In 1835, the Treaty of New Echota was ratified in the U.S. Senate, selling Cherokee land in Northern Georgia and providing the legal basis for one of this country's ugliest episodes, the Trail of Tears, in which the Cherokee Nation was forcibly marched to a reservation in Oklahoma. But read further into that treaty, Article Seven, and there's a provision that entitles the Cherokee Nation to a delegate in the House of Representatives, quote, "whenever Congress shall make provisions for the same" - unquote. Well, nearly two centuries later, the Cherokee principle chief, Chuck Hoskin, Jr., is calling on Congress to make good on this promise by seating a delegate. He has nominated Kimberly Teehee for the role. Teehee is the Cherokee vice president of governmental relations and served as senior policy adviser for Native American Affairs under President Obama. She was the first to hold that position. I spoke with Kimberly Teehee from Tahlequah, Okla., the capital of the Cherokee Nation, and I asked her if she thinks this effort to get a seat in Congress will be successful. Cherokee Nation Takes Up 1835 Promise To Send Delegate To Congress That would be fantastic.