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Re: Question re Medical Care for Freedmen

At this moment the only freedmen eligible for any medical services are the 2800 Cherokee Freedmen who were enrolled in the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma prior to March 2007. They are being served at the CNO clinics and Hastings Indian Hospital. I am not sure if they are being served at the Claremore Indian Hospital. They have been rejected for services at other clinics and an adopted white member of the CNO who lives near Pawhuska was turned down at the Osage Clinic because he could not produce a Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood card (CDIB). Freedmen of the Creek, Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations are not eligible at this time for any tribal or federal services for tribe members. I am unaware whether Seminole Freedmen are being served at any CNO clinic. However, it would seem they would be eligible for those services because the CNO Clinics are partially federally funded and they are required to serve members of other tribes living within their service area. I hope this answers your questions.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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