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Re: Racism in Creek Nation-Tiger Family
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You reminded me of the articles I began posting in 1903 titled "This Week in Indian Territory" which consisted of a newspaper index to stories concerning "freedmen" in the territory. Of particular interest were some concerning the Creek Nation and the issues concerning "race" among that tribe.
What you say has much truth to it which is amazing when viewed through the lens of today and how the so called freedmen have been determined not to possess Creek or Indian blood. One article was interesting because the author made it a point to demonstrate how the Creek Nation had become essentially a black tribe. So it is almost beyond belief that those in power today have distanced themselves from the true history of the nation to reconstruct a myth of "blood purity" that eliminates any semblance of "African/black" blood within the present day people of the nation.
I thought it would be useful to revisit that thread because in the course of a short three years much has changed since the original post.
It should also be noted that back when the Dawes Commission was compiling a list of CITIZENS for land allotment a theft of Creek records occurred that could have had a significant bearing on the issue of "Creek Freedmen" who possessed "Creek blood" and would negate the issue of blood quantum pertaining to those who are seeking enrollment "by blood" today.
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