Cherokee Republic

The Age of Reason vs. The Cherokee Nation

When the, so-called, Age of Reason began 500-ish years ago, its purpose was righteous enough. After hundreds of years of capricious rule by the “divine right” kings of Europe, coupled with flagrant abuses of power by the Catholic church, the Western world was ready for a movement away from “superstition” and all the trappings that came with it. Rational thought…

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Concerning “United Cherokee Nation” Goals

Often I hear people, many times our own members, talking about the United Cherokee Nation of Indians need for “traditional” this or that. To me, this is a great concern and an idea that requires clarification. Obviously, to be considered “Indian” at all speaks of history and a people’s history contains much of their “tradition”.  There is nothing wrong with having or…

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The United Cherokee Nation and The Social Contract

The other morning I was watching a fellow park one of those great big pickup trucks that are so prevalent in this part of the country. His complete disregard for the marked parking spaces prompted me to think about the general situation of our world. For many years, we in the West have been on a slow spiral down in the direction of Anarchy.

The Term “Indian”

First of all, the name is wrong.  We were NEVER Indians.  When Columbus sailed in 1492, he was looking for a water passage route to the East; in other words, China or India.  At that time, the only trade with the eastern world came via land caravan.  Those trips were painfully slow and dangerous and expensive.  Columbus knew, as did…

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Euro-centrism and the First Peoples of North America

While enjoying my morning walk today, I couldn’t help thinking about the flood of Euro-centric arrogance that has covered or outright washed away the names, practices and histories of the original inhabitants of this country.  Most of what the average American “knows” of these peoples is seen through the early and lasting filter of Europeanism. Even the common names for…

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