Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band meeting scheduled

BY JEFF KENNEDY Modified: October 3, 2012 at 12:50 pm •  Published: October 3, 2012

MUSKOGEE -- The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band (MCIFB) will host its next meeting at 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Martin Luther King Center (MLKC), 627 N 3rd Street, Muskogee.

Come out and learn and about the history and culture of the Muscogee Creek lndian Freedmen. It is a fact that the people of African and Indian descent began to live and intertwine in the Muscogee Creek Nation, an indigenous Indian nation, prior to the 19th century.

Did you know that the Dawes Commission divided the Muscogee Creek Nation by creating two separate rolls of citizens: 1) the “Creek Nation Creek Roll or Creek Nation Indian Roll,” (also known as the by blood roll), which was purportedly composed of Muscogee Creek Nation citizens with Creek Indian blood; and 2) the “Creek Nation Freedmen Roll,” which was purportedly composed of Muscogee Creek Nation citizens who were persons identified or defined as Freedmen and not listing their Creek Indian blood.

In fact, “in cases of mixed Freedmen and Indian parents, which was common among the Creek, the applicant was always enrolled as a Freedmen and not given credit for having any Indian blood;”

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