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Ouster of Cherokee Freedmen an issue in California



Members of the Cherokee Nation who live in California are concerned about an upcoming vote that would deny citizenship to African descendants.

The potential ouster of the Freedmen was an issue as Cherokees met in Orange County, California, on Saturday. Chief Chad Smith, who called for the vote, spoke at the event.

The tribe's top court ruled that the Freedmen couldn't be denied citizenship so long as their ancestors appeared on the Dawes Roll. Smith and others have contended that membership should be linked to documentable Indian blood.

The election is scheduled to take place March.

Get the Story:
Cherokee event creates unity, controversy (The Orange County Register 1/14)
Raising a new nation (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 1/15)
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Court Decision:
Vann v. Kempthorne (December 19, 2006)

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:
Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes - http://www.freedmen5tribes.com
Freedmen Conference - http://www.freedmenconference.com

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