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National Reactions to Cherokee Vote

It was suggested that I share some of the reactions nationally, that are appearing about the recent expulsion vote taken in the Cherokee Nation. It is also interesting to note that on the BBC website (British Broadcast Coroporation) the third most widely read story is the story of the expulsion of Cherokee Freedmen.

There are many who are expressing opinions on the various websites where the story is being published. Here are some brief excerpts from some of the remarks from today's Washington Post article about the vote. (For full remarks in their entirety, visit the website.)

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"This is the result of money and should be noted as one of the saddest things to ever occur in the Cherokee Nation........."

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"The odd part is that the Cherokee appear to be denying their black co-heritage, but not their white, asian or hispanic co-heritage. How can they justify such discrimination as self determination?......"
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"This is purely racist. I am an African American man whose grandmothers grandmother is a full-blooded Cherokee."
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"TREATY WITH THE CHEROKEE, 1866 ARTICLE 9. The Cherokee Nation having, voluntarily, in February, eighteen hundred and sixty-three, by an act of the national council, forever abolished slavery, hereby covenant and agree that never hereafter shall either slavery or involuntary servitude exist in their nation otherwise than in the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, in accordance with laws applicable to all the members of said tribe alike.........."
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"I used to admire the Cherokee Nation. No longer. There is no excuse for them to ratify the racist standard established by the Dawes Commission, which based its determination of Cherokee membership purely on the appearance of the people standing before it."

For all remarks visit the site,

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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