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Oklahoma tribes still struggling with Freedmen citizenship issues
Law | National
Oklahoma tribes still struggling with Freedmen citizenship issues (August 31, 2016)
The Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation remain in limbo while the Freedmen of the Seminole Nation are still being denied certain services.

Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience
Cobell Lawsuit & Settlement | Law | National | Politics | Federal Recognition | Trust
Supreme Court nominee comes with some Indian law experience (March 16, 2016)
Judge Merrick Garland has heard a number of big Indian law cases but didn't write the decisions in any of them.

Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans fought for their survival
Opinion
Gyasi Ross: African and Native Americans fought for their survival (February 10, 2016)
Make no mistake: there are folks and institutions that profit when people of color fight each other.

National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic
Law | National | Politics
National campaign launched to stop tribal disenrollment epidemic (February 9, 2016)
A prominent coalition of activists, artists and at least one elected tribal leader joined a campaign aimed at putting an end to the controversial practice.

Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit
Law | Trust
Federal judge dismisses Freedmen historical accounting lawsuit (February 3, 2016)
Leatrice Tanner-Brown, whose grandfather was a Freedman of the Cherokee Nation, failed to demonstrate standing in her case against the Interior Department.

Steve Russell: Indian fighters take aim at tribal disenrollments
Opinion
Steve Russell: Indian fighters take aim at tribal disenrollments (August 24, 2015)
After over 100 years of tutelage by the U.S., Indians are still unable to govern themselves in a manner that protects everybody.

Steve Russell: The hypocrisy of race and Cherokee citizenship
Opinion
Steve Russell: The hypocrisy of race and Cherokee citizenship (July 28, 2015)
One of the whitest Indian nations by blood is now litigating to expel its black citizens, many of whom have more Cherokee blood than the white citizens so eager to see them expelled.

Four groups in Oklahoma seeking federal recognition through BIA

Four groups in Oklahoma seeking federal recognition through BIA (July 3, 2015)
Only one group -- the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band -- appears to be actively working on a petition.

Documentary about Freedmen struggle premieres in Oklahoma
Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
Documentary about Freedmen struggle premieres in Oklahoma (June 18, 2015)
The Freedmen are fighting to retain citizenship rights in the Cherokee Nation.

Indian attorneys take a stand and denounce tribal disenrollment
Law | National | Politics
Indian attorneys take a stand and denounce tribal disenrollment (April 13, 2015)
With the federal courts and the Bureau of Indian Affairs unlikely to intervene, the National Native American Bar Association is calling on lawyers to address the situation.

House moves quickly on bill to renew Indian housing programs
Law | National | Politics
House moves quickly on bill to renew Indian housing programs (March 24, 2015)
Supporters are hoping the Senate moves quickly because the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act expired in September 2013.

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure
Law | National | Politics
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (September 26, 2014)
From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.

Dan Littlefield: Freedmen deserve Cherokee Nation citizenship
Opinion
Dan Littlefield: Freedmen deserve Cherokee Nation citizenship (July 15, 2014)
Dan Littlefield discusses the controversy over Freedmen citizenship within the Cherokee Nation.

Radio: Cherokee Freedmen cite treaty in fight over citizenship
Law | National
Radio: Cherokee Freedmen cite treaty in fight over citizenship (June 16, 2014)
Cherokee Freedmen await decision from federal judge on their citizenship status.

Courtland Milloy: Cherokee Nation seeking to exclude Freedmen
Opinion
Courtland Milloy: Cherokee Nation seeking to exclude Freedmen (May 7, 2014)
Washington Post columnist covers the Freedmen dispute involving the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Federal judge hears arguments in Cherokee Freedmen dispute
Law | National
Federal judge hears arguments in Cherokee Freedmen dispute (May 6, 2014)
A federal judge heard a lawsuit that will determine whether the Freedmen are entitled to citizenship within the Cherokee Nation.

Federal judge reschedules hearing for Cherokee Freedmen case
Law | National
Federal judge reschedules hearing for Cherokee Freedmen case (April 7, 2014)
A highly anticipated hearing in the Cherokee Freedmen case has been rescheduled.

