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FLORIDA SEMINOLE CHIEF JAMES BILLIE, DR. PAUL BACKHOUSE, SEMIROON PEACE BELT AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH !!!

September 26,2016 this morning I had the esteemed pleasure of speaking with Dr. Paul Backhouse , who is the  Historic Preservation Officer for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. In addition to being an high ranking official of one of America’s respected and powerful Indigenous Nations, Dr. Paul Backhouse is in the tradition of his People an extremely warm and friendly HUMAN BEING.

My call to Dr. Paul Backhouse at the  Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki museum in Clewiston, Florida was to clear my presentation of the Semiroon Peace Belt (A Chief’s version ) to the current Chairman and Chief Mr. James Edward Billie. Who is worthy of any “Lifetime Achievement Award that can be given to him. His reputation for working tirelessly in behalf of the Tribe is nothing less than legendary. Chief Billie will also deliver the Keynote Speech for the event.  My initial nervousness in contacting the Seminole tribe of Florida comes from the fact that even though a good part of my ancestry is Seminole Maroon I have had very little contact with Traditional Indigenous Peoples. I was not raised in any of the Indian Country By-Blood or Maroon communities that I am a  documented Descendant of.

My ancestry was hidden from me before I was even born and I did not satisfactorily confirm my biological father’s identity until I was 52 years old. My genealogy was significant enough to be featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s book and exhibit ,entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. When I spoke with Dr. Paul Backhouse, I mentioned that this exhibit at been presented at the Tribe’s Library and he remembered  it being there. All I know is from the documentation that Dr. Kevin Mulroy ( the World’s Leading Authority on Seminole Maroons) discovered and what I learned from family history is this. When my Maroon Ancestor’s left Florida under General Jesup’s and Prophet Abraham’s “Articles of Capitulation” in the late 1830’s and early 1840’s  “There was Blood on the Ground and Smoke in the Air”. Through further research including help from Mr. Pare Bowlegs the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma’s Historic Preservation Officer,  I learned that my great grandmother Dinah Fixico (# 900 Dawes Rolls) was a Fullblood Mikasuki Seminole of the Octiarche Band. Her father was Osa eneha Fixico.

My g-grandmother’s  people’s Band did everything that they could to remain in Florida. It is in the military records that the women had snuffed the children under two years old and the the men had agreed to “put to death anyone who brought to them an offer of peace”. However ,in the group’s extremity they trusted the White flag of the US Military and were captured in December of 1842 at Fort Brooke near Tampa.

Back to today, I knew that the “Unconquerable Seminole Tribe of Florida ” had remain unconquered by holding firm to their Strong Traditional customs which included remaining isolated from so-called New World Civilization. Therefore, I wondered if my call as a Descendant of those who , for whatever reasons were compelled to take “THE BIG BOAT RIDE” would be welcomed.

Well “HOORAY and HALLELUJAH” it was welcomed with open arms!! There is more great news in the fact that we are all being brought together by the United States Forest Service to participate in the British Fort Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff’s Bicentennial Commemoration to be held at the site , on October 22nd, 2016. I now am an official Forest Service Volunteer thanks to my friends Rhonda Kimbrough,Heritage Program Manager Erika Davis, P.E.  Staff Officer and Supervisor of the Forest Ms. Kelly Russell. When this historic program draws to it’s conclusion I will have the honor of performing the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” It is a Performance-Art Presentation not meant to challenge anyones religious doctrine or cultural beliefs.

In the photo, above I am shown with the Paramount Chief and Grand Gaaman Bono de Velantie of the Ndyuka Maroons of Suriname ,South American. I owe this great honor to The Maroon Women Chamber of of Cooperation, and Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon who brought me to Suriname as the North American Maroon Representative for their 2015 National Maroon Day Celebration.  In the photo I have  presented his Majesty with a Lifetime Achievement Certificate and around his shoulders he wears  the only , other Chief’s Version of the Semiroon Peace Belt.  I wear the “Original” as Founder and President of the Semiroon Historical Society.  Now that I have cleared “Protocol” with The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s  ,Historic Preservation Officer Dr. Paul Backhouse. It is on to the site, where on October 22nd at   the “Negro Fort” . There 200 years ago Maroons and Indigenous families stood together, in a Solidarity they held  sacred enough to die for. We as  Descendant and other interested parties, will be  helped by an official agency of the United States of America in the  pursuit of Healing and Reconciliation will all, pay homage to those Ancestors as Descendants of that “Era” and we who convene and will prove on that day, that our country has made inspiring and ever hopeful progress since July 27th, 1816.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Seminole Maroon Descendant

P.S. I first learned about the Negro Fort from the book ” Black Indians ” A Hidden Heritage by Mr. William L. Katz.

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CB MAGNESS Rainbow PUSH,KELLY RUSSELL U.S. FOREST SERVICE, DR. CHENZIRA DAVIS KAHINA UVI, “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Today is September 15th ,2016 and the week leading up to this date has blessed my efforts to expand the general public’s knowledge about the British Fort National Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff  known to many others as the Negro Fort with an embarrassment riches. Praise GOD ! High level communications are pouring into my mobile “OPERATION FORT NEGRO” Control Center.

Let us begin with the 1st name in this Blog’s title, CB Magness, I first heard this name on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s WVON Chicago based “Keep Hope Alive ” radio show. During my recent call into the program after hearing my comment about “Fort Negro” and that ,”It’s important for people to vote because it does matter ,who becomes President” Reverend Jackson , in a “TAKE ACTION JACSKSON” voice said “SEND THIS INFORMATION TO CB MAGNESS @ rainbowPUSH.org ! I complied and I had the great privilege of making contact with a Deputy Director of the RainbowPUSH,Coalition. Director CB Magness has become the Liasion Officer to Reverend Jesse concerning “OPERATION FORT NEGRO”. PRAISE GOD AGAIN !! Director Magness has confirmed transmission of the “Fort Negro File” to Reverend Jackson and we are in process of preparing a request for Reverend Jackson to simply endorse my “Peace Mission” to the site and to recognize the Unites States Forest Service for making the Commemoration possible. To CB MAGNESS, I say “Who do you want to play your character in the  MOVIE”? Reverend Jackson put her in the script when he called here name over the radio.

Speaking about the MOVIE, I will upon my return from “OPERATION FORT NEGRO” prepare and post a Film Treatment/ Movie Synopsis, to forward to potential producers. Many of which I have already supplied with historical background information. The United States Forest Service staff members will certainly figure prominently in the cast of characters. My suggestion is that a “Contemporary” Apalachicola Forest and River setting is used to cut production costs and a series of flashback segments be used to portray the event.

Returning to the United States Forest Service staff members you have heard me speak about Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough, Heritage Program Manager, Ms. Erika Davis, Staff Officer, Historian Mr. Dale Cox and committee members Willard Steele and M Shack. Well this week I received a letter from Ms. Kelly Russell Forest Supervisor, National Forests in Florida. He recognized me as a U.S. Forest Service Volunteer and thanked me for volunteering to participate in the upcoming commemorative event at British Fort National Historic Landmark in the Apalachicola National Forest. He also said that the “Peace Belt Ceremony” that I have offered to do would add a special a touch to the formal commemorative ceremony. In closing he thanked me for helping to spread the word about the site which he considers a “special place”. Mr. Kelly Russell’s letter to me rates a very high place among my Activism momentos. It was extremely nice of him to take the time to make sure that I feel like a member of the United States Forest Service Volunteer Family.

Finally, United States Virgin Islands Educator and Western Hemisphere Activist, Dr. ChenziRa Davis Kahina, posted an impressive Art work and informative article about “Fort Negro” on my FACEBOOK page . In her comment she re-inforced the importance of studying and spreading the word to students and elders about the Negro Fort. Dr. ChenziRA Davis Kahina is for me an extremely important collaborator in our work to decolonize the masses thinking through informed education. I consider her to be a Faithful Daughter in the Struggle. In addition when I was in the Caribbean some years ago ,I received a disquieting veiled threat from an intruder. However, she was there for me with the interpretation and intelligence that I needed to continue my work. I will never forget her help.

