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    Second-Largest U.S. Indian Tribe Expels Slave Descendants

    SOURCE --> REUTERS http://news.yahoo.com/second-largest-u-indian-tribe-expels-slave-descendants-011650136.html

    Second-largest U.S. Indian tribe expels slave descendants
    By Steve Olafson | Reuters

    OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The nation's second-largest Indian tribe formally booted from membership thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma more than 170 years ago by Native American owners.

    The Cherokee nation voted after the Civil War to admit the slave descendants to the tribe.

    But on Monday, the Cherokee nation Supreme Court ruled that a 2007 tribal decision to kick the so-called "Freedmen" out of the tribe was proper.

    The controversy stems from a footnote in the brutal history of U.S. treatment of Native Americans. When many Indians were forced to move to what later became Oklahoma from the eastern U.S. in 1838, some who had owned plantations in the South brought along their slaves.

    Some 4,000 Indians died during the forced march, which became known as the "Trail of Tears."

    "And our ancestors carried the baggage," said Marilyn Vann, the Freedman leader who is a plaintiff in the legal battle.

    Officially, there are about 2,800 Freedmen, but another 3,500 have tribal membership applications pending, and there could be as many as 25,000 eligible to enter the tribe, according to Vann.

    The tribal court decision was announced one day before absentee ballots were to be mailed in the election of the Cherokee Principal Chief.

    "This is racism and apartheid in the 21st Century," said Vann, an engineer who lives in Oklahoma City.

    Spokesmen for the tribe did not respond when asked to comment.
    The move to exclude the Freedmen has rankled some African American members of Congress, which has jurisdiction over all Native American tribes in the country.

    A lawsuit challenging the Freedman's removal from the tribe has been pending in federal court in Washington, for about six years.

    As a sovereign nation, Cherokee Nation officials maintain that the tribe has the right to amend its constitutional membership requirements.

    Removal from the membership rolls means the Freedmen will no longer be eligible for free health care and other benefits such as education concessions.

    (Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Greg McCune)

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    The Cherokee were forced to accept the Freeman as members after the Civil War, punishment for supporting the Confederacy. I think a few other tribes were punished likewise. It will be interesting to see if the Cherokees get away with this.
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    It's always interesting to see how Indians manage their own affairs. I was watching a doc about a band here in Canada that was going through the process of determining for themselves who was and was not a member. A number of residents on reserve were told to leave. One, who according to the band was only something like 38% Indian, was quite upset and insisted that she still considered herself a true Indian and a member of the band. So these people who have always complained about the racism that they've experienced at the hands of the whites, when given the power to do so by the government, implement a draconian racial policy of their own. Talk about hypocrisy...

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    While I am no big fan of the injuns..... I have to say can you blame them for wanting to rid themselves of these entitlement grubbing negroes.

    Oh, I forgot only us Germanics can be racist[sarcasm].
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    I say good for them. Ridding their tribe of undesirables. If only we had the power to do the same...

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    Blacks are not native americans, what is the problem?
    weel nich will dieken dej mot wieken

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    So-called Native Americans are not "natives" either. It's a shame that the courts have bought into this myth and are systematically changing their status to reflect that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ocko View Post
    Blacks are not native americans, what is the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    The Cherokee were forced to accept the Freeman as members after the Civil War, punishment for supporting the Confederacy. I think a few other tribes were punished likewise. It will be interesting to see if the Cherokees get away with this.
    They're a sovereign nation, so...
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    So little - monkey, thieving - paws and cuckoo -in-the-nest are no longer Indian? maybe bows and arrows are going to be the weapons of choice 'in da hood' this year.

    Can't blame the tribesmen. They not dumb. is it possible to scalp a negro? that frizz'd make one hell of an ugly rug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gardisten View Post
    So-called Native Americans are not "natives" either. It's a shame that the courts have bought into this myth and are systematically changing their status to reflect that.
    There is nothing wrong with other races trying to maintain racial purity. It's only racist when Whites do it. Gosh!

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