The Caddo Oklahoma Star
November 23, 1875
The Marriage Law
The new Choctaw marriage law requires a white man who designs marrying a Choctaw citizen to obtain a license from a circuit clerk or judge or to make oath or other satisfactory showing before them, that he has no living wife form whom he is not legally divorced; to present to the clerk or judge a certificate of good moral character, signed by at least ten respectable citizens, who shall have been acquainted with him at least twelve months immediately preceding the signing of such certificate. It also requires him to take an oath to support the constitution of the Choctaw Nation. It is further stipulated that a white man or white woman, marrying in compliance with this law, shall be citizens of the Choctaw Nation even after being left a widow or widower, provided they do not marry a citizen of the United States; in which event they lose all their rights of citizenship.
November 30, 1875
The Latest Marriage Law
The late marriage law does not affect those who married prior to its passage, but as numberless cases are destined in the future to come under its operations, we propose to notice, as briefly as possible, one of its main features; more for the purpose of directing the attention of the legal minds of the Nation to it, than anything else; for that the Supreme Court will be called on sometime to decide upon its constitutionality there is not the least doubt.
The particular section we refer to declares a white man or woman who marries an Indian according to the law to be citizens of the Nation to all intents and purposes. This places them on an equal footing with all, the law goes on to say that should he/she be left a widow or widower and then marry one who is not a citizen, they, by this act, lose all their rights of citizenship.
The question that presents itself it this: Can the Choctaw Nation expatriate one of its citizens for marrying a person who is a citizen of another country? If it do so with one can it not do so with all? In other words, if the Council can annul the rights of an adopted citizen for marrying a white person could it not with equal propriety do so with a native?