Yesterday, the freedmen filed something called a “motion to reconsider” with the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court. Basically, asking for a do-over in the court case, because, hey why not? We’re having a do-over election, right? Certainly worth a shot.
Today, a surprise so weird we’re not sure what to compare it to: the Cherokee Nation agreed to the do-over, and oh-by the way asked the court to put the injunction back in place that allowed the freedmen to have citizenship.
What? Since March 2007, the Cherokee Nation has been fighting for its Constitutional amendment in court. Last month, the Cherokee Nation won. But today, they told the court we can do this over. So… what’s changed? If you say the Echo Hawk letter or the HUD funding hold, that might mean you think money is more important than our people’s constitutional amendment. And APCSJC might agree with you according to his statement on the Cherokee Nation web site today, which said in part: "I believe the Nation should do what is best for its people especially sinceFederal HUD funding is currently frozen."
Or you could go with what APCSJC said to Channel 2 tonight:
Surely he didn’t mean it the way it sounded, because some people might interpret that to mean he’s in favor of doing something for the people who voted him in, even if the Supreme Court disagrees.
Meanwhile, the Cherokee Nation Election Commission met tonight and decided freedmen could vote in this election after all, despite the Supreme Court ruling. The Commission is going to send ballots to freedmen absentee voters and is going to allow freedmen to walk in and vote as well. They are going to cast challenge/provisional ballots, which means… well, we’ll let Election Commission Chair Susan Plumb explain it: "If a court decides the freedmen descendants can vote we will have the ability to certify the election," Plumb said. "If the court decides they cannot vote we will still be able to preserve the election."
Anyway, to paraphrase Britney Spears: it looks like everybody involved wants our Supreme Court to say Oops!