So, in closing, I would just like to say, to everyone who thinks there are "benefits" for having your "Indian card", the benefit is being able to register with a federally recognized tribe and in being able to call yourself Cherokee. There is no greater benefit than that in my mind.
And, to those Cherokees who are only registered because they "want benefits", I hope you understand when I borrow some words from the late United States president, John F. Kennedy, "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country." "United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder."
It is time we stand together against the tyranny that leaves our most vulnerable Cherokees in desperate need. We, together, can make a difference. Your card gives you the responsibility to stand up against what is wrong and fight for what is right. And, isn't having a voice and a vote some of the finest benefits we could ever hope to have?
Those are my thoughts for the day.
Thank you for reading.
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