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Re: What Does Rights Mean in the FCT?

Brad, what are your thoughts in regards to "Federal Funding for Cherokee Nation in Jeopardy" I found in Google?

If federal funding was stopped maybe the nation(s) would change their attitude toward freedmen concerning the 1866 Treaty.


Very good question! To be honest, I'm in complete agreement here with you. But the problem becomes a slippery slope.

I don't know if we (the United States, and/or Congress) can "line item" repeal or suspend parts of a treaty without suspending all of it. Here's what I mean.

Because of the Five Civilized Tribes basically violating their treaties, that would cause the United States to no longer recognize it, and suspend the treaty and all provisions of it. Those provisions would include funding and sovereignty. That would definitely get their attention.

But it wouldn't stop there. Suspending their treaties would also mean suspending funding for their healthcare, general welfare (home construction, etc.), scholarships for education, and so on. Now, I never have nor ever would wish any ill will towards anyone, but how far down that slippery slope would we want to go to get their attention to this issue?

Don't get me wrong; I WANT them to pay attention to this, as it has been ignored for a good 100 years (going back to the closing of the Dawes Rolls). I just wonder how far we should take that.

As is, the Cherokee are saying that they are 'getting prepared' for the lack of funding, by instituting a hiring freeze and cutting expenses. Nothing so far from the Choctaw (their newspaper and site aren't updated as frequently; I don't know about the other tribes).

In reality, what we need, is traction. the Federal government shutdown isn't helping either side in this. But in order to make this heard and heard better in Congress, a member of Congress needs to bring this up for discussion. Rep. Watson has retired, so we lose help there. But on the side of the FCT, the Creek has Tom Cole, who may become the next Speaker of the House, so the FCT already has a HUGE foot in. We need something similar, and then, just then we all may have our representatives sitting down at the table and can get our histories correct and accurate, but also right the wrongs that were created so long ago and recreated in recent years.

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