A Sept. 9 letter from Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk to Cherokee Nation officials states the Bureau of Indian Affairs has not approved the tribe’s 1999 Constitution or an amendment that led to its implementation.
The letter, sent to then-Acting Principal Chief Joe Crittenden, emphasizes that the BIA hasn’t signed off on the constitution the tribe is operating under nor the amendment of the 1975 Constitution.
“The department has never approved these amendments to the Cherokee Constitution as required by the Cherokee Constitution itself,” Echo Hawk’s letter states
OP: It's past time for the BIA to hold the Cherokee Nation accountable for violating it's treaty with the U.S. and for stripping the citizenship of THOUSANDS of it's citizens, the Freedmen, who are descendents of Cherokee SLAVES, who were dragged on the Trail of Tears as PROPERTY. Should we fund $500 MILLION to a tribe that violates the rights of its people, or rather, some of its people?
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