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Diane Watson

Assembly of First Nations Denounces Termination Bill

So many people are blind to the fact that federal government is still active against Native American tribes and on an agenda to terminate Native American Indians in any way they can. Dian Watson is another example of government attempts to squash a squash a tribe like a bug. In today's world, war is not only fought in the battle fields, it is also fought quietly in legislation. DON'T LET CONGRESS, WATSON, OR THE BLACK CAUCUS STRONG ARM A REAL MINORITY SUCH AS THE NATIVE AMERICANS. What Watson wants is to punish the Cherokee for not allowing non-Indians into the tribe. Why do non-Indians want to be a citizen of a tribe anyway? It doesn't make sense.  (Dec 19, 2007 | post #1)

Tahlequah, OK

Tribe to deliberate a blood requisite

The tribal vote is to confirm that you have to have a blood link to an ancestor of Cherokee descent to be considered as a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The only ‘blood quantum’ is that you have at least “one drop of blood”. This does not mean you have to be a full blood, quarter blood, or other. Just that you have any quantum of blood. The issue with the Freedmen is the ones that have no Cherokee blood link to the Dawes rolls but want to be a citizen of a Native American tribe anyway. The issue has nothing to do with the color of skin or race like so many has been saying. You can be of any race with the one requirement being links by blood to a Cherokee ancestor.  (Oct 13, 2007 | post #6)

Tahlequah, OK

Boren amendment delays funding cut

It appears that you have been highly misinformed or you simply lack the 'rest of the story' and researching sources or worse, you are simply racist. 1. Sovereign Nation and Indian Casinos and Businesses: Casino’s bringing in billions in revenue is true is combining all tribal casino’s but is not true for most individual tribes. The Cherokee Casino, after payments to the state only leaves the tribe with less then 20% of total funding for the tribe. The Cherokee people do not receive stipends as this money goes directly to social services. Many people think that as a sovereign nation who has various forms of businesses, do not pay taxes. This would be wonderful but the compacts made with the state of Oklahoma for Casino's, smoke shops, Race tracks, Tribal Vehicle Tags. Etc. requires that a percentage of revenue goes to the State. Not as a tax but as a percentage. Each Tribe pays anywhere between $1 - $300 Million in revenue to the State of Oklahoma yearly. Add the tribes up and the State is receiving revenues in the Billions. No, this is not taxes, it is in compacts with the State: (Race Tracks) Cherokee Nation Makes $2 Million in Compact Payments: (Oct 2005 - year 1 of gaming compacts) (Car tag money - 2003) 38% of all tag revenues were distributed to schools. That funding is in addition to the $1 million the Cherokee Nation allots to schools with Johnson O'Malley programs and the $22 million schools statewide. Tribal Nations is the 4th largest employer in the State of Oklahoma. Larger then Phillips, SWB, and Williams companies combined with over 15,000 jobs. Revenue supplied by the Tribal Nations support Oklahoma schools, roads, hospitals, housing, and much more. All of which are not limited to people of Native American descent. Although the Tribes do not dictate how or where the money given to the state is spent, the compacts supply the intent for that money. 2. Federal Aid to tribes: Money received by the federal government supplies the same social services offered by the State Department of Human Services which help to alleviate the burden of these services to the State. 3. Support yourselves: With the few of many points listed above, this truly leaves the question of who is supporting who. For the state of Oklahoma, the Tribal Nations support the state just as the state supports the Tribal Nations. This holds true more in Oklahoma then in many other states. If you are truly interested in the truth rather then stereotyped and misinformation, I would recommend researching Oklahoma Compacts, Gaming Commissions, etc. on the internet. I would also recommend contacting both sides of any issue before judging. Please feel free to ask any questions. I will do my best to answer or direct you as necessary.  (Oct 4, 2007 | post #2)

