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Re: Freedmen Roll DOES indicate "Indian blood"

Hello Denise,

Office of the Choctaw Nation---you will clearly see the perception of inter-marriage and how it was officially perceived and what the punishment was.

(By clicking on the image below, the exact wording from the Executive Office can be more easily read.)

There may have been some relationships between African men and Choctaw women, but few have been recorded. On the several thousand Dawes Cards from the Choctaw Nation, one will see that a majority of Choctaw Freedmen with Indian blood ties, the relationship came through Choctaw men. There is in fact a document that speaks to the blood ties of Choctaw Freedmen---I believe it was referenced in the Congressional Record. Of course in every situation there were exceptions. For example in the Joe & Dillard Perry case--their mother was a Freedwoman, and their father was a Chickasaw. Their relationship was one that brought about many issues and their case went on for many years in an effort to have them placed on the blood roll. They were on, then off (when the tribe challenged the two children with an African mother being on the blood roll. Then it was appealed and they were off the blood roll and off again. This went on for many years.)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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