In an Article By: Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell posted on the web site of www.thehill.com
  Titled: A move to destroy the Cherokee Nation?


Debunked By: John Cornsilk
April 28. 2008

In The Article!

Ben "Nighthorse" Campbell Said:
 
Despite my years in politics, I am still surprised by Congress as inability to learn from past mistakes and tendency to interfere where it should not.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk Says!

What  an incompetent thing for an ex elected official to say of his peers of many years! this statement is all telling of what the rest of the article will be about

Mr. Campbell said:

One of the richer sources of persistent bad judgment is Congress as tragic history of meddling in the internal affairs of Indian tribes.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk Says!

Mr. Campbell's Statement begs the question,  WHY, did he not do something about the meddling while he was in office, I am quite sure, his stance is absolutely no different than any other elected official of the U.S. even though he was elected as an Indian, which has ABSOLUTELY no status, quite simply because their oath of office precludes them from serving but one master, that be the People of the U.S. against all enemies of the Nation, NOT the Indian Nations: Thus doing nothing but his job and meddling  in the affairs of the Indian Nations, simply by the fact of the complete and total control of Indian affairs the Congress has adopted from the act of plenary control over Indian commerce...

Mr. Campbell Said:

Yet the House is considering legislation that would destroy the Cherokee Nation, hurt some of America as poorest citizens, and dictate the outcome of an internal political dispute, despite the fact that Cherokee tribal and federal courts are reviewing the issues.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk Says!

This Statement is absolute pure  BS, simply a regurgitation of the Smith rhetoric you can see in every niggle  by Smith you may come across on the world wide web! I can not feature Mr. Campbell being so ignorant not to know people will see this in his babble, so this begs another Question, has Mr. Campbell succumbed to totally senility, or is there an underlying cause/reason for this asinine babble?  One Only needs to study the situation just a wee bit to learn and know the situation has already been adjudicated in the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court SEE IT HERE , and there is a Case in the federal Court that will determine if the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will be aloud to conduct elections with part of their citizenry precluded from voting...Either way the Federal Case goes, will determine the action the Congress needs to take, will they force the BIA to do their fiduciary duty to the Cherokee People, or just maybe take the bull by the horns and do it them selves as Congresswoman Watson thinks they must, (ALL THE CHEROKEE PEOPLE) or will they continue to look the other way while a solid dictatorship develops right here in the middle of the U.S. while we send young men off to war to stop this in other countries! WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT PICTURE FOLKS???

Mr. Campbell said:

The Cherokee Nation is involved in litigation with a group of individuals claiming to be descendants of slaves, known as Freedmen, who were held by 2 percent of Cherokees before 1863, when the Cherokees voluntarily emancipated them. The Cherokee people voted decisively in March 2007 to limit citizenship in the tribe to those who descend from Indians who were listed on a federal census taken in 1906. On its face, the fact that an Indian tribe would want to be comprised of descendants of Native Americans should not be surprising or controversial.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk Says!

Well folks just more regurgitated Smith rhetoric,  and a wee bit of truth, yes the Cherokee voted decisively, BUT it  neglects the fact of a whopping 2.66 percent of the Cherokee Nation citizenry voted...And a person of Mr. Campbell's Stature surely knows this, if not Mr. Campbell,  now would be a good time to read my word and, as I tell the supporters of Smith "PAY SUM DANG TENTION"  Quite simply the Freedmen involved in the FEDERAL CASE are  not just people claiming for the "HALIBUT", as the old saying goes, it is a proven fact of the matter they are descendants of the mentioned Slaves of the people of the Cherokee Nation pre-civil war. And as with Smith an Ignorant hawkers of his rhetoric  you add just a touch of truth in attempt of memorializing the niggle as truth, rather than what it is... TRUE, a small number of Cherokee owned human beings and worked them as livestock, and TRUE, the Cherokee knew the war was about to end and what the results would be, so they set out to protect the many blacks that were actually blood family members...They freed the Slaves in 1863 see an old picture of the document FROM THE ERA HERE

Mr. Campbell said:

However, the Freedmen descendants, whose ancestors were listed under the non-Indian category of Freedmen on that same census, believe they should be citizens of the tribe under treaty obligations.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk says!

