The Two Lives of Herman Cain

On June 20th, Herman Cain attended Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa. Cain tweeted a photo of himself and others, all not wearing masks, in the VIP section of the rally. On July 2nd it was reported that Cain had been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

Information Overload

I’m currently running the beta version of iOS 14 so every time I run across something I haven’t seen before I’m not entirely sure if it’s new or if it’s just a feature I’ve never bothered to find before now. In exploring the beta I found this option within Safari’s settings:

Taylor Swift’s Quarantine Album

When Taylor Swift writes songs the usual response is to go to Dylanologist levels of reading and interpretation to figure out who’s the subject of the veiled song. Which relationship went bad? Who’s the new significant other? Swift has both acknowledged the semi-autobiographical nature of many of her songs, while also noting the taxing nature of having the songs so intently scrutinized for every little clue.

McGirt’s Importance

This Atlantic piece is a good overview of the legal overview of McGirt: At least with respect to Indian law, several tribal attorneys told me, this Supreme Court might just be the Gorsuch Court. Tribal attorneys “will be quoting that decision for the rest of our lives,” Riyaz Kanji, the lawyer who argued the McGirt case on the tribe’s behalf, told me.

Sovereignty Upheld

I am not by any stretch of the imagination a legal scholar, nor do I have a particular specialty in allotment and Oklahoma statehood era Indigenous issues. Being a historian of Indigenous America I am however pretty familiar with the fundamental issues at stake in the McGirt case handed down today by the Supreme Court.