I got this in my email from Marilyn Vann of the Cherokee Freedmen. Please show your support.
We encourage all freedmen descendants and their supporters (as well as those who wish to learn more about the freedmen issue) to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference (CBCF) upcoming panel on Freedmen Issues which will be held on Friday September 26th beginning at 1pm at the Washington DC Convention center - Rm 145B . The Freedmen panel is being sponsored by the Honorable Congressman John Conyers and the Honorable Congresswoman Diane Watson. http://www.alc2008.org/
A panel on freedmen issues was held in 2007 at the CBCF conference: http://www.alc2007.com/index.phpoption=com_content&task=view&id=10&Itemid
We also encourage freedmen descendants and their supporters to visit Congressional offices requesting support for freedmen treaty rights during the week of the conference.
We ask that those who are not able to attend assist those who are attending the conference with financial support.
The Descendants of Freedmen Association will host its next meeting on Saturday September 20th 2008 at the Mount Olive Baptist Church, Rt 1 Vian, Okla. (i-40 from Vian exit, go south 1 3/4 mile. The meeting will begin at 1pm. The Descendants of Freedmen meeting will be followed by a meeting of the Freedmen Band of Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Both meetings are free and open to the general public. For more information on directions contact Reverend Drew: 918-773– 8460.
Freedmen Descendants in the Muskogee area are meeting every second Saturday in Muskogee Oklahoma. The next meeting will be at the King Center, 627 N 3rd street Muskogee on Saturday September 13. 2pm
Names of DEscendants of Creek freedmen as well as information on there Creek freedmen ancestors are being gathered for a potential lawsuit. Please visit www.thecreekfreedmen.com for more info on this endeavor and for the form. Contact Tec Brown ( firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
KKFI (http://www.kkfi.org/) will host a panel on freedmen issues on October 18 2008 in Kansas City 4pm to 6pm. The program may be attended in person or listened to on the internet. Contact DJ MC Richardson for more information: email@example.com 816-822-1313
The Oklahoma State NAACP will host its annual convention in Tulsa October 17th and 18th. Fore more info, contact State President Anthony Douglas: 405-722-6100. We encourage all freedmen descendants and their supports who are not members to join the NAACP. http://www.naacp.org/unitfinder/
For a list of various news articles on the freedmen plesae also visit:http://www.velielaw.com/?p=press
Marilyn VannPresident - Descendants of Freedmen Associationwww.freedmen5tribes.comBand Chief - Freedmen Band of Cherokee nation of Oklahoma