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Re: What Does Rights Mean in the FCT?

Brad, I read your post "Cherokee Freedmen Controversy." Funding to the Cherokee nation in my opinion should stop until the Treaty of 1866 is honored period. The nation should just do the right thing!

I totally agree here. But it isn't just funding to the Cherokee that should stop; it is funding to all Five tribes that should stop.

In my opinion, the well-hidden elephants in the room are the Treaties for each of the tribes. It is the Treaty for each tribe that is paramount. No matter how much amending to their Constitutions the tribes want to do, if they can not abide by the terms of their respective treaties, then those treaties, and ties to those treaties and tribes should be abolished or declared null and void.

Since according to the US Constitution, all treaties shall be the law of the land, the US Government would be responsible for declaring them, and all support for them (including funding) null and void. Similar to sanctions against a foreign country like Iran or N. Korea. Either that has to happen to the point where they feel isolated and destitute again to where they'll want to sit back down at the table and work this out..

.. or Congress does this themselves and enforces the treaty, making them adhere to all terms of it, despite their sovereignty. They may not that because of their sovereignty, but this will get them to wake up about the issue. It may also get others to take another look into this issue, because it isn't as what they have made themselves out to be to the media and the world.

If there are three sides to every story, so far, everyone has only heard their side. Slowly, the other side's story is coming out. Once that is out, then we get the third side; the Truth.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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