Meetings/Events

 

2021

Calendar of Events

Genealogy Anyone?

February 27, 2021!

 
The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band Presents:
2021 Genealogy conference!
February 27, 2021!
 
Conference Key-Note Presenter
Angela Walton-Raji, B.A., M.Ed
You don’t want to miss this event!
Freedmen of Indian Territory: Identifying, Uncovering, and exploring various documents unique to the history of IT, such as the Dawes census cards, Creek ‘Old Series’, the Indian Pioneer Papers, Land Allotments Records & Testimonies, and more will be discussed!
 
Please join the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band on February 27, 2021, for its Genealogy conference! The conference kicks off at 9:30AM CST to 3:30 PM CST via the Zoom platform. Zoom instructions will be sent via email once tickets are purchased. Conference registration fee is $35.00 via Eventbrite – Freedmen of Indian Territory Genealogy Conference.
 
Whether you are a beginner, hobbyist, family historian, or seasoned genealogist, this power-packed conference promises to provide a treasure trove of information. Freedmen of Indian Territory are some of the most documented people in history with fascinating family stories. Please join us as we discuss Freedmen genealogy, Storytelling, Culture, Identity, and the quest for citizenship within the Muscogee Creek Nation.
 
 
A few of the topics and documents that will be discussed!
Basic Resources for Freedmen Family Research
Finding the Stories of Oklahoma’s Freedmen
Indian Territory/Oklahoma—An All-Black State? Territory of Lincoln
The Dawes Commission – and the Allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914,
We will also discuss the….
Dawes Commission census card
Creek ‘Old Series’ Card c,1898
Land Allotment: Hastain’s Township Plats of the Creek Nation
1900 U.S. Census-MIXED BLOOD-Has this Indian any white blood?
Proof of Death and Heirship’ papers!
 
Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records. Her book Black Indian Genealogy Research, African Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique record sets pertaining to the Oklahoma Freedmen.
 
A founding member of the well known AfriGeneas.com, webite, Ms. Walton-Raji is also a genealogist specializing in information for beginners, via daily and weekly online genealogy chats on AfriGeneas.com. She also serves as the host of a weekly genealogy podcast, The African Roots Podcast a number of instructional videos and has been used in recent years as a genealogical consultant on several video documentaries. Ms. Walton-Raji combines her skills as a genealogist with a warm on camera personality that brings comfort to her viewers through and her video channels on YouTube, while providing her viewers with useful information. Her African Roots TV, and Beginning Genealogist channels have both brought new insights to hundreds of viewers nationwide.
 
Ms. Walton-Raji’s talents have been recognized by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, for over a decade. In the 1990s she was a featured speaker at a number of Smithsonian events, and to date, she is the only genealogist in the nation, to present regular genealogy lectures at the National Museum of the American Indian, in both the Washington DC and New York facilities. She was a awarded the honor of presenting a special series of genealogy lectures to coincide with the Exhibition IndiVisible that officially launched in November 2009, and is now traveling throughout the nation.
 
Beyond her public appearances, she is a published author, host of 3 blogs a 10 year ongoing message board, 3 websites, and she hosts the only weekly podcast devoted to African American genealogy. Her comfort with language and skills in writing, make her well known and well respected in the genealogy community. In the Spring of 2010, she was featured in a in-depth interview with the Smithsonian magazine online. She is an alumnus of the National Institute of Genealogical Research (now known as the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records (GenFed), she has taught in the Samford Institute of Genealogical Research and has spoken at Roots Tech, and has been active for many years in the African American Genealogical & Historical Society, where she now serves on the board of the Technology Education Committee. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages and a Master of Education. She lives in MD where she continues to research, write and teach.
For more info contact Rhonda at mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com
Mvto!
 
 
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Jan 16, 2021

Renee Brown to Speak on Jan 16, 2021, at the MCIFB Black Creek Native History Program!

Please join the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band on Jan 16, 2021, at 3 pm CST for its annual Black Creek Native History Program. We have an exciting event planned, and all are welcome to attend.

This event will be held via Zoom meeting. Please join Renee’ Brown former Senior Vice President, Chief of Basketball Operation and Player Relations of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) a Black Creek Freedmen Descendant as she speaks on her family history and why you should support the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band and its quest for Citizenship within the Muscogee Creek Nation.

She is the Niece of Famed Jazz musician Washington Rucker and a Descendant of Creek Freedmen Ketch Barnett. Barnett was a Creek Nation Interpreter and Baptist minister & Pastor of the Old Fountain Church. Ketch Barnett, along with Cow Tom, & Harry Island traveled by wagon from IT (Okla) to Lawrence, KS, where they boarded a train in 1868 to Washington DC, to ensure that the Creek Freedmen were treated fairly and included in benefits extended to the citizens of the Nation.

Historian Dr. Alaina Roberts will present on the history of the Freedmen, a Creek hymn of prayer will be sung by one of our members, and a special appearance by Creek Freedwoman, Mrs. Mary Grayson. Story Teller Jennifer Bradley will guide event participants on a journey back in time to the days of Indian Territory, a pivotal time in history before the creation of the State of Oklahoma when people of African descent were known as Natives, Black Indians, or African Creeks in Indian Territory.

