By Wyatt Earp | September 14, 2011
The Cherokee Nation is cleaning house, and if they have their way, African-Americans will be shown the door. Apparently, they didn’t appreciate the fact that freed slaves received tribal citizenship after the Civil War.
It only took them 146 years to complain. Well played, guys.
The nation’s second-largest Indian tribe said on Tuesday that it would not be dictated to by the U.S. government over its move to banish 2,800 African Americans from its citizenship rolls.
“The Cherokee Nation will not be governed by the BIA,” Joe Crittenden, the tribe’s acting principal chief, said in a statement responding to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The reaction follows a letter the tribe received on Monday from BIA Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, who warned that the results of the September 24 Cherokee election for principal chief will not be recognized by the U.S. government if the ousted members, known to some as “Cherokee Freedmen,” are not allowed to vote. (H/T – C/A)
This move also assures that Freedmen will not be eligible for tribal benefits. What those are, exactly, is anyone’s guess.