A final point about seeking to interest Hollywood into producing a movie about the British Fort National Historic Landmark in the Apalachicola National Forest, in all honesty I feel that it will be easier to find producers for a film set in the Apalachicola Forest whose main theme is a drama about the importance of managing America’s precious ecosystems that includes the Negro Fort History as a subplot. I know that the Ancestors are there because this event will be an important reunion of Descendants. In studying the profile of Ms. Kelly Russell, I was stunned to learn that today’s Forest Supervisor was once a “PEACE CORP” Volunteer in Sierra Leone, many Black Seminoles and Gullah Geechees trace their ancestry to Sierra Leone. They like my Ancestors both Maroon and Indigenous would have been in and around the Negro Fort in the era of the British Fort at Prospect Bluff.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant                                 and United States Forest Service Volunteer

In the Photo above, I am holding the “Original Semiroon Peace Belt”. P.S. It was in the book “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage by Author William L. Katz , that I first learned about Fort Negro  some years ago. Thanks Bill !!

 

 

REVEREND JESSE JACKSON’S RAINBOW PUSH TO HELP PROMOTE “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

 

Today is the solemn anniversary of the 9/11/01 attack on America by Islamic Terrorists. Let us pause and give reverent reflection on the myriad of international events that have transpired since that fateful day. “9-11-01” ,to be sure it has a WHO,WHAT, WHERE, WHY and WHEN. Knowing all that, it also had a BEFORE, DURING and AFTER. Unlike many historic tragedies, involving utter destruction and great loss of life, due to today’s  technological advances , we are able to revisit many of the chilling moments of that unforgettable day. In 1816 when the United States of America was a Slavocracy,  the largest and richest Free Black Settlement in North America, known as the “Negro Fort” located in the Spanish Territory of Florida was considered a “renegade and terrorist armed stronghold” fair game to be destroyed and important that it be consigned to obscurity.

We have made much progress in America since the illegal attack and massacre at the Negro Fort. The United States isn’t yet perfect, but undeniably we have an African-American President and his family living in the White House. blacks also have the right to vote and we can listen to radio programs like Reverend Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive”, Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage”, Kathy Hughes’ WOLDC-NEWS hosted by Carl Nelson , “The Gist of Freedom” and NPR’s Liberated Sister’s hosted by Sister Charlene Muhammad. I spoken on all these shows about  what I call “Fort Negro”. I learned about it some years ago by reading the classic book ,entitled: Black Indians, A Hidden Heritage, by William L. Katz.

I mentioned earlier that undeniable progress has been made in the United States of America. I’m a perfect example of this statement, recently I was invited by Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough , the Heritage Program Manager and her Staff Officer Erika Davis  officials of the United States Forest Service, to participate in the Bicentennial Anniversary and Inaugural Commemoration at the British Fort National Historic Landmark at Prospect Bluff on the Apalachicola River in the Apalachicola National Forest. I will perform the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” in honor of the Victims and the Descendants of the “Fort Negro Era”.

Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call in this morning to Reverend Jesse Jackson’s “Keep Hope Alive” Sunday Morning  Radio program on WVON 1690AM based in Chicago, Ill.. The progam was about the importance of voting:

“Greetings Rev. Jesse Jackson and Guest, Voting is important!!! It does matter who is President. From a historical standpoint, the illegal  attack  on and massacre of the defenders of Fort Negro was only possible because the United States  200 years ago was a Slavocracy . So, the Slave owning President James Madison and the Commanding General Andrew Jackson colluded to violate Spanish Sovereignty and attacked the richest Free Black Settlement in North America. I’m a Descendant of the people who were in and around Fort Negro. Thanks ,to the US Forestry Service, I’m scheduled to perform a Peace Belt Ceremony in behalf of the 300 Victims . Again, Reverend Jackson, I advise your listeners to research the Fort Negro Battle and Massacre”. Reverend Jackson responds: “I want you to send the information to C B Magness at Rainbow Push”. I was then transferred to the screener who informed me that she would also send the information to the local Congressperson.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Phil Pompey Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant,                               Private-Sector-Partner for the Underground Railroad                            /Network to Freedom 1998 Act, Member of the L.A.                               Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry,                    President of the Semiroon Historical Society and US Forestry   Service Volunteer for the Negro Fort 2016  Bicentennial Commemoration Event.

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

The First U.S. Foreign Invasion: Seizing Florida in 1816

The photo above was taken by UCLA GRAD Student Jeremy Peretz. “A” team member for Operation Suriname: National Maroon Day 2016.In the photo we see , Phil Da Pompey Fixico, North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day Celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEVIE WONDER’S RADIO HOST ANGELA HOFFMAN, “FORT NEGRO”, U.S. FORESTRY SERVICE AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH,

Finally after a long drought, I was able to again speak on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s Award Winning Morning Talk show “FRONTPAGE”.  FRONTPAGE is the number one African-American theme show in Southern California. It has long been hosted by Ms. Dominique DiPrima , whose father is none other than the great Amiri Baraka      who made his transition a short time ago. He was one of the Co-founders of the Black Arts Movement. However, today’s Frontpage show was hosted by Ms. Angela Hoffman who, filling in for Ms. DiPrima always does a FANTASTIC job. Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call into the show.

“Good morning Ms. Angela Hoffman ! This is OLD FIXICO thanks for taking my call”. Ms. Hoffman: “Good Morning is that how you refer to yourself as Old Fixico”? ”  Yes, I’m Old Fixico…(we both laughed) I was calling in to tell the community to make sure that they research “Fort Negro”. This story is very important to our community. I have been invited by the US Forestry Service to speak at the Bicentennial Commemoration of the Massacre at Fort Negro”.

“Many things about our History are coming out now that have been    have been hidden like  Georgetown University. Fort Negro was a place where hundreds of Blacks who had escaped from U.S. Slavery had taken refuge in Spanish Florida. At Fort Negro even the women and children were fighting for their FREEDOM. When US Forces along with their Indian Allies attacked Fort Negro the defenders shouted …”No, we won’t be taken back ! Liberty or Death” . They then were destroyed by a heated cannon ball fired by a U.S. ship that landed in the powder magazine and instantly destroyed 270 of the people inside. 200 of them were Black Women and Children the other 100 defenders who eventually died were predominantly Black males and about 30 Seminole and Choctaw warriors. What do you think about this ,Ms. Angela “?  Ms. Angela answers :”I think it’s wonderful ,congratulations..and I want to know more about it after your trip”. Call ends.

Over the last year ,before I even was invited by  Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough and Ms. Erica Davis both high-ranking US Forestry         Service Officials I had been speaking on several national and local radio shows, such as WOLDC-RADIO Hosted by Mr. Carl Nelson, in June of 2015, (Thanks to Social Activist Queen Mother Mollie Bell) I did a one hour interview on Mr. Nelson’s Show heard ,across the Nation. In November of 2015,  in Suriname, South America, I spoke for an hour on the Maroon Radio Station’s Apintie Hour (Thanks to Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon and the MWCoC). It was heard through out the Caribbean and the calls came pouring into the station. Earlier this year, I was interviewed by Sister Charlene Muhammad on the Liberated Sister’s Show and Lesley Gist, The Gist of Freedom Show Thanks to Mr. William L. Katz ,author of :”Black Indians”,A Hidden Heritage. I have constantly mentioned the topic as a call-in  numerous times,  I also, spoke about it on Reverend Jesse Jackson’s National “Keep Hope Alive Show, not to exclude whenever I do public speaking. I want to thank everyone listed above and many more who have contributed in helping to bring out this long hidden and forbidden truth known only among Descendants and a few Scholars.  Listed below are a couple of Links of importance:

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Phil “Pompey” Fixico,                                                                                     Seminole Maroon Descendant and “Fort Negro Era” Descendant.     P.S. In addition to all of the above,I have one year ago, sent a request to U.S. President Barack Obama, via my Congresswoman Maxine Waters asked that the President recognize the British Post Historical Landmark . I have also wrote published and distributed 14 Blogs on Facebook and made countless mega-blast emails .

The First U.S. Foreign Invasion: Seizing Florida in 1816

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

 

 

 

 

 

MR. BOBBY MC DONALD A WORLD-CLASS ACHIEVER AND TROOPER FIXICO AT THE DISNEYLAND HOTEL

Saturday night August 27th, 2016, in Orange County, California , I had the honor of being invited and attending the prestigious Black Chamber of Orange County’s 32nd Annual Banquet. This was my seventh occasion to participate in the $150.00 a plate dinner, show and Awards Presentation. It marked the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers.  The gentleman without a hat in the photo above,whose hand I am shaking,  has been the soulful embodiment ,organizational genius and Champion of Champions for many of these “MASTERPIECE” events, his name  is Mr. Robert V. “Bobby” Mc Donald.

