beaded trout

Dawes Commission: Found Poem

Alma L. Bell & Eddy C. Shoemake
vs. Cherokee Nation.

Office Commission on Citizenship
Sept. 12, 1889

Dennis V. Bushyhead
who after being duly sworn states
as follows:

I am 63 years of age.

Live at Tahlequah
Cherokee Nation.

I don't know of any Cherokees by
the name of Shoemake.

When I lived in California there was a family of Shoemakes and Oxendines
that lived in one neighborhood who claimed
to be Cherokees.
That was in Calaveras County.
They came to that country from
Sebastian County, Arkansas

and looked like darkys to me.
Some of them were
nappy headed.

Qwo_Li Driskill


contents of issue 2

Before I Forget
Lee Francis IV

The Man They've Come to See
Edward Dang

Datura's Embrace
Anne Karpiak

untitled
Lorraine Cathey

medicine
Sandy Eastoak

NEW WORLD
Indira Allegra

there will be singing in the morning
ire'ne silva

Dawes Commission: Found Poem
Qwo_Li Driskill


Qwo_Li Driskill Biography

Qwo_Li Driskill is a Cherokee Two_Spirit/Queer writer, performer, and activist. S/he is the author of Walking with Ghosts, co-editor ofSovereign Erotics and Queer Indigenous Studies, and an assistant professor of Queer Studies at Oregon State University.


Permission to publish poems in this one context was granted by the authors, who unless otherwise specified, hold copyright on these works.