Native American

African-Native American Research: A Chat with Author Nita Ighner

A few years ago, I came across a blog entitled “Diggin’ Up Bones.” It was extremely well done, recording the research odyssey of its author, Nita Ighner. Her journey took her to the Carolinas where she learned some very interesting things about her family history. She did archival research as well oral history–all quite impressive. Ighner is a college professor …Continue reading →


Halloween Census Whacking

With the crisis of my father’s recent illness and the minor drama of my own, I feel like I’ve been way out of touch the last two weeks.  It’s time get back into the flow of things.   I thought  little census whacking for Halloween would ease my way back into writing.  So I went hunting for Vampires, Zombies, Ghosts, …Continue reading →


A Unique Story of Ancestors: Spirit of a Choctaw Freedwoman

Our Genealogywise friend, Angela Walton-Raji, has produced and narrated a video entitled Spirit of a Choctaw Freedwoman, which tells a very unique story.  The story is that of her great-grandmother, Sallie Walton, who was among a great number of African-Americans enslaved by American Indians.  This is an important and poignant story, well produced.  If you want to understand a difficult …Continue reading →


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, Lumbee …Continue reading →


UPDATE: Date Set for Woodrow Keeble Medal of Honor Ceremony

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble, who deserved the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War. He didn’t get it then, but Congress last month passed a law that authorized the Medal for him now. Yesterday, I got this comment from “atrulling:” On March 3,2008 Woody will finally receive his Medal …Continue reading →

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