Cherokee ‘Ask an Elder’

“Ask an Elder”

There are many questions and few elders. This blog will be populated with your Q&A found in the comments.

Please comment with your questions and we’ll promote this blog to the Cherokee elders who may have the answers that you seek.

 

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91 thoughts on “Cherokee ‘Ask an Elder’

  1. Are there any records from the 1800 of children who where ‘lost’?
    By this I mean either taken or adopted away from the tribe and family.
    My gGrandma was separated as a child and we know almost nothing of her birth family.
    We do not even know if her first name was given by her birth family or the ones who raised her. She was born in North-West NC is about all we know for sure.
    Is her story and history a dead end?

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    • Hello i’m not sure how to go about this. I was told since i’m cherokee in need my Indian card. Not sure what that mean’s i was adopted so i’ll use maiden name Clinton Eugen Ismael. If you can help me that whould be great:-)

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      • Probably the first thing you will need to do is go back to the County and State from which you were adopted and ask for your birth and adoption records to be unsealed. You have to trace your Cherokee blood from one of your ancestors so you need your parents names and their family lineage to find out if the Cherokee blood comes from your biological mother or father. From there you will have to do a trace of the family with the Cherokee blood back to the enrolled ancestor for their enrollment information. You will also need to determine if your family was Eastern (North Carolina) or Western (Oklahoma) Cherokee. There are many websites and books that can help you with this task. You can buy them online, in a bookstore or possibly check them out from your local library. There are also people that you can hire to do a trace – call the Eastern Cherokee Headquarters or the Western Cherokee Headquarters and ask about help with tracing your Cherokee line. They will be able to put you in touch with someone. You can visit your local Genealogical Society – there genealogist that you can pay to do a trace or sometimes there will be volunteers just wanting to help out who can steer you in the right direction. Good luck.

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    • You would need to contact the Eastern Cherokee Nation to get an answer to this question. There may be records you can check on in the National Archives but any from the early 1800’s would be hard to find. Even the census’ done in the early 1800’s don’t have much detail. They originally only listed the name of the head of household and then how many men of a certain age and how many women of a certain age, etc. It was in 1830 or 1840 before they began listing every persons name that was in the house. You need to also remember that many of the courthouses where records were originally kept were burned down during the Civil War or burned from accidents over the years – both before and after the Civil War. And any Indian Agents that were supposed to keep records didn’t always keep good records. Many of our people’s children were taken with no records to speak of. There are people of many different nations who never registered for fear of having their children and their homes taken and who didn’t trust the whites. There are many Natives who don’t have Tribal Enrollment cards or BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) cards because of that. Good luck.

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  2. I don’t know a whole lot about my fathers’ family. Just enough to know that we are of Cherokee decent. I have tried to find what information that I can with what I know but it doesn’t seem to be enough. I know that we have family in Lawton, Oklahoma. But that is all I know…I don’t know any names. The only names I have are my grandfathers’ family name and grandmothers’ family name. Not to mention where there families came from. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I take a lot of proud in knowing my heritage, took a lot of bullying in school because I love my family history. I feel that knowing where I come from also lets me know why I am the way I am. Also as to why I can withstand ridicule, abuse,and prejudice. Mitakuye Oyasin

    Mrs. Barbara Jackson (Melton)

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    • Please read my reply to Clinton Gilmore. It should help you with your search. Yours will be easier than Mr. Gilmore’s since you know your family names. Contact the Western Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Ok. Their website has phone numbers and addresses. They should be able to help you some. Also local genealogist can help you trace the families. Many libraries and genealogy centers have copies of the Cherokee Roll Books or can do an interlibrary loan for 2 weeks to other libraries. Good luck.

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  3. It was told to me by my mother that her grandmother was taken by an Indian chief as a child. I want to know is there anyway to find out if this is true or not??

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    • Please read my comments above. Was your grandmother adopted by this man or living as his wife and had children by him or what? You would need to do the genealogy of your grandmother’s family to find where they lived and if there was a local Native nation near. Depending on the time frame this was to have happened there might be newspaper records or records in the National Archives. Without more information it would be hard for me to steer you in any certain direction. Good luck.

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    • It could be that it was given as a reminder of the place she was born, as a tribute to a friend who bore that name or for many other reasons. You would need to find out more about your family history, where they lived, who their neighbors were, if any of her family fought in any of the Native wars, etc. Doing family genealogy is the easiest way to do that. And I would suggest you go farther back than your grandmothers generation because sometimes names are passed down. I found the name Sarah Mexico in my family history and couldn’t figure out why someone would name a child that until I discovered that this woman was born during the Mexican war period. There is also the name Pleasant for men that has been passed down and it came from a neighbor and good friend of my gr-gr-gr-grandfather’s whose family eventually married with mine. There were certain rules of how a child was named in the South before, during and after the Civil War. There were many different Nations that fought in the Civil War and good friendships were made. So, to an extent, there could be cordial relations between the whites, mixed and full bloods. If the Natives found a white man or woman that was honest with them and could be trusted, then they might name a child after him or the place they were as a remembrance. Good luck.

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    • My grandmother came to me in a dream and said “you’re pregnant”. Two weeks later I found out I was. She died 10 years before the dream. I will never forget that.

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    • Lots of people pick up on stories and pictures from the time they were little and family talked about the ones who had passed on. Those memories can make you feel like you were there. It could be that or maybe she came to you in a dream. As far as asking if things like that are common – messages and signs come to many people for many different reasons. It is not only Natives who have dreams or see signs of things that happened or may happen. Good luck.

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      • Sister when I was 7 years old I used to go in an open field behind our house. was good size enough for 50 horses. There were 3-4ft grass mounds I would go lay in and look at the clouds. Once well three times I heard singing and drumming coming from the Mounds. I heard it thru my ears and felt the vibrations from the drums. Freaked me out!! I was adopted in 1964 Dec 11 so I don’t know my family. Think I should look into that? Oh and I hear my father He-No all the time he says Hi all. Love our star brothers and sisters!! My name is He-No Hayahawk least that’s what he said. You know he-no’s… Plus I had a dream of this woman in a white buckskin dress and white shawl. I was in this cabin during a hellish snow storm when some unknown man stops by because the storm was so bad. But… Not good! He starts talking weird things and changing a little. I was like man whats worse the storm or him? I go and see how bad the storm is when I open the door I see her in some fenced in square(grave yard?). She opens her shawl and tell me to run and hide. I do and boy was it warm and no wind. Then I wake up. Weird!! I am 50 now just had Bday am wondering why I feel the need to have Council? Anyway thank you very much for your time on this matter. Any help to guide my path is loved and needed. This young one is bitting at the bit!!!

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      • It might be good to look in to your adoption and see what you can find out. Different state laws vary as to how easy or hard it is to get adoption files open. But it would be worth a try to be able to possibly find your biological medical history as well as delve in to whether or not your biological parents were Native. Good luck with your search.

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  4. I am of Cherokee on my mothers side and of Lumbee on my fathers side I just want some kind of history into both sides so that I may know my four fathers better and why the Lumbee tribe of NC is not recognized Federally

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    • You can find part of the answer to your questions in my preceding comments. The best way is to trace your family history through genealogy. You can either pay a genealogist to do it or go to the local Genealogy Society (usually the local library knows them). That is your first order of business. There are also many books in bookstores, online, at your local library or websites such as this one that can give you an idea about the history and culture of the Cherokee and Lumbee.. Be cautious of what you read and believe. The best and most accurate books are listed on the Cherokee Giftshop website and perhaps also on the Lumbee website. As to your question about the Lumbee Nation of North Carolina not being federally recognized – there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of smaller offshoots of the different Nations that formed from Natives whose families never registered, who don’t satisfy the blood quantum degree or who grew up being told they had Native blood. These groups are usually State recognized but not Federally recognized. To get a better answer, I would suggest you contact the Lumbee Nation of North Carolina and ask them why they aren’t federally recognized. It is a time consuming, very long task to be get federal recognition..
      Good luck.

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  5. It was told to me by my mother that my great gand mother was taken by an Indian cheif, first is this possible and second how do I find out what my Cherokee heritage is. My great grandmothers name was Lena Mae.and my grandmother was Verna Levitia Edwinds…

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    • Please read my comments to the preceding questions. Everything you asked can be found in them. Plus your earlier question of Nov. 25, 2012 is answered. Good luck.