Diane Watson

Ex-chief says tribe allowing return of racism

You would think in this day and age that the government would quit trying to exterminate the Native American tribes but it is true. The Government is doing it again. Congresswoman Diane Watson is proposing to exterminate government relations with the Cherokee Nation. The ironic thing is she claims that it is because the Cherokee are not living up to their treaty with the federal government in 1866! Let’s see, the government stripped the Cherokee of their land and is attempting to strip them of their culture. According to the 1866 treaty, the State of Oklahoma would have been a Native American state but instead, the federal government broke the treaty and gave way to stealing the land the government promised in writing to protect! Cherokee Nation voted that people (all people) who could not prove that they were Cherokee by blood (lineage to the Dawes roll registry) that they could not be citizens of the Cherokee Nation and be called Cherokee. Makes sense…you have to be Indian to claim it. This sounds simple enough but this would mean excluding a group called the Freedmen who were former slaves of the Cherokee, from having citizenship rights. The issue here is the Freedmen had citizenship rights for a 1 full year (ONE YEAR) only due to a judge who had her own agenda to run for Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. After failing, the saga has been set to motion. The only thing the press picked up was that that the Cherokee were kicking out all black people when that is not the case at all. If any black, white, yellow, or other race can also prove that they have Cherokee blood (like everyone else does), then they also can gain citizenship into the tribe. Here is my personal issue…why is it that when you are Cherokee, people say they are Cherokee. They don’t say Irish Cherokee, German Cherokee, Chinese Cherokee, etc. All you hear about is Black Cherokee? I don’t get it. I am Cherokee mixed with many other races and I still say that I am Cherokee. Most people will say the same but because of all of these issues, Black Cherokee seems to be a class above all other people, both black and Cherokee.  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #2)

Diane Watson

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QUESTIONS FOR WATSON: You have stated several times that you brought forth a bill to terminate the Cherokee Nation because "they are breaking the law", "they have broken the 1866 Treaty Agreement." What court has determined that the Cherokee people have "broken the law" and not lived up to the 1866 Treaty? Why are you arbitrarily accusing the Cherokee Nation of breaking the law when no court has confirmed that fact. Why are you arbitrarily dismissing and ignoring the 1975 Court Of Appeals decision that clearly determined the question as to the Cherokee people's right determine their own citizenship criteria? How can you or any Congressional representative arbitrarily decide someone is guilty and deny the accused due process under the law? What background or experience do you have in Indian affairs and laws that would qualify you to insert yourself in an Oklahoma Indian Tribe's internal affairs regarding the non-Indian Freedmen citizenship issue? Why did you say that you were not interested in pursuing the investigation into whether or not the U.S. may have broken articles of the 1866 Treaty and that you want to only focus on the one narrow question and article regarding the non-Indian citizenship. Don't you agree that this appears to be a mockery of equal justice for all? Why would you include Joe Byrd on your panel, who is not only a paid lobbyist for a Cherokee Nation rival group, but also a long time political foe who has unsuccessfully ran against and lost elections twice to the current Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith and not include them both? Why would you include on your panel the lay advocate in the Lucy Allen case, David Cornsilk who has not only been a long time political foe and critic of Chief Smith, Chief Mankiller and Chief Swimmer as well as his fellow panelist on your panel, former Chief Byrd, and not include one of hundreds of Cherokee citizens who are qualified experts with years of experience in Cherokee history, education, genealogy, culture, treaties, Cherokee and Indian law as well as federal law. Why did you exclude Cherokee citizens with PhD's and other academic degrees in these subjects? Why would you include Ed Crittenden on your panel, who is past Joe Byrd political campaign supporter, and an individual who has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs, a history of drug abuse, and the subject of restraining order, and not include other good and decent Cherokee citizens here in the Cherokee Nation communities and those with years of experience working for the Cherokee Nation in all branches of government? Why have you only included malcontented political opponents of the current and past Cherokee Nation elected officials on your panel to the exclusion of others? What justifies their exclusion?  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #3)

