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6/10/2019

press release Descendants of Freedmen to demonstrate on Friday
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Seminole and Chickasaw) and their supporters will demonstrate outside the...

5/12/2019

article ICYMI: Freedmen citizenship lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe rejected
(Oklahoma) -- A lawsuit from the descendants of black slaves who were once owned by members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and who are seeking citizenship in the tribe has...

5/10/2019

article Freedmen citizenship lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe dropped
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit from the descendants of black slaves who were once owned by members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and who are seeking...
article Freedmen citizenship lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe rejected
(Oklahoma) -- A lawsuit from the descendants of black slaves who were once owned by members of the Muscogee Creek Nation and who are seeking citizenship in the tribe has...

5/8/2019

article U.S. District Judge rules on Freedmen case
(Washington D.C.) -- A District of Columbia federal judge ruled May 6, in Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band case in which the Freedmen brought suit against U.S....

4/4/2019

article Bill To Restore Creek Freedmen Tribal Rights 'Long Overdue,' Supporters Say
(Oklahoma) -- A bill introduced to Congress could bring a big change to the Muscogee Creek Nation that some say is long overdue. The bill, written by Illinois Democrat...

4/2/2019

article Freedmen call for boycott of Creek Nation, laud federal resolution aimed at severing tribe's U.S. ties
(Oklahoma) -- A group of Creek Indian Freedmen have called for the boycott of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation amid endorsement of a U.S. House resolution that would sever...

3/11/2019

article Cherokee Freedmen urged to vote in CN election
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Freedmen who gathered March 9 at the Martin Luther King Community Center were urged to have their voices heard in the Cherokee Nation’s June...

2/26/2019

article Freedmen descendants set meeting
(Oklahoma) -- The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and their supporters will host their next meeting on Saturday, March 9, at at the...
article Freedmen leader pushes for visibility, justice in tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Marilyn Vann, president of Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, spoke Tuesday on women's contributions to the Cherokee Freedmen fight...

2/24/2019

article Three Forks History: Turner Devoted Decades to Freedmen Issues
(Oklahoma) -- Beginning around 1900, the Dawes Commission began the monumental task of allotting millions of acres of land to members of the Five Civilized Tribes....

12/12/2018

article Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Cherokee Nation high court's ability to set law
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs has told the Cherokee Nation it disagrees with the tribal high court's ability to establish laws, specifically in regard to...

8/17/2018

article Citizens respond to Creek Freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- The Creek Freedmen lawsuit has sparked debate as to what is the determining factor of Muscogee (Creek) citizenship and whether or not descendants of those...

7/31/2018

article Descendants of Freedmen to meet Aug. 18
(Oklahoma) -- The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and their supporters will host a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Muskogee at the...
article "Growing Up with the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War"
(Oklahoma) -- Our guest on ST is Kendra Taira Field, an assistant professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University...

7/26/2018

article 'Creek Freedmen' suing Muscogee Creek Nation for 'systematic' denial of citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys for a group of "Creek Freedmen" have announced a lawsuit against the Muscogee Creek Nation. The group, called The Muscogee Creek Indian...
article Freedmen File Lawsuit Against Muscogee Creek Nation Demanding Tribal Citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- A freedmen group has sued the Muscogee Creek Nation to regain status as part of the tribe. Freedmen are the decedents of slaves once held by the tribe. The...

5/25/2018

article CN Supreme Court dismisses Freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court on May 16 dismissed a case by eight CN citizens asking the court to compel Attorney General Todd Hembree to...

4/24/2018

article CN Supreme Court hears Freedmen ruling case
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s Supreme Court on April 20 heard arguments regarding Attorney General Todd Hembree’s decision not to appeal the federal...

2/23/2018

article Judge issues final judgment on Freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan issued a final judgment in the case of Cherokee Nation v. Nash, Vann and the Department of Interior on Feb. 20,...

1/16/2018

article Healing for the Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders are marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known...

1/6/2018

article Cherokee Nation’s legal struggle over Freedmen descendents ongoing
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s internal struggle involving the Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit continues to wend its way through tribal court, after a U.S. District...

12/13/2017

article DC Circ. Nixes Freedmen Descendants' Suit Against DOI [sub req]
(Washington) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday declined to revive a proposed class action, brought by descendants of slaves held by Native American tribes, claiming the U.S...

11/29/2017

article Slaves of the tribe: The hidden history of the Freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- Late last summer, after more than a decade of legal battles, a U.S. federal court ruled that the rights enjoyed by members of the Cherokee Nation also...

11/12/2017

article Freedmen, supporters plan next steps in tribal recognition process
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly 100 Freedmen and their supporters gathered in John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park Saturday to celebrate recent successes and mark a path forward...

11/11/2017

article Native American Freedmen Gather To Fight For True Equality
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of slaves owned by Native American tribes were in Tulsa Saturday calling for the right to tribal citizenship. Organizers said the event was all...

10/28/2017

article Cherokee Freedmen Celebrate Tribal Citizenship, Culture
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge recently ruled the descendants of slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have the right to tribal citizenship. On Friday, they...

