African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Voices of Indian Territory
In Response To: Re: Voices of Indian Territory ()
I’m delighted that you found “Voices of Indian Territory”© so enjoyable. You are correct when you say all who have labored on the publication did so with a love for the history concerning Indian Territory.
Star, you also have brought up the subject of the Impson’s and I had to take the time to discuss the importance of this case and how it fits with the overall story of those who sought inclusion in the nation of their birth.
Without going into to much detail for obvious reasons it should be noted that the Impson case is one of many that demonstrated the fallacy of the matrilineal descent argument or “blood quantum” when discussing citizenship issues.
We have been told and have seen discussions that attempt to present this as the “only” way one is considered to be “Indian” and the Morris and Lucy Impson case sheds much needed light on this subject. I hope after others obtain a copy of “Voices of Indian Territory” ©, we will have a thread or live discussion on “African-Native Circle” about this subject.
I would also like to let you know because Lucy and Morris Impson is one of hundreds of similar cases that establish the claims of citizenship in the various tribes and how the use of blood quantum was used to exclude thousands of individuals with Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek (Muskogee) and Seminole blood from the “segregated” Dawes Rolls.
In the past I have mentioned on this board the case of my Great Grandmother Bettie LIGON and Equity Case 7071 as another example of how the tribes and Dawes Commission exclude many people who should have been enrolled as “citizens by blood” from the rolls.
It should also be pointed out that the citizenship of “certain” freedmen though not in this class of citizens is also brought out in how the treaties signed in 1866 have been abused by the tribes to exclude the descendants of the freedmen from the nations of their ancestor’s birth.
We plan to bring these cases and issues to the public in future issues of “Voices of Indian Territory”© so that a fuller, factual and truer version of the five tribes is made public and properly address the issue of what constitutes “citizenship” and who should be defined as “Indian” or “Native American.”
I thank you again for taking the time to purchase and more importantly read what we have published as we will strive to live up to the expectations of our readers and subscribers.