If I am elected, I will take the entire day away from any other duties on the day that the land run is re-enacted in Oklahoma, to provide opportunities for your children and grandchildren to learn about our history and engage in our culture.
If you are like me, then you most likely already pull your children out of school on that day. Because I believe strongly that the children of our nation matter, and shouldn’t have to be marginalized or re-live the generational trauma that is a part of our national experience on that day, I will offer two opportunities for your children and grandchildren to learn about our history and culture directly from me, a tribal councilor. Part of that experience will be virtual, and part of it will be in person. Read on to learn more…
A long-historied and extremely hurtful practice in many Oklahoma elementary schools that continues to this day. Under the guise of seeking to celebrate the history of the State, thousands of it’s indigenous residents are marginalized and forced to re-live the trauma of forced genocide and assimilation. When my children were young and attending school in small towns outside of the Cherokee Nation, but within the State of Oklahoma, Kate and I would take the day off from work, remove our children from school, send a note to the principal expressing our hope that one day this practice would change, and travel with our family to Tahlequah.
We would spend the day together revisiting the museums that told the history of our people, visiting our family cemetery in Scraper Hollow, and touring our tribal government facilities.As a result of prevalence of land run reenactments, my daughter, Megan, would author an essay for her school in Marlow that would come to be nationally circulated by Indian Country Today. You can read that article below. If I am elected to represent our people on the tribal council, among the many other ideas that I have to extend tribal services, advance our interests, protect our sovereignty, and make cultural opportunities available to Cherokees living outside the boundaries of our national reservation, I will also devote the entire day on which land run reenactments are held in Oklahoma, to offer opportunities for your children and grandchildren to learn about our history and participate in our culture.I will travel to Tahlequah, and offer opportunities to give guided tours to any children and families who are able to attend. We will tour the national museums, see the national sacred historic sites, and I will coordinate with our cultural and national treasures to provide opportunities for our children to learn our culture from those with whom that knowledge resides. I will also make that experience virtually available to anyone who might be unable to travel to Tahlequah.
Your children and grand-children matter. Let’s work together to provide a meaningful alternative to a tragic practice.
“The Trail of Tears set a national precedent for the confiscation of Indian lands. What this means is it started the Removal Era, and later the Land Run Era that included land that had once been Cherokee without any respect for the people who lived there before.”
– Megan E. Scraper