The “Noble” Cherokee Indians Owned Black Slaves

I have said a few times in previous posts that one of the most entertaining features of our Western societies is to watch special groups trying to “outentitle” each other.

A recent example of that is the decision of the Cherokee Indians (the second-largest tribe in the USA) to expel the descendents of their black slaves, who moved with them to what’s now Oklahoma in 1838.

I don’t know whether the reason for that were the black flash mobs or the Indians’ reluctance to share the huge revenue from the Indian casinos. Without any doubt, the most interesting and shocking fact revealed in the article was that the Cherokees owned slaves.

When studying US history or watching historical movies, we are led to believe that the Indians were noble men and women, with ethics and organization far exceeding those of the white people. Yet it turns out they weren’t any better – they owned plantations and used black slaves to work for them.

Ain’t that great? The Indians were no different than the white people in the way they got their income. They even used the black slaves to carry their stuff on the way to Oklahoma. I wonder what idiots like Ward Churchill, who built their careers on making white people guilty, are going to say about the situation.

The article quotes Marilyn Vann, the leader of the expelled “Freedmen”, who said: “This is racism and apartheid in the 21st Century.”

This is by far the funniest part of the article – apparently, Ms. Vann forgot that according to the politically correct orthodoxy, only white people can be racist. The Indians can treat blacks like garbage (as they do in this case) and they can get away with it, while white people will be chased and robbed blind for even the smallest perceived transgression.

But in this situation, which involves two groups fighting for larger handouts, it’s really entertaining to watch from the side…

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  1. The Lone Ranger says:

    I remember a few years ago in Calgary, I was standing outside a pizza parlour when a group of East Indians youths showed up at the same time as a group of young aboriginals. it took less than two minutes for the two groups to start throwing food at each other while loudly exchanging racial insults.

    Ain’t multiculturalism wonderful?

  2. Gino says:

    lol “Indians” owned black slaves? More like five tribes out of more than the 100+ tribes. It’s nice to see non-Indians (usually white folks) brand all tribes despite chattel slavery not being common among all Indians. I guess it’s the old “One Indian stole cattle/robbed a stagecoach/did something so all Indians, even unrelated tribes, have to pay for it”. White apologetics at its finest.

    1. admiwrath says:

      Yes, Gino, they owned slaves. The news refers to the Cherokee indians. Did you miss that? Whether there wwere five tribes or more, it doesn’t matter. “White apologetics at its finest” – nice try, the white guilt card is too worn to extort money from people. It may work among the losers in the Occupy Movement, but I doubt it if they have any money to extort from them.

  3. N.P. says:

    The Cherokee tribe NEVER owned black slaves!

    First, both were oppressed people, who were driven/captured from their homelands by Europeans. In the early days of slavery, indigenous peoples of the Americas and Africans were enslaved together. Those who escaped slavery, found themselves welcomed in the Seminole tribe, which had refused to give them up when whites came demanding the return of fugitive slaves. There were regular intermingling between Native Americans and Africans, which is why today, there are large numbers of black Americans of Native American ancestry.

    There was also the phenomena of free blacks owning slaves and fighting for the Confederacy, but not exploiting each other as the whites did. Rather to protect themselves it’s believed. It’s a complex issue. But don’t generalize it as ALL tribes for just a rare few.

    And don’t think this relieves the white man of the centuries of destruction and genocide spread ALL OVER THE WORLD.

    1. admiwrath says:

      Stop spamming blogs and get a job.

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    1. admiwrath says:

      Thank you for the invitation. I am anxious to fill out your application and get a piece of the welfare payments. It’s wonderful to be an Indian!

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  6. Troxxy says:

    Yes it’s true. I have Studied the history. Yet sometimes things are not as sensational as they seem. First the Cherokee slave owners were a small minority of the tribe. Their slaves were treated far superior to the European American slave trade owners. Many Cherokee slaves chose to stay with their masters, rather than be emancipated. And the Cherokees were trying to be accepted by their new masters, the white Americans. They were promised to be left on their land if they could become fully integrated into the white American culture. They learned English, went to school, converted to Christianity, built Colonial homes, started farms and Plantations and took slaves to work on them as was the custom. Slavery was wrong of course. But it was taught to the Cherokee. Still after all the effort the Cherokees made to integrate into society, the treaties they had with the government to be left on their lands were ignored. White settlers over ran their lands and eventually the Cherokees were forceably removed by the Government .

  7. Weasie says:

    Thank you Troxxy for explaining the history behind the slavery issue within a few of the southeastern tribes. The Cherokees were being forced from their traditional roles of hunting and small scale agriculture. They were trying to accommodate the white aggressors so they could stay in their homeland.

    Yes they owned slaves. Yes they were treated differently than slaves owned by whites. Yes they also traveled the “Trail of Tears” but they didn’t suffer any more than did the Indians.

    You’re argument about what you were taught in US History is hilarious. You weren’t taught Indian history in school. And the “historical movies” argument is just as ridiculous. A movie is a form of entertainment – usually produced, directed and acted by whites.

    Also I’m so tired of the continuous “casino” argument. I believe the Eastern Band of Cherokees get a percentage of the casino profits, but the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma uses all that money for health care and education, including giving money to local Oklahoma school districts.

    I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and have never received welfare nor casino payments.

    An once again all Indians are grouped into one category. The Cherokees are a specific tribe. They were not plains Indians like the Comanche, etc. They have a different culture than the Navajo and Chumash.

    And finally the term “Noble Savage” was coined by whites to sell newspapers.

    Please try to educate yourself before disparaging others.

    1. admiwrath says:

      Tell your Indian friends to get jobs and stop mooching from the White Man that they supposedly hate.

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