Cherokee Freedmen eager for court hearing in citizenship case
Law | National
Cherokee Freedmen eager for court hearing in citizenship case (March 10, 2014)
The Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma are preparing for a hearing in a lawsuit that could finally resolve their citizenship rights.

Obama supports Freedmen in dispute with Cherokee Nation
Law | National
Obama supports Freedmen in dispute with Cherokee Nation (February 3, 2014)
The Freedmen have a right to belong to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Obama administration said in a court filing.

Judge sets  oral arguments in Cherokee Nation Freedmen suit
Law | National
Judge sets oral arguments in Cherokee Nation Freedmen suit (September 18, 2013)
A federal judge will hear argument in the Cherokee Nation Freedmen dispute on April 28, 2014

Freedmen leader eager for resolution of long-running dispute
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Freedmen leader eager for resolution of long-running dispute (September 17, 2013)
Marilyn Vann, the president of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, is eager for resolution of a long-running dispute involving the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Parties seek decision on status of Cherokee Nation Freedmen
Law | National
Parties seek decision on status of Cherokee Nation Freedmen (September 16, 2013)
A federal judge is being asked to decide on the status of the Freedmen within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Losing candidate takes Cherokee Freedmen dispute to court
Law | Politics
Losing candidate takes Cherokee Freedmen dispute to court (July 2, 2013)
A Cherokee Nation Tribal Council candidate who lost his race filed a challenge in tribal court over the rights of the Freedmen.

Cherokee Nation candidate  appeals ruling in election dispute
Law | National | Politics
Cherokee Nation candidate appeals ruling in election dispute (June 21, 2013)
A candidate for the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is asking the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene in an election this Saturday.

Cherokee Nation candidate loses bid to halt vote for Freedmen
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Cherokee Nation candidate loses bid to halt vote for Freedmen (June 19, 2013)
A candidate for the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council lost his attempt to delay an upcoming election in order to resolve Freedmen citizenship issues.

Cherokee Nation candidate seeking to join Freedmen dispute
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Cherokee Nation candidate seeking to join Freedmen dispute (June 4, 2013)
A candidate for the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is seeking to join a lawsuit over the citizenship status of the Freedmen. Robin Mayes claims the Cherokee Nation is preventing Freedmen...

This Land: One man's fight for   Cherokee Freedmen justice
Law | National
This Land: One man's fight for Cherokee Freedmen justice (May 22, 2013)
This Land Magazine publishes a lengthy article about the Freedmen citizenship dispute within the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the role played by David Cornsilk, a tribal member: On an...

Freedmen   anticipate Cherokee Nation appeal to     Supreme Court
Law | National
Freedmen anticipate Cherokee Nation appeal to Supreme Court (March 14, 2013)
The president of the Descendants Of Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes expects the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Freedmen citizenship dispute....

DC Circuit won't reconsider decision in Cherokee Freedmen suit
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DC Circuit won't reconsider decision in Cherokee Freedmen suit (March 13, 2013)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals won't reconsider a decision that said the leader of the Cherokee Nation can be sued for by Freedmen descendants. The tribe asked the court...

Opinion: Cherokee Freedmen controversy goes back a century
Opinion
Opinion: Cherokee Freedmen controversy goes back a century (February 18, 2013)
"Following on the heels of the Emancipation Proclamation, in February 1863 the Cherokee Nation declared that all slaves within its limits were “forever free.” In 1983, the descendants of these...

Jay Daniels: Cherokee Nation should determine its citizenship
Opinion
Jay Daniels: Cherokee Nation should determine its citizenship (January 25, 2013)
"I have always been proud to be a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. I wasn’t looking for benefits, or because it was trendy, I’ve received no other tribal...

DC Circuit allows suit against Cherokee chief in Freedmen case
Law | National
DC Circuit allows suit against Cherokee chief in Freedmen case (December 14, 2012)
The chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma can be sued by Freedmen descendants, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. The tribe cannot be sued due to sovereign...

