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Re: Sequoyah County Times Article on Freedmen

Chief Justice Darell R. Matlock Jr. argued that the majority opinion failed to point out that the Treaty of 1866 was brought about by duress from the U.S. federal government after the tribe chose the losing side in the Civil War.

I wonder what duress the enslaved suffered on the trail and years of unpaid labor? Here again, someone trying to grab the moral sympathy for their position without thinking once that the enslaved Africans among them were not forced on them. But when it comes to Nation time, all of a sudden, our ancestors were forced on them.

Lawd gib me strempf!

"The Dawes Rolls were a product of the United States government and not the Cherokee Nation," Matlock wrote. "My colleagues in the majority opinion have failed to cite any instance where the Cherokee Nation voluntarily granted citizenship to the Cherokee Freedmen prior to and after 1866."

I guess the 1863 Emancipation and subsequent adoption of the freedmen prior to the 1866 Treaty as citizens does not count? More proof this official has no knowledge of Cherokee history.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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