Mr. Campbell continues with the absolute  BS, of Smith,  First Mr. Campbell it would behoove your stature as a competent person if you would simply read a little Cherokee history before you set out to babble in defense of an idiot Racist!!  First Mr. Campbell it must be under stood what you are talking about, evidently  the Dawes Rolls are what you lamely are attempting to reference, these Rolls were done by the Dawes Commission  as per an Act passed by Congress of the US in 1883 that would enumerate the Cherokee people to determine who at the time living in the Cherokee Nation was a Cherokee, for the sole purpose of who would receive an allotment of land, and who would have protective restrictions place on their owner ship, the  corrupt Commission knew if they could create  a roll for the black Cherokee with no Blood degree listed there would be no restrictions place on their land allotment, and therefore easier for the unscrupulous could steal it from them, and they did, that's what it was about, and so it is!!

BUT, Mr. Campbell you bypassed the most important part of any materials that can be written on the Freedmen issue, as to why and how they are Cherokee Descendants of the Cherokee freedmen of the Dawes Rolls completed in 1906, you and Smith attempt to rename, smith calls it a base roll and tries to OMIT the Freedmen Section, you call it a census, and proclaim the Freedmen Section is non-indian/Cherokee...And that would be the 1866 re-organization Treaty after the Civil war, and so you do not have to search through the whole thing HERE IS AN EXCERPT pertinent ot the Freedmen!, Read it Mr. Campbell and again Pay sum dang tention!! And in the same year of the signing of the Treaty the Cherokee Chose to further protect their black family members and the Freed black Slaves they passed an amendment to their 1839 Constitution of the Cherokee SEE IT HERE and make special note of Article III Section 5.

Now Mr. Campbell there is a Census that would be beneficial in your learning process of Cherokee Historical facts, in  1880  the Cherokee Nation ordered an enumeration of the Cherokee Citizens SEE IT HERE and the thing to note the black Cherokee family members were listed simply as Cherokee, then there were classes as you can see of the different ethnicity's of the Citizens at the time, example adopted Delaware, adopted Shawnee, adopted Creek, adopted Caucasian, adopted Negro/colored, so as you can see Mr. Campbell heading in to the Dawes era the Cherokee were a Nation of Nationals/Citizens NOT a race based Tribe, that went by the way of modernization with the passing of the 1827 Constitution and the very first Cherokee Nation Government...

Mr. Campbell said:

Members of the House introduced H.R. 2824, a bill to terminate the Cherokee Nation and eliminate nearly $300 million of funding, and related amendments to zero out federal funding to tribal citizens in all appropriations areas, such as health care (in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, H.R. 1328) and housing (in the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act, H.R. 2786), to punish the Cherokee people for their vote.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk say!

And the simplest answer that can ever be made to this totally ignorant statement is, Mr. Campbell simply read the Watson Bill you can SEE IT HERE You will see no where in the bill does it suggest termination of any one, simply they the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma will NOT discriminate against a minority class of its citizens, and have the federal government to pay the bill, very simply written Mr. Campbell!

Mr. Campbell said:

I do not claim to know which party in this litigation is correct, and I do not take a side in this argument.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk says

Well Mr. Campbell, if that were the case you should never have attempted a comment, quite simply there is but two options on the matter and they are quite simply "right" and "wrong" and all of your babbling so far comes down on the side of wrong, by fact of innuendo, half truth,  and complete mis-information, if not outright lies. If you would like to correct that error you need only to CLICK HERE BUT, be sure to read all three parts of the Article!
Part #2  and  Part #3!!

Mr. Campbell said:

Neither should Congress. The case is being heard in tribal and federal courts. Those judges have all the facts and laws before them. Congress does not. Courts are the proper and fair venue for resolving these issues. Congress is not. Furthermore, congressional interference in an internal dispute would harm all Indian tribes and set a dangerous precedent.

I the "Elder Cornsilk says!

