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Re: Muskogee Phoenix Freedmen Article

Hello David,

I was going across old records of citizenship issues in the U.S., when one event stood out. What I was looking for was a comparative analogy to the issue of forced loss of citizenship verses voluntary expatriation. I had planned to use the Japanese internment camps as an analogy for forced loss and the Viet Nam draft dodgers as voluntary loss when I came across the Jimmy Carter Draft Dodger "Pardon" in 1977 and got an idea. I hope you have a sense of humor because it will sound stupid, but perhaps stupid enough to draw attention to the initial problem.

Someone who is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation could propose a pardon ala Jimmy Carter which would forgive any and all recognized citizens who may, by no action of their own, be in possession of illegal blood. This petition should have a clause making it unconstitutional for the Cherokee Government to expel any citizen based on blood quantum laws until each individual who solicits the government for a pardon is heard. This initiative would have to be proposed before the March vote.

Of course you ask why someone would need to be pardoned for such a thing? and as I said it sounds ridiculous, (illegal blood) but it will help to make the whole citizenship removal process based on blood quantum look equally ridiculous.

I realize from the position of inherit sovereignty this is a political and legal issue that ultimately must be solved from the inside, all people like myself can do from the outside is support the sovereign nations decision with good or bad economic and diplomatic relations. Right now I think a stall tactic which protects currently recognized citizens is the best approach. Once the government is forced to consider the pardons, then we study rules on the “right of return” for citizens who have already been forced from the other nations.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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