Press Release – For Immediate Release—March 21 2015
Reverend Everett Adair 918-336-6507 or 918-440-6099 firstname.lastname@example.org Mrs Ruth Nash 918-333-9683 or Mrs Marilyn Vann 405-227-9810 email@example.com
DESCENDANTS OF FREEDMEN OF THE FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES ASSOCIATION AFRICAN INDIANS OF THE 5 CIVILIZED TRIBES FOUNDATION CO HOST 4TH TREATY CELEBRATION BANQUET APRIL 17, 2015 BARTLESVILLE OKLAHOMA
The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and the African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation will co host the Fourth Treaty Celebration banquet on Friday April 17, 2015 in Bartlesville Oklahoma. The Banquet will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 205 SW Frank Phillips Blvd, Bartlesville, Oklahoma beginning at 6:30pm.
The freedmen and their descendants (former slaves of Indians or free mixed African Indians) received tribal citizenship rights through 1866 treaties signed by tribal leaders and the US government . The descendants of tribal freedmen now face discrimination in registering as tribal citizens, accessing benefits such as housing and education available to members of federally recognized Indian tribes, voting in tribal elections, and also battle disenrollment movements led by tribal leaders.
Featured speaker at the banquet is Attorney Jon Velie, who will speak on law and history of the freedmen. The program will include musical entertainment & an update on new freedmen documentary “By Blood” http://www.bybloodthefilm.com/
To obtain banquet tickets or to find out more about the program, please contact Everett Adair, Ruth Nash or Marilyn Vann at the contact information above.
Program information and ticket information is also on www.eventbrite.com
To learn more about the freedmen and their struggle for Civil Rights, please visit the Facebook Page: Descendants of the Freedmen of the Five Tribes or contact Descendants of Freedmen Assn Vice President Mrs Fannie Bates 405-642-3527 fannie_bates @yahoo.com. The organization website is www.freedmen.org