African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Re: Creek Citizenship Case
In Response To: Creek Citizenship Case ()
Posted By: Angela Walton-Raji
Hello Mr. Solomon-Simmons!
Congratulations on your having made some history in the representation of the plaintiffs in the recent hearing in Okmulgee. You are following the legacy of your ancestor, Cow Tom. It is a legacy left by several dynamic leaders in the Muscogee Nation, of which Cow Tom was only one.
His other contemporaries such as Harry Island, Sugar George, Monday Durant, Silas Jefferson and others speak to the dynamic history of the Nation and of its history. Persons such as Harry Island, and Cow Tom were heavily relied upon as both interpreters and leaders, and it is essential that their impact in the history and development of the nation's history be noted. Others who served the nation as lighthorsemen and legislators, and whose faces grace the halls of the old Council House (but whose names are now hidden from view)speak to their strength and leadership and impact.
Fortunately the nation allowed you---a descendant of a dynamic influential Creek, to address the court within the nation to which you have an historical tie. This is a tribute to the possibility of change. It was also an historical moment because it was one of the few times since segregation descended upon the state of Oklahoma, that the history and impact of people designated as "Freedmen" were given a full hearing in a public arena.
Your insights to bring in noted scholars to refute racist practices,----and who pointed out the gross abuses of power being practiced since 1979, are to be applauded.
You have proved what many have tried, and still try to hide.
The public record made in this case will probably become the prototype for many years for others who challenge a biased system of exclusion, in cases of citizenship.
Congratulations on your having represented the plaintiffs, having honored your ancestors, and having made history.