You don’t want to miss the riveting performance. (The Enactment will be taken from the Writers Projects 1937 WPA Slave Narratives)

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Watch Dr. Roberts discuss the University of Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking anti-Black racism course

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TloI1rYMj6I&feature=youtu.be

Alaina E. Roberts is a historian who studies the intersection of Black and Native American life from the Civil War to the modern day. She is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Roberts holds a Doctorate in History from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in History, with honors, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She writes, teaches, and presents public talks about Black and Native history in the West, family history, slavery in the Five Tribes (the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Nations), Native American enrollment politics, Indigeneity in North America and across the globe, Black and Native American portrayals in the media, and identity.

Her first book, I’ve Been Here All the While: Black Freedom on Native Land is now available for pre-order and will be available in hardcover from the University of Pennsylvania Press in April 2021. Her writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, the Journal of the Civil War Era, Al Jazeera, and the Western Historical Quarterly

 

2020

Calendar of Events

“Fighting American Racism in Indian Country: Black Creeks Lives Matter Too”

Please join our next Zoom meeting on October 17, 2020, at 3:30 PM CST; our special guest panelist is Rebecca Nagle, a writer, organizer, and all-around agitator for good. Cherokee Nation citizen and two-spirit woman.

We will discuss life in the Cherokee Nation now that the treaty of 1866 has been upheld in the Cherokee Nation for the Black Cherokee Freedmen. We asked Ms. Nagle to speak about her experience, and she states the following.

“As a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, I am glad that our tribe has finally upheld its treaty obligation to restore citizenship for Freedmen descendants. We had been warned that such a move would undermine our tribe’s sovereignty, but I believe it strengthens it. Our tribe is stronger when it includes all Cherokees”.

We hope that the Muscogee Nation’s people, and leadership will take note of this critical message from a Cherokee citizen. Nagle’s statement is powerful!

Want to hear more? Please join us as we unpack and dive into this critical subject of citizenship on October 17, 2020.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Oct 17, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: “Fighting American Racism in Indian Country: Black Creeks Lives Matter Too”

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87163880444

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Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 3:30 PM CDT – 5 PM CDT

Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min

Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook

Part 3

Join Young Adult Creek Freedmen descendants and Young Adult Creek citizens of the Muscogee Creek Nation as they unpack the myths and reveal the facts regarding Creek Freedmen Citizenship and why Creek Freedmen descendants strive for citizenship. (
AKA Black Creeks)

Meeting via Zoom

Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Race Relations and the Muscogee Creek Nation “Where Do We Go From Here”?
Time: Sep 19, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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August 15, 2020 Zoom meeting!

As a reminder, the MCIFB will host its next Zoom meeting on August 15, 2020, at 3:30 pm CST. We encourage you to invite your family and Friend to join the meeting. We have an impressive line-up of presenters, and we look forward to learning together and discussing this critical issue of excluding Black Creeks from membership/citizenship within the MCN.

We have sent numerous invitations by mail and email to Chief Hill, Second Chief Beaver, and the National Council. We encourage our supporters to reach out to the MCN’s leadership and express your concern that our invitations were not acknowledged. We have attached the flyer for the Zoom meeting, and one of the letters inviting the MCN’s leaders.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Zoom meeting!

Sign in info for the Zoom meeting…..

Time: Aug 15, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Thank you!

Rhonda Grayson

Sharon Lenzy-Scott

Jeffrey Kennedy

MCIFB

Attorney’s for the Creek Citizenship Case currently in District court of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma

Damario Solomon-Simmons

Erik J. Giles

Ally and trusted Friends

Attorney James (Jim) Diamond

Attorney Branton Grissum

For more information, please contact us at mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com or 405-204-0023/405-414-0366

If you missed the 1st Zoom call on Race Relations and the Muscogee Creek Nation on June 27, we have included a link to the recording for your viewing pleasure. Please join us for the 2nd call on Aug 15.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fE3PgZWi0I

These conversations are intended to educate the public about this Little-Known History and expose the discriminatory practice of excluding hundreds of thousands of Black Creeks from membership within the Muscogee Creek Nation. Creek Freedmen (AKA Black Creeks) were adopted members of the MCN per the Treaty of 1866 but were disenfranchised from the Tribe in 1979. Creek Freedmen were enrolled members with all the rights and privileges as the so called by BLOOD tribal members. Consequently, Creek Freedmen were not permitted to vote in the 1979 election, which ultimately removed the Creek Freedmen and their descendants from the Tribe.

Join us for our next Zoom call on 8/15/2020 (see second flyer for information)

MCIFB

Directors

Rhonda

Sharon

Jeff

Please contact us at the MCIFB email address mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com

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Race Relations and the Muscogee Creek Nation

“Where Do We Go From Here”?

Series 2

Hope you can join the MCIFB in session 2, we have a great line up of presenters!

Time: Aug 15, 2020 03:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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June 27, 2020

 

Race Relations and the Muscogee Creek Nation
Where Do We Go From Here?

The MCIFB will host a Zoom meeting on Saturday, June 27, 2020, to discuss the issue of Membership/citizenship granted to the Creek Freedmen pursuant to the Treaty of 1866 Article 2. In 1979, the Creek Freedmen and their descendants were disenfranchised from the MCN. As a result, the Creek Freedmen Descendants have been fighting to regain tribal status for decades.

