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Re: Press Release: DC Circuit Rules for Freedmen

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) .
They did not buy tribal misleading propaganda stating
that the the freedmen lost all citizenship rights in 1902 by Act of Congress or that the treaty of 1866 (the same the CNO cited in the 1997 case Cherokee Nation versus Babbitt - 117 f.3d 1489 - as forming the basis for the Delaware peoples rights in the Cherokee nation . Citing the 1866 treaty when they believe it to be of benefit - ie against the Delaware people, is further proof that tribal officials do not believe that the 1866 treaty was abbrogated in 1902 by Congress.

Marilyn Vann
President - Descendants of Freedmen Association

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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