BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
The black Seminoles are the descendants of both free blacks and escaped slaves, known as the Maroon people. They are black Indians, mostly associated with the Seminole Native Americans of Florida and Oklahoma, but there are members living in Texas, the Bahamas and Mexico.
The black Seminoles lived in their own groups, called freedman bands, that were closely associated with the Seminole Nation.
The Black Seminoles and the Native Seminole people united in both of the Seminole wars.
Today the two Freedmen bands of the Black Seminoles; the Caesar Bruner Band and Dosar Barkus Band are represented on the General Council of the Seminole Nation.
Despite being on the General Council of the Nation, as a collective Black Seminoles still deal with racial discrimination from the Native Americans of the Seminole Nation.
Since the 1930’s many black Seminoles have had to deal with being excluded from the tribe.
In 2000, approximately twelve hundred Black Seminoles were excluded from the tribe they were previously members of.
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BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
New York became the first state to appoint a special prosecutor for police related civilian deaths, when on tuesday New York governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order naming the state attorney general as the special prosecutor for police-related civilian deaths.
This came after the national outrage when an Eric Garner, an unarmed African-American was seen on video being choked to death by New York police on staten Island.
Despite the chokehold not being allowed under police rules and the medical examiner ruling Mr. Garner’s death a homicide, the grand jury refused to indict the police officer who murdered Eric Garner.
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