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The Southern Cherokees remained a loose knit organization within the Canadian District as well as other States where the Ridge Band descendants resided until October 1988, when Ridge family descendants met with Jonathan Taylor (then Chief of the Eastern Band) and Wilma Mankiller (then Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) at the 150th Commemoration of the Trail of Tears in Cherokee, North Carolina. The Ridge family descendants resurrected the Southern Cherokee Nation from the ashes as an assemblage of mixed-blood descendants of the Southern Cherokee Nation, and as successors in interest of the Southern Cherokee of the Treaty of 1866 (14 Stat. 799 dtd 29 July 1866), Articles 4,5,6,7, and 8, specifically as well as others located therein.

The Southern Cherokee Nation welcomes its children

In July 1995, the Southern Cherokee Nation organized a religious organization known as the United Deitist Association, who afforded the groups members religious protection under a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status in both North and South Carolina.

The Southern Cherokee became the Lost Cherokee Community as depicted in the Kana'sta Legend of old. While many Southern Cherokees continued to live in the Canadian District, yet many other of these mixed-blood Cherokee, lived apart from their Eastern and Western Brothers in all 50 states. Our Southern Cherokee members have never relinquished or forsaken the core Cherokee citizenship or heritage. These mixed-bloods now are aggressively reviving the finer elements of their traditional culture that may have been temporarily set aside.

In 1906, thousands of these Mixed-Blood Cherokee descendants, listed in an 8 volume set of books titled "Cherokee by blood," attempted to rejoin their brothers, but the U.S.'s Miller Commission forbade inclusion for various reasons. Now most of these clearly Documented Cherokee by blood are forbidden membership within the Cherokee Nation due to "BIA Blood Percentages" originally used by the U.S. Government for racial genocide, and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma's (CNO's) Rigid application of the Dawes (only) descendent requirements (Article 3 of the 1975 Constitution), in direct violation of the 1866 Treaty obligations to the Southern Cherokee, which recognized the Southern Cherokee as a Separate Band of the Cherokee Nation with the Right to Representation on the Cherokee National Council.

If you are a mixed-blood descendant of the Cherokee, and would like to re-associate with and learn more about your Cherokee Heritage and culture, you may do so as a member of the Southern Cherokee Nation. If you are presently an Enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and you descend from the "Treaty Party" or "Freedmen" aka Southern Cherokee, and or your ancestors were listed on the 1880 Census of the Canadian or Coowescowee Districts, then you have Special Rights guaranteed under the 1866 Treaty to Separate jurisdiction, Representation, and Separate Pro Rata Distribution of Federal Funds, and are invited to enroll with the Southern Cherokee as well as the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma to pursue your Separate Treaty Rights.

Although you Must Document your lineage, the Southern Cherokee Nation does not require Dawes Roll descendency as a membership requirement. Rather, Blood line must be established through Cherokee descendency.

Southern Cherokee Membership cannot be purchased, and is given freely to those of documented Cherokee lineage, or Canadian/Coowescowee District Freedmen descendency.


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