Manataka™ American Indian Council
Grandmother Makah Nupah L. Cota Speaks
Grandmother Nupah Makah Climbs On Her Soapbox
In the past, people born of Cherokee and white were often put in the mulatto records of the towns where they were born. They were not classified as Native or Cherokee but as half white, half black. The same went for any slaves who married into or had children by the Cherokee people they were classified into the Mulatto rolls or mixed breeds of blacks.
This will not end until this Government has erased their embarrassment and shame off the face of this land. As long as we remain they cannot take the minerals and oil out of the pitiful land that was given for us to live on. They in time will starve, freeze and cheat the people out of what is left of their land.
has been so many scams going on the Oklahoma Nation with
false accounts opened and money from the oil that was to go
to the Nation put there. Not one penny of that was ever
given to the people or families but went into some corrupt
ghetto war zone could not be more efficient in killing off
human beings. Lack of medical help and the hopeless days on
end of no relief drive the people to drink, drugs, and
suicide. Despair is has filled the place where once honor
and pride stood tall.
only time you get the press to write anything is when we
open a Casino and then they go crazy over who will get the
taxes from the business. The money goes to the Nation. In
order to get the clearance for the casino they must sign off
on Government assistance. The Government then does pay for
food heat or medical help. The Casino must support the
people who live on the reservation with money food medical
help housing and other living needs.
is far better than the system that was in place because the
Government never really did what they promised. Food was a
monthly hand out of surplus food not fit for a dog. Medical
was none existent for the people living in the rural areas
of the reservation as they had no way to get to the
would sit in the hall ways all day only to be told to come
back in the morning.
Nations who have built casinos are now building schools and
hospitals. They are able to staff and supply them with good
medical supplies and good doctors.
building homes for the elderly and have started meals on
wheels for the shut-in and those who are too sick to shop
is a wonderful medical building on the Seneca Nation from
Casino funds that offers counseling and nutrition for
diabetics. This will take time as it was so far behind but
so good to see it happening.
Elderly are given housing, and home care, as the younger
generation is gaining in technical skills.
brings in jobs and self esteem for the people.
Schools are being built while children are placed in head
start programs in beautiful day cares while the parents go
back to school or work.
language and dances are being taught to the children so that
they will have a better sense of belonging.
sacred tree of honor and pride is starting to take root and
healthy children with bright eyes who look forward to school
and learning. Elderly who once again are teachings the ways
to the children.
my soap box back into the corner and will be quiet now. In
the name of peace justice so that the teachings may live for
the seven generation to come.
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