Cherokee Nation Kicks Out Blacks

A stop sign at the Cherokee reservation

The Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation has revoked the citizenship of thousands of so-called “Freemen,” the African desendents of slaves owned by Cherokees 170 years ago, because they do not have Cherokee blood.

The Tuesday ruling upholds a 2007 constitutional amendment requiring all members of the Cherokee Nation to have at least one ancestor with Cherokee blood. The ruling strips the Freemen of their Cherokee nationhood and forbids them from voting in tribal elections and access to Cherokee rescources.

Those rescources would presumably include the tax-free profits from casinos the Cherokee Nation runs on their reservation. Freemen descendents would qualify to share in the wealth if classified as Cherokee citizens.

When the Cherokee were forcibably marched to what is now Oklahoma during the “Trail of Tears” of 1838, many Beringians who owned plantations in the South brought their African slaves with them. After Blacks were freed when the Civil War ended, a treaty signed in 1866 made those newly-freed slaves official members of the Cherokee Nation.

Reunion of Cherokee Confederates in 1903

Some 2800 African-American descendants are registered as members of the Cherokee Nation under that treaty. Another 3,500 have tribal membership applications pending, and there could be as many as 25,000 eligible to enter the tribe.

Marilyn Vann, the Freedman leader who is a plaintiff in the legal battle, blasted the ruling as “racism and apartheid in the 21st Century.”

Marilyn Vann (L) leads Freemen descendents in a protest last April.

“Our ancestors carried the baggage,” Vann told Reuters.

Dianne Hammons, Attorney General of the Cherokee Nation, told local televsion news channel FOX-23 that the ruling allows the tribe to “determine for themselves who is Cherokee.”

“You have to be Indian [sic] to be a member of an Indian [sic] tribe,” she explained.

19 comments

  • LMAO Now UF’s “Warrior Woman” won’t get any Beringian Bucks and will have to work the 2nd shift at the local strip club!

    • the so called native americans we all learned about in ”school” really come from Siberia/Russia so who are the real aboriginal black/copper colored people C.Columbus said he saw when he arrived In America?

  • GOOD! Now all those goddamn niggers who say “Ise gots me Indian blood” will have to STFU!!!!!!!!!

  • Naw, she’ll just schedule some more “spank” sessions with UF’s “brother”. ROFLMAQ!

  • Jeff from Torontostan

    Love to see this stuff, “political correctness consumes it’s own children”!

  • Finally Frank can agree with a berengian

  • Hey Honkeys: Don’t laugh so hard!! They still get Affirmative Blacktion. That’s a heap more than we get which is STUGOTS!!

    • ” They still get Affirmative Blacktion. That’s a heap more than we get ”
      How about white skin privilege.

  • Which side will the ACLU come down on?

  • Henry H. Pinkham from Pretoria

    It is the right of every nation or Volk or ethnic group to decide who is part of them and who isn’t..
    The whites in the US made the mistake of not forming a seperate Volk. They included all races and flavors into their country. They confused country and nation, and now what do you have? A bastardised nation which is a threat to the white race.

    The Cherokees are not going to make the same mistake.

    Good for them!

  • Henry, at the time of the American Civil War (1861) the population of the entire US was 31 million people. Of that total 4 million were African slaves. They hadn’t been asked to be brought to our shores but they were – starting in 1619. The blacks have “dibs” on American society.

  • The headline, “Cherokee Nation Kicks Out Blacks,” is factually incorrect. Black Cherokees who can prove their Cherokee ancestry on the Dawes Rolls are fully enrolled members of the tribe.

    This recent court ruling only affects the Cherokee Freedmen descendants who do have any ancestors on the Cherokee Dawes Rolls.

  • Sorry…
    “This recent court ruling only affects the Cherokee Freedmen descendants who do NOT have any ancestors on the Cherokee Dawes Rolls.”

  • U look at comments thees PPL do not like Black folk that the reson why it posted hear,

  • “Our ancestors carried the baggage,” …so what do you want? to be tipped for the rest of your life?!?

  • Where’s Sharpton and Jackson about this? Is it because they know they will get their asses handed to them?

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