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In 2011, The Cherokee Nation expelled thousands of descendants of Black Slaves from the Cherokee Nation. Black slaves and their descendants had been given the rights of Cherokee Nation citizenship under an 1866 treaty with the federal government. The Cherokee Nation is a sovereign one and its Supreme Court ruled that a 2007 constitutional amendment requiring Cherokee blood be required for tribal affiliation could stand.
In 1831, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Cherokee Nation was not a foreign nation and therefore ruled that the Supreme Court did not have jurisdiction. The result was that the Cherokee Nation's land cessions were allowed to stand, and they were denied the right to sue in federal court to prevent their removal from tribal lands. This manuscript is Justice Smith Thompson's retained copy of his dissenting opinion, he wrote upholding the claims of the Cherokee Nation.
Cherokee Connections: This is an introduction to genealogical sources pertaining to the Cherokee nation, and it is designed specifically for researchers who are trying to prove their heritage for tribal membership as well as for those who are simply interested in investigating family legends about Cherokee ancestry.