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December 9, 2007

Bill being sponsored to terminate the Cherokee tribe from Federal Recognition

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Thirty-three bills are currently before Congress that will affect the Cherokee Nation. Some members of Congress are even going so far as attempting to terminate the existence of the Cherokee Nation as a federally recognized Indian Nation under Bill H.R. 2824.

The essence of Bill H.R. 2824 is to sever United States’ government relations with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma until such time as the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma restores full tribal citizenship to the Cherokee Freedmen disenfranchised in the March 3, 2007, Cherokee Nation vote and fulfills all its treaty obligations with the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process where the bill is considered in committee and may undergo significant changes in markup sessions. The bill has been referred to the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

You can find the full text of this bill at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:H.R.2824:

You can sign a petition against H.R. 2824 at http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/save-the-cherokee-nations-federal-status

Find a sample letter to send to Congress regarding H.R. 2824 and look up your official representatives by zip code or state at http://capwiz.com/cherokee/home/

Summaries and status information about all 33 key bills that will affect Cherokee citizens at http://capwiz.com/cherokee/issues/bills/

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