The Other Shoe Drops

In a move of apparently breathtaking chutzpuh, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court (itself very probably illegal), dominated by appointees of former Principal Chief Chad Smith, has just voted to disenfranchise Freedmen voters on the eve of a new election for Principal Chief!  The decision studiously avoids the merits of the case and instead cops out by claiming the court lacks jurisdiction to determine the issue.  Absolutely unbelievable.  By removing a bloc of voters who cast ballots in the June 25 election and were almost certainly opposed to Chad Smith, the CN Supreme Court has staged the the most nakedly transparent judicial overthrow of a democratic election since Bush v. Gore.

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Published in: on August 22, 2011 at 8:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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News from the Nation

I’ve been behind the curve in blogging on Cherokee election news.  Let me try to make up for that with a shameless plug for Bill John Baker for Principal Chief.  The tribal Supreme Court threw out the results of the original election due to flagrant incompetence (and very likely corruption).  The new election has been set for September 24.

Published in: on August 10, 2011 at 11:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Wilma Mankiller, RIP

Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1985-1995, died today at her home in Rocky Mountain, Oklahoma.  A very sad day for the Cherokee people.

Published in: on April 6, 2010 at 10:20 am  Leave a Comment  
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Cherokee Nation No Longer Exists?

Freshly sworn-in Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk (Pawnee) wrote in a June 24 letter opinion that the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band have equal jurisdiction and, more amazingly, that the historical Cherokee Nation “no longer exists.”  John & David Cornsilk discuss this in depth over at their site.

Published in: on June 26, 2009 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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