Friday, June 18, 2010
Bloodline Trailer.Muscogee Creek Freedmen Band
DeMario Simmons an attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma clearly explains how a Treaty is considered the law of the land and demanding the United States apply these laws where they affect Indian Territory Freedmen in general but Creek Freedmen specifically Simmons, like so many freedmen descendants states emphatically that they are not attempting to receive benefits they don’t need but are insisting that their rights as citizens be acknowledged based on their ancestors being adopted according to the law.
Gail M. Jackson and Rhonda Grayson eloquently demonstrate that the effects of the Creek nation was essentially “family not wanting you as a member” is what the Creek nation did to freedmen in 1979. Their insights demonstrate clearly how the Five Slave Holding Tribes have been given a pass on adhering to the laws of this country which they were subscribed to when their tribes signed the Treaties of 1866.
The inclusion of Jabar Shumate, Chair of Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus was a pleasant surprise. Over the years we rarely see politicians involved themselves in righting the wrong done to Indian Territory Freedmen. Jabar is one of only six African-Americans in the Oklahoma legislature; as such his voice is evidence on how deep this issue resonates within the state yet difficult to be heard by those in political power. It is my hope he will be joined by other progressive politicians in his state and around this country.
I was most impressed with the statements of Mary Ann Cunningham. She understands the meaning of speaking truth to power. Mary points out several vital things in her commentary.
“They can accept me or not; I can be a part of that community and I have a right to be acknowledge as a Creek whether I’m a part of them or not.” She points out the prejudice of the Creek Nation that keeps the freedmen out. Her point is clear, “my fore parents were Creeks it was what they contributed to the nation then that is what makes the nation now.”
Overall, I eagerly await the completion of their video project, it will add volumes to the history of the Indian Territory Freedmen that for some reason is not taught in our schools and is not mentioned as part of the Five Slave Holding Tribes, known as the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole. Why?
You can view the trailer at the following link: