Events

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