CHEROKEES OF IDAHO, Inc.

A SOVEREIGN NATION

THE  DOCUMENT

CHEROKEES OF IDAHO, Inc                                        CHEROKEES OF IDAHO, Inc
                REGION 1                                                                           REGION 2
BOX 232 SAINT MARIES, ID                                           23 OLIN DRIVE CMCH, N.J.
                    83861                                                                                  08210

 WE ARE NOW AND HAVE ALWAYS BEEN  A FREE AND SOVEREIGN PEOPLE, OUR ANCESTORS ARE FIRST DOCUMENTED AS COMING TO IDAHO AS A SELF GOVERNING BAND FROM THE CHEROKEE NATION IN THE AMERICAN SOUTHEAST DURING A PERIOD OF ETHNIC CLEANSING KNOWN AS THE "INDIAN REMOVALS".  THEY WERE SOON ALSO JOINED BY ESCAPING CHEROKEE FAMILIES FROM THE OKLAHOMA RESERVATIONS USING WHAT WAS ALREADY KNOWN AS THE WESTERN CHEROKEE TRAIL THAT ALSO PROVIDED ACCESS TO CALIFORNIA. MANY BECAME MINERS IN THE 1840's, AND SOME WOULD LEAVE TO JOIN THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH.

 OUR PRESENCE LONG PRECEDES THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE OREGON TERRITORY BY THE UNITED STATES, AS WELL AS THE FORMATION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO. OUR PEOPLE HAVE CONTINUALLY  LIVED IN IDAHO AS A SELF GOVERNING CHEROKEE NATION TO THE PRESENT. THERE ARE AT LEAST 10,000 PEOPLE OF CHEROKEE DESCENT LIVING IN IDAHO TODAY, AND MANY MORE SPREAD OVER WHAT IS NOW CALLED THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHO MAYBE ELIGIBLE TO JOIN OUR ROLE.

 WHILE WE NEVER PARTICIPATED IN THE INDIAN REFORM ACT, OUR CURRENT TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION WAS FORMED IN THE EARLY 1900's, LONG BEFORE IT. WE PRESENTLY OPERATE AS AN ELECTED CONSULAR GOVERNMENT, AND OUR CURRENT CONSTITUTION WAS FORMALLY PUBLISHED IN 1970.

 WE ARE, AMONG OTHERS, A DIRECT LEGAL SUCCESSOR OF INTEREST TO THE ORIGINAL CHEROKEE NATION BY ANCESTRY AND BY TREATY. WE NEVER WERE A PARTY TO IT's FORCED AND ILLEGITIMATE DISSOLUTION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

 AS AN INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGN PEOPLE WE ONLY WISH TO LIVE IN CORRECT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND THE PRESENT STATE OF IDAHO. WE BELIEVE THAT IN FORMALLY DECLARING OUR  SOVEREIGNTY WE ARE DOING SO. WE BLIEVE THIS IS WHAT OUR ANCESTORS WOULD WISH FOR US TO DO.

 

THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN SIGNED DATED AND FILED........................................


 

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