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Analysis of Cherokee Employee Buzzard
Analysis of Cherokee citizen tribal employee buzzard June 2006 letter:
A letter was sent to tribal councilman Oleary of Delaware County, criticizing her for not supporting a
These are the true facts regarding the Cherokee freedmen and the Cherokee nation:
1) TRADITIONAL RELIGIONS:
Jackie Bob Martin of the council who leads the fight against the freedmen states on his Cherokee nation website page that he has been a member of a Baptist church for over 30 years. Ceremonial (or Stomp )
Also, Mr Buzzard may have seen Freedmen at the grounds and did not realize that these were freedmen people as I believe that he pictures all freedmen as having all ancestors indigenous to Africa and having a similar look to say former African leader Idi Amin.
On what basis does Buzzard presume that freedmen know nothing about
Why does a Cherokee freedmen who has Cherokee blood, has lived in the
How many freedmen people does he Buzzard know? Just what does he believe that black culture is?
2) CHEROKEE LANGUAGE:
Smith always brings attention to the fact that his wife is a Cherokee speaker, who grew up in Rocky Mountain, a Cherokee community. His Cherokee nation website also does not list him as being a Cherokee speaker nor does it list him as growing up in a Cherokee Community.
Why is buzzard okay with the continued tribal membership of other people in the tribe as non Cherokee speakers but wants to hold the Freedmen to a different standard?
On what basis does Buzzard believe that no freedmen can
3)INDIAN BLOOD: Buzzard continues to spread the false propaganda that freedmen do not have Indian blood, which is continually espoused by the Principal chief as a reason to remove the freedmen.
The tribal court in the Berniece Riggs case held that people listed as freedmen have Cherokee blood; and cases such as the Sango case (listed on the Descendants of Freedmen website Creek link) clearly explain that being listed on the Dawes rolls as a freedmen tribal member does not authenticate that the person has no Indian blood.
Since people were sometimes listed as freedmen who had a parent listed
The Chief and deputy Chief personally know tribal members living in Nowata County who had ancestors listed with a blood degree by the Dawes Commission whose children were listed as Freedmen tribal members by the Dawes Commission.
4) GADUGI SPRITI:
A Caucasian person could just as well say that Indians should give up any claims to Judgment funds or fulfillment of contracts by the US government or anything else for the good of the American nation and just accept what everyone else is getting. After all, aren't all needy people entitled to Medicaid, or rental assistance, etc.?
Under what basis does buzzard presume that Freedmen just want benefits?
After all, the freedmen applied and received tribal membership cards during the early 1970s after the Principal chiefs act was passed and the tribe began processing tribal memberships again at a time when there were almost no benefits to be held by tribal membership.
The Freedmen citizens wanted to give back to their tribe while many other descendants of Dawes enrollees listed on the Cherokee by blood rolls did not want to be identified as "Indians" until much much later.
Even Blacks members of Congress who have no ties at all to the Cherokee nation or other Indian nations supported legislation such as the Indian Self Determination Act of 1975 giving tribes more sovereignty.
On what basis does buzzard believe that the problems of the Cherokee nation and the Cherokee people beginning with the Indian Removal Act of the 1830 have been caused by the people of African blood Freedmen and non freedmen alike?
Also Didn't the slaves and free blacks who were later enrolled as Freedmen fight in the Civil War along with other Cherokees and Creeks to protect the Cherokee nation, some going into Kansas and were at Ft Leroy to protect the tribe?
Didn't these people, after the Civil War, return to rebuild the Cherokee nation?
Prior to the passage of Civil
Rights legislation in the 1960s, Both the freedmen and other members of the tribe faced discrimination as non whites in housing, jobs, education, etc after Oklahoma statehood. Indeed, former deputy Chief
It seems that Buzzard has forgotten that the Oklahoma Civil rights struggle of the 1950s and the 1960s , the brunt of which was borne by the people with African blood - Including the freedmen - helped the Cherokee people and not just the "blacks".
Or canceling any debts to the tribe? If its not valid concerning the freedmen, its not valid for anything else is it. Also, the federal and tribal courts have established that the freedmen citizenship rights were not "forced" on the tribe.
(See the Lucy Allen JAT case and the case Cherokee nation Vs US 12 ICC 570 cases for verification).
7) POPULAR CULTURE
To the contrary, the majority of "white society" as well as
"White society" wonders why these tribal leaders make statements that
Why is only the person with the Caucasian and Indian mixture a real Indian?
8. CULTURE: Buzzard indicates that the Cherokees must protect "our culture".
Buzzard forgets that the tribe has several cultures already:
The tribe contains Catabas, natchez, etc . The tribal council even
The tribe has not had one culture for more than more than 150 years!
If the civil rights struggle had not succeeded and white society had not began to regard the rights of non white peoples as a whole as human rights, I doubt that there would be any federally recognized tribes at all and every federally recognized tribe would have been terminated by now.
All through the 20th century Freedmen people have worked in tribal schools, worked in tribal clinics, sometimes worked at the BIA, etc. and helped other Cherokee people.
What makes him think that all freedmen will apply for or need Benefits?
Isn't his desire to kick out the Freedmen based on what he "thinks" they want? Just about the same as Caucasian people 50 years ago supporting the denial of voting rights to Indian people in states such as Utah because "they don't pay taxes" and might vote
Isn't this talk about "infiltration," "fighting", and
As Chief Smith commonly says, "History repeats itself".
Marilyn Vann President
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