Bobby Mc Donald is truly a CLASS-ACT , he always greets friends and strangers with a  warm smile and handshake. He obviously  specializes in building extensive social networks. There is no wonder that his passion for public service and creative marketing techniques attracts broad support throughout the community. Over the past 17 years Mr. Mc Donald has raised millions of dollars for operational funding, revenue stream and a myriad of worthy causes.

To say that Bobby is a “Veterans Veteran” would not be an exaggeration, he is a Descendant of Buffalo Soldiers, including his uncles. A longtime member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry and a Vietnam War (1965 to 1968) Veteran. Mr. Bobby Mc Donald is known and loved by multi-racial/multi-cultural veterans all over the United States  and members of the general public also and he well deserves their adoration.

His accomplishments are not limited to those that I have mentioned thus far because, his has been a Life of Great Achievement. Which also includes, but not limited to the fields of Sports, Higher Education,Politics,Business, Art and Historical Preservation. All I can say after having gotten the chance to observe the “Bobby Mc Donald” aura for 12 years during my service in the Buffalo Soldiers is that he is known, loved and revered literally by the legions of a grateful nation.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                          Trooper Phil Fixico, Bugler and Color Guard                                               for the L.A. Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry.                        Photo credits to Trooper Ron Jones (Another Class Act)

 

 

 

 

MAROON ACTIVIST FIXICO SUBMITS “FORT NEGRO’ STORY TO HOLLYWOOD’S MICHEAL LEVINE

The photo above says quite a bit to me personally, it was taken in the lobby of the Los Angeles Theater Center in 2013, in downtown L.A. at  514 Spring Street. This venue is owned by the City of Los Angeles and houses The Roby theater and  The  Latino Theater Company .

On the night that this picture was taken I was standing (Lt.) with Dr. Reverend “Chip” Murray of USC. We were in front of a poster of the book by  Kevin Mulroy Ph.D, entitled : “The Seminole Freedmen”. Dr. Mulroy has been my friend and mentor for many years and he was my Smithsonian Institution’s researcher for “indiVisible”: African-American Lives in the America’s. In an embarrassment of riches , Dr. Rev. Murray and I are holding a copy of Mr. William L. Katz’s Classic book “Black Indians”: A Hidden Heritage. Bill Katz and his lovely wife Laurie have been my  dear friends for a goodly some of years and we have worked mightily to expand the world’s body of knowledge about a subject that is near and dear to us all, Black Indians and Maroons.

The occasion for the evening was the performance of Author Markus Gardley’s Play  “The Road Weeps” “The Well Runs Dry”. It was about the lives of  Black Seminoles who were about to follow John Horse to Mexico but were still living in Wewoka, I.T.. The play was directed by the “great”  Shirley Finney. After the performance Rev. Dr. Murray and I had the to opportunity to participate in a panel on Spirituality and I had the distinguish occasion to perform the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony”. It was truly a Night To Remember.

Rev. Dr. “Chip” Murray  was not only the Pastor of L.A.’s largest A.M.E church , but to his great credit he took his church members into the burning streets of Los Angeles to help stop the “Rodney King” Riots . Needless to say he is a “TRUE LEGEND”. He had been following my Activism for a few years now and after I submitted the recent information on the “Negro Fort” Battle and Massacre to him he advised that I prepare to submit this information to Mr. Micheal Levine ,the foremost Writer/Publicist in America.

I have done what all my mentors and advisors have asked of me, over the years including Rev. Dr. “Chip” Murray, who suggested  that I send it to someone with enough power to finally  bring this American story into the Mainstream. Mr. Micheal Levine has represented no less than 58 Academy Award Winners, 34 Grammy Award Winners and 43 New York Times Best-Sellers including Micheal Jackson and Barbara Streisand and countless others. His office has received the background information and the Press Release written by  Author Wm. L. Katz . The release speaks to the upcoming event sponsored by the U.S. Forestry Services they have invited me to the British Fort National Historic Landmark Commemorative Ceremony on October 22nd on the Apalachicola River in Florida on the site of the “Negro Fort”.

It is being organized by Rhonda Kimbrough Heritage Program Manager and her Supervisor Staff Officer Ms. Erica Davis both are Senior Officials of the U.S. Forestry Service the Government Agency that manages the location.They also invited me to participate in the planning and to attend the event and perform the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony”.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Pompey Fixico, President of the Semiroon Historical Society and Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Levine_%28publicist%29

Cecil L. Murray

https://www.pomona.edu/news/2013/03/14-library-dean-kevin-mulroy

 

 

 

 

DICK GREGORY,DR. JULIUS GARVEY, DR. CLAUD ANDERSON AND “FORT NEGRO”ON CARL NELSON’S NATIONAL WOLDC RADIO SHOW

Greetings to all,

I have had a very eventful Talk Show presence, this week on Catherine Hughes WOLDC Radio Station. It’s where “INFORMATION IS POWER”. Today is Wednesday August 17th and I have already spoken to three World Class Icons.

I started off on calling in to Award Winning Host Mr. Carl Nelson’s show on Monday.  I had the incredible opportunity to speak with Marcus Garvey Jr.’s son Dr. Julius Garvey he of course was asked many questions about his history making father. Dr. Julius Garvey not only took the listening audience down memory lane about his Dad, he also informed us that there was a movement to request that President Barack Obama exonerate him posthumously. I asked  Dr. Julius Garvey if he would indeed be attending the Republic of Suriname’s 2016 National Maroon Day Celebration, he informed me that negotiations were still in progress about the trip . He also mentioned that he would love to visit the Freedom Fighter Descendants of Suriname.

In an embarrassment of riches, on Tuesday , I spoke with the POWERNOMICS CREATOR Dr. Claud Anderson. Again on Mr. Carl Nelson’s “BIG SHOW”. The adoring public was anxious to hear about Dr. Anderson’s fabulously successful techniques for African-American financial empowerment. He is a true GENIUS. When I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Anderson I mentioned to him that some years ago, that I had given a letter to my Congresswoman Maxine Waters to be submitted to the White House. My letter nominated Dr. Claud Anderson to be appointed the “Commissioner of the (to be created) Bureau of Black Indian Affairs. I then asked Dr. Anderson if he would educate the audience about “Fort Negro”. He then for the next 15 minutes went into an oral treatise about the history and implications of the U.S. 1866 Indian Territory Treaty . I was proud of the fact that my g-grandfather Oklahoma Seminole Maroon Band Leader Caesar Bruner helped Interpret the 1865 Fort Smith Truce, that formed the basis of the 1866 treaty that was signed in Washington, DC.

Finally ,today’s guest on the WOLDC  “WHERE INFORMATION IS POWER” show the guest was the universally known “DICK GREGORY”. Father Gregory expounded mightily on every subject he spoke on . I was extremely lucky to get to speak with Father Gregory, here is what I said:

” Father Gregory I am American Maroon Descendant who has been invited by the United States Forestry Service to give a “Peace” Ceremony at the Bicentennial of the Massacre of the 300 victims of fort Negro. Father Gregory will you or your represntative, please attend or publicaly  recognize the event? The show was in it’s last few minutes with other callers on hold. Mr. Gregory stated that he would not be able to attend”. Call ends.

One other , important telephone event that I took part in this week was ,,”The British Fort National Historic Landmark Commemorative Event Planning Meeting”. It took place August 16th, 2016 at the Apalachicola District Office, Bristol, Florida.

I called in and was welcomed and made to feel free to add my input, I’d like to thank , Ms.Rhonda Kimbrough, Heritage Program Manager and Staff Officer Ms.Erica Davis the organizers of this historic and sensitive event for including me in the inaugural commemoration. I will be performing the Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony in behalf of the victims, the Descendants, the U.S. Agencies , all participants and attendees.

