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Muscogee (Creek) Nation passes bill removing press freedom from Mvskoke Media


November 14, 2018

In 1834, Georgia militia marched into Cherokee Nation’s capital, seized the tribal newspaper, smashed the printing press and threw type pieces into the river. The Cherokee Phoenix, the first tribal newspaper in the United States, was printing information against the state of Georgia and the then proposed removal of Cherokee people. Georgia recognized free press as a key component of sovereignty, and, in their intent to upend Cherokee Nation, came to destroy it.

Action taken by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation last Thursday brought renewed attention to how important— and precarious— freedom of the press is to Indian Country today.


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