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mikekohr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-24-09 11:02 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 11:04 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. http://www.brotherhooddays.com/interestingfacts.html

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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