Monthly Archives: August 2013

Mexican Women’s Mitochondrial DNA Primarily Native American

 Mitatwe’eptes (aka Amy Tilden) – Nez Perce – circa 1910 In the paper, “Large scale mitochondrial sequencing in Mexican Americans suggests a reappraisal of Native American origins,” Kumar et al provide a piece of information I find extremely interesting. “For … Continue reading

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Locklayer and Burt of “Indian” Color

Found in the Halifax County, NC, Minutes, County Court, 1847-1865 A Minute of the Free Papers issued to Free Persons of Colour April A. D. 1848 viz March 8, 1848 Gabriel LOCKLAYER is of a coffee or Indian complexion thirteen years of age … Continue reading

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Acadian Maryland Historical Marker Unveiling

Acadians, as we know, are a French-Canadian people who settled at Port Royal, Nova Scotia, in 1605 (replica above) and intermarried with the Native people, primarily Mi’kmaq. They were expelled from Canada by the British in 1755 and set adrift, … Continue reading

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Jack Goins New Blog – Melungeon and Appalachian Research

Web sites come and web sites go.  Jack is replacing his old website,, now defunct, with a new blog, Melungeon and Appalachian Research.  Blogs are much easier to update and keep current, don’t require any knowledge of web programming, … Continue reading

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The Curtis Act of 1898

  Charles Curtis, 31st Vice President of the United States, is probably best remembered for the Curtis Act of 1898. The Curtis Act of 1898 was an amendment to the United States Dawes Act that brought about the allotment process … Continue reading

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Charles “Indian Charley” Curtis – 1st Native American in the White House

Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was a United States Representative, a longtime United States Senator from Kansas later chosen as Senate Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues, and the 31st Vice President of the United States … Continue reading

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Black, White or Red – Changing Colors

The Root recently published the article, “Did My White Ancestor Become Black?”, written by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Eileen Pironti.  We all know who Henry is from his PBS Series, Finding Your Roots. America is the great mixing bowl … Continue reading

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The Cobell Case and Indian Reservation Ownership

The Cobell Case, known my many different names, was a class action suit filed by Native American representatives against two departments of the United States government. The plaintiffs claim that the U.S. government has incorrectly accounted for the income from Indian … Continue reading

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Arizona’s Ancient Ruins

Casa Grande Ruins about 1902 In 1871, a document titled “Resources of Arizona Territory with a Description of the Indian Tribes; Ancient Ruins, Cochise, Apache Chief; Antonio, Pima Chief; Stage and Wagon Roads; Trade and Commerce, Etc.” was published by … Continue reading

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Dasemunkepeuc, Algonquian Village Location To Be Dedicated

On August 10th, 2013, the location of the Algonquian Indian village, Dasemunkepeuc will be honored with a highway sign near Mann’s Harbour, NC, directly across the bridge from Roanoke Island.  This is part of Roanoke Island Cultural Festival and Powwow … Continue reading

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