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  6. My father passed away when i was a child, before I met him. His mother is dead, and so are his sisters. I would like for my children to know about their culture, and have a deeper understanding. where can i take my children as a family to celebrate their culture and learn more about history, when I never experienced it myself. Where do I go and how can I meet someone to teach me, so that I can teach them?

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    • Attend a few pow-wows. It’s a rich, family oriented, cultural experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s a wonderful experience.

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    • Cherokee, North Carolina is a GREAT place to start. Plan your trip in June or July, though. See everything there is to see (Oconaluftee Village, Cherokee Bonfire Storytelling. Unto These Hills drama, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, etc.). Go to their webpage and look at events. Go to the Pow Wow when it is scheduled (was in June this year).

      Then travel to East Tennessee to the land of the Overhill Cherokees and follow the Unicoi Trail. Northern Georgia also has some sites.

      Then go to Oklahoma to visit the present-day Cherokee Nation.

      Enjoy the journey! I am! :0)

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      • Hi Linda,

        Everything happens for a reason, and I think my stumbling on your post was a point in the right direction. My sons are part Cherokee from their father’s side. Not sure how much. But now I have Grandchildren and am looking to teach them about their Cherokee heritage. I am also working a book that deals more with today’s Cherokee way of life and it sounds like you live in the area I am researching. Would you be willing to converse with me on life in Cherokee North Carolina? I have a small blog that I started doing for my research and you can read it at cherokeeresearch.wordpress.com and my contact information is annmccambridge@hotmail.com If you do not have the time or can recommend and elder that I could speak with, I would be very grateful.

        Thank you, Ann

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  7. To whom this may concern: I was told that one of my mother’s grandparent was cherokee,was does that make me??..please respond to me on facebook…Scott Gower,Florida.

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    • You would have to research your family history to find out if one of your ancestors was Cherokee. If you could find an ancestor then you would need to go through the Roll books to see if they were listed. Please see my replies to preceding questions to get started. Good luck.

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    • Please see my answers to the preceding questions including yours of Dec. 12, 2012. If you could find a Cherokee ancestor and found proof of their blood quantum then it could be figured out what your blood quantum was. If not, you would simply be a mixed blood Cherokee, although most of the Cherokee Nation believes if you have one drop of Cherokee blood, then you are Cherokee. That belief is very strong and old.

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  8. My Great Grandmother Nancy Jane Fox was said to be Half Cherokee and we can not find much about her on Ancestry.com I think her father was James Fox or Foxx she married Bill Austin In Kentucky he had a farm in Dunnville it was said that he went to south Caroline to get her I had A DNA test done on my Mother and I could not make out all of it it did say she had Indian blood but I could not understand all the other information on thier wed site and have lost it on my computer my Grandmother married Perry Owens from Jamestown Tennessee and they are said to have Indian blood I have been on the Dawes Rolls can find a James Fox but all that is listed with him does not sound like any of my Family

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    • You would need to go to the local Genealogy Society and ask for help from a volunteer or hire a Genealogist to trace it all for you. There are other Rolls besides the Dawes Roll but it is the most widely used one. The other Rolls show people that were disallowed, put on another Nations Roll, it could be that they didn’t register because they didn’t trust the whites, feared for their families or property or many other reasons. The DNA test will show Native blood but as of yet, I haven’t heard of one that distinguishes an exact Native Nation. It sometimes takes many years and hours of research to find the information you seek – if you are lucky enough to find it. Good luck.

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  9. I am 1/16 Cherokee, My great great grandmother was full blooded cherokee the sister of a cheif, I would like to know more of my cherokee heratiage. My childeren have cherokee from my side and cherokee and blackfoot on their fathers. We do not know how much on his since his mother was adopted as a child. I sometimes feel that it is calling me, I sometimes hum a tune that could be cherokee but I am not sure if maybe I made it up. I live in Missouri and wonder if there is anywhere near that would welcome us and teach us. Thank you.

