FREEDMEN UPDATE

 

Descendants of Freedmen Association and their supports will host their next meeting on Saturday March 14 2015 at First Missionary Baptist Church 429 Denison Street, Muskogee Oklahoma beginning at one pm. The meeting is free and open to the general public. Please bring a covered dish to share with other meeting attendants. Candidates for both tribal and non tribal political office will be recognized. Candidates of both tribal and non tribal elections will be recognized at the meeting. 

Descendants of Freedmen Association and African Indians Foundation will host the 4th Treaty Celebration Banquet on Friday April 17, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 205 SW Frank Phillips, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003  6:30 pm . The purpose of the banquet is to provide support for freedmen litigation.   Tickets are $40 if bought with cash, money order or check. Tickets  purchased by credit card thru eventbrite incur a small service charge (event bright link is below): 
   
 
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Descendants of Freedmen Treaty Celebration Banquet
The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association (Descendants of Freedmen Association) and the African Indians Foundation of the 5 Civilized Tri...
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Those who wish to make tax deductible donations to assist in defraying the cost of the banquet may make donations thru African Indians Foundation, Box 42452, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73123 .  Tax deductible donations may also be made thru the above eventbrite link.  Contact Mrs Ruth Adair Nash 918-333-9683 or Rev Everett Adair: 918-440-6099  or everettadair@yahoo.com 

Descendants of Freedmen Association will host a meeting on Saturday May 2, 2015 at the Rudisill Library, 1520 N Hartford, Tulsa Oklahoma beginning at one pm. The meeting is free and open to the public. Candidates for tribal and non tribal office are welcome to come and will be recognized,    

Seminole Freedmen tribal members will sponsor a demonstration on Friday March 13th 2015
outside the Federal Courthouse Building 200 NW 4th Street, Oklahoma City, Okla beginning at one pm. The demonstration is to protest the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) not enforcing treaty rights of Seminole Freedmen tribal members to receive Indian Health Services . For more information on the demonstration please contact Seminole Nation Ceasar Bruner Band Council Member Mrs Leeta Osborne Sampson at Losbornesampson@gmail.com  or 405-923-5494.  

As of mid March 2015, DC Federal Judge Judge Thomas Hogan has not yet ruled on the merits of the Cherokee freedmen tribal membership case.  

Cherokee nation elections for Chief Chief , Deputy Chief, and council persons at precincts within the Cherokee nation will be Saturday June 27th 2015  . Tribal members 18 years old and over who are not registered to vote have until March 31 2015 to register as voters with the election commission.  Tribal voters who wish to vote by absentee ballots have until May 8th 2015 to fill out and return absentee ballot request forms :  http://www.cherokee.org/OurGovernment/Commissions/ElectionCommission/Forms,Maps,VotingLocations.aspx

Cherokee nation at large voters must either vote by absentee ballots or vote in person at the Cherokee nation election commission in Tahlequah on June 20th, and June 23-25 2015. Cherokee nation voters who are not sure if they are registered voters or not sure which district they are registered to vote in  should contact the Cherokee nation election commission  at : http://www.cherokee.org/OurGovernment/Commissions/ElectionCommission/ContactUs.aspx

The first full length documentary film "By Blood" of the Cherokee and Seminole Freedmen tribal members fight against tribal disenrollment was recently won first prize at  the San Diego Black Film Festival in January 2015...The film link shows future screenings as of March 2015.....  
 
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SCREENINGS
By Blood chronicles American Indians of African descent as they battle to regain their tribal citizenship. The film explores the impact of this battle, which has ma...
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Film About Cherokee Freedmen Opens San Diego Black Fi...
A new documentary examines an extremely controversial issue concerning the Cherokee Nation and provisions of a treaty signed in 1868.
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Marilyn Vann - President - Descendants of Freedmen Association and African Indians Foundation