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TAIDA - Tennessee American Indian Development Assoc.

Tennessee Indian Families
TAIDA Tid-Bits, Good To Know
Historical News From the Past
Youth Page
On-Line, Interactive Learning for Children
On-Line, Interactive Learning
Elders Page
Education - Resources & Scholarships Info
Tennessee Indian Pow Wow Information & Photos
Know Your Rights
Continuing Our Cultures
Tennessee Indian Families
Mission, Vision, and Who We Are
Indian Health Issues & Strategies
Languages / Cultural Preservation
Remember Your Ancestors - Research Sites & Info/Links
Latest News
Environmental & Land Concerns
The Issues
Indian Issues Detailed
Spiritual & Inner Strength
Material Culture Preservation
TAIDA Groups Contact Information
Calendar of Events
Contact Us & Our Requests for Help
Tennessee Indian History
TAIDA - U, On-Line Learning Campus

Tennessee Indian Families' Histories - Past and Present  
Please Click on the links below  to view individual Family Pages

Click Here to View Meeks Family Page- Chikamaka Indians

Click Here To View Nickens Family Page, Meherrin Indians

Tennessee Indian People are strong survivors. They have survived past cultural and political genocidal practices that continue into the present. Many people believe that all Indians from Tennessee were forced to leave on the Trail of Tears in 1838. However, today, living Indian family members are proof that thousands of Indians escaped the removal, hidden away in areas where they were hard to find, or hidden within lighter colored or darker colored, mixed-blood Indian families or hidden by sympathetic non-Indian friends, relatives and neighbors.

A cenus taken in 1851 showed that there were almost 2,000 Indians living within Tennessee and surrounding states that border Tennessee. Today there are over 40,000 Indian People still living in Tennessee whose ancestors stayed behind in their homelands despite tremendous odds against their survival.

The Tennessee Indian Family Pages that are linked to on this page are a testimony of our survival. We Are Still Here!

There will be a list of Tennessee Indian families past and present (names) and  links to page that has more detailed individual family histories and photos or photo gallery with just names of family
Geneaology info is not necessary unless a person wants to share it. Family history and tradition is the most important information to be put here.
Tennessee Indian People are invited to share their family history and family photos, past and present.
Please see our Contact Us page to send your family info or photos to be posted on this site.

We're Still Here!
Tennessee Indians-Still Walking The Trail of Tears
500 years of Cultural Genocide