Tag: American Indians

The Oklahoma Panhandle: Creating and Settling No Man’s Land

 

I grew up in the small town of Optima, OK, which had 92 people, in the heart of No Man’s Land, the Oklahoma Panhandle. I’ve become curious how my home region became No Man’s Land, so I did some research. It turned out to be a story of how a series of unrelated decisions by the federal government, foreign governments, and American politicians affected a largely unsettled portion of North America and accidentally formed the land in which I grew up. Here is the story of each of the four borders of the rectangular Oklahoma Panhandle.

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Supreme Court Says Oklahoma Indian ‘Reservations’ Are Real

 

Well, this is interesting. Especially if you live in eastern Oklahoma, including the state’s second-largest city, Tulsa.

While much of the media will focus on the two US Supreme Court decisions involving whether 1) Congress or 2) Manhattan prosecutors may access President Trump’s tax returns, I find the McGirt v. Oklahoma State Appeals Court decision of greater interest. Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the court’s four “liberals” in what read to me like a walk through history, except the parts he glossed over (like, the post-Civil War treaties in 1866, which were described in great detail in Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent).

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I encourage you to read this “Impromptus” by Jay Nordlinger, on the topic of life on “Indian reservations.” (I use scare quotes because neither Indians nor reservations today resemble their predecessors.) I am embarrassed to admit that I was completely unaware of the rampant child abuse that occurs on reservations. And I am not just talking […]

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Following the uneasy reunification of the Germanies, the early years of this century witnessed the phenomenon of Ostalgie – the puzzling fondness of East Germans for East German things. While most Ossies were content to be rid of the police surveillance and the inferior consumer products, some sentimentalists refused to let go of their Trabants […]

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