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Black Blood of the Earth, By Jimmy Lee Beason

Black Blood of the Earth, By Jimmy Lee Beason

There is a lot of discussion and angry opposition to oil consumption and the effects it has environmentally and socially, and justifiably so. I don’t think I need to go into detail about BP and Keystone XL. Pipelines are vocally opposed by Natives and non-Natives alike and some people have being doing something about it, I guess. Not sure how chaining oneself to a bulldozer stops the hydra beast of the oil industry, but it can make us feel good while we sit in jail for a day reciting excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr. speeches. Considering this, I wanted to share a little history on my own tribe’s particular relationship with oil and the social ramifications that occurred because of it. I’ll do my best to appease our short attention spans, and skim over a history that could easily fit inside a 700 page book. During the roaring 1920’s, the Osage Nation of Oklahoma, came under attack by terrorists. Not the ones stereotyped with scary Islamic beards singing...

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