Descendants Of Freedmen Of The Five Civilized Tribes
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Purposes and Mission Statement of the Descendants of Freedmen Association
1. To educate members, supporters and the general public regarding the history, culture and political rights of those particular to the Dawes Freedmen Enrollment. The Association is organized to plan, implement and administer, operate, and evaluate programs to carry out the objectives and purposes of the Association to assist in and promote, restore and preserve the rights of those descendants of the 5 Civilized Tribes (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminoles Nations) particular to the Dawes Freedmen Enrollment. To promote, collect, and preserve Oklahoma Freedmen Genealogy, History and Artifacts and study the unique cultural diversity of Freedmen Descendants for the general benefit and good of the individual and collective Tribes and Representative Communities, in the State and Nation, and to improve the quality of life, to reinvigorate and promote cultural awareness and events relating to our heritage.
2. To assist members in gaining knowledge of genealogy techniques and family contacts for the purpose of tying to our ancestors particular to the 5 Civilized Tribes.
3. To acquire political standing to regain status as tribal citizens through the Tribal or Federal Courts through revision of Bureau of Indian Affairs policies or regulations, or through congressional legislation.
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