Freedmen

Motion Filed Friday In Federal Court
6:23 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Interior Department Sides With Cherokee Freedmen

Interior Secretary Sally Jewel
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior says certain descendants of black slaves once owned by some members of the Cherokee Nation should be afforded tribal citizenship rights.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell filed the motion Friday in federal court in the longstanding case between the descendants, known as freedmen, and the Cherokees.

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Native American
10:20 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Cherokee Nation, Freedmen Case Set For 2015 Hearing

Cherokee Nation Pow Wow from 2011.
Credit woodleywonderworks / Flickr Creative Commons

Oral arguments are set for next year in a long-running citizenship rights dispute between the Cherokee Nation and descendants of black slaves some tribal members once owned.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports oral arguments are scheduled for April 28.

The tribe and the descendants — known as freedmen — have asked a federal court to sort out the dispute.

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