African-Native American Genealogy Forum
Native American Organizations????
In Response To: Re: Cherokee Vote ()
Carl if there were more voices actively involved in the issues of freedmen in the FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES other than freedmen descendants and the vote went as it did then I MIGHT be disappointed.
YET! What have we seen? Complete silence from established so called native american organizations that claim to be supporters of ALL native americans and their rights.
Clearly there is a disconnect with their community and the freedmen community. The native american newspapers and political organizations will Iím sure claim ignorance on this subject and in some cases this may be true. It might be easy to throw the race bomb, but giving them the benefit of the doubt IT IS TIME TO STEP UP AND BE ACCOUNTED FOR!
YET! With all of the recent news reports on what happened with the cherokee vote we havenít seen any reports of their opinions anywhere. If they have issued position papers surely they have had the opportunity to reach out to the freedmen but Iíve not seen one YET!
SO! Do we see them in the same light as the African american organizations and individuals you speak about? Shouldnít we reach out to them and pin them down on these issues so they canít hide behind the cover of ignorance?
The history of red and black relations is at a turning point and the fence is getting uncomfortable as a place to sit.
In that respect here are some links that I would encourage supporters of the freedmen to direct some letters.
National Congress of American Indians
U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
International Indian Treaty Council
American Indian Movement
Indian Country Today