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 (chĕr′ə-kē′, chĕr′ə-kē′)
n. pl. Cherokee or Cher·o·kees
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the southern Appalachian Mountains from the western Carolinas and eastern Tennessee to northern Georgia, with present-day populations in northeast Oklahoma and western North Carolina. The Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory in the 1830s after conflict with American settlers over rights to traditional lands.
2. The Iroquoian language of the Cherokee.

[From Cherokee tsalaki.]

Cher′o·kee′ adj.
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(ˈtʃɛrəˌkiː; ˌtʃɛrəˈkiː)
npl -kees or -kee
1. (Peoples) a member of a Native American people formerly living in and around the Appalachian Mountains, now chiefly in Oklahoma; one of the Iroquois peoples
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family
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(ˈtʃɛr əˌki)

n., pl. -kees, (esp. collectively) -kee.
1. a member of an American Indian people residing orig. in the W Carolinas and E Tennessee: surviving groups live in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
2. the Iroquoian language of the Cherokee.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cherokee - the Iroquoian language spoken by the Cherokee
Iroquoian, Iroquoian language, Iroquois - a family of North American Indian languages spoken by the Iroquois
2.Cherokee - a member of an Iroquoian people formerly living in the Appalachian Mountains but now chiefly in Oklahoma
Iroquois - any member of the warlike North American Indian peoples formerly living in New York State; the Iroquois League were allies of the British during the American Revolution
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Cherokee (Indian)

nTscherokese m, → Tscherokesin f
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Drawing on archival research and her ethnographic fieldwork in Oklahoma, she takes seriously and treats carefully the charge by one descendant of a Cherokee freedman: "I think you should write about the racism that permeates these Indian programs [re: tribal benefits], and point out that many of the so-called Indians running the Oklahoma tribes are exclusive if the hyphenated Indian is Black and inclusive if the hyphenated Indian is White." Although the federal government threw its weight behind the creation of "kinship" by requiring in 1866 that Cherokee freedmen "shall have all the rights of native Cherokees," descendants of those freedmen remained excluded from tribal benefits and politics.
In the spring of 1996, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the heart of the Cherokee Nation, I interviewed a Cherokee freedman, one of many phenotypically Black descendants of Cherokee slave owners and their African American slaves.(1) Of the questions that arose in the course of our conversation, the one that elicited the most impassioned response was, "What do you think I should write about?" He responded:
The resulting Cherokee census of 1880 did not include a single Cherokee freedman, "it being the position of those of Cherokee blood that the Treaty of 1866 had granted freedmen civil and political rights but not the right to share in tribal assets" (Sampson 1972, 125-26).

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