American Indians Gather Thousands of Signatures to Stop Oklahoma Governor’s Racism

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Oklahoma Governor's daugther, Christian Fallin, adorned in fake American Indian headdress

Oklahoma Governor’s daugther, Christian Fallin, adorned in fake American Indian headdress

OKLAHOMA CITY – Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group of Native parents and their allies from across the country, in conjunction with Reality Check, a daily publication providing news, commentary and analysis on sexual and reproductive health and justice issues partnered to begin a petition called “Gov. Fallin: This is how you can show your respect.” Since the petition was posted on May 1, 2014, the petition has collected some 4,000 signatures.

The petition call for big changes in the way American Indians have government to government relations with Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma legislature.

“There has been a breakdown in the relationship between the Oklahoma government and the Indigenous nations since Fallin took office. We’ve seen the end of the Indian Affairs Commission and as a result we now have local and state government officials trying to attack and ignore the sovereign rights of our Native nations. A great example of this would be Fallin’s involvment in the Baby Veronica case that clearly violated the soverign rights of the Cherokee tribe to have a say in the adoption and custody of Veronica Brown. The fact that her daughter, Christina Fallin, continues to disrespect Native people is just a testament of Fallin’s attitude towards Oklahoma’s Indigenous people. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. What Fallin needs to remember is that the Native nations of our state contribute billions of our state’s economy and provide close to 100,000 jobs. We are not as powerless or invisible as she believes we are,” Johnnie Jae, EONM member and Native Max Magazine’s managing partner.

EONM stated in a news release:

“As Oklahomans, the time has come for us to start reparing the bridges of communitation and collaboration between our local/state government and the indigenous nations of our state.”

You can sign the petition here: http://action.rhrealitycheck.org/page/s/gov­fallin­this­is­how­you­show­respect­

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