Monthly Archives: April 2015

Eugenics as Indian Removal: Sociohistorical Processes and the De(con)struction of American Indians in the Southeast

One century after “The Indian Removal” of the antebellum era, Native peoples in the American Southeast provide an important but often overlooked example of how racial policies, this time rooted in eugenics, led to a documentary erasure of Indians as … Continue reading

Posted in Eugenics, National Museum of the American Indian | 3 Comments

1837 Treaty with the Choctaw and Chickasaw

Jan. 17, 1837. | 11 Stats., 573. | Proclamation Mar. 24, 1837. Page 486 Articles of convention and agreement made on the seventeenth day of January, 1837, between the undersigned chiefs and commissioners duly appointed and empowered by the Choctaw … Continue reading

Posted in Chickasaw, Choctaw | 3 Comments

The Croatan Indians of Sampson County, North Carolina. Their Origin and Racial Status. A Plea for Separate Schools.

In 1916, the Croatan Indians of Sampson County issued a plea for an Indian School for their children as had been provided in Robeson County.  This document is preserved today in the Documenting the American South collection, and includes significant … Continue reading

Posted in Croatan (Later Lumbee), Indians of Robeson County (later Lumbee), Indians of Sampson County | Leave a comment

Finding Your American Indian Tribe Using DNA

If I had a dollar for every time I get asked a flavor of this question, I’d be on a cruise someplace warm instead of writing this in the still-blustery cold winter weather of the northlands! So, I’m going to write … Continue reading

Posted in DNA | 5 Comments