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Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma

EONM Calls on Governor Fallin to ‘Recognize the Racism in Oklahoma’

ICTMN Staff
5/21/14

A group of Native American parents protested outside of the Oklahoma State Capitol building on Monday to draw attention to Governor Mary Fallin’s recent actions toward the Native community. The group known as Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry presented more than 8,000 signatures in their effort to spur Fallin to “recognize the racism [against Natives] in Oklahoma and do something about it.”

According to EONM, the actions that sparked their concerns included: removing Baby Veronica from her birth parents (Fallin signed an extradition order against baby Veronica’s biological father Dusten Brown), failing to call attention to the killing of a Native teenager in Custer County, and her daughter Christina Fallin’s offensive behavior, wearing Native headdress, and performing a fake war dance during her band’s performance in April.

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“Mary Fallin and her staff are more worried about the way they are perceived by the dominant society of our world at large,” said EONM member and Cherokee ­Muskogee Creek writer Jennie Stockle in a press release. “By her actions, and those of Christina Fallin, I think that Mary Fallin and her family are clearly apathetic about Native Americans.”

Their petition, according to a news release, calls for the “return to a less extreme environment politically and to help repair the lines of communication and the relationship between the Oklahoma government and its Indigenous people.” The group says that their goal is to build a better future for of Oklahoma and “that begins with holding Fallin accountable for the damage that she has allowed and perpetrated.”  

EONM also said that they “feel attacked by the Oklahoma state government under Fallin's administration for being Native American.”   

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“Fallin and other legislators ignore our rights as citizens of important governments in the borders of this state by circumventing those rights,” Stockle said.

On Monday, Stockle walked into the Governor’s office to deliver the petition with 8,000 signatures and watched as members of Fallin’s staff stamped it, “received.” But despite these actions, she said that the group felt ignored.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
You can't change a racist is becoming all the more evident. You can teach them, you can befriend them, but as it's completely illogical to hate someone for something they cannot change and had no power over, they'll cling to their absurd beliefs. I thought this rather funny (from the article): " On Monday, Stockle walked into the Governor’s office to deliver the petition with 8,000 signatures and watched as members of Fallin’s staff stamped it, “received.” But despite these actions, she said that the group felt ignored." _______________________________________- It's getting to the point that we can consider ourselves lucky when we're being ignored by these people. They are the one who perpetuate the racism against us.

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Flower
Submitted by Flower on
What transpired in the baby Veronica case was disgusting. It opened the eyes of many native families in and outside of Oklahoma to see how manipulative the adoption industry and our elected government officials can be when it comes to the interpretation of our rights or lack thereof at all levels. This only makes me worry more about the actions and decisions of my own State Government and the protection of our next generations.

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Two Bears Growling
Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
Native friends all across Oklahoma, just remember this slight come election time. Remember this mistreatment & maybe think about moving those businesses to another state that can treat you with dignity & respect! There is more than one way to skin a cat as they say! Native people, get out there in those politics, get those signatures for those petitions, go door to door & v-o-t-e OUR people into those positions!

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
I'm with my friend, Two Bears! I've never been much of a political activist, but the beauty of getting the vote out is that we beat them at their own game. Nothing pisses off racists more than losing political clout. I'm almost certain that's why all the racists are coming out of the woodwork - our first Black President.

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Two Bears Growling
Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
Hey there Michael Madrid! Nice seeing you my friend! I appreciate that shout-out as they say nowadays. We native peoples didn't get educated to assimilate into washichus, we became educated in their ways with their books to beat them at their own game with their own laws my friend. ......................................................................................................................... Friends across Indian Country, let's get OUR people funded, vetted & elected into those political offices & get OUR agendas out in the open & on that table & help OUR people for a change. Nothing is going to happen for us quick enough until the day we get OUR native candidates elected at all levels across the USA. A person of color has already been elected into the highest office in the country TWICE now, so let that be a sign that our native candidates do have a chance of being elected to all sorts of political offices across the entire USA IF we get folks the funding, with the qualifications & voting force out there in place. ......................................................................................................................... It's not a matter of "if", but a matter of "when" we get our chess pieces in place & make our dreams happen. We have some VERY wealthy folks with native heritage who also have some very interesting friends in places of power. Let's get out here & get those candidates & issues important to OUR people on the election ballots & lets VOTE! ......................................................................................................................... Millions of people with native heritage could very well turn the tides in certain elections if we get out there & get OUR candidates elected! This isn't something that is going to take place overnight, but over a period time, one election after another UNTIL we have OUR people in all sorts of places politically. Rome wasn't built in day, but over time with hard work & the right people in the right places at the right time. ......................................................................................................................... We have some of the brightest, most gifted of people across many tribal nations who are also highly educated, so let's get busy & tap those native people we want working for US & with US. One town, county & state at a time!
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