Cherokee Nation joins tribes in opposing Arizona immigrant law
The tribal council of the Cherokee Nation voted unanimously to oppose SB1070, Arizona's anti-immigration law.

Council members say the law will lead to racial profiling because some Native Americans may not have U.S. citizenship documents even though they were born in the U.S. They are also worried about Oklahoma adopting a similar law.

"Also, many in the Oklahoma Legislature have voiced their support of the act, and are looking at possibly having a similar law here. This would set a precedent for the Cherokee Nation’s opposition," council member Chuck Hoskin Jr. told The Tahlequah Daily Press.

In response to a lawsuit, filed by the Department of Justice, a federal judge has blocked the most controversial provisions of the law, which allows state police officers to ask people about their immigration status.

The Tohono O'odham Nation and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona oppose the law.

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Tribal council unites against immigration law in Arizona (The Tahlequah Daily Press 8/17)

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