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Re: Freedmen's Association (Descendant's)
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In a message dated 10/16/03 12:25:02 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
MESSAGE: (#2462) Re: Freedmen's Association (Descendant's)
AUTHOR: Jennifer Butler
Reply To: (#90) Freedmen's Association (Descendant's)
I am writing in response to this message from 2 years ago. I just recently
It appears you have been coming across a lot of my old post and it is encoraging to see you are taking an avid and proactive interest in the history of our family (direct & extended.) This post was done prior to the inception of Marilyn's organization and I have come to support her and the organization in their endeavors.
There are still some aspects that would help in this effort and they consist of utilizing specific areas of research pertinent to the individual tribes. In other words, by their nature each of the five nations of so called freedmen have issues specific to them. The concerns of the Chickasaw Freedmen have a different focus than those of the Seminole Nation and so on.
You need to check with Marilyn so you can get a better understanding of what her organization is focusing on. However, it is my opinion there is still room to develop organizatons that deal elclusively on the issues that affect the freedmen of a particular nation and work in conjunction with Marilyn's organization.
Example; I have yet to discover a genealogical group specific to the Chickasaw/Choctaw Freedmen. On my many trips to OK and the Oklahoma Historical Society, I have encountered too many instances where folks from our community have not been "properly" served when attempting to perform research there.
On my last trip there in August this year, I took time out of my "valuable" research time to help three individuals with their research. One was a brother who turns out had ancestors that were on the Cherokee Blood rolls and because I was carrying my "Native American CD" with me, I was able to locate ALL of his ancestors for him. The library had the same CD available, but not one person on staff gave this man sufficient information to conduct his search, that took us fifteen minutes (more or less) to do.
This speaks volumes to the need for us to establish our own research organizations and institutions so this type of treatment (in a state run & taxpayer supporter organization) does not deter others from looking for their ancestors.
I'm encouraged that you have taken the "responsibility" of pursuing such a noble effort, and it will be your generation that must continue this struggle. I hope that the people in the other nations will form organizations and conduct the research we so desparately need, and at the same time continue supporting The Freedmen Descendants of the Five Tribes as they have been developing a grass roots organization to bring attention to the struggle of the freedmen and their descendant's.
If you care to continue this dialogue feel free to contact me;
Terry J. Ligon
Chickasaw/Choctaw Freedmen Descendant
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