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Re: CBC Panel
In Response To: Re: CBC Panel ()

Hello Isom Taylor,

I appreciate the fact that you have recognized the efforts of our Organization in getting Congress involved. Sometimes we get the feeling that it has been high jacked also.

When we solicited the help of Congress, We had the interest of Freedmen from all the Five slave holding Tribes and continue to advocate for all.

I recently met with Mr. Dan Boren at a Democratic Party fish fry and we discussed the freedmen issues and it was not just about the Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen, but all the Freedmen.

I’m a firm believer, when talking about injustices in the Indian Nations, you must speak about all the Freedmen of the respective tribes in the same breath. If you just speak of one Tribe, then people won’t know that four other Tribes are practicing the same injustices toward their Freedmen. At the same event where I talked to Dan Boren, my state representative, Kenneth Corn, approached me, and, asked, if the Choctaw Nation was doing the same thing to their Freedmen as the Cherokees. He appeared to not know because all he has been hearing about is the Cherokee Freedmen.

I don’t like the way this whole Freedmen issue has been handled from the beginning. I thought when Congress found out how taxpayers monies were been used by the Five Tribes to discriminate, they would prosecute all of them at the same time. It should not have mattered if Marilyn Vann had an ongoing lawsuit in the Cherokee Nation. I think Congress should have branded the issue as Freedmen issues of the five Tribes instead of Cherokee issue. All five Tribes are breaking federal laws and should be prosecuted at the same time.

I’m not insulted because I wasn’t asked to be on the CBC panel, but find it very ironic that there’s no representation for the Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole Freedmen. Now, I find that very insulting, because it was our organization that got Congress involved in the first place. They wouldn’t have known if it hadn’t been for us.

I really think our freedmen issues have been hi-jacked by some people, and, I hope, for what ever reason, it’s for the good of all. When HR 2824 was been drafted, I had to tell a person in the inner circle to make sure the Freedmen of the other four Tribes be included in the draft. Other wise, they might have been excluded.

But, we must always remember, the Freedmen issues are in the hands of Lobbyists and Lawyers, today, just like the Freedmen issues where in the hands of the Dawes Commissioners and congresses in the late 1800’s and look what happen to them. They were taken out of the process—no voice or representation. I hope justice for all Freedmen comes out of this, even though there’s only Cherokee representation at the CBC conference.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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