We hope you will join us in this first series of candid conversations on race relations as it pertains to the disenfranchised Creek Freedmen Descendants and their quest for Equality and Justice as members removed from the MCN in 1979. The meeting will take place on June 27, 2020, at 3:30 pm CST, via Zoom.

We have sent an invite to Chief Hill, Second Chief Beaver, and members of the National Council to join the conversation. We specifically requested that the Muscogee Creek Nation’s leadership speak about their position concerning the Creek Freedmen citizenship issue and brainstorm on how we can work together to reach a common ground.

The ask is that the Creek Nation leadership spark change and remove the knee off the neck of Black Creeks and condemn the discriminatory practice of excluding Black Creeks “AKA Creek Freedmen” from obtaining their rightful place in history as members/citizens of the MCN for the past 41 years.

Discussions will also include how Creek Freedmen descendants will contribute to the overall wealth, long-term sustainability, and promote economic development within the tribe.

In addition to the dis panel, joining the discussion are enrolled citizens/members of the MCN who support the Creek Freedmen descendants. We are asking all enrolled members that support the 1866 Treaty rights of the Creek Freedmen descendants to reach out to the MCN leadership and express your concern with the injustice and the discriminatory practice of excluding Creek Freedmen descendants. Please encourage the MCN Chief and other invited leaders to attend the Zoom call so that we can have a constructive candid conversation to provoke change.

This Zoom call is the first of several scheduled “Candid Conversations” to discuss this critical human rights issue that has affected the Creek Freedmen Descendants for the past 41 years. If you are interested in participating in future discussions as a panelist, or if you know of anyone that may be interested in presenting on the next series of “Candid conversations” on this critical subject, please reach out to us at mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com.

Zoom meeting ID: 812 4400 2261
Password: MCIFB1866

Thank You!
Mvto
MCIFB

 

June 23, 2020

Race Relations and the Muscogee Creek Nation

Where Do We Go From Here?

The MCIFB will host a Zoom meeting on Saturday, June 27, 2020, to discuss the issue of Membership/citizenship granted to the Creek Freedmen pursuant to the Treaty of 1866 Article 2. In 1979, the Creek Freedmen and their descendants were disenfranchised from the MCN. As a result, the Creek Freedmen Descendants have been fighting to regain tribal status for decades.

We hope you will join us in this first series of candid conversations on race relations as it pertains to the disenfranchised Creek Freedmen Descendants and their quest for Equality and Justice as members removed from the MCN in 1979.

The meeting will take place on June 27, 2020, at 3:30 pm CST, via Zoom. See attached flyer for detailed information about this event!

 

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The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band will host its next meeting on February 22, 2020, at Ralph Ellison Library (Room B) at 1:00 PM.6

Presentation: “All about the Land”
The 1910 Hastain’s Township Plats of the Creek Nation

The presenter will walk participants through this interactive presentation of the Hastain’s Township Plats of the Creek Nation published in 1910. The exhibit will be presented on (20) 24″ x 36″ display Boards, which will show the complete Township and Range of original Creek Allotments (160 acres of land), which include the African Creeks citizens who were enrolled tribal members of the Creek Nation Tribe. This presentation and exhibit will show town locations laid out by the Curtis Act of 1898, which broke up tribal and communal lands in the Indian Territory.

Participants will be able to locate their Ancestor original Land Allotment, learn who their neighbors were, and understand the location of their ancestor’s land in the Creek Nation. It will also list the names of allottees, their roll number, and if the allotment was the location of the homestead. If the Township and Range are known, participants will be able to locate the information on the Creek Nation Map.

Additionally, attendees will receive an update on current actions taken by members of the MCIFB to obtain tribal membership into the MCN. There was a formal hearing to appeal the denial of citizenship on Oct 31, 2019, in the Muscogee Creek Nation complex. The Assistant Attorney General, Shanna Burgin conducted the hearing, Nathan Wilson, Citizen Director, Andy Proctor Citizenship Manager (Jenks Office) and Allan Colbert Citizenship Manager (Okmulgee Office), and five members of the MCN citizenship board were present. We will provide an update to attendees on current activities and the next steps at the meeting regarding citizenship efforts into the MCN. Genealogy tips and research assistance will be available.

We look forward to seeing you!

Where: Ralph Ellison Library
When: February 22, 2022
Address: 2000 NE. 23rd St. OKC, 73111

Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band
PO. Box 6366
Moore, OK, 73153
mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com
405-414-0366 or 405-204-0023

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August 24, 2019 meeting!

 

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band will host its next meeting at Greater New Faith Ministry on August 24, 2019, at 1:00 pm.

Genealogy research assistance will be provided to those interested in tracing their roots to the Dawes Roll. Please bring your family documents so that we can better serve you. The Creek Treaty of 1866 will be discussed as well as the history of the Creek Freedmen. This meeting is free of charge and is open to the general public. Please contact the MCIFB if you have questions or if you would like to become an official member or supporter.

We have engaged with a candidate running for elected office for the MCN who has reached out in support of the Creek Freedmen and expressed an interested in attending the meeting.

When: August 24, 2019

Where: GREATER NEW FAITH MINISTRY

Address: 1535 East 6th St., Okmulgee, OK, 74447

Time: 1:00PM

 

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April 27, 2019 General meeting!

