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Re: Lawsuits in the FCT
In Response To: Re: Lawsuits in the FCT ()

It's too bad Creek freedmen descendants did not have a thorough knowledge of the differences in the wording of the 1866 Treaty for each tribe at the time of fighting for the citizenship of the Cherokee freedmen descendants.

Now the Creek Freedmen descendants seem to be without hope of obtaining citizenship, and no support from other freedmen descendants that have obtained their citizenship, as was promised.

It apparently was thought that if the Cherokee freedmen descendants won their citizenship according to the 1866 Treaty, that treaty would apply to all freedmen descendants (Creek, Choctaw), but not so!

Unfortunately, it was never going to, and legally, they have it right.

Since each treaty was a separate treaty made with each tribe, one ruling wouldn't apply to all of them. Each separate tribe would have to have lawsuits filed against them for the freedmen's citizenship rights to be challenged. So lawsuits would need to be made for:

Choctaw and Chickasaw (They have the same treaty), The Creek, then the Seminole.

3 separate lawsuits.

Now, the ruling from the Cherokee suit can be used as precedence for the remaining suits, but that ruling was only limited in scope to the Cherokee only. So we have 1 down, and 3 more suits to go.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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