Oct. 8, 2021
"The Indian Health Service announced this week that Black Native Americans in the Seminole Nation, known as the Freedmen, will now be eligible for health care through the federal agency, which previously denied them coronavirus vaccinations and other care. "
Seminole Freedmen Win Rights for Health Services
October 5, 2021
The Acting Director writes to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organization Leaders to provide an update on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) position related to the eligibility of the Seminole Freedmen of the Seminole Nation to receive health services from the IHS or by a Tribal health program or an Urban Indian Organization.
BY CHAD HUNTER Reporter, Sep 17, 2021
TAHLEQUAH – In a first for the Cherokee Nation, a citizen of Freedmen descent was confirmed to a government commission, marking a “history making” move for the tribe, said Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Marilyn Vann, of Oklahoma City, was appointed by the chief, then confirmed Sept. 13 by the Tribal Council as a member of the CN Environmental Protection Commission.
BY JENNA KUNZE AUGUST 22, 2021
"OKLAHOMA CITY—LeEtta Osborne-Sampson, 59, can trace her Seminole ancestry back to the Civil War era, when her great-great-great-grandparents were counted in the federal Indian census that tribes still use today to determine Native American citizenship in Oklahoma. Her family has been considered members of the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma ever since. "
But because of her mixed African ancestry, Osborne-Sampson is marked as something else on her tribal ID: ‘FREEDMAN CITIZEN.’
‘0/0 INDIAN BLOOD’ the front of her Seminole Nation of Oklahoma card reads. On the back: ‘VOTING BENEFITS ONLY.’
Event by Winter-Nightwolf Productions
With guests: Marilyn Vann, President of DF5CTA (Descendants of Freedman of the 5 Civilized Tribes Assoc.) and Steven Heape, VP of Rich-Heape Films Inc.
Great interview about Black Freedman and Native American children that were at boarding schools.
This hardback non-fiction book is filled with historical information and astounding visuals. It includes over 240 pages of events and biographies about people within the great state of Oklahoma. It follows in chronological order, events from before the Trail of Tears, The Land Runs, Tulsa Race Massacre, Blacks within the 5 Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Sit-Ins and much more. Information about historical icons such as Clara Luper, Ada Sipuel Fisher, Roscoe Dunjee, Walter J. Edwards, Ralph Ellison and John Hope Franklin are included. Many stories, biographies, and information from personal interviews of individuals who contributed towards civil rights in Oklahoma state history can be found in this one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Wed, March 17, 2021 – Momentum for Choctaw Freedmen?
MARCH 17, 2021 BY ART HUGHES
Marilyn Vann (Cherokee Nation) – president of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association
Shelby Ward (Choctaw Freedman) – co-founder of the Oklahoma Freedmen Collective and Tennessee Representative for the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association
Get an update on the status of the ongoing Choctaw Freedmen issue.
Is Congress coercing the Choctaw Nation into doing away with discriminatory policies?
Brian Oaster March 3, 2021 in High Country NewsThis story was originally published by Underscore.news and is republished here by permission."The chief of one of the largest Native American tribes in the United States is fighting a behind-the-scenes battle with Congress that pits racial justice against tribal sovereignty."Another quote from the article..."The Choctaw Nation’s “continued disenfranchisement of Freedmen descendants is a carefully disguised system of hidden anti-Black racism,” wrote Angela Walton-Raji, a Freedmen researcher and genealogist, in her own letter to Pelosi. Walton-Raji, like many Freedmen, is the descendant of Choctaw citizens and enslaved Africans, and considers herself Choctaw. But Walton-Raji says she’s being denied citizenship because she’s Black. "
February 25, 2021
Mary Louise Kelly interviews Graham Lee Brewer, citizen of the Cherokee Nation. "The Cherokee Nation's Supreme Court ruled this week to remove the words "by blood" from its constitution and other legal doctrines. "
Feb 20, 2021 Article in McAlester News-Capital by Derrick James
What are the freedmen? How were the slaves treated by the tribes? When were the slaves freed? Did the tribes grant citizenship to the freedmen? How many freedmen were recorded in Oklahoma? Read the whole article.
Marilyn Vann talks about the Freedman of the Five Civilized Tribes in depth.
"The five civilized tribes practiced slavery long before the establishment of the United States of America." Not all blacks were enslaved prior to the Civil War. "The Cherokee, Creek and Seminole Nations had some persons of African Descent acknowledged by these tribes as citizens prior to 1861."
Click the button below to hear the complete interview.
Graham thinks his case for MCN citizens will be a win federal courts
by Lani Hansen, January 5, 2021, in Mvskoke Media
By Angel Ellis, Reporter
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — A civil case deciding the citizenship status of Ron Graham could end up appealing beyond tribal judicial systems according to Graham who has sought tribal citizenship status over 18 years.
[ RONALD GRAHAM SR is the President of the
Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band]
On November 27, 2020, Marilyn Vann, President of both the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation; joined Johnnie Jae, journalist and co-host of Decolonized News Hour; and Antonio Cosme, Indigenous activist, economist, and beekeeper from Detroit.
On September 17, 2020, the Muscogee Creek Nation Supreme Court dismissed the citizenship case of Ron Graham, descendant of Creek freedmen tribal members. The case was dismissed on technical issues, not on the merits of whether or not the 1866 treaty granting rights to Creek freedmen descendants was required to be enforced by the Creek Nation. Click on link to read materials in Graham v. Muscogee (Creek) Nation Citizenship Committee in Turtle Talk: https://turtletalk.blog/2020/09/18/muscogee-creek-nation-sct-decides-graham-v-mcn-citizenship-committee-creek-freedmen/
September 14, 2020 — On this special edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Ronald Graham and Marilyn Vann.
Topic: Black Native American Freedmen Demand Justice
On August 17, 2017, Hon. Judge Hogan ruled in favor of Cherokee freedmen tribal member treaty rights to citizenship. He held the tribal constitutional amendment which removed freedmen from tribal membership to be unenforceable due to the 1866 treaty. The tribe didn't challenge the ruling & sent the court order to tribal court.