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band will host its next meeting at Ralph Ellison Library on April 27, 2019, at 1:00 pm.  Topics of discussions will include the federal lawsuit filed by attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons of Riggs Abney law firm on behalf of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band to restore citizenship to thousands of Creek Freedmen within the Muscogee Creek Nation.  H.R. 1514 will be discussed, a bill introduced on March 5, 2019, in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of Creek Freedmen by U.S. Representative Danny Davis. The express purpose of the bill is “To sever United States Government relations with the Creek Nation of Oklahoma until such time as the Creek Nation of Oklahoma restores full Tribal citizenship to the Creek Freedmen disenfranchised in the October 6, 1979, Creek Nation vote and fulfills all its treaty obligations with the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.”

 

Genealogy tips and research assistance will be provided to those interested in tracing their roots to the Dawes Roll. Please bring your family documents so that we can better serve you. This meeting is free of charge and is open to the general public. Please contact the MCIFB if you have questions or if you would like to become an official member or supporter. 

 

When: April 27, 2019
Where: Ralph Ellison Library                                                                                                             Address: 2000 NE 23rd ST, Oklahoma City, OK
Time: 1:00PM

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MCIFB CONFERENCE 2019

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History and Genetics conference set for June 15, 2019!

 

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band in collaboration with W. Montague Cobb Research Lab, Howard University and Avery Research Center, College of Charleston is pleased to announce its June 15, 2019 conference!

The 2019 conference will be held at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK, 73102, from 10:00 am-5: 00 pm.  The Banquet will be held at Pearl’s Bricktown, 303 E. Sheridan Ave. Oklahoma City, OK, 73104 at 6:30 pm.  The 2019 conference has attracted scholarly presenters and speakers; presentations will focus on Creek Freedmen, Seminole Freedmen, and Gullah history. Topic of discussions will explore the intertwining histories, culture, relationships, and racial identity of Black Indians and Native Americans.  Other significant activities are planned such as a genealogy workshop that will cover Creek and Seminole Freedmen history. A planned panel discussion will include attorneys, historians, and the descendants of Creek and Seminole Freedmen. Discussions to include currents issues in Indian country affecting the disenfranchised Freedmen.

Freedmen leaders Leetta Osborne-Sampson (Seminole-Caesar Bruner Band), Sylvia Davis (Seminole-Dosar Barkus Band), Sache’ Primeaux-Shaw (Ponca/Seminole-Caesar Bruner Band), are among the confirmed speakers. An exciting time is sure to be had by all in attendance.

Conference attendees are invited to participate in African Bloodlines an important project spearheaded by W. Montague Cobb Research Lab, Howard University and Ms. Caldwell.  This project investigates ancestral, bio-cultural, and genetic linkages of chronic disease amongst African Americans and African American micro-ethnic groups. By combining relevant historical, anthropological, and genomic-based techniques in hopes to create a comprehensive analysis, particularly of cardiovascular disease, in the precision medicine era. African Bloodlines is the colloquial name for “Identifying Genetic and Bio-Cultural Linkages to Cardiovascular disease among African Americans.”  Ancestral and Health DNA testing will be provided to participants. Participation in this project is optional.

The conference work-shops fee is $35.00 and includes lunch. The fee for official members is $25.00. The conference banquet will be held at Pearls Bricktown at 6:30 pm. The ticket price is $35.00 and can be purchased via eventbrite, or mail your check to MCIFB at PO BOX. 6366, Moore, Oklahoma, 73153. Conference registration ends on June 1, 2019. For additional information email us at mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com.

Please  purchase tickets at the link below.

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Thank you, and we look forward to visiting with you on June 15, 2019!!!

Rhonda K. Grayson

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Members can purchase at the link below for the reduced rate.

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The 2019 conference has attracted an impressive cadre of speakers:

 

Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., is the director of the Sequoyah Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Littlefield holds a Ph.D. degree from Oklahoma State University. Noted Author of Africans and Seminoles: From Removal to Emancipation, Africans and Creeks: from the colonial period to the Civil War, and Seminole Burning, Chickasaw Freedmen, A people without a country, and Cherokee Freedmen.

Dr. Joseph A. Opala, Noted historian for establishing the “Gullah Connection,” the historical links between the indigenous people of the West African nation of Sierra Leone and the Gullah people of the Low Country region of South Carolina and Georgia in the United States.
Opala’s historical research began with a study of Bunce Island, the British slave castle in Sierra Leone that was a departure point for many African slaves shipped to South Carolina and Georgia in the mid- and late 18th century Middle Passage. He was the first scholar to recognize that Bunce Island has greater importance for the Gullah than any other West African slave castle. He ranks it as “the most important historic site in Africa for the United States. Opala also helped organize several reunions between the Gullahs and their Black Seminole cousins in Oklahoma, Texas, and Northern Mexico. The Black Seminoles are the descendants of Gullah slaves who
escaped into Spanish Florida in the 1700s, where they allied with the Seminole Indians. After the Second Seminole War in the 1830s, the Black Seminoles were removed to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Some later migrated to Texas and Northern Mexico, where their descendants still retain Gullah language and customs to the present day. Opala organized a symposium at Penn Center that brought Black Seminole leaders to the Gullah region for the first time, and he helped organize return visits by Gullah leaders to Black Seminole communities in Oklahoma and Texas.

