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    Re: $$$$$$ ?

    Donna D
    Okay,let's talk about how these "tribes" plan to "make money for the state." Most of them talk about "selling their crafts" and "tourism" What tourists in their right minds are gonna want to visit a bunch of Johnny-come-lately, white as the tourists are, know-nothing wannabes? Sorry, I can't even imagine how touting these "tribes" would do anything for state tourism--matter of fact, it would probably hurt tourism to a great degree. And crafts--who among them is a good enough craftsperson to compete with Indian families who have a long tradition of basket-making, pottery and/or jewelry making? I'm guessing we're looking to sell "authentic" sticks with a turkey foot stuck on the end--"peace" pipes bought from the craft store with a little fur and a feather added. Yeah, those are "crafts" that will bring in the tourists in droves!!!!

    Edited to add: Oh yes, lest we forget "She who shall not be named" will again be able to legally use "Indian" as a descriptive on her sewing projects again.

    Uhh ... yeah. The last thing this state needs is more jokers showing their (edited) .... demonstrating yet again for the whole world to see that the stereotyping is legitimized one more time.

    Should the UNbelievable happen, tourism $$$$ won't exist because i can guarantee there'll be CONSTANT protesting, letting the naive tourists know the 'trap' is bogus - same with the crappy crafts that they would be trying to pawn-off on the unsuspecting! Yeah, 'peace pipes' and the ever-present 'spirit sticks' (is that what they're called, i can't remember right off hand but it sounds right) are perfect examples of what these folks know: FAKE and JUNK.

    But with Cherokee so close, who'd wanna visit some hole-in-the-wall with nothing authentic, real, or worth buying in the first place?!

    SO ... IF the Kornfused Kulture Klub somehow becomes 'state recognized' and somehow acquires the $$$ to build a playground for themselves .... they will still NOT BE RECOGNIZED AS LEGITIMATE by the very People they want to be.


    "But with Cherokee so close, who'd wanna visit some hole-in-the-wall with nothing authentic, real, or worth buying in the first place?!"

    Very, very true. Why would any tourist want to see them versus a real federal tribe with hotels and casinos already there to enjoy? Not to mention--Cherokee is pretty easy to get to from several states.

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