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    Cherokees Vote Out Slaves Descendants Cherokee Nation Members Revoke [the] Tribal Citizenship of the Freed slaves 2,800 [Mixed-Race] `Descendants By MURRAY
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      Cherokees Vote Out

      Slaves' Descendants




      Cherokee Nation Members Revoke [the]
      Tribal Citizenship of the  Freed slaves'
      2,800 [Mixed-Race] `Descendants'




      By MURRAY EVANS
      OKLAHOMA CITY -- March 4, 2007 (AP)




      Cherokee Nation members voted Saturday to
      revoke the tribal citizenship of an estimated
      2,800 descendants of the people the
      Cherokee once owned as slaves.

      With all 32 precincts reporting, 76.6 percent
      had voted in favor of an amendment to
      the tribal constitution that
      would limit
      citizenship to 'descendants' of
      ''by-blood'' tribe members ----
      as listed on the federal Dawes
      Commission's rolls from
      more than 100 years ago.


      The commission,
      set up by a
      Congress bent on breaking up
      Indians' collective lands
      and
      parceling them out to tribal citizens,
      drew up two rolls, one listing
      Cherokees by-blood and the
      other listing Freedmen,
      a roll of "blacks"---
      regardless of whether
      they had Indian blood.


      Some opponents of the ballot question
      argued that
      attempts to remove
      Freedmen from the tribe
      were motivated by racism
      .

      ''I'm very disappointed that people
      bought into a lot of rhetoric and
      falsehoods by tribal leaders,'' said
      Marilyn Vann, president of the
      Oklahoma City-based 'Descendants
      of Freedmen of Five Civilized Tribes'.

      Tribal officials said the vote was
      a matter of "self-determination".

      ''The Cherokee people exercised the most
      basic democratic right, the right to vote,''
      tribal Principal Chief Chad Smith said.
      ''Their voice is clear as to who 'should
      be' citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
      No one else has the right
      to make that determination."

      Smith said turnout -- more than
      8,700 --
      was higher than turnout
      for the tribal vote on the Cherokee
      Nation constitution
      four years ago.

      ''On lots of issues, when they go to
      identity, they become things that
      people pay attention to,'' Smith said.


       
      Cherokee Nation Principal Chief  Chad
      Smith is seen in his Tahlequah, Okla.,
      office in this July 6, 2006, file photo.
      Cherokee Nation members voted
      Saturday, March 3, 2007, to revoke
      the tribal citizenship of an estimated
      2,800 'descendants' of the people the
      Cherokee once owned as slaves.
      (AP Photo/File)

      The petition drive for the ballot measure
      followed a March 2006 ruling by the
      Cherokee Nation Supreme Court that
      said an 1866 treaty assured Freedmen
      descendants of tribal citizenship.

      Since then, more than 2,000
      Freedmen descendants have
      enrolled as citizens of the tribe.

      Court challenges by Freedmen
      descendants seeking to stop the
      election were denied, but a federal
      judge left open the possibility that
      the case could be re-filledif Cherokees
      voted to lift their membership rights.

      Tribal spokesman Mike Miller said the
      period to protest the election lasts until
      March 12 and Cherokee courts are
      the proper venue for a challenge.

      Vann promised a protest
      within the next week.

      ''We don't accept this
      fraudulent election,''
      Vann said.

      March 3, 2007 -- NY Times


      SOURCE:


      http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2922176 

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