Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

No Dice for Families of Native Americans' Slaves


(CN) - Descendants of slaves owned by Native Americans cannot sue the federal government for allegedly collecting royalties on lands given to them post-Civil War, a federal judge ruled.

After the fall of the Confederacy, the United States signed treaties in 1866 that, in part, emancipated the slaves owned by the so-called "Five Civilized Tribes" - the Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Chickasaw - rendering them "Freedmen."

Decades later, the federal government enacted a 1908 law that removed all restrictions on tribal lands allotted under the 1898 Curtis Act, allegedly except those given to minors.


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