African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Cherokee Court rules on Freedmen case
Posted By: David Cornsilk
Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2006, at 3:30 p.m.
In a 30 page ruling issued this morning (March 7, 2006), the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court (JAT) issued a ruling declaring the legislative act passed by the Cherokee Nation Council denying citizenship rights to the Freedmen is unconstitutional. The significance of the ruling coming in 2006 is not lost on us, as it is the Sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the adoption of the Freedmen as citizens of the Cherokee Nation. The ruling was 2 judges in favor and one judge dissenting. I applaud Mrs. Lucy Allen for having the courage to stand up for herself and the Cherokee Freedmen descendants who will now, we hope, find an easier path to take their rightful place at the Cherokee table. We must not forget the pioneers who came before with their legal challenges, including Rev. Roger Nero (10th Circuit Court of Appeals), Mrs. Bernice Riggs (Cherokee Nation Judicial Appeals Tribunal) and Mrs. Marilyn Vann (Washington D.C. Circuit Court). This is a tremendous victory for democracy in the Cherokee Nation and a huge blow to tyranny and racism.