Letter: Cherokee Freedmen dustup about sovereignty not race

"Bill John Baker says Chief Chad Smith caused this problem over the freedmen descendants. A Baker supporter, Councilwoman Fishinghawk, started the petition to vote on freedmen. In 2007, a majority of Cherokee citizens voted against continuance of services to those freedmen descendants who were not Cherokee blood — a requirement for any other person to verify their inheritance for citizenship.

A district judge was to assess this decision. He is know

n as a supporter of Bill John Baker. Good sources state this judge deliberately held the decision, after the first election, since Baker had gained the freedmen votes. The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court finally received this judge’s brief in August, which provided a limited time to make a decision. Their final decision was to stay with the Constitution, which states that the Cherokee Nation citizens’ votes must stand."

Get the Story:
Julie Kiddy-Ross: It’s sovereignty issue not politics or race (The Muskogee Phoenix 9/22)

More Letters:
L.G. Goodnight: Baker campaign gets down and dirty (The Muskogee Phoenix 9/22)
K.G. Kaad: Cherokees should dig out real truth

Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Decision:
Cherokee Nation Registrar v. Nash (August 22, 2011)

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