They voted to kick out Cherokees with African American blood. Evidently the 'one drop rule' does not apply. Didn't they get the memo?
The Cherokee Freedman were the descendants of black slaves owned by Cherokees. These mixed race freed Cherokees were part of the migration of the Cherokee Nation from North Carolina to Oklahoma. The Treaty of 1866 between the United States and the Cherokee Nation made the Cherokee Freedman full Cherokee citizens. The recent vote to amend the Cherokee Nation Constitution was to purge Black Cherokees from the nation.
Of course the injustice here is that Cherokees with mixed-white and Cherokee ancestry have been kept on the rolls. Of the 270,000 members of the Cherokee Nation, approximately 25,000 Freedmen have Cherokee Blood. Is gambling money behind this insanity? (New York Times) More