Descendants of Black Cherokee Indians Are Being Denied Tribal Rights

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Video by America Reframed

Most Americans are familiar with the Trail of Tears, when Cherokees were removed from their native lands and forced west. However, the involvement of African Americans is less known. When the U.S. Indian Removal Act forced many Native Americans to move, enslaved Africans also followed them into the frontier. After the U.S. banned slavery, men and women who were enslaved in the Cherokee Nation were granted freedom and full tribal membership—they were called Cherokee Freedmen. This excerpt from the new documentary By Blood, by America Reframed, looks at the current legal battle for tribal rights that descendants of the Freedmen are embroiled in. Both the Cherokee and Seminole Nations began denying citizenship to Freedmen descendants, arguing that they are not members of their tribe “by blood.” Watch the full film here.

This story was originally written by Nadine Ajaka  and found on the —

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  • Eli Grayson December 28, 2016 - 10:33 am Reply

    Just a note to the journalist…they were not African American..they were Cherokee of African descent…the Cherokees are just a political society, not a race…American is not a race…it’s a political construct of many races today…you can say many of the Cherokee Nation citizens then, especially the slave owners were Cherokee citizens of European and Indian descent…the Cherokee is the political part in reference and the race or color is the African (Negro), European (White) or Indian as in North American Indian the race….unfortunately people missed the importance of this history when they use modern day terms and our today’s experiences trying to relate or understand this important history…

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