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  10. My Dads Mother, Mini (Hearsel) Ballard told me as a very young child “To seek the truth about my ancestors”, She said I’m related to Crazy Horse, thru her side of the family. My Dad was very upset because he didn’t want me to know. She passed away and never told me the names of my people. My family is all dead and I want to know. The blood rises in me and I can feel them calling to me to find out. Can you help me?

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    • Honor your ancestors and seek to learn their ways and who they are. I know that feeling – I have it, too. And unbelievably I live in the exact location that my ancestors from seven generations back and beyond live.

      I had NEVER been to Tennessee in my life, but something was calling me here. I did not know what (or who), but on the day my father died I drove through here and knew in my heart this is where I needed to live. Eight months later (and some miracles) I moved here to Cherokee Overhill Country. I just found out last year (9 years after moving here) while doing some genealogical research that all of my Cherokee ancestors were from HERE. I mean like within 15 miles of my house. I bout had a fit of “Oh my gosh! I cannot believe this!” But you know what, I DO believe it and I know I was called here for a reason.

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  11. I was told by my aunt that I’m part cherokee I have been trying to find out more about my family. They are from West Verginia last name bumbgardner first Blanche. Or Riggs if you know anything to help I would appreciate it. Thank you. Pam tice

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  12. My grandfather was Cherokee and my father had a lot of trouble in school because of it I am very proud to be of the Cherokee decent I would really like to know more if anyone can help me, thank you for your time.oceo.

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  13. Hi my origins are French Canadian as well as others . My great grandmother was born in a tee-pee : wigwam . My grandfather Robert lizotte was the first one in my family to be born in a hospital in the USA he’s about 76 it’s old and he was born in Nortedam hospital in central falls, RI . I’m very interested in my native heritage and very proud of it. Yet I’m having trouble finding real answers to what tribe I belong to. Also I would like to know more so I can pass on the knowledge to my 12 year old son. please contact me if you can help me discover more about my ancestors ….I’m proud of my heritage and would like to knowledge . I m a college student in the leadership society, honors society , and phi beta kappa ….currently enrolled at Grand Canyon university. Thank you for Any info you may have . It’s greatly appreciated . Thank you, kelly lizotte 401 569 0304

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  14. I am a 35 year old man from Boston, MA. Lately, I have been going through life alone and it is beginning to weigh heavy on a man’s soul.

    Growing up I was told by my mother that I have Cherokee blood and it is something that has stuck with me ever since. Well, now at this age, I am very eager to learn more about my heritage and try to locate living relatives still involved in the Nation but I don’t know where to begin. I was one told that my Godfather would know but he passed away in July 2012 from cancer.

    Please steer me in the right direction so I can take my heritage to the next level and become more involved.

    Thank you very much for any assistance you can provide.

    Wado

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    • My daughter died of cancer too. I have another daughter who has had cancer. I woory about her. I also have another daughter that I worry about too. I am part cheroke and alagonquin. Sorry about your loss. Keep your head high. And everything will be fine.

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  15. Im part Cherokee Indian and I dont know where to find out anything Ive always wanted to meet some Indians but I dont think there are any around here I live in southwest Pennsylvania. I just want to know anything and everything about that heritage.

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  16. i am trying to find all that i can on my heritage. I know that i am of cherokee desent. I want to be able to teach my children so they can be proud of their heritage. All i kno is my family is from tennessee and my family tree end with my grandma because no one knows anything except she was raised by white man. I would love to kno the order of colors and learn prayers to teach my children

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  17. my dad was full blooed cherokee my mom hafe and her dad was full what does that make me and where can i go to learn the ways of our pepole

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  18. I know most Cherokees today practice Christianity. I wondered though, if anyone still practices the old religions, and what those consist of?

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  19. My mother always told us that she was 1/2 Cherokee, and that her mother was too. Her Grandfather was cherokee, and had a tommy hawk that he always carried around. She also said that her ancesters where seperated during the Trail Of Tears how do I find this out and if any or all is true

    Terry Abbott Bedford ,KY

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  20. Hello! I can “trace ” my dads family to Dawes rolls. How does one verify this? How does one reconnect? He died when i was small, losing contact of his side of the family when he passed. Thank you for your response. Peace and love to all you may know.