9/15/2017

article Cherokee Nation: Extending citizenship to descendants of former slaves is 'the right thing to do.'
(Oklahoma) -- A decade after the Cherokee Nation voted overwhelmingly to deny citizenship for descendants of the people it enslaved, a district court judge has...

9/14/2017

article Belated constitutional justice for Cherokee slaves
(Oklahoma) -- A U.S. district court has ruled that descendants of Cherokee slaves have a constitutional right to be enrolled as full members of the Cherokee Nation....

9/12/2017

article Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Tribes Association to meet
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Tribes Association and their supporters will host a meeting Sept. 16, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community...

9/11/2017

article A federal court has ruled blood cannot determine tribal citizenship. Here’s why that matters.
(Washington D.C.) -- On Aug. 31, the rights of descendants of African Americans formerly enslaved by Cherokee Indians were vindicated. The U.S. District Court in...
article How a Court Answered a Forgotten Question of Slavery’s Legacy
(Washington D.C.) -- In recent weeks, as Americans across the country have engaged in debates about how the Civil War period is publicly commemorated, a quieter battle...

9/10/2017

article Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- It's official: a long-running dispute affecting the descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation is over. The tribe is accepting a...
article ROLO: Belated justice for Cherokee slaves
(Oklahoma) -- A U.S. district court has ruled that descendants of Cherokee slaves have a constitutional right to be enrolled as full members of the Cherokee Nation....

9/8/2017

article Opinion: Belated justice for Cherokee slaves
(Oklahoma) -- A U.S. district court has ruled that descendants of Cherokee slaves have a constitutional right to be enrolled as full members of the Cherokee Nation.

9/7/2017

article Cherokee Nation Accepting & Processing Freedmen Descendant Applications for Tribal Citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation registration office is processing tribal citizenship applications for Cherokee freedmen descendants following resolution of a decades-...

9/6/2017

article Cherokee Nation accepts court ruling and welcomes Freedmen for citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- It's official: a long-running dispute affecting the descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation is over. The tribe is accepting a...

9/4/2017

article Cherokee slave-owning legacy loses court battle; ‘freedmen’ gain citizenship
(Washington D.C.) -- The Cherokee Nation cannot deny membership to the descendants of Black slaves owned by the tribe and others like it, a federal judge ruled August 30...

9/3/2017

article US Rules Descendants of Cherokees' Former Slaves Have Full Tribal Rights
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan ruled Wednesday, Aug. 30, that Cherokee Freedmen have citizenship rights, settling the longstanding dispute...

9/2/2017

article Ruling: Cherokee Freedmen have right to tribal citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- A ruling is handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C. Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who were once owned by members of the...

9/1/2017

article Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree issues statement on Freedmen ruling
(Oklahoma) -- "The Cherokee Nation respects the rule of law, and yesterday we began accepting and processing citizenship applications from Freedmen descendants...

8/31/2017

article Freedmen win landmark ruling confirming right to Cherokee Nation citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- The descendants of former slaves held within the Cherokee Nation are entitled to tribal citizenship, a federal judge ruled in a long-running controversy...

3/2/2017

article History program traces Cherokee ties to slavery
(Tennessee) -- "Deeper Into Slavery," a 60-minute program at the Moccasin Bend National Archaeological District on Saturday, March 4, will explore the history...

1/6/2017

article Why Were My Freedmen Ancestors Split Between Tribes?
(USA) -- Dear Professor Gates: My ancestor Billy Postoak (aka Taylor and possibly Perryman) was born about 1820 in Alabama and was a slave of Taylor Postoak (Creek...

11/9/2016

article Tribal rights of Black Native Americans explored in new documentary
(Washington) -- A decades-long “epic civil rights battle” between one of the wealthier Native American tribes and its descendants is highlighted in a...

8/30/2016

article Part of the Tribe, But Shut Out
(Oklahoma) -- Freedmen is another term for descendants of former slaves. And in the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma, the question of their status within the tribes has...

8/10/2016

article Some Cherokee Freedmen are Citizens, While Others are Left Out
(Oklahoma) -- There’s an ongoing issue in the Cherokee Nation-it involves a group of people known as the Freedmen, ­ descendants of former slaves ­ who...

8/7/2016

article DANIELS: Are Freemen really free
(Oklahoma) -- I have been following the freedmen case closely for the past few years, but never publicly except for a New York film company’s documentary in 2013....

8/2/2016

article Freedmen Decision Hinges on Interpretation of 1866 Treaty
(Oklahoma) -- It’s arguably one of the more controversial issues in Indian Country-the case of the Freedmen-descendants of former slaves looking to gain...

6/2/2016

article Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen: ‘They basically voted us out’
(Washington D.C.) -- Five years after petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs for status as a separate tribe, members of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band remain...

2/23/2016

article In Limbo: Descendants of Cherokee Freedmen Seek Recognition
(Oklahoma) -- It’s one of the most controversial issues in Indian country, the issue of the Freedmen. Cherokee Freedmen were former slaves adopted into the...

