city?


    1. its behind a pay wall…..


  10. I would support a monument, statue, or other type of symbolic structure nearby that would help educate about Native Americans that were living here and were moved here prior to the land run. This could tie into the Native museum that is being built across the river just east of this area.

    I’m also curious if there was ever a discussion brought up by any group when this monument was proposed being built in the Bricktown area. It was finally completed this year and I believe it took many years for each piece of it to be built.


    1. There was a protest in 2007. Multiple skulls were scattered around the monument.

      Interestingly, Sculptor Paul Moore supported the protest. He said that people have the right to feel however they want and protest however they want about it.

      If the artist is fine with us protesting his work perhaps everyone needs to take that into account.

      https://books.google.com/books?id=mOaODwAAQBAJ&pg=PA275&lpg=PA275&dq=land+run+protest+okc&source=bl&ots=HmaKxPr8tL&sig=ACfU3U2c5qhIZ3f8IVwXTaonhoMiYN8vAQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjD2qPz2rvqAhVNRqwKHb5CAIQ4ChDoATAHegQIBhAB#v=onepage&q=land%20run%20protest%20okc&f=false


      1. Thanks for the reply and link! This monument has been around for a while, but I couldn’t recall any news stories regarding protests for it in the past. The Oklahoman has a history of not being exactly honest with facts or presenting both sides of a story so the link you provided was helpful too.


      2. How do you feel about the Pioneer Woman statue in Ponca City? Just curious how native americans feel about it.


        1. To be honest I’ve not researched it so I can’t speak on it.


  11. Funny how they want to destroy the monument and are demanding a whole list of things be put up. My understanding is that not too far down river is an OKC tax-payer supported entire museum dedicated to Native Americans that is surely capable of telling the story they want told. Erasing history accomplishes nothing. Work on telling your own story and not tearing down that which is painful to you.


    1. Exactly.


    2. thank you Jeff!!!


    3. Funny how everyone is so concerned about erasing history when the point of the peaceful protest is that*we* were erased from history. You don’t seem to have a problem with that. I wonder why.

      You didn’t even bother to read the article. We are requesting removal but have other requests should that not be feasible. We are not unreasonable. No one is tearing it down or defacing it. We have a meeting with the mayor next week. Trust me when I say we’re smarter than to destroy property then present ourselves to a government official.

      The museum was not the tribes idea. It was the states. Natives have and are currently working to repatriate our ancestors remains and sacred items from museums across the globe. We didn’t want another one. But of course what we wanted was shunted aside to take advantage of our cultures for tourism dollars.

      The state ran out of money. It sat for years, half finished and decaying. It changed hands to the city who didn’t have the funds to complete it either. The tribes stepped in and worked in conjunction with the city to complete it. While there were some tax dollars used it was not at our behest and we have borne the cost of completion. If you’re going to tell the story get it right.

      We are working on telling our story. That’s why this article, which you clearly only chose bits and pieces of to digest Furrs Cafeteria style, exists. That’s why we’re having a peaceful protest. Just because we aren’t doing it in a way you approve of doesn’t negate the fact that telling our story is literally what we are doing.


      1. who here does not of your peaceful protest?? don’t get all butthurt yet


    4. It’s obvious Jeff doesn’t have a higher education


    5. Jeff, history can’t be erased. Attempts to erase Tulsa’s race massacre and the Armenian genocide were made, but look how that has worked out.

      Removing things that honor history’s atrocities and their perpetrators removes the lies, but not the history behind them.


  12. I have no doubt that the native Americans were treated horribly by the U.S. government. I’m not sure that the accurate depiction would be any better but maybe truthful. Cast some statues of native Americans being trampled by the land rushers. It wouldn’t be pretty but accurate. The defacing of statues has got to stop though. Don’t confuse activism with criminal cowardliness.


    1. I clearly stated that the protest is peaceful and that there are no plans to harm the monument. We are meeting with the mayor next week. We’d not harm our cause when we have a peaceful route to go.

      Natives were not trampled by the land rush. To depict that would be serving up more untruths. This is why the full story needs to be told, to counteract misinformation.


  13. I am an ally of native American in general. I support putting this monument in context. But it is far too ambitious a goal to just wipe out all history in the US but Indian history. I feel deep shame for many of the things that white Americans did to our non-white people. Tell it like it is! But find a way to live with the past, good, bad and ugly.


    1. Removing monuments that honor wrongs does not “wipe out history.”


      1. The problem here is you see black and white. You understand it’s wrong TO YOU, therefore it must be erased. You are NOT considering the points of view of others. Only your view counts.
        Only your view counts. Only your view counts.
        Selfish


    2. That’s what we’re asking for. That monument isn’t truthful. It’s not wiping out history when the history is incorrect.


