Friday, January 14, 2011

BREAKING NEWS & UPDATES: Cherokee Freedmen Win Tribal Court Lawsuit; 4,000 Applications ordered processed

From David Cornsilk comes this news:

Sources at the CNO Complex have notified me that the Freedmen have won their tribal court lawsuit. I don't have many details at this moment, but the District Court has ordered tribal registration to immediately begin processing the 4,000 pending Freedmen applications. The tribe can still appeal to the CNO Supreme Court.


The news is still breaking, stay tuned

UPDATE: Cherokee Nation District Court Judge John Cripps overturned an amendment to the Cherokee Nation Constitution passed by the Cherokee people with 77% of the vote in 2007, which denied citizenship to about 2,800 non-Indian freedmen descendants who had gained citizenship since a previous court ruling in 2006.

UPDATE IIhttp://www.cherokee.org/NewsRoom/FullStory/3464/Page/Default.aspx      The Cherokee AG sounds like they may appeal.  In a lower court ruling today, Cherokee Nation District Court Judge John Cripps overturned an amendment to the Cherokee Nation Constitution passed by the Cherokee people with 77% of the vote in 2007, which denied citizenship to about 2,800 non-Indian freedmen descendants who had gained citizenship since a previous court ruling in 2006.


“We have received the district court decision with which we respectfully disagree,” said Diane Hammons, Attorney General for the Cherokee Nation. “We believe that the Cherokee people can change our Constitution, and that the Cherokee citizenry clearly and lawfully enunciated their intentions to do so in the 2007 Amendment. We are considering all options, including our right to appeal to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court."
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