The most telling sentence in this article is "Cowan-Watts at a whopping 1/256 and Poteet at 1/32 Cherokee by blood via their CDIBs, had insured the largest disenrollment of any tribe in history." Besides having been owned like cattle or sheep by Cherokees with the full approval of the Cherokee Nation, the Freedmen loyally marched and died beside their Cherokee owners 1800 miles on the Trail of Tears and helped scratch out an existence for the Cherokee People in the foreign "Indian Territory." So great was the loyalty of the Freedmen to their Cherokee masters that even after they were made citizens of The Cherokee Nation in accordance with an act of the Cherokee National Council in 1863, they still fought alongside their former Cherokee masters, against their own best interests for the Confederacy, the side the Cherokees chose to support in the Civil War. The Cherokee Nation is not exempt from the great law of cause and effect in the world. As every other slaveholding nation on Earth has learned before them, once The Cherokee Nation decided to walk down that dark repugnant road of human bondage, it made a wicked deal, forfeiting a piece of its sovereignty in the bargain.
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 17:03