Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Effect of Slavery on the Cherokee Freedmen/Women

The blog BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS has quite a bit of information as to how the Cherokee benefitted from slavery and the effects on those they are trying to disenroll. It's good reading and well sourced.

Their voice is clear as to who should be citizens of the Cherokee Nation,” Smith said. “No one else has the right to make that determination. It was a right of self-government, affirmed in 23 treaties with Great Britain and the United States and paid dearly with 4,000 lives on the Trail of Tears.”

He also conveniently forgot all the black slaves who were drug, with chains around their necks, walking behind the horses of the slave-holding Cherokees, many of whom also died along the infamous Trail of Tears with the Cherokees.

AIRRO is fighting for the rights of disenfranchised Indians. Have you joined in to add your voice?


Anonymous said...


Thanks for the shout out.

And thanks for the heads up on the September date of this year on the Freedmen/Women Cherokee case. I will keep tabs on it.

Anonymous said...

Nice link to the article. very infomative.

OPechanga said...

Tell your friends and have them come take a look

Anonymous said...

You sure don't hear much about slavery from the Cherokee do you?

Support the CBC in their actions!

Anonymous said...

To get the truth, use blogs with footnotes so the information can be checked out. There are quite a few undocumented sources and factual errors in that article. But what gets me is that the writer is all worked up with exaggerated lanugage. Cherokees are afraid that tribes letting in non-Indians will lose their nationhood. CBC can't make a forever promise... they're the government and the government doesn't have continuity.