Larry Casus, Larry, Gallup Police discussed on Native America Calling


So when you were talking about what Larry did and why he did it, you have to understand what was going on in Gallup. You have to understand how we were being treated. How during the intertribal ceremonial distribute to American Indian people, they would go around in patty wagons, those police patty wagons. And they would pick up people who are inebriated. But they would not take them immediately over to the jail. They would wait until they had it packed with men and women of all ages, getting sick in there during the summer. And as young people, very helped us organize. John helped us organize. Peter's in saw helped us organize. Against the intertribal ceremonial and getting recognition by the Gallup police that, hey, we are concerned about how our relatives are being treated. And we were able to ride along and make sure that our relatives weren't being mistreated. When I was in the 5th grade, I was born to boarding school at Rehoboth. And I remember catching the bus and they called it the great goose. And it would go from winder rock out towards church truck and then back, that was kind of a little route there. And I remember going down to where the old were the bus station is now. And I had to walk through this through these two blocks and they talk about a barn every block. They were like two bars must have been like four bars on every block. And people were drunk out of the brains, you know? And these were our people. And there was no alcohol limit, you know, or if you're inebriated, you can't be sold anymore alcohol. Gallup was notorious. It was an ugly place. And this is, and this is what we were trying to bring out and tell people about. And nobody would. If we could click ahead now, reflecting on the life of Larry casus, who is your friend, and here we are today exactly 50 years after his death, because we are going to have to wrap up the show here in just another couple of minutes. What do you want any young native activists listening to understand about Larry casus and all these events we're talking about today? Do you need to understand that vary with all about our history? Larry wanted our history out there for our young people. And it wasn't there. And so this history that we're all talking about, is the Gallup independent putting that in their newspaper? No. Is the Albuquerque journal putting it in their newspaper? No. Where else? On the border towns. You know, this is the border town story. And so for our young people who are out there in the border towns who have lived this life and understand it and yes, there has been some improvements, but there is still that racism there. There is still a need for Indian centers in all of those border towns for our voices. We have every right to have a voice, especially our young people, because in gal, they recently did an investigative piece on how most of the students that are being kicked out of the Gallup schools are native students through the net. And so all right. What we're talking about is that dream that Larry had of equality and just and I'd like to give John red House the last word John, we have about a minute before we have to wrap up. But what do you want? Our young native activists to understand reflecting back now 50 years. I think that need to recognize that Larry brave now, a lawyer and a leader. Many of the ultimate sacrifice for his people. And we must have an undying love for our people. Blood of our same blood flesh is the same flesh. And that the situation demands that we commit and dedicate our lives. To the to the improvement of the president and future state of Indian people. And it's going to take that kind of commitment and sacrifice to the relief of a better life for our people. So the changes are made that we can see and feel and that are lasting and I think that that would that would feel much of Larry's dream and vision and that that's what we should strive inspire for in the course of our work. Well, folks that we are at a time now, the hour just flew by and really a wonderful discussion really appreciate all of our guests today and the perspectives and the memories that were shared as well. Priceless. Priceless to hear the thoughts of so many people, as well as the caller that we took as well. So once again, I'd like to thank our guests, John red House, Marley Shaba, David Korea, and Jennifer denel for sharing their memories and insights on the legacy of Larry kas. Join us here at native America calling again tomorrow as we take a look at a new large scale oil drilling proposal on the Arctic slope of Alaska. 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