Creek Nation Freedmen file lawsuit against Oklahoma tribe

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
08/04/2018 04:00 PM
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second Oklahoma tribe is facing litigation over the citizenship status of the descendants of its former slaves.

The Tulsa World reports that the Muscogee Creek Freedmen filed a federal lawsuit last week against the Creek Nation and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Creek Freedmen are seeking full tribal citizenship and to have the tribe's constitution declared in violation of the Treaty of 1866, which guaranteed tribal citizenship to the tribe's freed slaves and their descendants, as well as black Creeks. The department in 1979 approved a law in the tribe's constitution that restricts citizenship eligibility to those with proof of Creek lineage.

The tribe has declined to comment until it receives the lawsuit.

The Cherokee Nation faced a similar lawsuit that was resolved last year.

News

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/18/2018 05:20 PM
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The next meeting of the Tahlequah Writers group...

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/18/2018 08:30 AM
TULSA, Okla. – Navajo artist Eugene Tapahe received the Best of Sho...

BY LINDSEY BARK
Reporter
10/17/2018 12:11 PM
The Coordinating Council on Poultry Grow...

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/17/2018 09:24 AM
“Sovereignty,” a play written by Cherokee Nation citizen Ma...

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/16/2018 03:16 PM
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin J...

BY WILL CHAVEZ
Assistant Editor – @cp_wchavez
10/15/2018 01:24 PM
The ICWA has been contested in court numerous times since...