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 the Chowanoke Indians granted over 11,000 acres of reservation land in Gates County North Carolina.
The Chowanoke people, since the reservational periods, formed communities in Gates and Hertford Counties with their own churches and schools. 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 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 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, and Melton.
Simply having one of these surnames does not mean that an individual is of
" The Diverse Origins of Families in Bertie County”
Friday, July 22, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2016
Roanoke Chowan Heritage Center
Dr Warren Milteer Jr.
Friday, July 22, 2016
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND WINE
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
| The Persistence of the Chowans in
Warren E. Milteer, Jr. presents his research on how local government classifications of the Chowan Indians in eastern North Carolina as “colored” resulted in the overlooking of their continued presence in the area and elsewhere. His work links the legacy of the Chowan Indians to the lives of their colored descendants. He will discuss how his research demonstrates that racial categories are unreliable markers of social cohesion and ancestral connections. Dr.Milteer received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech. He received the R. D.W. Conner Award for his article, “Life in a Dismal Swamp Community: Free People of Color in Pre-Civil War Gates County, North Carolina,” published April 2014 in the North Carolina Historical Review.
UPCOMING CHOWANKE EVENTS
Saturday, July 23, 2016.
We are asking members to help construct a storage shed to store tribal property.
A building materials package has been purchased. We now need to assemble the building. We will meet at Terry & Denyce Hall’s house at 8:00 a.m. to start construction.
Please come out and help. Bring your tool belt with you. Even if you don’t think you have any construction skills you can still help. We will fire up the grill for hotdogs and hamburgers.
Saturday, September 10, 2016.
Ahoskie Heritage Day.
The Town of Ahoskie has invited us to have a prominent role in their Heritage Day Celebration. They want us to do a dance demonstration on the main stage and set up ongoing demonstrations on the grounds.
We need volunteers to dance.
We need volunteers to demonstrate crafts such as beading, pottery, basket weaving, fabrication of dream catchers, and whatever else you want to do. We need people who can present the history of the tribe.
We will have a free vendor space so bring your crafts to sell.
The Town of Ahoskie has supported us. We need your help to support the Town of Ahoskie.
Saturday, October 8, 2016.
Rich Square Fun Day.
The Town of Rich Square (located approximately 15 miles from Ahoskie), has invited the Chowanoke Nation to participate in their Fun Day celebration. This is similar to the Ahoskie event, but on a smaller scale. We will have a free vendor space. We can sell crafts and do demonstrations. We need people in regalia.
Friday, July 22, and Saturday July 23, 2016.
Historic Hope Foundation in Bertie County.
The 6th Annual Family History & Genealogy Fair.
Friday night Dr. Warren Milteer will do a presentation on “ how local government classifications of the Chowan Indians in eastern North Carolina as ‘colored’ resulted in the overlooking of their continued presence in the area and elsewhere.” Saturday morning he will present “Family across Racial Boundaries in Nineteenth Century North Carolina.
Friday night there is a conference registration hour with wine followed by dinner and Dr. Milteer’s presentation. There is a fee to attend this event.
For more information call (252) 794-3140.
The Town of Ahoskie has invited us to have a prominent role We need volunteers to demonstrate crafts such ery,
THE TUSCARORA NATION OF NEW YORK
A large group of New York Tuscarora members returned to Bertie County in a chartered bus for a historic visit and weekend of events. As part of the program, Duvonya Chavis a Chowanoke tribal member was among those invited to this private affair to speak. Dignitaries, historians and University staff members all gathered together for food and communion. In a spirit of fellowship on July 26, 2015, everyone gathered with the Indian Woods community for lunch and to wish the tribe safe travel back to New York.
CHOWANOKE RESERVATION LAND DEDICATION
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 RESERVATION LANDS ON
BENNETT'S CREEK PURCHASED BY CHOWANOKE
DECENDANTS (146 ACRES)
BENNETT'S CREEK LOCATED ON THE CHOWANOKE
ALL TRIBAL CITIZENS
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Tribal cards will be issued to all CURRENT Tribal Citizens that have completed the abridged application. Please request this abridged application from this website or contact us by phone. Don't forget to have all of your family members complete this application!
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.
DR. AARON WINSTON AND CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS
2013 North Carolina Indian Unity Conference
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