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Natives Say They are "Idle No More" at Grassroots Rally
Dozens of Native Americans rallied Sunday as part of the "Idle No More" grassroots movement spreading across the continent. They are trying to raise awareness of native issues including sovereignty and environmental issues.
Natives danced and chanted for the cause at the Downtown Oklahoma City Library.
"It doesn't matter which tribe we are, whether we're stomp dancers, line dancers, fancy dancers, we're all coming together for one voice, and one fire, which is Idle No More," Anthony Williamson said.
Idle No More started in Canada and has since spread across both Canada and the United States.
"We're supporting indigenous rights. They're losing their rights in Canada, which we're very concerned about," Williamson said.
Participants at the rally said the effort in Oklahoma has allowed Natives across the state to get active and rally for issues here.
"It opened up for us as a way for us to respond to our own local issues," Richard Ray Whitman said,
Whitman said one of the biggest issues in this state is the Keystone Pipeline. It will transport oil from Canada to Mexico, crossing Oklahoma in Cushing.
"We're in an oil state, historically Oklahoma is oil and so its quietly slipped through Oklahoma and its on its way to southern boundaries now and its cut across Indian lands," he said.
But Whitman said he does not represent the voice of all Native Americans in Oklahoma. He and others at the rally are urging other to join Idle No More.
You can learn more about rallies of the local movement on it's Facebook page.
Posted: Sunday, February 10 2013, 09:28 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Official: 2nd person killed by Oklahoma tornado
May 20, 2013 15:50 GMT
By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma's state medical examiner's office says a second person was killed by a tornado that leveled a central Oklahoma mobile home park.
Office spokeswoman Amy Elliott on Monday identified the two people who are confirmed to have been killed during Sunday's storms as 79-year-old Glen Irish and 76-year-old Billy Hutchinson. Both men were from Shawnee.
One of several tornadoes that touched down in parts of the nation's midsection on Sunday leveled the Steelman Estates Mobile Home Park near Shawnee.
It wasn't immediately clear if both victims lived at the mobile home park.
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