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Judge transfers Cherokee Nation's Freedmen suit to court in DC (07/07)
A lawsuit filed by Cherokee Nation against the Freedmen will be heard in federal court in Washington, D.C., a judge ruled last week. The tribe sued the Interior Department and five individual Freedmen in the Northern District of Oklahoma. But...

Five Civilized Freedmen seek a share of Cobell settlement (05/25)
Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes say they deserve a share of the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. The Freedmen are descendants of slaves that were held by the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminoles nations....

Cherokee critic announces retirement from Congress (02/15)
Rep. Diane Watson (D-California), who criticized the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma for its treatment of the Freedmen, will retire from the U.S. House this year. Watson, 76, sponsored several bills to cut federal funds to the tribe unless the Freedmen,...

Tim Giago: Cherokee Nation fights termination effort (02/08)
How many of you know that a U. S. Congresswoman from California has twice tried to terminate the federal status of the Cherokee Nation? It may be the first and only time such an event has occurred. Representative Diane Watson...

Candidate supports Cherokee Nation on Freedmen (12/14)
Felton Newell, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, says Congress should not intervene in the Cherokee Freedmen dispute. Newell is challenging Rep. Diane Watson (D-California), who has sponsored bills to cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation unless the...

DOJ won't pursue treatment of Freedmen for now (11/24)
The Department of Justice won't investigate how the Five Civilized Tribes are treating their Freedmen, citing pending litigation on the controversy. In a letter to Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma), Assistant U.S. Attorney General Ronald Weich...

Cherokee Nation to contribute $54K to politicians (11/19)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma approved $54,000 in contributions to political candidates and political action committees. The tribe's Executive Finance Subcommittee will donate $2,400 to Democrat Felton Newell and $5,000 to New Leadership PAC for Newell. Newell is running in...

Kevin James: Jim Crow still alive in Indian Country (10/22)
"On June 18 the U.S. Senate passed Resolution 26, which apologized “for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans” but precluded reparations. Rather than pass a disclaimer disguised as an apology for slavery, the U.S. Senate should instead end Congress’...

Ron Daniels: Congressman turns back on Freedmen (09/22)
I visited You Tube the other day and was absolutely stunned to see the venerable Congressman John Lewis addressing the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma as the Keynote Speaker for their National Holiday gathering in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There stood Congressman...

Cherokee chief defends exclusion of Freedmen (09/11)
The status of the Freedmen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma was debated at the Federal Bar Association meeting on Thursday. The Freedmen are the descendants of former slaves whose present-day citizenship in the tribe has been the subject of...

Federal Bar Association set for annual meeting (09/09)
The Federal Bar Association hosts its annual meeting and convention in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this week. Five panels feature Indian law topics. Attendees will discuss criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country, the Cherokee Freedmen and the U.S. Supreme Court among other...

Opinion: Cowards and the Cherokee Freedmen (08/21)
"With his reaction to the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, President Obama diverted attention from his ill-formed healthcare agenda by throwing racism into the mix. We all know how that turned out and since the American people were not silenced,...

Cherokee Nation court hears Freedmen dispute (07/27)
A Cherokee Nation judge heard arguments in a dispute over the citizenship of the Cherokee Freemen. The Freedmen are the descendants of former African slaves. They say they were made citizens of the tribe through an 1866 treaty. The Cherokee...

Cole opposes latest Cherokee Freedmen bill (06/16)
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma), the only Native American in Congress, opposes a new bill that would cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma until the Freedmen are restored to citizenship. Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, called...

Cherokee Freedmen bill introduced again (06/15)
Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) has once again introduced a bill to cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma until the Freedmen are restored to citizenship. Watson and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus say the Cherokees violated...

Opinion: End disparate treatment of Freedmen (06/15)
"The disparate racial treatment of Native American Freedmen began and must end with Congress, not the courts. Congress created the Dawes Rolls under the Allotment Act of 1887 to document tribal citizenship. The rolls discriminated against African-Native American offspring by...

Opinion: Treaties and the Five Civilized Tribes (06/09)
"The recent letter from six members of Congress to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for an investigation of the “Five Civilized Tribes” illustrates ignorance regarding the non-Indian descendants of freedmen who were citizens of Indian nations between 1866 and the...

Freedmen protest honoring of Cherokee Nation chief (06/05)
The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association held a protest outside an Oklahoma hotel as Cherokee Nation Chief Chad Smith was being recognized as "Ambassador of the Year" by Red Earth. Protesters said Smith doesn't deserve...

Editorial: 'Shameful' posturing on Freedmen issue (05/07)
"U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, wants the federal government to apologize to American Indian tribes for the wrongs the government has perpetrated against them through the years. There have been many, to be sure. The apology Boren is proposing "doesn’t...

Boren and Cole oppose Freedmen investigation (05/06)
Rep. Dan Boren (D-Oklahoma) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) are asking the Obama administration not to investigate the treatment of the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. Boren and Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, say an investigation threatens...

African-American lawmakers seek Freedmen probe (05/05)
Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are asking the Obama administration to probe the treatment of the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. After the Civil War, the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations signed treaties...

Creek man denied citizenship due to Freedmen link (02/27)
An Oklahoma man continues to fight for citizenship in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation even though the tribe says he doesn't qualify. Ron Graham's father was an original enrollee, spoke fluent Muscogee and participated in tribal ceremonies. But because he...

Cherokee Nation seeks clarity in Freedmen dispute (02/16)
The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma wants to clarify once and for all who is entitled to citizenship. The tribe acknowledges it previously extended citizenship to anyone with an ancestor the Dawes Roll. But now it says members must have an...