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Meet the Woman the Cherokee Nation Wants to Send to Congress

The Cherokee Nation is moving to send the first-ever sovereign Native American delegate to Congress, based on a stipulation in a nearly 200 year old treaty. Meet Kimberly Teehee, their nominee for a seat at the table.

On the way to equally represent in congress

Kimberly Teehee of the Cherokee Nation could be the first appointee by a Native American tribe to be a delegate in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Cherokee Nation’s right to appoint a delegate comes from the 1835 Treaty of New Echota — the same treaty that the U.S. used to forcibly remove the Cherokee from their ancestral lands in the Trail of Tears. Nearly 4,000 Cherokee citizens died during their removal. Representation in the House of Representatives was promised as part of the compensation. Now, the Cherokee Nation thinks it’s time for the U.S. to hold up its end of the deal.

“Our ancestors suffered greatly when they were forcibly removed from the east because of land cessions that were made in this treaty that was signed — the provision was put in there to make sure that Indian tribes had a voice in the House of Representatives so that these kinds of policies and actions will not take place any longer. It would be an historic thing to put a delegate into the House of Representatives, much like the U.S. territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and Mariana Islands has delegates as well. We want people to want to do something historic for its indigenous population in this country internationally. It would be sending a wonderful message to the international community that this country lives up to its bargain ends and that it respects tribal rights and respects its treaties,” advocates Kimberly Teehee.

While a Cherokee Nation delegate wouldn’t vote on the House floor, they could vote in committees, introduce legislation, and engage in debate. With Congressional representatives like Deb Haaland (D-NM), Sharice Davids (D-KS), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Tom Cole (R-OK) bringing more indigenous representation to Washington, Teehee says this is just the beginning.

Brut.

09/01/2019 10:22 AM
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43 comments

  • Hope C.
    09/01/2019 10:28

    I love you Brut! 💜

  • Renfebron R.
    09/01/2019 11:04

    But of course the US was created with diversity of racial heritage & cultures from around the world 💙💖🌎🌏🌍

  • Brut
    09/03/2019 13:30

    Learn more about Kimberly Teehee: https://www.glamour.com/story/kimberly-teehee-cherokee-nation-congress-delegate-interview

  • Richard M.
    09/06/2019 16:45

    John my fathers grand mother was an Oklahoma chero kee indian

  • Wanda B.
    09/06/2019 19:31

    It would be very nice to have somebody in there helping us and helping the Native American people all together but I am Cherokee and very proud to be a Cherokee woman thank you for sharing this I really appreciate it have a blessed and wonderful day

  • Dale M.
    09/06/2019 21:55

    Also let non native Americans sit on the tribal council...

  • Linda F.
    09/06/2019 23:35

    A'HO about time there.Speak for all the Native Americans.Good luck

  • Miguel R.
    09/07/2019 01:54

    Q dios los proteja y los espíritus los acompañen y d una ves X todas los verdaderos americanos tomemos control d nuestras tierras y desterrados y mandemos alos yankis d buelta a Inglaterra arriva los nativos q mueran los blancos

  • Christian C.
    09/07/2019 19:12

    Nah bro...y'all got Liz Warren right?🤣🤣🤣

  • Doris R.
    09/09/2019 02:35

    Exelente..👏👏

  • Stoney C.
    09/09/2019 16:37

    Great!!!

  • Maximo M.
    09/09/2019 21:46

    That was my question why native Americans still segregated in this days what's happening l think that they suffer to much already. is time for them to come out of the shadow we need them with us but nobody is doing nothing to help them out of the repression.

  • Michael M.
    09/11/2019 20:21

    It’s a little known fact that Andrew Jackson defied Constitutional law in removing the Cherokee from their lands. As a sovereign nation they sued the State of Georgia to keep their lands and won.

  • Larry A.
    09/12/2019 14:15

    Vote!!!

  • John H.
    09/13/2019 13:54

    Good luck

  • Jerry D.
    09/14/2019 20:30

    I for one hope you get that done

  • Richard R.
    09/17/2019 14:54

    You think she would demand to wear her "headdress" like omar demanded??

  • Thomas C.
    09/17/2019 17:46

    My dad mom was cherokee and i am proud of that

  • Patricia S.
    09/17/2019 21:12

    I Agree to what she is saying

  • David B.
    09/17/2019 23:52

    Cool i like this