Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldiers and a Native American Vice President

This newsletter is a mixed bag. I let my so-called ADHD out for a run. This is what he brought back.

  • A little on why poverty exists in much of the world,
  • a bit of weird American History,
  • Bob Marley singing about Black Soldiers in the old American West pacifying Indians
  • And the first Native American Vice-President, Charles Curtis of the Kaw Indian Nation.





Poverty exists for many reasons including race and class.  In every society there is a social pyramid constructed from a foundation of who or who doesn’t have power and influence and the ability to pass that power and influence down from generation to generation. However in a racially and ethnically mixed society it is naive to believe that a person’s place in that social pyramid is not somehow affected by the color of their skin, their national origin or even their religious affiliation. A historical legacy of injustice and inequality leaves an imprint that cannot be easily erased by progressive thinking or affirmative action. In fact this type of thinking and these policies can create new problems that did not exist before including cultural genocide.

Remember, it was progressive “liberal thinkers” in the late 19th century that created “Indian Schools” in the western United States and took Native American children by force from the reservation, cut their hair, banned them from speaking their native language anglicized them and turned them into “white people”.

Of course there are those on the other side who see this as a good thing. One of these would have been Charles Curtis, the 31stVice-president of the United States (Under Herbert Hoover). Curtis was the Senate Majority Leader and grew up an Indian Reservation. Here is a bit more about him.


Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was a Kaw Nation Native American Indian who served as a Republican Vice President of the United States. After serving as a United States Representative, and then a longtime United States Senator from Kansas, Curtis was later chosen as Senate Majority Leaderby his Republican colleagues, and the 31st Vice President of the United States(1929–1933). He was the first person with significant acknowledged Native American ancestry and the first person with significant acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach either of the two highest offices in the United States government‘s executive branch. He was enrolled in the Kaw tribe and his maternal ancestry was three-quarters Native American: Kaw, Osage andPotawatomi.[1][not in citation given] His father was European-American. Curtis spent years of childhood living with his maternal grandparents on their Kaw reservation.

Here is Bob Marley singing Buffalo Solder:


Here is a wiki link to the subject as well. Some very interesting American and African American History

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