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  21. My mother said my father was black dutch.I was at the museum in Cherokee N.C. and saw that some of the Indians said they were black dutch so they would not have to be on The Trail Of tears is this true? thank you
    JoAnn Thomas

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  22. My great grandmother was Cherokee. Her name was Mary Justice. She lived in Boone County, West Virginia. How do I trace her family. Not sure where to start. Your help is appreciated. Thank you.

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  23. I’m part Cherokee on my side may he rest in peace. Where online can I find a book of Cherokee language and how it translates to english?

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  24. My Father’s family is from NE Georgia, I know we are of Cherokee descent, on both sides of Dad’s family. How can I prove this to become offically a member of the tribe. I have been to Cherokee, NC once and loved it. I would very much like to return there some day it is quite beautiful. The mountains are in my blood. I have great respect for all our Native peoples but I would love to know more about the Cherokee tribe.

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  25. Is there anything you can tell me about what is called “shadow people” or “spirit walkers”. I have actually seen one here in NM. I would like to know if they are good or evil. And anything else I can learn about them!! Thank you!!

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  26. my Question doesn’t concern about blood or anything i need a Shamans about a slight matter, if i could get help i’d appreciate. and i can’t share my problem in public.

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  27. My name is Joshua Ashburn my grandfathers side is full blooded Cherokee & I was wanted to trace back some records so i can know more about my ancestors he lives off the land and he just inspires me more & more each day. I love listening to Native American music it fells like i can connect with the song & it calms me & lets me relax & when i listen to the music i feel like another person but i would like more information on the Ashburn family & the Cherokee background that is in my family. Thank You

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  28. No claim of Cherokee heritage, I would like to open a discussion with someone who is willing to share their knowledge of the traditional ways; of the land, animals, spirits and plants. Either via email or letter exchange. I am a family man in Iowa 47 years old, seeking knowledge and understanding.

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  29. i,m not even sure i’m on the rt. site but i must try..my fathers name was james earl anderson,before he died he told me he was married before my mom, she was american indian(he said very pretty with long black hair parted in the middle)her name was christine and she had several brothers.he had married her and she was pregnant..brothers didn’t like and run him off..i’m 56 ..so “baby” could be 60’s..i am his 1st born as far as any one knows…he named me christine…if u know anything plz contact me…

