• Oklahoma can’t cancel the First Amendment.
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    Oklahoma can’t cancel the First Amendment.

    Peggy Fontenot: I was born an American-Indian. I’ve always been an American-Indian, and I’ve always identified as such. Under the Oklahoma law, I’m being prohibited from doing that, and it’s unconstitutional. It’s my right to identify with who I am. I’m a member of the Patawomeck, which is a state-recognized tribe in Virginia, and my documentation goes back to the 1600s. Caleb Trotter: Peggy Fontenot is an award-winning photographer and American-Indian artist who specializes in bead jewelry. Oklahoma’s new law has restricted the ability of artists like Peggy, who are members of state-recognized tribes, to be able to truthfully explain and describe and market their art as American-Indian made. This…