Carlos Ray "Chuck" Norris was born on March 10, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma. His mother was Irish-English and his father was Cherokee. Norris joined the Air Force after high school, with the goal of training in the Security Police in preparation for a career in law enforcement. It was in the Air Force, while stationed in Korea, that Chuck was introduced to martial arts.
In September 1838, 859 Potawatomie Indians were forced from their homeland in Indiana and made to march 660 miles to Osawatomie, Kansas. During the journey, 42 members, mostly children, died of typhoid fever and the stress of forced removal. When they arrived in Osawatomie, Kansas two months later, there were only 756 of the tribe, as many had escaped along the way. There are numerous markers along the "Trail of Death" today, commemorating their journey.
Beginning in the 1910s, Seminoles and Miccosukees divided their time between tourist attraction villages and secluded camps on tree islands in the Everglades and Big Cypress Swamp. This photograph was probably shot at Musa Isle, on the Miami River. December 11, 1923. Photo by Claude Matlack. 90-30
You see the one thing I've always maintained is that I'm an American Indian. I'm not a Native American. I'm not politically correct. Everyone who's born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans. And if you notice, I put "American" before my ethnicity. I'm not a hyphenated African-American or Irish-American or Jewish-American or Mexican-American.- Russel Means