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  30. To everyone who has posted: Blood Quantum is for Bureau of Indian Affairs to get your BIA card showing you are a registered Indian. CID cards are Certificate of Indian Degree cards. Different Nations use different cards and different blood quantums but it is all done at the behest of the Government. The old time Cherokee people will tell you that one drop of Cherokee blood makes you Cherokee even though that doesn’t satisfy the Government. You can go online to Ancestry.com, go to your local library to contact the local genealogical society, look online for the office of each particular Nation and speak to someone by phone, email or letter to find out how to trace your family. You need as much information as possible – dates of birth, marriage and deaths, full names, places the family lived. There are other Rolls besides the Dawes Roll to check. Sometimes people at different Nations Headquarters will help you and some have records for other Nations too, but don’t expect to find someone that will do it all for you. There are also many reputable genealogists that specialize in Native genealogy. Be prepared for a lot of time consuming work and expense if you can’t afford to be pay a genealogist. Make sure you document everything you find. If you find an ancestor on a Roll with a Roll Number be prepared to prove your relationship to this person. That means you have to show by birth, marriage and death certificates and maybe more that you are related. Some people get lucky and find information right away, some people spend years looking and never do because of some small piece of wrong information a family member gave them – because that’s what they were told growing up. And some people will never find the proof the Gov’t requires. There were many Natives that did not go in and never registered. They did not want to loose their land, homes or their children as it was once policy to take children to send to boarding schools in order to teach trades and English.
    Whether you are a Mixed Blood or Full Blood, you don’t have to have a Roll Number to be Native. I, myself, am a product of Cherokee, Choctaw, Scots, Irish, German and Anglo blood. Because I was lucky enough to have my Cherokee/Scots maternal great grandmother till I was in my 20’s I soaked up everything about our people that I could, but still don’t know as much as I wish. I never questioned us not being registered until I was older and living in Oklahoma. There, many of my registered Native friends knew much less about their Cherokee and Choctaw Heritage than I did. They had no real interest in their heritage – they just took the benefits they got from having that card. Over the years the Gov’t and different Nations have tightened the rules on Tribal Registration because there were a lot of people registered, getting benefits and Indian Housing just on someone’s word. At one point in time there were a lot of people that lost homes and benefits when it was found out that they couldn’t prove their lineage back to a registered ancestor.
    I grew up hearing my maternal grandmother talk bad about the Choctaws (my dads family) that were prevalent in the small town that both my parents families lived in and that her mother, my Cherokee/Scots great grandmother lived in. My grandmother grew up in the period of time where everyone looked down on Natives and all us grand kids grew up knowing that you did not mention the word “Indian” in my grandmothers house. But two blocks over at her mothers house (my great grandmother) we were told the old stories and about our ancestors. So some people will never find that piece of info that will allow you a Roll Number. I have only the letters, books, and remembrances of the people that came before me to tell me who I am. I have lots of genealogical information as to my ancestors settling on old Cherokee Reservation land without a problem with the Cherokee while the neighbors were in constant turmoil with them. My ancestor married a Cherokee woman so there were no problems.
    If you truly feel you want to learn more about Cherokee Culture there are many places to go – your local library, the headquarters of the Western (Oklahoma) and Eastern (North Carolina) Cherokee Nations have book shops and gift shops as well as museums that can be visited. There are many sites online that you can look up to learn Native craft work as well as books and videos. It’s better to learn from an Elder but there are some excellent books and videos you can learn from. Please beware of anything that you buy at truck stops and other places. Most of that stuff is not Native made. It is shipped in from Mexico, China, Korea or wherever and it is cheap knockoffs The same applies to books you purchase to learn about Cherokee Culture as well as some people or Elders you may meet. A true Elder will not charge you money to teach you something. There may be a discussion of the worth of whatever it is but most of the time it is left up to the person asking for instruction to show how appreciative they are. Please be sure if you are going to approach an Elder to show proper respect by taking tobacco and other various groceries or whatever else you imagine the Elder might be in need of. As to the show of appreciation after the Elder has taught you, once again tobacco – this can be cartons of cigarettes, loose tobacco, rolls of tobacco or specialty tobacco, strings of beads, good cloth for ribbon shirts is always appreciated as well as blankets. You have asked the Elder to pass on knowledge so you should show how honored you are. There are some reputable books and tapes on Cherokee language but unless you are going to be living and working in a Cherokee environment it’s not needed. The Eastern and Western languages have much in common with each other but are also different and both can be a difficult language to learn.
    Also please beware the groups that have sprung up in every state that seek recognition as smaller patches of Cherokee, Texas Cherokee, Cherokees in Mexico and many other states. Some of them are not very reputable and are more like hobbyist or groups of people claiming to be this or that tribe. So ask a lot of questions and call the National Headquarters of the Nation the group says they are part of – Headquarters are usually aware of the different groups that in their state or another.
    My children grew up going to powwows, eating Indian tacos and fry bread. Sadly, my grandchildren haven’t done that because they are so busy with school and sports year round. Even my Mixed Blood Choctaw daughter-in-law who has a Roll Number knows little about her Heritage. I have repeated stories to my grandchildren that I heard as a child and still make reference to their heritage whenever possible. I know that some day they will ask the questions my sons asked and hopefully I’ll be around to answer those questions. Better yet, I want to be around to pay their way in to the “circle” at a powwow. That would make me happy. I would love to have a Roll Number to insure my grand children can go to college or get help otherwise but I taught my children about their heritage and am still teaching them along with my grandchildren. I don’t need a Roll Number to tell me that I am Cherokee.
    I hope that in some way I have helped a few of you with questions about how to trace their family history or other questions. The role of our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers in every Nation has always been to teach, advise and help. I take that very seriously and always have whether doing Living History, Re-enactments of Natives Involved in the Civil War, Native American presentations or crafts at schools in Okla.or at local libraries. Wado

