I believe this is a reversal from his previous position. The Congressional Black Caucus wanted to cut funding to tribes in Oklahoma for the Freedman Controversy but Obama cited tribal sovereignty and blocked them. I can really see both sides of this issue from the perspective of the federal government but I can only hope the Cherokee et al. see the light of reason and accept the Freedmen back into their nations.
Obama supports Freedmen in dispute with Cherokee Nation
The Freedmen have a right to belong to the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the Obama administration said in a court filing.
The Freedmen, who are the descendants of former slaves, are entitled to citizenship and other tribal rights under an 1866 treaty, government attorneys wrote in a motion for summary judgement