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Re: Voices of Indian Territory
In Response To: Voices of Indian Territory ()

Greetings Debra,

I too thank you for the complimentary words on our effort to bring more information concerning the Indian Territory Freedmen in their “Voices.” Over the years it has been obvious to us that the voices of all who lived in Indian Territory and have it told so a complete picture emerges concerning ALL who resided there.

Much of the scholarship we have seen over the years tends to discount the contributions made to the five tribes by the people of African, and African-Native ancestry so it was this absence of a truthful as well as factual record be published.

Angela mentioned the interview of Morris Impson and his wife Lucy and how they both did not speak English, but Choctaw. What was equally significant in these interviews was the nature of the interview and why they were giving testimony before a Commissioner of the Five Civilized Tribes.

Morris Impson was a Choctaw and his wife Lucy was of mixed “Choctaw and African” descent. Accordingly, the Choctaw Nation attempted to enroll their children as Freedmen as opposed to Choctaw by blood. If this were to happen today, the children would NOT be considered Choctaw or even more ridiculous, not have Choctaw blood by the tribe.
The case of Morris and Lucy Impson demonstrates the concept, practice and custom of classifying children of Native men and “Freedwomen” as “Choctaw by Blood.”

As the citizens, leaders and politicians of today consider the question of who is and is not a “Native American” there is much documentation that disproves and tears down this wall of resistance to those who possess “Indian” blood through their father but as any first grader would conclude, a child is the result of both parents and inherits the citizenship of both parents. You can't be born to American parents and not have American citizenship!

I would hope that others take the time to purchase a copy of “Voices of Indian Territory”© and read about this case. In my personal opinion it has ramifications on the discussions we see today and should be a part of that dialogue.

As the West Coast distributor, you can send your check or money order for $8.00 to:

Terry Ligon
P.O. Box 4366
Antioch, CA 94531

East Coast distributor is:

Angela Walton-Raji
6508 Woodbridge Circle
Catonsville MD 21228-1126

The Mid-West Distributor is:

Tonia Holleman
904 N 8
Van Buren, AR 72956

Address your check or money order to the distributor of your choice and we will promptly send you a copy of "Voices of Indian Territory"©

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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