Honor and Respect                                                                                           Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Negro Fort Era Descendant

http://search.aol.com/aol/video?q=fort+negro&s_it=video-ans&sfVid=true&videoId=45C0372B51A2DD9EAEAB45C0372B51A2DD9EAEAB&v_t=webmail-hawaii1-basicaol

https://www.geni.com/projects/Fort-Negro/30236                                 http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort

The photo above was taken by UCLA GRAD Student Jeremy Peretz in Suriname’s Rain Forest on the Tapanahony River, Oct. 10th 2015.      Photo: Phil Da Pompey Fixico , North American Maroon Representative 2015

 

 

 

 

CARL NELSON WOLDC RADIO, DR. JULIUS GARVEY AND FORT NEGRO’S FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah,

Thank God for Legendary Radio Show Host Mr. Carl Nelson and WOLDC  Station “Where Information is Power” owner Ms. Catherine Hughes. They along with the hosts, guests and callers from the community make their Talk Show Format the lifeblood of the African-American National  dialogue. It is a panel where all can participate in and with the amazing journalistic and radio hosts skills of Brother Carl Nelson, everybody that calls in becomes a part of an incredible THINK TANK.

Just prior to calling in , I had an extended conversation with Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough Heritage Program Manager and Staff Officer Erica Davis, for the U.S. Forestry Service. I was proud to announce the fact  last Friday August 12th, 2016 to the nation,  about the upcoming British Post/Negro Fort Commemoration recognizing the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Battle and Massacre that occurred there. I asked that everyone in the listening audience research the British Post/Negro Fort Massacre. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Greetings Brother Carl Nelson and Dr. Julius Garvey. It is a great honor to speak to the son and living embodiment of the great Marcus Garvey Jr.. I recently was communicating with Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon of the Republic of Suriname. I was told that she and the Maroon Women of the Caribbean, hoped to have you come to Suriname as the Special Guest for this years National Maroon Day. I had that honor , last year and it was a life changing event.

Will you be going as this years Guest of Honor ? I am in favor of the exoneration of Marcus Garvey Jr.. Symbolically, I think that it would be very powerful. Especially if his exoneration was followed by a series of NOT GUILTY celebrations across the Western Hemisphere.” Call ends.

https://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre                                     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort                            http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort

The photo above was taken by UCLA Grad Student Jeremy Peretz on Diitabiki Island in the Suriname Rain Forest on October 10th 2015, within the “Kintie” the Royal Parliamentary chambers of the Okanisi/Ndyuka Maroons. Photo: (Lt) North American Maroon Representative Phil Da Pompey Fixico,  Her Excellency Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand-Galon, The Paramount Chief and Gauman  Bono de Velantie and Dr.Cynthia Alendy ,President of the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Da Pompey Fixico                                                                                   P.S. I have been informed by the U.S. Forestry Service that I will  be performing the “Semiroon Peace Belt Ceremony” in tribute to the victims of the  British Post/Fort Negro victims.

 

 

 

 

 

 

u.s. FORESTRY SERVICE’S HERITAGE PROGRAM, RHONDA KIMBROUGH, BRITISH POST/”FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

July 27th, 2016 marked the Bicenntenial Anniversary of the 1816 Massacre at British Post on the Apalachicola River in Florida. Today, it is officially designated as a U.S. Historical Landmark better known as “Fort Negro”. The U.S. Forestry Service Heritage Program Manager Rhonda Kimbrough, would never refer to the site as “Fort Negro”. For her in her position, to say this would be extremely pejorative. Why recently President Obama has even signed a Bill that restricts the word “Negro” from being used in any federal contracts.

The word “Negro” in 2016 would not be a welcomed title for most African-Americans. However , for me as a Seminole Maroon Descendant whose Ancestors fought to survive during the year 1816,
the same year, that Fort Negro was attacked by U.S. Troops and their Indian allies, the word is quite appropriate. Fort Negro
was called and known by many other names in it’s history prior to it’s destruction. So why am I so fixated on still calling it the Negro Fort ? If we forget history, we risk repeating it. After all, the military order that came down from the White House and Headquarters ,said :”Destroy the Negro Fort and return the stolen Negros and property to their rightful owners”.

Well the inhabitants, certainly didn’t want to be called stolen Negros and neither did they want to be returned or destroyed. Yet they were called ,they were returned and they were destroyed. Why? Because the Dominant Culture believed that Free Armed Blacks even within the sanctuary of a foreign country’s sovereign borders were worthy of the ultimate punishment. Let us say that President James Madison and General Andrew Jackson, both Slave owners followed their beliefs. We have made much progress in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA since those dark and sinister days. To prove my point, the U.S. Forestry Service the guardians of the historic site upon which the British Post (Fort Negro) once stood represents a government that doesn’t want to destroy or return Negros anywhere.
Today,s U.S, Government is now led by an African-American whose family dwells not within the walls of an embattled fortress but rests comfortable inside the White House. From the top to the bottom a majority of Americans don’t want to insult today’s African-Americans by calling them “NEGROS”.

Finally, on October 22nd 2016, not only will the U.S. Forestry service have a commemorative ceremony of respect to the tragic victims of the Negro Fort, their Heritage Program Manager, an Archaeologist, Rhonda Kimbrough has sought me out and given me permission to participate in the ceremony and to say a few words for the over 200 men women and children “MAROONS”
who gave their full measure in search of Freedom Justice and Equality.

“Through Warm Tears of Gratitude”
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION, REV. JESSE JACKSON, “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

HOORAY AND HALLELUJAH

This morning July 24th 2016, I was blessed to be able to be heard on REVEREND JESSE JACKSON’S “KEEP HOPE ALIVE” Sunday Morning National Radio Show, heard on Clear Channel WBON 1150 AM.
The topic was “What do you want to hear from the Democratic Convention? Reverend Jesse Jackson was preaching in Church this morning and the show was hosted by his daughter Santita Jackson.
Below is a paraphrased transcript of my call and comment:

” Good Morning, this July 27th during the Democratic Convention marks the bicenntenial of the Fort Negro Massacre. Fort Negro was an illegal U.S. police action, done at a time when “Black Lives Didn’t Matter”. We have made tremendous progress in America, President Barack Obama’s presidency attests to that. However, it should be brought up at the National Democratic Convention that Fort negro was a tragic taxpayer sponsored “Slave hunting expedition by U.S. military forces who were ordered to illegally violate Spanish Florida’s Territorial Sovereignty with a disastrous lost of innocent life. the victims were mostly African-American Maroons ,200 of them were women and children.

It’s important who becomes president. In 1816 the White House
ordered the military to “Destroy the fort and return the stolen negros and property to their rightful owners” . Call ends.
Below are a few links that bear witness to Fort Negro:

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre

https://refixico.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/fort-negro-massacre-vs-custers-last-stand/

Phil Wilkes Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

WAS “FORT NEGRO” AN ILLEGAL U.S.POLICE ACTION ,DONE WHEN “BLACK LIVES” DIDN’T MATTER ?

Photo above: U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Seminole Maroon Descendant & Activist, Phil Wilkes Fixico, holding a copy of “Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage, by Author William L. Katz,
it gives a good account what happened at Fort Negro.

The Battle and Massacre of Fort Negro occurred on July 27th 1816. The Bicentennial of this tragic event is only 10 days away. there has been much progress made since then and we now have an African-American President Barack Obama. Ironically, President Obama ,just this year signed a bill that bands the use of the words “Negro” and “Oriental”. Many in the country applaud his actions and say that “it’s about time”. I agree with them with one caveat and that is, when educators at secondary school level across the country teach their students about the: “Alamo” and “Custer’s Last Stand” that they include, the “Battle and Massacre of Fort Negro”.

The Korean War began in June of 1950, when President Harry Truman order the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy to take action against North Korea. It has been called a “Police Action” because he never received Congressional authorization. He conducted hostilities by invoking United Nation Resolutions. The proof that it was indeed a “Police Action” was that it ended in 1953 with only a “Cease Fire” agreement. The Vietnam War began with the Tonkin Gulf Incident, on August 2nd 1964 a naval engagement occurred of the coast of North Vietnam between the U.S.Maddox a Destroyer and a squadron of North Vietnam torpedo boats. The then President Lyndon Johnson on August 7th 1964 received from congress the Tonkin Gulf Resolution that allowed he to escalate U.S. Military involvement with receiving a Declaration of War.

