Musical not your father's Oklahoma!

Today's intersection: four groups in Oklahoma seeking federal recognition meet a musical.
The United Band of the Western Cherokee Nation, the Cheyenne Nation, the United Chickamauga Band and the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band have filed letters of intent, according to a 2013 list from the Office of Federal Acknowledgment. None appear to have advanced to a stage where they are close to a decision based on a summary of active cases. [Indianz]
Producer Gideon Lester explains: "There is no history of colonization or expansion or the building of nationhood that doesn't contain violence in it, and Oklahoma! dramatizes that. Now, it does it in a way that is sunny and funny and full of beautiful music. And that juxtaposition makes that violence even more disquieting." [NPR]

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