African-Native American Genealogy Forum
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.
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.