THE FOLLOWING QUOTES WERE PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO I SENT THE ENTIRE FINAL EDIT OF THE BOOK TO:
This work is tremendously important and will become more so, not only to “non-federal” tribes, but to the history of native peoples worldwide and specifically to the history of American Indians… For over twenty years, Cedric has worked to bring attention to the many “non-federal’ tribes, focusing on the many small groups in the southeast who were not removed during the 1830’s, but still maintain their tribal heritage. They have survived neglect, atrocities and injustices and continue to face discrimination by the status quo image of “federally recognized Indians as the only real Indians.” What he has accomplished on this topic is unparalleled. The Washington bureaucrats should read Sunray’s book—a well-researched and deeply felt account and a powerful story that needs to be told.
----Jacqueline Anderson Matte – Historian and author of They Say the Wind is Red- The Alabama Choctaw Lost in Their Own Land
“Cedric Sunray has revealed a suppressed history. From Social Reality to Legal Fiction exposes a part of the overlooked continuing plight of historically documented non-federally recognized American Indian tribes. The author, who is the last member of a non-federal tribe to attend Haskell, explains how the divisive revisionist history, driven by a politically targeted convenient amnesia, has impacted the lives of traditional tribal people who are a part of the American Indian boarding school legacy. While highlighting Mr. Sunray's own people, the MOWA Choctaw, this book celebrates the tenacity of self reliant tribal communities, condemns the fallacious assumption that the measure of American Indian authenticity is federal recognition, and indicts irrational federal policies and misguided American Indian collaborators for denying the facts of history and promoting an oppressive "caste system" within Indian County that undermines all American Indian Nations. This is a crucial contribution to the ongoing effort to dividing fact from fiction in preserving the true story of the American Indian.”
Pastor John Norwood (Nanticoke/Lenape)
Co-Chair; Task Force on Federal Acknowledgment
National Congress of American Indians
THE FOLLOWING QUOTES WERE PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUALS WHO I SENT A FEW CHAPTERS TO FROM THE BOOK (They have not received a copy of the final book edit, just a few chapters)
This is extremely valuable scholarship, and could represent a significant contribution to our understandings of these communities, the schools, and changing federal policies/practices of defining "Indian-ness" over the past century or more.
K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Creek)
Fall Term 2011 On Leave from Univ. of Arizona
Gordon W. Russell Visiting Professor
Native American Studies
Author of They Called It Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School
I know you are researching and writing an important chapter of Native American history. Equally important, you are a teacher and you share your research with your students… Please let me know when your book comes out. I would like to buy a copy and get one for our UCR Library… You are doing important research.
Clifford Trafzer (Wyandot)
Costo Professor of American Indian Affairs
University of California Riverside
Author and Editor
… it’s obvious that you have some incredibly important research on the education history of non-federally recognized tribes. Clearly, this is a story that deserves to be told.
University Press of Kansas