Nevertheless and Notwithstanding.
In the United States Capitol Building’s National Statuary Hall, two statues represent each state. They honor individuals notable for their histories and character. Two celebrated Cherokee citizens appear for Oklahoma. Will Rogers’ progressive populism lurked in a lot of his signature stock material and was bread and butter for most of his contemporary Oklahomans. Shortly after statehood was granted to Oklahoma by Congress in 1907, Rogers quipped,“We spoiled the best territory in the world to make a state.” Rogers was a staunch proponent of separate statehoods for Oklahoma and Indian territories. His father, Clement Vann Rogers, the namesake of Rogers County in northeast Oklahoma, served five terms in the Cherokee Senate and was a member of the 1905 Sequoyah Convention agitating for separate statehood in Indian Territory. The Cherokee Kid, with his progressive politics, joins another progressive agitator at the nation’s capital. - Read more at: http://thislandpress.com/10/10/2013/nevertheless-and-notwithstanding/#sthash.ehAkk8sS.dpuf