Cockfighting not wanted on reservations
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2002:
CARNAGIE, Okla.–Oklahoma voters are expected to approve an
anti-cockfighting initiative on November 5 by a 2-1 margin, say
recent polls– and Native Americans are not going to help
cockfighting continue, tribal leaders warned in September, after
informants within the Oklahoma Gamefowl Breeders Association told
Kiowa attorney Jon Wyatt that someone was trying to sell members
permits to fight cocks on Native American reservations.
“Someone could try it,” Caddo Tribe chair LaRue Parker told
Ron Jackson of The Oklahoman. “But my God, I sure hope not.
Cockfighting goes against everything that is sacred to Indians. We
are the keepers of the land and protectors of the animals.”
Kiowa Tribe chair Clifford McKenzie pledged that any evidence
he discovered linking the Kiowa to cockfighting would be “turned over
to the proper federal authorities” for prosecution.