[Clayart] the casino

Dorothy Parshall dorothyp at whidbey.com
Fri Jan 14 02:11:37 UTC 2022


VERY COOL!!! Great story, David!!!!
Dorothy

> On Jan 13, 2022, at 12:02 AM, David Woof <woofpots at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Thanks Mel, like you said: "Nothing like going to law school and being a damn smart human."
> 
> You got me reminiscing as well.
> 
> My Best friend, Evans, in first and second grade elementary, entered first grade straight off the Ho-chunk Rez. with no working understanding of English, and he received no breaks from the Anglo teachers,   Keep up or drop out.
> 
> Evans was highly intelligent with keen intellect and so here is a story worth telling...........
> 
> As was the usual in those times He'd been placed in an off Rez Anglo foster home just before school started that fall.
> Imagine not understanding a new language and being forbidden to speak your native tongue as well!!!
> 
> Living in the same neighborhood, we would run home after school. Equally matched in speed and endurance.  I can still hear his full throat-ed gleeful laughter and see his face lit with Joy.
> 
> The joy was a celebration of our friendship and the exuberant joy in running, not for competition but joy to be running for running sake with a trusted friend.
> 
> Evans went to Law School, earned a Juris Doctorate, and returned home about the time the Township where we lived, had presumptuously squatted on Indian Land to build a huge complex to house and maintain their road maintenance equipment.
> 
> The Indian people were ready to go to war.
> But when Evans entered the meeting, finger to his lips, he said shssss I have this covered. Let them build our first Casino for us.
> 
> Not another word of protest.  (The Anglos should have noticed that the Indians were being too quiet!) (Ho wah)
> 
> The tables turned at the ribbon cutting festivities, as the ribbon was about to be cut, Evans with a supporting "warrior" entourage stepped up, served the papers and held out his hand "We'd like the keys Please"
> Anglo Corporate Council was attending the festivities, and after reading the papers, said "yes!  Give the Indians the keys."   A bit of Legal rubber stamping thru the Court and the complex was refitted and became the Casino for the Ho-chunk Nation.
> 
> The casino employed many and the money raised the standard and quality of life on the Rez and in the larger community as well.
> 
> Soon to follow were a Medical clinic. preschool classrooms, Legal office where Pro Bono was offered to those in need.  Indian administrated police force.....emergency government facility. first responders etc etc. everything to make a community function productively and enjoyably.
> 
> I write this to honor my Friend and Brother in Arms, Evans, (now deceased) who literally lived his life and gave his life to and for his people.
> 
> Like you said Mel: "Nothing like going to law school and being a damn smart human........Mel"
> 
> Misneach,
> 
> Woof..........................................................................................................................................
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> From: Clayart <clayart-bounces at lists.clayartworld.com> on behalf of mel jacobson <melpots at mail.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 4:20 PM
> To: clay art <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com>
> Subject: [Clayart] the casino
> 
> I told Sharlene, back in 83 when the Casino Opened
> seven miles from us at Turtle Lake.
> "We will go there, donate money to the Ojibway tribe,
> eat a good meal and laugh a great deal.
> 
> My neighbor donates a great deal of money to the Ojibway
> community.  As it should be.
> 
> The very first Indian Gaming in the USA came from a kid from Burnsville, MN
> high school.  Went to law school at the U, and started to sell
> cigarettes from an old rickety camper. He won his case, selling
> on the reservation, then he sold booze tax free, won that suit too, then Bingo, then
> came in the first "one armed bandit.". Now it is a billion $ industry.
> Nothing like going to law school and being a damn smart human.
> Mel
> 
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