Make plans to attend the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association Conference November 7th 2020 Tickets are available now at www.eventbrite.comas an online event. Individuals who wish to attend but prefer to not pay online may mail the fifty dollar conference fee (eighty dollars if purchasing a tee shirt) to our mailing address : Descendants of Freedmen, Box 42221, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 Conference presenters include: Historian and retired Senior Manager of the Smithsonian Museum John Whittington Franklin, Cherokee Nation District Court Judge Luke Barteaux, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr, Attorney/Author Hannibal Johnson, Author Art Burton, Author and Journalist Randy Krehbiel, Attorneys John Parris and Branton Grissum , Genealogists Ron Graham and David Cornsilk, Activist Eli Grayson, and Tulsa Community consultant Reuben Gant. The conference has been made possible in part by a grant awarded from the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission which was made available by the generosity of WPX Energy. The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association has a no refund ticket policy.
On August 30 2017, Honorable Judge Thomas Hogan ruled in favor of Cherokee freedmen tribal member treaty rights to citizenship. He held the tribal constitutional amendment which removed freedmen from tribal membership to be unenforceable due to the 1866 treaty. The tribe did not challenge the ruling and sent the Federal court order to the tribal court which voided the tribal constitutional amendments which removed the freedmen from tribal membership and blocked freedmen from holding office. The preliminary order of August 30 2017 against the tribe was finalized in 2018 with issues between the US and the freedmen remaining to be finalized (dealing primarily with protection of the freedmen) as of early September 2018. The court decision as well as various news articles and earlier filed briefs can be read as follows:
For those who wish to make tax deductible donation , we welcome you to donate funds of any size to the African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation (Box 42452, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123). See our link for more information.
You may donate by credit card to African Indians Foundation to assist our litigation fund to combat racial discrimination thru the Gofundme link below:
Almost all funds raised by both Descendants of Freedmen Association and African Indians of the 5 Tribes Foundation have been used for litigation fees.
The gofundme campaign “Federal Court Legal Fund Freedmen Descendants” started in July 2020 is raising legal fees for future litigation in Federal court for Creek and Seminole freedmen Descendants based on current status of Creek and Seminole Nation freedmen descendants and to pay for past legal hours incurred by the Velie Law firm for the Cherokee freedmen descendants litigation
The latest articles, Briefs and rulings filed in the Federal cases Cherokee Nation V Nash and Vann V Jewell lawsuits can be obtained at the Turtle Talk Blog :
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