...according to some Cherokee tribal leaders.
I hear rumors that this guy was an Italian!
MSNBC, the "Face of Diversity", reports on the Noble Red Man who, incidentally, used to own the Noble Black Man:
OKLAHOMA CITY — 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.
Always interesting to see how lily white liberals view one oppressed group of people that oppresses another oppressed group of people.
"...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."
You know, some have been so cynical as to suggest that this wasn't about any kind of "racial purity" at all, but rather, how the benefits that accrue to Native Americans from the government, casinos, oil, etc. are divvied up by the tribal members.
Personally, I'm shocked. Shocked! That any of you would think this way!
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.
Well, and then there's that!
MSNBC, the "Face of Diversity"
Cross posted at Proof Positive