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Re: Creek Old Series Cards
In Response To: Re: Creek Old Series Cards ()

Donald, the Dawes Commission was obligated under the Act of June 28, 1898, to make a separate roll of Creek freedmen so if a freedmen was listed with a by blood, that person would be transferred to the freedmen roll regardless of kinship (being a family member, married).

This separation (transfer) is really bad for children of these split families because their Indian blood is denied, not recorded on the freedmen roll, and because their mother was not an Indian they get no benefits, their other half siblings do if any.

Is there any particular family you are concerned about? As you know the Dawes cards are final, but you can learn about the truth of your family with these cards and earlier cards. Sometimes earlier cards just mentioned whatever the Dawes Commission wanted to write down, leaving out one parent, slave owner's name, etc.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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