| Organic wrote:|
For those who claim Native American --
Since Native Americans make up less than 10% of the U.S. population (and assuming you are speaking of indigenous U.S. Americans), have you all got actual tribe documents and papers to prove this connection, or is it more family lore? Seems like a lot of you have Native American ancestry (Lumbee Indians to be included).
If you are from the Carolinas, it's not an impossible notion. I don't claim it myself, but like most , I've been told it was there. My answer when asked "what are you mixed w/?" would include the ones I know about and I would likely say "I've been told native American but I have never researched it."
I thought all Black folks claimed Cherokee.
Are you familiar w/ the Lumbee Indians? They are mixed with Black, usually quite visibly, not just genetically, so their Black descendants are equally mixed with Indian. So some of these ppl claiming it ,are telling the truth, even if they don't know where it is on their family tree.
I find it annoying to hear every Black person I've met claim Indian ancestry, but just because they/we can't prove it, doesn't mean it's not there. It's interesting because when a white person claims Italian or whatever, other White folks don't question it.
Most Black Americans aren't Blessed/lucky enough to be able to trace their detailed ancestry. Hell, I can't trace my ancestry back to Africa but I claim that without anyone questioning it.
Just playing Devil's Advocate.