Your great, great, grandmother was Cherokee

"Your great, great, grandmother was Cherokee," was what my Grandma Vie told me growing up. Did you grow up hearing you had Indian in your family too?

If you’re a Black American born in the 80s, who grew up hearing you had Indian in your family, then this story is for you. It’s time for you to trace your lineage because the California Reparations Taskforce voted to limit reparations to descendants of free, enslaved Black people in the U.S. in the 19th century. Lineage.

In the past four weeks, I’ve met 3 people who just found out they are descendants of Pocahontas. There are 3 easy ways to begin tracing your genealogy...