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Descendants Of Freedmen Of The 5 Civilized Tribe Association
Black Indians
The Untold Story of the Freedmen and their Descendants¡¨
The Battle continues in our 3rd annual conference
June 4, 2005
University of Oklahoma (Dale Hall)
Co-Sponsored by
OU Anthropology Department
African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation

The Battle continues in our 3rd annual conference, The Untold Story of the Freedmen and their Descendants. The conference will be held at the University of Oklahoma (Dale Hall) Norman campus, and is Co-sponsored by OU Anthropology Department and African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation. The conference is schedule between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm on June 4, 2005, and is expected to draw an audience of more than 150 participants.
The 2005 conference will feature Keynote Speakers, Lectures, Authors, Professional genealogists, and attorneys. Subject matter will focus on the plight of the Freedmen from the mid-1800¡¦s to the present day and will include such topics as policies that maliciously exclude Black Indians from access to federally funded programs, issues regarding land fraud, and treaty rights of Black Indians/Freedmen. In addition, we will explore the intertwining histories, relationships, and racial identity among Africans and Indians.
This conference supports the primary goal of this Black Indian organization which is to enhance public awareness of Black Indian Freedmen and Native American cultures by educating our members, supporters, and the general public about the history and cultures of the two groups. It is our desire that Freedmen¡¦s rich culture be recognized and represented in our historical museums.
The Association is a nonprofit 501(c) 4 corporation based in Oklahoma City. Association members are of mixed Black and Native American Indian heritage and are descendants of ancestors designated as Freedmen by the Dawes Commission in the late 1800¡¦s. Association President, Marilyn Vann, is of Black Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw lineage. Her grandparents and great grandparents were original Dawes Tribal enrollees.

The 2005 conference has attracted an impressive cadre of speakers including the following among others:

Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield Jr., holds a Ph.D. degree from Oklahoma State University. He has been a faculty member at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 1970. Since 1983, he has served as director of the American Native Press Archives, the world¡¦s largest archival repository of Native American newspapers and periodicals. He is a noted author of such books as: Chickasaw Freedmen, A people without a country; Seminole Burning; Africans and Creeks; and Cherokee Freedmen.
Dr. Circe Sturm Dr. Circe Sturm is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Norman and author of " Blood
Politics: Race, Culture and Identity in the Cherokee Nation of
Dr. Tiya Miles is the author of ¡§Captive Kin: The story of an Afro-Cherokee family in Slavery and Freedom.¡¨ Dr. Miles received her A.B. in Afro-American studies from Harvard University in 1992. She received her M.A. in women¡¦s studies from Emory University in 1995, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Miles spent two years at Dartmouth College where she severed as coordinator of the Shabazz African American center. Miles co-organized the first national conference on African American and Native American relations with Stephanie Morgan, and Celia Naylor-Ojurongbe.
Dr. Rick Kittles is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University. His presentation will focus on how sociocultural and political forces in the U.S. strongly influenced genetic (DNA) variation among different African American communities. Kittles will focus on several African American communities in the US, and in particular will discuss his findings from the DNA testing performed last year in the Oklahoma community.
Damario Solomon Simmons, of Solomon Simmons & Associates Law firm, will serve on our panel.
Jon Velie, of Velie & Velie Law firm, will serve on our panel.

Additional speakers and program details are forthcoming.
Registration fee is $60.00 (includes lunch, workshops, and all other scheduled activities). On site registration is $80.00
Vendor and Ad space available (space is limited)
For additional information about the conference you may contact Conference chair, Rhonda Grayson by email at or (405) 610-3082. You may also visit our conference web site at
Descendants of Freedmen, Box 42221, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123

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