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Cherokee Nation announces plans to send a delegate to the House of Representatives, invoking 184-year-old treaty

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The US government offered them this option nearly 200 years ago

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The Cherokee Nation plans to activate an offer from a 184-year-old treaty and send a representative to Washington, D.C., the Native American tribe announced on Thursday.

What's the background?

In 1835, the Cherokee Nation was forced to sign the Treaty of New Echota with the United States. In this lopsided agreement, the Cherokee people were forced to move from their homes in North Carolina along the Trail of Tears to what is now Oklahoma. Nearly 4,000 Cherokees died during this relocation.

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