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1 - So interesting that in the 1900 Census ALL the residents of Indian Territory, Cherokee Nation, Township 12, District 47 are listed as white.
Wrong. Below is just one of the many census pages of Indians living in Indian Territory, Cherokee Nation, Township 12, District 47. Apparently you didn't realize there were two different forms used on the 1900 Census. One was for non-Indians; the other for Indians and the non-Indians who had married into their families. Notice at the top of the schedule it says, "Indian Population."
And John H. Crawford and his daughter, Laura, who married Everett Reed, were found on the census in District 46 (not 47) listed on the non-Indian schedule form because they were WHITE. And yes, there were Indians living in that district too. See below.
2 - That's a lot of non-Cherokees living in Cherokee Nation. Why would that be, I wonder? Oh, and you will find that on Warren's grandmother's marriage certificate, the bride's residence is listed as "Indian Territory." I'm sure that is some sort of silly mistake in the records, too, is it not? No doubt she was just on vacation in Indian Territory. her sister, too, has a marriage certificate, and her sister's residence was also listed as "Indian Territory." Hm?
For this one, I will borrow the words of the late Jerri Chasteen (the Oklahoma Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court considered her qualified to give “expert testimony” on Cherokee History and Cherokee Citizenship Rights.)
"To anyone familiar with the laws of the five civilized tribes of Indian Territory, there is no mystery to it!...in Hannie Crawford's case, Sebastian County, Arkansas.
Those tribes were sovereign Indian NATIONS, with their own constitutions, laws, and governments. The 130,000+ NON-Indians who had inundated Indian Territory after the Civil War were looking for free Indian homesteads and land-- the same as their ancestors had received when the Indians were removed from our eastern lands. They were called "Illegal Intruders" (several books written on the subject).
Since they were non-Indians and illegally squatting on the sovereign land of the Indians, what were these squatters suppose to do when they wanted to get married legally? Since they were not tribal members, the Tribe were certainly not going to issue a tribal license and maintain a marriage register for them, and in some cases, they didn't want the tribe to even know they were living on their land. So-- they had to either go to one of the three Federal Courthouses (McAlester, Muskogee or Vinita), obtain a license and return it to have it legally registered there, or go across the state line into the nearest town that wasn't in Indian Territory-"
And if you would have read all the information I had posted about Warren's ancestors before you jumped to conclusions, you would have seen this post and realized I had already explained the Hannie Crawford - Harry Reed marriage.
3 - Pesky facts, eh?
No, just facts. The only thing that is pesky are Warren and her supporters who keep trying to twist facts into fiction and turn her white ancestors into Indians.
Those are my thoughts for today.
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