The nation’s second-largest Indian tribe said on Tuesday that it would not be dictated to by the U.S. government over its move to banish 2,800 African Americans from its citizenship rolls.A long time ago, there where great nations that lived on this continent. Apache, Arapaho, Dineh, Pima, Lakota, Choctaw, Miscasuki, Misquali, and other great Indian Nations.

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The Early Europeans that came here looked to destroy, divide and conquer. They wanted to subdue the earth. And so they did. To complete this horrible work, they used slaves. Captives from another far away land. Others of a Great nation. Mandigo, Pikuyu, Masai, Kambulu, Africans. These people where brought here under duress and chains Many of them escaped and hid with the Indians. The Colonial officials figured they must divide and conquer these two people. But if they stood side by side, they would not stand a chance. So they Hired Indians to become slave hunters. And Hired Slaves to hunt Indians. Indian against African, African against Indian. In many places this worked. And in some places it didn’t.Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminol and other Tribes that had these slaves fought many times side by side. And in many cases intermarried and had children. Today the children of these Indian and African’s are known as BlackIndians. Today a struggle still goes on to be excepted. We are the children of the great warriors of old. At a time when the dawning of a new age where we can call each other brothers and sisters, we strive to free our families of a prejudice learned. And seek to embrace both heritage and culture into one

“The Cherokee Nation will not be governed by the BIA,” Joe Crittenden, the tribe’s acting principal chief, said in a statement responding to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Crittenden, who leads the tribe until a new principal chief is elected, went on to complain about unnamed congressmen meddling in the tribe’s self-governance.

The reaction follows a letter the tribe received on Monday from BIA Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, who warned that the results of the September 24 Cherokee election for principal chief will not be recognized by the U.S. government if the ousted members, known to some as “Cherokee Freedmen,” are not allowed to vote.

The dispute stems from the fact that some wealthy Cherokee owned black slaves who worked on their plantations in the South. By the 1830s, most of the tribe was forced to relocate to present-day Oklahoma, and many took their slaves with them. The so-called Freedmen are descendants of those slaves. After the Civil War, in which the Cherokee fought for the South, a treaty was signed in 1866 guaranteeing tribal citizenship for the freed slaves. The U.S. government said that the 1866 treaty between the Cherokee tribe and the U.S. government guaranteed that the slaves were tribal citizens, whether or not they had a Cherokee blood relation.

The African Americans lost their citizenship last month when the Cherokee Supreme Court voted to support the right of tribal members to change the tribe’s constitution on citizenship matters.

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