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Subject: North Carolina Tribe Recognizes DNA for Tribal Enrollment Card
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2005 11:47:58 -0500

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INDIANS: News to Whitesboro?


WHITESBORO - “It's something that was never told. A lot of people here in Whitesboro, including my grandfather, were full-blooded Indians.”
That statement by Lamar Ironhorse, 31, of Pembroke, N.C., who visited his grandmother here last week, may be considered shocking to some, he said.
Most consider this Middle Township community to be chiefly African-American, founded around 1905 by North Carolina U.S. Rep. George White.
“Whitesboro was considered a black settlement, but there are a lot of American Indians who live here,” said Ironhorse.
Waccamaw Street, in the east side of the community in the vicinity of the water tower, is the name of the tribe of some residents' forebears.
Ironhorse said he is a proud member of that tribe. His profession is that of a tribal facilitator.
He said families in this community with blood lines to Waccamaws or other Native American tribes include: Spaulding, Graham, Mitchell, Boyd, White, Moore, and Jacobs.
In that capacity, he traces tribal genealogy and history, and assists with federal and state petitions for Native Americans, and works to retain cultural retention among members, to preserve the language and traditions of the Waccamaws.
He has performed dances in Native American attire at the Whitesboro Community Reunion, a Labor Day tradition for 16 years.
Ironhorse carries a tribal enrollment card issued by the tribe, which has autonomy over its members. He often travels between here and his North Carolina home, visiting relatives.
To get that card, he had to submit to rigorous physical and anthropological tests, including DNA samples and dental exams, to prove his heritage was indeed of an Eastern Sioux nation's tribe.

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