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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Freedmen Kicked Out

The constitutional amendment to disenroll the Freedmen has apparently passed overwhelmingly, despite strong editorials against it. With the federal courts now involved, the Cherokee Nation faces the very real threat that the June Tribal elections will either be thrown out or not recognized by the BIA, leading to a cut off of vital funding. Principal Chief Chad Smith, one of the strongest backers of the amendment, began trying even before the vote to put a positive spin on what is clearly a race-based disenfranchisement of thousands of people with strong historical, cultural and in some cases blood ties to the Nation. I have a great fear that the end result of all this will be yet another blow to tribal sovereignty.

UPDATE: More reactions to the vote from around the Blogosphere. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here. And here.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I belive we all as blacks boycott all their casinos.

3/03/2007 10:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despicable -- A people visiting the same sort of disenfranchisement on others that their own ancestors experienced. [sigh]

3/05/2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

Yeah, there's no way to make this look good. Plus, some of the rhetoric of the anti-Freedmen forces ("Protect our daughters") sounds more like George Wallace circa 1965.

3/05/2007 8:21 PM  
Blogger RachelsTavern said...

Local Crank,
Thanks for stopping by Alas, and linking to my post over there. I also put the post over at my main blog Rachel's Tavern. Most of the commenters on my site are Black, so it gives a different perspective even though the post is the same.

3/06/2007 7:54 PM  
Blogger The Local Crank said...

You bet, Rachel. Thanks for blogging about an issue that doesn't get alot of accurate MSM coverage. Come by and visit us anytime!

3/06/2007 8:31 PM  

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