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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Descendants fight to stay in Cherokee tribe

In this Oct. 6, 2011 photo, Rena Logan, a member of a Cherokee Freedmen family, shows her identification card as a member of the Cherokee tribe at her home in Muskogee, Okla. Thousands of people whose ancestors were enslaved by the Cherokee Indians in the 1800s are fighting to keep their status as members of the tribe. Loss of citizenship could also mean losing valuable tribal benefits such as medical care, housing assistance and grocery stipends. Logan, a retired cook who keeps her ancestors’ Freedmen Roll number of 3918 close to her heart every day, gets treatment at tribal clinics for her arthritis, hypertension, osteoarthritis and a dislocated back disc. “We are black, and we were slaves, and they want to keep us that way,” Logan said. “It really hurts the heart. What did we do to be discriminated against?” (AP Photo/Dave Crenshaw)
read story here: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5geZY-5HolYMisYLAj_j46-_Hh91g?docId=4111d64ea2864c95ae1f55510bfd03a4

and here: Freedmen rally outside Bureau of Indian Affairs headquarters

Read more:  http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/state/freedmen-rally-outside-bureau-of-indian-affairs-headquarters#ixzz1aCIGkvpT


The separation of Cherokee based on skin color and race classification when they took the Dawes Roll makes the Dawes Rolls utterly useless and racist... Trace

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