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mikekohr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 10:02 AM
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28. The Cherokee (Tsalagi) have a long history of intermarriage with non-native people
Edited on Tue Feb-24-09 10:04 AM by mikekohr
Located in the southeast, the Cherokee Nation had one of the longest periods of contact with the dominate society of any other of America's First Nations. Before their forced removal in the 1820's the Cherokee lived side by side with European immigrants and their descendants for over 250 years. According to the 2000 census there are 729,533 Cherokee People in the US, by far the largest tribal group in North America.

Native Americans consist of just less than 1% of our population, but approx 7% of Americans have some degree of Native ancestry in their makeup. Given these facts it is inevitable that many of the 7% of Americans with Native blood get that blood quantum from the Cherokee Nation. Unfortunately many "wannabes" and part-native people long removed from their culture and traditions pop up as authorities, self appointed spokespeople, etc., and many times Cherokee descent is claimed. Some of these claims are legitimate, others bogus. Thus the inside joke in Native circles about "wannabees" that claim they are descended from a "Cherokee Princess," (there was no royalty among the Tsalagi).

Unfortunately those with legitimate claims of Cherokee ancestry are smeared with the stain of the false claims of charlatans and pretenders.

mike kohr
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  - Cherokee is not a wrong word.  yellerpup   Apr-15-08 11:31 AM   #1 
  - Thanks. I suppose on Myspace they get all kinds. Probably wasn't the place to go first.  LittleClarkie   Apr-15-08 01:32 PM   #2 
     - If they didn't get transported/driven to Indian Territory (Oklahoma)  yellerpup   Apr-15-08 02:47 PM   #3 
        - That part of the family appears to be from the East. And I think I just hit my first snag  LittleClarkie   Apr-15-08 06:06 PM   #4 
           - ..  yellerpup   Apr-15-08 07:34 PM   #5 
  - hey I am one too!  CountAllVotes   Apr-16-08 11:55 AM   #6 
  - Osiyo!  yellerpup   Apr-16-08 01:42 PM   #7 
  - Osiyo to you too yellerpup!  CountAllVotes   Apr-18-08 11:52 AM   #10 
  - Osiyo, CAV!  yellerpup   Apr-22-08 02:08 PM   #13 
     - I think this might be them (?)  CountAllVotes   Apr-23-08 11:15 AM   #15 
        - I got out my magnifying glass  yellerpup   Apr-23-08 04:58 PM   #16 
           - wow, thanks for this reply!  CountAllVotes   Apr-24-08 01:35 PM   #17 
              - The GOOD thing about Oklahoma  yellerpup   Apr-24-08 03:05 PM   #18 
                 - you nailed it  CountAllVotes   Apr-27-08 03:16 PM   #19 
                    - Here is a link to really good information about the Arkansas Cherokees  yellerpup   Apr-28-08 04:52 PM   #20 
                       - that is a great link!  CountAllVotes   May-12-08 07:06 PM   #21 
                          - Osiyo, CAV!  yellerpup   May-13-08 04:24 PM   #23 
  - Soldiers account from the Cherokee Removal  mikekohr   Feb-24-09 10:08 AM   #29 
  - Osiyo! And thanks. It does help.  LittleClarkie   Apr-17-08 02:08 PM   #8 
     - that sounds like a really awful place to go (MySpace)  CountAllVotes   Apr-18-08 11:12 AM   #9 
        - Funny you should mention Arkansas. I think I just found Andromeda there.  LittleClarkie   Apr-18-08 12:57 PM   #11 
           - I hope they find her death cert.  CountAllVotes   Apr-18-08 01:06 PM   #12 
           - Congratulations, LittleClarkie!  yellerpup   Apr-22-08 02:12 PM   #14 
  - LittleClarkie.......  Waya   May-13-08 12:18 PM   #22 
  - LOL!!  Waiting to exhale   May-30-08 10:57 AM   #24 
     - Welcome to the Forum.....  Waya   May-30-08 11:37 AM   #25 
  - wow! I am so glad I stumbled over here!  Journalgrrl   Jan-12-09 12:25 AM   #26 
  - LOL!! Me Too!  lildreamer316   Feb-05-09 08:04 AM   #27 
  - The Cherokee (Tsalagi) have a long history of intermarriage with non-native people  mikekohr   Feb-24-09 10:02 AM   #28 

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