I am a proud, full-blood Choctaw Indian, American citizen.
During my adult life, have only worked for governmental entities:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, 7 years;
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, 7 years;
and now the State of Oklahoma, since February, 08.
Happily married to an extraordinary Choctaw woman, Leticia Marie, since December, 2008. In the summer of 2011, Leti and I adopted a son. We lost our boy in March, 2014.
In late August, 2015, we got unexpected, extraordinary news:
Our Daughter, Kelsey Marie was born on May 16, 2016
to astonished parents.
My ancestors for more than five generations have chosen to serve the Choctaw people and our tribe, and I too, feel that intense, inner drive to serve.
I get a real kick, a real laugh, when someone discovers that I'm neither Liberal,
nor White nor Black.
Just rock-ribbed Conservative.
We have an aversion to having our picture taken;
and I see no need to explain further.
Thus, I keep a 18+ years old, unsmiling photo of myself up here. Sufficient to the task, but keeping me relatively unidentifiable in public:
I've posted only three other, recent photographs of myself in ten+ years on my bloggie, The Local Malcontent, --
look around for 'em.
Actually, I'm not a 'Malcontent' at all: I love seeing the best and highest character from everyone, like genuine love, dedication, & loyalty to the United States; honesty, respect, ambition.
Expecting only the same treatment for myself, in return.
My cherished nom de plume originated from a series of letters to the editor of the McAlester (OK) newspaper, The McAlester News-Capital, back in 2003. In 2003 by the way, the newspaper was called the "News-Capital Democrat". That figures..
Anyway, a letter to the editor complained how the area Army Munitions Plant was contributing to the deaths of thousands of Iraqis, in that new war. It went on to condemn workers out there as "merchants of murder".
That angered me, into writing my own letter of rebuttal, defending the munitions plant, its' employees, America and George W. Bush. And I tried to tear "progressives" a new one, figuratively and literally.
The original letter writer must have taken offense that I had the nerve to disagree, and shot back, calling me "a known, local malcontent....", in typical, Liberal name-calling style.
I was never so pleased to be publicly recognized as such!!
And that title, valued highly be me, has stuck.