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    Re: Cherokee Thoughts: Honest & Uncensored

    http://lumbee. 2010/03/03/ monnoca-badonnih -robert-conley- response/

    Monnoca Badonnih-Robert Conley Response

    3 03 2010

    Cherokee Thoughts: Honest & Uncensored

    Robert Conley, guest lecturer and author of Cherokee Thoughts: Honest & Uncensored addressed the issues that have plagued the Cherokee Indians in the past and present. Conley, a Cherokee writer who has authored 82 books thus far, spoke of the presence of American Indian literature amongst a greater non-Indian audience that had at one time refused to accept the American Indian protagonist.

    In addressing this issue, Conley spoke of his life as an author and his attempt to incorporate an American Indian literature course at the University he was teaching at. According to Conley, University officials refused to implement the program because they did not believe there was enough American Indian literature to fill a semester. In counterargument, Conley points out that there was/is more than enough American Indian literature to fill a semester and that perhaps Cherokee literature, alone, could do the deed.

    Aside from the Cherokee Literature one of the most interesting ideas Conley covered was the historical significance of Oklahoma University's mascot- the Sooners. A Sooner, in Conley's words, was "a thief who stole from his own buddies, who were stealing from the Indians," referring to the encroaching white settlers who wanted to acquire "leftover" Indian land in Oklahoma's Indian Territory. Overall the idea of America using American Indian referential mascots is astounding to me. The real history of the U.S. is often kept out of schools to paint an image of American forefathers doing no wrong, yet these same people have allowed for mascots such as Sooners, Redskins and Braves to be exploited at a national level.

    Collectively, Conley's work allows us as readers to see American Indian and Cherokee issues from a different perspective- an Indian perspective. Conley makes a point in saying his work is solely his and not from an Indian view, yet, it is apparent he opposes the treatment and attempted historical abolishment of Cherokee and the greater Indian population since the founding of the U.S. Additionally, through his lecture we are able to grasp and understand the core of being Cherokee and the problems that follow.

    Hmmmm..... interesting that Conley makes a point of saying his viewpoint is personal, not "Indian" considering many people maintain he is not truly Cherokee. But I don't really have an opinion on that, I just find it...interesting.

    Re: Cherokee Thoughts: Honest & Uncensored

    Donna D

    Hmmmm..... interesting that Conley makes a point of saying his viewpoint is personal, not "Indian" considering many people maintain he is not truly Cherokee. But I don't really have an opinion on that, I just find it...interesting.

    hmmm ... by all accounts i've heard he's UKB ... and on links like where his books are for sale, he's listed as either "Cherokee Nation" or "UKB". Unless the CNO and/or UKB allow for verification, there's no way to get an official statement from them.

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