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or African Americans who self identify as being part Cherokee or Creek

  • Subject: [cg] or African Americans who self identify as being part Cherokee or Creek
  • From: "a.h.steely" gfcp@mindspring.com
  • Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2003 15:27:15 -0500

Reference this to Tony Brown's Journal report on PBS.  A book called One
Drop of Blood was research done by a white man to understand the phenomena
of passing.  He was English.  While doing his book he discovered some buried

It just so happens that after the Civil War, many of the western states did
not want any of the black slaves who were freed.  Since the emancipation
proclamation also was followed by the 14th amendment that gave black males
the right to vote none of the former confederate states wanted black voters.
Kansas claimed that it had no blacks but that was because the solution was
simple, the federal government ordered the Indian tribes to assimilate the
slaves as Indians.  The Cherokee have a specially created clan for the
blacks.  Since the American Indian was not a citizen, the vote of the black
slaves was taken away and they do not self claim.  They were made Indians by
the great white father who succeeded Lincoln.

Oh yea, some of the wealthy Cherokee had a few slaves who followed them to
Okla. during the Trail of Tears well before the Civil War.  Cherokee had no
problem absorbing the mixed blood children and many a black slave woman
became a wife, unlike Sally Hemmings.  The Cherokee also include the white
offspring as tribal members with no problem.  Dr. Cochise at the center for
bone marrow collection for Amer. Ind. transplants out in Arizona just smiles
when a white looking person comes in.  Cherokee is usually the tribe.

Seminole are not a "true" tribe but were a refuge for slaves and whites who
were not able to live within the confines of the social norms of past
centuries.  The remnants of various tribes destroyed by the Whites in the
south also fled to the Everglades.  The federal government did the "self
identifying.  Many times that is why lots of black people claim that someone
in their family was Indian.  Indian children were also stolen by slavers for
plantations.  Oral traditions are true.

Helen Steely

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