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Select Provisions of the 1866 Reconstruction Treaties between the United States and Oklahoma Tribes

Select Provisions of the 1866 Reconstruction Treaties between the United States and Oklahoma Tribes




The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs holds an oversight hearing titled “Select Provisions of the 1866 Reconstruction Treaties between the United States and Oklahoma Tribes” on July 27, 2022. Following the end of the Civil War, the Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation, the Muscogee Nation and the Seminole Nation signed treaties with the United States in 1866. The government-to-government agreements contain various provisions addressing the Freedmen, the term applied to enslaved persons formerly held within the five tribes. The oversight hearing, which takes place in Room 628 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building, will address how the provisions of the 1866 treaties have been implemented. Representatives of the five tribes, the federal government and Freedmen descendants provide testimony 00:00 Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii),

Chair 03:00 Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska),

Vice Chair 06:20 Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California)

17:52 Bryan Newland, Department of the Interior

22:55 Chuck Hoskin, Jr., Cherokee Nation

27:40 Lewis J. Johnson, Seminole Nation

30:38 Brian Thomas Palmer, Seminole Nation

33:09 Michael Burrage, Choctaw Nation

38:57 Jonodev Chaudhuri, Muscogee Nation

44:57 Stephen Greetham, Chickasaw Nation

50:20 Marilyn Vann, Descendants of Freedmen of the Fives Tribes Association

56:13 Q&A Witness List PANEL 1 The Honorable Maxine Waters Congresswoman, California 43rd District Washington, DC PANEL 2 The Honorable Bryan Newland Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Department of the Interior Washington, DC The Honorable Chuck Hoskin, Jr. Principal Chief The Cherokee Nation Tahlequah, Oklahoma The Honorable Lewis J. Johnson Chief The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Wewoka, Oklahoma Accompanied by the Hon. Brian Thomas Palmer, Assistant Chief, The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma The Honorable Michael Burrage General Counsel The Choctaw Nation Durant, Oklahoma The Honorable Jonodev Chaudhuri Ambassador The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Okmulgee, Oklahoma Mr. Stephen Greetham Senior Counsel The Chickasaw Nation Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Ms. Marilyn Vann President The Descendants of Freedmen of the Fives Tribes Association Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Video Source: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs


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