Indians Speak With Forked Tongues: Evicting Blacks from the Tribe

The Cherokee nation is going to evict all black folk from their official registries because they aren’t Indians. But this is a violation of a treaty with the United States because slaves owned by Indians after the Civil War were taken to live on Cherokee lands.

From Reuters here:

The nation’s second-largest Indian tribe said on Tuesday that it would not be dictated to by the U.S. government over its move to banish 2,800 African Americans from its citizenship rolls.

The dispute stems from the fact that some wealthy Cherokee owned black slaves who worked on their plantations in the South. By the 1830s, most of the tribe was forced to relocate to present-day Oklahoma, and many took their slaves with them. The so-called Freedmen are descendants of those slaves.

After the Civil War, in which the Cherokee fought for the South, a treaty was signed in 1866 guaranteeing tribal citizenship for the freed slaves. The U.S. government said that the 1866 treaty between the Cherokee tribe and the U.S. government guaranteed that the slaves were tribal citizens, whether or not they had a Cherokee blood relation.

The African Americans lost their citizenship last month when the Cherokee Supreme Court voted to support the right of tribal members to change the tribe’s constitution on citizenship matters. The change meant that Cherokee Freedmen who could not prove they have a Cherokee blood relation were no longer citizens, making them ineligible to vote in tribal elections or receive benefits.

This is about elections and benefits, and the blacks are on the losing end of this. I don’t really have an opinion on this- just noting it for the lulz. I’m just shocked that there are still Indians out there. Thanks to the NCAA and whining ninnies who think that anyone wearing feathers and a leather jacket may offend Indians, the next generation of Americans will likely not envision Indians as a brave, hearty race of people. They will only be seen for what they are today- a sad race of poor casino owners, who evict blacks from their land. Sound harsh? Then you must not have been to the Native American Museum in Washington DC.

UPDATE: Rush Limbaughs suggests that it would be hilarious if Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton marched on the Cherokee. I agree.

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