For The Oklahoman A conversation with Phil Busey, co-founder and CEO of Delaware Resource Group (DRG), a Native American-owned aerospace industry federal defense contractor. He discussed with his perspective as a Native American business owner.
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Q: What are your Native American roots?
A : I am a member of the Cherokee Nation and also the Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma, headquartered in Bartlesville. I am honored to be a member of these tribes. My Native American heritage is extremely important to me. It is a heritage that from an early age to become an advocate for Native American rights and opportunities. Our Native American heritage is inspiring and part of the fabric of our collective history.
Q : You’re a member of both tribes?
A: Yes. I have dual tribal memberships. I am honored to be a member of both tribes. The Delaware were originally known as Lenape. My great, great, great-grandfather was born on an Indian Reservation in Sandusky, Ohio in 1808. As with the Cherokee and all tribes, the Lenape have their own “Trail of Tears” removed by the federal government seven times from their home in eastern Pennsylvania. Finally, to Indian Territory and the Cherokee Nation after the Civil War. There were about 25,000 Lenape in 1780. By 1880 3,000. Twenty-seven treaties with the tribe were broken by the federal government.
As with many tribes, these people were removed from sacred homelands westward […]