Marty Two Bulls, ‘Born Martian’

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Marty Two Bulls
9/14/11

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nanaiya
Well Marty, all I can say is, what a disappointment this cartoon is. I have generally find artists to be among those people in this world who don't look at the world in such a limited way. In order for this cartoon to be correct, you need another person in the picture-one who is half human and half martian. Please stop perpetuating this racist lie. Many Freedmen are also Indians by blood.
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m2bulls
Nanaiya There will always be disputes about tribal enrollment and I'm afraid there always will be. But as sovereign tribes they have the right to set the standards of enrollment into their tribes. All I’m saying is you have to be born Native, the United States government can’t legislate you Native. Thanks for your comments!
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nanaiya
You are missing something Marty. The reality is, that Cherokee/African descendants were not eligible to be on the by blood Rolls unless their Indian parent was alive at the time of the Dawes Rolls. Even when the Indian parent was alive they were often relegated to the Freedmen Rolls. As you can probably imagine, many people who might have survived died on the Trail of Tears or lived shortened lived because of the hardships they fared on the Trail and living in Indian Territory. Most by blood Freedmen (my own personal term addressing both blood heritage and legal status as freedmen) were children of Indian Fathers and African or African/Indian Mothers. There were more than a few Cherokee/African couples who could not marry and their children were relegated to the Freedmen rolls as well because those marriages would have been illegal (I won't even go into how wrong and not even close to Traditional that was!). Considering that there are people on the Freedmen roll who were 3/4 Cherokee/Choctaw/Chickasaw/Creek/Seminole by blood and people who were 1/256 Choctaw/Chickasaw/Creek/Cherokee/Seminole on the by blood Rolls shows in my opinion that this is indeed a racist issue. If you look into the Dawes Equity or Joe and Dillard Perry cases you will find more than 2000 cases of people who were relegated to the Freedmen Rolls who were in fact Indians by blood fighting for their Citizenship. Marty, I must say I am delighted to see that you have given this issue some serious thought. And I agree, by blood Freedmen are not Freedmen, they are illegally and legally disenfranchised Citizens of their respective Nations be it Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw or Muskogee Creek. We should recognize all those with Indian blood on the Dawes Rolls, including those who were rejected because of their race and/or marriage status of their parent. In other words, all Indians by blood relegated to the Freedmen Rolls and those who were the product of a union between unmarried parents. It is quite simply the right thing to do, and would put and end to the disputes between those who want to oust all Freedmen and want only Indians by blood in their Tribes.
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m2bulls
Nanalya Sorry for your disappointment. I had thought about a half-Martian but the cartoon was very complicated as it is. As I understand it the Freedmen that have Cherokee blood are not being excluded from the rolls, also by having native blood they are not Freedmen. It only applies to people who are not Cherokee. Is there something I’m missing?
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ethnosify
The incumbent runner Chad Corntassel Smith, is accused of being a so-called racist by his opponent B J Baker in the CNO election. Baker, who fosters fear with encouragement from Wash D. C. and BIA, is using this card to try to get a swing on the vote. His voters have in depth statements like " all the blacks will vote the same way " There is no such thing as all people of one race thinking or being all the same. And furthermore, no one person can be a citizen member of Cherokee Nation Tribe unless they can prove blood relation back to Cherokee bloodline census, no matter WHAT color they may be.

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