You'd think members of an "oppressed minority" would be a little more sensitive to the plight of the people they once, well, uh... enslaved.
-- Members of the Cherokee Nation of native Americans have voted to revoke tribal citizenship for descendants of black slaves the Cherokees once owned.I guess there is no Cherokee word for irony.
A total of 76.6% voted to amend the tribal constitution to limit citizenship to "blood" tribe members.
Members can obtain government benefits and tribal services including housing and medical support. Slaves were held by a number of native American tribes and were freed after the Civil War in 1866.
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A lot of government assistance. Like the members of other Native American tribes, Cherokees have access to free health care at tribe-run clinics and hospitals. Prescription drugs, eyeglasses, and hospitalizations are all covered under this system, which the tribe operates with funding from the federal Indian Health Services.