The Blue County Democrat
July 27, 1906
First Time Recognized
About 500 More Newborns May Receive Land
The commissioner to the Five Civilized Tribe received word from the department of the Interior Tuesday Instructing him to receive applications for the enrollment of Freedmen babies in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations under an act of congress of April 26, 1906.
The department has always held heretofore that the Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen were not Indian citizens. This action is not taken to mean that the department has decided that such Freedmen are citizens, but that the applications for enrollment of their children are to be received tentatively until the department passes on the question.
There are about 300 “new borns” in the Choctaw and Chickasaw nation which can make application under the above named act. There are but eight days left to make application as the rolls close at midnight on July 25.
(Yes, I’m aware that the headline says 500 and the article says 300, but since I didn’t know which was correct, I left it as printed.)