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Re: Question Concerning Creek Citizenship

Hello Norma...I think I understand your question.

First Norma, let's retire the myth of Creek Freedmen chose no longer to be part of the nation. That is/was a lie. There is no historical evidence that Creek Freedmen organized a meeting or convention and said "we want out". This did not happen.

I believe you are making the assumption that Black Creeks and Creek Freedmen are the same TODAY, they are not.

For clarity....
Creek Freedmen and their descendants are not enrolled Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens based on the NEW constitution ratified in 1979. They were voted out of the tribe. They did not vote in that election. They were never told they could vote in that election. Completely shut out of the system. The United States Department of Interiors (BIA) should be held responsible for this injustice.

A Black Creek citizen is a person of African descent who had an ancestor on the Dawes Blood roll and has been allowed to enroll in the Creek Nation. Today, a third of the MCN population can identify as having African ancestry or considers themselves as African American.

So to answer your question,
My suggestions would be tell these Black Creek citizens why its important to vote in this constitution election.
Your ancestors were just as valid a citizen of the Creek Nation as their ancestor was. With the same equal rights!
Also establish friendship with other Creeks, the white ones and the Red ones. They could also be persuaded into voting for justice.
Not all Creeks are racist, its really only a hand few of people that are controlling information. Get out and let folks know the truth.
People are not going to vote on race lines. They will vote on what they feel is the truth. But if they don't know the truth...well?

Strange, I talked with a cousin this morning from Oktaha. Within his household, he has five adult Creek citizens, who are not registered as voters of the tribe. He also has close relatives and church members who are Creek citizens, NOT registered to vote. We talked about multiple issues in the tribe and why it was important for his family to vote. He asked me what is all talk going on in the Cherokee Nation about them kicking the Blacks folks out of their nation. This guy lives right under the nose of all this and only knew very little truth. So we talked a while....and Norma, I was shocked to find out he thought that Creek Freedmen were never citizens of the Creek Nation. (mainly from that big destroyer of Nations; blood system) He was never enlighten about Creek Freedmen. Never really had a reason to listen. There are many Creek citizens that are like him....never heard the truth....all I can say is Stop depending on this message board and others to get the information out. Folks need to start calling the churches, organizations and who ever will get this word out. Most enrolled Creeks don't have the Internet or a computer.
Anyway enjoy the weekend.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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