Published on January 10, 2012 by Carol
In 1933, Mr. Meyers was appointed chief of the Mission Indian Agency of Southern California, and he worked in that position until he retired. He died in 1971 at 91 years.
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In 1972, he was inducted posthumously into to the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame, Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas.
Charismatic and a naturally-gifted athlete, John Meyers was a media sensation in his time and used his American Indian ethnicity, raw talent and personality to win over fans and the respect of his contemporaries…he enjoyed a great deal of celebritism throughout his lifetime
At the turn of the 20th century in John Meyers’ sports heyday (1900-1920), the United States was still very much racially segregated and its laws flagrantly discriminated against non-white people in America.
In fact, the United States Bill of Rights itself originally included protection for white men ONLY — it excluded most other races and ALL women. Native American Indians could not become US citizens until the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 was signed into law by President Calvin Coolidge.
Voting rights for American Indians in the US came much later than citizenship — it wasn’t until about 1960 that Native Americans could vote in every state. Even white women couldn’t vote in national elections until after the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was passed in 1920.
The first “Negro” MLB player, Jackie Robinson, didn’t play in Major League Baseball until 1947 because racism in professional American sports prevented Blacks from entering the league…