Cherokee Nation Principal Chief offers condolences on the passing of Nelson Mandela


“Today we mourn with the entire world on the passing of Nelson Mandela. Few people in the history of mankind have moved and inspired people the way he did. His ideals of equality and democracy for all people and all races in his native South Africa was something he was imprisoned for and it is that struggle that gave hope to so many, regardless of race. It is a remarkable journey for a man to go from political prisoner to president. Mandela's plight is a history that American Indians in the United States understand, as our people have faced similar adversity. His courage and humanity are the hallmarks of how he changed the world and the way we view it. We are saddened by the loss of this extraordinary man, but we are better as people for the life he lived. Tonight, the Cherokee Nation holds Nelson Mandela's family, friends and entire country in our hearts."
--Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation

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