Diane Watson

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Better questions that reporters could have asked would have been: QUESTIONS FOR BYRD: -During Watson's D.C. conference on the Freedmen Issue... Why did you deny your vote for the by blood citizenship criteria when official records clearly show otherwise? -Why do you believe that it would not affect all the other federally recognized tribes if the Cherokee people just voluntarily give up their sovereign and legal right to determine citizenship in their tribe just because a Congresswoman is threatening to terminate the tribe if they don't allow non-Indians citizenship? -Do you believe that anytime an anti-Indian sovereignty advocate wants to terminate all or parts of a tribe's sovereign rights all they have to do is skip due process of law and established historical legal precedence, and simply woo their congressional representative who will then to do their bidding? Isn't that exactly what Congresswoman Watson's is doing on behalf of one of her special interest constituencies? -Who paid your expenses to attend Watson's D.C. conference?  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #2)

Diane Watson

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Watson invited Joe Byrd as a panelist at her CBC legislative conference today. Watson aligned has herself with former Principal Chief by default, Joe Byrd, a disgruntled Cherokee Nation political loser who has not only attacked the candidate to whom he lost his bid for re-lection, Principal Chief Chad Smith, but also former Cherokee Nation Principal Chiefs Wilma Mankiller and Ross Swimmer. Joe Byrd voted in 88, 92 and 93 to require "by blood" to be a citizen". Byrd denied it to reporters today. Byrd was responsible for one of the worst constitutional crisis in modern day Cherokee history. Citizens who don't know their history, are bound to repeat it. The summary attached clears up why Byrd would align himself with Watson... Byrd's denial to reporters today regarding his "by blood" citizenship vote are typical of Byrd who has a pathological problem with "lying." Watson also invited David Cornsilk to her panel. David Cornsilk, like Joe Byrd is a malcontent candidate who lost his race for a seat on the Cherokee Nation Council, and a disgruntled former employee of the Cherokee Nation with a long history of fabricating the truth about individuals, leaders and elected officials of the Cherokee Nation. He has never held a steady job for very long with any company. He has spent more than a decade criticizing every Cherokee Nation leader in modern time including his co-panelist on Watson's panel today former Cherokee Chief by default Joe Byrd, Chad Smith, Wilma Mankiller and Ross Swimmer. Watson also invited Ed Crittenden to her panel. Ed Crittenden has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs. He has threatened and accosted Cherokee representatives. Cherokee County public records show a restraining for one Eddie Crittenden. Each have a common goal and that is to by hook or by crook run the Cherokee Nation without the constitutional required common consent of the Cherokee people or respect for the law.  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #1)

Diane Watson

Cherokees react to Calif congresswoman's bill to halt funds

Federal Aid to tribes: Money received by the federal government supplies the same social services offered by the State Department of Human Services which help to alleviate the burden of these services to the State. Support yourselves: With the few points listed above, this truly leaves the question of who is supporting who. For the state of Oklahoma, the Tribal Nations support the state just as the state supports the Tribal Nations. This holds true more in Oklahoma then in many other states. If you are truly interested in the truth rather then stereotyped and misinformation, I would recommend researching Oklahoma Compacts, Gaming Commissions, etc. on the internet.  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #12)

Diane Watson

Cherokees react to Calif congresswoman's bill to halt funds

Watson is an idiot and is only using this for political gain. One more case of the government trying to exterminate the Native American's. BTW, people fail to see that tax payers fund the welfare system. Guess what Cherokee people also pay those same taxes to the Government. To make things fair, the Native American's should stop paying the government anything! 1. Sovereign Nation and Indian Casinos and Businesses: Many people think that as a sovereign nation who has various forms of businesses, do not pay taxes. This would be wonderful but the compacts made with the state of Oklahoma for Casino's, smoke shops, Race tracks, Tribal Vehicle Tags. Etc. requires that a percentage of revenue goes to the State. Not as a tax but as a percentage. Each Tribe pays anywhere between $1 - $300 Million in revenue to the State of Oklahoma yearly. Add the tribes up and the State is receiving revenues in the Billions. No, this is not taxes, it is in compacts with the State: (Race Tracks) Cherokee Nation Makes $2 Million in Compact Payments: (Oct 2005 - year 1 of gaming compacts): http://www.cheroke e.org/home.aspx?se ction=story&id =CY8w83M+g00= (Car tag money - 2003) 38% of all tag revenues were distributed to schools. That funding is in addition to the $1 million the Cherokee Nation allots to schools with Johnson O'Malley programs and the $22 million schools statewide. Tribal Nations is the 4th largest employer in the State of Oklahoma. Larger then Phillips, SWB, and Williams companies combined with over 15,000 jobs. Revenue supplied by the Tribal Nations support Oklahoma schools, roads, hospitals, housing, and much more. All of which are not limited to people of Native American descent. Although the Tribes do not dictate how or where the money given to the state is spent, the compacts supply the intent for that money.  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #11)