The Battle and Massacre of Fort Negro required that U.S. Military forces albeit dispatched by President Madison would illegally violate the territorial sovereignty of Spanish Florida. Not only was it a covert mission known only to U.S. Military forces involved it was an unauthorized U.S. tax paper sponsored Slave-Hunting expedition based on the executive order that was given, which was ; “Destroy Negro Fort and return the blacks to their rightful owners”. This order was carried out with the exception that of the approximately 330 occupants and defenders of Fort Negro 270 of them were destroy when their ammunition supply was ignited by a heated cannon ball, fired into the fort by a U.S. Gunboat. 200 of the occupants killed were Black and Black Indian/Maroon women and children. The other 70 male defenders consisted of Blacks, Seminole and Choctaw Indians.

Unfortunately, at that point in U.S. History as evidenced by the era of the Trans-Atlantic-Slave Trade,Indian Removal and Manifest Destiny, there were many lives that did not matter.Yes we have made undeniable progress, but we must never fail to remember our past ,lest we repeat it (paraphrased quote from George Santayana).

The incidents that I have mentioned are examples of International
Police Actions. Today’s headlines and news hours are full of Police actions that are powerful indictments that even though we have come along way in our country, we still have a considerable way to go. My thoughts on how do we turn back this epidemic of lethal exchanges between the Police and the Community are these:
(1)There are enough Good People in the Community and on the Police force to turn things around. (2)I was raised in Watts in the Nickerson Garden Projects, for the most part the renters were divided into two classes (A) the Poor and (B) the Predators. when a man was stabbed and bled on our porch ,we were taught to step over the blood and when a 15 year old girl was raped on the street in early evening and cried out for help we were taught to pull down the shades. When Predators own a neighborhood, it generates the need for Police presence. Therefore to reduce the need for constant Police presence we as a community must organize and help the Good Police officers to help us. During the 1960’s I was a Soldier in The War on Poverty, I worked as a NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH CORP REPRESENTATIVE, in the Watts Rebellion Target Area. The program worked and had great results. What we need now is a NEIGHBORHOOD SENIORS CORP. Being paid as Block Captains whose job it is to be Liaison specialist between the Community and the Police. It would cause us to face the face the fact that many of the perpetrators are known to us and in some cases even our own family members.We also must not forget that many of our family and friends are also Police Officers. I was a Youthful Offender and Gang Member as such i was a plague on my family, my School and my community. I hit and spent a year in four different Juvenile Institutions before I was 15 years olds . However, my life was saved by Professional Counselors of all races who can to my life like it was a “House on fire”. We must have hope and realize that are enough Good People in both the Community and the Police Force to solve these conditions. Below are links to articles about “Fort Negro”.

Honor and Respect, Phil Wilkes Fixico ,Seminole Maroon Descendant

http://libcom.org/history/negro-fort-massacre
https://refixico.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/fort-negro-massacre-vs-custers-last-stand/

LEVAR BURTON OF “ROOTS”, STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE”,SURINAME MAROONS AND FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah !

It’s Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 in hot and sunny California. This morning on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s Southern California Radio 102.3 FM KJLH “Frontpage” Talk Show, the able and dynamic host is Mr. Avi Bernard. Ms Dominic DiPrima is traveling back home from an incredible African excursion ,with “Frontpage” family members to the fabled country of Ghana. Below is a transcript of my call-into the show:

“Good Morning, Brother Avi, “Frontpage” and Mr. Stevie Wonder. As usual, I always introduce myself as a Seminole Maroon Descendant who has been documented by the Smithsonian Institution, my African Ancestors were forced to become Africa-Americans and today some of us live in the White House.

I have something in common with Mr. Levar Burton the producer of “Roots”. In 2011 he was brought to Suriname, South America, the home of 120,000 Maroons, many of them are Descendants of the Akan Kromanti of Ghana, where Dominic DiPrima just visited. They won their Rain Forest home from European colonizers by war and treaty 255 years ago.

In 2015 the Maroon Women of the Caribbean (MWCoC), brought me there also, as the “NORTH AMERICAN MAROON REPRESENTATIVE” to Suriname’s National Maroon day Celebration. Mr. Burton knows who the Maroons of the America’s are. They were (like the Maroons of Suriname)the “Freedom Fighters of: Fort Mose, Fort Negro, the Seminole Maroons, John Horse and the Mascogos. Do we have to wait another 2 generations before Hollywood mentions their names” (call ends).

Concerning “Roots” the mini-series remake, my college professors at UCLA (extension school)taught us that the highest level of Artistic Achievement is Innovation, not a new and improved remake. A remake should be judged by a higher standard because it is using a “formula”. I would have preferred to have seen a “Beyond Roots” version that brought in other historical battles where formerly enslaved combatants fought under the banner of “GIVE ME LIBERTY” or “GIVE ME DEATH”. The precedents are there. The Maroons of Fort Negro should have been considered. Fort Pillow was important but it has the ring of “playing safe” by the Producers, since Black combatants are reported to have begged white soldiers for their lives and the high level after-action opinion by Confederate Generals was that it proved that Black soldiers were not equal to White soldiers.

As a member of the Alumni of Inner City Cultural Center, I shouldn’t break ranks with greats like Mr. Levar Burton,Mr. Laurence Fishburne and Mr. Forest Whitaker, while I did study at ICCC long enough to be considered an Alumnus, I’m not an Actor…I’m an ACTIVIST and I must as Frederick Douglas said …AGITATE.

On another note, I personally feel that we should work to identify African-American Descendants in the Diaspora by looking deeper into African embarkation and New World debarkation locations.

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Private-Sector-Partner of the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act, President of the Semiroon Historical Society and 2015 North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s National Maroon Day Celebration.

“MAMA AMERICA”,”GRANDMA AFRICA” STEVIE WONDER’S FRONTPAGE AND FIXICO

The photo above was taken in Diitabiki Suriname, South America, at the parliament house of the Okanisi/Ndjuka Maroons. It is located on land that the Maroons won by war and treaty 255 years ago. I was brought there by the Maroon Women’s Chamber of Cooperation, of Jamaica,Trinidad/Tobago and Suriname, as the “North American Maroon Representative” to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day. Photo, (Lt.) Phil “Da Pompey” Fixico, (2nd from Lt. Dr. Ambassador Fidelia Graand Galon,(2nd from Rt.) is the Grand Gaaman and Paramount Chief Bono de Velantie (on far rt. ) Dr. Cynthia Alendy current president of the MWCoC.

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It’s June 22nd 2016 in sunny California. Mr. Stevie Wonder’s number one Southern California Morning talk “Frontpage” heard on KJLH 102.3 FM is broadcasting from Ghana Africa. The Award Winning host Ms. Dominic DiPrima is “On the Mike” and as usual is doing a fantastic job. I am becoming a regular caller (LOL). Below is an edited and paraphrased transcript of my call into the show:

“Good morning Dominic and Frontpage Family. Congratulations on
your trip. I have a poem and a comment.
“MAMA AMERICA”…AFRICA IS GRANDMA NOW…WE NEED YOUR MILK OF UNDERSTANDING…WHILE WE LEARN TO UNDERSTAND OUR FORMER AFRICAN SELVES…WE NEED YOUR UNCONDITIONAL LOVE…AND THE MERCY OF YOUR MATERNAL INSTINCT…LET US SHOUT WITH JOY AS WE PASS THROUGH YOUR GATES…AND KISS THE GROUND, WHERE YOU GAVE US BIRTH AND BREATH.

“MAMA AMERICA”…MAMA AMERICA”…SHOW US YOUR FREEDOM MOUNTAIN…HELP US CLIMB THE STAIRS…GUIDE US ALONG THE LIGHTED PATH…THAT LEADS TO OUR TRANSCENDANCE…MOTHER…WE WILL BE GOOD CHILDREN…PROUD SONS AND DAUGTHERS…THEN LET US REST AND GROW…CLOSE UPON YOUR BREASTS. (Poem ends and comment begins)

My poem was written with agendas, I’m a Tri-Racial African-Native American. When I look at African- American’s economic stagnation in comparison to some immigrant groups, including Africans, they seem to hit the ground running. While because of how we came here ,we haven’t quite experienced our “Emotional Coming to America” like many immigrants.

There are 950 million people in the Americas. When the Old Atlantic World discovered the “NEW WORLD” it was already populated. In it’s early stages it would become as Thomas Jefferson described : “Red,White and Black”.Now it is a plethora of beautiful and exciting racial,ethnic and cultural mixitures.

