Scott Kayla Morrison, (1951 – 2000)
Scott Kayla Morrison, Attorney and Author, grew up on her grandmother’s allotment in the old Choctaw Nation, OK, where her family has been living since the Trail of Tears in the 1830s.
In early August, 2000, Scott purchased a rifle. On August 8th her body was found by local authorities.
A month earlier, Morrison was in New York explaining to an audience that there is no guarantee of freedom of press, speech, or assembly on reservations…but that there is retribution against the families of those that speak out against tribal governments. She said she feared for her life and the Choctaw knew she was here “telling on them.” 30 days later back in Oklahoma she was found shot dead. The local sheriff ruled the death a suicide with a rifle.
Morrison, a member of the Oklahoma Choctaw tribe, was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1990 Phillip Hubbard Human Rights Award.
Morrison graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in writing. Morrison then attended the University of Iowa Law School where she was President of the American Indian Law Student Association. While at UI, she was a research assistant to Professor Robert Clinton, a leading Indian law scholar, and did …
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