Federal Court Rules Cherokee Freedmen Retain Treaty Rights

Here is the opinion in Cherokee Nation v. Nash (D.D.C.).

More details tomorrow.

An excerpt:

The Court finds it confounding that the Cherokee Nation historically had no qualms about regarding freedmen as Cherokee “property” yet continues, even after 150 years, to balk when confronted with the legal imperative to treat them as Cherokee people. While the Cherokee Nation might persist in its design to perpetuate a moral injustice, this Court will not be complicit in the perpetuation of a legal injustice.  

Briefs here. Case tag here.

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