Black Indians. Native Americans in the Five Civilized Tribes sometimes owned African slaves. The Cherokee freed their slaves in 1866 and gave them full tribal citizenship. These former slaves were called tribal Freedmen.

Black Indians. Native Americans in the Five Civilized Tribes sometimes owned African slaves. The Cherokee freed their slaves in 1866 and gave them full tribal citizenship. These former slaves were called tribal Freedmen.

Pompey Factor ... only known photo of this courageous, Seminole-Negro, U.S. army scout.  Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery exhibited in a skirmish in which his troop was surrounded by Comanche Indians.  Factor and two others stayed behind, fighting off the attackers long enough for all to barely escape certain death. Despite this honor, after two years Factor left the Scouts and returned to Mexico, dissatisfied with the treatment of the Scouts by whites in south Texas.

Pompey Factor ... only known photo of this courageous, Seminole-Negro, U.S. army scout. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery exhibited in a skirmish in which his troop was surrounded by Comanche Indians. Factor and two others stayed behind, fighting off the attackers long enough for all to barely escape certain death. Despite this honor, after two years Factor left the Scouts and returned to Mexico, dissatisfied with the treatment of the Scouts by whites in south Texas.

Today in Black History, 1/4/2014 - Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse in the United States. For more info, check out today's blog!

Today in Black History, 1/4/2014 - Mary Eliza Mahoney was the first African American registered nurse in the United States. For more info, check out today's blog!

The Cherokee never had princesses. This is a concept based on European folktales and has no reality in Cherokee history and culture. In fact, Cherokee women were very powerful. They owned all the houses and fields, and they could marry and divorce as they pleased. Kinship was determined through the mother's line. Clan mothers administered justice in many matters. Beloved women were very special women chosen for their outstanding qualities. As in other aspects of Cherokee culture, there was a…

The Cherokee never had princesses. This is a concept based on European folktales and has no reality in Cherokee history and culture. In fact, Cherokee women were very powerful. They owned all the houses and fields, and they could marry and divorce as they pleased. Kinship was determined through the mother's line. Clan mothers administered justice in many matters. Beloved women were very special women chosen for their outstanding qualities. As in other aspects of Cherokee culture, there was a…

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