MCN comments on Florida group
MILTON, Florida — A non-profit organization from Milton, Florida is seeking federal recognition from both the state and federal governments.
In an April 6 Santa Rosa Press Gazette’ article, the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe began the recognition process after gaining support from the Milton Board of County Commissioners.
‘After being silenced for more than 100 years, we have an opportunity for our voices to be heard by the government,’ Vice Chief Dan Helms said in an email to his members. ‘But, we must take action now.’
SRCCT has been working towards the recognition the past few months. They claim they are working towards the recognition to protect and preserve artifacts in their museum and for financial and other resources.
“A once in a lifetime opportunity for our tribe to receive both state and federal recognition is within our grasp, but it will take your action for it to happen,” Helms said.
Their website, www.santarosacreektribe.org, does not list a specific roll or census members are required to trace their ancestors to, nor does it state members are required to be Creek.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Public Relations sent a statement by email to Mvskoke Media in regards on the Nation’s stance about the organization.
‘The Muscogee (Creek) Nation takes the issue of any other group asking for recognition at the state or federal level very seriously and has always taken the necessary action to protect the identity of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. We are aware that the organization known as the Santa Rosa County Creek Tribe is seeking recognition from governmental agencies. We will continue to monitor the situation and take the appropriate steps to ensure that the identity of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is preserved and protected,’ the statement said
SRCCT states the organization was founded in 1990 from descendants of Creeks who lived in the area.
The organization’s website states there are over 1,000 members.