Federal Recognition
Southern Cherokees issue car tags, game licenses

A group calling itself the Southern Cherokee Nation is issuing car tags and hunting and fishing licenses.

The tribe sold tags and licenses to tribal members. The car tags were meant to be vanity plates but some are using them as license plates.

The tags and licenses came with "Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood" cards that were issued through the "U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Southern Cherokee Agency." The agency doesn't exist and the tribe is not on the list of federally recognized entities.

The Cherokee Nation, which is recognized, is considering legal options against the group.

Get the Story:
Southern Cherokees' invalid tags, licenses rankle some (The Muskogee Phoenix 12/17)

Relevant Links:
Southern Cherokee Nation - http://www.southern-cherokee.com