From Time/CNN - Cherokee nation's exclusion of Freedmen

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"Several years ago, the Seminoles tried to kick their Freedmen out of their tribe. So, the federal government declared the Seminoles in violation of their treaty and refused to recognize the tribe's sovereignty. As a result the Freedmen were reincorporated in the Seminole nation in 2003. "

I really liked this article. Helped me learn about an issue I knew nothing about like the Dawes list and its original purpose. Sort of close to home though. My co-worker who just died was Wampanoag from a very mixed family. At his funeral you could see Native American, Black and Caucasian family members -- and various mixtures of these. Imagine how families could break apart if tribes started unraveling these people by blood.
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