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Native America Calling: Momentum for Choctaw Freedmen?
Wednesday, March 17, 2021

After the recent historic change in the Cherokee Nation constitution opening the door to Freedmen Cherokee citizenship, the Choctaw Nation is now facing a fight pitting sovereignty against formal recognition for Choctaw Freedmen.

The leader of the Choctaw Nation opposes proposed language in congressional legislation that would require the tribe to allow Freedmen enrollment. The bill is in response to Freedmen —- descendants of formerly enslaved people who also claim Choctaw heritage — who say they are denied citizenship because of their race.

But Choctaw Chief Gary Batton says the tribe, not Congress, determines enrollment. Native America Calling will get an update on the status of the ongoing Choctaw Freedmen issue.

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