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    • Yes, but that bull with having an ancestor on the Dawes (or not, as the case may be) says I am “not” Cherokee – and the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma seems to agree…

      Doesn’t matter that we are well-documented with my ancestors on all the rolls (prior to the Dawes). Doesn’t matter that one of my G-uncles was a Supreme Court Justice, editor for the Cherokee Advocate, Superintendent of Education, among other notable titles – in the CHEROKEE NATION. Nor does it matter that my ancestors were warriors as well and fought for the tribe (you know, back in the day). Nope, none of that matters to Cherokee Nation. All that matter to them is a white man’s roll that was SO corrupt and disorganized that many natives did not get their name on it. Yep, being on a white man’s “Final Roll” is what makes one a Cherokee today.

      So the rest of us are left to our own – no matter that our ancestors are calling us back to our Cherokee roots. It IS the seventh generation now, you know.

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  31. My father died after i was born, although I didnt know him I have found out that he was Cherokee, I have doen some research and found his grandmother in the Dawes Scrolls, I didnt even know I had a different father until I was 18 when my grandmother told me, all my life I have been told I looked Native american but couldnt understand why, His last name was Blasingame from Rome GA, first name Frank,,just wondering how i wouuld go about searching for him further to claim my heritage, I know he has 6 other sons older than me but i have no clue where to start..any hints on how I can claim my heritage without him, and where do I begin, I have friends that are from the Taylor caln from Cherokee NC that have tried to help,,

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  32. My mother was cherokee born in tn. in the mountain rez is their anyway I can find records of that and my children and I would like to learn more about our heritage. thank you

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  33. I am British living in England but completely in love with the Native American Culture and all that it is related to it…. For many years I’ve been trying to know if there is a way that a non-Native can ever become member or honorary member of a Nation… I for one love the Cherokee! In my latest album I included a music based on a Cherokee song and used the original recording of the drums in the track, for many is the best track in the whole album, so much is my love and admiration for the People who I will always consider the True Americans. Thank you for your time. Blessings Brothers.

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  34. My great granfather john luallen had a daughter one nettie luallen who married clarence ricketts and passed away in tulsa ok in 1989, I cannot find her roll number or anything about her and ricketts. Please help me in my family geaneology tre

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  35. Hello brothers and sisters . From my mother I hear that my great grand mother was native and I always wanted to know how how can I find out the truth of what is in my blood . if one of yo canhelp me with info that would be utterly nice

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  36. I am British living in England but completely in love with the Native American Culture and all that it is related to it…. For many years I’ve been trying to know if there is a way that a non-Native can ever become member or honorary member of a Nation… I for one love the Cherokee! In my latest album I included a music based on a Cherokee song and used the original recording of the drums in the track, for many is the best track in the whole album, so much is my love and admiration for the People who I will always consider the True Americans. Thank you for your time. Blessings Brothers.

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  37. my mom was suppost to be half ,Cherokee but the main thang is th way she brong me up n th thangs she use to tell me n how she felt abt our people i had always drifted in this world tell th day i herd th drum n a pow wow not to min chine th way my mom taought me how to read between th lines in th movies with native american in them that even made my heart beat harder like my ancestry was callin me have always wanted to know more n go home so to speak it seems like it calls to me real dedication to somethen bigger what i was meant for how do i find my way

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  38. My daughter is half Cherokee and I would like her to know the culture. I would also like to know how I can find out if there are health concerns from her Cherokee side. The thing is I only knew the biological fathers 1st name. I think its very important that multicultural children know their parts so they understand themselves.

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  39. I have Cherokee in me and I would like to know more about the stone the herbs in the roots that they used . Weather special signs and symbols they used. I would deeply appreciate your help thank you

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  40. I know there is native Americans my dads side of the familyan on my mothers side I have more of my mothers family then I do my dads I have some of the beginning parts of my dads an need help on finding out where the blood line starts an how far back cause my son is try to find out
    how much him an his one yr old would because the mother is also native American thank you for any help you can give you you can contact me at my email again thank you Theresa Simons

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  41. I am supposedly about half Cherokee. I am interested in finding any concrete proof of my heritage so I will do what someone on here suggested. My Father always told me that the word “christian” meant “deep water” in Cherokee. I was wondering if anyone can clarify this for me. My father ( a big practical joker,would never play a joke on me with this topic because his heritage was so important to him. Any help would be appreciated.

    sincerely,

    Johnnie C.

