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Re: A clarification
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The adoption of a constitution in 1827 was lead by progressive and mostly mixed blood Cherokees, although the Ridge family, mostly full bloods, were active participants.

WhitePath, a full blood, minor chief and councilor under the traditional form of goverance, lead a rebellion against the constitution. He was forced from office and "shamed" by the mixed blood leadership. To regain his position in tribal government he was forced to apologize publicly. During his public apology WhitePath predicted the Trail of Tears telling those gathered, "No matter how white you become the white man will never love you and one day he will force you from you homes to the 'darkening land' in the west.' WhitePath died on the Trail of Tears and is buried in a marked grave in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

While I don't know if a women's council was consulted or participated in the development of the new government, I would hardly think so. By the time of the transition matrilineal thinking had swept through Cherokee Nation, especially among the progressive and Euro-American educated mixed bloods.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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