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Re: Press Release: DC Circuit Rules for Freedmen

Thank you, Estelusti. As you surmised, much of the information you have provided is beyond my understanding.

However, I believe I understand the gist of the court's decision: while the sovereingty of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma [CNO] prevents interference by the court, that prohibition does not extend to illegal acts carried out by the leaders of that Nation. Sort of like when we are allowed to impeach a president based on alledged illegal behavior.

Thus, Principal Chief Chad Smith and other leaders of the CNO are not immune from prosecution for the violation of a person's rights [in this case, the violation of the 1866 Treaty by disavowing the members of its Freedmem citizens the basic rights of citizenship] by their self-serving explanations of the 1866 Treaty.

Again, I thank you,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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