African-Native American Research Forum Archive
Black Seminoles Voted out of Nation!!
A Washington DC journalist has reported that the two African bands---the Dosar Barkus Band and the Caesar Bruner Band have been voted out of the Seminole Nation.
Efforts to obtain more details about the vote are currently underway.
The Seminole Freedmen for many of the Freedmen descendants of the Cherokee Choctaw Chickasaw and Creek Nations represented the one remaining legal connection that Africans have had to the "Civilized" Tribes as they are officially known. At the recent African-Native cross cultural symposium at Dartmouth College in April the upcoming vote was mentioned by a Seminole citizen who spoke of a non-agressive attitude of the Freedmen members of the nation towards the vote. No Freedmen members were present at the conference to address the issue.
With the ousting of the Freedmen the Seminole Nation has now joined the ranks of their other Four nations in a white-washing and now "red"-washing of their history. It was Abraham who successfully negotiated the successful relocation of the Seminoles from Florida to Indian Territory with the Africans. It was John Horse who founded the city of Wewoka where the Seminole Nation Museum resides today. Both of these leaders were Africans.
Sadly this nation now can join the ranks of the remaining 4 nations that celebrate their Confederate history and who recently voiced their support to keep the Confederate flag flying in South Carolina. The Seminole Nation can now join the ranks of their compatriots who practice a revision of their history and who wish to eliminate the presence of African color in their nation.
The descendants of the 20 000 Freedmen of the Five "Civilized" Tribes have a responsibility to research report and keep the presence of Indian Territory Freedmen alive and a part of Oklahoma history and American history. The ancestors of the Freedmen were welcomed as exloited labor of the wealthy mixed blood tribal leaders and despised as free people. Though these Africans were admitted by the Dawes commission to their respective nations their nations Jim-crowed them out of their nations by 1920. They are kept out by a practice of the most unscientific nature of measuring degree of blood. (This was recorded before blood plasma was even discovered by Dr. Drew---the African American physician who changed the face of world medicine.) This tool of exclusion is used to prevent their black citizens from ever associating in the future
Freedmen descendants must begin to embrace their Indian Territory history from Tahlequah to Ada from Okmulgee to Durant and to Seminole. The obliteration of Freedmen of the Seminole nation should become the catalyst for all Black Indians to document their history even more agressively and passionately.
The Freedmen lawsuits in the Cherokee and Seminole nations have just received the thrust needed to now bring national attention to the latest chapter of a long overlooked and secret practice of Afri-phobic behavior. The responsibilty of the Freedmen descendants is clear. The history is a noble one to research to document and to bring to the attention of all who seek the truth of this hidden chapter of America's history.
[4 jul 2000]