The Oklahoma tribes, Sotomoyor said, are “all displaced tribes—all wrenched from their homes in different states” and sent to Oklahoma in the “Trail of Tears,” an exodus in the 1830s in which Supreme Court rulings played a part.
Here is Tony Mauro’s “Arm in a Cast, Sotomayor Tours Oklahoma and Meets Tribal Leaders.”
At an appearance on Sept. 11, Oklahoma City University president Robert Henry—formerly chief judge of the Tenth Circuit—asked Sotomayor to discuss her meeting earlier that day with “some of our native people.” Henry said, “I so much appreciated” that she met with tribal members. Neither Henry nor Sotomayor gave details about where the meeting took place or how it was arranged.
Sotomayor heard about broken agreements between tribes and the U.S. government. “There are so many misunderstandings about Native Americans,” she said, producing resentments that “run deep… It still stings.” She added, “There is a basis for that feeling.”
The Oklahoma tribes, she said, are “all displaced tribes—all wrenched from their homes in different states” and sent to Oklahoma in the “Trail of Tears,” an exodus in the 1830s in which…
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