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Speaking of Sovereignty in the Tribes

Sovereignty is not to be used to hurt your own people because of money. I do believe that the love of money is the reason for disenrollment and not allowing freedmen descendants back into their tribes.

The freedmen descendants are here because of slavery of their ancestors within the tribes as recorded on the Dawes Rolls and according to the 1866 Treaty (not Blacks from the United States). Their ancestors have a long history within the tribes that cannot be denied. Their ancestors came over on the Trail of Tears.

If the tribes are wanting everyone to look Native American in order to be federally recognized, to me that is impossible because of mixed blood (blood quantum for example, 1/4, 1/16, etc.), recorded on the by blood rolls.

Also, when sovereignty is used to violate voting rights and treaties, no good outcome will occur and everybody will get hurt.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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