Cherokee Neutral Lands chief charged with sex crime

Baxter Springs, Kansas (AP) August 2010

Cherokee County authorities say the chief of the Neutral Lands Cherokee group has been charged with a sex crime involving a child.

The Joplin Globe reported Aug. 5 that 73-year-old Ray Golden, of Baxter Springs, was charged with felony indecent solicitation of a child between the ages of 14 and 16.

Cherokee County Attorney John Bullard filed the charge in Cherokee County District Court.

The Neutral Lands Cherokee is a non-federalized American Indian group based in Baxter Springs. It was organized in 1998 and is not part of the Cherokee Nation.

The group is named for the Cherokee Neutral Lands in what is now Cherokee and Crawford counties. The Cherokee tribe once lived in the area but left Kansas during the Civil War.

Golden was released from the Cherokee County Jail after posting $25,000 bond.