Cherokee Nation Reject The Memberships Of Black Slave Descendants

 

Cherokee Nation Reject The Memberships Of Black Slave Descendants

 (Racism And Money Among Native Indian Tribes) 

By Chance Kelsey, Chancellorfiles.com
 
Chance: In OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA on Saturday March 3, 2007, the Cherokee nation voted to pull the memberships of freed slaves. The Cherokee and many other Native American Indian tribes had slaves during the time period when blacks were slaves in America. The majority of black slaves in America were owned by white slave holders. The term freedmen are used by Native American tribes to describe black slaves who belonged to Native Indian tribes but were later freed from slavery by their Native American Indian slave owners. These freedmen were then given full membership into the tribe. The descendants of freedmen were allowed to continue being members of the tribes there forefather were members of. Today the term freedmen and freed slaves are used interchangeable. Many Cherokee Indians showed up and voted whether to take away the memberships of the freedmen. It was a democratic election that allowed the members to choose the fate of who would remain apart of the Cherokee nation.  

 In March 2006 a ruling by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court  that said an 1866 treaty assured freedmen descendants of tribal citizenship. And, now one year (March 4, 2007) later the Cherokee nation voted to no longer include freedmen as tribal members.    

           ‘Right to vote’

The list of descendants stems from the Dawes Commission, established by Congress more than 100 years ago.
It created what are known as the final rolls, establishing different categories including: "blood" Cherokee, Cherokee freedman (of African descent), Cherokee by intermarriage and Delaware Cherokee.
Principal Chief Chad Smith said about 8,700 people had voted—more than the turnout for the Cherokee constitution vote of four years ago.
He said: "The Cherokee people exercised the most basic democratic right, the right to vote.

 
The Election Results Will Be Finalized On March 12, 2007

Cherokee Nation spokesman Mike Miller said Sunday that election results will not be finalized until after a protest period that extends through March 12. Services currently being received by freedmen descendants will not immediately be suspended, he said.
“There isn’t going to be some sort of sudden stop of a service that’s ongoing,” Miller said. “There will be some sort of transition period so that people understand what’s going on.”

In a statement late Saturday (March 4, 2007), Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith said he was pleased with the turnout and election result.

Chad Smith: "Their voice is clear as to who should be citizens of the Cherokee Nation," Smith said. "No one else has the right to make that determination. It was a right of self-government, affirmed in 23 treaties with Great Britain and the United States and paid dearly with 4,000 lives on the Trail of Tears."

Chance: I say that, the black slaves that the cherokee owned paid their way to gain membership into the cherokee nation because they were held as slaves by the cherokee. 

A similar situation occurred in 2000 when the Seminole Nation voted to cast freedmen descendants out of its tribe, the freedmen protested the election vote. The United States government would not recognize the election and the government ultimately cut off most federal programs to the Seminoles. Also the government no longer allowed (authorized) the Seminoles to conduct gaming (casinos and gambling etc). Ultimately, the Seminole freedmen were allowed back into the tribe, and the government re-established the Seminoles benefits and programs.

These problems with Indian tribes and black tribal members didn’t start until the United states government started offering money, programs, medical help, gaming (casinos etc), and housing. So anyone can clearly see that it’s all about money the fewer members the more money to spread around. I have seen many people who are clearly White men and White women but they claim they are Native American. When you look at them they look nothing like a Native American Indians, but yet these whites are given full membership into the various Indian tribes. Many Native Americans are mixed with white, black, Hispanic, or some other racial group. It is rare to find a full blooded Native American who is not mixed with another racial group. Many tribal leaders of the Native American tribes are mixed with another ethnicity — and don’t look like full blooded Native Americans. Money and racism are two of the major reason why blacks lost their membership in the Cherokee nation. I feel that some Native American are little ashamed that their ancestors possessed black slaves. Because it allows whites too say to the Native Americans we both were guilty of possessing black slaves. Whites then can look at Native Americans and say you claim we whites oppressed you but yet, you also possessed black slaves and slavery is a form of oppression.

These freedmen should remain apart of the Cherokee and their memberships reinstated.    

By Chance (Chancellor)

Written during the 21st century by Chance


  1. Denise

    MY MOTHER IS OF BLACK, NATIVE AMERICAN, AND DUTCH LINEAGE. I ALMOST CRIED WHEN I READ THIS ARTICLE, BECAUSE MY MOTHER IS PROUD OF HER NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY.

    THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO TAKE THEIR NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY SERIOUSLY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT TOO MANY PEOPLE CLAIM NATIVE AMERICAN ANCESTRY FOR SUPERFICIAL REASONS, SUCH AS TRYING TO PROVE THAT THERE LONG OR “GOOD HAIR”COME FROM THE “INDIAN IN THEIR FAMILY”. I WISH THAT MOST AMERICANS READ THIS, BECAUSE I AM SICK AND TIRED OF SOME OF THESE “GHETTO” BEHIND FOLKS CLAIMING “INDIAN” ANCESTRY WHEN THEY HAVE NONE, A WEAVE YES, “INDIAN” NO, LOL.

    WHEN PEOPLE LIKE MY MOTHER WHO ACTUALLY HAVE NATIVE AMERICAN LINEAGE THEY ARE LAUGHED AT BECAUSE, PEOPLE FOR SO LONG HAVE CLAIMED IT WITH NO PROOF.

  2. Chance

    @ Denise,

    I agree many blacks and whites claim native American and have no proof, when you look at their phenotype (the way they look) you often don’t see any Native American in them. It is considered very ice to have Native American inside of you, and this is one of the reasons many whites choose to say they have it.

  3. Goddess Complex

    Dear Chance,
    I overstand your pain in reference to this article nevertheless the truth is the so-called Cherokee are no more or no less (AFRICANS) who inhabited this portion of the earth,some by means of Guyanna etc.etc.The traditions like clotheing,ceremony,dance all are african,there were even (pyrimids) here in the America’s (mound pyrimids) to be exact which were destroyed by pale Europeans. Ok Ok I know Im long winded but my point is there are only (TWO) people on the planet, regardless to what you may have been taught to believe. eighter your ==>Original or of a =>>Mutated gene lets keep everything in perspective. Simly put it was the (African)who seeded and civilized the entire world-period! take it for what it is or leave it alone. To be quite honest im sick to my stomach with that -good hair bs because original hair contains the (9Ether) and thats why it curls to the scalp resembling the 9,that and the factor of climate.Good hair is hair that is well kept and clean bad hair is the lack of in some cases and unclean hair.To make matters worst we now have some fake ass so-called indians who have federal I.D. cards telling original people who and what they are in 2007. This is an outrage,these devils have decieved the whole world thats why the so-called Cherokee still refer to themselves as Cherokee instead of Annadaka.In ending I’d like to say I dont need f’in proof that Im original meaning 1st all I have to do is look at my hands typeing this reply.Shaking my head at stupid endoctrinated slave madness in 2007.

  4. Chance

    Goddess Complex,

    Thanks for your input, do you study ancient Egyptian history from a black perspective?

    hours and horus

    The Ancient Egyptian religion




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