The Jones family of Dinwiddie and surrounding counties in Virginia were indigenous free people of color listed as “Colored Indian [Native American] Black” on the actual census records. You can see on the records that all classifications or misnomers mean the same thing in Virginia. The Jones’s were the Weyanoke/Chickahominy, Saponi, and Cheroenaka Nottoway and married in with other indigenous families in Virginia & North Carolina. They are the ancestors of Phoenix Moon, Shawn Stokes, myself, and many other Indians in the forefront.
For those that are saying that we don’t have proof of being Indigenous, we have proof several times over. These are just some of the ancestors with those race statues on their records or other documents connecting them to indigenous tribes. There’s others listed similarly and the record keepers are constantly changing it to just “black” on the documents—burying the heritage of yet another generation. DNA tests will not give you this type of information—only genealogical research.
If you want to get on your genealogical journey, start by asking relatives, especially the elders, and gather as much information as you can to document your ancestors.
Don’t let the negative deter you from finding your people and claiming to be American Indian. They’re paying a whole team of people to cause confusion and plant doubt to keep us from knowing the truth about who we are. They don’t want to admit what really happened here or they really will have to give us restitution, reparations, plus the land back. If we weren’t telling the truth, we would be getting attacked like we do. But we will not shut up! —Tasha Xi