Oklahoma

Freedmen row is not about racism but sovereignty

Steve - you are listening to BS. I would be all in favor of the treaty if the government hadn't BROKEN EVERY POINT. The government rendered it obsolete, not the Cherokee. Why do you ignore the actual treaty if you comment on it. It would appear that you didn't do any homework and have only listened to lies that have been advocated. You should read the treaty YOURSELF. Go ahead, I challenge you to actually read the article and then come back with a point by point discussion. And BTW, you may have also missed the fact that the Freedmen only had citizenship for ONE (1) YEAR due to a judge who needed votes on an election that they ended up loosing.  (Oct 2, 2007 | post #3)

Diane Watson

Ex-chief says tribe allowing return of racism

Watson invited Joe Byrd as a panelist at her CBC legislative conference today. Watson aligned has herself with former Principal Chief by default, Joe Byrd, a disgruntled Cherokee Nation political loser who has not only attacked the candidate to whom he lost his bid for re-lection, Principal Chief Chad Smith, but also former Cherokee Nation Principal Chiefs Wilma Mankiller and Ross Swimmer. Joe Byrd voted in 88, 92 and 93 to require "by blood" to be a citizen". Byrd denied it to reporters today. Byrd was responsible for one of the worst constitutional crisis in modern day Cherokee history. Citizens who don't know their history, are bound to repeat it. The summary attached clears up why Byrd would align himself with Watson... Byrd's denial to reporters today regarding his "by blood" citizenship vote are typical of Byrd who has a pathological problem with "lying." Watson also invited David Cornsilk to her panel. David Cornsilk, like Joe Byrd is a malcontent candidate who lost his race for a seat on the Cherokee Nation Council, and a disgruntled former employee of the Cherokee Nation with a long history of fabricating the truth about individuals, leaders and elected officials of the Cherokee Nation. He has never held a steady job for very long with any company. He has spent more than a decade criticizing every Cherokee Nation leader in modern time including his co-panelist on Watson's panel today former Cherokee Chief by default Joe Byrd, Chad Smith, Wilma Mankiller and Ross Swimmer. Watson also invited Ed Crittenden to her panel. Ed Crittenden has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs. He has threatened and accosted Cherokee representatives. Cherokee County public records show a restraining for one Eddie Crittenden. Each have a common goal and that is to by hook or by crook run the Cherokee Nation without the constitutional required common consent of the Cherokee people or respect for the law.  (Oct 1, 2007 | post #1)

