CHIEF THOMAS "TWO FEATHERS" LEWIS
( Dancer with Red Crooked Sky / Actor Cast in the "New World" Film)
The Chowanoke Indian Nation is a Native American Indian Tribe that descends from both the Meherrin, and the Chowanoke Indians granted reservation lands in the Parker's Ferry area of Hertford, and Gates counties in North Carolina. These same lands were at various points, occupied by both tribes. Our tribal base counties consist of Gates, Hertford, Perquimans, Chowan, Pasquatank, and Bertie.
This sub-group is first described in 1781 by Thomas Jefferson who wrote the book "Notes on the State of Virginia". In Chapter 11, Jefferson states, " The Powhatan Confederacy then would consist of about 8,000 inhabitants, which was one for every square mile: being about twentieth part of our present population in the same territory, and in the hundredth of that of the British islands. Besides these, were the Nottoways, living on the Nottoway river, the Meherrins and Tuteloes on the Meherrin river, who were connected with the Indians of Carolina, probably the Chowanocs."
Although the Meherrin are considered to be Iroquoian, and the Chowanoke Algonquin, the remnants of both groups, due to proximity, forged land and family bonds. Those bonds continue to exist today. As a great portion of our tribe descends from families of the historical Meherrin Tribe of Nick Major, Mister Thomas, and Tut-sech Basqueat. In addition to being direct lineal descendants of known Chowanoke Chief men, John Robbins, James Bennett, Thomas Hiter (Hoyter), and John Reading.
The Meherrin and Chowanoke people, since the reservational periods, formed communities in Hertford and Gates Counties with their own churches and schools. With Pleasant Plains Church, and an Indian school in Sarum, Gates County being among them. The people collectively incorporated certain lifestyles of the encroaching settlers in an effort to survive, such as owning land, and farming amongst their non-native neighbors. And we are still here today. The Meherrin-Chowanoke people are a Nation that derived from 2 Historic Tribes, the Meherrin, and the Chowanoke.
The Chowanoke Indian Nation is one of the very few, non-federally recognized Indian Tribes in the United States, whose members are direct descendants of a "collective" group of specific persons documented in governmental records identified as a tribe. This includes governmental accounts, tribal references, tribal land sales, and court records. It should also be noted that the tribe is currently pursuing, or as we prefer to say, "formally" re-establishing our Nation to Nation relationship with the Federal Government.
We have had a long and "known" history in State Indian Affairs, and have forged many bonds and relationships. We have survived many obstacles to remain in existence today. Due to our continued research, the sake of our children, and an acknowledgement of our history, we are, The Chowanoke Indian Nation.
A partial list of the Meherrin-Chowanoke Nation's core surnames are : Robbins, Hoyter (Hiter), Beasley, Bennett, Hunter, Reid, Weaver, Butler, Hall, Flood, Eure, Cross, Boone, Bowser, Manley, Greene, and Smith. Additional surnames are Pugh, Pierce, Chavis, Lewis, James, Nickens, Collins, and Melton.
**** Simply having one of these surnames does not mean that an individual is of Meherrin-Chowanoke descendant************
RECENT POLITICAL CHANGES IN OUR TRIBAL COUNTIES
Please go to the Tribal Council News page for more information!!!
THE CHOWANOKE INDIAN NATION HAS JUST RECEIVED A $1000 GRANT FROM PERDUE TO BE USED TOWARDS OUR SCHOOL DAY PROGRAM. A REPRESENTATIVE FROM PERDUE, FEATURED CENTER IN THE PHOTO ABOVE, PRESENTS THIS AWARD TO CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS, AND DR. AARON WINSTON .
THE TRIBE IS PLANNING FOR IT'S POW WOW FOR 2014!
PLEASE CALL LISA LEWIS-JOELL , POW WOW CHAIR
Beautiful Wolves on site at the Meherrin-Chowanoke's 2013 Annual Pow Wow
Tribal Chairman Aaron Winston speaking to a group of students at this year's Pow Wow
OCCANEECHI BAND OF SAPONI PROJECT DIRECTOR
Forest Hazel, the Project Director and Historian for the Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation recently gave a presentation on the Chowanoke Indians of Gates County North Carolina for the University of North Carolina in Pembroke. It was an excellent presentation that was well received. We would also like to thank Mr. Hazel for his letter of support. Thank You!!
*** On a side note, we would also like to thank Wes Taukchiray(White) for his letter of support as well.. There cannot possibly be anyone in North Carolina that is not familiar with his work and his reputation among Indian People.***
Chowanoke Nation Billboard
CHOWANOKE RESERVATION LANDS ON BENNETT'S CREEK JUST PURCHASED BY SOME OF OUR TRIBAL MEMBERS (146 ACRES)
BENNETT'S CREEK LOCATED ON THE CHOWANOKE
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PEARL MEANS DID A VERY TOUCHING TRIBUTE TO THE LATE ACTOR, ARTIST, AND INDIAN ACTIVIST RUSSEL MEANS AT THE
14TH ANNUAL NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS.
CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS
One of the highest honors given by the State for Native Americans is to be granted the privilege of blessing the grounds of the arena at the State's Native American Heritage Festival. This year, the honor was bestowed to Chief Thomas Lewis of the Chowanoke Indian Nation.
TRIBAL CHAIRMAN DR. AARON WINSTON AND CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS
2013 North Carolina Indian Unity Conference
WORDS FROM THE LONGHOUSE
The Chowanoke People have preserve-red through many obstacles and have remained steadfast and strong through it all. We have remained together through good times and bad, and now are seeing the fruits of our labor.
We are currently in the process of re-establishing our state, and federal recognition. We have participated in a legislative committee process and look forward to completing that process as soon as possible. We have undergone various legal challenges and stand before you today, looking forward to a bright and promising future.
We will not be side tracked away from our goals. We stand together as a family, working towards goals preserving our tribe, and our history united.
Stay tuned. There are many great things coming our way!!!!
THANK YOU ALL !!!!
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