  14. Some observations. My boondockian part of the state was not settled by a land run yet the school kids re-enact that non-history every year. Other land was doled out by lottery. I wonder what those re-enactments look like.

    Manifest Destiny (aka American Exceptionalism) was every bit the religio-political justification for theft and slaughter as that of the old Hebrews (and, unfortunately many of their heirs). God’s chosen people are always in the right.

    The former Custer Battlefield National Monument is now the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. Where once there were only battlefield markers where troopers were hastily buried, there are now also markers where known Native Americans fell. Those markers usually mention something on the order of “defending his homeland.” AND, where once there was only the obelisk on Last Stand Hill, there is now also a separate monument to those warriors who rallied to defend their village that day. Presenting a truer, more accurate, more inclusive view of history is possible. Facts are not as dangerous as the suppression of facts.


    1. When I was in grade school I had to play the “Indian” in the land run re-enactment. I was the only Indigenous person in my grade.

      OKC finally stopped doing them a couple of years ago.


  15. Keep up the great work SPIRIT… more people stand with you than you know. And, why do the armed white men think they are the only ones with guns?


    1. Why do brown people think they are the only ones allowed to protest?


      1. We don’t but really bigoted of you to make a sweeping generalization about us.

        Good job.


      2. Hooray!


  16. E definitely need to keep hearing how the land run is a painful memory to indigenous people. Ol white gurl here only recently realized that it wasn’t a good thing and that people died and suffered as a result.

    Keep that education coming, and when pushing for a school curriculum, have people present and involved in the choices!


    1. Dani – you speaking of school curriculum with the grammar in the post you just made is comic genius!


  17. Build a monument for Indigenous Americans. Indigenous folks can afford it. The casinos make shit tons of money. Yet many such as the Chickasaw Nation decline to offer their employees full time benefits. They will work their employees 40 or more hours per week! Then insist they take anything over 38 hours as ‘comp time’. And no health insurance because employees are ‘part time’. I call BS.

    Just curious why it’s an ‘Indian’ card if you aren’t Indian?

    Can we stop pandering to the whiners and move on? I’m sick of protesters. People need to stop bitching, get off their asses and go do something to make the world a better place.
    Rewrite the incorrect history books.
    Build monuments for whatever your pet cause may be.
    Plant flowers and smile.


  18. I’m not quite sure how you think removing the statue of a very significant state event is going to change anything. The event took place and is very significant to Oklahoma. To some the event and symbols of it teaches different lessons – but the historical significance is all the same. The damage created during Manifest Destiny, Indian Removal Act, etc wont be changed and those protesting won’t be any more or less impacted- it’s just something to protest. Do something productive with your energy and leave the statues alone.


  19. It’s called an Indian card because that’s what the US government decided to call it. They’re the ones measuring our blood and certifying us like racehorses.

    We are doing something. This peaceful protest has sparked conversation and understanding, key things needed to effect change.

    It’s ironic (real ironic, not Alanis Morrisette ironic) that you spent half your comment bitching about people bitching. Physician, heal thyself.

    Oh, and I am smiling though I’ll have to pass on the flowers. I once killed a cactus so they wouldn’t stand a chance.


  20. If you don’t understand how the removal is going to change anything then your suggestion we do something productive makes no sense. How do you know it’s not productive when you can’t grasp why we’re having a peaceful protest, the reasons for which have been clearly explained in painstaking detail in the article you’re commenting on? You can’t. You just don’t support what we’re doing. If you’re going to be dismissive then at least be honest about why you’re doing it.

    Here. I’ll try again.

    We’d like our existence acknowdged as the land run was predicated on the targeted extermination of our existence. Failing to even mention the Native population while celebrating the “pioneer spirit” makes it seems like the land run participants simply stumbled on some land and because they were magic Oklahoma became a state. They didn’t wish upon a star and all of a sudden have homesteads. Pretending like they did doesn’t make it so.

    Our removal and subsequent loss of the lands we were promised as long as the grass grows and the water flows is a vital part of the story of Oklahoma. To leave it out to paint a more palatable narrative is to deny the history that the monument purports to represent.

    If you care about historical significance then you should care that the history being commemorated is correct. Otherwise you’re just supporting a fairy tale.


  21. Why didn’t they protest when it was placed? Maybe because Obama was president? I lived in a town that was half native and they were adamant that the mascot name remain. Frances Danger, is probably like Louis, only advertise their partial native blood for attention or when they need something. Natives never mention all the government money, free housing, free medical care, etc. they have received over the years either.


    1. This half blood native gets NOTHING from his tribe yet they sit on one of largest Oil patches in Oklahoma, Tell me white one where or how do I get this Free stuff you so mention? I have tried several times to find it only to be told by the Tribe that I have No Headrights therefore I don’t meet the qualifications for entitlement in their programs. You see white one there is class divisions in some tribes just like in your world … The have not’s and the have’s .. so stick that in your peacepipe and smoke it !


