My Great-Great Grandmother Annie Fields Ballard pictured here in the was a survivor of the Trail of Tears. She is the mother of Susie Ballard. Susie Ballard was full blooded Cherokee but only registered as so that she could own land.
Norma Smallwood Bruce was a full blood Cherokee Indian from Tulsa, Oklahoma. While a student at Oklahoma State University, she entered the Miss America Pageant in 1926 & was crowned the first Native American to win the title.
FAMILY Many Native Americans welcomed African Americans into their villages. Even as slaves many African Americans became part of a family group, and many intermarried with Native Americans - thus many later became classified as Black Indians