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Re: Caesar COLBERT Choctaw FreedmanCitizenship-Rig

Greetings Eli,

You know I love you like a brother, but if I start responding to this thread, Angela is going to kick it on the discussion board. Let's not put her through these changes.

I will say this. You bring up more good points and I will take a good look at what the MLK Center has to offer, but you know, it will still take the efforts of the "freedmen" descendants to form their own organizations that will articulate their desires.

The idea of petitioning Congress is a good one. But you know how they work and I don't believe the Estelusti have amassed enough money to get a lobbyist or a Congress person to even sit down and listen to their concerns. That will take other "creative" ways to achieve as you suggested in some earlier post.

It should be noted that even in Equity Case 7071 (Choctaw/Chickasaw) approx. 1600 "freedmen" seeking transfer to the blood rolls, an appeals judge suggested the same thing in 1906 or 07. Not much has changed in one hundred years.

Just look at the issue of the two persons attempting to get a hearing before the Cherokee Council regarding their citizenship issues. It has been about a year since they embarked on this effort and the latest news is their case will be postponed AGAIN, til AUGUST. Clearly these so called "civilized" people (and I use the term loosely) have no intentions of having a fair and impartial hearing on these matters. It also speaks volumes on why the NDN law schools are not teaching this part of their/our history.

I hope the brothers are preparing their young to carry the fight? I hope there are some young Estelusti being taught this history. I hope we find a way to preserve our/their history? I hope we begin teaching ALL of their/our history. Or as my other brother likes to say, "keep hope alive." (sorry, I had to do it)

Since the aim of the United States government and the small group of money men where intent on exploiting Indian Territory for its land, minerals and people, they devised a way to prevent that from happening. I think its called sovereignty and racial superiority.

Only government to government issues are relevant. Not people to government, sound familiar?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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