DC Circuit taking  up long running Cherokee Freedmen   lawsuit
Law
DC Circuit taking up long running Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit (October 17, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments tomorrow in Vann v. Salazar, a Cherokee Freedmen case Marilyn Vann, the president of the Descendants Of Freedmen Of The...

DC Circuit set to hear appeal in one Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit
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DC Circuit set to hear appeal in one Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit (July 30, 2012)
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is set to hear oral arguments on October 18 in Vann v. Salazar, a Cherokee Freedmen case. Marilyn Vann, the president of the Descendants...

Cherokee Freedmen dispute appears headed toward resolution
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Cherokee Freedmen dispute appears headed toward resolution (July 17, 2012)
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...

Cherokee Nation awaits decision in Freedmen citizenship dispute
Law | National
Cherokee Nation awaits decision in Freedmen citizenship dispute (July 3, 2012)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is hopeful for resolution on the citizenship status of the Freedmen, Chief Bill John Baker said. Tribal members voted in 2007 to deny citizenship to...

Freedmen attorney claims Abramoff influenced BIA position
Abramoff Scandal | Law
Freedmen attorney claims Abramoff influenced BIA position (March 14, 2012)
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff influenced the Bush administration to reverse its stance on a Cherokee Nation election in which the Freedmen weren't allowed to vote, an attorney for the Freedmen...

Opinion: Tribes in Oklahoma struggle to deal with Freedmen
Opinion
Opinion: Tribes in Oklahoma struggle to deal with Freedmen (March 8, 2012)
"There has been an ongoing controversy carried in various of the media outlets - it seems most particularly in the daily newspaper - about the quest of the tribal “freedmen,”...

Freedmen, ousted from Muscogee Nation, seek recognition
Federal Recognition
Freedmen, ousted from Muscogee Nation, seek recognition (February 9, 2012)
The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen have filed a federal recognition petition with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Freedmen were part of the Muscogee Nation under an 1866 treaty. But...

Campaign: How Bill John Baker won Cherokee Nation election
Opinion | Politics
Campaign: How Bill John Baker won Cherokee Nation election (February 6, 2012)
"The race to head the Cherokee Nation isn’t typically a contest favorable to the use of more traditional campaign techniques—new media, direct mail and phones. So the question for our...

Julianne Jennings:   Cherokee Freedmen struggle continues
Opinion
Julianne Jennings: Cherokee Freedmen struggle continues (January 31, 2012)
"It has been one year since the descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen won their long dispute against a constitutional amendment that terminated them as citizens from the Dawes Rolls—only later...

Cherokee Nation won't drop lawsuit over Freedmen citizenship
Law
Cherokee Nation won't drop lawsuit over Freedmen citizenship (November 29, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma won't drop a lawsuit against the Freedmen descendants, the tribe's attorney general said. The tribe sued the Freedmen during the administration of former chief Chad...

Rep. Barney Frank due  to retire from Congress after 16 terms
Politics
Rep. Barney Frank due to retire from Congress after 16 terms (November 28, 2011)
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) plans to retire from Congress after 16 terms in office, a move that could affect tribal interests. Frank is the top Democrat on the House Financial...

Cherokee Nation chief mindful of funding in Freedmen dispute
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Cherokee Nation chief mindful of funding in Freedmen dispute (November 8, 2011)
The new leader of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma says maintaining federal funding is his primary concern in the dispute over the Freedmen. Chief Bill John Baker, whose ceremonial swearing-in...

Cherokee Nation regains access to $40M in housing funds
Law | National | Politics
Cherokee Nation regains access to $40M in housing funds (October 28, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma once again has access to federal housing funds. As part of a court order, the tribe agreed to reinstate the Freedmen, who are the descendants...

Kenneth Cooper:  Cherokee Freedmen awaiting   new era
Opinion
Kenneth Cooper: Cherokee Freedmen awaiting new era (October 26, 2011)
"Like other descendants of Cherokee Freedmen, ancestors who were once the tribe's slaves, I am cheered that longtime Chief Chad Smith lost the recent election. Smith has crusaded against the...

