Cherokee Judge Grants Citizenship to Freedmen

Cherokee Judge Grants Citizenship to Freedmen


A Cherokee Nation District Court judge has granted tribal citizenship to about 2,800 Cherokee Freedmen. In the Treaty of 1866, following the Civil War, the United States made freed slaves citizens of the Cherokee nation; in the Dawes Rolls, published in 1907, Cherokee citizens with any African blood were designated Freedmen and listed as such without blood quantum. The arrangement persisted until 2007, when the Cherokee Nation voted for an amendment to the Cherokee Nation constitution that denied freedmen citizenship. Applications for tribal citizenship, which had been suspended, will start being processed within a month; the Cherokee Nation may file an appeal.

Tulsa World: Judge grants Cherokee citizenship to non-Indian freedmen

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Submitted by nanaiya on
This article is hogwash. Anyone who has done even an hour of research would know that 1. many Freedmen are Indian by blood and 2. by Treaty in other words binding US and Indian Congressional Law, Freedman are INDIANS. Indian Country, I expect better!!!! Nanaiya

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Submitted by jrobertson on
The term "non-Indian Freedmen," used in the Tulsa World article to which we linked, is inaccurate and should not have been repeated. It implies that none of the Freedmen are in any way of Indian descent. Undoubtedly a great deal of them are. The issue before the Cherokee nation court isn't Indian-ness; it is Cherokee citizenship and whether the Cherokee nation can revoke it. Freedmen were granted Cherokee citizenship in the Treaty of 1866 and listed by name, without blood quantum, on the Dawes Rolls published in 1907. We have corrected the text above.