Dawn, I truly appreciate that bit of information!
I've often wondered how I fit in with my Native lineage. I live in Texas and have been intending to take my children to visit the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Rez, in east Texas. I feel that it would be a good way to learn more about my heritage, with which, I'm sure, I identify in many ways. Ever since I was about 12, when I'd met my dad again, he'd told me about his Native American paternal grandma. She married his paternal grandpa, who was mixed black and Irish. My papa used to keep an old Victorian portrait of her, dressed in a long skirt and white, high-neck blouse, displayed in his livingroom. I remember often wondering who the light-skinned lady with her glossy hair pulled back in a bun was. I also recall him having a picture of a middle-aged white man hanging on the wall, although I'm not sure if they still have it.
IMO, many black Indians, such as myself, are unwilling expatriates from both our Native and African birthrights. Even though many of us were raised (or are being raised) in virtually segregated communities, it probably would be a lot easier tracing our Native side than it would our African or European side. It would probably be easier to trace our European side than our African side, at that!
Anyway, since all of my grandparents (all, except one, have passed)were either 1/2 or 1/3 mixed with Native, I feel more compelled to consider myself an expatriate of that culture than any of my other ancestries.
Again, thank you so much for the insightful information! It's definitely a big help.