Constitution of the Cherokee Nation. 1839. Article III, Section 5. The Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation, Passed at Tahlequah, Cherokee Nation, 1839-1851 Tahlequah: 1852.
- SEC. 5. No person shall be eligible to a seat in the National Council but a free Cherokee male citizen who shall have attained to the age of twenty-five years.
- The descendants of Cherokee men by all free women except the African race, whose parents may have been living together as man and wife, according to the customs and laws of this Nation, shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of this Nation, as well as the posterity of Cherokee women by all free men. No person who is of negro or mulatto parentage, either by the father or mother’s side, shall be eligible to hold any office of profit, honor, or trust under this Government.