Meherrin Indian Tribe Petition for Federal Recognition Denied

The Meherrin Indian Tribe petitioned the federal government for federal recognition as an Indian tribe and was denied on January 16, 2014.  The government’s response to their petition can be seen here.

I was mortified to read their reasoning, and the sources they used.  In particular, Paul Heinegg’s work.  I am a fan of Paul’s work.  Paul is very careful to use works like “may,” “might,” and “probably.”  Paul does not set forth that his gathering and clustering of surnames is gospel and that these people are absolutely related.  He says they might be related, and he is looking for patterns.  There is a huge difference between a possibility and a conclusion and Pauls’ work, in my opinion, has been misconstrued, taken out of context and given far more weight than other more concrete evidence.

Despite the government denial of the Meherrin application, there is a plethora of great information in this document, including the list of Meherrin names on page 29.

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Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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7 Responses to Meherrin Indian Tribe Petition for Federal Recognition Denied

  1. Not surprised, many supporting records in Virginia and North Carolina were destroyed or lost over time. That is why I am seeking recognition outside the authority of the BIA.

    • JOHN WILLS says:

      The petitioner claims Meherrin ancestry but has not provided documentary evidence that the
      historical Meherrin Indian tribe continued to exist after the 1760s. The petitioner presents no
      evidence identifying historical members of the Meherrin Indian tribe in the 1760s, about 1789, or
      at any more recent time. It makes no attempt to demonstrate the descent of its current members
      from any list of historical members, or from any individuals identified as Meherrin Indians on
      historical documents.

  2. D says:

    Anybody worried about Turkish Muslims invading reservations? Anybody aware of it?

  3. Mike Strahn says:

    Plethora of BS is what it is. Not too bright in NC

  4. D says:

    Read a little Mike: these people are making up history and invading on many fronts .

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