Native American Ancestry? Five Tribes… Five Nations… What’s the Difference?

Don’t get the Five Nations mixed up with the Five Civilized Tribes. The Five Nations had five tribes in it, until they had six. (The Tuscororas came later, in the early 1700’s.) Before that, the Five Nations were the Mohawks, Oneidas, Cayugas, Ohondaga and Senecas. They formed the Iroquois Indian Nation. The Five Nations means the Iroquois.

The Five Civilized Tribes were nations until Congress terminated their governments in 1907. They consisted of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes. They were driven out of their homelands and “settled” in Oklahoma where today you will find many of their descendants. By the early 1900’s, the government saw them as willing to assimilate into white civilization. History shows us that the tribes put up great resistance but by the early 1900’s, they had suffered such a severe genocide, they had no other choice.

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

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Genealogy – If I’m French Am I Also Native American?

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French Trappers who went deep into American wild lands couldn’t help but come into close contact with the Indians. These hearty mountain men came to live as the Indians did and frequently married Native women. The children from these marriages are called Metis. Though there are many instances of French mistreatment toward the Indians, the Colonial French government encouraged intermarriage and having children through those marriages. There was a brotherhood between the French and the Indians. Most of the Indians sided with the French during the French and Indian Wars and when the French lost to the English, the Indians rebelled. There’s no reason to assume that if you are an American with French ancestry that you are also Native-American. However, there is no reason to assume that you aren’t.

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Genealogy: How Can I Tell If I Have Native American Blood?

If you take a DNA test, I’m not sure if you’ll get much information regarding Native American ancestry. The test won’t tell you specifically what tribe your ancestors belonged to, like Cherokee or Navajo. The best way for you to uncover your Native roots is to do a little sleuthing. And there are plenty of places to sleuth. There are numerous Indian removal lists. They will be listed for the regions where your ancestors lived. There are Native American message boards where you can compare notes and there are geographical considerations that you don’t want to overlook. A thorough search is a lot of work but peeking at Indian rolls doesn’t take much time at all.

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Genealogy: Did Your Ancestors Live in Indian Country? Perhaps They Were Indian

I’m glancing down at a map from 1763. The whole east coast of the United States is shaded in and designated as “British territory.” The province of Louisiana is shaded in as “Spanish territory.” Sandwiched in-between these two shaded areas is a vast area that extends north of Florida and west of the east coast and goes up and around the Great Lakes. It is shaded and called “Indian Country.” In this vast section of forests, meadows, swamps and mountain regions, lived the Native People of North America. They were driven from the areas marked “Spanish” and “British.” Not only was their culture endangered, their existence was threatened. We know how the story ends. But what were the myriad of stories within the “Indian Country?” Were any of our ancestors Indians? Did they intermarry? Were they slaves? These are not easy questions to answer but they rest in the minds of many of us and we sure would like to know. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:

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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.

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