 

Dr. Patricia Williams Lessane PhD. is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

 

Dr. Lindsay Robertson

The University of Oklahoma – College of Law

Faculty Director, American Indian Law and Policy Center 
Associate Director, Inter-American Center for Law and Culture 

Professor Lindsay G. Robertson joined the law faculty at the University of Oklahoma in 1998 after serving as a visiting professor in 1997. He teaches courses in Federal Indian Law, Comparative Indigenous Peoples Law, Constitutional Law and Legal History and serves as Faculty Director of the OU Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy. Late June 2014 he will visit Mainz University for a ZIS-Guest professorship.

Prior to coming to OU, Robertson taught Federal Indian Law at the University Of Virginia School Of Law and the George Washington University National Law Center. He was a Research and Visiting Fellow at the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies from 1992 to 1994. He worked in private practice in Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, Virginia, and as a judicial clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. He currently serves as Special Justice on the Supreme Court of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes.

 

Dr. Fatimah L.C. Jackson received her PhD, MA, and BA (cum laude with Distinction in all subjects) from Cornell University. She has conducted research on, and is particularly interested in the study of human-plant coevolution, particularly the influence of phytochemicals on human metabolic effects and evolutionary processes and in population substructure in peoples of African descent. She is recognized for developing ethno genetic layering as a computational tool to identify human microethnic groups in complex heterogeneous populations and their differential expressions of health disparities. Trained as a human biologist, Dr. Jackson has published extensively in such journals as Human Biology, Biochemical Medicine and Metabolic Biology, the American Journal of Human Biology, and the Journal of the National Medical Association, among others. She won the Nick Norgan Award in 2009 for the Best Article Published in Annals of Human Biology, and in 2012 was the first recipient of the Ernest E. Just Prize in Medical and Public Health Research, Avery Research Institute, College of Charleston and Medical University of South Carolina (University of South Carolina). In 2012, she was also Coined by Rear Admiral Dr. Helena Mishoe, National Institutes of Health, NHLBI and US Public Health Service. Dr. Jackson has taught widely, mentored a large number of students, and is now Director of the W. Montague Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University, the largest collection of African American skeletal and dental remains in the world (covering 400 years of African American biological history). In 2017 Howard University named her STEM Woman Researcher of the Year and she received the Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Biology, where she is a professor.

 

Dr. Kareem Washington, PhD. Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child health, Division of Genetics & Human Genetics; Graduate school Chair of the Dept. of Genetics and Human Genetics Howard University and Director of Graduate studies, and Director of the MD/PhD medical school training program. Kareem received his Ph.D. from the Human Genetics program at Howard University.  Completed a post-doctoral training as a fellow in the laboratory of molecular and clinical hematology (MCH), a branch of the National Institute of Digestive, Diabetes and Kidney disease.

 

Damario Solomon Simmons, M. Ed., J.D. has a nationwide practice and has represented dozens of high profile clients and causes including advocating for reparations for the survivors of the 1921 Greenwood Massacre, citizenship rights of Black Descendants of Muscogee Creek Nation Freedmen, and representing the family of Monroe Bird, III.  Currently Damario serves as lead counsel for the family of unarmed Terence Crutcher, Sr. and co-counsel for the 7 Rape victims of convicted Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

Damario has overseen the negotiation of millions of dollars of professional athlete player and endorsement contracts, organized and managed athletes’ business, branding, and legal structures, and represented dozens of players regarding NFLPA, NCAA, and local high school rules and regulations, including five NFL or NBA first-round draft picks. He also has substantial experience advising and representing clients in relation to government and community relations, public policy campaigns, and political messaging. 

He was the 2015 Oklahoma Bar Association’s recipient of the Ada Lois Sipuel-Fisher Diversity Award, in 2016 the National Bar Association named him a top “40 under 40” lawyer, and was the 2017 Tulsa People Magazine Tulsan of the Year. 

 

Attorney Dr. James D. Diamond, S.J.D. (AKA Jim) Diamond is an experienced criminal lawyer and educator. He taught law at the University of Arizona. James Diamond’s practice emphasizes three areas; criminal defense, Indian Law, and Civil litigation.  Diamond is admitted to practice law in several states including Arizona, Connecticut and New York, federal trial and appellate courts along with Indian Tribal courts. He is a former Connecticut state prosecutor and is well known in the area of white collar criminal defense and government investigations. He consults with Indian Tribal governments to provide legal drafting and training for court staff, lawyers, law enforcement personnel and tribal government officials. Diamond holds a doctoral degree (S.J.D.) from the University Of Arizona James E. Rogers College Of Law.

 

Ms. Jennifer L. Caldwell is doctoral student in the Department of Genetics and Human and graduate researcher in the W. Montague Cobb Research, Howard University.  She received two Bachelors of Science (cum laude) in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 2011 and 2012 respectively and is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar. She received a MPH Epidemiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Within the CRL, Jennifer’s research includes genetic and environmental interactions that influence CVD and Stroke in African American populations. The Gullah Geechee of the Coastal Sea Island are a prototype micro-ethnic group of African Americans, as they have a rich African heritage.  Jennifer has specific interest in population genetics and epigenetic methods used for gene discovery and expansion of precision medicine research. A native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, she loves all things southern, traveling, dance, and is a pseudo-chef.

