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African-Native American Genealogy: Tracing Your Roots, Telling Your Story

African-Native American Genealogy: Tracing Your Roots, Telling Your Story

Today we unravel the hidden history of African-Native American people whose genealogy has been obfuscated and often denied. Our informative dialogue may help you trace your roots. Our special guest Angela Y. Walton-Raji is an avid genealogist, who has researched her family history since 1975. Ms.Walton-Raji was born in western Arkansas, raised on the Arkansas/Oklahoma border, in the City of Ft. Smith. In 1991 she located her family records among those of the Choctaw Nation, confirming a relationship often spoken about from family oral history. With this discovery, came the sudden knowledge that her great grandparents were enslaved Africans of the Choctaw Nation who migrated west on the Trail of Tears. Angela Y. Walton-Raji is the author of "Black Indian Genealogy: African American ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes. It is known that many Africans intermarried with Native Americans. Less widely known is the fact that many Native Americans also owned slaves, and fathered children

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