See UPDATE Below! LOL
To nobody's surprise, the Cherokee Indians' FORMER principal chief, who led a campaign to remove African-American slave descendants, knows as the Freedmen from the tribe, filed an appeal on Monday to stop his successor from taking office after losing a reelection bid, by a huge margin.. We believe that ALL federal monies be withheld from the Cherokee Nation until the Freedmen have resumed their proper place.
Chad "Corntassel" Smith wants an injunction to bar Bill John Baker, elected to replace him as chief, from being sworn in until a federal court determines if black members of the tribe known as "freedmen" are entitled to citizenship in the nation's second largest Indian tribe.
Smith, who lost the leadership poll by more than 1,500 votes, filed the appeal with the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, whose judges he appointed during his 12-year administration.
Baker, a longtime member of the tribal council, said he was disappointed by Smith's move.
"It's time for him to abide by the will of the people," he said. As we who are descended from original Pechanga people, we know that the "will of the people" means very little to corrupt tribal councils.
The Cherokee election has been unusual from the start. An initial election in June featured four recounts that yielded differing results. Charges of vote tampering were raised but never proven, but, really, WHO had the power to do it?.
The Cherokee Supreme Court then ordered a new election for September, but added fuel to the political fire with an August ruling that banished 2,800 black members from the tribe in a move seen as aiding Smith.
The freedmen supported his challenger, Baker, because of Smith's efforts to ban the descendants of slaves owned by tribe members in the pre-Civil War era from citizenship. They see Baker as less hostile to their membership.
The freedmen, backed by the federal government, say they are guaranteed tribal citizenship by the Treaty of 1866 with the U.S. government, while Smith and some other Cherokee believe all members should have an ancestral Indian blood link.
The freedmen eventually regained their voting rights with the help of the federal government, which withheld funds from the tribe to pressure it into an out-of-court settlement. But the status of the freedmen is expected to remain an issue in the courts.
Smith said the agreement violates tribal law, while Baker said he would have won the election even if the freedmen had not been allowed to vote.
Face it Chad Smith, YOU ARE NOT WANTED.
EMBARRASSING UPDATE FOR CHAD SMITH:
Even if votes from every eligible descendant of slaves once owned by the Cherokee tribe are not allowed to count in a special election for chief of the tribe, challenger Bill John Baker still would unseat Former Chief Chad Smith by more than 300 votes.
About 1,233 of the 2,800 freedmen were eligible to vote in the contest, which began Sept. 24 and ended Oct. 8. Many of the freedmen were figured to have supported Baker in his race against Smith.