Transmissions from a Lone Star: Cherokees versus African Americans in the 21st century
By Daniel Kalder
Furthermore, reneging on treaties is a two way street. If the Cherokee want to toss out terms agreed to in 1866, then the Feds can do likewise … and you really don’t really want to encourage Uncle Sam to go back on his agreements. The Cherokee should know that better than anyone.
Well, the threats issued from on high appear to have worked--for now. On Tuesday it was announced that the Freedmen would be permitted to vote in upcoming tribal elections.
For more on the subject, see Deal Restores Freedmen Citizenshp and NY Times Debate on Freedmen.