African-Native American Genealogy Forum
1866 Treaty to be Discussed in Washington, DC
In my opinion not only does the 1866 treaty pertain to the Cherokee freedmen but to the Creek freedmen also.
It is sad and I become angry when I think that the FCTs participated in slavery and enjoyed all the benefits of it and after slavery was abolished not accept their slaves as citizens under the 1866 treaty. Where were the freedmen suppose to live when in reality they lived their lives according to Native American culture? They were not U.S. citizens.
The treaty was not about blood (no blood stated in the treaty). Also being a slave of the FCTs did not require Indian blood.
When I think about my direct ancestor, I have to start with the Creek nation, not someone from the U.S. He was a Creek citizen, blood or no blood that received an allotment like everybody else.