The Local Crank

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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Redemption of Oz

Descendents of L. Frank Baum are in South Dakota to offer apologies to the Lakota people for at least two editorials written by the famed author of the Wizard of Oz books calling for the extermination of Native Americans. These editorials, written immediately before and immediately after the US Army massacred as many as 150 Miniconjou Lakota at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890, are particularly hateful and brutal. The Baum Family is to be commended for their act of contrition.

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