“We're in a time now that voices that have been silenced or have never been heard before have a platform, and there is more opportunity for our stories to be told. And people are listening.”
These words from Muscogee Nation Historic and Cultural Preservation Department Manager RaeLynn Butler mark a renewed opportunity for indigenous perspective.
Following the McGirt decision, the State of Oklahoma and other officials launched campaigns detailing its negative effects, much of which has been largely distributed by the press. But for many tribal communities, the affirmation that Oklahoma's reservations had never been disestablished by Congress was a win for the sovereignty of their nations.
This new series will celebrate the personal triumphs and professional journeys of tribal citizens to empower their communities and help familiarize others with their points of view.
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The “Community Voices: The Indigenous Perspective” Project provides support for sharing the personal triumphs, professional journeys, and points of view of local Oklahoma tribal members following the McGirt Supreme Court decision. Donations to Local Media Foundation for this project are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for contributions. Please consult a tax advisor for details. The program is administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association.