The following is an article from Verified News Network.
TULSA, Okla. – October 16, 2023 – This year marks a significant milestone in Oklahoma history, as we reflect on the harrowing events of the past century and grapple with the painful legacy of Eastern Oklahoma’s American Indian probate scandal.
Verified News Network (VNN) and the Lucinda Hickory Research Institute (LHRI) embarked on a summer-long journey to delve into the hidden corners of Allotment Era history, determined to shed light on the dark secrets that cities like Tulsa have long sought to suppress.
The investigation unearthed a history of corrupt scheming conducted by elected officials and community leaders, many of whom are still celebrated today. It revealed the tainted money that funded Tulsa’s buildings and infrastructure, money that was equivalent to billions of dollars taken from American Indian allottees.
Oklahoma’s county probate system was a syndicate of theft, with those entrusted to protect American Indian wealth perpetrating acts of cruelty and injustice. Children were left to die, and others were kidnapped, exploited, and violated for their property. The Millie Naharkey case, documented in the Indian Rights Association’s report, is one of the most horrifying examples of such abuse.
The repercussions of this dark history continue to haunt descendants like Darla Ashton, granddaughter of Millie Naharkey, who suffered these unspeakable horrors.
Today, it is crucial to acknowledge and remember the pain and suffering endured by Millie Naharkey and countless others. Their stories remind us of the urgent need to confront the injustices of the past, no matter how uncomfortable or distressing they may be.
Perpetrators of these crimes often went unpunished, and the scars of this history continue to affect Native American communities today. The stories of Millie Naharkey and others like her deserve to be heard, remembered, and never repeated.
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This investigation was supported by a $12,000 grant from the Data-Driven Reporting Project. The Data-Driven Reporting Project is funded by the Google News Initiative in partnership with Northwestern University | Medill. Production of the latest Stealing Tvlse video was made possible thanks to prize money from the RevContent Local Reporting Award and LION’s Collaboration of the Year Award, recently awarded to VNN for this collaborative series.