Friday, September 28, 2007

Congressional Black Caucus host Freedmen Panel

Attorney Velie is also attorney to some disenrolled Pechanga People. Could stories of Pechanga corruption be included?

Congressional Black Caucus to host Freedmen panel Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is hosting a panel on the Cherokee Freedmen in Washington, D.C., on Friday. Rep. Diane Watson (D-California) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) are convening the panel.

Watson is sponsoring a bill that would cut federal funds to the Cherokee Nation until the Freedmen are restored to citizenship. The bill has been referred to Conyers, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee. "This is a rare opportunity for advocates of the Freedmen and Freedmen descendants to gather and discuss issues of profound importance concerning the Freedmen’s rightful status as full citizens of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma," said Watson.

The panel takes place during the CBC's annual legislative conference at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center. It will be held from 11am to 1pm in Room 209-C. The following are slated to speak: Jon Velie, Attorney for Freedmen Eli Grayson, Freedmen Advocate Marilyn Vann, Descendants of the Freedmen of the 5 Civilized Tribes Angela Walton Raji, Historian & Genealogist Chief Joe Byrd, former Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Hilary Shelton, NAACP, Washington Bureau Rusty Brown, Attorney, Member of Delaware Tribe of Oklahoma

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