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Creek Indians file lawsuit, demanding Creek citizenship restored

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jul 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 13:56:07-04

TULSA -- The Creek Indians on Thursday held a news conference in connection with a lawsuit, which demands the group has its Creek citizenship restored.

The news conference was held at the Greenwood Cultural Center north of downtown Tulsa at noon. Watch the news conference in full in the video player above.

The group says the Muscogee Creek Nation continues to deny the so-called "Creek Freedmen" and their descendants Creek citizenship, which the group says violates the Creek Treaty of 1866, the Constitution of the United States, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Indian Civil Rights Act. 

The group says the Muscogee Creek Nation has "spent the last four decades systematically denying citizenship to the Creek Freedmen by rewriting its tribal constitution and citizenship regulations. MCN has done this all with the full blessing of DOI."

The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia against Creek Nation Principal Chief James Floyd, the United States Department of Interior and the DOI Secretary Ryan Zinke.

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