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Bureau of Indian Affairs to deny federal status to Cherokee group

 


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is proposing to deny federal recognition to a group known as the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees.

According to a notice published in the Federal Register on Friday, the group did not meet all seven mandatory criteria for recognition. Although its members were able to document descent from the historic Cherokee Nation, acting assistant Larry Roberts said they have not been identified as an Indian entity since 1900, did not demonstrate their existence as a distinct Indian community since historical times and have not maintained an autonomous political organization since historical times.

"The petitioner claims to have evolved from the pre-Removal Cherokee Nation and to represent a specific Cherokee family that did not remove westward with the Tribe in the 19th century," the notice reads. "The vast majority of the petitioner's members identify descent from Rachel Martin, a Cherokee woman, her husband Daniel Davis, and primarily their three children who remained near Dahlonega, Georgia, after the Cherokee Nation removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s."

http://www.indianz.com/News/2016/05/13/bureau-of-indian-affairs-to-deny-federal.asp

 

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