Wednesday, February 13, 2008

No Apologies for my Desire to be a G-Man

I've never before said much about this topic, but now would be a favorable time.

I just love being a government employee!, and I am so, in a singular effort to make a difference.
I am a government employee who is devoted to you, my state, and my people, and to myself:
The great citizens of the United States, of Oklahoma, and of the Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma.

Since my graduation from Oklahoma University in 1991, I've had only one aspiration, one goal:
To serve mankind, my Native, Indian people, my friends and myself, in the pursuit of decency and justice; to the goal of serving citizens and the placeholders (for there are STILL such fractional people as place-holders). I have always acknowledged the calling to be something higher, to represent my people as I can, however and whenever I can. Not the typical goal of a university grad, with a B.BA in Finance....

I have always, since that unusually cool May day in '91 when I graduated, sought out a government job, much to some howls of friends and family. And toward that personal goal, some of my distant family have disowned me (and, I'm glad you're dead, uncle Billy Gene).

But I've never looked back, I've never once regretted the employment steps, stages I've made:
I look back on my eight years with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as a contact officer with great fondness and pride, remembering the time when I was honored by the Hopi Tribe of New Mexico for securing their historical claims with the United States in 1995, and the times I sucessfully represented central New Mexican tribes, against my own employer, the United States, with land claims; or my short time in Gainsville, Florida, as a consultant to the Seminole tribe, working on land and water rights issues for that tribe.
Then, the seven-plus years, as a Choctaw Casino floor manager: I was proud to be the guy whom they chose to manage their source of income; and, always proud to know and to understand U.S./Indian treaties of the 18th and 19th centuries, and an appreciation of the doctrine of 'fairness', which played such overall, huge parts in my jobs.

Since graduation from college, I have been a U.S. employee, a Choctaw Tribal Gov't. employee, and now an Oklahoma state employee.

I am proud to be descendant of Rev. John Malcontent, one of the honored Indian signatories of the peace treaty between the Choctaw and Chicasaw tribes and the United States, in 1866; as well as being proud of John's honored place as Choctaw interpreter for Judge Issac C. Parker in the 1870s.

I hold in such high regard, the good men and women of law enforcement, of the military, of any time and age.

I am so pleased to be able in my own way, to follow that upright calling to justice, however I can.
For all my efforts, this is all that I can think of today, my gratitude to my ancestors and my parents for my upbringing and education, and to my heritage, for which I'm unworthy;

I will try to bring you honor by my works.

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