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ran across this story last week while searching for a 1912 obit. Odd how
several issues in 1912 were still hot topics in 2006:
a) Cherokee tribal benefits to freedman
b) 1912 concerns with the price of a barrel of oil approaching $1 per
c) The City of Collinsville was restructuring the contract with the gas
company in 1912 (as they are with ONG in 2006)
District 8 Cherokee Councilmen
Anglen and Bill
Johnson attended Collinsville's Victory Cherokee Organization meeting
Tuesday and reported on the Tribal
Council vote of 13-2 the previous night (June 12th) which will allow Cherokee
citizens to vote on changing citizenship requirements. The proposed amendment
to the 1999 Cherokee Nation Constitution would require Indian blood for citizenship
and potentially remove tribal benefits from "Cherokee Freedman"
who became eligible based on a recent court ruling.
The next Cherokee general
election will be in June 2007. A vote by the tribal council (7-8) Monday failed
to approve an earlier special election. An initiative petion is in circulation
to call for that same special election could still put the issue to a vote
by the end 2006 (at the earliest) if approximately 2081 qualified Cherokee
voter request it.
Councilman Anglen also
reported that now that the 1999 constitution had replaced the 1975 constitution
there would be plenty of adjustments to be made in representation and district
alignments. There will be 2 new at-large councilman and the 15 districts will
be realigned for equal population in each. Another change will be a Cherokee
Nation delegate to the U.S. Congress. This is considered a treaty right and
the reaction in the congress is eagerly anticipated. Buel joked "we will
elect this delegate and send them to Congress and then see if they can find
Anglen addressing the Victory Cherokee Organization.
Alice Whitecloud (right) discussed her Ponca & Cheyenne heritage and her
nearly 50 years in the "Inner Circle". She has been training youth
for 20 years.
youth performed a Round Dance at the Collinsville VCO meeting June 13th.
Johnson brought a copy of the new Cherokee Constitution.