"The southern tribes had taken on the bigotry of the south and even with the treaties they negotiated, they articulated a second class status for the people they enslaved, and fathered. The same people who shared a language, culture and heritage. To blame the result on the United States is misplaced."
Terry lets not forget the mixed white/Indian and sometimes even mixed with African (High Head Jim and Sharper Hope) were southerners themselves. Many of these racially mixed Indians did not even live in IT. They straddle the boarders of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana even Tenn., With family members on both sides of the US and Indian Territory. You know US citizenship was given to the 5CTs in 1907, but you can bet your britches that the white/Indians claimed that citizenship long before that. My point is the Choctaw/Chickasaw was 'white' enough to do what they wanted too. Many being the 'sooners' claiming Indian lands. I once found a Choctaw enrollment card of 1/254. That alone tells the entire story of reason and ability to accomplish the goal of not accepting the treaty and making Luste-cate second class citizens.
I am not saying the 5CTs have no responsiblity in this nightmare.
But the 'Great Father' allowed this to happen and gave its approval.
You and I both know how the world rotates, it rotates on the backs of the poor. Big Business, corporations (even of that day) was behind the curtain setting the stage of divisionism. It is easy to see what is apparent, but you know that corporations had their goals and the lobbyist were busy in Washington making sure it happen. The white/Indians (I say Indian losely) help the cause and here we are today.
I agree with you on the 'What happen issues'.
"The MLK Center is not really connected to this history. "Our history is unique and if it is to be preserved it is the "responsibility" of the descendants to do so....."
MLK center is involved in injustices around the world.
I am sure that South Africans are glad they did not take that approach of its "not our business". Its there history....not ours..
Ofcourse the history is unique, nothing can change that, however the MLK Center is not about preserving injustices, but correcting them.
And yes Freedmen descendants have to get involved, but the US Congress will be the muscle that move the hand of Justice in this matter. The tribes will not volunteer to do this, because the 'pie' is to good to share at this point in history.
Having an organization such as the MLK and the Carter Center will only help move the hand of the Federal government.
Terry I am not saying archiving these documents in the MLK center, I am saying asking them for HELP in correcting this INJUSTICE.