Re: Eric Scweig: huge fan

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Posted by Champ on January 21, 1999 at 04:51:47:

In Reply to: Eric Scweig: huge fan posted by Jade Taylor on January 21, 1999 at 03:33:40:

: I am a new internet junkie who is part Cherokee indian and I am very interested in my ancestry,tracing roots,meeting other Native Americans

>> O'siyo Jade,

I too am a mix-blood Cherokee & a member of the Southern Cherokee Nation [historicaly the mix-blood faction, though today we are both mixed & full-bloods]. I would be happy to help you connect with your heritage. I know what it is like to be "disconnected" from it, for I was raised far away from my people, without all the traditions for so long. I felt in limbo, for in my heart I called myself Cherokee first, never denying my Scottish & Irish roots, but never feeling truely a part of white society either, yet never fully accepted by other Native Americans because I was "too pale". Thats a joke, for we have Cherokees who are of African-American heritage too, and look it, yet are listed on the rolls! Anyhow, I then met Chief Gary Ridge & the Southern Cherokee, and they welcomed me "home". Now my soul feels complete :-)
Its now my mission to help other mix-blood Cherokees reconnect with their heritage. Please feel free to call upon me at my e-mail address above...

: I am so glad to see Native Americans making it big. I only wish there were more where the indian is portayed as the proud,spiritual,and strong persons that they are. I welcome any e mail concerning any of the above Jade Taylor

>>Amen! Yes, Jade, I too agree with you on this...
Must run, its 3:30 am here....
Please give me a holler, I'll be happy to help where I can...

Southern Cherokee Nation
[NW District]

"There is no such thing as 'part-Cherokee.' Either you're Cherokee or you're not. It isn't the quantity of Cherokee blood in your veins that is important, but the quality of it . . . your pride in it. I have seen full- bloods who have virtually no idea of the great legacy entrusted to their care. Yet, I have seen people with as little as 1/500th blood quantum who inspire the spirits of their ancestors because they make being Cherokee a proud part of a their everyday life."

~ words of Jim Pell,
Principal Chief of the North Alabama Cherokee Tribe

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