Editorial: Cherokee Nation    moving forward with new chief
Opinion
Editorial: Cherokee Nation moving forward with new chief (October 24, 2011)
"The election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation is over — finally. Incumbent Chad Smith has exhausted a final appeal and conceded the election to challenger Bill John Baker....

BIA welcomes resolution of Cherokee Nation chief election
Law | National | Politics
BIA welcomes resolution of Cherokee Nation chief election (October 21, 2011)
The Obama administration congratulated Bill John Baker for winning election as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. The Bureau of Indian Affairs threatened to ignore the results of...

Takeaway: Freedmen fight for Cherokee Nation citizenship
National
Takeaway: Freedmen fight for Cherokee Nation citizenship (October 20, 2011)
"White Americans were not the only ones who kept black slaves in the pre-Civil War era. Until an 1886 treaty that freed their slaves, black slavery was also a part...

Bill John Baker sworn in as new leader  of Cherokee Nation
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Bill John Baker sworn in as new leader of Cherokee Nation (October 20, 2011)
Bill John Baker was sworn in as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma on Wednesday evening. Baker scheduled the impromptu ceremony after the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court...

Cherokee Nation Supreme Court weighs appeal in election
Law | National | Politics
Cherokee Nation Supreme Court weighs appeal in election (October 19, 2011)
The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court has until Thursday to decide whether to accept an appeal from Chad Smith, who lost his re-election bid for principal chief. Smith lost to Bill...

Opinion: Carter Center observes Cherokee Nation election
Opinion
Opinion: Carter Center observes Cherokee Nation election (October 19, 2011)
"The Cherokee Nation had difficulty electing its principal chief, so much so that members called in the Carter Center to observe the most recent vote and judge whether it was...

Ousted Cherokee Nation leader  files appeal over election
Law | National | Politics
Ousted Cherokee Nation leader files appeal over election (October 18, 2011)
Chad Smith lost his re-election bid for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma but he's appealing the results. Smith lost to Bill John Baker by more than 1,500...

Letter: Acting Cherokee Nation chief defies tribe on Freedmen
Opinion
Letter: Acting Cherokee Nation chief defies tribe on Freedmen (October 17, 2011)
"Acting Chief Elect Joe Crittenden should respectfully submit his resignation. How many more times will the Cherokee people put up with having their sovereign rights disregarded, disrespected and denied when...

Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation  joins the disenrollment club
Opinion
Cedric Sunray: Cherokee Nation joins the disenrollment club (October 17, 2011)
"A few weeks ago, I read the following paragraph in an NPR article about the Cherokee Freedmen: “This is not a club; you can’t just claim to be Cherokee and...

Opinion: Another view on the Cherokee Nation Freedmen flap
Opinion
Opinion: Another view on the Cherokee Nation Freedmen flap (October 13, 2011)
"During the summer weeks, we were given a barrage of radio, TV, newspaper and sign advertisements for various candidates for “Tribal” or “nation” government chief elections. In some cases, the...

Bill John Baker  certified as winner of Cherokee Nation election
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Bill John Baker certified as winner of Cherokee Nation election (October 13, 2011)
It's official -- Bill John Baker will be the new principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Following a three-day counting process, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission certified the...

Turtle Talk: Cherokee Nation court inflames Freedmen dispute
Law | Opinion
Turtle Talk: Cherokee Nation court inflames Freedmen dispute (October 13, 2011)
"The real question becomes, then, will the vote tally seeming to favor Bill John Baker be sufficient to make irrelevant the votes of the descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen, hopefully...

Kimberly Horton: Cherokee Nation, racism and the Freedmen
Opinion
Kimberly Horton: Cherokee Nation, racism and the Freedmen (October 12, 2011)
"The Cherokee Nation based out of Tahlequah, Oklahoma has decided to strip “Freedmen” of their Cherokee rights and to expel them from their nation. Freedmen are African American descendants of...

Bill John Baker set to become new leader of Cherokee Nation
Law | National | Politics
Bill John Baker set to become new leader of Cherokee Nation (October 12, 2011)
Bill John Baker has won election as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, according to unofficial results. The Cherokee Nation Election Commission on Wednesday said Baker received...

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