I say again “AFRICA IS GRANDMA NOW”.We must strive to have our “EMOTIONAL COMING TO AMERICA”, and see America as our MOTHERLAND!

Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Founder and President of the Semiroon Historical Society, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom
1998 Act and Member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry

HOLLYWOOD, “ROOTS” REMAKE, JUNETEENTH , STEVIE WONDER AND FIXICO

In the above photo, I am pictured with the great author and Cultural Nationalist Mr. Amiri Baraka. We are holding a copy of Mr. William L. Katz classic book, “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage. While some of Mr. Baraka’s earlier work was signed by Leroy Jones, he definitely morphed into Amiri Baraka and carried that name for the reminder of his life. He is the father of Dominic DiPrima who works for Mr. Stevie Wonder at his Radio Station in Inglewood, California, call sign KJLH 102.3 FM. Mr. Baraka and I are at the Leimert Book For Fair in L.A.. Today is June 17th 2016 and on the “Frontpage” L.A.’s number one Black Morning talk it is Radio Free Friday and the Frontpage family can call in and speak about pertinent topics that are on their minds.

Hooray and Hallelujah
The days of Summer are upon us and fair weather brings with it a tremendous sense of hope and positive expectations. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

” Good Morning Dominic and Frontpage Family (Stevie Wonder is usually always listening). God be with you on your trip to Africa Dominic. Mr. Hari Jones is the Curator for the National African-American Civil War Museum ,in Washington D.C.. Mr. Jones says that the celebration of Juneteenth under the premise that it represents the day when the last enslaved Blacks were set free by “Someone in Washington, DC” is not true and that it represents miseducation and and propaganda.

His position brings to my mind as a Seminole Maroon Activist, if the “Roots” mini-series only portrays the Alex Haley family’s version of enslavement can it also be categorized as miseducation by omission ? Case in point the Black Seminoles, in conjunction with the Indigenous Indians and Spanish Florida created the largest colony of escaped Blacks in the South, which led to a series of revolts. From Fort Negro to the 2nd Seminole War. My Seminole Maroon Ancestors won their freedom by treaty 26 years before the Emancipation Proclamation , that’s how they got to Oklahoma.

Finally, Mr. Steven Spielberg gave us “Amistad” but those warriors were Africans. It’s Hollywood’s job to entertain us but we don’t have to watch or consume what they offer us. However, we must teach in our homes the true story of the African-American and Native-American FREEDOM FIGHTERS and expect that it will also be taught in our high schools”. Call ends.




Honor and Respect,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, President of the Semiroon Historical Society, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom and Bugler for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter for Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th
(horse) Cavalry

MITT ROMNEY, BERNIE SANDERS, STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE” AND “BLACK INDIAN’S FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah !
In the photo above, I am pictured with Ms. Dominique DiPrima the host of Mr. Stevie Wonder’s number one Black Morning Talk Show for Southern California “FRONTPAGE”. The Emmy Award winner Dominic and I are holding a Copy of Mr. William L. Katz Classic book : “BLACK INDIANS” A Hidden Heritage. The reason I connected the book “BLACK INDIANS” to my name is because Mr. Katz has added my name to his dedication of this new edition. Wow, what an honor!!!

Mr. Stevie Wonder owns Radio Station 102.3 FM in “America’s City” Inglewood, California. Today is June 14th, 2016 and on the FRONTPAGE Show it’s “HOT TOPIC” Tuesday. However, Dominic DiPrima is in Africa and the program is being hosted by Program Director Aundre Russell, Associate Producer Angela Hoffman and Comedian Louis Dix. It was a fast-paced thought provoking episode with an abundance of great calls and passionate callers. Below is a transcript of my call into the show:

“Good Morning Frontpage Family! An important question for Senator Bernie Sanders is, will he do right by the Democratic Party?
Case in point, in 1933 during the Depression, a Socialist Candidate for Governor of California, named Upton Sinclair had designed a statewide program called EPIC, which meant “End Poverty In California”. The public applauded Sinclair’s program in the same manner as Senator Sander’s followers are doing. However, when Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was running for President rolled out a similar program that included Social Security Insurance, Sinclair submerged his EPIC program and supported FDR’s National plan. Sinclair with no popular platform lost in a close race. He was a TEAM PLAYER.

In 2012 in support of President Obama’s campaign, I called into Frontpage and was highly critical of Governor Romney, his son Tag Romney didn’t like what I said. I will say today that I think that Governor Romney is a “Man of Courage and Conscience”, based on the stand that he is taking, which is that the Republican Party can be better.

Phil Wilkes Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Founder and President of the Semiroon Historical Society, Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad 1998 Act and member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th and 10th Cavalry

HILLARY CLINTON, MAROON FAMILIES OF FORT NEGRO, “ROOTS” BOYCOTT AND TROOPER FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah
I am so thrilled to see Secretary Hillary Clinton win the Democratic Primary Election to become the candidate for President
of the United States. I am a 68 year old Seminole Maroon Descendant who in 2009 was selected by the Smithsonian Institution to be featured in the National Museum of the American Indian and National Museum of African American History and Culture’s book and exhibit,entitled : “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.

Speaking of the Clinton Family, I recently had the distinguished honor of meeting and speaking to past President William “Bill” Clinton on June 4th 2016 in Inglewood, Ca..I was at a rally dressed in my Chapter uniform as a 12 year member of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Cavalry. When President Clinton took the stage he saluted me . It was surreal, I anxiously returned his salute, feeling a little guilty because, even though I am the Chapter Bugler and a long time Color Guard member I am a Non-Veteran and I usually put my cap and hand over my heart during the National Anthem and the pledge of Allegiance . When I got a chance to shake President Clinton’s hand I looked into his eyes and thanked him for the National Underground Railroad /Network to Freedom 1998 Act that passed during his term in office.

The 1998 NUGRR/NTF Act is a Public Law and the National Manager of the program is Diane Miller, of the National Parks Service. The law says that the U.S, Government must educate the country about the Underground Railroad and the Network to Freedom as part of the country’s policy of “RECONCILIATION”. I am a Private Sector Partner for the program and Founder/President of the Semiroon Historical Society. My job as a Partner is to “Spread the Word” about the 1998 Act and it’s upcoming annual conference which takes place this year on June 13th-16th 2016 on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina (I will leave a link below). Scholars and presenters come from around the world to participate in this magnificent event.

I included in the title of this Blog :The Families of Fort Negro.
The Bicentennial for the Battle and the Massacre at Fort Negro is about to take place this July 27th, 2016. I believe that this tragic incident should be added to the U.S. History lessons of students who are High School and above. We need to see just how far we have come. For those who don’t know the details , I am supplying links below that speak about it, as the NUGRR/NTF 1998 Act says
“educate the country and preserve sites, artifacts and locations” this helps us avoid a toxic cultural amnesia about our history. We never forget the words of Philosopher George Santayana , who said:”THOSE WHO CANNOT REMEMBER THE PAST ARE CONDEMnED TO REPEAT IT”. The NUGRR/NTF
is an important LAW that protects us from making the same mistakes over again.

For a few years now I have as a Seminole Maroon Activist spoke, written and informed as many people as I could about The Fort Negro tragedy where 270 Maroons and indigenous people were blown up by the actions of Combined U.S. Forces dispatched by the White House of 1816. It was a tax-payer sponsored Slave-Hunting Expedition ,that violated the territorial sovereignty of Spanish Florida.Two hundred of the, escaped from Slavery Black Maroons were women and children with about 70 male defenders approximately 30 of whom were Seminole and Choctaw Indians. They all were blown to bits by the cannon fire from a U.S. Gunboat on the Appalachicola River.

A year ago , I posted a Blog asking for a Boycott of the then upcoming “ROOTS” remake if it did not mention FORT NEGRO. I have not seen the current version, but I am told by someone that I trust that there was only a brief reference to Blacks escaping to the Indians. I don’t want to harm this production of “Roots”, I am an Alumnus of C. Bernard Jackson’s Inner City Cultural Center and a few of the Actors in the new mini series are co-starring in it, also have strong ICCC ties. However, I am requesting that until Hollywood makes a serious attempt, (Yes Mr. Steven Spielberg did make Amistad, however it was about African Freedom Fighters) at portraying the Maroon and Indigenous Freedom Fighters of the Fort Negro Era Maroons and the Trail of Tears that the Descendants of these groups should conduct a symbolic BOYCOTT of the “ROOTS” remake. I have a sister in the Struggle a Facebook Friend who said that we strive to tell the WHOLE Story. In my view
that would include much more history than a “ROOTS” remake, So Actors Producers, Crew members and Directors do a “BEYOND ROOTS”.

