Why Does Everyone Say They Are Cherokee?

Not everyone says they are Cherokee Indian. Of course not. But many people when they speak about their Native American ancestry say they are Cherokee. Why is that? Certainly there were other tribes, so why so many Cherokee? No doubt there are more reasons than the two I’m going to give. The first is that Native Americans were so often displaced, and their tribes decimated, it forced them into new territories with other Natives. The U.S. government made lists of existing Natives and many of the surviving Natives found themselves amongst the Cherokee. They were “counted” among the Cherokee and eventually defined themselves as such. Another reason is that European pioneers saw Cherokees as friendlier so Natives often told the pioneers they were Cherokee, easing their transition into the changing environment.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:


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An Open Letter to Johnny Depp

Doesn’t hurt to ask… again.


Dear Johnny,

The world has embraced you as theirs. You step outside the boundaries of mortality with the relaxed, carefree way in which you approach your craft. But at the same time, in your real life (if the world has allowed you to have one) you speak up against injustices. So it is perfectly reasonable that I should want you to play Celtic Prince Jonathan in my historical fiction movie, The Celtic Prince. This golden-torched young man Jonathan is the son of a liaison between the king and his mistress (an excellent castle cook). Mentored by a medieval Knights Templar who takes refuge in the castle, the boy grows up within the castle kitchen, tagging along occasionally when his parents commit indiscreet liaisons behind the Queen’s back. Since no Johnny Depp movie is without a love interest, the grown Celtic Prince Jonathan has a torrid love affair with the…

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