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Cherokee Freedmen protest ouster from tribe


Cherokee Freedmen descendants held a protest outside the federal building in Tulsa on Friday to protest their removal from the Cherokee Nation.

The Freedmen are in federal court to halt federal funding to the tribe. They are also in tribal court to stop an upcoming tribal election in which they will not be allowed to vote.

The Freedmen have already been told they are going to lose their tribal benefits. They say an 1866 treaty protects their right to be citizens of the tribe.

Get the Story:
Freedmen descendants rally against Cherokee vote (The Tulsa World 5/13)

Court Briefs:
Motion for Preliminary Injunction (May 8, 2007) | Memorandum in Support (May 8, 2007)

BIA Letter:
Carl Artman to Cherokee Chief Chad Smith (March 28, 2007)

Sovereign Immunity Court Decision:
Vann v. Kempthorne (December 19, 2006)

Jim Cason Letter:
Cherokee Nation Constitution (August 30, 2006)

Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal Decision in Freedmen Case:
Allen v. Cherokee Nation (March 7, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Cherokee Nation - http://www.cherokee.org
Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes - http://www.freedmen5tribes.com
Freedmen Conference - http://www.freedmenconference.com

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