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;”
It is also a fact that the Creek Treaty of 1886 Article II declared to adopt the “persons of African descent …residing in said Creek country … and their descendants … shall have and enjoy all rights and privileges of native citizens … and the laws of said Nation shall be equally binding upon and give equal protection to all such persons, and all others, of what-so-ever race or color, who may be adopted as citizens or members of said tribe.
The meeting is free of charge, and it is open to the general public. For additional information contact us at 204-0023 or email email@example.com. The website is www.1866creekfreedmen.com.