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 Meherrin-Chowanoke
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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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
WORDS FROM THE LONGHOUSE