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Cherokees accused of racist plot as descendants of black slaves are cast out March 5, 2007

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Cherokees voted yesterday to expel descendants of black slaves they once owned, a move that has exposed the unsavoury role played by some Native Americans during the Civil War and renewed accusations of racism against the tribe.

Members of the Cherokee Nation, the second largest Native American tribe, voted by 77 per cent to 23 in a special election to amend their constitution and limit citizenship to those listed as “Cherokee by blood”.

The move stripped tribal membership from freedmen – those descended from slaves – and blacks who were married to Cherokees. They have enjoyed full citizenship rights for 141 years.

Opponents of the vote denounced it as a racist plot to deny tribal revenue – which includes $22 billion a year from casino takings for all US tribes – to those not deemed full-blood Cherokee, and to block them from claiming a slice of the tribal pie.

Supporters say that it was a long-overdue move by Cherokees to determine their own tribal make-up. Freedmen were granted full tribal membership under an 1866 treaty that the tribe was essentially forced to sign with the US Government after the Civil War ended.

The vote has reopened a lesser-known chapter in Native American history – the fact that some of the country’s largest tribes sided with the Confederacy during the Civil War – and the intra-tribal racial tensions that have persisted since Emancipation.

Cherokees, Choctaws, Chicksaws, Creeks and Seminoles were known as the Five Civilised Tribes because they adopted many of the ways of the Confederate South, including the ownership of black slaves. The election has also high-lighted the massive gambling revenues many tribes now enjoy because, as “sovereign nations”, they are free to build casinos on tribal lands in a country where gambling is largely illegal.



A Revisionist Thanksgiving: Teaching Racial Conflict To Students November 23, 2006

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LONG BEACH, Calif. | Teacher Bill Morgan walked into his third-grade class wearing a black Pilgrim hat and began taking pencils, backpacks and glue sticks from his pupils.

He told them the items now belonged to him because he “discovered” them.

Morgan is among elementary school teachers who have ditched the traditional Thanksgiving lesson, in which children dress up like Indians and Pilgrims and act out their first meetings. He has replaced it with a more realistic look at the complex relationship between Indians and white settlers.


Immunity for Racist American Indian Corporations? July 18, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in American Indian, Card, Christopher Wright, Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination, Colville, Colville tribal casinos, Construction, Corporations, Discrimination, Indian, Race, Racism, Racist, tribal court, tribal law, Tribe, White.
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A white construction worker is suing two Colville tribal corporations, contending that racial slurs by American Indian co-workers caused him to quit his job.

Tribal attorneys say that Christopher Wright’s employer, as a tribal entity, is entitled to sovereign immunity and cannot be sued in state court.

Arguments in the case were heard Tuesday before the state Supreme Court in Olympia. It is the first time in more than 25 years that the high court has heard a tribal sovereign immunity case. A ruling is likely months away.

Wright’s case hinges on convincing justices that tribes’ immunity unfairly shields tribal for-profit corporations doing off-reservation work.

They “can be just running around the state and just not following the law,” said Wright’s attorney, Breean Beggs. “They can be polluting, they can be manufacturing products that are dangerous, and you can’t do anything about it, under their theory.”

Tribal attorneys insist that the Colville corporations are immune to state suits.

Tribal attorney Michael Griffin told the high court that Wright is welcome to file his case in tribal court in Nespelem.

“The tribal court is wide open to litigants like Mr. Wright,” said Griffin, a lawyer for the Colville Tribal Enterprise Corp. “If Mr. Wright invokes the jurisdiction of the tribal court, he will be heard.”

Beggs said Colville tribal law is unclear about whether a non-Indian can sue the tribe in such a case.

Wright, a pipe layer, took a construction job in Oak Harbor in 2002 replacing a water system at Navy housing on Whidbey Island. His employer was the Colville Tribal Services Corp.

The company is one of 14 business enterprises run by the Colville Tribal Enterprise Corp.

Wright contended that one co-worker “constantly spat on me when I was working in the ditch below him and shouted things at me like ‘You’re my white bitch.'”