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Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 1M ago

Elizabeth Warren doesn't need to take a DNA test. Here's why...

I can't believe I'm going to open this can of worms, but someone needs to do so after the repeated cries for Elizabeth Warren, US Senator from Massachusetts, to take a DNA test to prove or d...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 4M ago

Walkingstick steps up, pays a heavy price for trying to defend tribal sovereignty

As reported in the Cherokee Phoenix, Councilor David Walkingstick has proposed legislation to require the Attorney General Todd Hembree to appeal the recent court decision on the Freedmen ci...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 5M ago

Rider Fields and the Freedmen - Part 3

"Thorough research, I would argue, is not just "looking everywhere." It's not "a search in all logical places" for the one document that answers a specific question. That's just a search. Bu...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 5M ago

Rider Fields and the Freedmen - Part 2

A group of historical documents form a body of evidence which allows us to draw conclusions about events and relationships in a person's life, even when those things are not directly recorde...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 5M ago

Rider Fields and the Freedmen - Part 1

In October 1907, a Freedman (former slave) named Benjamin (aka Ben) Vann filed an Eastern Cherokee application for a share of the money owed the Cherokees for their land in the southeastern ...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 5M ago

Resolving Conflicting Evidence Series

What if some of the stories we've been told about our ancestors are not true? What if the stories we've loved and cherished and clung to are not based in fact? It's time we revisit some of...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 11M ago

Shane Jett for Tribal Council - At Large

It is my honor to endorse Shane Jett for Cherokee Tribal Council - At Large. I believe he has the knowledge, experience, and passion to serve and represent the At Large population as well as...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 1Y ago

Cherokee Nation At Large Candidate Town Hall hosted by COCA - April 11, 2017

For those of you who were unable to watch the Cherokee Nation At Large Candidate Town Hall hosted by the Central Oklahoma Cherokee Alliance last night, you can watch it in the video below or...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 1Y ago

The Cherokee Nation Constitution, Election Law, and Who Can Run for Tribal Council

In 1869, an agreement was made between a group of Shawnees and the Cherokee Nation. Under that agreement, "the said Shawnees shall be incorporated into and ever after remain part of the Cher...
Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter · 1Y ago

2017 Cherokee Nation Election Information

March 31 - Last day to register to vote in the 2017 Cherokee Nation election.                  (Click here for the link to the form to register to vote or change your address.)April 21   - L...