2019 Calendar of Events
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Thank you, and we look forward to visiting with you on June 15, 2019!!!
Rhonda K. Grayson
Members can purchase at the link below for the reduced rate.