For John, BLUF: Who speaks for Native Americans in the US Congress? Nothing to see here; just move along.
The Cherokee Nation wants a representative in Congress, taking the US government up on a promise it made nearly 200 years ago
From CNN, by Reporter Harmeet Kaur, 25 August 2019.
Here is the lede plus two:
The Cherokee Nation announced Thursday that it intends to appoint a delegate to the US House of Representatives, asserting for the first time a right promised to the tribe in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal government.Do they also get a Presidential Elector? For the District of Columbia The Twenty-third Amendment provides three Electoral College votes.
It was a historic step for the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation and its nearly 370,000 citizens, coming about a week after Chuck Hoskin Jr. was sworn in as principal chief of the tribe. The Cherokee Nation says it's the largest tribal nation in the US and one of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes.
The move raises questions about what that representation in Congress would look like and whether the US will honor an agreement it made almost two centuries ago.
I say yes to a Rep in Congress and maybe on an elector.
On the other hand, do members of Cherokee Nation get to vote in Oklahoma State level Elections for House Members?
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff