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Heavens to Murgatroyd! It’s Charles Curtis, acrylic on masonite, 24"x20"

Although not widely acknowledged, the Unites States has already had a Native American vice-president, Charles Curtis, who served under Herbert Hoover. Of Kaw, Potawatomi, and Osage descent, Curtis' first language was Kaw. He was raised in a tipi on the Kaw Reservation by his grandparents, who later sent him East to get an education. He segued from being a jockey to a reporter to a lawyer to a congressman to a senator and became Vice President in 1929. Curtis is a direct descendant of White Plume and Pawhuska. One reason why Curtis is not spoken of very frequently is he authored the Curtis Act, which enabled the allotment of the Five Tribes' lands and disabled their governments and courts. Curtis was a Progressive, following the assimilation views of his times. On the plus side, he introduced the Women's Suffrage Amendment, the Anti Child Labor Amendment, and Native American Suffrage, so he wasn't a complete creep.

Curtis' escort is Snagglepuss, a pink mountain lion introduced by Hanna-Barbera in 1959.






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