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