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    CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE ???????

    Eastern Cherokee Descendants

    CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE


    http://groups.google.com/group/eastern-cwy-descendants/web/membership?hl=en

    there is no obligation to join the Google Group we have here

    anyone can basically sign in



    - however the actual organization has to maintain strict standards.


    here is that application just for your information:

    MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
    CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE

    Notice: The burden of proof is the responsibility of the applicant. Each applicant has
    the responsibility of proving they are eligible for membership using any acceptable
    documentation available to them. All applications must be presented in entirety- no application will be considred that is submitted with incomplete information.
    All applications and their content become the sole property of the Constitutional Cherokee whether the applicant is accepted or not. No items submitted will be returned to the applicant at any time or for any reason.
    A Complete Enrollment Application must contain the following:
    --County Certified Birth Certificate for the applicant (State Certified Birth Certificates will only be accepted when the county does not issue birth records)
    --Photo copy of Social Security Card of the applicant
    --Photo copy of a current and valid driver's license or state ID of the applicant
    --Completed Form W9 for the applicant
    --Letter stating that the applicant is not currently enrolled in any other tribe.
    --If the applicant is older than 16 years of age, the application must also include a Letter signed by 2 witnesses (not related by blood or marriage to the applicant) and notarized stating that the applicant has attended at least one prayer circle or potluck per month for the last 12 consecutive months and has attended at least one stomp ceremony in the past year.
    --Final Signature page of the application must be signed and notarized.

    (Applications will be presented to the Enrollment Committee without a copy of
    the Social Security Card, however, and Enrollment Card will not be issued until
    the Social Security Card is submitted to the Enrollment Office)

    A family lineage chart of a direct link to a historical Cherokee with each page numbered. This chart should be accompanied by supporting documentation including a birth certificate, death certificate, marriage license or other documentation that lists the familial connection to each generation of the applicants lineage to a Cherokee Ancestor [for documentation of ancestors prior to the state of residences first issuance of Birth Certificates an official copy of the microfilm of either a death or birth or census record may be acceptable, or a copy of a family bible record if the original family bible has been given to the Constitutional Cherokee Archives; however none of those records may be used for evidence for dates or persons born after 1930]
    The lineage chart must be accompanied by a statement by a recognized and reputable genealogist attesting to its authenticity. This genealogists signature must be notarized and accompanied by contact information should we need to verify anything with them.
    Whenever possible, the genealogical chart should also list both maternal and paternal lineage to three generations back from the applicant [e.g. parents, grandparents, and great grand parents] even on the lines that are not connected to a Cherokee ancestor. The link to a Cherokee need not go further than the the documented Cherokee ancestor but must not skip any generations between that ancestor and the applicant.
    ==================
    THIS STATEMENT MUST ACCOMPANY ALL DOCUMENTATION AS THE FINAL PAGE SUBMITTED:
    I am aware that in executing the foregoing application and making the statements therein set
    forth and attached thereto, that I am subject to the provision of the Constitutional Cherokee Code, providing that any person who is disenrolled by the Constitutional Cherokees based on false or misleading representations they make in the enrollment application
    process shall be liable for repayment of all funds received from the Constitutional Cherokees. I am also aware that in executing the foregoing application and making the statements
    therein set forth and attached thereto, that I am subject to the provisions of Section 1001, Title
    18, U.S.C., providing in effect that any person or persons in connection with any matter within
    the jurisdiction or any department or agency of the United States, knowingly and willfully
    falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact, or makes any
    false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation, or makes or uses any false writing or
    documentation, knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or
    entry, shall be fined not more than $10,000.00 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.
    hereby authorize the Constitutional Cherokees Enrollment Department to release any
    information necessary to the appropriate Tribal, County, State, Federal or other agencies, in
    order to determine my eligibility for services. I also authorize the Constitutional Cherokees Enrollment Department to obtain any birth record, DNA test, or any other document, at
    my own expense, that was not provided by me that may aid in the determination of eligibility of
    the applicant.
    ______________________________________________________________ ________________________
    Signature of Applicant or Legal Guardian Date





    _____________________________________________________________ ________________________
    Signature of Applicant or Legal Guardian Date
    (Please sign and date the Release of Information Statement and Acknowledgment of Liability for
    Statements in the presence of a Notary Public.)
    Notary Acknowledgement (REQUIRED)
    State

    State of:__________________
    County of: ________________
    I, ________________________________, a Notary Public for ______________County,
    State of _____, do hereby certify that__________________________________
    personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the
    foregoing instrument.
    Witness my had and seal, this the _________ day of _______________, 20_______
    (Official Seal) __________________________________
    Notary Public

    Re: CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE ???????

    I looked and looked, but no one wants to take responsibility..i.e., tell who they are. Not sure what they're offering to people who join their group. I'm guessing somewhere, somehow, the joining of the "Constitutional Cherokee" also requires application fees and/or "dues" of some kind. Yes, it's a free site--MAYBE, someone is doing this altruistically--BUT, I doubt it. Must be the cynic in me.

    Re: CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE ???????

    Donna D
    I looked and looked, but no one wants to take responsibility..i.e., tell who they are. Not sure what they're offering to people who join their group. I'm guessing somewhere, somehow, the joining of the "Constitutional Cherokee" also requires application fees and/or "dues" of some kind. Yes, it's a free site--MAYBE, someone is doing this altruistically--BUT, I doubt it. Must be the cynic in me.


    Sadly, by requesting all that information, those who respond will be giving access to their credit. Wanna bet what the outcome will be?

    REAL tribes don't ask for W9's, social security cards, and umpteen gazillion of the other things being 'required' to 'join'.

    Re: CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE ???????

