Cook County Commissioner wants to delay Columbus Day name change vote
Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore wants the county to delay a committee vote to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day until some tribes recognize their own historic racism.
4th District Commissioner Stanley Moore said that before a vote could be taken, the so-called Five Civilized Tribes would “recognize their role in the rich history of black slaves, also known as Freedman.”
Moore, who said he was a direct descendant of a Choctaw Freedman, said the tribes unfairly denied descendants to be full members of the tribe – and thus excluded them from benefits such as aid to the tribe. education and housing and the profits of casinos.
“They are discriminating against us, and if they don’t want to recognize the Freedman and their descendants, they should no longer accept or receive federal taxpayer dollars based on the Freedman population census,” Moore said. in a press release.
The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee [Creek] and the Seminole nations were historically called the five civilized tribes, or five tribes, by European settlers because they often assimilated into the culture of the settlers, adopting their dress and religious style, and even possessing slaves. Each tribe also has a unique history with the Freedmen, whose rights were ultimately spelled out in separate treaties with the United States.
Today, the Cherokee Nation is the only tribe that fully recognizes the Freedmen as full citizens, a move that came in 2017 after years of legal wrangling.
Moore said his call to postpone the committee vote is “personal and has nothing to do with Columbus Day.”
“It is difficult to understand how Indians, who were also treated harshly, could be so callous to the freedmen and their descendants,” Moore said.
Moore’s great-great-grandfather was Alford Trotter, who Moore said was a black Choctaw whose family was enslaved to the Choctaw Nation.
“It’s very hurtful and personal to me when I look at my great-great-grandfather’s name on the Dawes Roll and see his name with the word ‘refused’ next to it,” Moore said.
The Legislation and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is expected to vote on the Columbus Day name change in a hearing that will begin at 2:30 p.m.