Cherokee Nation tells US FedGov to pound sand.
A federal order for one of the
nation's largest American Indian tribes to restore voting rights and
benefits to about 2,800 descendants of members' former slaves threw
plans for a special election for a new chief into turmoil Tuesday.
federal government sent the sternly-worded letter to the Cherokee
Nation after it sent letters last week kicking the descendants out of
the tribe and stripping them of benefits including medical care, food
stipends and assistance for low-income homeowners.
The federal government said that
unless the descendants, known as freedmen, were allowed to vote, the
upcoming election wouldn't be valid.
urge you to consider carefully the nation's next steps in proceeding
with an election that does not comply with federal law," Assistant
Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk wrote in letter Friday to
acting Chief S. Joe Crittenden. "The department will not recognize any
action taken by the nation that is inconsistent with these principles
and does not accord its freedmen members full rights of citizenship."
Crittenden said the special election would take place as scheduled.
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