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American Indians Kept Black Slaves

We tend to think of both Native Americans and African Americans as cultural and ethnic groups who have been treated badly by history. But one thing most people DON'T know is that Indians once kept SLAVES. Now the freedmen who are the descendents of slaves kept by wealthy members of the Cherokee nation are fighting to be accepted of members of the tribe.

The tribe wants to expel them and the US government is condemning this. The US Constitution was partially based on the constitution of the Cherokees and they are our nation's largest Indian tribe. When Cherokee chief Stand Watie became the last confederate general to surrender in the Civil War, he signed a treaty that emancipated these slaves. Current chiefs Ross Swimmer and Wilma Mankiller have created a new requirement that all Cherokee should have a certificate of degree of Indian blood, which strips the freedmen of their membership in the tribe. 2,800 freedmen lost immediately their status as tribal citizens, including their right to food aid and medical services from the US government.

In the Guardian Weekly, James MacKay quotes Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary for Indian affairs, as saying "The department (of the Interior)'s position is, and has been, that the 1866 treaty between the US and the Cherokee nation vested Cherokee freedmen with rights of citizenship in the nation." We guess this just goes to show that prejudice spreads in all directions. At we know all too well about the prejudice against "contactees" and experiencers. Have Whitley and Anne fended off so many attacks over the years, only to die from neglect today? Only YOU can change that: Subscribe today--it's the ONLY WAY to MAKE SURE we'll still be here tomorrow!

yes one branch of my family is Cherokee and they did keep slaves. They were so white Washington thought they were the lost tribes, I have read

Stand Watie I believe was raised white and was a good man. There was one who liked to beat his slaves to death for fun. I won't put his name here.
he was very very rich

They enslaved each other, like the rest of us.
In fact, there were more white slaves in America to begin with.

Probably certain powerful tribesmen (and women) realized that the politics would go more their way if a degree of blood requirement was put in place so that folks who tended to oppose their views more often could be shed from the picture. This dynamic has played out in other tribes as well. Politics as usual isn't just for Washington.

I would like to see the source statistics about more whites than blacks being slaves in America's early days. Indentured servants, were not slaves. They served a master for seven years, then were freed. Unlike slaves, many volunteered that role. That said, my Scottish ancestors were white slaves in Jamaica, forced out of the Highlands by the king of England.

As I understand it, not just the aforementioned Chiefs, but the Tribal Council, consisting of respected elders, made the decision. These freemen would qualify for federal services without tribal alliance, anyway, and it's not unreasonable to require blood relation for tribal membership.

I knew that in the very early stages before the forming of the United Colonies there were white slaves owned by both the indigenous tribes and Europeans. However, I was not aware of the scope of the practice.

The Truth About Slavery
from the American Dissident Voices

I cannot vouch for the accuracy of some of these stories and the source seems a little seedy... however, there they are... make of them what you will.

Can't remember exactly where the info was posted.
Rastafarian page or something, I think.

They know stuff about the slave trade that would just blow your mind.
This was one of them.

Got it from an Irish Canadian girl whose family had come through Jamaica, via the slave trade.

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