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Marland I don't disagree with you on the need for Freedmen to become more involved. I have several times posted my frustrations regarding the lack of participation of Freedmen descendants in the fight for their rights. What I do not agree with is the creation of another organization. There is a Freedmen organization, of which Marilyn Vann is the elected president. Your participation in that organization, which has been on the forefront of fighting for the rights of all freedmen, is both welcome and appreciated. To create another freedmen organization would simply be more division and an opportunity for the enemies of the freedmen to conquer.
My words about the Dawes Roll had nothing to do with blood quantum. While that roll does show blood quantums of some Cherokees and not for others, the roll itself is not racist, its just a book filled with names. It is how its used that is racist. That, I agree with you, is a choice of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. And a bad choice I believe.
My only reason in addressing the Dawes Roll was because "Vicki" who responded to your post suggested that we throw the baby out with the bath water and find some other way to determine citizenship. That is a dangerous thing, especially since she suggest that cultural practice be used to make the determination. That would be far too subjective and would allow for people who just read about us in a book to pretend and get enrolled. Enrollment must be fair and objective or its pointless.
My remarks regarding wannabes (and I don't mean people just doing research) was to ask you and other Freedmen to be careful with whom you associate because they may be trying to use you to legitimize their own claims. I watched helplessly as the United Keetoowah Band gave associate membership to Ward Churchill after he promised to help them in Congress. He never delivered any help, he used the associate membership to perpetuate his claim of Indian identity and he eventually embarassed the Keetoowahs and Indian Country with his hateful writings about those killed in the 9/11 attacks.
I care deeply for the Freedmen of all of the Five Civilized Tribes. My suggestions are not meant to be hurtful, but to offer the wisdom of my experience and observations as well knowledge of Indian Country. The Freedmen are free to do as they choose. as individuals and as a group. But there are consequences to their actions I fear may be harmful in the long run.
Again, as I have stated before, my support for the Freedmen is unwavering.