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Re: Origin of some N.C. and Va. Indian tribes

My mother's family history is in Sampson County, and her family surnames are Brewington, Jackson, Williams, Stricklands, Crumplers and she has always spoken of the Coharie community and her native heritage as well as her black heritage. My father's family is from Red Springs, Laurinburg, Warrenton, N.C. via my great-grandfather bringing the family from Oklahoma to North Carolina. Their surnames are Johnson, Carr, Warrens, and Graham. We have always known and were actively brought up enjoying the ways and customs of black-indians. But to my disappointment both of my parents are deceased and I have not yet been able to apply and receive tribal recognition with the Coharie Tribe. My mother's family has always lived in Sampson County's Coharie community. She could not recall relocating from any other place. My mother died at 81 yrs. old and I would like this recogniton that has been unfairly denied her because of racial discrimination on the behalf of Native Tribes because of her black ancestry. I am also interesting in legally inquiriing of these practices that deny black Indians their heritage recognition.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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