Richard Allen, policy analyst for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
, e-mail message to author, March 23, 2007.
This paper illustrates how the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
is exploring a new paradigm of evaluation that is responsive to the claims, concerns, and issues of stakeholders involved.
Those sad facts include the infamous and deadly 1975 shootout between the FBI and members of the American Indian Movement at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota (which led to the ongoing and still-controversial incarceration of American Indian Leonard Peltier), as well as smaller, more recent uses of force in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
, the Seminole Nation, and elsewhere.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $75,000 to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
, as part of the General Assistance Program (GAP).
The NNI course includes nine learning modules presenting information in the form of video lectures by course instructors and perspectives of more than 100 Indian leaders and scholars, including Frank Ettawageshik of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians; David Gipp of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the president of United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota; and the late Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010) of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
, who was the first female to be elected Principal Chief.
Richard Allen, speaking to the same subcommittee on behalf of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
, opposed the bill and questioned whether the groups seeking recognition are true descendants of Indian tribes.
Theda Perdue, Mixed (Athens, GA, 2003); Circe Strum, Blood Politics: Race, Culture, and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
(Berkeley, 2002); Claudio Saint, Black, White, and Indian: Race and the Unmaking of an American Family (New York, 2005).