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Bernadine Coles Gines, 1926-2015

The first African-American woman to become a certified public accountant in the state of New York has passed way in  Queens.  Bernadine Coles Gines, 88 years old, was a native of Charlottesville, Virginia. Earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Virginia State  University, Mrs Gines graduated first in her class. Mrs Gines  went to New York City  in …Continue reading →

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Lumbee Tribal Recognition May Come At Last

My cousin Karen Burney and I have both told the story of the Lumbee Indians from whence we believe our Brayboy ancestors come. See our posts here and here. For many historical and political reasons, the Lumbees have not been federally recognized as a tribe.  However they have been recognized by the state of North Carolina.   According to Allgov.com, Lumbee …Continue reading →

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Can DNA Solve "The Lumbee Problem"?

How does a group of people who have American Indian ancestry but no records of treaties, reservations, Native language, or peculiarly “Indian” customs come to be accepted–socially and legally–as Indians? That question is asked on the jacket of the 2001 printing of The Lumbee Problem–The Making of an American Indian People by anthropologist Karen I. Blu (University of Nebraska Press, …Continue reading →

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