TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — From April 4 through April 6, attorneys representing the Justice for Black Creeks Coalition will appear before Muscogee Creek Nation District Judge Denette Mouser for a trial aimed at restoring the rights of Black Creek Freedman Rhonda Grayson and Jeff Kennedy, as well as all other Black Creek Freedman.
Rhona Grayson and Jeffrey Kennedy claim the Muscogee Creek Nation unlawfully broke the treaty of 1866, in 1979, when it exiled Black Creeks and their descendants from being recognized as citizens.
The Treaty declared that all Creek Nation descendants have equal rights, protections, and privileges of native citizens regardless of race or color. Though in 1979, Muscogee Nation decided to remove the Black Creeks from the nation and stripped Black Creek descendants of their name.
The hearing begins at 10 a.m. at the Muscogee Creek Nation District Courts and attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons will hold a press conference after the hearing is over.