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My tribe (Cherokees) had names for every possible category of individual, having been very concerned about jurisdiction. To see how far the current leadership has gone from the true Cherokee ethos, one should read Alberty v. United States. Whites in the Nation without any legal rights were called "intruders." Blacks in the Nation were given much more leeway in their legal status and often never questioned about their right to reside and farm. A black person with rights in the Cherokee Nation were labeled "adopted colored," while blacks living illegally in the Nation were officially called "intruders" but were colloquially called "state negros." The term comes from the fact that they were from the United States, thus belonging with them, not us.
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