Friday, June 6, 2008

Learn the true facts about Cherokee History and the Freedmen

MYTH: The Cherokee Nation broke the Treaty of 1866.

FACT: The Cherokee Nation honored the treaty. There is no Federal Right to Cherokee Citizenship. Language involving Freedmen descendants in the treaty was “intended for the protection of the Cherokee Nation as a limitation upon the number of persons who might avail themselves of the provisions of the treaty.” – Whitmire v. Cherokee Nation, 1895. Federal treaty rights were limited to those Freedmen born before 1902 – Cherokee Supplemental Agreement, 1902.