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86 Year Old Cherokee Black Indian/freedman Woman Seeking Justice From US Government And Cherokee Tribe
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Fitzlyn Curls Neeley, born in Nowata Oklahoma on November 20th 1925, is seeking justice as a Cherokee Black Indian/Freedmen Woman. Her Father and Grandfather are on the Cherokee Dawes rolls along with her Aunts and Uncles. She remembers her childhood in Oklahoma born of a Mother and Father of mixed Cherokee, African, and Irish ancestry. She often speaks lovingly about her Grandfather Curls who was of Irish ancestry.

She remembers going to Oogalah Indian School with her brother George Curls Jr and her baby sister, Nancy Curls. Her Brother George raised her and her sister because their Mother, a school teacher, died prematurely of tuberculosis at the age of 28 because of the excessive poverty they lived in. She and her brother and sister were brought up in and out of orphanages with no one to care for them. She remembers the white and colored drinking fountains and the segregation under which she lived. All are now deceased except Fitzlyn who is now 86 years old.

Recently Fitzlyn’s family members went on a search for information of records in Oklahoma and were surprised to find documents showing that land was granted to Fizlyln’s Father, George Curls, from the Cherokee Nation, and he was considered a citizen during the early 1900’s. Needless to say, her Father didn’t know about this land grant (granted because of the 1866 Treaty between the United States Government and the Cherokee nation), and they lived in poverty on a small section of land in Chelsea Oklahoma. The family also found fictitious deeds of sale; deeds without signatures, and deeds which were illegally drawn up by oil hungry greedy white settlers.

Fitzlyn remembers her brother George telling her, “our family should never want for anything” and he also said regularly, “We should have been taken care of by the Cherokee Nation as were other Cherokee citizens”. Freedmen/Black Indians never had the privilege of getting on the blood rolls as they should have been, because of racism and greed of the United States Government Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Cherokee Nation. At 86 years of age Fitzlyn lives with a loving daughter and is surrounded by family members.

The Harvest Institute Freedmen Federation founder and CEO Dr. Claude Anderson has supported Fitzlyn in her fight for justice. They supplied the best Civil Rights Attorney in the Country and the money needed for expensive legal battles. Dr Anderson has been fighting for justice for Black Folks for more than 40 years. He has gone to Congress along with family members of Fitzlyn seeking help with legislation to waive the “Statue of Limitations for Breach of Fiduciary Trust by the Federal Government.” This statue is only applicable for Freedmen/Black Indians, but not applicable to other Native American descendants.

The family members of Fitzlyn know that they are up against severe discrimination and racism because of the mixture of African ancestry in their family tree. They know that it is all about money and greed. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is the only political figure who has been willing to help in this battle. The entire Congressional Black Caucus turned their backs and was unwilling to assist in this terrible travesty of justice.

Her family members are involved in a legal battle which is now in the United States Supreme Court. The case is in the Supreme Court because Federal Courts continue to turn their backs and dismiss it as having no merit. The legal battle continues because of the unjust treatment of Black Indians/Freedmen.

Fitzlyn is a devoted Christian woman who prays that the Lord will bring about justice for her and her family. She is confident that this will happen in her lifetime. Justice doesn’t come easy and change is not welcomed by the Cherokee Nation. United States Federal Courts aren’t willing to even look at this case. She says “Faith is what brought me to 86 years old, and Faith will carry me on”.


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Rhonda  

Were in court now. .What a differnce a year makes!

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  about 7 years ago
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