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By M. Patterson

ISBN-10: 0743987446

ISBN-13: 9780743987448

The AmericanIndian tradition consisted of particular customs and traditions that regulated every thing from who could lead the tribes to who could marry in the tribes. They saved targeted, certain debts in their tribal histories simply because they foresaw the significance of passing down their histories.

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There are also shop foremen and labor union officers (in several groups) and owners and operators of trucking firms (Chickahominy), logging contractors (United Rappahannock), and a construction company (Eastern Chickahominy). These jobs are more readily available in cities like Washington, Richmond, Newport News, Portsmouth, and Lynchburg. Thus many younger Indian people have moved to urban areas, until most of the Upper Mattaponi Indians live today in the Richmond area and most of the Nansemond Indians live in Portsmouth, Norfolk, or Virginia Beach.

The interior tribes were to be removedby economic inducement if possible, by chicanery if need be, or by force if all else failed. And, thus, the infamous "Trail of Tears" of the Great Removal. By the mid-nineteenth century, the bulk of the native population, numbering in the tens of thousands, had been removed to what is now Oklahoma. Their descendants live there still. This book is not about them. Despite what was one of the most massive relocations of human populations in history until the twentieth century, the Great Removal did not take all the native peoples of the Southeast.

The Pamunkey have quarterly tribal meetings with required attendance and more frequent council meetings that are closed to voters unless they have specific business to transact. On both reservations, the nonvoting women and outsiders (including non-Mattaponi husbands living at Mattaponi) can attend any of these meetings only by invitation when they have business to present. Meetings are conducted formally, using Robert's Rules of Order. The issues discussed in a meeting are not supposed to be broadcast, although somehow the whole tribe usually knows about them soon afterward.

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