Cherokee Nation court says treaty declares freedmen members
Tribal judge says freed Cherokee slaves are protected citizens.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL •
Published: January 15, 2011
A Cherokee Nation judge ruled Friday that the descendants of freed Cherokee slaves are protected citizens of the tribe under an 1866 treaty, throwing out a tribal constitutional amendment that required tribal blood for citizenship.
The tribe’s attorney...
Oklahoman subscribers have access to this article. Unlock it below.