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Cherokee Chief not ready to end fight to keep out Freedmen

The chief of the Cherokees is advocating the tribal council reverse the highest tribal court’s ruling that freedmen were illegally denied tribal citizenship.

Freedmen, descendants of freed slaves who joined the Cherokees in the 1800s, are to be recognized as citizens with privileges, under the tribal constitution, the Judicial Appeals Tribunal ruled last week.

Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Freedmen to let judge decide citizenship

n 2007, Cherokee Nation citizens voted to kick out descendants of Freedmen and other non-Indians. The dispute has been in and out of the courts ever since.

The Cherokee Nation and descendants of black slaves once owned by its citizens, now known as Freedmen,  are asking a federal court to sort out their longstanding dispute over tribal citizenship rights.

Cherokees must recognize Freedmen, tribunal rules

Cherokee Freedman retain tribal citizenship under the tribe’s 1975 constitution and are legally entitled to vote, the tribe’s highest court ruled 2-1 Tuesday.

Cherokees to Vote: Can Freedmen be Native American?
Cherokees Vote Out Slaves’ Descendants
Customs agents lack cultural awareness and respect for Indian tribes along the US-Canadian border
Government returns confiscated eagle feathers to tribal religious leader after 9 years
Heroin ring indicted on Minnesota reservations
Medford ceremony kicks off Native American peace gathering
More Than 100 Native American Tribes Consider Growing Marijuana
Native Actors Walk off Set of Adam Sandler Movie
Native american bone marrow donors needed
Off reservation Santee Sioux members seeking voting rights
Oregon State Board of Education rules Indian Mascots have to go
Pope plans to make California priest a saint: Is he a Saint or sinner?
Senator McCain’s record on Indian gaming is complicated
Tribal court rules in favor of “Freedmen”
Tribes prohibiting gay marriage
Tribes Win Landmark Child Welfare Case
Utah’s Navajos are leading a push to create the Bears Ears National Conservation Area
Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian tribe granted federal recognition