      1. Get on the rolls and watch the money roll in. Sounds like your problem is with the tribe not whitey. Does it make you feel good to keep calling me “white one”? You don’t know my race and might be surprised. You smoke that.


  22. Also, there were no natives “trampled” during the run. It was unoccupied lands. Oh, and the reason some of the land was reassigned was because the tribes supported the confederacy and were punished. Kinda like you want to punish every thing remotely connected to the confederacy now.


  23. Ditto Sarcoostic’s 11:49am comment.

    Qua – how do you know that Sarcoostic is White? That’s quite the stereotype there isn’t it?? Are Latino’s, African American’s, Asians and American Samoans not entitled to have that particular opinion? I guess only the White Ones can hate on the tribes.

    Open your mind instead of telling everyone else how closed theirs are and maybe some stereotypes will start disappearing in your life. Not all White Ones hate minorities and are out to get you. Racisms a bitch when you slip up and show your imperfections too.


  24. Unfortunately as we digest history, more surfaces that many of us didn’t think to be offensive–because one side was too busy celebrating a part of history that Rogers & Hammerstein wrote with the jubilation of the state song ‘Oklahoma,’ while others are trying to forget what was regurgitated in that awful never forgotten taste.

    It’s like spiking the football; forgetting your opponent was promised this land and many of the tribes moved into what is the present day Oklahoma.

    Did our country forget the ‘Trail of Tears’ that impacted the natives of our country in their plight west of the Mississippi. And let’s not forget, the land continued to shrink as the lies suffocated those who were robbed of their native foundation.

    As a person of black & Latino heritage, we often discover the many layers & chapters of history that laid out a cobblestone road paved with a Stony path filled with the blood of the slaughtered’ removed with more broken promises paved with lies, falsehoods and distorted truths .

    The land Oklahoma was promised to the indigenous peoples; did our government failed to fulfill promise after promise.

    Is there a remedy for this. Looks like time & time again we have built monuments praising our history yet offending those who were oppressed in the process.

    What remedy does one seek… Is there any middle ground. We can’t erase what has happened; it’s all apart of history whether we agree with it or not. Does all stories need to be told; who should be responsible for telling his story (History).

    I can tell you as a black man mixed with Mexican blood, there has been so many stories (profiles in courage) to be told. Monuments are what they are, moments dedicated to a time and place–molded in the form or frame that depicted past events. Those of us who have a story to tell, step forward and tell that story; go on record and add to the Annals of history…

    Monuments are reminders, for some it’s accepted with great delight and for others it’s a reminder of something hurtful, a wound that never heals.

    Victories something produces an untinentional victim; those harmed need to have their stories told and those stories don’t always produce a monument but they are recorded as a moment in time–a casualty that left a dagger that penetrated the hearts of many…

    Should the Land run monument have been built–where were those who needed to protest this monument in its moment of inception; that was the time to speak out. It doesn’t take a monument to tell a story; those stories repeated is a temple are more powerful than any moment framed in time.


  25. There was a protest in 2007. Multiple skulls were scattered around the monument. Sculptor Paul Moore supported the protest. He said that people have the right to feel however they want and protest however they want about it.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=mOaODwAAQBAJ&pg=PA275&lpg=PA275&dq=land+run+protest+okc&source=bl&ots=HmaKxPr8tL&sig=ACfU3U2c5qhIZ3f8IVwXTaonhoMiYN8vAQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjD2qPz2rvqAhVNRqwKHb5CAIQ4ChDoATAHegQIBhAB#v=onepage&q=land%20run%20protest%20okc&f=false

    I don’t need to advertise that I’m Mvskoke Creek-Seminole. It’s imprinted ony skin. As for government money please post links to these programs. I’d love to be able to roll around on a bed of money like Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal in a house bought for me by the government. I won’t hold my breath.

    I did mention free healthcare in these comments. You know how effective the healthcare provided to the tribes is? The Navajo Natiion is one of the hardest hit by COVID-19. This is because of the lack of adequate healthcare available to them, healthcare you insist is one of the “perks” of being Native. Another reason is that 40% of the rez doesn’t have indoor plumbing or running water. One in ten do not have electricity. Thirty eight olive in poverty. This is due to the uranium mining the government ok’d that drained the aquifers and poisoned the ground water.

    But please, do go one about how good we have it from the government.


  26. What if they said its not the 1st land run in unassigned lands and said it was the Cherokee strip land run of 1893 where the Cherokee people where paid for the land by the government. That was the biggest land run anyway. Would that unhurt everyone’s feelings?

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