Don Surber: Charles Curtis, the Indian who became vice president

“With the loss of the presidency for Republicans came a loss of assimilation for Indians. FDR and the Democrats restored the tribes in 1934. Charles Curtis died two years later. Indian Charley had made his mark on history for the good, only to see it erased by those who believe the Indian’s place is on the reservation — not the White House.

Liberals can sneer all they want at assimilation, but tell me, is there any American Indian holding federal office today who grew up on a reservation? ”

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