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Re: Freedmen Roll DOES indicate "Indian blood"
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Under normal circumstances, the answer to your question would be a resounding YES. The Choctaw Constitution provides only that the individuals be listed on Dawes and then prove to be Choctaw Indian by blood. These are two separate proofs and not necessarily related to each other.
Here is the catch. Historically, the Choctaws have been among the most racist of the Five Civilized Tribes. Their pre-statehood laws went so far as to proscribe death for anyone who intermarried with a negro. The attitudes of both the white and Indian people below the Arkansas River (Little Dixie) has changed little. The politics of the Choctaw Nation is such that the Principal Chief, Greg Pyle, controls the council, controls the court and controls everything about the tribe.
A lawsuit in the Choctaw Nation Courts would either languish and go unheard, or it would be ruled against swiftly, regardless of whatever valid and well crafted argument the plaintiff might present. Pyle is a dictator in the truest sense of the word and until the Choctaw by citizens rise up against him, there is little hope for the Choctaw Freedmen. True tripartite government, with the branches operating independently, must be restored to the Choctaw Nation for there to be any justice for the Choctaw people.
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