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Re: Oklahoma Tribe Descentants
In Response To: Oklahoma Tribe Descentants ()
Many of the "benefits" that are expected from the nations are exaggerated. There are some benefits for tribal members who live within the jurisdiction of the tribal boundaries pertaining to various formsof assistance for housing and health benefits. The health clinics do exist in various parts of OK, but the actual quality of the health care can vary from one clinic to another.
These benefits are primarily for members of the tribe, in the Indian community in financial need. There are many within the nations who live well below the poverty level, and even for them, obtaining the benefits are limited and slow, when sought.
The education benefits within Oklahoma are limited primarily to two vocational institutions, and at Northeastern State University. There is a 2-3 year waiting list to get into the vocational schools using "Indian benefits", although admission, without the benefits is open all the time.
Many persons seeking admission to the tribes will be met with much resistance (and often resentment) from those tribes even with documented ties to the nations. The registrars of the tribes, also put much energy into keeping out the descendants of the Freedmen (African & Native American)to their nation. This racist sentiment has prevailed for more recently in the past 40 years. There are some efforts now underway to break down those barriers, but there is a fear that thousands of Africans who have documented ties, will suddenly enroll, for purposes of "benefits" and with no interest in contributing to the Indian community. This debate continues to unravel in the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole nations.