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The Cherokee-Freedmen Story: What The Media Saw, Ronald D. Smith Dec 2006

The Cherokee-Freedmen Story: What The Media Saw, Ronald D. Smith

Ronald Bruce Smith

National media and international journalists watched in March 2007, as voters in the Cherokee Nation decided issues of citizenship. Reporters looked at the same situation and often talked with the same people, but they didn’t always see the same story.

Some journalists saw the Cherokee-Freedmen story as one about race and civil rights; some saw it as being about Cherokee sovereignty and Indian identity. This content analysis investigates media reporting on the issue.