Friday, May 14, 2010

What Do Arizona and Five Slave Holding Tribes Have in Common?

From the category of “be careful what you ask for” I can’t help but comment on two news articles regarding the subject of “illegal immigration” and the current political climate in Arizona.


The two articles that I refer too involve the opinions and commentary from what appears to be a Native American point of view. The first comes from a writer named Phil LOWE and his online article “Let American Indians control immigration.”

http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/may/12/let-american-indians-control-immigration/

At first glance Lowe’s comments are what I would view as the typical comments you might expect folks in the so called Native American community would have, “They proceeded to take the Native Americans’ land by force” and the one that really got my attention; “white Europeans then bought and sold imported African natives to work the fields as slaves as they built churches and spread their varied versions of their religion across the land.” Phil if you didn't know Native Americans owned African and African-Native Americas as slaves you need to ask somebody!

Perhaps Lowe felt compelled to articulate the usual complaints and demonstrate the invasive nature of European contact with the indigenous population in North America way back when. However it is the last statement that indicated too me, Mr. Lowe may not be a student of history and like many folks, assign some idea that the Native American community is monolithic and without some sordid, and despicable history among its members.

I would think that before anyone from the “Native American community” speak about faults in others they take a good look at the history of the Five Slave Holding Tribes known as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations.

These five Native American tribes have a sordid and race based policy of “immigration” themselves, regarding people with a noticeable skin color difference or as we like to call them, black folk.

Mr. Lowe goes on too say; “Today the European conquerors are in search of a quantifier over the question of legal and illegal immigration. Should everyone without papers be exported?”

Senate Miscellaneoud Document 95 43rd Congress, 3rd Session pg 1

Here again, Mr. Lowe could use a crash course on the history of the Five Slave Holding Tribes. Following the Civil War the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole tribes signed Treaties with provisions to adopt their former slaves as citizens with rights and privileges as any member of their respective tribe. The Cherokee preempted their treaty in 1863 by emancipating their slaves and supposedly adopting them into the body of the tribe and reconfirmed this act with the signing of the treaty in 1866. Mr. Lowe you should note, the Chickasaw tribe did it's level best to "export" their former slaves out of Indian Territory rather then risk they become a vital part of the political body with the possibility of one day (heaven forbid) become political leaders and control the tribe.

The Choctaw reluctantly adopted their former slaves as freedmen along with their descendants in 1885; the Chickasaw passed an act to adopt their former slaves in 1873 only to rescind the decision before Congress could ratify it. The Seminole tribe adopted their former slaves and until the year 2000 the two “freedmen” bands known as Ceasar Bruner and Dosar Barkus bands remained integrated in the tribe. In 2000 the Seminoles attempted to remove the two bands on the premise they weren’t Indian and therefore not worthy of citizenship despite a treaty that had not been abrogated by Congress. Today, the Ceasar Bruner and Dosar Barkus bands “enjoy” a second class citizenship with limited rights of citizenship.

The idea of carrying papers in Arizona seems to be an issue for this writer, is he aware that to be recognized as a “citizen” in any of the Native American tribes you are required to possess and carry what is known as a CDIB (Certificate Degree of Indian Blood?)

Since I’m not certain about Mr. Lowe’s tribal affiliation, if any and my focus is strictly on the Five Slave Holding Tribes I think its important to illustrate this point based on the second article that just perplexes me to the nth degree.

CDIB Application Choctaw Nation


Somebody tell the Creek (Muscogee) tribe sometimes you need to keep a low profile when you have problems in your own backyard. I’m just sayin’, anyone who performs research into the Five Slave Holding Tribes knows that in 1866 these Native American Tribes legalized the institution of chattel slavery of African AND African-Native descendant people.

This tends to take the wind out of their sail when they go on about their “moral” argument how oppressed they were. When you look at it from the perspective of those enslaved and their descendants who are to this day being denied citizenship in the nations of their ancestors birth, say it again, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muscogee) and Seminole!

I tell you, these folks in the Five Slave Holding Tribes are like the gift that keeps on giving. Check these quotes out:

Perhaps Mr. Tiger was not around in February 27, 2009 When Creek "Freedman" Ron Graham challenged the Creek "immigration" policies on excluding Freedmen descendants from citizenship in the tribe? Let me take a moment to remind and inform...