 

Accommodations

Area Hotels

 

Hyatt Place Oklahoma City Bricktown   

20 Russell M Perry Avenue,

Oklahoma City, 73104

(1844)256-5291

 

Hampton Inn & Suites Oklahoma City-Bricktown

300 East Sheridan

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73104

(405)232-3600

 

Embassy Suites by Hilton     

                                                             741 N Phillips Ave                                                                                                                             Oklahoma City, OK 73104                                                               (405) 239-3900

 

Skirvin Hilton

1 Park Ave

OKC 73102

405-235-2780

 

Waterford Marriott

6300 Waterford Blvd

OKC 73118

405-848-4782

 

Hyatt Place

1511 NW Expressway

OKC 73118

405-840-5557

 

Hampton Inn

3022 NW Expressway

OKC 73112

405-947-0953

 

Hawthorne Suites

1600 Richmond Square

OKC 73118

405-840-1440

 

Air Travel

We have found that the following Airlines are competitive when booking in advance.  For more information regarding Airfare and pricing, please contact the following Airlines.

American     800-433-7300

Continental   800-523-3273

Northwest    800-225-2525

Southwest    800-435-9795

United        800-UNITED

 

Car Rental

Hertz 1800-654-2240

Avis  1800-331-1212

Dollar 1800-800-3665

Thrifty 1800-Thrifty

 

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Feb 16, 2019  History event

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band honors and celebrates the rich history and culture of the Creek Freedmen on February 16!

Please join us at the Ralph Ellison Library at 2:00 pm for History, Genealogy, and Storytelling. The MCIFB’s Story Teller, Jennifer Bradley will guide event participants on a journey back in time to the days of Indian Territory, a pivotal time in history before the creation of the State of Oklahoma. A time when people of African descent were known as Natives, Black Indians, or African Creeks in Indian Territory. 

In the Story Tellers’ portrayal of Creek Freedman Lucinda Davis, she gives a riveting performance of this little-known history as recorded by the writer’s project (WPA) in the 1937 interview.  Ms. Davis was an eyewitness to the historic Battle of Honey Spring that occurred near her home in the summer of 1864. This interview is historically significant because it provides an insider’s view of the life and culture of the Creek Freedmen. For example, Ms. Davis describes her life experience of being born and enslaved in the Creek Nation, funerals and burials traditions, traditional foods and more. Ms. Davis also spoke the Muscogee Creek language fluently as reflected in the interview.

The MCIFB will also present a history display exhibit for your viewing pleasure. We will also offer free genealogy look-up.  

Where:   Ralph Ellison Library

Address: 2000 N.E. 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK  73111

Time:     2:00 PM

www.1866creekfreedmen.com

mcifb@1866creekfreedmen.com

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2018 Calendar of Events

February 24, 2018
Black History Event
In honor of Black History month, the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band in collaboration with the Oklahoma Black Museum of Performing Arts presents “Creek Freedmen Faces” This exhibit is a collage of photographic images and the history of the Creek Freedmen.” This event is scheduled for February 24, 2018, at the OBMOPA center. Address: 4701 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105. Activities are scheduled from 11 AM to 6:00 PM. Visitors are free to come and go as there will be entertainment, speakers and other planned activities throughout the entire day until 6:00 pm.

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2018 Membership and Community meetings:

March 10, 2018
Hillwood Missionary Baptist Church
7901 John St.
Spencer Oklahoma, 73084
1:00PM

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May 19, 2018
In collaboration with the African American Genealogical Interest Group, the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band (MCIFB) will host its next meeting in Dallas TX. The MCIFB will provide a brief history of the Creek Freedmen. In addition, genealogy will be shared as it pertains to Creek Freedmen history and the Treaty of 1866. An abbreviated exhibit of prominent Creek Freedmen and history boards will be available for your viewing pleasure.

Where: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Dallas West Room, 1st floor.
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

When: May 19, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM-4:00PM

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***The June 30th meeting is being rescheduled for later in the year***
June 30, 2018
Muskogee, OK

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August 25,2018
New Life Church
5221 E. Elm St.
Wichita, Kansas 67208
1:00PM

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October
Additional information forthcoming!

 

SEMINOLE DAYS

 

The ABSENTEE SEMINOLE TRIBE OF TEXAS

2nd ANNUAL BANQUET

 SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

KINNEY COUNTY CIVIC CENTER

200 E. SPRING ST.

BRACKETTVILLE, TX

TIME: 6:00 PM – 12:00 AM

 SPEAKER:

JEFFREY D. KENNEDY

MUSCOGEE CREEK INDIAN FREEDMEN BAND

 Golf Tournament Sep 16 – 9 AM Fort Clark

Tour Fort Clark & Seminole “Camp” Sep 16

Dedication John Horse monument Sep 16,

2 PM near old fort cemetery

 Music provided by DJ Javier

 Catered Meal : $30

 RSVP by – SEP 8, 2017

 

RSVP: TO

Absentee Seminole Tribe of Texas

P O Box 1932

McKinney, TX 75071

 

Principal Chief (Mikko) Lee R. Young

https://AbsenteeSeminoleTribe.org

 

For more information about this event visit

https://absenteeseminoletribe.org/resources

The following documents are downloadable:

Banquet Flyer

Banquet Reservation

Registration Golf Tournament

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Symposium

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band is scheduled to present at the Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles in Indigenous Communities Symposium.

