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Re: Freedmen's Association (Descendant's)
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The discussion about a Freedman's Association has been ongoing for some time. The purpose could be two-fold as a lineage society, and an historical society but not exclusively one to exclude members.
There is a growing interest in such an organization and there are other organizations for that are forming "out there". Some of them are not much different from the "plastic" fake tribes, and others offer to do your family research for a fee to help you find your Native American roots and to put you on the rolls in a short amount of time. The Freedman's Association does not seek to pursue such an avenue, and does not wish to promise such things to the public.
Interestingly, the documents upon which the history of the Freedman's Association would be based, is a matter of public record. The records can be used by all for free.
Those claiming to charge others for a fee, would be using records that can be seen free of charge by researchers around the country. One does not have to travel to Washington to conduct Dawes research, nor census research, not use the other rolls. There are research facilities throughout the country.
Family History Centers (FHCs) also known as Mormon Libraries can obtain the same records for $3.00 per reel, and one can use the same public records without paying exhorbitant sums for records already in the public domain.
The goal would never be to create an exotic society for a people with an already documented history. The Freedman's Association though having a strong interest in equal treatment of Freedmen Descendants, has a focus in preserving the history, and accomplishments and legacy of the Oklahoma Freedmen, a bilingual, bicultural African and Native-American people.
Complexion, and skin color would never be an issue in any Freedmen's Association! As African ancestored people, we come in colors from fair to dark. As persons who are mixed with European and indegenous Americans, this variation is even more varied. But such concerns over complexion would not be permitted.
Other items such as fake tribal rolls, and certificates and roll numbers would not be a focus in an organization that would be based on documented history. Interest in the history of the Indian Territory Freedmen is the focus above all other issues and the sharing of research methods to pursue and preserve this history would be the focus.
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