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Re: Creek Freedmen's Rights Under the 1866 Treaty

Hello David,

I just wanted to let you know I sent the letter, here it is:

"March 8, 2007

Dear Congressperson ,
My name is Allen L. Lee, a resident of ….. For several years now I have been an historian and author about African American history in the West and follow both historical and contemporary issues that affect ethnic Western history. On March 3, 2007 The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma voted to expel citizens of their sovereign nation solely on the basis that their ancestors did not have Indian blood.

There is a national movement occurring to reverse this trend both inside and outside of several Indian nations and I am submitting this letter to ask that you present to Congress the consideration of humanitarian safe economic sanctions levied against the current Cherokee government until they agree to restore the rightful status of citizenship to all of its people regardless of there ancestors racial or ethnic heritage. The precedent that custom and/ or law previously recognizes a citizen should not be violated by an attempt to retro citizenship qualifications to an ethnic “grandfather clause.” There are several points were this would be considered an international human rights violation.

Examples of humanitarian safe sanctions might include forbidding any company that does business with their casinos from getting federal contracts, and deducting funds from the Cherokee budget needed to provide healthcare for expelled citizens. It’s likely that you have already heard the rumblings of this matter in Congress, but from what I am reading and hearing, it is destined to get louder.
Thank you for your time,
Allen L. Lee"

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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