African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Who Speaks for the Children of Slaves?
In Response To: Who Speaks for the Children of Slaves? ()
No disrespect meant, but please re-read my posts. I have argued many times over the past 20 years for ALL of the Cherokee Freedmen, as well as the Freedmen of the Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations. I don't agree with blood as a criteria for citizenship in ANY nation, particularly a multi-ethnic nation such as the Cherokee Nation. The debate about Cherokee Indian blood in the Freedmen community is one brought on by the racist principal chief. His lies about the Freedmen being nothing but non-Indians is being used to stir up nationalism and xenophobia among the Cherokee Indian majority in our Nation. The Freedmen and supporters have only responded with facts, the blood ties being among them and include the logical response that ALL Freedmen listed on the Dawes Roll and their descendants, in accordance with the Treaty of 1866 and the constitution of the Cherokee Nation, are eligible for membership.