2/3/2016

article No Dice for Families of Native Americans' Slaves
(Washington D.C.) -- Descendants of slaves owned by Native Americans cannot sue the federal government for allegedly collecting royalties on lands given to them post-...

7/20/2015

article Still Waiting: Cherokee Freedman Say They’re Not Going Anywhere
(Oklahoma) -- With the re-election of Principal Chief Bill John Baker, the controversy of whether the Cherokee Freedmen will maintain their status as citizens within the...

6/19/2015

article Topekan helps make announcement about Freedmen's Bureau Project, which helps African-Americans connect with ancestors
(Kansas) -- Topekan Sherri Camp on Friday joined other speakers in Los Angeles to announce the digital release of 4 million Freedmen’s Bureau historical records...

6/18/2015

article The Freedmen Fight for Tribal Citizenship in a New Documentary
(Oklahoma) -- “When you know what you really are and you haven’t been embraced or acknowledged, it’s horrible,” says Kenneth Payton, a descendant...

1/27/2015

article A story that ‘needed to be told’
(California) -- To Marcos Barbery, there was never any doubt the story of the Cherokee Freedmen was one he had to tell. “I was out in Oklahoma working on a...

8/26/2014

article Foxwoods opens new concourse of shops Friday
(Connecticut) -- A retail concourse in the works since last year at Foxwoods Resort Casino will get its official opening at 1 p.m. Friday next to Great Cedar Casino,...

7/14/2014

article Study of historical facts clarifies Freedmen citizenship issue
(Oklahoma) -- The controversy over Freedmen citizenship in the Cherokee Nation has led to misunderstanding and misstatement of historical facts.

6/14/2014

article Cherokee, slaves and tribal citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- It's a little known fact that Native Americans kept slaves. It's something that's been highlighted by a long running legal wrangle in which the...

5/27/2014

article Tribal attorneys argue Freedmen case before federal judge
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys for the Cherokee Nation presented oral arguments May 5 in front of U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan regarding the longstanding Cherokee...

5/13/2014

article Honor the Treaties: Cherokee Freedmen Complicate Native Rights Mantra
(Oklahoma) -- It was Monday, May 5 when news began to spread that Indian country had lost one of its greatest treaty rights activists, Billy Frank Jr. The 83 year-old...

5/7/2014

article COLUMN: The Cherokees: One nation, divisible? Judge will decide if black members can be expelled
(Washington D.C.) -- The scene inside the D.C. federal courtroom on Monday was as striking as the case being heard. Those seated on one side of the gallery appeared to...

5/5/2014

article Federal judge promises quick decision in Cherokee freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- After 11 years of sometimes contentious litigation, a federal judge said here Monday that he will soon decide whether the Cherokee Nation can bar...

4/7/2014

article Federal judge reschedules hearing for Cherokee Freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- A highly anticipated hearing in the Cherokee Freedmen case has been rescheduled. The hearing will now take place on Monday, May 5, at 9:30am in Courtroom...

3/8/2014

article Cherokee Freedmen Continue Fight For Citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- Close to 3,000 descendants of Cherokee Freedmen are counting down to a hearing before a federal judge in April. The group is fighting for the right to...

2/8/2014

article Interior Dept. seeks summary judgment in Cherokee freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- The Department of the Interior says certain descendants of black slaves once owned by some members of the Cherokee Nation should be afforded tribal...

2/4/2014

article DOI requests summary judgement in Cherokee Freedmen case
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of the Interior is requesting a summary judgment in a long-standing lawsuit over the tribal citizenship eligibility of the Cherokee...
article Federal Government Seeks Summary Judgment In Cherokee Freedmen Case
(Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has requested a summary judgment in a long-standing lawsuit over the tribal citizenship eligibility of the...

9/19/2013

article Date set in federal court for Freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a briefing schedule for summary judgement in the Freedmen and Cherokee Nation court case.

9/17/2013

article Cherokee Nation, freedmen descendants and U.S. government ask judge to rule on citizenship issue in lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and the descendants of slaves who have been suing the tribe for more than a decade have taken an extraordinary step to get a decision...

9/16/2013

article Cherokee Nation, freedmen seek legal answer to long-running dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee tribe, freedmen and the U.S. government ask a federal judge in Washington to resolve the key question in a lawsuit that is now more than a decade...
article Descendants of Cherokee slaves, joined by Okla. tribe, asking for citizenship ruling
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of black slaves once owned by some members of the Cherokee Nation — joined by the 320,000-member tribe itself — are both asking a...
article Oklahoma freedmen asking court for citizenship ruling
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and descendants of black slaves once owned by its members are asking a federal court to sort out their longstanding dispute over tribal...

6/14/2013

article Cherokee hopeful seeks court order / Candidate for Tribal Council wants tribe to process freedmen applications
(Oklahoma) -- A candidate competing for a Cherokee Nation Tribal Council post is seeking a court order requiring the tribe to process all pending citizenship...

6/4/2013

article Cherokee candidate wants in freedmen's lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- A candidate for a seat on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is seeking permission to intervene in a federal lawsuit expected to determine the citizenship...

