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Native children

The term Indian giver to the general public means to give something to another person and then to take it back, usually the term applies to the Indian.

Not so, when an Indian gives you something it is yours to keep. You may keep the item or sell it or give it to another person, we do not want it back.

I tell you this story because of something I read in The Oklahoman on July 8, in regard to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

In 1978, when the act was passed there was rejoicing in all of Indian Country because it meant that our children would no longer be taken away from their families and given to non-Indians.

Instead, the child would be allowed to live with a relative or at least another Indian family rather than a non-Indian family.

Prior to the enactment of the ICWA, many Indian children living in non-Indian foster homes were treated as non-paid housekeepers and maids by their non-Indian families.

There was an incident in Wichita, Kansas, where the foster parent a non-Indian male sexually abused two brothers for years until one of them became old enough to fight back.

I am sure that many more abuses went unreported in the years before 1978.

Of all the treaties between the American Indians and the government none have ever been broken by the Indians. You have taken our land, our language, our culture and now you want our children again!

Who is the real Indian giver?

I have spoken.

— Gary Kodaseet, a Kiowa

Oklahoma City

Heathen rage

Ben Felder contends that the 10 Commandments monument “created a more divisive and hostile state for many Oklahomans, sending a message to some citizens that they are less than equal because of their religious beliefs.”

I won’t even waste time arguing that it doesn’t benefit a particular religion.

Ben says it is an affront to equality.

How can that be, when homosexuals, which the God of the 10 Commandments condemns, get special treatment for their unnatural sexual practices and call it marriage?

God is more than fair; He is merciful and gracious, and that is why America chose to base her principles on God’s reasonable and orderly commands.

They not only respect God and His creation, but teach us to respect one another, that is real “fairness.”

It is understandable that Gazette writers, homosexuals, gamblers, drug and alcohol abusers, adulterers and other licentious hedonists and atheists would be “affronted” by the unfair rules of God that have kept America free and reasonably fair up till now.

Unless someone comes up with another standard of reason and respect for life, liberty and the pursuit of wholesome happiness, we will soon collapse into anarchy and violence, torn between the rival factions that are affronted by these reasonable Commandments.

And what if God is watching and decides to not bless America any longer?

— Michael Moberly

Mustang

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