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Re: Majority Rules - Creek Nation
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Fair question Robert Jones IV
Historically, people of African descent were known to be both free and subjugated members of Native American Nations. It is important to differentiate between nation and tribe, as most people view a tribe as a collective of peoples and families without a centralized government.
After Slavery ended in the U.S., subjugated members of the Native Nations were given the opportunity by some Native Nations to become fully enfranchised citizens.
As we know from U.S. society, for people of African descent to transit from subjugated members as slaves, to a shadow society in America simply known to main stream Americans as "the negro problem" not that far removed from the shadow societies that illegal aliens have to exist in the U.S. today, then to second class citizen via separate but equal and now a Black President, these are things that African-Americans are not just going to let slip from their fingers because some people in America don't like them. It is the same for those descendants of slaves who became citizens of Native Nations.
The people of African descent who have inherited a well earned right to be a citizen of a Native Nation from their African descent ancestors are not going to sit idly by and watch their ancestors legacy crumble before them because somebody else does't like them.
Since this is a discussion about majority rules, it is important that the inherent and equal rights enjoyed by one individual or a select group of individuals be equally enjoyed and protected for all individuals. A legal right of an individual can not be allowed to be impugned by a majority will, that's what the rule of law is supposed to protect. Not only did the rule of law protect the Cherokee freedmen descendant in the Lucy Allen case but the rule of law protected gay marriages in California, yet Prop 8 is not that far removed in it's deprivation of rights from the March 2007 vote to disenroll the Freedmen Descendants from the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
At some point majority rule is checked and balanced by the rule of law in a centralized government, yet this balance hasn't been acheived either for gay marriage or dis-enrolled citizens of Native Nations. Freedmen Descendants are not trying to be Indians but rather asserting their rights as citizens of a Native Nation. In the past, the negotiations for rights was done for their ancestors by U.S. and Indian government officials, now, they must show through personal resolve and self will that both the rights, and decisions pertaining to those rights, shall not be determined by no one other than the persons whom they rightfully belong to, that would be the Native Nations Freedmen Descendants.
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