5/21/2013

article Slave descendants seek equal rights from Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- On an oppressively hot evening last May, David Cornsilk addressed a room of so-called “black Indians” at Gilcrease Hills Baptist Church in...

3/13/2013

article Freedmen lawsuit rolling again
(Oklahoma) -- A lawsuit seeking re-establishment of citizenship rights possessed by descendants of former slaves held by members of the Cherokee Nation gained momentum...

3/12/2013

article Court denies Cherokee appeal on Freedmen ruling
(Washington D.C.) -- The District of Columbia circuit of the United States Court of Appeals denied a request Tuesday from the Cherokee Nation to rehear a decision to...

2/17/2013

article The Cherokees Free Their Slaves
(USA) -- Following on the heels of the Emancipation Proclamation, in February 1863 the Cherokee Nation declared that all slaves within its limits were “forever...

12/21/2012

article Appeals Court: Freedmen can sue principal chief
(Oklahoma) -- A federal court on Dec. 14 ruled that descendants of slaves who were owned by Cherokee Nation citizens can sue the tribe’s current chief in an...

12/20/2012

article D.C. Circuit Revives Cherokee Slaves' Case
(Washington D.C.) -- The D.C. Circuit reversed dismissal of a case against the Cherokee Nation, by descendents of its freed slaves who claimed the tribe disenfranchised...
article Slaves’ descendants can sue Cherokees over citizenship
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of slaves owned by members of the Cherokee Nation can sue the current chief in an attempt to restore their tribal memberships, a federal...

12/16/2012

article Cherokee Freedmen: Federal Ruling Approves Lawsuit Against Cherokee Nation Chief
(Washington D.C.) -- A ruling handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeal in the District of Columbia will allow the descendants of slaves once owned by the Cherokee Nation...

12/15/2012

article Cherokee freedmen ruling in D.C. case is overturned
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal appeals court on Friday brought back to life a lawsuit by Cherokee freedmen against the Cherokee Nation, reversing a lower court's...
article Freedmen have clear path for lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of slaves owned by members of the Cherokee Nation can sue the current chief in an attempt to restore their tribal memberships, a federal...
article Washington, D.C., appeals court rules for Cherokee freedmen
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal lawsuit filed here against the Cherokee Nation by the descendants of freedmen can continue even without the tribe's consent, a U.S....

12/14/2012

article DC Circuit allows suit against Cherokee chief in Freedmen case
(Washington D.C.) -- The chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma can be sued by Freedmen descendants, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today.
article Freedmen have clear path for lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of slaves owned by members of the Cherokee Nation can sue the current chief in an attempt to restore their tribal memberships, a federal...

10/16/2012

article Cherokee Freedmen Case Returns to Capitol Hill; US Circuit Court of Appeals Will Re-Hear Vann v. Salazar
(Washington D.C.) -- This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit will be the latest venue to hear arguments in the Cherokee...

10/8/2012

article Hembree updates council on Freedmen, UKB cases
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree on Sept. 27 provided the Tribal Council’s Rules Committee details about where cases involving the...

7/30/2012

article AG provides updates on Freedmen courts cases
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney General Todd Hembree told the Tribal Council’s Rules Committee on July 26 that there has been increased activity regarding two cases...

7/20/2012

article Freedmen anticipate winning citizenship rights
(Oklahoma) -- Area Cherokee Freedmen descendants gathered July 14 at the First Missionary Baptist Church to discuss the latest development in their fight for Cherokee...

7/19/2012

article OP/ED: In Cherokee freedmen case, two like-minded groups clash over tribal sovereignty
(Oklahoma) -- WHEN worlds collide. One politically connected, Democratic Party-leaning group is pitted against another in a landmark battle over race, heritage, tribal...

7/16/2012

article Tribe Fights With Slaves' Kin
(Oklahoma) -- An old dispute about whether the descendants of slaves freed by the Cherokee Nation more than a century ago qualify as members of the tribe is heating up...

7/5/2012

article DOI counter sues CN regarding Freedmen case
(Oklahoma) -- The Department of Interior filed a counterclaim against the Cherokee Nation on July 2 for a judgment stating that the 1866 Treaty “provided and...

7/4/2012

article Interior Department Moves To Stop Cherokees From Kicking Out Slave Descendants
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior has asked a federal judge for an injunction against the Cherokee Nation to prevent the tribe from denying tribal...
article Obama administration lawsuit could finally decide freedmen issue, Cherokee Nation says
(Washington D.C.) -- The Obama administration's move to force a judicial decision about Cherokee freedmen means a resolution may finally be reached in the long-...

7/3/2012

article US Countersues Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The United States has filed a countersuit against the Cherokee Nation in an ongoing federal case to determine Freedmen descendants' eligibility for...
article US Department of Interior files counterclaim against Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior filed a counterclaim against the Cherokee Nation in a federal lawsuit that seeks a declaratory judgment regarding the...

