Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cherokee Freedmen to Meet Saturday and Demonstrate March 27

Your help and participation will be beneficial. Here's the details from our friend Marily Vann

Descendants of Freedmen Association will host its next meeting on March 14, 2009 at the Martin Luther King Center, 627 N 3rd Street, Muskogee Oklahoma begining at 2pm. It is requested that meeting attendants bring a "covered dish" to share with other meeting attendants at the beginning of the meeting. Following the meeting will be a meeting of the Freedmen band of Cherokee nation. Both meetings are free and open to the public of all races, creeds and colors.

Meeting attendants will be briefed on the upcoming demonstration in Muskogee Oklahoma on Friday March 27 2009 outside the Muskogee BIA office. 3pm. 3100 West Peak Boulevard, Muskogee. Bring your signs, your friends and your family.

A genealogy workshop will be held on April 18th, sponsored by Descendants of Freedmen association at the Langston >Oklahoma City Campus. Stay tuned for additional developments.

On February 3rd, 2009, the Cherokee nation filed a lawsuit against several individual freedmen living in the Northern DIstrict of Oklahoma. The tribal government alleges that the lawsuit was filed to "end the freedmen dispute" - ignoring the fact that the tribe has spent millions of
dollars filing numerous motions to try to dismiss the Federal case Vann versus Kempthorne (now Vann versus Salazar)....rather than allowing that case to proceed on its merits....

2 comments:

Allen L. Lee said...

"Cherokee Freedmen to Meet Saturday and Demonstrate March 27

Your help and participation will be beneficial. Here's the details from our friend Marily Vann
... Both meetings are free and open to the public of all races, creeds and colors."

I'm still here. Just a reminder to oue detractors that the Freedmen Descendants know the difference between "race," and "nationality"
I'm not in Oklahoma so I won't be able to attend, but thanks again Pechanga for keeping this issue on your page.
Allen L. Lee

Allen L. Lee said...

Thought I'd make an excerpt contribution for this blog. It is dated but applies to the discussion
Allen :

"Comparative Racism and the Law--Canada/U.S.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Expulsion of Cherokee Freedmen--Aboriginal Self-Determination or Racism Writ Large?

…While the right to self-determination is an understood attribute of a sovereign people, it comes in this instance at the cost of expelling persons who, in many cases, have longstanding cultural and often genetic ties to the tribe.

What do you think?

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss
http://racelawinniss.blogspot.com/2007/03/expulsion-of-cherokee-freedmen.html