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Re: Marilyn Vann vs Mike Miller on KPGA Today!

Good morning,

I did have a chance to listen to the broadcast.

The paid spokesperson for the tribe was most disrespectful in addition to being historically wrong on most points.

Ms. Vann referred to the spokesperson respectfully as Mr. Miller, throughout the exchange, while he glibly called her "Marilyn" as if they were close friends. The spokesman, basically referred to her in a manner of the bossman referring to the "hired help." Perhaps that is the sentiment about the Freedmen in general----hired help, no longer needed, and to be discarded. This sentiment is reminiscent of old south disregard of the descendants of their former slaves, as well. It is still amazing to see such blatant cynicism and condescencion coming from an official spokesperson of the tribe.

The dialogue was interesting and Ms. Vann was able to correct several misconceptions especially the fiction about Freedmen being expelled by Congress in 1902. She responded appropriately pointing out that the Dawes Rolls, which initially closed in 1902 continued to add people to the rolls including Freedmen for several years. She also correctly pointed out that people voted till the 1970s, and many received per capita payments in the 1960s----a far cry from Mr. Miller's fictitious congressional expulsion of the Freedmen in 1902. One has to admit, that when things are made up----they are really creative.

It appears that ommission of historical accuracy is part of the official spin
and there are efforts to simply make up untruths, with the hope that no one will refute these innacuracies, thus making the official "spin" stick.

It was indeed an interesting dialogue and all are encouraged to listen to the archived dialogue.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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