Cherokee Nation honors MLK while dealing with slavery issue

In a photo provided by the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., left, looks over an exhibit about the Cherokee Freeman during a visit to the Martin Luther King Center in Muskogee, Okla., on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Leaders of the Cherokee Nation marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by welcoming the descendants of slaves into their tribe after years of exclusion. (Courtesy of the Cherokee Nation via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cherokee Nation leaders marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday by acknowledging the tribe needs to come to terms with its treatment of former slaves, known as Freedmen.