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September 24, 2017

Judge Rules That Cherokee Freedmen Have Right To Tribal Citizenship

Waynetta Lawrie, left, of Tulsa, Okla., stands with others at the state capitol in Oklahoma City,  in 2007, during a demonstration by several Cherokee Freedmen and their supporters.

A federal judge has ruled in favor of descendants of enslaved people owned by members of the tribe in the 19th century. The tribe’s attorney general says he does not intend to appeal the decision.

(Image credit: AP)


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