All this history is in the Congressional Record, in addtion there are books such as the Smithsonian Institution’s “indiVisible” : African-Native American Lives in the Americas,Dr. Kevin Mulroy’s
“Freedom on the Border”, “The Seminole Freedmen” ,Congressman Josha Giddings: “The Exiles of Florida” and Mr. William L. Katz ,”Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage.

Honor and Respect,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Negro_Fort
https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-105publ203/pdf/PLAW-105publ203.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/ugrr/annual-conference.htm

MAROON WOMEN INDIGENOUS CIRCLE, GLORIA “MaMa G” SIMMS, MWCoC AND FIXICO

Gloria “MaMa G” Simms is a Descendant of Trelawny Town , she is the Paramount Queen, Right Excellency Nanny and Gaama of Jamaica’s proud Maroon nation. She is also the founder and visionary for the Maroon Women Indigenous Circle that is organizing the Indigenous Women’s Day that will be held June 26th, 2016 at Charles Town. They are asking for donations, amounting to $2,600.00 to provide the basics for a worthy cultural event that will edify and uplift the people.

I am personally indebted to “Queen Nanny” and the other members of the Maroon Women Chamber of Cooperation, including Her Excellency Dr. Fidelia Graand-Galon, Dr.Cynthia Alendy, and Dr. Merina Eduards. It was these 4 Maroon Community Leaders who selected me to come to Suriname, South America as the 2015 North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s Nation Maroon Day Celebration. I wish them all the best in any endeavors that they pursue for the rest of their lives because of what they made possible for me. It added so very much to my Life and my Activism. I was able to visit 10 Maroon Villages on 3 rivers, while there the Suriname, the Cottica and the Tapanahony river, it was truly a life changing experience.

My activism, here in North America operates under a Vow of Poverty, simple meaning that I don’t demand money to speak about my Ancestors History. Therefore, there are many wonderful invitations around the hemisphere that I cannot accept because surviving on Social Security and odd jobs doesn’t provide me with the disposable income to attend. Her Rt. Excellency “MaMa G” has a beautiful SOUL and I know she understands my situation. I’m sure that many other Maroons in the diaspora would love to be there on this most important day.

I remember from my stay in Suriname that during the week long series of activities and festivities connected with the National Holiday, the Gaama “Queen Nanny” was unable to attend because she had to appear at the United Nations in conjunction with the screening of the “Queen Nanny” film. She is the star of the film and portrays NANNY in it. I wanted to meet her in person to experience the power of her Legendary Aura. I hope to have that great privilege one day in the future.

Honor and Respect, Phil “Da Pompey” Fixico, North American Maroon Representative to Suriname’s 2015 National Maroon Day

P.S. The photo above was taken by UCLA Ph.D. Grad Student and “Operation Suriname” Maroon Day 2015 “A TEAM MEMBER” Mr Jeremy Peretz. The location is the Council chambers of the Ndyuka Gaaman Bono de Velantie Paramount Chief of the Ndyuka/Okanisi Maroons in Diitabiki , Suriname on the Tapanahony River o November 10th, 2015. From Left to right: Phil “Da Pompey” Fixico (standing), Her Excellency Ambassador Dr. Fidelia Graand-Galon, Paramount Chief and Gaaman Bono de Velantie ( wearing a Seminole Maroon Peace Belt)and MWCoC President Dr. Cynthia Alendy



https://refixico.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/operation-surinames-academic-essay/

PRESIDENT OBAMA, CONGRESSWOMAN MAXINE WATERS “FORT NEGRO” AND FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah

Thanks to Mr. Stevie Wonder Owner and operator of Radio Station KJLH 102.3 that serves Southern California, this morning May 27th, 2016 I was able to call into L.A.’s # 1 Black morning talk “Frontpage”. Today’s theme was Radio Free Friday, meaning that I had 50 seconds as a caller to address any topic of my choice. The show is hosted by the Emmy Award winning Radio Personality Ms. Dominique Di Prima. Below is a transcript of my call.

“Good Morning Dominic, Frontpage Family and Mr. Stevie Wonder. Concerning President Obama’s signing of H.R. 4238 into Public Law, it discontinues the use of the word “NEGRO” in favor of using “AFRICAN-AMERICAN”. I don’t have a problem with this in general but it does complicate the fact that I have a request into the White House via my Congressperson the Honorable Maxine Waters that President Obama would mention the words “Fort Negro”. It was the location of the Battle and Massacre of 270 Black American Maroons taking shelter in Spanish Florida.

200 of the victims were Black Women and Children. Historians concur that the orders in 1816 from President James Madison to the U.S. Military were: “DESTROY THE NEGRO FORT AND RETURN THE STOLEN PROPERTY TO THEIR RIGHTFUL OWNERS”.

As a Seminole Maroon Activist, I respectfully request public disclosure of this tragic event. If we can teach High School Students about the “Alamo” and “Custer’s Last Stand” we should include “FORT NEGRO”.

The photo above consists of myself (Lt.) and Dominic Di Prima (Rt.) holding a copy of “Black Indians” A Hidden Heritage, by William L. Katz.

Respectfully Yours,
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant

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DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA, NEGRO FORT IS THE RIGHT “N” WORD

In the photo above: U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Seminole Maroon Descendant Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico are shown holding a copy of the book “Black Indians” a Hidden Heritage, by Mr. William L. Katz. The book describes the Battle and Massacre that took place at “Fort Negro”.
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LOVE BOAT’S TED LANGE, CALIFORNIA’S BIDDY MASON AND FIXICO

Monday night May 16th 2016, I attended a staged reading of “The Heart of Biddy Mason”. With book and lyrics by Mr. Ted Lange and music written by Gerald Trottman. It was performed as Readers Theater or Actors with script in hand without wardrobe, on a bare stage. The accompanying orchestra was ably provided by the perennial artistry of Mr. Roger Neal, assisted by a wonderful and energetic saxophonist Mr. Ed Wallace, Jr. (doubled as a cast member. Amazingly the “right in the pocket rhythm” was supplied by the cast, They simply kept strict meter by stomping their feet. Not only did it work but it even morphed beyond being a musician, into the personality of an added cast member. All this while reading the script and staying in character amounts to service above and beyond the call of normal work ethic. It figures, because the casting chemistry was truly magical. Needless to say these polished professional Artists all achieved their designated roles.

Enter the Dragon, Mr. Ted Lange, The WRITER/DIRECTOR of “The Heart of Biddy Mason”. Here ,I must confess, I’m not a Writer or a Theater Critic however I do have boundless respect and admiration for Theodore William Lange ,born in Oakland ,California, in the year of our lord one thousand nine hundred and 48. I’ve never even seen a complete episode of “Love Boat”, yet I hold him in great esteem. Why ? Because Mr. Lange unfailingly continues to create, produce and display his plays, that are not only extremely entertaining but have now become magnificent ceremonies of learning. They are enduring artistic vehicles that appeal to our higher angels of Historical Truth.

His quest has touched so many lives , even mine. I felt a great sense of self-esteem when, many years ago at C. Bernard Jackson’s Inner City Cultural Center, I was able to step on stage in the finals of his Ira Aldridge Acting Competition as an acting partner to Ms. Peggy Hutchinson ( who was a participant).

Yes, Mr.Lange has had a story book career and he has received an abundance of tributes and awards to certify the public and his peers appreciation. However, I have read that his first role was played while he was a ninth grade actor portraying Ebeneezer Scrooge in the Christmas story. It’s truly ironic that someone so giving would be assigned the role of someone who was not generous by nature. I never thought of Ted “Renaissance Man” Lange as “Isaac” who gave the world so much joy and laughter.
For me, I think of Mr. Lange as an Admiral of a Grand Armada of over 20 plays. I also think of him as a sterling role model, a mentor and a Coach with a winning game plan. GO SEE “THE HEART OF BIDDY MASON” BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT WINNING THE GREATEST GIFTS OF ALL… THE GIFTS OF FREEDOM AND LOVE.

