Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Nation

During the antebellum period, the Cherokee and other Southeast Native American nations known as the Five Civilized Tribes held African-American slaves as workers and property. After the American Civil War, the Cherokee Freedmen were emancipated and allowed to become citizens of the Cherokee Nation in accordance with a reconstruction treaty made with the United States in 1866. In the early 1980s, the […]

Tribes not recognized by federal government won millions in contracts – Los Angeles Times

Tribes not recognized by federal government won millions in contracts – Los Angeles Times

Companies set up by members of a self-described and state-recognized Creek Indian tribe in Alabama have received more than $240 million in federal minority-business contracts, despite a determination by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs that there is no credible evidence the group has Native American ancestry, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found. Federal […]

New York built a highway ramp on Native land, and a tribe isn’t happy

New York built a highway ramp on Native land, and a tribe isn’t happy

The project was built on land sacred to three Native American tribes whose ancestors inhabited the area centuries before. In 2016, the state Department of Transportation agreed to install large murals showcasing Native American history and tradition along the overpass . The murals — which displayed tribe members dancing in traditional dress — would have […]