Diane Watson

Coverage of the Watson DC conference

Better questions that reporters could have asked would have been: QUESTIONS FOR BYRD: -During Watson's D.C. conference on the Freedmen Issue... Why did you deny your vote for the by blood citizenship criteria when official records clearly show otherwise? -Why do you believe that it would not affect all the other federally recognized tribes if the Cherokee people just voluntarily give up their sovereign and legal right to determine citizenship in their tribe just because a Congresswoman is threatening to terminate the tribe if they don't allow non-Indians citizenship? -Do you believe that anytime an anti-Indian sovereignty advocate wants to terminate all or parts of a tribe's sovereign rights all they have to do is skip due process of law and established historical legal precedence, and simply woo their congressional representative who will then to do their bidding? Isn't that exactly what Congresswoman Watson's is doing on behalf of one of her special interest constituencies? -Who paid your expenses to attend Watson's D.C. conference? QUESTIONS FOR WATSON: You have stated several times that you brought forth a bill to terminate the Cherokee Nation because "they are breaking the law", "they have broken the 1866 Treaty Agreement." What court has determined that the Cherokee people have "broken the law" and not lived up to the 1866 Treaty? Why are you arbitrarily accusing the Cherokee Nation of breaking the law when no court has confirmed that fact. Why are you arbitrarily dismissing and ignoring the 1975 Court Of Appeals decision that clearly determined the question as to the Cherokee people's right determine their own citizenship criteria? How can you or any Congressional representative arbitrarily decide someone is guilty and deny the accused due process under the law? What background or experience do you have in Indian affairs and laws that would qualify you to insert yourself in an Oklahoma Indian Tribe's internal affairs regarding the non-Indian Freedmen citizenship issue? Why did you say that you were not interested in pursuing the investigation into whether or not the U.S. may have broken articles of the 1866 Treaty and that you want to only focus on the one narrow question and article regarding the non-Indian citizenship. Don't you agree that this appears to be a mockery of equal justice for all? Why would you include Joe Byrd on your panel, who is not only a paid lobbyist for a Cherokee Nation rival group, but also a long time political foe who has unsuccessfully ran against and lost elections twice to the current Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith and not include them both? Why would you include on your panel the lay advocate in the Lucy Allen case, David Cornsilk who has not only been a long time political foe and critic of Chief Smith, Chief Mankiller and Chief Swimmer as well as his fellow panelist on your panel, former Chief Byrd, and not include one of hundreds of Cherokee citizens who are qualified experts with years of experience in Cherokee history, education, genealogy, culture, treaties, Cherokee and Indian law as well as federal law. Why did you exclude Cherokee citizens with PhD's and other academic degrees in these subjects? Why would you include Ed Crittenden on your panel, who is past Joe Byrd political campaign supporter, and an individual who has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs, a history of drug abuse, and the subject of restraining order, and not include other good and decent Cherokee citizens here in the Cherokee Nation communities and those with years of experience working for the Cherokee Nation in all branches of government? Why have you only included malcontented political opponents of the current and past Cherokee Nation elected officials on your panel to the exclusion of others? What justifies their exclusion?  (Oct 1, 2007 | post #1)

Tulsa, OK

California Congresswoman Watson lost all credibility duri...

Watson invited Joe Byrd as a panelist at her CBC legislative conference today. Watson aligned has herself with former Principal Chief by default, Joe Byrd, a disgruntled Cherokee Nation political loser who has not only attacked the candidate to whom he lost his bid for re-lection, Principal Chief Chad Smith, but also former Cherokee Nation Principal Chiefs Wilma Mankiller and Ross Swimmer. Joe Byrd voted in 88, 92 and 93 to require "by blood" to be a citizen". Byrd denied it to reporters today. Byrd was responsible for one of the worst constitutional crisis in modern day Cherokee history. Citizens who don't know their history, are bound to repeat it. The summary attached clears up why Byrd would align himself with Watson... Byrd's denial to reporters today regarding his "by blood" citizenship vote are typical of Byrd who has a pathological problem with "lying." Watson also invited David Cornsilk to her panel. David Cornsilk, like Joe Byrd is a malcontent candidate who lost his race for a seat on the Cherokee Nation Council, and a disgruntled former employee of the Cherokee Nation with a long history of fabricating the truth about individuals, leaders and elected officials of the Cherokee Nation. He has never held a steady job for very long with any company. He has spent more than a decade criticizing every Cherokee Nation leader in modern time including his co-panelist on Watson's panel today former Cherokee Chief by default Joe Byrd, Chad Smith, Wilma Mankiller and Ross Swimmer. Watson also invited Ed Crittenden to her panel. Ed Crittenden has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs. He has threatened and accosted Cherokee representatives. Cherokee County public records show a restraining for one Eddie Crittenden. Each have a common goal and that is to by hook or by crook run the Cherokee Nation without the constitutional required common consent of the Cherokee people or respect for the law.  (Oct 1, 2007 | post #3)

Tulsa, OK

California Congresswoman Watson lost all credibility duri...

Here she is today, California Congresswoman Diane Watson, a member of the Black Caucus, admitting to reporters that she doesn't know what happens to the money after the BIA gives it to an Indian tribe. Where has she been? Answer... no where near Indian Country for sure, but that does not, and, apparently will not stand in her way of using whatever race card she can in attempting to politically strong arm a bill through congress that would adversely affect every one of the 587 different federally recognized tribes in the country. Her bill would recklessly and without compassion puts thousands of Cherokee Indian families, children, elders and the infirmed in harms way if the Cherokee Nation does not allow non-Indians to be citizens of the tribe. Apparently there has to be much more behind California Congresswoman Watson's agenda then meets the eye. Why would she be fighting for the right of non-Indian African Americans to be citizens of an Indian tribe, when according to her statements and mind-set back in 1995 she instead would be accusing them of not wanting to be black, and having no ethnic pride? Beam me up Scotty... there's no intelligent life down here!!!  (Oct 1, 2007 | post #2)

Tulsa, OK

California Congresswoman Watson lost all credibility duri...

Just venting... How can California Congresswoman Watson arbitrarily decide and publicly state that the Cherokee Nation has "broken the law" and not lived up to the 1866 Treaty when no court in the land has made that determination? She is not only proliferating this unwarranted accusation but has based her House bill upon it. She is attempting to pass legislation through Congress that would cut funding to the Cherokee Nation and terminate it's recognition if the Cherokee Nation does not allow non-Indians citizenship in the tribe. She blatantly and willfully dismisses a 1975 U.S. Federal Appeals Court's decision that determined the law on this very issue. The court determined that without question the Cherokee Nation does indeed have the right to determine it's own citizenship criteria. When was Congress handed the authority to act arbitrarily in the capacity of the Judicial Branch in determining who in this country has broken the law without so much as due process in a court of law? After listing to California Congresswoman Watson during her Oklahoma City press conference and reading her comments it is clear that she has no interest in facts and does not want to hear from those who may disagree with her self-serving tendentious agenda that would literally force an Indian tribe to accept non-Indian citizens or else they will be terminated. She lost all credibility with informed viewers at the Oklahoma City press conference with comments that were filled with errors, mis-information and flat out distortion of facts regarding even basic Indian issues let alone her totally uninformed comments made about tribal governments. She even attempted to "play Indian" for her cause by claiming the reason she is interested in this issue is because she is a descendent of Pocahontas and that she had relatives who owned land up near Oklahoma City at one point in time. Of course she dodged, stonewalled and refused to answer a reporter's question when it came to naming her ancestral tribe. All of this is quite ironic considering her statements made in a 1995 Los Angeles Times article regarding Ward Connerly and interracial marriage. Back then Congresswoman Watson said, "He's married to a white woman." "He wants to be white." :He wants a colorless society." "He has no ethnic pride." "He doesn't want to be black." In 2001 James A. Landrith, Jr. wrote an article that recalls her 1995 statements about Conneraly and writes, "Hmmm. Let me see if I can follow Ms. Watson's logic on this. According to her, because Connerly is married to a "white" woman, that means he wants to be "white?" That's what she said, right? Interesting. I am married to a "black" woman, I suppose that means that I want to be "black." Senator Phil Gramm is married to a woman of Korean ancestry, I suppose then that means that he wants to be Korean. Actor Robert DeNiro has been married to more than one "black" woman in his life, so he must really want to change his skin color. Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page is married to a "biracial " woman, so I guess that means he wants to be "biracial " too. Isn't this type of mindset a tad ridiculous?" see Landrith's entire comments at: http://multiracial .com/site/content/ view/103/27/  (Oct 1, 2007 | post #1)

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