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Cherokee Freedmen dispute appears headed toward resolution

A long-running dispute over the status of the Freedmen within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma could be headed toward resolution in federal court.

The Freedmen are the descendants of former African slaves who were granted citizenship by an 1866 treaty. The tribe now says it can change its membership criteria to exclude them.

Citing the treaty, the Obama administration is siding with the Freedmen. A federal judge in Oklahoma is due to rule on the dispute in the coming months.

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Tribe Fights With Slaves' Kin (The Wall Street Journal 7/17)

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