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The Cherokee Nation is the insistence of relying on contracts with the U.S. government in the 18 and 19 centuries, in a fresh bid to, their own representatives in Congress.
In the framework of the Treaty of New Echota in 1835, when the Federal government promised the Cherokee Nation, a delegate in the Congress as a form of compensation for the forced, the tribe of native Americans from their ancestral lands in the southeastern United States and in Oklahoma in what is known as the Trail of Tears. The forced relocation of the Cherokee Indians, together with members of the Muscogee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw tribes, led to the deaths of 4,000 Cherokee-Nation-members, and thousands of other Native Americans.
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“Deputy” to Congress for the Cherokee Nation was first in the Treaty of Hopewell of 1785, while a “delegate” to Congress, it was promised, the Treaty of New Echota and confirmed in the Treaty of 1866.
“It is a right negotiated by our ancestors in two contracts with the Federal government and reaffirmed in the Treaty of 1866, and is reflected in our Constitution,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said in a statement last week. “In the case of the Cherokee Nation, we are with the exercise of their rights under the Treaty and the strengthening of our sovereignty.”
Hoskin added: “We know that this is only the beginning and there is a lot of work ahead of us, but we are thoroughly in the implementation and ask our leaders in Washington to work with us, through this process, and the legislation provides that the Cherokee Nation, the delegate to the us legally is entitled.”
The stem is in the send hope, a non-eligible delegates to vote at the Congress, as well as the other U.S. territories.
For now Hoskin, Kim Teehee, the trunk, the current vice president of government relations, has been nominated as a delegate. Teehee, previously as President Barack Obama’s senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs in the White house Domestic Policy Council and as senior Advisor to the Native American Caucus, Co-Chairman Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich., need to be confirmed by the Council of the Cherokee Nation at a special session on Aug. 29.
Kim Teehee, who was appointed Cherokee Nation, the current vice president of government relations, to serve as the root of the first delegates to the Congress. (Handout)
“I’m really Chief Hoskin humiliated nominated me for this extraordinary responsibility,” Teehee said in a statement. “This journey is just beginning and we still have a long way to go, to see, to realize.
She added: “[A] Cherokee Nation delegates to the Congress is a negotiated right that our ancestors supported it, and today, our tribal nation is stronger than ever and ready to defend yourself, all of our constitutional and contractual rights. It is equally important to 2019, as it were, in our three contracts.”
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Depending on the process, voting delegates will be for the other, however, the house must admit the votes officially, Teehee. It is unclear what the mood in the halls of Congress is against allowing a Cherokee Nation representative in the house.
The US government has in the past put hurdles to prevent the indigenous people from claiming what was promised to them in the contracts they signed with Washington, but experts say that the Cherokee Nation has recently found itself in a position where you can begin the exercise of its rights.
“For me, it is not surprising that it would have something to say deep in the self-determination era for tribes to be able to, some of these rights,” said American University law professor Ezra Rosser, according to the hill.
The Cherokee Nation is by far the largest of the nearly 600 federally recognized Indian tribes in the United States, with almost 400,000 registered members. There are also two other smaller Cherokee tribes recognized by the U.S. government in Oklahoma and the other in North Carolina.
The effort to send a delegate to Washington comes as part of a larger push by Native Americans for a better representation within the Federal government. Democrat Deb Haaland, the Pueblo Laguna tribe in New Mexico, and Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk Nation in Kansas, was the first of two Native American women in the Congress elected last fall – bringing the total number of Native American legislators in the house up to four, in addition to Oklahoma Reps. Tom Cole of the Chickasaw Nation, and mark Wayne Mullin, of the Cherokee Nation.
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The push to a delegate, would meet in Congress, a long-standing desire of many members of the Cherokee Nation, who have asked why such an effort was not been successful so far, despite the promises of the Federal government.
“We talked about it, Yes, but we could not have done anything because there are other things that needed to be done to get to this point were,” Charles pumpkin, the Director of the Cherokee National Historical Society, told The New York Times. “In the real sense, it was not a fully functional government, and it hurt some of the growth. I think this is a measure of the maturity of our tribal government.”
If the Cherokee Nation sends a delegate to Congress, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands would be a non-voting delegate. While these members do not get a vote on the House floor, you have the power to introduce bills and vote in committees.