This free event is open to the general public. We encourage our members/supporters in the Irvine Ca, and surrounding area to come out and support us. We would love to visit with you at the close of the symposium. Please visit http://www.law.uci.edu/events/student-run/nalsa-2017/#.WK9K3UqGMz0.mailto  for additional information and free registration.

Blood Quantum, Identity, and Sovereignty: Contemporary Legal Battles in Indigenous Communities

A symposium presented by Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) at UC Irvine California

Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
EDU 1111, UC Irvine School of Law (map)

This symposium will gather indigenous people together to discuss the realities of blood quantum and identity in Indian Country and Native Nations battles for sovereignty. The symposium is broken down into two main topics: “Blood Quantum, Culture, Lineage, and Identity” and “The Fight for Sovereignty.” The first panel will focus on the intersections of the above topics and how they affect tribal communities. The second panel will focus more closely on legal battles that Native peoples are facing in the judicial system currently.

Confirmed Speakers

    • Kimberly Cluff, Tribal Attorney, The Morongo Band of Mission Indians
    • Cristina Coc, Director and Co-Founder of the Julian Cho Society
    • Carole E. Goldberg, Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
    • J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University
    • Jeffrey D. Kennedy, Vice President of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band
    • Denise Turner Walsh, Attorney General, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians

 

 

Free Event!!!!!

February 18, 2017, history event!

 

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band [MCIFB] of Oklahoma will host its annual history program in honor of Black History month. This event is scheduled on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the True-light Worship Center at 3:00 PM.

Participants will be enlightened on the “Little-known history” of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen, while enjoying “old-time” traditional gospel music, Storytelling, a meme dance performance and much more. The event will commence with a brief history of the Muscogee Creek Freedmen, and the Seminole Freedmen.

Special guest:

• Brotherly Love
• Sylvia Davis-Price, Black Seminoles
• Musical guest, Pastor Linda Daniel
• Minister Terry Reece
• Ms. Jennifer A. Bradley

Brotherly Love is a group of sensational gospel singers from Ada Oklahoma. They grew up as children singing for the Lord.  God brought these anointed men together Five years ago.  Please come out and join us for some down home traditional quartet music from the “Brotherly Love!”

Story Teller, Jennifer Bradley will guide event participants on a journey back in time to the days of Indian Territory, a pivotal time in history before the creation of the State of Oklahoma. A time when people of African descent were known as Natives, Black Indians or African Creeks in Indian Territory. In Bradley’s portrayal of Creek Freedwoman, Mary Grayson she gives a riveting performance of this little know history as recorded by the writer’s project (WPA) in the 1937 interview of Grayson “I am what colored people call a Native.”

Sylvia Davis-price, Band Chief of the Black Seminoles
her presentation will focus on the history of Fort Mose the year 1795 and its significance as it relates to free blacks, Spaniards, and Native Americans.

 

Background of Fort Mose.
Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called gracias real de Santa Teresa de Mose or fort Mose (pronounced moh-say).

(More than a century before the emancipation proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “underground railroad” which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom if they declared their allegiance to the king of Spain and joined the Catholic Church. Fort Mose was the northern defense of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city). Courtesy, fort Mose historical society

Come out and join us as we celebrate and educate attendees about this unique history. Members and the general public are encouraged to attend this FREE EVENT.

When:    February 18, 2017
Time:     3:00PM                                                                                               Cost:      Free
Where:   True-light Worship Center
Address: 1391 N Midwest Blvd Midwest City, Okla. 73110

For more information please contact us at (405) 414-0366, (405) 204-0023 or by email at contactus@1866creekfreedmen.com. www.1866creekfreedmen.com

Reserve your free ticket(s) by clicking on the below site:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/muscogee-creek-indian-freedmen-bands-annual-black-history-program-tickets-31166982283

Brotherly Love

Brotherly Love

Jennifer Bradley as Creek Freedwomen, Mary Grayson

Jennifer Bradley as Creek Freedwomen, Mary Grayson

sylvia Davis-Price

sylvia Davis-Price

Pastor Linda Daniel

Pastor Linda Daniel

Mister Terry Reece

Mister Terry Reece

Feb History event

 

June 11, 2016
Meeting has been cancelled.


CFB-062416
MCIFB June 24, 2016
Local Hotels


March meeting!

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band [MCIFB] of Oklahoma will host its next meeting on March 12, 2016, from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. Members and interested parties are encouraged to attend. The meeting will commence with a brief history of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen. Mr. Rick Fogarty is the guest presenter, his presentation is titled “Researching Indian Genealogy”. Mr. Fogarty is a professional genealogical researcher in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is a third-generation genealogist with deep Oklahoma roots and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation. He is a life member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and specializes in Native American adoption and forensic genealogical research. He attended the Boston University program in forensic genealogy. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. This meeting is free of charge and is open to the general public.