P.S. The Play was presented at the Leimert Park Vision Theatre
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Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, and Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act

STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE”, NUGRR/NTF 2016 CONFERENCE AND FIXICO

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Hooray and Hallelujah,

I spoken many times on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage” morning talk show on radio station KJLH 102.3 FM , hosted by Ms. Dominic Di Prima. It is the number one show for Southern California Black Community. Below is a transcript of my call into “Hot Topic Tuesday”:

“Good morning Dominic, “Frontpage Family” and Mr. Stevie Wonder. My topic today is about some White Americans who during the Civil War worked to help enslaved Blacks.

After the south attacked Fort Sumter, the Union counter-attacked , taking back the fort and 195 plantations on the surrounding Sea Coast Islands. Rebel forces and plantation owners fled the area while 1o,ooo Blacks remained. Since their former owners had left the Union their land was seized. Blacks had not been officially freed yet, therefore they were classified as contraband. The army provided food, clothing and medical services for them. after the Emancipation…

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STEVIE WONDER’S “FRONTPAGE”, NUGRR/NTF 2016 CONFERENCE AND FIXICO

Hooray and Hallelujah,

I’ve spoken many times on Mr. Stevie Wonder’s “Frontpage” morning talk show on radio station KJLH 102.3 FM , hosted by Ms. Dominic Di Prima. It is the number one show for Southern California,s Black Community. Below is a transcript of my call into “Hot Topic Tuesday”:

“Good morning Dominic, “Frontpage Family” and Mr. Stevie Wonder. My topic today is about some White Americans who during the Civil War worked to help enslaved Blacks.

After the south attacked Fort Sumter, the Union counter-attacked , taking back the fort and 195 plantations on the surrounding Sea Coast Islands. Rebel forces and plantation owners fled the area while 10,000 Blacks remained. Since their former owners had left the Union their land was seized. Blacks had not been officially freed yet, therefore they were classified as contraband. The army provided food, clothing and medical services for them. after the Emancipation Proclamation they were classified as Freedmen. The U.S. Commanding General asked the public to send Volunteer Teachers and within a month 53 White missionaries arrived.

President Lincoln began a land distribution effort by making 40,000 acres of plantation land available to the Freedmen. These efforts were aimed at helping the freedmen to make a transition from bondage to freedom. Unfortunately , President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and his replacement returned, all the confiscated land back to the original owners.

This year the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom will hold it’s annual conference in Hilton Head , South Carolina and it will tell the story about the “Port Royal Experiment”, the Free African Americans of Michelville and the Whites who worked to help them.

Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant and Private-Sector-Partner National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act.USPTO 359

Fixico and three World Class Scholars. From Lt. to Rt. ,Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Gary Zellar, Ph.D.  Author of: “African Creeks”,  Willard Johnson Ph.D. Professor Emeritus M.I.T. and William L. Katz , Author of : “Black Indians” a hidden heritage. This photo was taken in st. Augustine, Florida at the 2012 NUGRR/NTF conference which was dedicated to the Black Seminoles and the Gullah Geechee.

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NATIONAL ANTHEM BOYCOTT, US FORESTRY SERVICE, FORT NEGRO MASSACRE AND TROOPER FIXICO

It is more than interesting that the National Anthem Boycott and the Bicentennial anniversary of the Massacre at Fort Negro are occurring simultaneously. The irony that I am personally experiencing is quite intriguing. I am the Bugler for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th (horse) Chapter and a Color Guard member, that means that I play the “Star Spangle Banner” and I participate in posting the American Flag. What makes this stunningly unique is that I’m also a Fort Negro Era Descendant.

Concerning the boycott, 17 years ago at the age of 52 , I finally uncovered the details of my genealogy. In 2008 it was investigated in detail by Dr. Kevin Mulroy the Smithsonian Institution’s Researcher, he wrote a 16,000 word essay which included information on 6 generations of my family. His work was published in the Smithsonian’s book and exhibit entitled: “indiVisble”: African- Native Lives in the Americas and in the  American Journal of Ethnohistory. Two important things that were discovered about my  Ancestor’s sojourn in the Americas were , #1 while in Florida as Seminoles and Maroons, they fought 4 wars against the United States and won their freedom by treaty, signed on March 6th, 1837. However, 12 years later the U.S. Gov’t went back on Jesup’s Proclamation and Chief Wildcat and John Horse led half of my  Ancestor’s out of the United States into the asylum of Mexico in 1850 where Slavery was illegal.

# 2 I also learned, that after the Civil war was over and Slavery was now illegal in the U.S. . The same U.S. military that our people had fought against for decades sent a delegation into Mexico and asked  the Black Seminoles now known as the Mascogos, to return to the U.S. as Army Scouts. They made them a promise of Land that they have never kept till this very day. Not knowing that the “PROMISE” would not be kept, they made “A hard choice and they CHOSE America and returned to be Special Forces for the Buffalo Soldiers”. Winning 4 Congressional Medals of Honor in defense of their country the United States of America. My g-grandfather Caesar Bruner fought with the “Loyal Indians” that became the First Indian Guard during the Civil War which participated in 21 battles.

My grandfather Pompey Bruner Fixico, during WW 1 served with the 92nd Buffalo Division in France. In 1925, in Wewoka,Oklahoma he was unarmed when he was shot down by the Clan in front of witnesses. The judge  ruled that there was no evidence that a crime had been committed. I am a non-veteran because during the Vietnam War I was a Boy (17 yrs old) husband and a teenage father. All though I had a family to take care of, I also had a sense of wanting to help my community and my country, I became a “Soldier in the War on Poverty”. As an underprivileged Youth, a Trainee, a Graduate an a Civil Service employee. I quit a position with full-benefits to return to work in my community. It was time for my “Hard Choice”.

Back to the Ancestors and the Boycott by some. For me there is a rock solid connection between the 3 stanza of the National Anthem, the burning of Washington, DC by Black British Troops and the Massacre at fort Negro.

Francis Scott Key the author of the National Anthem , 3 weeks before he wrote it, was being held hostage on a British ship of war. Key 3 weeks earlier as a U.S. Militia  Lt. He was at the Battle of Bladensburg. Historians say the he and his troops were routed by formerly enslaved Blacks fighting along side British Regulars as Colonial Marines. This U.S. loss allowed for the burning of the Capital Building, the White House and the Treasury Building. It was in a time of  REQUIRED HONOR  a major blow to America’s National esteem.

Even though Great Britain lost the War of 1812, they kept their promise to their Troops of Color to either give them freedom or take them to other British colonies. When Britains fleet sailed away the ships were full and some were left behind. However great Britain left them in a fully stocked Fort in Spanish Florida, called the British Post. It was left in the hands of a company of Black Colonial Marines, hundreds of other Blacks who had escaped U.S. Slavery and others who had already been living in Florida including Seminole and  Choctaw Indians.

I respectively submit as an informed Descendant and Activist who has long studied ,researched and corresponded with noted Historians, that I believe that both President Madison and Major General Andrew Jackson had Intelligence Reports from Admiral Patterson that the Former Black Colonial Marines were in possession of the Fort and that they were flying the British flag and wearing British uniforms in addition to it been a beacon of Freedom for other Blacks on Southern Plantations . It was verified to me by noted area historian Mr. Dale Cox, that there were a few former marines at the British Fort that had actually served in companies that participated in the Battle of Bladensburg that lead up to the Burning of Washington.

In all likelihood the order came from  President Madison in Washington via Major General Andrew was “Destroy the Fort and return the stolen Negros to their rightful owners”. I have been invited by Ms. Rhonda Kimbrough and Ms. Erica Davis high ranking U.S. Forestry Officials to take part in the Planning of the event and the ceremony coming up at the British Fort National Historical Landmark also known as the Negro Fort. I’m proud to be an American and I believe that my Ancestors decisions to remain loyal to the United States was the right investment.

Honor and Respect,                                                                                           Phil Pompey Fixico                                                                                            Seminole Maroon Descendant

The photo above is by Trooper Ron Jones and was taken at the Disneyland Hotel in Orange County California:                                         Trooper with cap on is Phil Fixico shaking hands with Trooper Bobby Mc Donald the Organizer of the event.