    Oh yes, I meant to ask about W-9s, isn't that the one the IRS uses for independent subcontractors? What would they possibly use that for? And HOW could that relate to genealogy in any way, shape or form? If I'm wrong as to what the form is for, well, I didn't research it. Maybe the W-9 is for the "funds" one gets from the "Constitutional Cherokees?" Which begs the question: Where does the CC get their funds?

    Also, their threat to sue people under the "fraud" section is quite likely applicable to the CCs themselves--that is, if one can figure out who they really are.

    Just not a good idea to give an anonymous person that sort of information.

    Re: CONSTITUTIONAL CHEROKEE ???????

    Anidohi Walker

    http://childrenofebci.blogspot.com/

    Who ever this person is he or she has taken care to be very secretive. And you are right. Asking for far too much personal information.

    Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=112452308794850

    Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    Name:Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee ChapterCategory:Organizations - Non-Profit OrganizationsDescription:A group specifically for those who live in this state who have a Cherokee ancestor and want to see all cherokee united

    Cherokee Descendants living in or descended from Cherokees in what is now known as the state of Tennessee
    here we will discuss:
    - who our documented Cherokee ancestors are
    - what documents our ancestors are found on
    - how we are living as cherokees by attending/hosting potlucks and prayer circles and attending stomp
    - where we have our potlucks & prayer circles and where we learn to stomp dance
    - when we attend meetings and events
    - why we are working on becoming an established member of the Constitutional Cherokee
    ============
    we are committed to:
    - attending or hosting a potluck OR prayer circle at least once a month
    - learning cherokee
    - attending at least 1 stomp per year
    - inviting as many people as we can find who are Cherokee Descendants to join the Constitutional Cherokee (read less)
    A group specifically for those who live in this state who have a Cherokee ancestor and want to see all cherokee united

    Cherokee Descendants living in or descended from Cherokees in what is now known as the state of Tennessee
    here we will discuss:
    - who our documented Cherokee ancestors are
    - what documents our ancestors are found on
    - how we are living as cherokees by attending/hosting potlucks and prayer circles and attending stomp
    - where we have our potlucks & prayer circles and where we... (read more)Privacy Type:Open: All content is public.

    Contact Info
    Email:children.ebci@gmail.comWebsite:http://childrenofebci.blogspot.com/
    Office:NOT YET ESTABLISHED.


    Recent News
    .News:A place for all Tennessee Cherokee Descendants to meet and greet one another and to work together under the auspices of the Constitutional Cherokee.

    We are NOT members of ANY other tribe.

    ============
    we are committed to:
    - attending or hosting a potluck OR prayer circle at least once a month
    - learning cherokee
    - attending at least 1 stomp per year
    - inviting as many people as we can find who are Cherokee Descendants to join the Constitutional Cherokee
    ====
    Cherokee Descendants living in this state or descended from Cherokees who lived in this state
    here we will discuss:
    - who our documented Cherokee ancestors are
    - what documents our ancestors are found on
    - how we are living as cherokees by attending/hosting potlucks and prayer circles and attending stomp
    - where we have our potlucks & prayer circles and where we learn to stomp dance
    - when we attend meetings and events
    - why we are working on becoming an established member of the Constitutional Cherokee
    WEBSITE
    http://groups.google.com/group/eastern-cwy-descendants

    Re: Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    The requirement to attend stomp dances may be the reason I was told that most of the people who go to the dances now are (non-Indians)*.

    *substituted word

    Oh, and wonder how they intend to enforce their "code" I'm sure their courts (if they have them) have no legal standing.

    Re: Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    Far to much emphasis is placed on getting a person's social security number. A persons identity can be established with out giving up their SS #. Once a name, DOB and SS no. is given up there is no telling whats in store. Flashing red lights , sirens, on who ever this is



    A Complete Enrollment Application must contain the following:
    --County Certified Birth Certificate for the applicant (State Certified Birth Certificates will only be accepted when the county does not issue birth records)
    --Photo copy of Social Security Card of the applicant
    --Photo copy of a current and valid driver's license or state ID of the applicant
    --Completed Form W9 for the applicant
    --Letter stating that the applicant is not currently enrolled in any other tribe.
    --If the applicant is older than 16 years of age, the application must also include a Letter signed by 2 witnesses (not related by blood or marriage to the applicant) and notarized stating that the applicant has attended at least one prayer circle or potluck per month for the last 12 consecutive months and has attended at least one stomp ceremony in the past year.
    --Final Signature page of the application must be signed and notarized.

    (Applications will be presented to the Enrollment Committee without a copy of
    the Social Security Card, however, and Enrollment Card will not be issued until
    the Social Security Card is submitted to the Enrollment Office)

    Re: Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    Have you seen that commercial where a company sets up a fake bank center and offers people $500 to "open an account." They have a person fill out a form with all sorts of personal information, and everyone gladly does it in the hopes of making $500. It is just to illustrate how ID thefts occur. Here, the concept is the same, the "Constitutional Cherokee" coerce people's personal information by dangling a carrot--here it's the false hope of belonging to a "tribe," or at least an Indian community. They further enforce their dominance over people by threatening legal action when they have no legal standing, and, indeed--have more to fear from the justice branch than those they are trying to control.

    Anybody have a friend in the Attorney General's office that they can send a link to their site?

    Looking at other pages on their site-- they were asking for someone to file 501(c)3 papers for their main body and also in each of the rest of the states--apparently they have already spread pretty far.

    Re: Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    A simple search takes you to a few sites and lots for reading information. But no location, on office, no names. With the exception of "Anidohi Walker" and only one email address of ebci@gmail.com.. and that e-mail address doesn't work.

    Re: Constitutional Cherokee Tennessee Chapter

    Yep and THERE is a SUCKER born every minute, or yep give them all the info and then watch the screw job, my oh my get a piece of paper and become injun, heck lardazz will be ***** chief


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