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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cherokee Nation Tests 200-Year-Old Treaty by Sending Delegate to Congress

The new president of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation is appointing for the first time a delegate to the United States House of Representatives, a move that is believed to be codified in a 200-year-old treaty between the tribe and the federal government.

Tulsa World is one of many media outlets that have reported on the historic development, saying:

In a letter Thursday to the speaker of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council, Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. requested a special meeting of the council later this month to consider confirming Kimberly Teehee, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, to the position. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter on Friday.

Hoskin, the tribe’s former secretary of state, was elected leader of the 370,000-citizen tribe, the country’s largest, in June with almost 58 percent of the vote.

In a statement released by the tribe, Hoskin said the Cherokee Nation’s right to a congressional delegate was reaffirmed by two separate treaties with the federal government and reflected in the tribe’s constitution. He also said it was important now because native issues “continue to rise to the forefront of the national dialogue.”

“At Cherokee Nation, we are exercising our treaty rights and strengthening our sovereignty,” Hoskin said. “The announcement next week is simply the first step in a long process, having a Cherokee Nation citizen seated as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. We are eager to work with our congressional delegation from Oklahoma to move this historic appointment forward.”



Anonymous said...

NO MORE $$$$$$

Anonymous said...

The Cherokee Nation deserves respect after Elizabeth Warren pretending to be one just to gain a group of voters. The Cherokee people are smarter than she will ever be, not sure where her real gene pool came from, most likely under a rock. Teehee good luck at least you're for real and I hope your voice is heard.

Anonymous said...

But they already have Warren to represent them in Congress. LOL

Anonymous said...

Remove there casino $.

Anonymous said...

Hillary Clinton is pushing for the job.
She says she is now a Native American, and related to the Custer tribe.
Blow and brag and inflate yourself to cover up incompetence and stupidity!

Anonymous said...

It's appropriate that the Nation should have a direct representative in Congress. How many other Nations have the same kind of treaty?

Anonymous said...

And there is that pesky, dusty old document the Constitution that specifies how Representatives are selected. No treaty has the power to alter the Constitution.

Anonymous said...

Dc has a rep and they cant vote. I am sure this would be similar. Indians can vote. And if you think a voting member is the only way to get things done than i have a bridge to sell. The right person would be able to sway the idiot dems to doing a lot.