Sunday, November 6, 2011

Baker Swears and Hugs, Part II

Chief Baker had his formal inauguration ceremony today at Sequoyah High School today. 

The Tulsa World said Baker’s speech “promised unity and prosperity among the Cherokees.” He also welcomed Freedmen, one of whom said of Baker: “I believe we’re going to work together and have one united front.”

Baker also teamed up with UKB Chief George Wickliffe and Eastern Band Chief Michell Hicks in a not-creepy-at-all three way man-hug.

BIA Boss Larry E. Hawk gave a speech, but we don’t know what he said.  It might’ve been something along the lines of: “As long as you do exactly what I say, you can be as sovereign as you want.”

According to the Muskogee Phoenix, some Cherokees planned a protest of Larry E. Hawk , citing his general disregard for the Cherokee Nation’s Constitution, but the protest wasn’t covered in today’s media stories. 

By all accounts, Chief Baker’s first big party was well attended, peaceful and harmonious:  a good way to begin his term. Were any of you there? If so, what were your impressions?

New Chief and First Lady, definitely not in a conga line.  Photo Courtesy Tulsa World