And the Statement only furthers my claim of what this niggle of yours is all about , you claim you know not  what is right or wrong, then that is where you should have left instead of the  continued regurgitating of the Smith rhetoric, as I stated above and posted the link to the Cherokee Supreme Court case, the issue has been adjudicated, and what Smith is doing is overriding the Supreme Court, with the aid of the BIA, NOT directly but by their ignorance of the fact,  No different than Andrew Jackson with the words to the U.S supreme Court its your rule you enforce it, ALL semblance of democracy is lost! and as I said simply Read the Watson Bill, that will belie the simple ignorance of the statement of this paragraph of yours!!
And as I explained above the Federal case does not address the issue of the freedmen being kicked out only their right  to have voted on 03, and in the future.

Mr. Campbell said:

Despite all this, House members are not only threatening the Cherokee Nation, but they are misrepresenting the facts. For example, one of the most egregious distortions is that the Cherokees have expelled all black people from the tribe. This is not only patently false, but it  as also deeply offensive to all Indians. It  as certainly not a foundation for legislation. In fact, the Cherokee Nation is as diverse an Indian tribe that exists today. There are thousands of African Americans who are Cherokee citizens, including more than 1,500 Freedmen descendants, because they have ancestors who were Indians on the 1906 rolls.
Mr. Campbell if you would like to learn the facts on the Cherokee Freedmen you only need to CLICK HERE

I the "elder Cornsilk says!

Again Mr. Campbell, innuendo, complete distortion, or is it just an out right lie, I know you can read, or you have duped the world  all these years...One more time read my lips i speak ever so slowly R-E-A-D the Bill, No where in it does it say any thing about  blacks being kicked out only Cherokee Freedmen, and once again in the paragraph you babble a wee bit of truth mixed in with the  Smith BS you are regurgitating, TRUE there are some black Cherokee  on the member ship rolls of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, they are no different than the  white Cherokee on the the Rolls, the whites had a Cherokee ancestor on the Cherokee Section of the Dawes Rolls, the blacks have a Cherokee ancestor on the Cherokee section of the Dawes roll, therefore they are Cherokee by that fact, not because their ancestor was a black or a freedmen: Thus they are eligible for a BIA (CDIB) stating their Cherokeeness and nothing Smith can do about it but accept them, and uses them as the idiots they are, no different than the Racist  jerk wads hawking the BS against their freedmen Cherokee brethren! this has to be the sickest form of a RACIST act!

Mr. Campbell said:

The more than 2,800 individuals who were disenrolled have been temporarily reinstated in the tribe pending the outcome of the litigation. Furthermore, unlike hundreds of other tribes, the Cherokee Nation does not have a blood quantum for citizenship; one need only find an Indian ancestor on the 1906 rolls.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk says!

NO, Mr. Campbell the 2,800 have not been reinstated, though the Federal Court ordered that they must be permitted to vote in the 2007 Election, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, totally duped the Court, and  HOPEFULLY they are NOT buying  it, we shall see hopefully as early as this May the 6th, because it is evident and provable, if  they will only take the time to investigate, CNO bogged the freedmen down with so much crap very few got their registration finished in time to  register to vote, then if they did the Smith Controlled election commission gave them all sorts of crap!!

Mr. Campbell said:

That means you are a citizen whether you  are one sixty-fourth Cherokee or one-half Cherokee. Citizenship is colorblind. Congress has ignored this reality.

I the "Elder " Cornsilk says!

Absolutely correct Mr. Campbell, that is the Cherokee way from time immemorial, 
A Cherokee is a A Cherokee is A Cherokee!!!  NO, the Congress is NOT ignoring this reality, on the contrair, they are saying the Freedmen Are Cherokee Citizens by fact of Law of the Land,  the Treaty of 1866,  regardless of Skin color or factor of Blood...

Mr. Campbell said:

In the past, interference with tribal affairs, often justified by a paternalistic   awe know best  a mindset, has severely damaged the progress of tribes. Often, Congress not only din't  at know best, but it based its decision on lies, mistaken assumptions and prejudice.

I the "Elder " Cornsilk says!

