Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cherokee Man Hiking to Raise Awareness

Today, I met James "Trout" Armontrout, a Cherokee citizen, who is hiking from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Sandusky, Ohio in an effort to raise awareness for two non-profits; the Semper Fi Fund and the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

From the webpage about his hike, The March - Forging Forward for the Fallen:

"A journey of remembrance for those who have gone on, healing from the guilt of survival, connection to those we meet along the way, and closure that we are still here and relevant. We are "Forging Forward For the Fallen" and we invite you to join this journey and remember that Freedom is a choice to forego ourselves for the benefit and livelihood of our fellow countrymen." - James Armontrout

Trout started his walk June 16 at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, paying his respects to two Marines who were killed that day - Capt. Randolph Guzman and Sgt. Benjamin Davis. The hike will conclude at the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines Battle of Fallujah Veterans' Reunion held in Ohio between July 2nd to July 5th.

While the first five days of the hike Trout has had to travel through the rains of Tropical Depression Bill and then the heat and humidity of Oklahoma and Missouri summers, his spirit and determination remain strong. Keep our fellow Cherokee in your thoughts and prayers as he makes this hike. It won't be easy, but if anyone can do this, Trout can.

Safe travels, Trout!

Donations in support of this hike will benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and the Semper Fi Fund. To make a donation please click here. For additional information please download their flyer.

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

copyright 2015, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Remember the Removal - Waynesville, MO - 2015

The 2015 Remember the Removal riders passed through Waynesville, MO on June 19. They were in attendance of the dedication/unveiling of the Trail of Tears encampment site recently marked in Waynesville. I'll write more about that later, but wanted to share photos of our Remember the Removal riders. They rode through very hard rain to get to Waynesville and departed in rain as well but that weather didn't dampen their spirits. 

Billy Flint introduction - Encampment site dedication ceremony.
Tennessee Loy introduction in both Cherokee and English - Encampment site dedication ceremony.

I, like many others, am proud of our young Cherokee people who embarked on this journey to remember and respect our ancestors for the extremely difficult journey they endured in 1838-39. 

Thank you RTR riders. You are proof that our nation has not only survived, but also that we have thrived. You carry our hearts with you. Safe travels.

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

copyright 2015, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Contractor Responds to Complaint with Flawed Logic

While Cherokee Nation citizens wait with bated breath to see if the Cherokee Nation Attorney General makes a prompt decision in the matter concerning the complaint about the breach of confidential information, the alleged perpetrator is trying to "win" his case in the court of public opinion.

He claims he did not obtain the CDIB information from registration records, but instead figured it out due to his vast knowledge of Cherokee families. To an inexperienced Cherokee researcher, that might sound logical. To anyone who understands the complexity of Cherokee genealogy, the uncertainty of many variables and the fact one must have a starting point, the claim is ludicrous. 

In order to try to guess a blood quantum recorded on a CDIB, 
  • one would have to know the Dawes ancestor/s a person descends through. If you don't know the Cherokee family a person descends from, it is impossible to correctly state, beyond a doubt, the number recorded on a person's CDIB, no matter how much knowledge you have on Cherokee families. Period.
  • if one knows the Dawes ancestor/s a person descends through, they would also have to know the number of generations between the living person and the Dawes ancestor. Without knowing that, it is impossible to correctly state, beyond a doubt, the blood quantum listed on the living person's CDIB.
The candidate did not share the names of his ancestors for a reason. He descends from a well known, respected and beloved Cherokee family. When the candidate decided to run for office, his father insisted that if he were going to run for office, he, the candidate, should do it on his own merit and not try to ride the coattails of his ancestors. The candidate also felt that was important, so he never shared the names of his ancestors. 

The contractor correctly and confidently stated the number recorded on the candidate's CDIB. The contractor appeared to have no doubt in what he was sharing. How was he so sure when the candidate had never shared the names of his ancestors? 

There is one other variable that is specific to this situation that should be considered.

The candidate's blood quantum amount listed on his CDIB is not correct, based on the siblings of his Dawes ancestor. The full siblings (same parents) living at that time are all listed as 1/2 Indian blood, while the candidate's ancestor is listed as 1/8. If one would have guessed at a BQ based on knowledge of old Cherokee families, they would have likely guessed a higher blood quantum, not the lower and exact amount listed on the CDIB.

Once again, the contractor seemed to have no doubt in his purported calculation of the candidate's blood quantum. Why was he certain he knew what that CDIB card said? There is only one way he could have known for certain.

Does any of this matter? Maybe not. It's likely the contract signed has specific provisions that state the contractor would not disclose to any third party any confidential information, no matter where the information was obtained, as well as defining what information is considered confidential. If that is the case, the court of public opinion doesn't matter therefore explaining the flaws in the contractor's argument are unnecessary. Violating the conditions of a contract should have consequences and violating a person's right to privacy should have consequences. The big question is, will the Cherokee Nation Attorney General's office do anything about it?

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

copyright 2015, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB