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Cherokee election targeted

Oklahoman Published: February 3, 2007
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TAHLEQUAH -- Attorneys for descendants of Cherokee freedmen are trying to get an injunction against an election aimed at removing them from the tribe.

Attorneys Jon Velie and Alvin Dunn filed paperwork Thursday on behalf of the group. The tribe headquartered in Tahlequah is scheduled to vote March 3 on whether to remove the descendants from tribal rolls.

The challengers are descendants of freed slaves who were adopted into the tribe.

The attorneys wrote in papers filed in federal court in Washington that being voted out of the tribe will result in immediate and irreparable harm.

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