Steve, thanks for writing this article. I too am a member of the CNO and I have been greatly embarrassed by the Freedmen fiasco and the chaotic election. I think most of us agree that the blame falls on Chad Smith. But anyway, thanks for explaining this to other folks who are not as intimately familiar with Cherokee affairs. I was just reading a book about Cherokee history, and our tribe has commonly been the leader in pan-Indian affairs in Oklahoma. We are the largest and probably the most powerful. We need to use our power for the good of our tribe and others, and get over the kind of shortsightedness and greed that led us into the Freedmen folly.
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 05:47