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Re: Press Release: DC Circuit Rules for Freedmen
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All freedmen descendants and their supporters should rejoice that the Honorable Appellate Judges have ruled that the Vann Versus Kempthorne case may continue against the Department of Interior and tribal officials.
Furthermore, the Appeals court has made it clear that the 13th amendment and 1866 treaty are still valid and that the tribe has NO interest in protecting a " sovereignty concern that has been taken away by the US" ....."the 13th amendment and the 1866 treaty whittled away the tribes sovereingty and left it powerless to discriminate against the freedmen based on their status as former slaves....The tribe lacks ANY sovereign interest in such behavior"
This means that the Appeals court judges did not buy the tribes misleading propaganda which is being blasted around the country (we remind you that the majority of the tribes budget - more than 300 million annually is underwritten by the US taxpayers - including freedmen) .
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