I will write more about this later, but for now, I would like to borrow some of the chief's own words* in my statement about this.
I, just an average Cherokee, am disappointed in and denounce the disrespectful fund raiser of Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker. The theme of this trail ride goes far beyond what is appropriate and proper for the chief of an Indian nation. The use of a stereotypical theme is offensive. It is those types of actions that perpetuate negative stereotypes and continue to minimize and degrade all native peoples.
The individuals benefiting from this unfortunate incident are “visionary Tribal Councilor” candidates for seats on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council. Any campaign or candidate that would allow and condone such offensive and racist behavior must be called to task for their actions.
The Cherokee Nation is a modern, productive society, and I am blessed to be a member of it. I will not be silent when individuals mock and insult our people and our great nation, especially when those people come from our great nation itself.
We need individuals leading the Cherokee Nation who respect Native Americans and have an understanding of tribal issues. For that reason, I call upon Principal Chief Baker to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peoples.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
*From a statement made in September 2012 by Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Bill John Baker, over actions of people working for the Scott Brown campaign.
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