CONGRATULATIONS to Cherokee Warrior Marilyn Vann who is one of the honorees recognized for making a significant contribution to human rights. The event is held in conjunction with International Human Rights Day which is recognized on Dec. 10 each year.
Marilyn Vann is president and a director of the nonprofit Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association, which educates the public on the history, culture, and political rights of the African Indian peoples of the 5 Nations (Five Civilized Tribes).
A citizen of the Cherokee nation of Oklahoma, Vann is president of the African Indians Foundation. She is a litigant in two Federal lawsuits that recently upheld enforcement of the 1866 treaty rights of the Cherokee Indian Freedmen Peoples tribal membership rights.
Vann received a Statesman Award from the Cherokee Nation for her volunteerism as a Cherokee tribal member.