Cedric Sunray: Three R's - Reservations, revisionism and rhetoric

"“…the guys on the real reservations have no concern about federal recognition. They already have it.”

As opposed to what, “fake” reservations?

On June 28, this statement was e-mailed by Dr. Richard Allen, policy analyst for and tribal member of the non-reservation based Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a co-founder of the now-defunct Cherokee Task Force, which was formerly tasked with attacking “non-federal” tribes before infighting and political considerations crumbled the organization. His e-mail was in response to some political cartoons that had been directed at his group by a college student and exposes the ironies of their organization.

In contrast to Allen’s viewpoint, Leech Lake Ojibwa professor David Treuer writes in his new book, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life, “Some Indians don’t have reservations, but all reservations have Indians….”"

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Cedric Sunray: The 3 Rs: Reservations, Revisionism and Rhetoric (Indian Country Today 7/6)

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