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Please Help!

I am confused. I admit that. From all the postings, articles, etc. I have read, I come away with two different interpretations of the results of the vote in Oklahoma regarding Cherokee citizenship.

On the one hand, I read where 'adopted whites' have been disenfrancised by the 'YES' vote. On the other hand, I read where 'Freedmen' of the Cherokee Tribe are the ones disenfranchised.

My previous post on this issue reflected the thoughts of some personally involved in this conflict who are acknowledging that their YES vote actually disenfranchised them, which was not their intent.

While I realize and acknowledge that this is an emotional issue for all involved, I find myself unable to conclude what the arguments are really about, and who is on the side of right in this disagreement.

I am just confused by the whole issue. Previous information I have read on this subject seem to be more of less 'sound bites' of the disagreeing parties' opinions, which don't go very far in educating me as to the real issues.

In the broader scheme of things, both parties will eventually have to rely on the voice of the majority. That is what mainly affects political outcomes when that voice is exercised. It does not matter what an individual's agenda is, it is the support of the populace at large that will make that agenda successful or unsuccessful.

Please educate me in terms I can understand. The perspective I seek is of an outsider trying to understand what the basis of the argument is, from both sides. I have read the treaties, court rulings, etc. I confess it is a lot for me to absorb because I am not in the midst of the situation, and have only recently become aware of this epic struggle between the opposing parties.

I think, from what I have read, that there are reasoned arguments presented based on historical legal rulings. However, the rhetoric tends to floor me after a while.

I think parties involved cannot rely on their own constituencies to obtain success. The constituency, in my opinion, has to be the American public at large. I, as one of the many Americans who is not personally involved in this struggle, need to be educated.

I hope there is willingness to to this. Thank you.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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