Congress is known for stalling on legislation, but there are few action items that have taken longer than a position that’s been open for nearly 200 years – a delegate from the Cherokee nation. The 1835 Treaty of New Echota forced thousands of Cherokee people from their ancestral homes across the United States, killing more than 5,000 on a journey known as the “Trail of Tears.”

Part of that deal promised the Cherokee Nation a delegate in Congress. That position remained empty until last month, when Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. appointed Kimberly Teehee.

But it’s still not a done deal yet. Soledad O’Brien sits down with both to discuss the next steps. 

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