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Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenship

An inmate is asking a federal judge to order the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to process his application for membership.

Robert Sioleski, 58, claims his grandmother was Cherokee. He wants to be issued a membership card in order to participate in ceremonies at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York.

"The facility stated I can't attend Native services, festivals or do crafts not until I have tribal reckonation and affiliation!" Sioleski wrote in one complaint, which was quickly dismissed because he made similar claims in an earlier complaint.


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