By CLIFTON ADCOCK World Staff Writer


Ron Graham, Creek Freedmen Descendant
Officer in the Creek Freedmen Association
Published: 2/27/2009 2:19 AM

Last Modified: 2/27/2009 2:48 AM



In the summer of 1983, Ron Graham became what he calls "a documents person."

The Okmulgee resident wanted to apply for citizenship in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. After going to the registration counter and giving his father's name, Graham waited for a reply.



It wasn't the one he had hoped for.



The citizenship office told him his father was on the freedmen roll, so he wasn't Indian. His father, Blue Graham, who was 62 when Graham was born, was an original enrollee who spoke Creek fluently, was a tribal traditionalist and participated in ceremonial stomp dances.

Graham protested.

"She said 'Well, he's a freedmen, and freedmen are no longer with us,' " Graham said. "That drive home was something else. It hurt me."

“The resolution's sponsor, George Tiger, said: "I think it's important a tribal government or government of color opposes this. To me it's kind of going backwards in terms of the whole era of civil rights. It seems like we're going backward instead of forward."It appears the Creek Nation is indeed "bass ackwards!"


There is a little matter that the Creek Nation has at it’s doorstep and that is the issue of denying citizenship to the descendants of the former slaves that was a vital part of their reconciliation with the United States after the Civil War BECAUSE say it with me boys and girls, THEY FOUGHT ON THE SIDE OF THE CONFEDERACY AND HAD TOO EMANCIPATE THEIR SLAVES!

The Five Slave Holding Tribes with their poster boy in the Cherokee Nation, “The Chief Who Shall Not Be Named” have been going backwards for quite some time and now they want to be a champion for “Civil Rights?”

Child please!

Give me strength!

Tiger considers his tribe a tribe of color, well tell that to the colored folk you continue to deny their rights secured with the Treaty of 1866!

Yeah, and you thought Tiger was through, not a chance! Like they say, when you find yourself digging a whole, you should stop digging. Not Tiger! He continues to serve up some fat pitches down the middle of the plate.

And I quote, “The resolution states that Congress should take up immigration reform and that the current system is "broken" but that the problem with Arizona's law "is that the notion of reasonable suspicion has race as its most critical factor." Some of the readers to this blog or no doubt familiar with the issues of (come on say it, say it!) CITIZENSHIP in the Cherokee nation and how “He Who Shall Not Be Named” has gone about getting Lannie Davis and the Podesta Group to lobby congress to prevent the Cherokee Freedmen from becoming citizens based on their treaty rights. We are also aware of the duplicity the Chief engages in when he demands that Congress stay out of Sovereign issues of the tribe and allow the court system to rule on the citizenship of thousands of people who are African and African-Native descendants who had an ancestor enslaved by CITIZENS of the Cherokee tribe.

If you compare what is going on in Arizona with the contemporary actions of the Five Slave Holding Tribes, you can only conclude in the words of George Tiger, “the notion of reasonable suspicion has race as its most critical factor.”

Not through, Tigger is very very good to me! Tigger concludes with this line, “

"If anyone should understand about immigration, it's us. We should have had better immigration laws." Yep! They know just how to keep those dark skin people out! I LOVE THIS GUY!!!

Now it is important I don’t close without commenting on the conclusions and suggested remedy given by my friend Phil Lowe “I suggest that the president appoint and Congress confirm a commission on immigration composed of one member from each Native American tribe still in existence today and let them write the laws that control immigration.” Phil until you get up to speed on the history the Five Slave Holding Tribes, you may want to hold off on this suggestion. They don’t want to have a thing too do with Congress if it involves immigration (adoption) of the descendants of their former slaves as written in the Treaty of Fort Smith 1866.



Choctaw

http://www.choctawnation.com/Programs/dsp_ProgramDetails.cfm?ProgramID=16


Cherokee



Seminole



Seminole Segregation Application


Creek (Muscogee) * note: the Official Creek web site did not have an easy to locate link for their CDIB application, this is the best I could find to illustrate my points.

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