African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Congressional Black Caucus
In Response To: Congressional Black Caucus ()
I have Cherokee in my family lines, but I have found no direct connection. However, some of my cousins in Virginia are fighting for state recognition as Cherokee. The Cherokee are one of the so-called, "Five Civilized Tribes", who were allowed to negotiate with the US Government on behalf of other tribes. Before the 1866 treaty, which included the Freedmen, they signed treaties, with the US Government that affected other tribes. In the end, they were sent along with the other tribes on the, "Trail of Tears." There were many tribes that refused to indulge in slavery, and the Cherokee were not one of them. They were so invested in slavery that some fought on the Confederate side, during the Civil War.
They sat the course for their own situation, and it is hard to feel sorry for them. They allowed the Europeans to use them as a tool to divide and conquer. They are further weakening themselves with this vote, one in which many Cherokees did not participate. Now they have broken the 1866 treaty, by excluding the Freemen. A portion of the money that the US grants to the Cherokee is earmarked for the Freedmen. The Treaty is between the Cherokee and the US Government, and is not an internal Cherokee document. They have now effectively broken the Treaty with the US Government.
The date they took the vote, March 3, 2007 was intentional. The Natives use the days of the Full Moon to expel negative influences. However, that date is going to back fire on the Cherokee. The Negative influence they should expel are the governing board. I believe the vote is based on racism, and greed. They now have the prospect of casino money, and have no interest in sharing it. They feel that the Freedmen are the easiest target. However, the vote is not only going to cost them US Government money, but the resources they are looking for to open and operate their Casinos (IMHO).
I was posting on another list, and this lady asked me how my feelings, or actions can affect the Cherokee vote. I would love to be there when those thousands of one people, are protesting this vote. When those millions of one people start writing their representatives, it is going to make a mighty roar. The Freedmen are not taking handouts, no more than the Cherokee are. They suffered on the Trail of Tears, along with the Natives. The Cherokee sat the situation in motion, by enslaving Africans. Most of the Cherokee are good people, but they were shut out by those in charge. I do not blame the rank and file, it is those in charge who are responsible.