A lawsuit against Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd, the U.S. Department of the Interior and its Secretary Ryan Zinke, was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia July 20 by the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Inc. Part of whose mission statement is: To Preserve and Protect the unique history, heritage and genealogy of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen who were removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) on the Trail of Tears. For those who need REMINDING The Indians DRAGGED their SLAVES on the Trail of Tears...
The suit, which lists five individual plaintiffs along with the MCIFB, alleges in its preliminary statement that pursuant to Article 2 of the Creek Treaty of 1866 between the U.S. and MCN that Freedmen and Freedmen descendants regardless of their ‘blood’ status “shall have and enjoy all the rights and privileges of Native citizens” of MCN.
The statement goes on to allege that MCN and its federal benefactors have, ‘perpetuated race-based discrimination and the badges of slavery by using the Freedmen Descendants’ African ancestry to deny them the rights and benefits of MCN citizenship.’
Among the court’s 13 declaratory and injunctive action headings in the plaintiffs’ suit are declarations that: Creek Freedmen descendants are Creek citizens with the right to full and equal citizenship; the 1979 MCN Constitution is void; and the designation or description ‘Creek Freedmen’ is a badge of slavery.
The entire complaint can be read here.
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