What modern forms of government were practiced by the Cherokee?

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Before European contact, Cherokee government was, of course, traditional.  However, even then there was a degree of what we wouild see as modern forms of government.  Their government was traditional in that they were governed by elders and in that they had separate leaders for war time and peace time.  A more "modern" feature of their government was that women had the ability to rise to places of power.

Long after contact, the Cherokee tried to become a much more modern people.  They created a unified Cherokee nation instead of having separate bands with separate rulers.  They created a formal system of government with courts and elections and, eventually, a constitution.  

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