When: March 12, 2016
Time: 1:00PM-3:00 PM
Where: East Sixth Street Christian Church
under the leadership of
Rev. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Address: 1139 NORTHEAST 6TH STREET
Oklahoma City, OK 73117

 


CFB-092615
MCIFB September 26, 2015


mcifb 2015 Conference welcome page
MCIFB 2015 Conference Welcome


2015 meeting schedule
When: February 7, 2015
Time: 1PM-3PM
Where: Ralph Ellison Library 2000 NE 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-1437


When: May 16, 2015
Time: 10AM-12PM
Where: Okmulgee Library
218 S Okmulgee Ave
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 756-1448


When: August 15, 2015
Time: 1PM-3PM
Where: Muskogee Public Library
801 W. Okmulgee St.
Muskogee, OK, 74401


November 7, 2015
10AM-12PM
218 S Okmulgee Ave
Okmulgee, OK 74447
(918) 756-1448
Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band “Bloodlines” Featured Documentary, Oct 4, 2014 The Oklahoma Black Museum and Performing Arts Center is hosting its Third Annual Multicultural Arts Festival “Art in the City: A Cultural Connection”. The festival will be centrally located in Oklahoma City’s Flower Garden Park at NW 46th and Classen. The festival will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 9 .pm.

Bloodlines is one of the featured films at the Art in the City Festival. Bloodlines is independently produced and directed by Camara and Chantel Rose of Get Focused films, and the MCIFB. Show time: 11:20 am.

Synopsis:

In 1979, the Muscogee Creek Nation exclude African descendants (known as Creek Freedmen) from the tribe, and did not permit them to vote in the election even though they were adopted as tribal citizens with full rights by a treaty signed in 1866 between the United States and the Creek Nation. Bloodlines examines the struggle that the African Creek descendants of the Creek Tribe have had in claiming tribal citizenship despite history showing many African Americans and Native Americans cohabiting, intermarrying, and forming communities in Indian territory circa the mid-1800s.

The Cast: Renowned author, and historian Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield Jr. Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons Brenda Golden Hutkie Fields Representative Jabar Shumate The Sells family, and other descendants of Freedmen

The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band will host its
next meeting on October 25, 2014.

This meeting is free of charge, and is open to the general public. Genealogy tips will be offered, and an update will be provided regarding the MCIFB’s plight to obtain Federal recognition.

The Office of Federal Acknowledgment (OFA) has reviewed their petition, and a Technical assistance (TA) letter
has been received by the MCIFB.
The MCIFB is in the process of answering the TA letter.
For more information about the MCIFB, please visit their
Website at WWW.1866creekfreedmen.com
or contact Jeff Kennedy
at 405-414-0366.


When: October 25, 2014 Time: 1:00-2:30 PM
Where: Muskogee Public Library
801 W. Okmulgee St.
Muskogee, OK, 74401


The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band will host its
next meeting on May 3, 2014.

The meeting is free of charge and is open to the general public. Topics of
discussion will include the history of the MCIFB, an introduction to genealogy and research into records such as Dawes census records, land allotment, and other vital records etc. We especially encourage the Youth and Young adults to attend this meeting. Please bring your family photos, and any documents that you would like to share at the meeting.

Little Known history facts:

*African Creeks Indians were elected to the Creek Nation legislative system, known as the National Council, consisting of the House of Kings and the House of Warriors. African Creeks served in many prominent positions in Creek Nation, such as Chiefs,
Senators, Judges, and Lawmen etc.

*Full blood Africans, mixed blood African Creeks, Free Blacks, and Indian slaves participated in the Force Removal,
also known as the Trail of Tears.

*African Creek Tribal members, later known as Freedmen, were Treaty signers for the entire Creek Nation, and were full citizens of the Nation as outlined in the Treaty of 1866.

When: May 3, 2014 Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Ralph Ellison Library 2000 NE 23rd St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73111,
(405) 424-1437


MCIFB Exhibit
February 1, 2014 through March 1, 2014
The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band’s
traveling exhibit is currently the “featured exhibit”
at the Village Library through March 1, 2014.
The Village Library
10307 N. Penn The Village,
OK 73120
(405) 755-0710
Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm


MCIFB Traveling exhibit!
“Crossing Bloodlines”
will be the featured exhibit on
January 4, 2014-January 31, 2014
at Ralph Ellison Library.
The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band’s exhibition,
“Crossing Bloodlines:” An American story of the Estelusti people
depicted through photographic images will be exhibited at
Ralph Ellison Library
starting on January 4, 2014 through January 31, 2014.
The exhibit explores the distinct cultural identities of the Black Indians through photographic images. The exhibit will feature Black Indians from various geographical areas, and tribal affiliations. Special emphasis will be focused on the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes; Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Chickasaw, and Choctaw.
Many of the images tell a story of how the lives of Africans and Indians intertwined as one, a life of shared culture, language, food, and family.
Visitor Information: Ralph Ellison Library
2000 NE 23rd
OKC, OK 73111
(405) 424-1437
Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9am – 9pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm


October Speaking Engagement
Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association
The MCIFB will be the guest speaker at the
Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association.
When: Oct 5, 2013
Time: 6:00 P.M
Where: Oklahoma City Muscogee (Creek) Association
1500 NE 4th ST. Suite 104,
OKC, OK

 

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