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Cherokees May Vote to Expel Freedmen

Frank Morris
Cherokee Freedman Johnny Toomer looks over documents linking him to the tribe.

By Frank Morris


Tahlequah, OK – A federal court hearing Wednesday (February 21) pits Native Americans against the descendants of African slaves who were once kept by tribal members. The Cherokee nation has moved to expel those descendants, known as Cherokee Freedmen. The Freedmen argue that their shared heritage and a 140 year old treaty protect their citizenship. KCUR's Frank Morris reports.

Note: This story aired on NPR's Morning Edition, 2/21/07.

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