Well Mr. Campbell If I read this correctly, you are correct the US does act paternalistic and this has damaged  the progress of many Tribes and Nations, BUT, in this instance because of the lack of checks and balances in the CNO Constitution, if it can actually be called that, the Congress is once again being fed lies mistaken assumptions outright lies and prejudices, by Smith and his hawkers of pure CRAP such as your babble here, but the good thing is there are folks like myself an many others that have caused a portion of the congressional body to take notice, and actually act in the interest of the Cherokee People over the wails of the crooks!

Mr. Campbell said:

For example, believing that Indian tribes could not responsibly own land, Congress instituted a land ownership system that prevented Indians from selling their land. When a property owner died, ownership rights were distributed equally among all heirs, resulting in a fractionalization of ownership that denied the benefits of the land to its owners and cost the government millions of dollars in administrative costs.
Despite the fact that the policy was recognized as a failure as early as the 1930s, it was only in 2004 that Congress passed legislation I authored eliminating some of these ownership problems.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk says!

Well  that is inconsequential to the fact of the matter but,  Mr. Campbell that is a sad fact of illogical law of paternalistic action of pappy knows best, and congress could easily fix it by repealing the 1947 Act!

Mr. Campbell said:

<>This policy also resulted in a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior alleging mismanagement of the trust accounts controlling these lands in excess of $100 billion. This lawsuit is 12 years old and still working its way through the courts. Such are the dangers of a Congress that is quick to intrude on tribal sovereignty and slow to realize it has only exacerbated the problem.

Today, Congress is again rushing to judgment when it thinks it knows better than the tribe and the courts.

I the "Elder Cornsilk says!

No Mr. Campbell, the congress is Not rushing,  a few namely the Congressional Black Caucus  (CBC) are taking some serious notice of some blatant racist actions by the leadership of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and as I said above they are only taking the Action on behalf of a minority Cherokee whose civil rights are being trampled by the leadership of the CNO, and in the interest of their constituents the U.S Tax payer in that they will NOT permit violation of law, at the expense of their constituents, not that hard to comprehend.

Mr. Campbell said:

In this case, Congress as chosen method is particularly disturbing and destructive. The legislation being considered would punish the Cherokees for not extending citizenship to Freedman descendants by cutting off federal support for the tribe. Astonishingly, it would also harm the tribe as most vulnerable citizens  the old, the young, and the sick  who benefit from federal funds for essentials such as health care, housing and education services. In fact, this latest congressional action is, in my view, the constructive equivalent of the destructive termination policy of the 1950s.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk says!

Again Mr. Campbell innuendo,  mis information or is it an outright lie? It does not punish the Cherokee for anything, what it does is stops the funding Smith and cohorts are using to discriminate against a minority class of Cherokee racially, and that is NOT right if not illegal, I could write you a book on the poor Cherokee that have only gotten poorer if such a thing is possible since the beginning of Smiths tenure, they get nothing today, and if Smiths payday is cut they will feel absolutely nothing, but maybe relief of hurt and frustration if smith is kicked out, if sent to jail many will jubilate, I for one!! You words have the disgustingly ring of the Smith rhetoric!

Mr. Campbell said:

Today  as Indian tribes are the survivors of centuries of persecution, genocide and the destruction of their ways of life. I  am dumbfounded that Congress wants to reward that struggle by stripping tribes of the very sovereignty they fought so long to preserve.

I the "Elder" Cornsilk says!

And ever so disgustedly, what a crock of absolute pure BS, one more time read the Bill Mr. Campbell, no where in it does it mention striping anyone of their sovereign rights, quite simply all Smith has to do  is say to hell with the US refuse their money, and kick out black people to his hearts desire, but the saving grace is the Bill does end the CNO's rights to
Gaming. along with the passing of the Bill... So Smith would not last long with no federal funds!

Mr. Campbell Information

Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Northern Cheyenne Indian, was a senator from Colorado from 1993 to 2005 and a House member from 1987 to 1993. He was the first American Indian to serve as chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

I the Elder Cornsilk Says!

 And this Mr. Campbell is the very reason why this article of yours is pure BS, you know better!

John "The Elder" Cornsilk
Cherokee, CNO Member
Purveyor of Simple Truth!