CHOWANOKE INDIAN NATION

NEWS





The Chowanoke Nation, moves steadfast towards Federal Recognition under the leadership of Chief Thomas "Two Feathers" Lewis. We  move forward with a strong commitment to benefit our people. Our name describes who we are. Our past , history, We are Algonquian, we are Chowanoke, we are the "People of the South".





CHOWANOKE IRESERVATION LAND DEDICATION





NATIVE AND POLITICAL SPEAKERS ON TRIBAL GROUNDS




Chowanoke Chief Thomas Lewis and tribal-member Douglas Patterson were requested to speak at the swearing in of NC Senator Erica Smith-Ingram. A host of dignitaries and politicians were present, to include US Congressman G. K. Butterfield..



US CONGRESSMAN G.K. BUTTERFIELD

NC SENATOR ERICA SMITH-INGRAM & CHOWANOKE TRIBAL MEMBER DOUGLAS PATTERSON

NC SENATOR ERICA SMITH-INGRAM & CHOWANOKE CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS











*ALL TRIBAL CITIZENS*

Please email us your up to date contact information. This way you will always be in the loop! Those of you reading this, help your family members to update us with their contact information as well.

   Send your information to:
                        MEHERRINCHOWANOKEAPPLICATIONS@GMAIL.COM

  TRIBAL CARDS


     Tribal cards will be issued to        all CURRENT Tribal Citizens that have   completed the abridged application. Please request this abridged  application from this website or contact us by phone. Don't forget to  have all of your family members complete this application.






















In an effort to retain and preserve our history, some of our tribal members recently purchased 146 acres of our former reservation that runs along Bennett's Creek.

This land marks the historic relocation of the Chowanoke Indians who were granted what is thought by historians as the first reservation in the United States.

This land will be developed and used to educate and promote cultural awareness of it's original peoples. 

It will also provide an area where tribal members and Chowanoke descendants can gather for numerous recreational, and cultural purposes.

And in time, provide employment for our tribal members

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT  THE CHOWANOKE RESERVATION FUND AT: http://chowanokereservationfund@gmail.com, or call (252) 207-0186

















Occaneech Band Of Saponi Nation Project Director, Historian and Author Forest Hazel, gave a presentation for the University of North Carolina Pembroke on the Chowanoke Indians. In attendance were students, school staff, other historians, and Meherrin-Chowanoke Tribal members. 

*** On a side note, we would also like to thank historian, Wes Taukchiray(White) for his letter of support as well.. There cannot possibly be anyone in North Carolina that is not familiar with his work and his reputation among Indian People.***












North Carolina Unity Conference











MCN Treasurer:  Dr. Terry Hall recently received the Tribal Citizen's Award for his hard work, dedication, and participation during the year 2012.

















Recently featured n the "Young Agents Spotlight" is Tribal Member Le'Trisha Lewis! This publication features outstanding accomplishments of Independant Agents of North Carolina. As always Le'Trisha, keep up the good work. We are proud of you!















Present and counted for the Ahoskie Christmas parade!















The Annual Christmas Social Dinner  was a huge success!! Family members from various states traveled to Pleasant Plains Church to socialize and reconnect. It was a great crowd on hand to enjoy the tables of delicious food! It was a pleasant and enjoyable evening for all in attendance.













The Arena Director for this years State Native American Heritage Festival was the Tribal Chairman for the Meherrin-Chowanoke Nation, Dr. Aaron Winston. This privilege was handled with pride and honor . Great job!!












One of the highest honors given by the State for Native Americans is to be granted the privilege of blessing the grounds of the arena at the State's Native American Heritage Festival. This year, the honor was bestowed to Chief Thomas Lewis of the Chowanoke Indian Nation.




















Gifts at the Chowanoke Christmas Dinner.


























Don Upchurch from radio station WQDK gave the crowd a presentation on the Chowanoke Indians residing in the Hertford and Gates County areas.
His enthusiasm and knowledge were exceptional!
















School Day at the Chowanoke Nation's Pow Wow was spectacular.  Huge groups of students from Hertford and it's surrounding counties covered various sections of Ahoskie's Amphitheater. Groups were cycled through different staged tents to learn various aspects of Native American culture, stories and traditions. 












Participants in the October  Shrine Parade 
















 
The Chowanoke Nation is in the process of producing a video featuring various tribal members. Anyone interested in participating, please contact the tribal council.













 
 

                 EMAIL ALL APPLICATION REQUESTS TO               
       MEHERRINCHOWANOKEAPPLICATIONS@gmail.com


Click Here For Application


It is of the utmost importance that every applicant understand that the nation is operating under a strict criteria. This Nation operates as a tribal family. Although many people may have genealogical ties, they may fail to meet other elements for acceptance. Being part of our community is a major consideration. All tribal members "MUST" maintain interaction and participation with the group. There is also a strict line drawn prohibiting us from accepting large numbers of members from outside of our communities.While there is some consideration given upon tribal approval, it would not be the norm. 

Another factor is that we do not complete an applicant's genealogy. All applications"MUST" be sent with your supporting documentation, or it cannot be processed timely. It would be placed on hold.

With that being said we are in the processing stages and hope to complete our roles within a month. Being part of an Indian Nation is more than simply having a tribal card. It is a family, cultural and communal responsibility. We look forward to seeing all of you at our next meetings, our upcoming Pow Wow, and other tribal functions. 



















Enjoying the Chowanoke Pow Wow
















Luis Salinas is an Aztec Dancer from Nahui Olin, a family dance group which consists of Luis, his wife Rose, their son Rico and various other family members. Their common desire is to share the rich heritage of the Nahuati (Aztec) people through dance, oral history and participation. The group members are descendants of the Aztec Indians from Mexico. Born in Mexico City, Luis learned the dances from his father which were passed down from generation to generation. The Salinas family is proud of this heritage and happy to be able to share part of this ancient culture with you.










Members of the Chowanoke Nation went to Chowan University to give presentations on Indian Culture for the Cub Scout District Twilight Camp. The tribal members danced, answered questions, and had on display, artifacts and crafts. The members received T-Shirts as a thanks from the group.


































   




  Looking East Across the ocean from where Columbus came.





















   




































































SENATOR SMITH-INGRAM BEING  
    SWORN IN BY NC SUPREME 
  COURT JUDGE CHERI BEASLEY



















































    













           






150 ACRES FROM CHOWANOKE              RESERVATION


             BENNETT'S CREEK



         TOWN OF GATESVILLE


       






              FOREST HAZEL















   Dr. Hall, Dr. Winston, & Chief   
       Lewis front and center.






 
                Le'Trisha Lewis





   AHSOKIE CHRISTMAS PARADE
                       






      Pleasant Plains Church


 





   
   TRIBAL CHAIRMAN WINSTON   
                 





         CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS





          






        



   
   


           DON UPCHURCH
      RADIO STATION WQDK







SCHOOL DAY AT THE MEHERRIN- 
   CHOWANOKE POW WOW







    SHRINE PARADE PARTICIPANTS                        

                  






 


















        APPLICATION REQUEST
















  








 LUIS SALINAS / AZTEC DANCER