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  42. I am cherokee and i would like to know if there is any way of finding out what clan i belong to and if i can get a cherokee name and how as my ancestors have all passed

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  43. I’m told my fathers family are Cherokee, that were sent to the UP of Michigan. I know there last name is Watters. I know little else about them, and have never met any of them. Though not raised in traditions , I feel the spirit within me.

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  44. I don’t know much about my biological father. I know his name is(was?), Watters, and supposedly was from the Cherokee’s that were sent to the UP of Michigan,instead of Oklahoma. He met my mother around Harrison (Clare co.) Michigan. I’d like to find out more if possible.

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  45. My mom told me my great grandmother was full blood cherokee indian and my grandpa was half cherokee indian and my mom was half Cherokee indian I want to know how much of cherokee indian I am
    My grandpas last name was Howe .

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  46. hi my name is codey born febuary 24th from frederick maryland I’m a 20 year old male part cherokee(i don’t know how much) i would just like to ask if this was anything spiritual related. ok so me and my girlfriend and our 2 friends dani and ben went camping on the forth of july. we were in a field behind my house. now dani has some black foot in her and is pretty in touch with her native side. she knows her power animal witch is the white owl. and my power animal is deer. any way, while we were camping sitting around the fire it was around 1 in the mooring and i pulled out my chest nut flute played it for a bit and then me and dani got a smudge going. i sang the cherokee welcome song to my self and water song. after the smudge i had an old journal fill with entries. now i wrote this stuff down in 2010 during a dark time in my life.it was filled with negative thoughts and so on. so i decided to fold them up and burn them in the fire for a cleansing.it was my first time doing this. now before the smudge i was drinking a beer and had one after the cleansing i also took a few hits of pot.(i smoked the same stuff earlier that week that i smoked that night i also know how these react with me together and by them selfs. what happened was not at all like any of them as if was completely drunk and or stoned and what not.) so after that about 15-20 minutes later i head in to the tent with my girlfriend. so i go in to the tent with my girlfriend and about 30-40 minutes go by and i roll over to go to sleep. now my eyes were closed and i start mumbling to my self every thing will be ok in the morning over and over. i was lying on my back and my girlfriend was concerned. so she went to lift me upright. and i was dead wight. she couldn’t hold me up so i fell back down. she was concerned and tried to wake me up. by saying my name hitting me and so on. she called her friend dani in to see what was wrong with me. my heart rate was apparently extremely high.they checked my eyes and stuff and i didn’t respond. so they did CPR i eventually came to. but while i was laying on my back mumbling to my self i felt my self sink in and drift off into this warm feeling. i remember every thing they did to me,every thing they said. when my girlfriend went to lift me up i felt the pressure of her hands on me but thats it. it felt like i was just drifting off sinking in to this warmth. i couldn’t move,speak or do any thing. at the same time i felt no need to do any thing. i fully accepted what was happening to me. i wasn’t worried about what was happening to me on the out side. but through out the whole thing my heart was beating. i was just breathing verry faintly. when i came to i took a big gasp of air. as soon as i woke. but at the same time i felt reborn. i know it wasn’t astro projection because i didn’t see my self from the out side. i just sank deeper and deeper in to this warmth feeling. i ruled out Sleep paralysis and other things relating to it because i was hearing every thing that was going on. i just don’t know what happened to me. i looked up what happens to people when they go on a vision quest and some things that happened to me happened to them. i just don’t know. so if any one could help that would be great thank you.

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  47. Hello,
    I don’t know much about my grandpa who was the cherokee in our family and my mom has little recollection of him. My question is this are there any native speaking Cherokee in or around the Sioux falls, SD area as I want to learn the basics and language of my culture to pass down to my daughter and keep it alive in my area, that would be willing to teach me?

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  48. How can I find out about my Cherokee heritage? My grandfather’s mother was a Cherokee, but I don’t know how or where to get more information.

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