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Cherokee Nation Is Fighting for a Seat in Congress

posted on November 1, 2022

For The New Republic, Gabriel Pietorazio reports that the Cherokee Nation is asking Congress to authorize its appointment of a non-voting House delegate in Congress. The Treaty of New Echota, signed by the United States and the Cherokee Nation in 1835 in the lead-up to the Trail of Tears, promised the Nation a delegate in the House of Representatives if Congress approved the measure. Chuck Hoskins Jr., the chief of the Cherokee nation, said, “My inspiration comes from trying to get a measure of justice for our ancestors, looking back at a treaty that did so much injury to the Cherokee people. To be able to reach back and find something as powerful as representation in the House of Representatives is very important to me.”

Read at The New Republic