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title page of Cherokee Nation - text in Cherokee language

This compilation includes acts and resolutions of the Cherokee Nation from 1881-1883, translated into Cherokee.

Lester Hargrett, American Indian bibliographer, wrote of compilations of laws translated into the native language, "Almost without exception, the Indian language version of the laws are rarer than the English. There are good reasons for this. In the council of the civilized tribes, although deliberations were bilingual, the laws were drafted and adopted in English and they were first printed in that language... Translations into native tongue were made later, often months afterward, and printed in smaller numbers...." (Bibliography of the Constitutions and Laws of the American Indians, 1947, entry 19)






Cherokee Nation 1216
Laws and joint resolutions of the Cherokee Nation. In Cherokee.
Tahlequah, 1884