This year's Virtual Conference was a great success! So many interesting presenters spoke throughout the day. Marilyn Vann, President of AI5CTF, welcomed everyone. Carla Pratt gave a presentation on "How 1866 Treaties Align with Reconstruction Amendments to U.S. Constitution". Followed by Author, Hannibal Johnson who spoke about "Tulsa's Historic Greenwood". Kenneth Cooper, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor, spoke about "Treatment of People of Color and the Media". In the afternoon, Nicka Sewell-Smith, with 20 years experience as a genealogist, talked about "Cherokee Freemen Basics Class". Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr's, address was about the "Cherokee Nation Overview". Author Angela Y. Walton-Rajiand, known nationally for her genealogical and historical research, talked about the “Indian Territory Freedmen and the Civil War”. Attorney Bryan Shade spoke on "Locating Dawes Tribal Allotments". We look forward to next year's conference and hope you will attend!
Donations made thru African Indians Foundation were used to fund an educational dinner in Tulsa Oklahoma. Former Congressman Barney Frank was keynote speaker and spoke about his work to end racism against black freedmen descendants by the tribes and the US government. Mvto! (thank you) to Eli Grayson for your work to make this event come to pass!
Attorney Robert D Lemon was always generous to African Indians Foundation by donating for literature, and to fund raising events such as educational dinners and conferences. We will be eternally grateful for his support (as well as that of the Lemon Foundation) against racism and apartheid in Indian country.
Mr. Smith rallying outside BIA building for enforcement of 1866 treaty rights sponsored by African Indians Foundation and Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Tribes Association.
Mr. Eddie Sacks, tribal councilman for the United Keetoowah Band, speaking about tribal issues and his support of the freedmen 1866 treaty rights in Muskogee at the Martin Luther King Center.
African Indians Foundation raised funds for litigants and attorneys to travel to Washington DC .
African Indians Foundations raised funds for Lead Attorney for the Seminole and Cherokee freedmen tribal members Jon Velie to speak in San Diego at a showing of the documentary film "by blood" whose topic is racism against freedmen tribal members
Seminole Nation Freedmen Councilman speaks against racism against black tribal members in the Seminole Nation in Bartlesville at a fundraising dinner sponsored by African Indians Foundation and Descendants of Freedmen Association to raise money for legal fees.
Nov 12, 2020 - AT&T Intertribal Council lined up an awesome panel for a discussion on the History of Black Indians and it was hosted by Ty Bledsoe and Leslie Frye.
On November 7, 2020, the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and the African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation held their First Virtual Conference sponsored in part through a grant from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission & WPX Energy. Special Guest speaker was Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin. Featured Speaker was Freedmen descendant John W. Franklin, Senior Manager emeritus, National Museum of African American History and Culture. A lawyers panel included Cherokee Nation District Court Judge Luke Barteaux, former Creek Nation Assistant Attorney General John Parris, and Public Defender of the Colorado River Indian Tribe, Branton Grissum. A panel of African Americans of tribal and nontribal heritage included attorney/author Hannibal B. Johnson, author/retired professor Art Burton, and author/genealogist Angela Walton-Raji, a Choctaw freedmen descendant discussed North Tulsa Community Issues. Panelists Cherokee Tribal Councilman Joe Deere, author/journalist Randy Krehbiel, and Kristi Williams, Chairman of the Greater Tulsa African American Affairs Commission and a descendant of Creek and Cherokee freedmen, discussed race reconciliation. Other speakers included historians Eli Grayson and David Cornsilk and Cherokee Nation citizen Reuben Gant, Exec Dir John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.