7/2/2012

article Department of Interior makes counterclaim in lawsuit over Cherokee Nation freedmen descendants
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior asked a federal judge for declaratory judgment and an injunction against the Cherokee Nation on Monday in an attempt to...

3/15/2012

article Freedmen attorney claims he is fighting for individual Indian rights
(Oklahoma) -- Attorneys litigating the ongoing Cherokee Freedmen case spoke during a law symposium held March 1 at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman,...

3/11/2012

article Tribes struggle with how to handle the Freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- There has been an ongoing controversy carried in various of the media outlets - it seems most particularly in the daily newspaper - about the quest of the...

1/31/2012

article JENNINGS: Cherokee Freedmen: One Year Later
(Arizona) -- It has been one year since the descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen won their long dispute against a constitutional amendment that terminated them as...

12/18/2011

article Cherokees and Freedmen Descendants: A Shared Past
(USA) -- There has been a lot of discussion about the Cherokee Freedmen and their descendants, but most of the talk centers upon Cherokee Nation sovereignty and the...

12/8/2011

article BLOG: Cherokee Nation v. Ketchum Cert Petition — ICWA Membership Issue
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and Britney Jane Little Dove Nielson (child’s mother) have filed a petition for cert in the Supreme Court of the Tenth Circuit...

11/25/2011

article Cherokees to continue with freedmen lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will continue to pursue a federal lawsuit against the Cherokee freedmen descendants as a matter of settling a multigenerational issue,...

11/6/2011

article Forum set in Little Rock on lawsuit by Cherokee freedmen seeking membership in tribe
(Arkansas) -- A forum is set in Little Rock on the effort by descendants of slaves owned by Cherokees who want to be included in the tribe. The Nov. 14 forum will be at...

11/5/2011

article Cherokee protest planned
(Oklahoma) -- A group of Cherokee citizens plan to protest the attendance of a federal official during the ceremonial inauguration of the tribe’s new principal...

10/31/2011

article HUD releases CN housing funds
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Thursday notified the Cherokee Nation the suspension on approximately $39 million in housing funds...

10/29/2011

article Cherokees to receive housing funds
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation will receive $39 million in federal housing funds that were frozen in September after about 2,800 freedmen descendants were removed...

10/28/2011

article $33 million in housing funding released to Cherokees
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Rep. Dan Boren said Friday $33 million in housing funding, frozen by a federal agency ...
article HUD releases $39 million to Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released $39 million in housing funds frozen after about 2,800 Cherokee freedmen were removed from...
article HUD releases nearly $40M to Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is releasing nearly $40 million to the Cherokee Nation after Oklahoma's largest American Indian...

10/25/2011

article COMMENTARY: Will Cherokee Freedmen Gain Tribal Rights?
(Oklahoma) -- Like other descendants of Cherokee Freedmen, ancestors who were once the tribe's slaves, I am cheered that longtime Chief Chad Smith lost the recent...

10/24/2011

article Elmhurst College President to address tribal membership conflicts in Evanston
(Illinois) -- Elmhurst College President S. Alan Ray, a Cherokee Nation citizen, will touch on race, tribal independence, and citizenship issues when he delivers the...

10/20/2011

article AUDIO: The Fight to Be Called Cherokee
(Oklahoma) -- White Americans were not the only ones who kept black slaves in the pre-Civil War era. Until an 1886 treaty that freed their slaves, black slavery was also...

10/19/2011

article COMMENTARY: Black Cherokees exercise hard-won right to vote
(Georgia) -- The Cherokee Nation had difficulty electing its principal chief, so much so that members called in the Carter Center to observe the most recent vote and...

10/18/2011

article THE PEOPLE SPEAK: Freedmen gave up Cherokee rights
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee freedman issue is not simple and straight forward. The Treaty of 1866 states that what we call today the freedman were to receive all the...

10/17/2011

article TURTLE TALK: New Scholarship on the Cherokee SCT Decision re Freedmen
(Washington D.C.) -- Darryl Omar Freeman has posted “Neo-Colonial Adaptation or Neo-Sovereignty: Oklahoma Cherokee/African Ancestry Freedmen Conflict” on...

10/15/2011

article Court-ordered mailings to Freedmen exceed $105,000
(Oklahoma) -- An Aug. 22 ruling by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court set off a chain of events that cost the CN more than $105,000 in mailing costs.

10/13/2011

article Column: Tribal membership can be a difficult situation
(Oklahoma) -- During the summer weeks, we were given a barrage of radio, TV, newspaper and sign advertisements for various candidates for “Tribal” or “...
article Commentary: Cherokee Nation SCT Quashes Injunction Issued by Federal Court in Cherokee Freedmen Case
(Michigan) -- Here is a link to the Cherokee court order, via Indianz, and a news article from an informer reader on the issue. The real question becomes, then, will the...

10/12/2011

article Freedmen putting faith in new Cherokee chief
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of black slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation said Wednesday that they hope to reopen a dialogue about their tribal citizenship...

10/11/2011

article Cherokee Freedmen encouraged by election of new chief
(Oklahoma) -- A longtime Cherokee tribal councilman has won the race for chief of the Oklahoma-based tribe, according to unofficial results released Tuesday — an...
article Cherokee Nation ignores ruling by its own Supreme Court-Freedmen votes to count
(Oklahoma) -- Just hours before unofficial results were expected in the Cherokee Principal Chief election, A ruling by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court could have...
article HUD funds for Cherokee Nation still frozen
(Oklahoma) -- Suspended housing funds meant for the Cherokee Nation following the Aug. 22 suspension of Cherokee Freedmen citizenship have not yet been allocated.

10/10/2011

article Who is a Cherokee? Tribal election could be decisive
(Oklahoma) -- More than 170 years ago the proud Cherokee people in the South were brutally driven into exile in Oklahoma along what became known as the Trail of Tears.

10/9/2011

article Cherokee Nation freedmen to meet in Bartlesville
(Oklahoma) -- Discussion of recent events affecting tribal citizen rights for the Freedmen Band of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is expected to occur during a meeting...

10/8/2011

article Freedmen rally outside Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Freedmen protested outside the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Muskogee on Friday, saying hundreds of Freedmen are still waiting on citizenship cards.

10/7/2011

article AG investigation clears Smith of accusations
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Attorney General Diane Hammons has cleared former Principal Chief Chad Smith of any wrongdoing regarding an alleged “backroom deal...
article Slave descendants fight to stay in Cherokee tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Nearly 3,000 people whose ancestors were enslaved by Cherokee Indians in the 1800s are fighting to keep their status as members of the tribe.
article Slave descendants fight to stay in Cherokee tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Charlene White didn't learn the whole story about her grandfather's secret number until she was 12. Prior to that time, she knew only that he had...

10/3/2011

article Judge tosses 1 of 2 suits over Cherokee freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge on Friday dismissed one of two lawsuits over whether black slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have the right to tribal...

10/2/2011

article Freedmen vow to fight on despite dismissal of case
(Oklahoma) -- Despite having one of their federal court cases dismissed Friday, the Cherokee freedmen descendants are not giving up their fight.
article Black Cherokee lose lawsuit but tribal citizen issue unsettled
(Oklahoma) -- An attorney for African-Americans in the Cherokee Indian tribe said on Saturday the legal campaign to stop the tribe from purging its citizenship rolls of...
article Freedmen to hold emergency meeting
(Oklahoma) -- An emergency meeting will be held today by Cherokee freedmen and their supporters. A federal judge in Washington has dismissed one lawsuit by the freedmen...

9/30/2011

article Judge tosses 1 of 2 suits over Cherokee freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- A judge has dismissed one of two lawsuits over whether black slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have the right to tribal citizenship.

9/27/2011

article Federal judge: Cherokees in contempt of court
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge on Monday held the Cherokee Nation in contempt of court for missing a court-ordered deadline. The tribe was ordered to notify more than 1,...

9/24/2011

article Column: Transmissions from a Lone Star: Cherokees versus African Americans in the 21st century
(Russia) -- Recently I saw a fascinating story in the news: the Cherokee Nation had just voted to expel the descendants of freed slaves from their tribe.
article Freedmen descendant says issue is still a struggle
(Oklahoma) -- Willadine Johnson, a Freedmen descendant from Kansas, City, Mo., has experienced a wide range of emotions since August. She was one of the 2,800 Freedmen...
article THE PEOPLE SPEAK: It’s sovereignty issue not politics or race
(Oklahoma) -- Bill John Baker says Chief Chad Smith caused this problem over the freedmen descendants. A Baker supporter, Councilwoman Fishinghawk, started the petition...

9/23/2011

article Fed order supercedes CN decision
(Oklahoma) -- Approximately 2,800 descendants of Cherokee Freedmen had tribal citizenship, including voting rights and other benefits, restored Wednesday, according to a...
article Freedmen to remain Cherokee Nation citizens until federal lawsuit is resolved
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal court order signed here Wednesday will guarantee about 2,800 freedmen are Cherokee Nation citizens until a long-running lawsuit is...

9/22/2011

article Cherokee Councilmen Alleges 'Backroom Deal' In Freedmen Case
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Tribal Councilman Chuck Hoskin Jr. accused the tribe's former chief of cloakroom double-dealings Wednesday. The allegations: Chad Smith...
article Tribal lawmaker seeks probe
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation lawmaker requested an investigation of an alleged “secret deal” that allowed “freedmen to remain tribal citizens in...
article Perspective on Mixed-Blood Natives: The Silence of Indian Country
(California) -- Cherokee culture was steeped deeply into the great Meso-American pyramid temple cities as early as 800 AD. When the Olmecs, Toltecs, Mayans and Aztecs...

9/21/2011

article Cherokee Nation negotiates deal with Freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee citizens expecting to learn the unofficial results in the special election for principal chief this Saturday will now have to wait until Oct. 8.
article Deal allowing freedmen to vote called milestone
(Washington D.C.) -- A last-minute agreement allowing nearly 3,000 descendants of slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation to vote for the tribe's...
article Freedmen citizenship restored and voting extended to Oct. 8
(Oklahoma) -- The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the Cherokee Nation and an attorney for the Cherokee Freedmen made a preliminary agreement...
article Freedmen voting agreement reached
(Oklahoma) -- Freedmen will get the chance to vote in the Cherokee Nation's special election this Saturday after an agreement filed Wednesday.

9/20/2011

article Cherokee tribe reaches agreement to reinstate 2,800 "Freedmen"
(Washington D.C.) -- The country's second-largest Indian tribe came to an agreement on Tuesday that could reinstate some 2,800 African Americans to the Cherokee...
article Federal judge to hear arguments in Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit
(Washington D.C.) -- A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will hear arguments this afternoon in a Cherokee Freedmen lawsuit. The Freedmen are the descendants of former...

9/19/2011

article Black Cherokees stripped of citizenship by tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Willadine Johnson has long been proud of being a black member of the Cherokee tribe. An ancestor was one of the slaves owned by Cherokee Indians, freed...
article Cherokee Nation Faces Scrutiny For Expelling Blacks
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma is risking millions in federal funding after its decision to expel about 2,800 African-American members. Known as Freedmen...
article Federal court order on ballots of slaves’ descendants could sway election for Cherokee chief
(Oklahoma) -- In a rare move by the government, a federal judge will delve in to the interworking of an American Indian tribe this week by deciding whether to allow the...

9/17/2011

article New York Times Debates Tribal Rights v. Racial Justice
(New York) -- The Cherokee Freedmen issue has been a topic of discussion over the past couple of weeks and with it Indian Country Today Media Network presents the latest...
article The Cherokee nation must be free to expel black freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- The idea that a 21st-century sovereign nation would expel a racial minority that had been part of it for a century and a half seems outrageous. Yet this is...

9/16/2011

article Tribe to expedite ballots to Freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- During an emergency meeting Thursday morning, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission voted to expedite mailing absentee ballots to about 300 Freedmen...
article Black Cherokees fight for identity
(Missouri) -- Willadine Johnson has long been proud of being a black member of the Cherokee tribe. An ancestor was one of the slaves owned by Cherokee Indians, freed...
article Cherokee Nation Pressured to Accept Descendants of Slaves
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has ordered the Cherokee Nation to restore voting rights and benefits that were revoked from about 2,800 descendants of...
article Raging legal battle between Cherokees and Feds ignores historical facts
(Oklahoma) -- The six year old effort by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to expel 2,800 Black Cherokee members entered a new round this week, when the Department of the...
article Rush Limbaugh Celebrates Native Americans For Refusing To Obey US Government
(Florida) -- Sometimes it seems like every Rush Limbaugh clip we post here runs the gamut from “Angry Rush” to “Really Angry Rush.”. Therefore,...

9/15/2011

article Cherokee freedmen to vote in election, but with challenge ballots
(Oklahoma) -- Previously registered Cherokee freedmen descendants will be able to cast challenge ballots in the upcoming principal chief's election under the provisions...
article Cherokee Nation battles U.S. government over right to nix votes by descendants of freed slaves
(Oklahoma) -- The descendants of slaves once owned by members of the Cherokee Nation can vote for its next principal chief - but it's unclear if those votes will...
article Cherokee Nation runs into constitutional hot water over voting ban
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation was struggling to find its way out of a controversy yesterday sparked by a decision earlier this month to eject the nearly 3,000 black...
article CNEC to allow Freedmen to vote challenge ballots
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Election Commission met on Sept. 15 to discuss the cost to the CNEC required to expedite mailing and return ballots to Freedmen voters.
article Agency warns Cherokee Nation over freedmen issue
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs, warned the Cherokee Nation last week that an election procedure not approved by the Secretary of the...
article Cherokee tribe retreats from effort to oust some members
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Indian tribe on Wednesday retreated from a plan to banish 2,800 African Americans from its citizenship ranks after the federal government...
article DEBATE: Tribal Rights vs. Racial Justice
(USA) -- Was the Cherokee Nation's expulsion of black Freedmen an act of tribal sovereignty or of racial discrimination?
article OP/ED: Cherokees, feds at odds over freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- It should come as no surprise that the federal government is trying to influence the Cherokee Nation into accepting the freedmen as full tribal citizens.
article Tribe reconsiders Freedmen issue
(Oklahoma) -- A group of Cherokee Freedmen fear the Cherokee Nation may be circumventing their efforts to get a federal court to hear their case after being stripped of...

9/14/2011

article Cherokee Nation Attorney General Wants Court To Reconsider Freedmen Case
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Attorney General Diane Hammons filed a motion Wednesday asking the nation's supreme court to reconsider a recent ruling that...
article Freedmen angry over move in tribal court
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Freedmen expressed anger Wednesday with the lawyer appointed to represent them in tribal court.
article Cherokee Commission: Principal Chief Election Will Go On Despite Litigation
(Oklahoma) -- The Election Commission for the Cherokee Nation decided to move forward with a special election September 24th for principal chief.
article Cherokee Nation Refuses U.S. Demand to Reinstate Black “Freedmen”
(Oklahoma) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs issued a letter to the Cherokee Nation on Monday demanding that the tribe reinstate the black “Cherokee Freedmen”...
article Cherokees told to take back descendants of black slaves that were kicked out of the tribe
(Oklahoma) -- A federal order for one of the nation’s largest American Indian tribes to restore voting rights and benefits to about 2,800 descendants of members...
article Feds issue warning to Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- The assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a strong warning to the Cherokee Nation about excluding...
article Freedmen to cast provisional ballots
(Oklahoma) -- Prayers for unity offered up by a group of about 30 Cherokee Freedmen came close to fruition Wednesday. Cherokee Nation election officials extended an...
article Okla. tribe’s commission allows freedmen to vote with provisional ballots in upcoming election
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s election commission voted Wednesday to allow descendants of slaves once owned by tribal members to cast ballots for principal chief,...
article OP/ED: Tsunami Warning From the Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- When does a tribal supreme court decision affect all of Indian County? Not often enough, in the sense that the mechanisms of tribal law application beside...

9/13/2011

article Acting Cherokee chief hopes to resolve freedmen issue so election for new chief can be held
(Oklahoma) -- The acting chief of the Cherokee Nation said Tuesday that the tribe was blindsided by the Obama administration's warning that its Sept. 24 tribal...
article Cherokee Indians say they will not be dictated to by U.S.
(Oklahoma) -- 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...
article Cherokees told to take back slaves' descendants
(Oklahoma) -- A federal order for one of the nation's largest American Indian tribes to restore voting rights and benefits to about 2,800 descendants of members...
article Federal agency sides with Cherokee freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- A key federal agency announced Monday it will not recognize any action by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma that does not accord full citizenship rights to...
article Federal agency warns Cherokees on excluding freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- Read the letter from Assistant Interior Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk to S. Joe Crittenden, the tribe's acting principal chief, stating...
article Federal Government Asks Cherokee Nation to Readmit Slave Descendants
(Oklahoma) -- Last month, the Supreme Court of the Cherokee nation approved decision to oust thousands of descendants of black slaves who were brought to Oklahoma some...
article Feds tell Cherokees they must restore benefits, voting rights of slaves’ descendants
(Oklahoma) -- The federal government is warning the Cherokee Nation that its expulsion of about 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by its members violates an 1866...
article US government warns Cherokee nation not to exclude black freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- The US government has stepped into a bitter ethnic dispute between a powerful Native American tribe and the descendants of black slaves the tribe used to...
article US official cautions Cherokees / Indian Affairs Secretary: Ruling on freedmen based on misunderstanding
(Oklahoma) -- A Cherokee Nation official resisted an apparent attempt by a federal agency to derail the upcoming election for principal chief. In a letter to Acting...

9/12/2011

article Cherokees, HUD at odds over Freedmen
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are wrangling over a recent decision by the Cherokee Nation Supreme...
article LETTER: Letter from Echo Hawk regarding Cherokee Freedmen, upcoming election
(Washington D.C.) -- Dear Chief Crittenden: We have followed the news of the upcoming election for Principal Chief with interest and growing concern. I write to advise...
article US Government warns Special Election for Cherokee Nation Principal Chief may not be valid.
(Oklahoma) -- In a letter sent to Acting Principal Chief Joe Crittenden, the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs warns that the Special Election for...
article TRIMBLE: Injustice in removal of Cherokee Freedmen
(South Dakota) -- We read and absorb as truth the accounts of historical observers like Thomas More, Amerigo Vespucci, Las Casas, Rousseau to bolster our view of our...

9/11/2011

article Boren: Law blocks HUD block of $33M for Cherokees
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Rep. Dan Boren believes a current law he helped write bars a federal agency from freezing $33 million in Cherokee Nation housing funds following a...
article Federal housing funds for Cherokee Nation are ‘suspended’ over Freedmen issue
(Oklahoma) -- Housing funds meant for the Cherokee Nation from the U.S. Department of Urban Development are currently “suspended” while HUD studies recent...

9/10/2011

article Descendants of Cherokee slaves booted from tribe
(Oklahoma) -- Descendants of former black slaves owned by the Cherokee Nation say they have received letters this week booting them from the tribe.

9/9/2011

article Cherokees expel descendants of slaves from tribe
(Oklahoma) -- One of the nation's largest American Indian tribes has sent letters to about 2,800 descendants of slaves once owned by its members, revoking their...
article HUD denies tribe $33M in funding
(Oklahoma) -- A recent Cherokee Nation Supreme Court ruling denying certain Freedmen descendants citizenship may affect the tribe’s federal housing funding....

9/8/2011

article Cherokees HUD funds frozen over freedmen decision
(Oklahoma) -- Federal housing officials have frozen funding to the Cherokee Nation in apparent response to a tribal court decision terminating citizenship for about 2,...
article Citizenship Denied: The Latest in the Cherokee Freedmen Saga
(Oklahoma) -- The late Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller wrote in her autobiography the following words: “The truth is that the practice of slavery...

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