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Cherokee Nation Removes "By Blood" from its Constitution

 

February 25, 2021



TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation removed the term “by blood” from its Constitution, paving a path for other tribes on an often debated topic in Indian Country: blood quantum.

According to the Cherokee Nation’s website, the Cherokee Nation is the largest tribe in the United States with more than 380,000 tribal citizens worldwide and over 141,000 Cherokee Nation citizens residing within the tribe's reservation boundaries in Oklahoma.

The decision was made by the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, and was made in response to the federal Cherokee Nation v. Nash case where descendants of Black slaves, known as Freedman, have full rights as Cherokee citizens based on the Treaty of 1866.

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