Here’s a fun story for fans of incongruity, duplicity, and general hypocrisy.
In what can only be construed as an effort to see just how low he can go while keeping a straight face and not rolling around on the ground in hysterical laughter, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt celebrated “Native American Family Day” at the Governor’s Mansion yesterday.
Yep, you read that correctly.
Kevin Stitt – the Oklahoma Governor who’s made it his life’s mission to shit on Oklahoma’s tribal nations, challenge their sovereignty, and even take away their treasured license plates – celebrated “Native American Family Day” at the mansion…errr… private residence that he doesn’t live in.
Gov. Kevin Stitt hosted several dozen tribal members at a special event Tuesday designed to celebrate and honor Native American heritage and families.
Spokespeople for the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations said Tuesday their tribal leaders were not invited to attend the governor’s event.
“We appreciate the gesture of a Native American Family Day at the Governor’s mansion,” said Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby in an email. “Until you inquired, we were not aware of the event.”
Yep, Stitt celebrated Native American Family Day without including any Native American tribes. That would be like Markwayne Mullin hosting a Teamsters Family Picnic at the Oklahoma Department of Labor, and not inviting any actual Teamsters!
It’s shame that Tribal Leaders weren’t invited, because they missed their chance to kick Stitt in the nuts during a game of stickball:
Outside on the mansion lawn, attendees threw hatchets at a target and introduced Stitt to stickball, a traditional Native game. Inside a pavilion, visitors ate traditional Indian tacos.
Stitt said the entire month of November has been about promoting families of all cultures.
“We thought this would be really fun to invite Native American friends from around the state to come and bring their families, their children, and then do a stickball game,” Stitt said.
He said Tuesday marked his first time playing the game. He even received his own set of sticks from a Cherokee member.
Yep, just like his white ancestors who bought their way onto the Cherokee tribal rolls before him, Stitt finally played a game of stickball! Let’s take a look at him in action against some tribal warriors.
Geeze, couldn’t Stitt have found some grown ups to play against? I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that he treats stickball like Kramer doing karate:
Although Stitt wants us to think that playing stickball with little kids and eating Indian tacos with his staffers means he’s trying to smooth it over with tribal nations, I’m not going to fall for it.
At its best, this was nothing more than a sad PR stunt designed to dupe his few followers. At its worst, it was an opportunity for him to pass out disease infected Native American Family Day memorabilia to unsuspecting attendees.