Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee
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         descendant, Cherokee
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    Issues Affecting American Indians in Tennessee


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    "when we lived in that cave on the Tennessee River." --Aggie Lossiah

    I have gotten tired of non-Cherokees saying Cherokees never hid in caves. Here's a first hand report of having lived in caves from the book, "Cherokee Cooklore."

    "Aggie Lossiah, grand-daughter of Chief John Ross, demonstrates the fine art of bean bread making, 'just like my Cherokee granny made it when we lived in that cave on the Tennessee River.'"

    Now, lest someone say Aggie (1880-1966) couldn't have been much Cherokee if she was John Ross's (1/8 blood) granddaughter, remember his wife was a full blood and from the looks of Aggie, her other parent must have been full blood as well.

    We can see that Cherokee people did live in the caves (and there are many) around the Tennessee River, and while the Lossiahs ended up in Cherokee, NC, others didn't. Many people ended up on the rolls, but many others didn't. To this day Cherokee Nation runs enrollment classes all around Oklahoma to sign up any who may not have enrolled over the years for whatever reason.

    But this is no reason for anyone to make their own tribe, enroll all comers and bully their way to "state" recognition. If this is truly part of your ancestry, you should be proud of it just as you are proud of any other ancestry. Be happy with that, you cannot change the past no matter how hard you try.

    Aggie Lossiah 1880-1966

    Also note her age at the time. Apparently, her family lived in that cave for at least 50 years if she remembered it.


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