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Jul 5, 2017

 

Native Opinion Episode
“EPISODE 86 THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. Just Wait!”


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Our Guest this episode is Marilyn Vann, President of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association. And President of African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation 10 2016

Marilyn serves as President and a director of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association, a non-profit corporation which educates the public on the history, culture, and political rights of the African Indian peoples of the 5 Nations (formerly known as the Five Civilized Tribes) whose ancestors were enrolled as “freedmen” tribal members by the US government Dawes Commission approximately 100 years ago.

Marilyn is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She is a descendant of Joseph Vann and Rider Fields, who were native Cherokee citizens by blood who immigrated to what is now Eastern Oklahoma prior to 1840.  Her father, a member of the Cherokee nation was born in what is now Nowata County and was listed on the Dawes “Final Rolls” of Cherokee citizens, the base tribal rolls prepared and recognized by the United States government and the Cherokee nation at the term of the 20th century.

Marilyn Vann graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering with Distinction. She is the first known Female having African Descent to graduate from that discipline at the University of Oklahoma. After two years of employment with Exxon Mobil as an engineer, she was employed as a Federal Government Treasury Department engineer for 32 years in Oklahoma City before retirement. This employment included 8 years as a team leader with short-term management assignments.

As a nonprofit board member, Marilyn has organized fundraisers and educational workshops on tribal history and genealogy. She organizes educational meetings throughout Eastern Oklahoma pertaining to tribal issues.

To Learn More:

Descendants of Freedmen website: www.freedmen5tribes.com
Freedmen of the Five Tribes Facebook page
Email: mkvann@gmail.com
Phone: 405-227-9810

 

 


ARTICLE 1:
TITLE: Governor signs Native regalia bill
AUTHOR: Associated Press Published: 21 April 2017
SOURCE: https://www.nativetimes.com/current-news/14517-governor-signs-native-regalia-bill

 

ARTICLE 2:
TITLE: Genetic Continuity Study Backs Up Oral Histories
AUTHOR: Alexander Ewen
DATE: April 25, 2017
SOURCE: https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com/history/traditional-societies/genetic-continuity-study-backs-oral-histories/

 

MUSIC BREAK…

ARTIST: KOMPLEX KAI
TRACK PLAYED: Rise Up
ARTISTS WEBSITE: http://www.komplexkai.com

 

ARTICLE 3:
TITLE: President Trump promises 'freedom' for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
DATE: Thursday, June 29, 2017
SOURCE: https://www.indianz.com/News/2017/06/29/president-trump-promises-freedom-for-tri.asp